Election of Happy Tails Officers
The 2016-2017 Happy Tails Officer elections will be conducted by
electronic ballot throughout the month prior to the Annual Member Meeting. All members are encouraged to participate in
the election. You will receive an email
invitation with your unique link from the website ElectionBuddy.com. Please check your spam or junk email in case
the invitation gets filtered.
Location: St. Joseph's Hospital Auditorium
Date and Time: January 29th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Meet the Candidates for Officers
I have been a member of Happy Tails for
several years, serving as Vice President this past year; Team Leader, Team
member, assisting with Pet-Handler evaluations, and helping with recruiting and
fund raising. Valor, our Siberian Husky; has been visiting regularly on
teams at Peachford Hospital, Kates Club, Berts Big Adventure, and several special
visits and helping me recruit new members.
My vision for Happy Tails is to see the
organization grow our membership, strengthen relationships with our clients,
strengthen our financials, and most importantly, be in a position to fulfill
our mission; with enough members and pets, to serve any and all organizations
that request our services.
As Vice President, I understand the
challenge. I facilitated the development of a strategic plan for Happy
Tails with the Board, assessing where we are, and where we want to go.
The plan has been shared on the website and in summary form in the newsletters,
and I welcome any questions or feedback.
We have a great organization, and we all are
doing important work in the Atlanta community; but we can and need to do
more. Our challenge is to find a way to serve the 100+ organizations on
our wait-list that we have not been able to help.
I believe, with your help, we can grow the
organization to meet the needs of the community, and strengthen the Happy Tails
organization. As President, I will work to involve more members in more
aspects of the organization. I have great faith that if we work together,
there is no goal we cannot achieve.
My dog Lylah and I have been a member of
Happy Tails since August 24, 2013. I
have been familiar with the organization through a friend, Ellen Levine. Ellen and Molly delighted children at CHOA
and I knew that I too wanted to be a part of this organization.
I was eager to get involved when I
received Lylah at 14months of age. After
several obedience classes including Canine Good Citizen, I was ready to explore
becoming a team member. This
organization so impressed me with its volunteers that I couldn’t wait to get
started. And so in August, terrified
that we wouldn’t pass we took the leap. I was so thrilled when Lylah was presented to me with her bandana that I
cried. Again it was the volunteers that
made that experience less stressful. From there I had supervised visits and finally join a team. I cannot express how each step of the way it
has been the volunteers of this organization that have made me feel welcomed
When I was able, I took Team Leader
Training and Lylah and I now head two visits at Northside Hospital. Being that I am a retired educator, I was
excited to learn about the READ program offered through Happy Tails. I completed the training and again was so impressed
with the volunteer leaders. Lylah and I
were fortunate to take over the visit at Sope Creek Elementary School when
Linda and Boogie retired.
Lylah and are starting our 4th
year with Happy Tails. We continue to
have our scheduled monthly visits along with special visits when we can. I have
another young pup that I hope will be ready sometime next year.
Now is the time that I would like to help
Happy Tails continue to grow as a premier volunteer organization. As an educator, it is important to educate
people about what we do and the service that we provide. It is important for our volunteers to know
that they represent something special and that their time spent in service is
valued. I have worked in building
leadership in both educational and volunteer organizations. Bringing together people of various
backgrounds who share a common goal and who enthusiastically work together to
inspire, and achieve the vision of the organization.
It is with gratitude for those leaders
that have come before me that I respectfully submit my name for nomination as
your vice president.
I started with Happy Tails on/around 1999 with
my two dogs Kelsey and Tuggle. During their 8 year tenure we participated on
and/or started teams with the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, Partnership Against
Domestic Violence Women’s and Children’s Shelter and various assisted living and
nursing home facilities.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to be a Team
leader for 15 years (give or take- the memory goes as you get older!). In the
early 2000’s I served on the board as Special Visits Liaison. This was an
exciting opportunity to see all kinds of different visits and facilities and
was such a great opportunity for people to get a “taste” of a Happy Tails
After Kelsey and Tuggle went on to the Rainbow
Bridge I had about a year as a non-visiting member waiting for my current
partner Max to be born and readied to be a Happy Tails dog. Max and I have had
the pleasure of participating on teams like Peachford, special visits like the
CHoA Christmas parade and the Center for Visually Impaired summer camp and
starting our present team at Skyland Trail. For most of my Happy Tails career I
have volunteered beyond our visits- everything from stuffing baskets for the
fundraising Galas to working the 5K race in the rain at 6am.
This organization is so important to me and I
would like to carry my tradition of service to a board position. I feel it is
vitally important for us to be involved in OUR organization and to recognize
that this organization is comprised of volunteers who are so vital, and to show
an appreciation for the volunteers and facilities that have historically made
us the premier pet assisted volunteer organization in Atlanta.
I think most of us can relate to being
thrilled and relieved upon passing our Happy Tails Pet/Handler Evaluation! I know I will never forget how happy I was
when learning Max and I had successfully completed the assessment in June, 2012. Moving forward from that time, there have
been facility visits that have stayed with me. Similar to my experiences, I think we have all been privileged to see
our beloved companion encounter someone during a Happy Tails visit and witness
the transformation from the interaction.
Accompanying the joy of these experiences, was
a feeling of gratitude that an organization like Happy Tails exists. Like all non-profit organizations, financial
health is one indicator of long term sustainability. Based on the current available tax returns,
the organization has lost over 30% of its assets since 2010. It is my objective to reverse this trend and
ensure Happy Tails continues to exist and has the financial resources to
continue to fulfill its important mission.
I have been employed as a corporate officer in
public and private for-profit organizations since 1996 and served as a Trustee
on a non-profit board for 22 years. I
would like to leverage these experiences to work for Happy Tails in a more
direct capacity and ask for your support in my objective to serve as