The Christmas Party/December Meeting
was not as well attended as it has been in past years, but thosewho attended had a nice time. The food and camaraderie were great! In addition to the gift exchange, fooddonations were also collected. Paskes took the 50 lbs of food collected to the local food pantry.
Pounds Off People and Pooches (POPPS)
is done for this year, but hopefully will resume in the spring.
Please take the time to check out our website – riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org.
Information on itchanges sometimes daily. This website is awesome!!! Thanks, Randy for constantly updating our website.
Therapy Dogs International
teams remain active in the community. On Tuesdays Kathy and Digger are atBluff Haven, Deb and her dogs Jasmine and Sami go to Walter Schmitt Home and Paula and Maggie visitBluff Haven. Deb, Sami and Jasmine visit Bluff View twice a week for the reading program. Bev will startin January. Deb, Bev and dogs visit Wyalusing Academy, twice a month. When we arrived at WyalusingAcademy on Tuesday, December 22, Jeff Umhoeffer presented us with a $500 check payable to RABAS inappreciation of our visits. But the words he spoke meant as much to Deb and me as the check. He said thatthe time the kids get to spend with the dogs is one of their best received programs and that we are trulymaking a difference in the lives of the kids whom we spend time with every month. Again, I do not knowwho has more fun when we go – the residents and staff of Wyalusing Academy, the dogs who each receivean hour of attention or Deb and I for sharing our passion for our dogs. I know for Deb and me, sometimeswe would rather stay home than go out, but once we get to the site, we enjoy every minute we are there andare glad that we did make the effort to go.
RABAS Fund Raising Gauge
– At the December meeting, Julie provided the group with a sketch of thegauge. It will be a very unique and attractive gauge when finished. The black and white sketch featured atree with a cat climbing up the tree (to be used as the indicator in our advancement for funds) with a dogand a doghouse (with our logo and/or name on) at the base of the tree. Julie will contact local businessesfor donations of plywood, paint, primer, shop supplies. Julie’s brother, Jim Robbins of 3R’s WoodworksInc. from Fennimore, designed the sketch and will construct the gauge. The gauge will be placed at River City Roller Rink. Thanks to Julie for taking the lead on this and to Sue Rider – River City Roller Rink- andJim Robbins for their help with this. I think that this gauge will be very well received by the communityand should increase awareness of our organization and our progress in land acquisition and then building progress.
A conversation had been started in late October with the city administrator, Aaron Kramer to helpus with land acquisition.
To date, there has been no more action on this matter as far as I am aware.
Two new RABAS Banners
were printed by Design Homes of Prairie du Chien. The banners were pickedup in late November and they are very nice. They should last for a number of years. A thank you note waswritten for the banners. The ones we have been using are more 4 years old and they have seen better days.Design Homes has generously donated banners for a number of recent events, including Yappy Hour, andWake Up Santa.
Volunteer hours –
Please keep track of your volunteer hours each month and get them to Jill. Volunteer hours can include any of the following and probably some things that are not mentioned: meetings, baking,working at fund raisers, hanging posters, phone calls and all the things it takes to make this organization asgreat as it is.
Mississippi River Cruise to benefit RABAS
is in the works for 2012. Randi K. will head up thecommittee for this event. Watch for more info in early 2012.
Treasurer’s Report –
Treasurer Jill reports that RABAS now has approximately $88,302.73 including$15,905.05 in our checking account and $72,397.68 in 4 different CDs. There is still money to be recordedfrom the sale of Kwik Trip Cards, Tractor Supply Bake Sale, Santa Visits and Wyalusing Academydonation. Even though we were not able to acquire land by the end of 2011, I do believe that we reached or came very close to reaching $90,000.00 in the checking account and CDs by the end of this year by thetime all money is deposited and recorded.
True Value May Bake Sale and Food Stand
– discussion was held at the December meeting as towhether to sign up for the True Value Food Stand as we have done the past 4 years on the Friday andSaturday before Mother’s Day. Volunteers to bake and work are declining and we have not made as muchmoney in recent years to make it worth the work involved. Donna suggested to have the food stand/bakesale only on the Friday (May 11) and not to do the Saturday. She will be in charge of this fund raiser. Bevwill help her.
Mom and Son Play Date
is an event that a number of moms who have boys suggested RABAS sponsor.After talking to some of these moms at Wake Up Santa and getting activity ideas for this event, the topicwas discussed at the December meeting. Support for this event was not overwhelming, but Jill and Julie in