Lane County Veterinary Medical Association
|Posted by lcvma on February 22, 2010 at 1:02 AM|
Dear LCVMA member – 2/17/2010
By now, you should have all received Dr. Mary Whitlock’s letter concerning her proposal to help fund the lane county’s disaster response trailer out of the saved funds of the LCVMA (which currently total over thirty thousand dollars). The board feels that we have discussed this topic sufficiently that it is time to vote on this issue. I am including a few other topics in this ballot, which we discussed at the last meeting. Please vote and drop the ballot back in the mail. It will also be possible to vote by ballot at our next meeting on March 9th. You can also vote by emailing me directly at [email protected], or calling my cell phone at 541-912-2454. Once a quorum has been reached, a majority vote will pass the measure. You must be a paid member for your vote to be counted.
Disaster Response Trailer – For details, please see recent letter sent by Dr. Mary Whitlock and the brief summary included here. This letter can also be found in the News section of the LCVMA website: www.freewebs.com/lcvma.
( ) I am in favor of the LCVMA contributing to the funding of the Lane County Disaster Response Trailer.
( ) I am not in favor of the LCVMA contributing to the funding of the Lane County Disaster Response Trailer
Varying the Date of LCVMA meetings – Some members have expressed disappointment that our meetings and CE always occur on Tuesday night. The scheduling of the meeting is currently in the bylaws. Changing the bylaws such that the date of the meeting could vary would allow attendance by more LCVMA members. The meeting date and time would be announced at the previous meeting, followed by a fax one week prior. It would always occur on the second week of the month.
( ) I am in favor of changing the LCVMA bylaws to allow more flexible scheduling of the CE lectures and meetings, thereby allowing more members to attend.
( ) I am not in favor of changing the LCVMA bylaws for the purpose stated above.
OVC money – Last years OVC refund is approximately $788. We would like to vote on the contribution of this money towards a deserving organization that will also be able to promote the LCVMA to the public. Please see the enclosed letters detailing the arguments for the proposals below.
( ) I would like the LCVMA to donate this money to the TNR program at Greenhill Humane Society.
( ) I would like the LCVMA to purchase an ad in the Register Guard to feature a homeless animal from LCAS.
( ) I would like the LCVMA to donate this money to the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the OVMA.
PLEASE VOTE AND RETURN IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPES
(If you are concerned about anonymity, please bring this ballot to the March meeting where there will be a ballot box. Liz Gray will be the only one to open the ballots if they are sent by mail.)
EXPLANATIONS OF BALLOT ITEMS
LCVMA ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAILER PROJECT SPRING 2010
LCVMA will purchase and gift to the people of Lane County a 6’ X17’ animal emergency response trailer. We will then conduct a fundraising campaign in our clinics to equip the trailer. LCVMA will donate ½ of the funds for the campaign which will match the other ½ we raise in our clinics. An approximate total cost of the campaign is $12,500 - $14,200 – LCVMA’s donation would be approximately $6500 - $7100. What a great way for LCVMA to become involved in education of the entire county regarding preparing ourselves, our pets, our households and our businesses for an emergency situation. This will be a win-win for LCVMA and all of us as veterinarians and citizens helping our neighbors in a very positive way for years to come!!!
SUMMARIES FOR PROPOSED DONATION OF OVC FUNDS
TNR PROGRAM AT GREENHILL HUMANE SOCIETY (Gail Schroder)
Thank you for considering Greenhill for your donation of the funds from recent CE meetings. Based on feedback from the volunteer vets, additional services and supportive care for the cats (such as Revolution, additional pain medication, SQ fluids, FeLV/FIV testing for suspect cats) is warranted to improve the program. At this time, some of the following services have been provided, at Greenhill’s expense, when the volunteer vet feels that it is needed. Ideally the cost of these services should be covered by the TNR program, and for more animals than just those with a desperate need.
The question has been raised as to how the LCVMA would get public recognition for this donation. Greenhill highlights the TNR program, including the basis for its funding and the services provided by volunteer vets, in public tours, presentations, and outreach events (such as with Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions Club, McKenzie Business Assn, church groups, Eugene Celebration, off-site adoptions, etc). We reach a much larger and varied audience by having articles that are not just on one page of the Register Guard, but various sections of the RG such as:
and in the Eugene Weekly (http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2009/04/16/dogcatcher.html) , in both the spring 2009 and winter 2009 Greenhill quarterly newsletters, in press releases, and in advertising for Greenhill’s TNR trapping course taught by Randi Golub. Outreach is a big part of what Greenhill does every day, and we love to highlight how our community can work together to help the animals!
ADVERTISEMENT FOR HOMELESS PET IN THE REGISTER GUARD (Jerry Boggs)
I would request that the LCVMA continue to support the pictures that appear in the Register Guard about dogs and cats that are up for adoption at LCAS. Our association revives recognition for this sponsorship and lets the people of Lane County know that we have an organization which supports animals. The adoption rate for those animals that appear in the RG ads, I am told, is high and it encourages people to go to LCAS for adoption of other animals as well. I believe it is in the best interest for all parties concerned to continue to support these adoption ads.
OVMA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (Suggested by DuWayne Penfold, summarized by Liz Gray)
The political action committee (PAC) of the OVMA works to identify and support individuals running for office (or already in office) in Oregon who represent the interests of the veterinary community. It then helps educate and guide these legislators regarding laws that are relevant to veterinarians. The PAC ensures that our elected officials act on our behalf to argue for or against laws that affect us as veterinarians, thereby giving our profession a legal and unified voice.
Dr. Penfold’s proposal is to donate the OVC kickback money to the PAC of the OVMA. Any donations that come into the PAC are passed on to these legislators for the benefit of the OVMA membership. There is no other organization or committee that protects the interests of Oregon veterinarians by acting as a “watch-dog” for the laws and bills being proposed in our state.