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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!

 

January 2020 Howl

VAN-PAH Puppy-Tails Social

Friday, January 3rd, 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.

VAN-PAH January Mosh

Join the pups and handlers of VAN-PAH for our regular monthly mosh!

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

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.

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

Walkies to Trampoline

Sunday, January 12th, 3:00pm – 4:30pm @
Extreme Air Park
109 Braid St Building E, New Westminster

Jump and romp our way into the new year! *pounce*

January walkies will be at Extreme Air Park in New Westminster. A 6-minute walk from Braid station. Bring your hood and gear and come show off your coolest, fanciest puppy bounces!

VAN-PAH 2020 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, January 19th, 1:00pm @
Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

Please join us to review the status of the society, elect our new directors, ask questions of the board, and help us celebrate the recipients of the Puppy and Handler of the Year awards.

Our bylaws do not permit proxy or electronic voting. We will continue to process new and renewal memberships until the AGM. Your membership must be current in order to vote.

Candidate biographies are included in this notice. Our bylaws and constitution are available upon request. We hope to see all of you there!

January Members Only Mosh

Tuesday, January 21st, 7:00 – 9:00pm @ Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

We will have our regular mosh area all closed off to make it our own private space. Wear what makes your puppy 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!

VAN-PAH Reminders

To continue to be Good Animals and Handlers, we do have to make just a few additional reminders.
  • Membership Reminder: It’s that time of year when the Second renewals of VAN-PAH memberships are coming up. Watch your inbox for a reminder email and check out the Membership Perks page to refresh your memory about all the cool stuff you get with VAN-PAH membership!

  • 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 Shoe’s 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!

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

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The Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Pups and Handlers Society (BC:S0069557) will be held:

Sunday, January 19th 2020, 1:00PM

At Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC.

Please join us to review the status of the society, elect our new directors, ask questions of the board, and help us celebrate the recipients of the Puppy and Handler of the Year awards.

Our bylaws do not permit proxy or electronic voting. We will continue to process new and renewal memberships until the AGM. Your membership must be current in order to vote.

Candidate biographies are included in this notice. Our bylaws and constitution are available upon request. We hope to see all of you there!

Download candidate biographies here

View the current bylaws here

December Howl

VAN-PAH General Announcement

Hey VAN-PAH,

Thank you for taking the time to read through this months Howl, it contains all the latest and relevant information.

Due to the holiday season during the month of December, VAN-PAH is reducing its events, but don’t despair. There is still plenty to do and we really wish to encourage some Member Driven events, as there is a great deal to be done in and around Vancouver this time of the year.

Provided in this Howl are a few places for our local PAH to check out. Assemble together and enjoy the festive Holiday Season.

Happy Holidays to all of VAN-PAH members, and we will see you at the Holiday Mosh and the New Year!

VAN-PAH Award Nominations

Every New Year brings out the best in all of us, with goals and aspirations to make.

Some of these goals are to help your local community, and once again it is that time of year where we ask for Nominations for Handler of the Year and Puppy of the Year which is a community award for all of those good deeds throughout the year.

Whether it is witnessing a Puppy or Handler being at every Social, Mosh & Event or as little as being a helping Paw in introducing a new Puppy or Handler into the community. It can be for any valid reason.

Simply send your Nominations to vanpah@gmail.com with “VANPAH 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 15th of December, anything submitted after this period will not be counted.

Any votes for the VAN-PAH board will also be discounted.

Happy voting and we look forward to announcing the winners.

VAN-PAH Puppy-Tails Social

Friday, December 6th, 8:00pm until late @ Pumpjack

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.

VAN-PAH December Mosh

Join the Pups and Handlers of VAN-PAH for our Holiday Mosh!

Saturday, December 7th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm @ Pumpjack, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

What’s that off in the distance? Could it be the jingling of sleigh bells?

Join us, Saturday, December 7th from 2-5 PM at The Pumpjack Pub for a very special holiday mosh!

We will have lots of goodies and surprises for everyone, with an extra hour of fun! There will be a raffle of some holiday themed items, plus goodie bags.

Bring your holiday spirit and baking to our popular treat table – last year many of our community members brought cookies, bars, and other snacks to share. For homemade items, a small sign indicating the possible allergens is greatly appreciated so that everyone can enjoy.

For the first time, we will also be trying out a white elephant gift exchange. It’s fun and easy! If you want to participate, bring a wrapped $20 gift to the mosh and we will handle everything else!

We will also have a visit from Santa Claus and his amazing elf, who have volunteered to take photos with everyone, so wear your gear, grab your friends, and smile for the camera!

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.

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

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Holiday Seasonal Events
Member Driven

Due to the holiday season and how busy it can be, we have retired any further events from VAN-PAH this month. You will find several Holiday events listed below that you can attend on your own or create a Member Driven event to get all your local friends and Pups and Handlers together. Here is but a small selection:

Vancouver Christmas Market @ Jack Poole Plaza, Nov 20th – Dec 24th
Festival of Lights @ VanDusen, Nov 30th – Dec 24th
Santa Claus Parade @ Vancouver Art Gallery, Dec 1st, 12pm
Christmas @ Canada Place, Dec 6th – Jan 1st 2020
Downtown Vancouver Christmas Lights Walk @ JJ Bean, 1188 alberni, Dec 7th 3-5pm

November Howl

 

VAN-PAH General Announcement

 

Hey VAN-PAH,

Thank you for taking the time to read through this months Howl, it contains all the latest and relevant information.

Thank you to those who took the time out to fill in the Christmas Survey Mosh, the info you have provided was very interesting.

It will also help shape the Christmas Mosh, so stay tuned for more Holiday information.

Another Survey will be released next week, this will be to help facilitate your voice to be heard at the upcoming AGM. The questions will be related to VANPAH and will be another opportunity to have your say, as your board we can only do so much. These surveys are your opportunity to anonymously give back feedback, just remember to be constructive, no short answers and think about what you want to say.

 

Walkies to the Ghost Train

October 28th @ 6.30 – 9pm @ Stanley Park Railway, 690 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver, BC

AwoOOoooOOOOooo! *Rattles Leash*

In the dead of night, a rumble along the darkened track can be heard. You are unsure of the sound, as it gets louder.

The abandoned railway has been empty for years, why is there a train? You look down the track and look on in surprise as a Ghost Train full of Pups and Handlers comes rolling into the station much to the bemused look of the other passengers.

That’s right we’re heading to Stanley Park for the all so spooky Alice in Nightmare land.

Don’t forget to bring glowy/shiny things as there will be blacklights, spooky pictures and of course the main attraction a ride along the Ghost Train.

VAN-PAH Puppy-Tails Social

Friday, November 1st, 8:00pm until late @ Pumpjack
Come on out for a social evening with everyone from our puppy and pet community. We’ll be meeting in the back area, that for our birthday weekend 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.

VAN-PAH November Mosh

Join the pups and Handlers of VAN-PAH for our regular monthly mosh!

Saturday, November 2nd, 2:00pm – 4:00pm @ The PumpJack, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

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.

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

Walkies to Bowling

Friday, November 15th at 6:30 PM @ Rev’s Burnaby, 5502 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby

Looking for a way to get your paws on a bunch of balls? (Did someone say BALL?!?!?!)

November walkies will be at Rev’s Bowling in Burnaby on Friday November 15th. Puppies, handlers, friends, and fun! Rev’s is located within a few minutes’ walk of Holdom Skytrain station, and serves both food and alcohol.

Please RSVP to Scooby via Telegram (He is in the BC chat) or VANPAH email: vanpah@gmail.com (Please but VANPAH bowling in the subject) by Friday November 8th so we can be sure to have enough room for everyone and more importantly exact numbers for attendance. As Scooby will be handling the booking for the event.

**THIS IS IMPORTANT** As VANPAH will be paying for you to play, if you do not RSVP you will have to pay for your own game. This also means you will have to be a current/registered Member so you must present your Membership card upon arrival.

Masks and gear are encouraged! Come out and have some fun with us!

VAN-PAH Reminders

To continue to be Good Animals and Handlers, we do have to make just a few additional reminders.
  • Membership Reminder: It’s that time of year when the Second renewals of VAN-PAH memberships are coming up. Watch your inbox for a reminder email and check out the Membership Perks page to refresh your memory about all the cool stuff you get with VAN-PAH membership!

  • 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 Mat’s please remember to wear Shoe’s 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!

October Howl 2019

October Events

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

 

VAN-PAH General Announcement

 

Hey VAN-PAH,

Thank you for taking the time to read through this months Howl, it contains all the latest and relevant information.

SEPTEMBER PUPDATE

September Walkies will be at Richmond, Night Market on Saturday 28th not Friday. It was a mistake pointed out in the last howl. An announcement will go out several times next week to make sure the message gets out.Earlier in the week, we also released the Christmas Survey, to hear your voices and what you would like for the festive season.

If you have not completed the Survey yet, there is still plenty of time to make it happen:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q8M85CY

Northwest Puppy & Handler Contest Winners

Congratulations to our newest North West Title holders Sir J from Seattle and Pup Rufio from Portland. We wish you a year full of love and success for the beginning of your title year.

 

Walkies to the Night Market

September 28th @ 6.30 – 9pm 8351 River Rd, Richmond, BC 

Awoo! Are you a hungry puppy? Do you like shopping for stuff? Join VAN-PAH as we go to the Richmond Night Market. Bring your gear and brave the crowds with us on Saturday September 28th at 6.30 pm. Richmond Night Market is easily accessible by car or a short walk from Bridgeport station, and has hundreds of food stalls, vendors, and other attractions.

Meet near the main entrance and we’ll go in as a group. Admission will be paid once everyone is assembled, (BRING CASH FOR VENDORS) Dress for the weather since this is an outdoor event. Food, shopping, and puppy shenanigans!

WALKIES PUPDATE

VANPAH will pay for your ticket into the Night Market, however you must be on time and arrive promptly at 6.30pm if you are late you may have to buy your own ticket.

VAN-PAH Puppy-Tails Social

Friday, October 4th, 8:00pm until late @ Pumpjack

 

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

VAN-PAH September Mosh

Join the pups and Handlers of VAN-PAH for our regular monthly mosh!

Saturday, October 5th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm @ The PumpJack, 1167 Davie St, Vancouver

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.

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

              

 

Walkies to the Ghost Train

October 28th @ 6.30 – 9pm @ Stanley Park Railway, 690 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver, BC

AwoOOoooOOOOooo! *Rattles Leash*

In the dead of night, a rumble along the darkened track can be heard. You are unsure of the sound, as it gets louder.

The abandoned railway has been empty for years, why is there a train? You look down the track and look on in surprise as a Ghost Train full of Pups and Handlers comes rolling into the station much to the bemused look of the other passengers.

That’s right we’re heading to Stanley Park for the all so spooky Alice in Nightmare land.

Don’t forget to bring glowy/shiny things as there will be blacklights, spooky pictures and of course the main attraction a ride along the Ghost Train.

VAN-PAH Reminders

To continue to be Good Animals and Handlers, we do have to make just a few additional reminders.
  • Membership Reminder: It’s that time of year when the first renewals of VAN-PAH memberships are coming up. Watch your inbox for a reminder email and check out the Membership Perks page to refresh your memory about all the cool stuff you get with VAN-PAH membership!

  • 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 Mat’s please remember to wear Shoe’s 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 VANP-PAH’s events.
  • Consent is not just mandatory, it is also sexy!