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July 2020 Howl

VAN-PAH’s Virtual Birthday Weekend!

Saturday, July 11 (Actual birthday is the 12th)

6pm – Food – Spaghetti Bolognese
7pm – Movie – Bolt Run time 1 hour 37 minutes
10pm – Short Bedtime Story with Sir J.
(Titled: Street Dog by Shawn Kobb)

8th VAN-PAH Birthday

For those not in the know, VAN-PAH first started 8 years ago on the 12th of July 2012, the process that led to the founding of our PAH community here in Vancouver.

It all started over an Italian meal, a movie, and then home.

To celebrate this year we’ll be doing the same thing (albeit virtually). First, we’ll cook dinner together: Spaghetti Bolognese. The recipe we’ll be following is below.

The Movie that helped start it all was the Disney movie Bolt. This seems a fitting choice for our PAH on this very special weekend, as we repeat the original beginnings by our founding Puppies & Handlers.

Finally, Sir J will read a bedtime story to end the night.

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to spend it together, so having a very special movie night on our sofas is a very fitting way in which to come together as a family and enjoy the evening the best way we can.

Dinner, Movie, and a Bedtime story.

VAN-PAH is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: VAN-PAH’s 8th Birthday Event

Time: Jul 11, 2020 06:00 PM Vancouver

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87473786463?pwd=RSt3UWJvd1g1QUJvd0lXc1luemNWdz09

Meeting ID: 874 7378 6463

Password: VAN-PAH


VAN-PAH Virtual Birthday Social

Friday, July 10th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
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.

Join us at:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82623607754?pwd=Z0ZUY2ZVektpL2M4WUhWUmttMkRUUT09
Password: VAN-PAH

Conference Call Etiquette Applies. Please mute your mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise!


VAN-PAH Virtual Birthday Mosh

Saturday, July 11th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
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 and celebrate VAN-PAH’s 8th Birthday!

July 11th (SECOND Saturday this month), 2pm – 4pm.

Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89262993826?pwd=YnVwK1FNTWNGS0J4aE1SNzA4RHkrQT09
Password: VAN-PAH

Conference call etiquette applies. Gear is allowed, but no nudity like a public mosh. Please mute your mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise. Some functions may require the raise hand feature to participate.


Vancouver Virtual Pride

August 1-2
VAN-PAH has entered into the Virtual Pride Parade to partake the best way we can with our local community.

All though we are sad we are unable to march with pride and in person. The Vancouver Pride Society has been quoted directly from their website.

”Pride is more than a parade or a festival–it is a feeling, not a physical space–which is why Pride can not be cancelled, only re-imagined.”
-VPS, 2020.

To that end, we are going virtual. We are still awaiting further details from VPS and as soon as we have the information, we will get that information to you.

Thank you for filling out the Pride Survey a few weeks ago. We felt that the members should have the final say in how we allocated the pride donation. As such we were able to donate 85% of our original deposit to VPS.

The remaining 15% will go back into the membership funds to be used at a later date.


Paw and Pounce

August 28-30
The North West Region is hosting its annual fundraiser, Paw and Pounce. The scheduled weekend will be August 28th – 30th. More info will be coming very soon in a special email to celebrate our region.

Don’t forget to save the dates!


Member-Driven Events

Organizing an event you’d like puppies to know about? Let us know! With most gatherings this summer canceled, we want to promote member-driven events to take the boredom out of this pandemic.

Email us at vanpah@gmail.com to tell us what you’re doing.


VAN-PAH Discord

VAN-PAH now has an official Discord server!

Join other members to hang out and chat at: https://discord.gg/jS85b7X


Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Ingredients:

Meat Dish
1lb Ground Beef
1 large Onion
½ lbs of white Mushrooms
1 clove of Garlic
1 stalk of celery
1 can of chopped tomatoes
Dried Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb spaghetti or Eggless Noodles

OR

Vegetarian Dish
2 large Bell Peppers
1 large Carrot
1 large Onion
½ lbs of white Mushrooms
1 clove of Garlic
1 stalk of celery
1 can of chopped tomatoes
Dried Italian Seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lbs Spaghetti or Eggless Noodles

Pre Prep: Meat Dish

Dice onion and mushrooms into sizing of preference. Chop celery into 1cm pieces (or thereabouts, don’t get out the ruler)
  1. Boil 1 ½ litres of Slightly Salted Water
  2. When coming to a rolling boil, place Spaghetti in water and cook for 5-6 minutes until desired tenderness.
  3. In a large saucepan, brown beef, mushroom, onions and garlic over medium heat, then drain off excess fat.
  4. Add celery, spices and a can of chopped tomatoes. Bring sauce to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 mins.
  5. Serve over hot spaghetti and Enjoy!
Pre Prep: Vegetarian Dish
Dice Bell Peppers, Onion, Mushroom into sizing preference. Chop Carrots and Celery into 1cm pieces (or thereabouts, don’t get out the ruler)
  1. Boil 1 ½ litres of Slightly Salted Water
  2. When coming to a rolling boil, place Spaghetti in water and cook for 5-6 minutes until desired tenderness.
  3. In a large saucepan, saute carrots celery, onions, and garlic over medium heat until slightly translucent
  4. Add Mushroom, Bell peppers, can of chopped tomatoes and spices. Bring sauce to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15mins.
  5. Serve over hot spaghetti and Enjoy!

PAH Pride

You’re invited to PAH Pride 2020!

To our Members,

We are writing this message on behalf of the assembled PAH boards from the Northwest region. In no particular order:

NW-PAH – Northwest Pups and Handlers
SEA-PAH – Seattle Pups and Handlers
PDX PAH – Portland Pets and Handlers
IN-PAH – Inland Northwest Pups and Handlers
SOR-PAH – Southern Oregon Region Pups and Handlers
VAN-PAH – Vancouver Pups and Handlers
MVR-PAH – Mid-Willamette Valley Pups and Handlers

As a united group across ALL borders, we are aware of the shift in social activities due to COVID-19. Most if not all Pride events have been cancelled due to the global pandemic.

Although we understand the necessary action and precautions taken, we as a region still want to give back to the larger community and celebrate Pride any way we can.

As a result, we have come together to present PAH Pride 2020!

We are organizing 3 educational classes (with guest speakers), a Virtual Mosh, social hour, and live DJs in collaboration with FetchNW to take us into the evening. All of this will be free of charge and accessible via Zoom!

Join the Telegram group below to stay up-to-date with announcements, ask questions, and more!

https://t.me/PAHPride

Don’t forget to save the date, Saturday June 27th, 12 PM to 12 AM PDT for a full day of PAH Pride!

Yours in Service,
PAHs of the Northwest Region

June 2020 Howl

Happy Pride Month!

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events remain postponed. Despite the pandemic, we have virtual events planned to allow you to show your pride while remaining physically distant!

As always when out-and-about, keep your distance from others and paws clean so that we can all remain healthy and get back to normal soon!


VAN-PAH Virtual Social

Friday, June 5th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

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.

Joint us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83111635665?pwd=NHphNTdUUXEyRWR3eG8rVGF0YkU4dz09

Meeting ID: 831 1163 5665

Password: VAN-PAH

Conference Call Etiquette Applies. Please mute your mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise!


VAN-PAH Virtual Mosh

Saturday, June 6th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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.

Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83712074419?pwd=aU03V2hPckJNVUZMbWRKeVpHaUJzdz0

Meeting ID: 837 1207 4419

Password: VAN-PAH

Conference call etiquette applies. Gear is allowed, but no nudity like a public mosh. Please mute your mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise. Some functions may require the raise hand feature to participate.


Shadow Falls Camping Postponed

Unfortunately the annual Shadow Falls camping trip is postponed until further notice. Despite this, we are encouraging small, member driven camping trips to fill the void. For more information on the campground, see the website here: Shadow Falls.


Vancouver Pride 2020

For the safety of all, the Vancouver Pride Society has decided to transition this year’s Pride celebrations to a virtual event. We have not yet received any details on what events are planned or how we can participate, but we hope to still have a wagging good time showing off our Pride in our community! We’ll keep you posted.


Welcome New Directors!

The board would like to welcome its newest Directors: Pup Helm, Pup CoxSux’R, Pup TeeKay, and Pup Frio!

In addition we have board positions to announce. Pup Roxy is President, Pup Apollo is Vice-President, Daddy Rodney is Secretary, and Pup CoxSux’R is the new Treasurer.

We’ve got lots to do and we want your feedback. We’ll be assembling committees in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more info.


EGM Minutes

As many of you are aware, an EGM was held on May 21. Thank you to all who attended and participated.

Although the minutes cannot be finalized until the next AGM, a draft version can be found here.


VAN-PAH Official Barkroom

VAN-PAH Official Barkroom is now live!

This group is for members of the community to socialize, communicate with the Board, and find information on upcoming events.

Join here: t.me/VanpahBarkroom

May 2020 Howl

COVID-19 Special Statement 

Due to concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, VAN-PAH is postponing in-person events until further notice.

We are closely following guidance and advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, BC Centre for Disease Control, City of Vancouver, and other health agencies.

To protect yourself and others, we encourage our members to practice social distancing and good hygiene, so that together we can ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone once we kick back in gear.


VAN-PAH Virtual Mosh

Saturday, May 2nd, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

 

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

Join us at https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78024103871
Password 006755

Conference Call Etiquette Applies. Gear is allowed, but no nudity like a public mosh. Please Mute Your Mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise. Some functions may require the Raise Hand feature to participate.


[TENTATIVE] Shadow Falls Camping

Friday – Sunday, June 12th – 14th, 2020

 

While we can’t predict the restrictions that will be in place in June, we have tentatively selected the dates in June for camping this year. We will keep in touch with campsite owner to keep everyone posted of this year’s camping plans.

Registration opens on May 15th, though this date may also change if restrictions remain in place. For more information, see the website here at Shadow Falls.


 

2020 Vancouver Pride Parade

 

As many of you are already aware, the Vancouver Pride Society has decided to transition this year’s Pride celebrations to a virtual event. We have not yet received any details on what events are planned or how we can participate, but we hope to still have a wagging good time showing off our Pride in our community! Watch our official communications channels for more information as we receive it.

 


VAN-PAH Official Barkroom

VAN-PAH Official Barkroom is now live!

This group is for members of the community to socialize, communicate with the Board, and find information on upcoming events.

Join here: t.me/VanpahBarkroom


ASL Interpreter Outreach

Do you sign American Sign Language (ASL)? We’d like to hear from you.

In order to increase accessibility of VAN-PAH events, we are looking for volunteers to provide interpretation. It doesn’t matter what level you are at as long you are willing to help.

Email VAN-PAH at vanpah@gmail.com title “ASL Interpreter Outreach”


VAN-PAH Reminders

To continue to be Good Pups and Handlers, we do have to make just a few additional reminders:
  • Please do not consume outside food or drink in the Pumpjack. We have been told that some of our members have been bringing in outside food and drink, as empty packaging has been found. Our host venue works hard not just for us, but also its other patrons.
  • When on the mats, please only wear clean, soft-sole shoes if you decide to keep your shoes on. The mats are delicate and expensive, and we hope that members are able to mosh on mats that are in the best shape possible.
  • When not on the mats please remember to wear shoes on your feet, this not only protects your paws from broken glass, various individuals from stepping on toes and of course from getting hurt. This is also a bar requirement and not something we can chose to ignore.
  • Gear is admired, but not required to attend any and all of VAN-PAH’s events.
  • Consent is not only sexy, it’s mandatory.
  • And remember, wash your paws!

April 2020 Howl

COVID-19 Special Statement 

Due to concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, VAN-PAH is postponing in-person events until further notice.

We are closely following guidance and advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, BC Centre for Disease Control, City of Vancouver, and other health agencies.

To protect yourself and others, we encourage our members to practice social distancing and good hygiene, so that together we can ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone once we kick back in gear.


VAN-PAH Virtual Mosh

Saturday, April 4th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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

Join us at https://us04web.zoom.us/j/919272731

Conference Call Etiquette Applies. Gear is allowed, but no nudity like a public mosh. Please Mute Your Mic when not speaking or to lessen background noise. Some functions may require the Raise Hand feature to participate.


VAN-PAH Official Barkroom

VAN-PAH Official Barkroom is now live!

This group is for members of the community to socialize, communicate with the Board, and find information on upcoming events.

Join here: t.me/VanpahBarkroom


 

New VAN-PAH Directors

Two Directors have submitted their resignation from the VAN-PAH Board.

They have served the community well, and we wish to thank them for all the hard work they have done over the years.

The Board of Directors has appointed Pup Roxy and Pup Bowser to serve out the remainder of the terms for our departing Directors, and they have accepted with wagging tails.

Please welcome Roxy and Bowser to the VAN-PAH board!


ASL Interpreter Outreach

Do you sign American Sign Language (ASL)? We’d like to hear from you.

In order to increase accessibility of VAN-PAH events, we are looking for volunteers to provide interpretation. It doesn’t matter what level you are at as long you are willing to help.

Email VAN-PAH at vanpah@gmail.com title “ASL Interpreter Outreach”


VAN-PAH Reminders

To continue to be Good Pups and Handlers, we do have to make just a few additional reminders:
  • Please do not consume outside food or drink in the Pumpjack. We have been told that some of our members have been bringing in outside food and drink, as empty packaging has been found. Our host venue works hard not just for us, but also its other patrons.
  • When on the mats, please only wear clean, soft-sole shoes if you decide to keep your shoes on. The mats are delicate and expensive, and we hope that members are able to mosh on mats that are in the best shape possible.
  • When not on the mats please remember to wear shoes on your feet, this not only protects your paws from broken glass, various individuals from stepping on toes and of course from getting hurt. This is also a bar requirement and not something we can chose to ignore.
  • Gear is admired, but not required to attend any and all of VAN-PAH’s events.
  • Consent is not just mandatory, it is also sexy!

 

VAN-PAH special statement on COVID-19

Due to concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, VAN-PAH is postponing the following events until further notice:

Munch on March 19th,
Walkies to laser tag on March 22nd,
Members’ only mosh on March 24th,
April social on April 3rd,
April public mosh on April 4th.

We’re closely following the guidance and advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and other provincial health agencies.

To protect yourself and others, we ask that anyone who is feeling unwell refrain from going out unless necessary so that together we can ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone once we kick back in gear.

Barks and woofs,
Your VAN-PAH board.

[VAN-PAH] March 2020 Howl

Events

We have a lot planned for you this month. Don’t forget to checkout/subscribe to the calendar!


 

VAN-PAH Puppy-Tails Social

 

Friday, March 6th, 8:00pm until late
@ Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

 

Come on out for a social evening with everyone from our puppy and handler community. We’ll be meeting in the back area for the evening. 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!Cover starts at 9 PM, VAN-PAH members with current membership cards get in for free until 10 PM. DJ starts around 10PM for those that want to dance. Spread the word and lets all have a fun time!


VAN-PAH March Mosh

Saturday, March 7th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
@ Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

Whether you want to romp, socialize, or just explore, come on out and have some fun!

A mosh is an opportunity for pups and handlers to get together and socialize. You’ll find pups romping around, playing with toys, and having an all around blast while handlers socialize and play with the puppies.

*Always remember puppy gear is admired but never required! WAGS!

              


VAN-PAH: Mosh at VancouFur

Saturday, March 7th, 10:30pm – 12:30am
@ Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel,
15269 104 Ave, Surrey

Missed the VAN-PAH mosh? Haven’t had enough moshing? Come to VancouFur for a late night mosh!

VAN-PAH and VancouFur have worked together to host a mosh during the convention! Similar to our private moshes, simply present your current VAN-PAH membership at the door and mosh away with your new furry friends!

In addition, VAN-PAH members who donate a minimum of $10 will receive a dance pass to attend VancouFur’s Saturday night dance featuring furry talent both locally and from around the world.

This is a 19+ event.

The mosh will be held at the Fraser Room.           


VAN-PAH: Munch!

 

Thursday, March 19th, 7:00pm – 9:00am
@ The Taphouse Coquitlam,
405 North Rd #2, Coquitlam

 

Nom nom nom… Did someone say more food?!

Come out to the east side of town for delicious kibbles, drinks, and make new friends!No hoods or gear allowed as per the venue. Tail is okay as a costume prop.

Check out their menu here: https://thetaphouse.ca/menus/


 

VAN-PAH Walkies: Laser Tag

 

Sunday, March 22nd, 6:00pm
@ Planet Lazer,
109 Braid St Building E, New Westminster

 

Cost: $6/player per game after 6pm

Fire away fire away! Come meet Zan at Planet Lazer in New Westminster for walkies! This was a lot of fun last year so let’s have a blast. No masks/hoods but wear your pet shirts that glow.


VAN-PAH March Members Only Mosh

Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00pm – 9:00am
@ Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

We will have our regular mosh area closed off to make it our own private space. Wear what makes your tail wag. Normal safety rules are in effect with regard to spikes, hard soled shoes, etc. on the mats.

Nudity is allowed at this event but only on the mosh mats. When off the mat area underwear/jocks and shoes must be worn. Please keep in mind that sexual play is not permitted as we still need to follow bar rules in that regard.

Don’t have a membership yet? You will be able to get one at the event so come on down and join us!


Merchandise Survey

We are excited to set up a shop for y’all to buy VAN-PAH merchandise from. It’s important to hear what members would like to buy.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XN9MKXH


 

Committee Volunteers

VAN-PAH needs you!

The Board is still looking for volunteers for the Pride Committee, Camping Committee, Telegram Moderation Committee, and Bylaw Review Committee.

All interested members please send an email along to vanpah@gmail.com with the appropriate committee name in the subject line. For more information about specific committees, please refer to the email sent out earlier in the week, or email the board.


ASL Interpreter Outreach

Do you sign American Sign Language (ASL)? We’d like to hear from you.

In order to increase accessibility of VAN-PAH events, we are looking for volunteers to provide interpretation. It doesn’t matter what level you are at as long you are willing to help.

Email VAN-PAH at vanpah@gmail.com title “ASL Interpreter Outreach”


Rubbout 2020

April 3rd – 5th, 2020

 

Squeak? Bark? Squeak?! What is that I hear? A rubber puppy!

Rubbout is coming back this year, and to support VAN-PAH, Rubbout is offering VAN-PAH members the discount code “PIG” so you can buy a Weekend Pass with Sunday Brunch in March for $95 (regular $110).

A weekend pass includes:

  • Welcome Party, Friday 4 pm to 7 pm (free beer & pizza)
  • Demo Pit, Friday 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Friday Dance, free admission to Pumpjack up to 11 PM
  • Friday Night Backroom Party at Pumpjack– demos & play
  • Demo Pit, Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Saturday Workshops
  • Saturday Play Party at Central Studios with VIP quick entrance
  • Sunday Brunch with souvenir Rubber Duck

You can also buy a ticket to just the Men’s Play Party for $20 in March ($25 in April).

The Play Party will be one of the sexiest events in Vancouver with 2 DJs, a dance floor, and a dungeon.

We will also have the very popular Puppy Bowl mosh in place of our regular public mosh. There is no charge to attend the Puppy Bowl, just wander over to the Junction Pub, April 4th, 2 pm to 4 pm for a fun rubbery day of competition and barks!

More details at https://rubbout.com


 

VAN-PAH Reminders

To continue to be Good Animals and Handlers, we do have to make just a few additional reminders:
  • Please do not consume outside food or drink in the Pumpjack. We have been told that some of our members have been bringing in outside food and drink, as empty packaging has been found. Our host venue works hard not just for us, but also its other patrons.
  • When on the mats, please only wear clean, soft-sole shoes if you decide to keep your shoes on. The mats are delicate and expensive, and we hope that members are able to mosh on mats that are in the best shape possible.
  • When not on the mats please remember to wear shoes on your feet, this not only protects your paws from broken glass, various individuals from stepping on toes and of course from getting hurt. This is also a bar requirement and not something we can chose to ignore.
  • Gear is admired, but not required to attend any and all of VAN-PAH’s events.
  • Consent is not just mandatory, it is also sexy!

[VAN-PAH] Committee Recruitment

Looking to help serve the community? Now’s your chance to be a service pup and a helping handler!
VAN-PAH is recruiting volunteers to participate, help set up events, update the bylaw, and more!

Shadow Falls Camp Committee 

If a tree falls in the forest, and there is no one around to hear it fall… does it make a sound?

Well you can find out by joining the Shadow Falls Camp Committee, where together we can build on our successful camping excursion from last year.

We would like to put together a committee to help grow the event, come up with new ways to get involved and have fun whether it’s a group fire pit, a larger selection of games, or maybe organizing an excursion off the site to have a fun hike somewhere in the woods.

Chaired by TeeKay, you will help decide how the event shapes up. VAN-PAH would like 4 to 5 members to be on the committee.

All you need do is email vanpah@gmail.com with the title “Shadow Falls Camp Committee” and state your name with any ideas or suggestions to be made.

Pride Committee

Due to the overwhelming response of wanting a better and stronger presence at Vancouver Pride, the VAN-PAH Board will be putting together a committee to meet away from the regular moshes and board meetings, to decorate the float. Come up with a system that will allow our members rotate with carrying our banner, or Guard Dog duty for our moving vehicle. As a basic idea, with many other things to discuss,

Chaired by TeeKay, VAN-PAH would like to invite 4 to 5 members from the membership to be on the committee.

All you need do, is send an email to vanpah@gmail.com with the title VAN-PAH Pride Committee, with your name and what you would like to see for this year’s Pride.

It’s that simple.

We look forward to what comes next and can’t wait to start planning.

Bylaw Review Committee

Chaired by Clever with board members: Scooby, Werel, and Zan.

Work closely with the Board to help shape upcoming policy and bylaws for your organization!

The VAN-PAH Board are looking for volunteers for the Bylaw Review Committee.

Volunteers must be members in good standing and have a keen eye for policy and legalese. Due to the complex nature of the bylaw review process, volunteers will need to provide 3 or 4 working meeting commitments, plus an additional 15-20 hours of online work through Google Suite and Telegram.

Please send a short email to vanpah@gmail.com with the title Bylaw Review Committee if interested and list any relevant experience or knowledge. Scheduling for working meeting will be used to choose suitable community candidates.

VAN-PAH Official Barkroom Moderators

VAN-PAH is officially launching a Telegram group chat to help members of the community to socialize, communicate with the Board, and find information on upcoming events, and we need you to help the board moderating the group chat.

Administered by Yu-Kai, if you would like to help moderate the group, please send a short email to vanpah@gmail.com with the title “VAN-PAH Official Barkroom Moderators” if interested.

Special Report on the Directors Election during the 2020 VAN-PAH Annual General Meeting

ABSTRACT

During the 2020 VAN-PAH AGM, an incorrect tally of ballots was obtained during the election. Upon recounting these ballots, it was discovered that the electoral result was different than the one announced. To honour the democratic intentions of our members, the board will accept the recount and will declare the seven directors who won the most votes.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

19 January 2020

  • Membership Coordinator Scooby checked each member in and assigned every member in good standing a single ballot. As members were checked in, a tally mark was made to indicate their ballot was received.

  • Chairperson Clever called the meeting to order and noted 38 members in good standing were present. The meeting then proceeded according to the approved agenda. Prior to the election, four additional members arrived and were assigned ballots. The total number of ballots distributed was 42.

  • The Chair proposed that the board would take the seven highest vote totals as the newly elected directors based on the tally results from the invigilators.

  • Treasurer Tugger and VAN-PAH member Daddy Mark put forward their names to invigilate the elections process. This motion was unopposed and adopted.

  • The Chair instructed members to make between one and seven marks on each ballot, then place the ballots in a container at the invigilators’ table.

  • Mark and the Treasurer independently tallied ballots and compared their results. They each took a ballot in turn and initialed them, then tallied the votes separately.

  • Mark and the Treasurer notified the Chair that their tallies disagreed for three nominees, one of which would affect the selection of the seventh position. Both tallies gave 25 votes to Pup Roxy, one tally gave 25 votes to Wolf Zan, and one tally gave 26 votes to Wolf Zan.

  • The Chair proposed a motion to accept the tallied results for the first six directors. The motion passed unopposed.

  • The Chair ordered a recount of the ballots between Roxy and Zan.

  • Mark and the Treasurer jointly recounted the ballots and informed the Chair that the results indicated a tie, with both Roxy and Zan receiving 25 votes.

  • The Chair proposed a motion to have a second runoff ballot between Zan and Roxy to choose the seventh director. The motion passed unopposed.

  • The second ballot was distributed by the Membership Coordinator, again marking off when members received their ballots.

  • Six fewer votes were distributed in the second round of voting, for a total of 36 votes.

  • The second round ballots were collected and tallied by the Treasurer and Mark. The tally indicated that Roxy had won the second round of balloting.

  • The Chair proposed a motion to accept the results of the tallies be accepted as the seven new directors. The motion passed unopposed.

  • The meeting was adjourned, and the Treasurer transferred all 78 ballots to Clever, acting as the Secretary.

  • The newly elected directors held a short board meeting to elect board positions.

  • Clever had concerns over the accuracy of the reported count and examined the ballots. He notified the board of a potential discrepancy and asked for an official recount.

20 January 2020

  • Ballots were transferred from Clever to Mark for a recount to be performed. The transfer was documented to the officers through Telegram.

  • Mark performed a recount of the first round ballots and checked each ballot for his initials to verify the original ballots. All 42 originally cast ballots were re-tabulated. During the recount, Mark serialized the ballots to guard against double counting.

  • Mark’s new tabulation indicated Zan won the first round of balloting with 26 votes to Roxy’s 25 votes.

21 January 2020

  • Ballots were transferred from Mark to Clever.

  • Director’s meeting was held at Pumpjack Pub. All 2020 directors were present except Pup Roxy.
  • A motion was introduced for the board to accept Mark’s recount and to ask Tugger to recount the ballots. The motion passed.
  • Scooby made a motion to hold a new election. The directors voted 5/1 against the motion and it was defeated.
22 January 2020
  • Ballots were transferred from Clever to Tugger for a recount to be performed.

  • Tugger performed a recount of the first round ballots and checked each ballot for his initials to verify the original ballots. All 42 originally cast ballots were re-tabulated.

  • Tugger’s new tabulation indicated Zan won the first round of balloting with 26 votes to Roxy’s 25 votes.

POSITION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

It is our unanimously held belief that our members’ votes are of critical importance. All other things being equal, it is the will of our membership that should be followed.

It is the board’s belief that ignoring the outcome of the first round of balloting is inappropriate.

During the AGM, Tugger and Mark were appointed as invigilators, and this was unopposed by the assembly. As such, Tugger and Mark became de facto members of a committee whose responsibility was to tally the votes and report on the seven highest vote totals. The assembly passed motions to accept the reports from those committees, not to confirm the directors themselves. The verbal report from the invigilators for the top seven where as follows; Werel 36, Pack Puppy 36, Yu-Kai 34, Scooby 30, Teekay 29, Clever 26, Roxy and Zan 25.

After the AGM, Clever notified the board of a potential discrepancy and asked for an immediate official recount. Clever transferred the votes to Mark, who provided a revised count of the ballots. The board then met and formally approved Mark’s revised count, and formally requested Tugger to also perform a recount. The board passed a motion to update the AGM minutes with information about the inaccuracy and update the published electoral results to the correct ones.

It is the board’s belief that the second round of balloting is invalidated by the outcome of the first round.

Ballots were signed out by Scooby, initialed by Mark and Tugger, and after the election, were in the possession of a director or invigilator at all times. The board has confidence in the recount as provided by Tugger and Mark.

Since neither the Societies Act, nor our bylaws state anything beyond that directors must win their election, it is to the board to determine the details of that process. The board believes that the unambiguous outcome of the first round of balloting is relevant, and cannot simply be discarded because of a lack of detail around recounts or tabulation.

OUTCOMES

In the course of this election, the board has noted several areas that bylaws and procedures will need to be improved. Our bylaws do not contain any specific language around the way elections operate. It does not state what to do in the event of a tie, how to score ballots, or how to conduct runoffs. There is no language to indicate how a recount can be requested, or for how long following an election one can be called for. Absent any specific guidance, the Act requires that the board act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the society. We believe that honouring the original democratic intent of our electors is how to best do this.

After the tabulation process, the invigilators raised several concerns with the board. These included the random ordering of candidates on ballots, a noisy and poorly lit area for tabulating, time pressure on the invigilators, and a lack of clarity around what to do with discordant results.

Unfortunately, this puts the board in a difficult position. Due to challenges around the tabulation process, our invigilators mistakenly indicated that a tie had occurred. We now know that was incorrect. In debating how to handle this anomaly, the board has repeatedly stressed the importance of following the democratic intent of its members. While changes need to be made around how elections are performed in the future, the board needed to make a decision about this event without that guidance.

The board is aware that no solution we choose will make everyone happy. This was a mistake that occurred at a sensitive moment and led to the incorrect announcement being made. While there are those who would have preferred the board simply move on and ignore the error, it is the position of the board that this would be fundamentally antidemocratic.

We cannot expect that elections or tabulations will be perfect, but we can provide a framework in the future for what to do when these errors occur again.

The board regrets the emotional distress this outcome may have caused, both to the candidates standing for election, our invigilators, and our members. We will work to provide clarity going forward on the proposed changes to our bylaws so that members are aware of how elections will work in the future.

Yours In service,

The Directors, Vancouver Pups and Handlers

February 2020 Howl

Events

We have a lot planned for you this month. Don’t forget to checkout/subscribe to the calendar!


It’s that time of year again! NW PAH is super excited to present the 2020 NW-PAH Tour!
All three PAH groups in the Northwest Region have lots planned, so make a friend, carpool, share a hotel room, and have lots of fun as we make our way throughout the region.

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VAN-PAH Puppy-Tails Social

Friday, January 31st, 8:00pm until late
@ Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

Come on out for a social evening with everyone from our puppy and pet community. We’ll be meeting in the back area, that is our space for the evening. 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.

DJ starts around 10pm for those that want to dance. Spread the word and lets all have a fun time!


PAH Tour – Saturday Brunch

Saturday, February 1st, 10:00am – 2:00pm
@ The Capital, 1178 Davie St, Vancouver

Get ready for a day of moshing and friends with brunch at The Capital on Davie Street!


PAH Tour – Handler Round Table 2020
Presented by Sir J, NW Handler 2020

Saturday, February 1st, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
@ Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

Identity: What is it to you to be a handler and how do you show it?

Come join Werel Wolf and Sir J in a round table conversation as we explore different topics on what it is to each of us to be a handler and how we can build stronger bonds with each other, our pup/pet companions, and the wider communities we are a part of.


VAN-PAH January Mosh

Saturday, February 1st, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
@ Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

Join the pups and handlers of VAN-PAH for our special PAH Tour mosh!

Whether you are going to romp, socialize, or just explore, come on out and have some fun!

A mosh is an opportunity for pups and handlers to get together and socialize. You’ll find pups romping around, playing with toys, and having an all around blast while handlers socialize and play with the puppies.

We will have a special handler roundtable before the mosh, and Sir J will be raffling off a chainmail harness in VAN-PAH colours as a fundraiser. Don’t miss this extra special mosh!

*Always remember puppy gear is admired but never required! WAGS!

Mosh Time


Member-Driven Event:
BARK IN THE DARK!
Official Launch Party!
Presented by Daddy Lix & Art and Leisure

Saturday, February 1st, 8:00pm – 1:00am
@ Central Studios, 856 Seymour St, Vancouver

BARK IN THE DARK is a place for Pups And Handlers to just be themselves and enjoy a space that is curated for them.

Our goal is to grow and nurture a happy Pacific Northwest Puppy And Handler community.

Bark In The Dark parties presents an opportunity for PAH + lovers, electronic music party lovers, kink party lovers and the LGBTQ+ communities to get creative, intermingle, socialize and dance in a safe, consent-based environment with sensual vibes and dirty basslines (WOOF!!!). Dress up or come casual, all are welcome to come out and play!

Bark In The Dark is a new event at Vancouver’s new downtown queer / alternative / kink-positive arts cabaret, Central Studios.

More details and tickets can be purchased here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bark-in-the-dark-nwpah-tour-addition-tickets-88294275555


Walkies: PAHs on Ice

Sunday, February 23, 1:00pm – 3:15pm
@ Starbucks, 1752 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Come join us for hot cocoa or your beverage of choice at Starbucks on the Drive around 1:00 where we can sit back and enjoy each others company before our short walk up to the Britannia Rink where we can skate our little hearts out and hopefully not damage ourselves or others too much in the process.

Public skating begins at 1:45pm and goes until 3:15pm. Admission is $6.53, and skate rental is $3.30.


Annual General Meeting Results

Thank you to everyone who came out to the annual general meeting, to Pumpjack Pub for the hosting space, and to Vancouver Men in Leather for the delicious noms.

We welcome the four of our previous board directors who will continue to serve on the new board: Clever, Scooby, TeeKay, and Yu-Kai. In addition, let us welcome our three new board directors: PackPuppy, Werel, and Zan.

The minutes of this year’s AGM can be found here.

For further information about this year’s election at the AGM, please watch our official channels for a report from the board.

Last but not least, congratulations to the recipients of Puppy of the Year and Handler of the Year: Pup Roxy and Daddy Dave!

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VAN-PAH Reminders

To continue to be Good Animals and Handlers, we do have to make just a few additional reminders:

  • Please no outside food or drinks be brought into Pumpjack. We have been told that some of our members have been bringing in outside food/drinks into PJ’s, as empty packaging has been found. We are sorry to mention this, but our host venue work’s hard not just for us, but also it’s other patrons and we need to look after our venue.
  • When not on the mats please remember to wear shoes on your feet, this not only protects your paws from broken glass, various individuals from stepping on toes and of course from getting hurt. This is also a bar requirement and not something we can chose to ignore.
  • Gear is admired, but not required to attend any and all of VAN-PAH’s events.
  • Consent is not just mandatory, it is also sexy!