gifts for parents, caregivers, teachers, pets and siblings with the help of Santa’s elves for selection and giftwrapping), Santa Bingo, Pin the Nose on Rudolph and a coloring table. No adults allowed in Santa’sSecret Gift Shop. Brian Cipra will be on hand to take pictures of Santa and the kids. A 5”x7” photo willcost $10 and be ready for pickup at Tractor Supply on Saturday, December 15.
If you can donate a box of pancake mix or bottle of syrup, to help defray costs, please let Jill or Bevknow or reply to this email.Tractor Supply Gift Wrapping and Christmas Bake Sale
will take place on Saturday, December 15from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please consider baking your favorite Christmas goodies for this bake sale. We alsohope to have some home-made dog treats, dog tugs and dog bandanas available at Tractor Supply. Again,if you can donate any baked goods, please let Jill or Bev know or reply to this email. If anyone is availableto help at Tractor Supply, please let Bev know.
RABAS Christmas Party
will be held on Thursday, December 20 at Huckleberry’s Restaurant. TheChristmas party is an excellent time to reconnect with shelter volunteers. We will order off the menu beginning at 6 p.m. with the December meeting to follow while the food is being prepared. Please note,everyone is responsible for their own meal. We will also do some type of gift exchange or donation to thefood or pet food pantry. If you would like to attend the Christmas Party, please call Bev or Jill or reply tothis email by December 13. We will discuss gift exchange/food/pet food pantry donation at this week’sgeneral meeting and information will be provided to those who RSVPat the time they confirm. This isalways a fun gathering and it is nice to get together and enjoy each other’s company without working at afund raiser. I hope to see many of you there.
At this week’s property/board meeting, Randy had information on the Fond du LacAnimal Shelter and how they meet their monthly expenses. One of the ways they raise a lot of money tofund their shelter is through weekly Bingo games. This is something that RABAS had discussed years ago, but never followed through with it. I think at the time, we were struggling with our tax exempt, non profitstatus. The possibility of Bingo as a fund raiser was briefly discussed at Thursday’s board meeting.Personally, I would like to try it, but it would take some research. Bingo is very popular in this area, andwe would first of all have to find a place to have it and to find out which nights if any are available. But before we even pursue it, we would have to have people who would be willing to commit to volunteer possibly once or twice a month. If we were to decide to do Bingo, we would most likely not do it duringthe warm months – May-October. So we would only be talking November, December, January, February,March and possibly April. So what I am asking is if you feel that you would be willing to help with Bingo, please let me know. If we do not get a good response, it does not pay to put the effort into researching it.If we had enough people who would volunteer, we could come up with a schedule and possibly have each person take one or two bingos for the season. Personally, I would really like to try this, and would bewilling to put in the time and effort to research it.
Fall Fund Raisers UpdateHuckleberry’s Chicken Dinner –
I believe we made about $700 including donations, silent auction andthe dinner itself. Thanks to everyone who made desserts or donated to the silent auction. And thanks toHuckleberry’s for their constant support of RABAS.
McGregor Arts & Crafts Fair
was scheduled for October 6 & 7 and October 13 & 14. Bev, Joe, Donnaand Jill worked the first weekend. The weather was quite cool, but dry. Not as many booths or people inattendance as in the past. We sold cheese curds, daffodil bulbs, large take and eat cookies, afghans,Halloween glow in the dark trick or treat bags, dog tugs, apple turnovers, and gourd bird houses. We took in $962.05 in sales and $248.04 in donations. It seemed that once people passing by heard the word“animal shelter”, they would at least either buy a cookie or make a donation. Dog tugs, and trick or treat bags were popular items. I believe we sold 8 gourd bird houses and about 100 daffodil bulbs. The 2
weekend in McGregor was basically a washout. John, Judy and Bev set up in the rain on Saturday andquestioned whether we should be there. By late morning, the skies started to look a bit brighter so wedecided to stick it out. It was warmer the 2
weekend than the first. Also, less booths and people inattendance because of the rain. Julie and Todd were scheduled for Sunday morning. The morning startedwith a steady downpour and it never got any better. Julie made the wide decision to not even set up. Itrained until about 3 p.m. We managed to sell most of the cheese curds via email and Bev and Jill deliveredthem that afternoon. Total income for the 2
weekend was $315.25 which includes $207 in sales and$108.25 in donations. I think it amazed most of us who worked those weekends how willing people wereto put a few bucks in the donation jar. I believe total profit for both weekends, minus expenses of cheesecurds, flower bulbs, trick or treat bags, apple turnovers, gourds and booth registration totaled approximately