February 2021 Howl

2021 Membership Renewals

Bark! As we all know, this pandemic has been quite a strain. Last year we introduced a $0 membership renewal option that was available through the end of 2020. As information has changed and developed we would like to announce an extension of our $0 member renewals. This extension will be tied to Phase 4 of BC’s restart plan.

VAN-PAH Members with renewal dates between March 2020 and the day that we enter Phase 4 of BC’s Restart Plan will be eligible for $0 renewals.

As always, any eligible member can choose to pay for their renewal instead if desired.

*There will be a 30 day grace period after we enter Phase 4 for members with renewal dates in that range to take advantage of the renewal.


February’s Events


VAN-PAH Virtual Mosh

February 6, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Put on your gear and wag your tail for the webcam! We’re hosting a virtual mosh to close the social distances during these hard times.

Topic: VAN-PAH Monthly Virtual Mosh
Time: Feb 6, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82465901559?pwd=VVlqYit2b3pnOTh4RUJYeDlrelVsQT09

Meeting ID: 824 6590 1559
Passcode: VPM0206


February Director’s Meeting

February 25, 7:00 PM

For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Thursday, February 25 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: Feb 25, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89512386474?pwd=VlF3QnJvWHV2SXRyWStvc2hYZmp5dz09

Meeting ID: 895 1238 6474
Passcode: VPDM0225


VAN-PAH Social

February 27, 7:00 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
Time: Feb 27, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84929576334?pwd=NlEwd2lOd1VtY0hZSjZTeXRjZk9IZz09

Meeting ID: 849 2957 6334
Passcode: VPS0227


February’s News


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 vanpah@gmail.com by the end of day March 1m 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 vanpah@gmail.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:

  1. Send your nomination(s) to vanpah@gmail.com with “VAN-PAH Nominations” as the subject.
  2. You can nominate as many people as you would like, you just have to include a reason why.
  3. Nominations must be submitted by no later than the 31st of March, 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.

Happy nominating and we look forward to announcing the winners at the 2021 AGM!


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 vanpah@gmail.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. We are working to begin this process as soon as possible.

We will be announcing the date for the 2021 AGM shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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