NBHA July General Meeting
Municipal Building, Hermann Road, North Brunswick, – July 13, 2015-7:30PM
CALL TO ORDER Vincent Sheehan
ATTENDEES: Vincent Sheehan, Dan Smith, Diana Sichta, Sharon Weinstein-Canavan, Judy Kosior, Connie Hambel, Donna Hildreth, Emily Trager, Susan Keller, Michele Andrea, Jocelyn Caffrey, Annemarie Walters, Linda Sheehan, Beth Meichenbaum, Sam Love, Debra Love, Sandra Erickson, Sandra Bucci, Valerie Carrol, Nancy Costello, Carol Paszamant
REPORTS- OFFICERS, BOARD, SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Minutes Approval – June Minutes were read and approved. Complete report available on request.
Treasurer’s Report – Report read and approved. Complete report available on request.
CCP/TNR –As of June 30, a total of 387 cats that were TNR’d through our program. The Food Drive was a success and the program is becoming more well-known. Two additional Trainings are scheduled around Feral Cat Day (October 16). A&P has a scheduled Food Drive for September 11. July 18 and 19, we will attend the Cat Show (Expo Center in Somerset) with a TNR table. There are 40 cats that need to be fixed in July.
Fundraising- Over 50 NBHA towels and other merchandise was sold, including 4 at the SCAD. Dan has final totals.
Pet Food Donations- 43 cats and 4 dogs were fed. Donation cans were distributed at the meeting. Suggestion: Cans are also great places for your spare change!
Event Updates- TNR Training -8 people attended the training presented by Donna. PFA agreed to do the training every other month.
4th of July Parade- This is a great, low expense way to network and it is wonderful for public relations. Despite a great response from the crowd, lack of participation from NBHA members was disappointing. We will have to revisit possibilities for next year, keeping in mind that registration for the event is early in the year.
National Night Out- Tuesday, August 4. 5:30PM-8:30PM at the North Brunswick Police Station
We currently need a representative from NBHA. Please indicate your interest, if you can help. Please call: 732-202-5276.
Heritage Day – Saturday, September 19. 1PM. North Brunswick Community Park
Rain Date-September 20.
We need help to table the event. If you can help, please call: 732-202-5276.
Dine to Donate –
Some suggestions for possible dining locations were discussed. Sandy will research and update. Barbara will check with Bertucci’s for a possible date in October.
12th Annual Dog Walk and Adoption. Sunday October 4th
Fee for registration is $15 for each dog (paid in advance), and $5 for each extra dog. Or $20 registration the day of the event. We will need to work on Public Relations for the event. Michele will schedule more meetings for volunteers, publish minutes and further plans for the event.
Proposed Budget for the event: $2500 was Approved.
Rutgers Farmer’s Market-Ongoing Fridays
Farmer’s Market still welcomes a representative from NBHA on Fridays at the Ryders Lane location. If you can help, please call: 732-202-5276. Nancy can attend in September. Beth might be able to attend in August.
Middlesex County Fair-
Unfortunately, we do not have enough volunteers to staff a table for the entire event, which is required at the event. However, they will keep a donation jar, which needs to be counted and picked up at the conclusion of the fair. Sandy volunteered to be there. Vince will call Jay for details.
We need a High School Volunteer for Social Media outreach. ie: Twitter and Instagram, to tap into groups for volunteer and youth interests. Sam Love has agreed to help. We will also discuss the possibility of working with other groups such as 4-H and USY.
We briefly discussed a possible Bowling event in the fall, with a suggested $25 event registration fee.
A big, special THANK YOU to the John Adams school for their generous donation of $300, which was raised by their Student Council.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45PM