January 2021 Howl
A message from the Secretary
Greetings. We wanted to let you know about an important change that was made recently to the roles on the VAN-PAH Board of Directors.
As you know, the board is setup in such a way that specific roles (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary etc) are determined by the Directors. This allows for individual skills, strengths, and the needs of the organization to be reflected. From time to time as the board shifts or needs change, it may be required to shuffle duties around to best serve our membership and/or accomplish organizational goals.
To that end, and with transparency in mind, we would like to inform you that a change of roles was approved by the board and was discussed during the December 16, 2020 Directors’ Meeting.
As announced in the November Howl, Figaro was appointed as Director on the board. He will now be serving as President with Roxy serving as Vice-President. The goal of this board remains seeing VAN-PAH through this challenging time and preparing for/delivering a successful election and AGM for our membership.
Should you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your board by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in Service
on behalf of the Directors of VAN-PAH
January Director’s Meeting
January 28, 7:00 PM
For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 PM.
The meeting will include an open forum for members to voice their opinions, comments, questions, or suggestions about the current state of VAN-PAH.
Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Directors’ Meeting
Time: Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 818 6556 6216
January 30, 7:00-9:00 PM
Come on out for a social evening online with everyone from our puppy and pet community. Wear your leather, rubber, fuzzy, or whatever other gear you want. Of course, gear is admired but never required. Having fun is the only requirement.
Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Virtual Social via Zoom
Time: Jan 30, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 828 8828 9944
Member Driven Event: Sunday Night Virtual-Connections
In these times of COVID isolation/distancing and perhaps the winter blues that many experience, Sir Bruce has started a group for any gay/queer guys who wanted to connect regularly.
Visits are held every week on Sunday from 7-8:30 PM. Anyone wanting more social connection is invited even if they are not in another group or organization like VAN-PAH or VML.
Visits consist of introductions, topics for discussion, games, and activities. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to contact Sir Bruce at email@example.com for more details.
2021 Board of Directors Nominations
The current VAN-PAH Directors were appointed during 2020 and as such, their term will shortly be coming to an end.
New members are needed to step up to be on the board and help represent the membership while handling the day to day operations of VAN-PAH.
If you would like to be considered to be a Director of VAN-PAH, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of day January 31, 2021. Please include your full legal name, why you would like to be a Director, and what skills you can bring to the organization.
All candidates will be vetted by the 2021 Nominations Committee before being presented to the membership prior to the AGM.
Please be aware that all potential nominee’s names will be communicated to the VAN-PAH membership as part of the election process leading up to the AGM in early 2021.
Nominations Committee 2021
We are looking for VAN-PAH members to come join the Nominating Committee for the 2021 AGM.
This committee is responsible for reviewing submissions by members who want to become a Director of VAN-PAH. This committee will make recommendations to the current Directors prior to the 2021 AGM elections.
If you would like to contribute to this important function of our member-funded society, please email email@example.com and let us know why you want to join the committee and please highlight what skills you can bring to the team. We encourage anyone interested to email as soon as possible.
VAN-PAH Puppy and Handler of the Year Nominations
This year has been particularly challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though we have not been able to gather in person since March, we have had many opportunities to gather in the virtual world.
It is that time of year where we ask you the membership for your Nominations for Handler of the Year and Puppy of the Year. We understand the difficulties that this year has provided us, and all though we have indeed found it challenging, there are stories and events to be told that we, the Directors, are unaware of. If you feel that a VAN-PAH member has gone above and beyond safely, now is your opportunity to help bring this member forward.
To nominate someone:
- Send your nomination(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org with “VAN-PAH Nominations” as the subject.
- You can nominate as many people as you would like, you just have to include a reason why.
- Nominations must be submitted by no later than the 31st of January, anything submitted after this period will not be counted.
Please note that the current Directors of VAN-PAH are not eligible for nomination for either of the awards.
How to Reach Your Directors
We love hearing your Feedback, Requests and Questions.
To keep all responses official we would like to add that all the above should be sent to the email@example.com email address.
It also helps us keep a record of Membership participation and the answers you get from us all in one spot, so that if there are any follow up Questions. One of the seven Directors will be able to keep the lines of communication open.
All though we do use Telegram for announcements, updates, and feedback, sending an email is better for record keeping.
So please, send your Directors an email as you’ll find it a little quicker and more efficient.
Note on 2021 Annual General Meeting
Every calendar year VAN-PAH must hold an annual general meeting. Last year, this meeting was held at PumpJack Pub in January, however, the current pandemic has complicated matters and will prevent us from holding an in-person AGM this year.
As you know, we recently held an extraordinary general meeting to approve bylaw changes that would allow for online AGMs. These changes will also allow elections and other important votes to be conducted online.
This will be a first for VAN-PAH and will require some research and time to implement. Our 2021 directors election will begin as soon as we find a reliable election platform, and the AGM will be held at the end of that election period. While we are working to begin this process as soon as possible, it will not be completed before the end of January 2021.
We will be announcing the date for the 2021 AGM shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.