Meeting of January 31, 2013

Picture 3Attending (9): Peter Brown, Murray Forth, Jim Leyhane, Pat Bailey, Russ Edberg, Debbie Brown, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Carol Spencer.

Guests (1): Brad Shear.


• President Peter Brown reported that $947 was realized from the 2nd annual Bowl Over Polio event, which drew 84 bowlers to the Spare Time Family Fun Center. Thanks to Jim Leyhane’s office docs and staff for their attendance.

• It has been suggested that the Interact program, which has become inactive at Columbia High School, be transferred to the YMCA. This would allow it to involve students at more schools in the county.

• The 2nd annual CPR Certification session is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m Saturday, March 16, at Maple Hill High School. Training will be certified by the American Red Cross.

• Next Thursday, Glenn Wolin of Finish Right Timing will speak to us about using a timing device for the upcoming Rotary Run. Such an addition will have a cost. Murray Forth has volunteered to try finding sponsors to cover the cost which, in turn, will keep from impacting the runner registration fee.

Program: Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

Picture 1Brad Shear, MHHS excutive director, began by telling us about the puppies found on the railroad tracks that made the local news last week, and how they are doing.

He gave us some details about the history of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, founded in 1887 as a society for the prevention of cruelty to children.

The society, the largest shelter in the area, is completely funded by private donations and primarily serves Rensselaer and Albany counties. The organization completes 4,200 to 4,500 animal adoptions annually. More than 300 volunteers help maintain its three centers.

Among its programs: Disaster response, dog training, Guardian Angel Fund, K9 Memorials, Safe Haven Program and humane education.

Brad described the efforts of Harmony Hill Elementary School to raise funds by collecting bottles and cans and the Safe Haven program which takes in animals for people at Unity House and Equinox. He also explained that 30% of the dogs they take in are pit bulls and pit bull mixes.

The society takes in twice as many cats as dogs, and is able to find homes for 84% of the animals.

The society’s next gala fundraiser is scheduled for April 27. Details are on its website. Donations, volunteers and visitors are always welcome. The society’s main facility is located at 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands. Phone: 434-8128.


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