Meeting of April 7, 2011

PHOTOS BY BILL DOWD

Wendy Guntert (and friends) of Peaceable Kingdom Animal Rescue

Attendance (15): Terry Brewer, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Bill Dowd, Steve Phelps, Doris Calamaras, Jim Leyhane, Phil Egan, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Ron Annis, Russ Edberg, Len Leonidas.

Visiting Rotarians (5): Pat and Bill Birch from Illinois, with daughter, Sarah Wiseman, son-in-law Mike and grandson Braden of Latham.

Guests (3): April Dowd, Wendy Guntert , Linda Guntert.

Announcements:

• Jim Leyhane announced three Paul Harris Fellowships awards to be presented by visiting Rotarian Pat Birch of Illinois to Latham guests Sara, Braden and  Mike.

• Rotary Run: The registration application is on the website. Rob Mangold has lined up 12 businesses to advertise on the T-shirts. Pat Bailey and Debbie Rodriguez will work on gift cards/certificates for prizes. Murray reported on using the Green Meadow school this year and the settlement of last year’s bill.

• The District conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 16.

• We received a membership application from Darko Sedlar.

Peaceable Kingdom representative Wendy Guntert

Wendy Guntert, a Columbia County Sheriff’s Department deputy and activist in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals, spoke to the club about the activities of Peaceable Kingdom Animal Rescue.

The group, which is based in the Northeast but goes far from this area to rescue animals from kill shelters, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is supported by its members’ own donations and tax-deductible donations from community members and groups. Rescued animals are kept in members’ homes as foster pets, rather than being placed in shelters. More information is available online.

The goal is to find “forever homes” for as many animals as possible. Wendy shared many photos of the animals they have rescued and found homes for. The organization welcome donations of money, food and pet supplies.

Illinois Rotarians Pat (left) and Bill Birch attended our meeting this week, where Pat presented Paul Harris honors to her daughter, Sarah Wiseman, son-in-law Mike Wiseman, and grandson Braden, a trio of Latham residents.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Speaker — Chris Brown of GeoScience on hydrofracking controversy.

[Go here for the Events Calendar.]

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