May 2012 SHELTER SHORTS is a monthly newsletter intended to keep Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers and
supporters connected. With everyone’s hectic schedules, we know it is often difficult, if not impossible to attend monthly meetings or to work at all of our fundraisers. Everyone is invited to submit articles for the newsletter. To do so, please call Bev at 608-326-2914 or email her at email@example.com. Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Prairie du Chien City Hall. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. Please use the back door. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, June 21. Phoneraiser Please continue to save your old cell phones and ink jet cartridges. Drop them off at Tender Care Animal Hospital, or bring them to the monthly meeting. Thanks to Donna for sending them in. She recently sent in 2 huge boxes. That should be a very nice check once it is received. U.S. Bones Please continue ordering cat and dog treats from USBones.com. They donate 25% of each order placed to RABAS. Dr. Donna Higgins’ Wildlife Photo Gallery Dr. Donna Higgins continues to support RABAS through her beautiful wildlife prints on display at her office downtown PdC. The framed and matted prints, sell for $85, of which Donna donates $50 to RABAS. If you are looking for an attractive addition to your home or office, or a unique gift idea, please consider a print from Donna Higgins. Donna’s wildlife prints range from humming birds to bald eagles, deer, egrets and pelicans. The prints can be viewed on line at our website (www.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org) or at her office. Kwik Trip Gas Cards – Kwik Trip gas cards continue to be our easiest and most profitable fund raiser. Once again, thank you to those who have purchased the Kwik Trip Cards and have made the commitment to purchase cards from us before purchasing gasoline or any Kwik Trip products. Thanks also to those who are establishing a regular customer base for these cards. Other than the $8.60 shipping fee per order, there is no expense involved such as advertising. Cards will be delivered to you with a day’s notice by calling Bev at 326-2914 or Jill at 326-4870 or by replying to this email. If you live out of town and would like to purchase the cards, we will mail them to you upon receipt of your check made payable to RABAS. Remember, we make 10% on each card sold. Cards come in increments of $25, $50 and $100. Please, help RABAS reach our goal through the purchase of these cards. Please take the time to check out our website – riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org. Information on it changes 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 at Bluff Haven. Deb and her dogs Jasmine and Sami go to Walter Schmitt Home and Paula and Maggie visit Bluff Haven. Dog Obedience Classes – I am still hoping to start classes in June. I am once again involved with the 4H Dog Project. We meet every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in Eastman and train the dogs and kids that will participate in the State 4H Dog Show in August in Madison. This is something that I was involved with for 20 years and got away from due to lack of time. They asked me to come back to help them. 4H was a big part of my life when my kids were young and involved. I am excited to be back with this dedicated and hard working group of kids and dogs. Volunteer hours will be collected by Randy P at monthly meetings or you can email your hours to Randy at firstname.lastname@example.org. A New Secretary for RABAS – Tammy Aldrich has recently joined the forces of RABAS and has accepted the office of secretary and board member. Tammy fills the spot left vacant by the only secretary Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter has ever had – Sandy Kittle. Sandy had to resign due to health reasons. Thanks to Tammy taking on this important office and welcome aboard. Once again, thank you to Sandy for her years as secretary for RABAS. Mississippi River Cruise to benefit RABAS is in the works for 2012. Randi K. and Brenda are moving forward with the river cruise. The date has been set for Wednesday, August 22. Mississippi River Excursions will provide the river tour. Cost of the cruise will be $25 per person. RABAS will supply snacks; participants will provide their own beverage. More info will follow as we get closer to the date.
True Value Mother’s Day Bake Sale and Food Stand – was held on Friday, May 11. Business was steady most of the day. We made about $400 in sales and donations. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this a success by baking, helping or purchasing something from the stand. Cruizin’ Fur Critters will be held on Saturday, June 9. Most of the leg work is done and for the most part we are just waiting for the day to come and hoping for nice weather. We have number of sponsors who donated to help pay for the cost of advertising and prize money. Sponsors include: Prairie City Bank, Prairie Industries, Sawmill Saloon, Fort Mulligans, Norwegian Hollow Hideaway and Tazee’s Wonder Bar. Design Home donated 4 large banners. Jill should be called the “Banner Queen of RABAS”. It is no easy task getting permission to place banners in PdC. Jill first had to get permission from the city and then from the business where she wanted the banners to be placed. Jill and Brian placed a banner across from The Cannery. Jill received permission from the city to place a banner near the City Water Dept. on Blackhawk Ave. So once again Jill, Brian and I pounded the stakes in the ground and hung the banner. The next morning the posts were down and the banner was rolled up and lying next to the posts. Once again, Jill called the city. The employees at the Water Dept. didn’t know that we had permission to place the banner. Jill was also informed that we had pounded the posts close to an electric line. The Water Dept. employees put the banner back up. We still had two more banners to place – Ron White Livestock and Prairie Motor Sports. Jill and I had planned on doing banners that same evening, but I was now a bit concerned about pounding stakes in the ground without having a locate done first. So I expressed my concern to Jill and also told her that I knew it would be a minimum of 3 days before a locate would be done. We wanted to get the banners up before Jill left for vacation and this would be one of our last nights to do so. To say the least I was very concerned about our safety and knew this would probably bug Jill. Not to worry, she got on the phone once again and called a city employee she knew and expressed her concern. He told her of a way to speed up the locate and have it done the same day. This involved calling Diggers Hotline and they in turn told her what lines (cable, electric, telephone, etc) for a total of 7 different utilities were buried in the area. She then had to call each of the utilities to ask them to do a “quick locate”. This with the exception of one or two utilities was accomplished by late afternoon and Jill and I placed the last two banners. We still needed to put one more post behind the banner at the water dept. so Jill and I met there once again with an extra stake and the post driver. I told Jill she could do the honors as I had driven the other posts in. So she placed the driver on the post and as she brought it down it pound it into the ground, the post went right through the top of the driver. Never underestimate the power of a woman. So then we walked to True Value to buy a new post driver and soon we were on our way. Jill could leave for vacation with a happy heart – all the banners were up. I hope Jill has a long reign as Banner Queen of RABAS. One more note: I was on my way into town on Hwy. 35 yesterday and noticed that the banner by The Cannery is down. So this story is still not complete. Preferred Distributing donated large posters for “Cruisin” and a number of people have had a part in hanging them far and wide, including Donna, Bill and Vicki, Phil, Ron Halverson, Amy Enlowe, John and Judy, Joe, Jill and myself. Prairie Motor Sports will donate a helmet and Waukon Power Sports will donate a cooler. The route will leave PdC from Prairie Motor Sports and travel the bypass to the bridge and then cross the Mississippi River to Waukon for the first stop at Waukon Harley Davidson. The route will once again head to Lansing and cross the Lansing Bridge back into Wisconsin. From Hwy. 35, it will head north to DeSoto and then head inland on Hwy. 82 and then to Co N.to Norwegian Hollow Rd where the 2 nd stop will be the Norwegian Hollow Hideaway. From there the route will head to Viroqua, Viola, Readstown and then Soldiers Grove where the 3 rd stop will be Tazee’s Wonder Bars. We will then head south to Hwy. 61 and then on to Hwy. 60 along the Wisconsin River. The 4th stop will once again be at Carols Bar and Grill in Wauzeka and from there we will continue to PdC for the final destination at The Sawmill Saloon. Howe Printing is in the process of designing the route maps and all ads – radio and newspaper have been placed. Press releases have been sent to all local papers. The route this years is about 150 miles. Registration is from 9-11 a.m. at Prairie Motor Sports and all vehicles need to be back to the Sawmill by 4 p.m. The route is about 30 miles longer than last year but the riders have an extra hour to complete the run. Post cards were mailed to last year’s participants. Please help spread the word – remember, all vehicle types are welcome – cars, trucks and motorcycles. Princess for the Evening was held on Saturday, May 5. I feel that “Princess” was fairly well attended. We had a number of repeat families in addition to many new ones. To say the least it was a beautiful evening and I believe everyone who attended had a good time enjoyed themselves. Thanks again to the sponsors
who helped to make this event possible: Tender Care Animal Hospital, Dr. Donna A. Higgins, Optometrist, Associated Bank, Phil’s Auto Body, Paper Moon Books and Beyond, Nelson True Value, Ma’s Bakery, Eunice’s Liquor and Cheese, Kemble’s Greenhouse, Prairie Cinema, Brian Cipra Photography, Badger Welding, Quality Beverages, Monkeys Tale, Country Inn & Suites, Huckleberry’s Restaurant, Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly, Walmart, and Lynn Rider. A Chicken “Q” by Rooster Andy’s of LaCrosse will be held this Thursday, May 31 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Rickleff Plumbing which is located at the intersection of Marquette Road and Blackhawk Ave. (across the street from Walgreens). Chicken dinners will sell at $8 each. Our cost is $5 each. Chicken dinners include ½ grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans and a dinner roll. Please promote this fund raiser to your friends, relatives and co-workers. Donna has contacted Design Homes and they have committed to buy at least 144 to date. We need to sell a minimum of 300 dinners. Jill has ordered 425 dinners. A number of people have gone above and beyond in selling tickets – Phil, Brenda and Paula. Each of these 3 people has sold at least 50 tickets. If you would like advance tickets for yourself or to sell some, please contact me by replying to this email or by calling me at 326-2914 or Jill at 326-4870. I am hoping that we can make at least $1,200 profit on the Chicken Q. Please support us by purchasing a delicious chicken dinner on Thursday. If you would like to help please let me know. Villa Louis Carriage Classic Wine and Cheese Event – Mike and Shelly Rider will donate $500 to RABAS for our help at this event on Friday, September 7. They have already paid us $200 as a down payment for our commitment to do this event. Volunteers are already in place for this fund raiser. Pounds off People and Pooches (Community Dog Walk) has started for the 2012 walking season. We have a nice sized group walking this year. We meet every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. on the east side of the Villa Louis (just north of the Sculpture Park). The route is just over a mile and takes less than an hour. In addition to the physical activity, the walk provides socialization for dogs as well as their handlers. It is an enjoyable evening. Please bring poop bags and water for your dogs. Tee Shirts – I hope to place the tee shirt/sweatshirt order this week. If you would like to add to the order, please let me know. Any color can be ordered. I believe tee shirts will cost $8.99. I am not sure about the cost of the sweatshirts. Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly Food Stand Fund Raiser will be held on Saturday, July 14. Since purchasing Piggly Wiggly, Zinkles are willing to help nonprofit organizations raise money through a food stand in front of the store. They will donate $25 to purchase food to be uses in the food stand. Tammy will be in charge of this fund raiser. More info on this will be available at the June meeting. We will not have a bake sale at this food stand. Linda Bedward realized the importance of the fund raising gauge and has put considerable time and effort into going through proper channels to get permission for the sign from Wisconsin DOT as well as from a land owner. This was discussed at the May meeting and prompted a general discussion on the focus of this great organization. Questions were raised as far as how much land we want, do we really feel that land acquisition is necessary at this time, what we tell people when asked about how much money we need, where the shelter will be built, etc. It was brought up that if we were to purchase land now and we are not able to construct a building for a number of years, what happens if zoning laws change or for some reason we are not able to proceed with the building, what will happen to the land. It was felt that our money is safe where it is at this time. There are many questions that need to be asked and answered. It was felt that a meeting separate from the regular monthly meeting should be held to address questions and to come up with a business plan. Randy P has tried over the years to promote a building and property committee to accomplish the same. Possibly the group was not ready for this earlier, but based on the May meeting, I think there is a renewed interest. The special Planning meeting has been set for Wednesday June 27 It will be held at City Hall and start at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend. This will be a brainstorming session. Vicki and Bill Mueller and Joe H. who have worked with animal shelters in Illinois and Texas will also be on hand to lead the discussion. Randi K suggested a letter to the editor informing readers about our mission and goals. Based on the number of phone calls I receive on a monthly basis about animals in need of homes, there are many people who do not know that RABAS is not an actual animal shelter at this time. The letter to the editor should inform the readers about our progress to date, our
need for help and what our goals are. This letter will help to answer questions from the public that we deal with on a regular basis. It is our hope that a number of people will write a letter to the editor, and bring the letter to the special June 27th meeting. At that time, we will evaluate all of the letters and either pick the one that we feel best relays the necessary information or we may combine the letters to form a new letter that expresses our need. If you are at all interested in helping Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter succeed and move forward, please bring your questions and concerns to this meeting. We need everyone’s input. I believe for now the fund raising gauge has once again been tabled until we can come up with answers for some of the questions. Thank you to Linda for her work on the fund raising gauge. Hopefully, we will soon have the answers to the questions and the gauge will once again be a topic for discussion. Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer Jill reports that as of May 17th, RABAS now has $101,546.54 including $11,520.67 in our checking account and $90,025.87 in 4 different CDs. Can you believe it – over $100,000.00!!!!! I know this is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to purchasing land, and building and maintaining an animal shelter. But I also feel that we should be very hard of our accomplishments and hope that this will renew the energy level of this wonderful organization. Membership Renewals - Memberships are good for one year from the month the member joined. Jill will send out renewal applications to those whose membership has expired. Please consider renewing your membership as memberships are an important part of our income. There are 5 different levels of membership: $5.00 student; $15 Individual; $25 Family; $50 Sponsor; $100 Patron; $500 Benefactor. Some members choose to donate a fixed amount every month. Thanks to everyone for your financial support. Watch us grow!! RABAS Wish List Wish List Items include: Land Gift certificates to either the Courier Press or WPRE Radio Station to pay for ads for upcoming fund raisers postage stamps, paper, envelopes, labels, napkins, paper towels, hand sanitizer, ketchup, mustard. Contact Bev at 326-2914 or reply to this email if you have any kitchen or paper supplies. If you have information on land, please contact Randy at 262-388-2654 or Bev at the above number. Donations All donations are recognized in the Shelter Shorts and a thank you note is written. Sharon Boylen - $5 Ray Wrobel - $25 Seth Sanders - $50 Mya Riniker - $24 Associated Bank - $50 Princess Sponsor Peoples State Bank - $250 Cruisin’ Sponsor Megan Pedretti - $25 Sawmill Saloon - $50 Cruisin’ Sponsor Prairie Industries $100 Cruisin’ Sponsor Pizza Hut $500 – guest server night tip match Tazzee’s Wonder Bar - $30 –Cruisin’ sponsor Current and New Members (Recent renewals and new members are shown in bold type). Bob & Diane Witt $100 Patron Membership Sharon Boylen $25 Family Membership Trina’s Girl Scout Troop $50 Sponsor Membership Tori Armstrong $15 Single Membership Brenda Wilson $25 Family Membership Marilu Bintz $50 Sponsor Membership Kelly Fishler $15 Single Membership Tammy Aldrich $15 Single Membership Deb Cross $15 Single Membership Kim Pinkham $15 Single Membership John & Judy Ryan $25 Family Membership
Jim & Kathy Powers $25 Family Membership Jane Howe $25 Family Membership Bonnie Olson $50 Sponsor Membership Jami & Ken Quick $25 Family Membership Amy Enlowe $25 Family Membership Donna Heilmann $15 Single Membership Sue Rider $15 Single Membership Linda Munson $50 Sponsor Membership Peggy Johnson $25 Family Membership Donna Cipra $25 Family Membership Vicki & Bill Mueller $50 Sponsor Membership Shirley Wegmuller $15 Single Membership Paula Gutzmer $15 Single Membership Randi & Mike Kluesner $25 Family Membership Lu DeGuzman $100 Patron Membership John & Vicki Howe $100 Patron Membership Rosemary Reese $15 Single Membership Mike, Shelly & Kaitlyn Rider $25 Family Membership Phil and Deb Dwornik $50 Sponsor Membership Laura Nix $100 Patron Membership George and Mary Tilley $25 Family Membership Tractor Supply $25 Family Membership Bev Pozega $15 Single Membership Tom & Marjorie Bennett $25 Family Membership Eric & Betty Frydenlund $25 Family Membership Mike & Mary Jane Faas $25 Family Membership Ron Stark $100 Patron Membership John & Vicki Howe $25 Family Membership Georgia Hutchinson $15 Single Membership Joe Hunzeker $15 Single Membership Marilyn Crubaugh $15 Single Membership Marty Leeman $15 Single Membership Gary and Kathy Koch $50 Sponsor Membership Julie Whyte $15 Single Membership Mollee Whyte $5 Student Membership June Burns $15 Single Membership Janet Lueck $15 Single Membership Jennifer Clements $25 Family Membership Lynn Moris $15 Single Membership Jeff and Chris Panka $100 Patron Membership Randy and Linda Bedward $25 Family Membership Lu DeGuzman $100 Patron Membership Kristin Helgerson Kriegl $15 Single Membership Randy and Kathy Paske $25 Family Membership Janis Hein $15 Single Membership Mr. and Mrs. Jim Powers $25 Family Membership Brian & Jill Cipra $25 Family Membership Rosemary Reese $15 Single Membership – Alexis Burns Honorary Membership Ray Wrobel $15 Individual Membership Reminder: Annual memberships should be renewed 1 year from the month in which you joined. Continued Monthly Pledges Sandy Kittle - $10 Monthly Pledge (Paid $60 at December meeting for 6 months) February, March, April, May, June and July 2012 Don & Eileen Klatt - $25 monthly pledge
Thanks to everyone who volunteered this month in any way. Thanks to everyone who supported us through donations, and memberships. There are many jobs that continue to get done without recognition. Membership and volunteer listings are current through May 17, 2012. Please let me know if I missed your name on either the donation list or the membership list and I will include it next month. . River and Bluffs Animal Shelter Membership Form Student - $5.00 ____ Sponsor - $50.00 _____ Individual - $15.00 ____ Patron - $100.00 _____ Family - $25.00 ____ Benefactor - $500.00 I would like to make a monthly pledge of : ________ per month for a total of $_______ per year. Name:___________________________________ Address:_________________________________ City/State/Zip_____________________________ Email:____________________________________ Phone Number:______________________ Please mail membership form to: River and Bluffs Animal Shelter PO Box 421, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821