Points of Interest: • Congratulations Graduates November 2009 • Dog Guide Wish List • Amazing Donor • Annual General Meeting 2009 • Purina Walk for Dog Guides 2010 LIZ & RAIN What would you do if you man’s behavior became were an innocent progressively disruptive bystander and witness to the RCMP were called in. a full scale police take-down? Would you “This is when things remain calm? Would you escalated,” said Liz, “He be unaffected by what you refused to leave and just saw? Most of us became violent and would probably answer started using foul A Hearing Ear Dog Guide no, but one Dog Guide language. He even named Rain can proudly attacked an officer!” From answer yes! here it became a full scale Rain’s persistent focus on take-down, “just like Liz during this situation is an Rain, who is a Hearing something you would see on important quality that all Dog Ear Dog Guide, was out television,” recounted Liz. “I Guides are trained to running errands with his couldn’t believe what was possess. More specifically, handler Liz when they happening, but more Hearing Ear Dog Guides like stopped for lunch. Once importantly I couldn’t believe Rain are trained to ignore they were seated, Liz how amazing Rain was distractions and only alert noticed that the man during the whole ordeal. He their handlers to sounds that sitting at the table next to was rock-solid steady, not are specific to them and them was creating a bit of distracted, not trying to get their safety. Rain and Liz a scene. When she asked involved as some dogs are a perfect example of the the waitress about it she would. In fact, he was bond that develops between was told that the man calmer than I was!” Dog Guide and handler. refused to leave. As the AMAZING DONOR - LETHBRIDGE & DISTRICT KENNEL CLUB The Lethbridge & District Kennel Club has been an enormous supporter of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides since the early 1990’s. They have sponsored teams from all programs for a total of $70,000, all for clients in southern Alberta. Last spring alone they made a donation of $24,000, and just this month made a donation of over $35,000. They have also been a major donor to the kennel expansion project, having donated over $6,000 thus far. They also have supported our now largest walk, the Lethbridge Purina Walk for Dog Guides. This is a kennel club that not only believes in breeding and showing dogs, but the many great roles dogs have in society. They value Dog Guides and we value them! The Annual Report for 2008-09 is now available online at www.dogguides.com. To request a copy please call the Foundation at 1.800.768.3030. 2 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2009 This year’s Annual General Meeting was a success yet again and Lions Foundation of Canada is happy to welcome our newest Chairperson for 2009-2010, PDG Harvey Moore. Harvey will be filling the shoes of Joy Crocker, who completed her term as Chairperson and was recognized with a Judge Brian Stephenson Fellowship Award. We are also welcoming three new board members who were elected for three year terms. They are: • George Hostick, PDG, Ontario Joy Crocker receiving the JBS award • Sonny Bonnell, PCC, New Brunswick • Bev Semple, PCC, PEI We have also appointed Chuck Havill, CA, as our auditor, and Mark Rush, as our legal counsel. A big thank you to our outgoing Directors: • Fred Cook, PDG, New Brunswick • Don Bell, PDG, PEI • Joy Crocker, Chairperson, Ontario • David Manning, Progressive, JBS The following were named Patrons of LFC for 2009: Pamela Wathen, St. Catharines, Ontario Pamela has been a noteworthy supporter of LFC and has generously set up an endowment fund for Dog Guides. She said that rather than wait to make an estate gift she would like to start contributing now, and contribute she has! The Pamela Wathen Endowment Fund was set up and with regular donations each year of about $3,000 it has turned into a wonderful fund with more than $50,000 deposited. In addition, the fund has grown each year through investment. PDG and Past Chairperson Fred Zorge, Mississauga, Ontario Fred has been an extremely active member and supporter of LFC in many different ways. His numerous contributions have stretched from his involvement in the 1990’s with the Partners in Independence Capital campaign to his terms as Ontario Director and Chairperson of the Board and member of the Finance Committee. Fred has also played an active role in the production and execution of the Georgetown Purina Walk for Dog Guides. We adhere to the Ethical Fundraising Shavak Madon, Oakville, Ontario and Financial Accountability Code. Shavak is a member of our Finance Committee of the Board and he has made great contributions (Ethical Code) to the committee for many years. He has provided the Foundation with invaluable financial input, including assisting on reducing audit fees, bank fees, and handling many audit issues. We are very fortunate to have his contribution to our volunteer leadership and hope it continues for many years. Lethbridge & District Kennel Club We are members of the Association of Lethbridge & District Kennel Club has been an ongoing and generous supporter of Lions Fundraising Foundation of Canada Dog Guides in numerous ways. The are also the newest member of our Professionals working to amazing donors. ensure your donations are used wisely. You give to charity. We give you The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of accountability. To read the Donor Bill of Rights his tongue. visit www.afptoronto.org ~Anonymous 3 Message from the Chairperson As the newly elected Chairperson of the LFC Board of Directors I feel very honored to be recognized by my fellow Directors and given the opportunity to serve in this new position. I am looking forward to the next year with great anticipation and have a very dedicated group of Directors with whom to work. The staff is equally dedicated in the tasks they carry out with great enthusiasm. The Foundation has done an excellent job of spending wisely and carefully during the economic downturn and because of this, the necessary renovations have been able to continue. Chairperson Harvey Moore We are in our 25th year of the Purina Walk for Dog Guides and we are hoping that many Clubs that have not hosted a Walk before will organize one this year. The LFC staff are available to give you plenty of assistance in your efforts. Once a Club tries a Walk, almost invariably it becomes an annual event. We are collectively holding our breath and hoping Walks will raise $1,000,000 this year, for the first time ever. Some Districts across Canada have, in a particular year, taken on a District project to obtain a specific piece of equipment, or to cover the cost of part of the kennel renovation, etc. If your District is looking for a way to raise a larger, more direct amount of money for the Foundation, you could check with the Foundation for what is needed and set up a District project to obtain that item or cover the cost of a part of it. In any case, all donations of either money or "Wish List" items are greatly appreciated. ~ Harvey Moore PURINA WALK FOR DOG GUIDES 2010 This year the Purina Walk for Dog Guides is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion we have set a goal of raising one million dollars in donations! Our national Walk date is Sunday, May 30th, 2010. We are currently in the midst of confirming Walk locations and would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in volunteering for the nationwide event to contact us. We are always looking for volunteers, be it for starting a new Walk or helping out the day of the event. Help us reach our goal this year and participate in the 2010 Purina Walk for Dog Guides! For more information email email@example.com or visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com. “ADOPT” A PUPPY PROGRAM Adopting a Dog Guide and welcoming them into your life and home for their first year may sound appealing but not necessarily plausible. If this situation sounds familiar, we have a solution. The “Adopt” a Dog Guide puppy program provides individuals with the opportunity to play a key role in the development of a pup without the long term commitment. By contributing $100 you can help offset some of a puppy’s normal expenses for its first year. In return, you will receive a certificate that announces the symbolic adoption of a Dog Guide puppy and is personalized with the recipient’s name. To “adopt” a Dog Guide puppy please visit www.dogguides.com, call 1.800.768.3030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 SPECIAL SKILLS DOG GUIDES SPONSORS Mary & Huxley, St. Thomas, ON Bernice & Al Fox, SK; Carman Lewis, ON Cary & Rodge, Kingsville, ON Fisherville Lions Club, ON; Carman Lewis, ON Brenda & Noble, Eastern Passage, NS Armdale Fairview Rockingham Lions Club NS; Carman Lewis Lilly & Turpin, Sherwood Park, AB Don & Julia McGowan, ON; Edmonton riverside Lions, AB Bruce & Bergie, Stephenville, NF St. Johns Lions Club, NL; Masonic Foundation, ON Judy & Jones, Toronto, ON Markham Lions Club, ON; Carman Lewis, ON Victor & Kerry, Brighton, ON Dereham Lions Club, ON; Carman Lewis, ON CANINE VISION DOG GUIDES SPONSORS Michael & Eliza, Mount Stewart, PEI Dollars for Doggies, NS Amanda & Zelda, Newmarket, ON Elsie Chadwick, ON Pamela & Zora, Cornwall, ON Information Packaging Bonny & Bert, London, ON Portugal Cove St. Phillips Lions Club, NL Julie & Pato, Windsor, ON Urban Advertising + Design, ON Western Canada Match Lions Foundation of Canada is extremely fortunate to again receive a special donation from an anonymous major donor. This donor will match all donations received to sponsor Dog Guide teams from western Canada for a total of $50,000. As an example, if your club donates $5,000, it will be doubled to $10,000 for a Special Skills or Seizure Response sponsorship. With the launch of the new Autism Assistance program, there are already several clients from the west on the waiting list. Donations for amounts less than a sponsorship are welcome and will be pooled together. This is a terrific opportunity and will ensure that there are sponsors for each graduate from the western provinces. PJ’s Pet Shop & Pets Unlimited Fundraiser PJ’s Pet Shop and Pets Unlimited continue to support Dog Guides as their official charity of choice, helping out in many ways. Their most significant contribution is their annual fundraising campaign in November where they are selling paper Dog Guide logos in every store and encouraging donations. The goal is to exceed the $50,000 mark this year. Many foster families, graduates and volunteers will be at the different store locations on weekends to chat about Dog Guides and encourage support. If you have a PJ’s or Pets Unlimited in your neighborhood please be sure to stop by to thank them. Holiday Gift Idea for your Fury Family Members We are very excited to announce a new holiday promotion from Purina that benefits Dog Guides. Purina has new holiday gift packs of dog or cat treats that are being sold in stores across the country. A portion of each purchase will go towards the customer’s choice of charity – either Dog Guides Canada, Therapeutic Paws of Canada, Founding member of: or National Service Dogs. After purchasing the Wonderful Winter gift pack, customers can go online or text their choice of charity. Each charity will receive a minimum donation of $5,000 from Purina. There is an additional $10,000 which will be donated by Purina to each charity based on the selections by customers. It’s a perfect time to buy treats for your dog or cat. Why not buy some to give as holiday gifts to your friends who have a dog or cat? Just be sure to text or go online to choose Dog Guides as your chosen charity. 5 KENNEL & VET CLINIC UPDATE Good news on the construction front! Phase one of the Vet clinic is nearing completion and should be finished very soon. This phase included the construction of the vet surgery area, the puppy program office, and the recovery and isolation kennels. The second phase will complete the vet clinic with the addition of the exam and waiting area. In addition, the final phase of the kennel expansion project is The Vet Clinic now underway. Fundraising is on-going and there are numerous pieces of surgical and treatment equipment to purchase. All donors contributing $5,000 or more will be recognized on a permanent plaque. For more information on donating, please contact Julie Jelinek at 1.800.768.3030 Ext. 223. DOG GUIDE WISH LIST The Dog Guide Wish List is a unique way to make a contribution to the Foundation. These gifts assist in many ways and we are very appreciative of your support. If you wish to contribute any items, please contact us at 905.842.2891 or 1.800.768.3030. • Chairs for offices $ 300 • Opthalmoscope/Otoscope set $ 800 • Laptop for trainers when travelling $ 900 • Harnesses for Autism Assistance program $ 1,000 • Harnesses for Seizure Response program $ 1,500 • Sponsorship of one issue of newsletter to Lions clubs (printing and mailing) $ 2,000 • Furnishings for new client rooms for Autism Assistance program $ 2,000 • Dental scaler/polisher $ 2,500 • Oakville grounds maintenance $ 3,000 • JAWS upgrade – computer software for CVC clients $ 5,000 • Anesthetic machine and accessories $ 5,200 • Autoclave $ 5,350 • Renovations to build client rooms for Autism Assistance program $10,000 • X-ray machine and accessories $22,000 • Cargo van for Autism Assistance program $35,000 • Kongs, large and extra large • Gift cards to office stores, gas stations, home improvement stores Lions Foundation’s gift shop has some wonderful items great for any occasion. Combine the pride of Lionism with your support of Dog Guides as all items sport LFC’s logo. Shop on-line at www.dogguides.com or mail in completed enclosed order form. All prices include tax. ‘Denim’ 1/4 Zip Pewter Holiday Ornament Crimson Red Golf Shirt Dog Guide Holiday Kids Red T-Shirt Sweatshirt - $48 $8/ea. or 3 for $20 $22 Cards (6pk) - $10 $12 6 A WORD FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR donation support to make in their community. It is a this happen. While our great way to both increase donors have been amazing funds and at the same (from Lions Clubs, estates time, educate people in and wills, individuals and the community about the Lions Foundation of Canada companies), we have work of Lions and Lions is committed to providing asked our Dog Guides to Foundation of Canada. mobility, safety and cross all four legs and toes independence to Canadians Sandy Turney to make sure this At our recent Annual Executive Director with disabilities. continues. General Meeting we We are heading into a new thanked outgoing Mailing Address: This newsletter highlights Chairperson Joy Crocker Lions Foundation of Canada year promising to serve even more Canadians with our 25th anniversary of what and the 2008-09 Board of Dog Guides disabilities through our is now called the Purina Directors. The tradition of 152 Wilson Street P.O. Box 907 existing Dog Guides Walk for Dog Guides and a strong, caring board Oakville, Ontario programs and also through our fundraising goal of one continues and we look L6J 5E8 our new Autism Assistance million dollars. We hope forward to a new year. Dog Guide program. Again, that many new Lions Clubs ~ Sandy Turney Phone: 905.842.2891 we are counting on strong will help to organize a Walk Executive Director 1.800.768.3030 TTY: 905.842.1585 Fax: 905.842.3373 Email: email@example.com New Dog Guide Harnesses With the addition of a fifth program we have made some changes to the harnesses we use to identify each Dog Guide. Our Autism Assistance Dog Guides can be recognized by their maroon harnesses. Canine Vision Dog Guides continue to wear the black leather harness, but a red cloth piece has been added to the top of it. Seizure Response Dog Guides can be Lions Foundation of recognized by their bright yellow harnesses. Special Skills Canada is an accredited Dog Guides harnesses have been updated with a blue cloth member of the International piece that sits across the dogs back and attaches to the Federation of Guide Dogs and leather sides. Hearing Ear Dog Guides are now wearing red full member of Assistance harnesses. Dogs International Lions Foundation of Canada Need to Reach Us? Call 1.800.768.3030 or 905.842.2891 Newsletter Sandy Turney, Executive Director 224 firstname.lastname@example.org November 2009 Don Duncan, Controller, Accounting & Donation Records 229 email@example.com Circulation: 2,500 Ian Ashworth, Breeding, Training & Foster Puppy Program 233 firstname.lastname@example.org Readership: 50,000 Alex Ivic, Client Services 222 email@example.com Editing: Julie Jelinek, Sponsorships & Fundraising 223 firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Eckersley Melissa Eckersley, Communications & Walk 231 email@example.com Graphics & Design: Dave Nash, Volunteers & Events 238 firstname.lastname@example.org Natalie Moncur Natalie Moncur, Promotions Coordinator 298 email@example.com Articles: Gord Wallen, Planned Giving 244 firstname.lastname@example.org Natalie Moncur Sandy Turney General Information 0 email@example.com Julie Jelinek Chris Fowler Dave Nash For additional information on Lions Foundation of Canada and all its Dog Harvey Moore Guide programs please visit our website at www.dogguides.com.