OF THE FIRST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF
ANGUILLA ANIMAL RESUCE FOUNDATION
AT THE SOROPTIMIST’S DAY CARE CENTER : JULY 29th , 2002
The President opened the meeting at 5.45pm
were 18 members in attendance.
Joseph Norris Payne
were received from Suzan Donahue, Mimi Gratton, Anita Richardson and Muriel
minutes were read, as this was the first Annual General Meeting
President•s• Report :
Dr. Vanterpool presented a summary
of the achievements of the Society since September 14, 2000 when a small group
of 15 people had met to discuss the possibilities of forming an animal welfare
organization to the present date. He
stated that the Society had been legally registered in March 2001, and today•s•
memberships numbered sixty-three. Commending
the achievements of the various sub-committees, the President noted that
perseverance had definitely been the answer.
Decisions had been made and crossroads met, but progress was represented
in the numbers of homeless animals that had been saved through adoption.
After that first meeting in September 2000, 6 animals were rescued in the remaining months of that year and all were adopted.
In 2001: 106 were rescued, 43 adopted and 63 euthanized.
To date for 2002: 62 have been
rescued, 17 adopted, and 40 euthanized.
Vanterpool stated that it was important to recognize that even the animals
humanly euthanized, rather than brutally treated or destroyed, represent a
progress, and it was important to notice too that changes are beginning to be
seen in human/animal relationships within the community.
The recently held dog training classes, which had been run by Lynn Coffin
from the St. Martin animal shelter, whilst not well attended, had attracted much
comment and drawn many people to stop and watch, thereby advertising AARF on the
went on to praise the accomplishments made in the fields of Education under the
guidance of Michelle Owen-Vasilis, Communications where Jackie Cestero had
worked to develop the web newsletter and publish photographs of animals up for
Cestero was complimented for making and maintaining the collection boxes, which
had been distributed in various business places throughout the island, and Mrs.
Barbara Owen for looking after these and other funds collected.
The policies and procedures sub-committee, was praised for their ongoing
work. He thanked both members and non-members of AARF who had volunteered their
time and resources to work at various projects throughout the year.
Kathy Haskins, Wini Scarbrough, Joan Hill, Pat Harris, Suzan Donahue,
Disa Billington, Jacquie Connor, Mimi Gratton, Lindsay Lawrence, Monica Trimble,
Lynn Wise-Bartlett, Claire Devener from the Anguilla Life Magazine, Joanne
Davies, Jaxson Arnold, the Anguillian newspaper, and also Mr.
who had served as AARF•s• representative at the Constitutional Reform
also thanked AARF•s• American friends: Sherry
and John Morrall who have taken homeless puppies back to the United States and
found wonderful new homes for them and also Jacquelyn Wavrunek a graphic
designer from Chicago, IL. who donated both her time and talent to produce the
beautiful AARF logo.
Vanterpool explained that this meeting represented a changing of the guard, and
went on to advise all those who chose to continue with the journey embarked upon
in September of 2000, to focus on the present; to be flexible enough to
accommodate the future; to embrace new ideas; and to remember that every
decision made, would help the poor homeless creatures acquire a social and
gave those animals a voice in a specially written poem:
Vanterpool was given a round of applause for his very touching poem.
Barbara Owen was introduced and she presented the treasurer•s• report, which
had been approved by the accounting firm of KPMG.
Completing the financial report Mrs. Owen mentioned that KPMG had given
their services free of charge, as a donation to AARF.
Tee-shirt brought to the meeting by Mrs. Joan Hill was displayed by Mrs. Owen,
who explained that the proceeds from the sale of the shirts would assist a young
lady student to go abroad for corrective facial surgery.
In closing, Dr. Vanterpool stated that he had left the most important part until last, he gave special thanks, and acknowledged that all of this would have been impossible to accomplish without the hard work and dedication of Amy Williams, who took on the every day, and often heartbreaking task of caring for these homeless animals.
floor was then handed over to Dr. Cestero who with the help of Mrs. Kathy
Haskins, conducted the ballot to elect the Officers for the year 2002-03.
results were as follows:
Immediate Past President, Dr. Vanterpool handed over to Mr. Payne, who took the
Payne introduced himself, and asked all those present to do likewise.
He thanked the members for electing him to be President, also extending
thanks on behalf of the other Officers. He praised the work that had been done
by the former President, Dr. Vanterpool, as well as the other members of the
Executive Committee. He made a promise to the members present that he and the
Committee would shoulder their responsibilities, and continue to try to make the
organization a success. He mentioned that education, in his opinion, was the answer,
and the work started by Mrs. Michelle Owen-Vasilis over the past year is proving
this to be true. In order for the
organization to move on from strength to strength, education has to be continued
and developed, so that all residents of Anguilla know about the humane treatment
and welfare of animals.
Payne asked if there were any questions or other business.
concerns and questions were put forward, and discussions took place on the
importation and breeding of vicious dogs (i.e. Pit Bulls).
exportation of an adopted dog to another country, if adopted by a foreign
AARF program in the schools.
vets who are willing to volunteer their services to organizations such as AARF.
neutering and spaying of the animals adopted.
future purchase of land to build an animal shelter.
Kathy Haskins extended ‘good-luck’ to the Executive Committee in their
endeavors, and Dr Cestero moved to adjourn the meeting.
2002 Officers Disa Billington, Barbara Owen, Joseph Payne, Chris Carty and Jacquie Connor
meeting closed at 6.45pm