SPCA Annual Membership Meeting
My name is Jennifer Gaylor, and I am approaching the first anniversary of my term as president of the Board of Directors for the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties. Let me tell you, I did not have “dealing with COVID-19” on my vision board for my first year!
Even though we were all caught off guard by the rapid changes we faced due to the pandemic, I cannot say enough about how our operational staff, led by our executive director, Lavenda Denney, has met this challenge head on. As many of you know, we have had to make some adjustments to how we do things around the shelter due to mandated health and safety precautions. We have had to cancel long-planned fundraisers and activities in the community. We have had to change how we welcome the public in to volunteer and interact with our animals. And we have had to limit our face-to-face board meetings. Despite all of this, the shelter and thrift store staff have risen to the occasion. Animal care is always a priority, and we are pleased to say that all our 4-legged friends have suffered no interruption in their top-notch attention and care. Our staff also took this opportunity to broaden their education when it comes to shelter care and became Fear Free Shelters certified. There is more information about the wonderful things we were able to do this past year in our annual report which is included in this mailing. Due to the pandemic, we will be holding our Annual Membership Meeting via ZOOM on Monday, August 24th at 6:30PM.
This is the link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83359965048I
The Board of Directors has proposed one change to the bylaws with regards to the annual meeting. ARTICLE IV, Section 1 is proposed to be amended as follows: The Annual Meeting of the members of the Society shall be held within three months of the end of the Fiscal Year, on a date selected by the Board of Directors. The purpose of this meeting is to elect directors, to present the annual report, and to conduct other business.
I cannot wait to discuss some exciting plans we have for the upcoming year, and we will also take the opportunity to honor two of our Board members who have completed their terms, Libby Ingham and Leigh Phillips. Both Libby and Leigh will stay involved with the Winchester SPCA on various projects.
As you prepare for the annual meeting, please review the links below as they have information pertinent to the forward movement of the Winchester SPCA.
SPCA admission center statistics: https://arr.va-vdacs.com/PublicReports/ViewReport?SysFacNo=120&Calendar_Year=2019
SPCA adoption center statistics: https://arr.va-vdacs.com/PublicReports/ViewReport?SysFacNo=6911&Calendar_Year=2019
SPCA long range strategic plan: https://winchesterspca.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/SPCA-WFC-External-Plan-FDO-2.0-Mar-3-2020.pdf
We will miss seeing you in person, but we look forward to the chance to connect with you via Zoom. There may be lots of changes happening all around us these days, but some things haven’t changed: We live in a fantastic community of people who love and cherish animals, and who have been so kind and generous to the SPCA. We would not be able to provide the services we do, were it not for you and your dedication to this organization. Thank you. And we look forward to seeing you at the shelter!
Donations can be made in any of the following ways:
540-662-8616 to make your donation via phone.
Mail donations to SPCA Winchester, Frederick, Clarke
111 Featherbed Lane
Winchester, VA 22601