By Terry Libro
Thank you for voting
Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2018 MWCR election for President and Secretary. If you haven’t mailed your ballot, there still is time to do so.
The Nominating Committee, consisting of Linda Riegger, Judith Roggow, Russell Sager, and Matt Beckwith with the assistance of Chris Norman, will be meeting in mid-March to count the ballots and officially announce the results.
Mark your calendars for May 23 to May 27, the dates of this year’s MWCR Online Auction. Linda Riegger, along with Barb and Dave Gibson, are getting ready for the second MWCR Online Auction to benefit MWCR’s collies. Last year’s auction was very successful with bidders from across the country. Watch for more details closer to the date.
Event season has started
MWCR’s community event season started with this year’s Great Lakes Pet Expo and will continue with numerous events through the spring, summer, and fall. If you have a few hours to spare, we’d love for you and your collie to staff our booth at various events. We’ll be listing our upcoming events so if something catches your eye, come and join us.
2018 Membership Renewals
Thank you to everyone who renewed their MWCR memberships and to the new people who joined. If you’re still interested in being an MWCR member, simply return your paper renewal form to the address on the form, renew online at www.mwcr.org, or in you’re interested in joining, complete a membership form on our website. And, thank you to all who included a donation with your renewal. Greatly appreciated by all of the collies we’ve taken in from the cold this winter.
Suggestions for New Services
Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions for additional services that MWCR could provide. Your thoughtful suggestions covered many areas, including food allowances for foster homes, additional support for chronic conditions, temporary fostering of collies to prevent the need for surrender, and others. The Board has started the process of reviewing and prioritizing the suggestions to determine which we could feasibly implement in the short term and which may need much more planning and review. If you have additional suggestions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Silent Auction
MWCR is planning another online silent auction this spring. Linda Riegger has volunteered to head up this popular fundraiser again this year. Watch for more details in the coming months.
Community Event Season has Started
MWCR’s participation in community events is starting with the Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee at the State Fair Park on Saturday, February 3. So, stop by our booth and visit with MWCR volunteers and their collies.
We participate in community events to increase the awareness of MWCR, to showcase our wonderful adopted collies, and to support the organizers of these community events, many of whom are volunteers themselves who organize events to promote animals and their adoption. We’re always looking for more volunteers to spend a few hours at our booth interacting with the public. Watch for a list of upcoming events and their location and let Cat (email@example.com), know if you’d like to volunteer. There is an underscore _ between cat and chisago. Thanks so much!
– Terry Libro, MWCR President
2017 Annual Dinner
The Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser held on November 4 was a success with about fifty people gathering to hear our guest speaker, enjoy a delicious lasagna meal, visit the abundant silent auction, and stock up on Kitty Hilk’s goodies. All who attended received a new MWCR coffee mug made by Yogi and Joan Tadisch of Spirit Graphics. We’ll have a few of the mugs available for purchase at the Collie Frolics in 2018. Thank you to everyone who attended for making the event a success. And, thank you to the members of the Events/Fundraising Committee who worked many hours on the Dinner – Barb Gibson, Brenda Pulkrabek, Cat Olund, Catherine Loveridge, Judy Roggow, Kitty and Arnie Hilk, Linda Riegger, and Robin Kashuba. More pictures from the dinner can be seen here.
November Fundraising a Success
November was MWCR’s month of giving. MyLinda Anderson, MWCR’s Secretary and extraordinary fundraiser, created our highly successful 2017 Give to the Max and Giving Tuesday online fundraising campaigns. MyLinda compiled stories about the collies we helped in 2017 and created a video featuring our adopted collies. The results of our month of giving are being compiled and will be announced shortly. Thank you to everyone for generously supporting MWCR and making a difference in the lives of the collies we foster and adopt.
The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is this Saturday, Nov. 4th. If you haven’t registered, please do so at mwcr.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the perfect weather to enjoy comfort food like traditional and vegetable lasagna and help our collies. We’ll have an entertaining speaker, door prizes, and a “free” table where people can drop off items not being used and can help themselves to other free items. As always, we’ll have a large silent auction with items such as a $100 VISA gift card, a $50 VISA gift card, a gift basket from Chuck and Dons, a wine basket, a gourmet pasta basket, dog beds, and other items perfect for gift giving. Gray Gables Farm products, including gift baskets for people and yummy dog treats, will be available for purchase.
So, let’s gather from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, at the Wayzata American Legion located at 949 Wayzata Blvd E in Wayzata, Minn., for a fun event to benefit MWCR and our wonderful collies. Plus, everyone attending will go home with a special gift made by MWCR members Joan and Yogi Tadisch of Spirit Graphics.
Hope to see you next Saturday!
MWCR Events and Fundraising Committee
By Terry Libro, MWCR President
2018 MWCR Calendars Are Here!
The beautiful 2018 MWCR calendars created by talented Eileen Mack and featuring our adopted collies are available for purchase at www.mwcr.og. The calendars are always popular items, so get your orders in soon. We’ll also have calendars for sale on Saturday at the Dinner.
MWCR at Community Events in October
MWCR is winding down its busy community events season. In October we participated in a Blessing of the Animals at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Elk River, Minnesota. The event was coordinated by Pause 4 Paws and featured a free lunch, vendors, and a craft fair. In addition to dogs and cats, the event included a prize-winning llama.
MWCR also had a booth at the Carver Scott Humane Society’s Howl-O-Ween 5k run held at historic City Square Park in Chaska, Minn.. We had the perfect location in front of the gazebo. Despite, the rain, runners and vendors participated in the event and made it a success.
Watch for more information on the Give to the Max Day and the Giving Tuesday fundraising events in November. Also, we may do another Caroling with Collies event in December.