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Debbie Davenport I have been a volunteer with OBG for the past 10 years. Starting out as a foster and assisting with adoption shows, I then ran adoption shows, assisted with intake calls, transportation, and various other duties. I then became volunteer and foster coordinator for a number of years, which also was a board position. I created the first fundraising program at OBG which was the Sammy Fund while fostering Sammy who was blind at the time. This also became OBG's first effort to raise funds on line. I also changed the Newsletter to include a donation form which resulted in another fundraising avenue for OBG. Up until that point, OBG's funds came from the founder Debbie Reitz and from adoption fees. Over the years my responsibilities with OBG have expanded. I was also Fundraising Chair and was on the board in that position as well. Through the years, I played a major role as either the organizer, co-organizer or manager with the following Fundraisers: Pet Photos with Santa, the Bow Wow Bowl-a-thon, Bertucci's night, OBG's 10 year anniversary, co-chairing the CFC initiative, running OBG tables at PetExpo, Raffle tables at the Capital City Cocker Club Agility, Capital Pride, Car Washes, Wine, Wags, and Wishes, and the list goes on. I also set OBG up for billing with various approved vets including our current eye specialist: Dr. Corcoran. I have also represented OBG on Smooth Jazz 105.9 for the past few years to publicize upcoming OBG events and our organization, including educating the public on ways to prevent Heartworm disease and why to select adoption over purchasing a ‘designer dog’ or ‘Petland puppy’. By serving on the OBG Board I plan to help our organization stay on target and continue our good work. Karen Bryson I’m Karen Bryson. I have been volunteering with Cocker Rescue since 2001, first as a dog holder at adoption shows. I quickly realized that I wanted to be more involved and within weeks took home our first foster, Pepper. Like so many other first time fosters, my husband and I adopted our Pepper and several more of our early fosters, until we finally realized that we couldn’t adopt them all. We have lost count of the number of fosters that have passed through our home over the years. Also during the first few months with OBG, I took over phone duties, counseling and interviewing prospective adopters, animal shelter staffers and owners wishing to surrender their cockers. Since 2003 I have served as the Intake Coordinator, making the hard decisions about which dogs we could bring in to the rescue. In this role, I have developed excellent working relationships with the animal shelters and humane societies in the mid Atlantic region. I have logged countless miles and hours bringing cockers to safety. To me there is nothing more rewarding then watching sad, frightened, sometimes sickly cockers that I helped save, become happy and healthy companions to families that will love them forever. I get great satisfaction from the work I do with the rescue, despite the difficulties and hard decision that have to be made. I would be happy to continue as a member of the board of OBG. The work we do is important, and I’m proud that we function so well as an all volunteer organization. Teresa Butler Teresa Butler has worked as a paralegal in the labor law and employee benefit field for 28 years. She has been volunteering with OBG Cocker Rescue for nine years. She spent close to two years as the group's medical records coordinator and has been on the OBG Board of Directors for the past seven years. During those seven years on the Board she served the Board in various other capacities. She was the Board's Secretary for one year, then she served two years as the Volunteer/Foster Coordinator and has been the OBG President for the last four years. She has also been active as a foster parent for the past eight years. Cheryl Haralson I've been an OBG volunteer for 4 years, a Board Member for the last two, and, have recently taken on the role of Fundraising Chairman as a natural extension of my focus on fundraising. I've had my fingers in a lot of events -- co-ordinated OBG merchandise sales, non-monetary donations and successful donut sales, worked on yard sales, Santa Photos, Christmas giftwrapping, raffle and silent auction items, and behind the scenes on many of our events. I've served as Publicity Chairman for the last 4 years, back-up adoption show manager, and Officer of Elections in addition to fostering and transporting. Oh, and my favorite role is as OBG's cheerleader in the Pet Shelter Challenge. We adopted three cockers from OBG -- Missy, who was responsible for bringing us to OBG and who we recently lost, and Pepper and Danny, both of whom we fostered and fell in love with.
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