August 2021 Howl
Note on in-person events
In-person events are once again on the horizon for VAN-PAH. While we can’t wait to see everyone’s faces again in real life, due to the close physical nature of moshes and PAH events we must proceed with caution.
We hope to resume in-person events once BC reaches Step 4 of its restart plan, which at the moment will be no earlier than September 7. This is of course tentative, as it requires case numbers to continue decreasing and current public health orders to be lifted.
In addition to this, we’ve heard questions about whether we will place limitations on who can attend or require proof of vaccination. As we have done for the past 18 months, we will take our lead from the PHO and medical professionals. At the moment, we do not have a firm date for when we will be allowed to host events, much less what the pandemic will look like at that point. The safety measures that will be in place will be determined when we are closer to that time.
When in-person events resume, we want them to be fun, but as safe and responsible as possible.
Vancouver Decentralized Pride Parade
Sunday August 1, 12:00-2:00 PM
It’s Pride week in Vancouver! VAN-PAH is participating in this year’s Pride Parade, which once again is being held virtually.
If you and your friends, family, or organization will be celebrating Pride on Sunday – we want to see it! Share your celebrations on Instagram with the hashtag #VanPride to be entered to win some cool prizes. You will also have a chance to win a staycation package at the Fairmont – tune in for details about how to enter!
Lots of other in-person and virtual events will be held this weekend as well. Check out vancouverpride.ca/events/#/events/byDay for a full list of things to do. Happy Pride! 🌈
VAN-PAH Jackbox Party Mosh
Saturday, August 7, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Just because we’re moshing virtually, doesn’t mean it can’t be a party! Let’s play some Jackbox! Come play some Fibbage, Quiplash, and other fun games in our monthly virtual mosh.
Join us on Zoom where we’ll be casting the game, and join the play via your phone or tablet. Or just hang out, chat with friends, and laugh along with your fellow PAHs.
Topic: VAN-PAH Jackbox Party Mosh
Time: Aug 7, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 843 1238 4798
August Director’s Meeting
Thursday, August 19, 7:00 PM
For any members interested in attending, our monthly Director’s meeting will be held Thursday, August 19 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 via Zoom
Time: Aug 19, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 864 0764 8808
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. 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 later this year.
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.
Please be sure to renew as soon as possible as you will need to rejoin and the regular $20 if your membership is expired for more than 6 months.
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
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.