The Mission of the North Brunswick Humane Association is to provide education and guidance to our community in pet and wildlife issues through various community groups, civic organizations, and school boards for the purpose of enhancing quality of life for our pets, wildlife and residents. We also support endeavors that promote humane and protective services in the treatment of animals.

September 2013 Monthly Meeting Minutes


North Brunswick Humane Association

September Monthly Meeting

7:30pm – September 9, 2013

710 Hermann Road –NB Community Complex

Employee Lounge- Basement Floor


The Meeting Called to Order  was called to order at 7:35pm by Jay Soloway

In Attendance: Michele Andrea, Dan Smith ,Lisa Coletta, Jay Soloway, Donna Hildreth, Diana Sichta, Ann Marie Walters, Judy Kosior , Sharon Weinstein-Canavan, Erica Bundy, Eileen King, Sam Clark, Carol Paszamant, Jane Prestup, Ann Marie Walters and Gina Rojek.

Opening & Introductions by the Membership took place

The August Minutes were read and accepted by the Membership

Treasurer’s Report – Vincent Sheehan – No Update


  • Dog/Cat Food Bank – Update- Sandi Erickson- No Update
  • Donation Cans Update – Update – Sandi Erickson – No Update

Events & New Business:

  • Claire Butkus- Many of the members paid tribute to Claire and her passing. Michele Andrea, spoke about NBHA’s intention to  honor Claire by planting a tree in her name in the North Brunswick Dog  Park. Ann Marie Walters will plant a 2nd tree as well in  Claire’s honor. The North Brunswick Park & Recreation Dept has  indicated they will work with us to complete the planting. NBHA will honor Claire at the 10th Annual Dog Walk-a-Thon with this effort.
  • Claire Butkus – A Way to Honor  Claire- Lisa  Coletta spoke conceptual to the membership and proposed the following. Since Claire was a founding member of NBHA I think it’s  appropriate to create a memorial in her name that will keep on giving, year      after year. Given her love of both animals and education, Lisa propose  that we create an annual $1,000 scholarship in Claire’s name for a high  school senior who will be going into animal-related studies( animal  science, biology or whatever future veterinarians study, a vet tech  program, etc.) Obviously, some research is needed and we will need someone  willing to run this program. We could be proper and formal and call it the  Clare Butkus Memorial Scholarship or we could go simple and sweet and call  it Clare’s Gift. This was well received by the membership and there is  more to come.
  • Proposed By-Law Change– Sharon Weinstein-Canavan & Jay Soloway explained and read the current By-Law 4.1- Classes of Membership– Any person may become an Individual member with an annual payment of a membership fee  of $10.00.  They read the proposed  change to By Law- 4.1 to state–  Classes of Membership- Any person may become an Individual member with  an annual payment of a membership fee to be determined by the board and  approved by the membership. All were in favor of the proposed changed and it was  passed and accepted by the membership.
  • TNR Proposed Budget-Donna Hildreth proposed a budget of $5000 be set aside as a TNR Fund for the following purpose
  1.  Provide a community education and outreach program, which will include hands-on training, as well as the distribution of printed materials. The education and outreach program shall have the following goals:
    1. Promote TNR as the most effective and humane way to control the population of community cats.
    2. Teach people how to conduct TNR on their own.
    3. Build public tolerance for community cats.
    4. Teach people ways to peacefully co-exist with cats in the neighborhood.
    5. Establish a trap bank.
    6. Remove financial barriers to TNR by providing funds to cover the costs for spaying/neutering and related medical expenses, as necessary. (We are in the process of exploring areas for targeted TNR.)

We anticipate apportioning the funds as follows:

  • $500.00 for traps
  • $1000 for printed materials for training and outreach
  • $3500 for spaying and neutering and other medical expenses

All were in favor of the creation of a TNR Fund and it was passed and accepted by the membership.

  • NBHA Sponsored TNR Training– Donna Hildreth reminder      everyone about this upcoming program- delivered by People for Animals- to  be held in Our Lady of Peace Recreation Center on Route 130 N on Tuesday,  September 24th from 7pm-9pm
  • 10th Annual Dog Walk-a-Thon- October 20, 2013 – Committee  Updates- $3500 budget was proposed and passed by the Membership. Each  Committee updated the membership.
  • Heritage Day Saturday, September 28th from 1pm-9pm at the North Brunswick Community Park- Jay Soloway reminder the membership of this upcoming event.
  • ·        Bowl-a-Thon- October 5th – Saturday, October 5th -6:00pm-10:00pm- Brunswick Zone Carolier- Jay Soloway thanked Cheryl Vitow for provided NBHA with color flyers.

Your $25 ticket includes, 2 Hours of bowling, Rental Shoes, 2 slices of Pizza & Soda or $10 No Bowling, includes 2 slices of Pizza & Soda.

  • Proposed Annual Recognition Dinner – Donna Hildreth proposed an annual event in which people are acknowledge and      recognized for their contribution to NBHA. More to come.
  • Puppy Mill Store Legislation- Jay Soloway and Vincent Sheehan spoke once again in front of the Town Council at their meeting on the proposal  legislation on banning Puppy Stores from selling Dogs & Cats in North  Brunswick. They felt it was well received and look forward to their action in the near future.
  • L’Oreal Event- Jay Soloway thanked Nancy Costello and Judy Kosior on the handling of the  L’Oreal Event. 

Good & Welfare:

  • Diana Sichta addressed the membership support on a countywide Humane Society legislation  in the works. Diana is asking for the membership’s support to fill out postcards and mail in them in. A separate email on this subject with instructions will be sent.
  • Diane Sichta recommended NBHA start publishing a NBHA Newsletter. We are seeking  those individuals with layout, graphics and design experience to work with Diana. It was discussed to contact the local High School for students with  these interests and skill sets.
  • Michele Andrea read and passed around the Thank You notes from the 3rd  grade students at the Livingston Park Elementary School showing their  appreciation to Ann Marie Walters and Claire Butkus and their team of NBHA  Educational Program Presenters. The thank you notes were very appreciated.
  • NBHA Educational Program- AnnMarie is looking for volunteers  for this year’s program. We need people who have the time during the day to present pre-designed educational information to varies 3rd  grades classes in the local schools. Jane & Dave Prestup have volunteered to join the program this year. We still need more people.
  • Jay Soloway announced that NBHA is looking for a slate of Officers to serve the organization in 2014. The current Officers’ term of office is over at  the end of 2013 and by virtue of the By-Laws cannot serve a fourth term in      their current position. Many of the officers have communicated they will not be seeking another position in the organization in 2014. If anyone is interested, please contact NBHA through our website.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:40pm

The next meeting is TBD due to the Columbus Day Holiday being celebrated on Monday, October 14th. The meeting is current tentative for Tuesday, October 15th at 7:30pm in the NB Township Complex.