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Meeting Minutes- April 2013

NYCAAZK General Meeting Minutes – Saturday April 20, 2013

Location: Bronx Zoo, Admin East, Curator’s Room
Current Members:
Sarah Parker, Sara Koplish, Joe Nappi, Sarina Cella, Elizabeth Mills, Heather Tassler, Mo Ortiz, Michelle Medina, Robin Sutker, Cindy Maur, Danielle Steele, Flo Klecha

Future Members:
Lora Murphy, Kaitlyn Keys

-        Training successes and trials share timeIdeas for scale training
-        Reviewed last meetings minutes
Upcoming Events
-        Barnanza – Tuesday, April 30th 7:00 PM at Tavern on 3rd, bring friends
o   For future events we are considering some sort of bring non-members get in free deal
-        May Meeting/ Enrichment Bonanza – May 20th in Flaherty Learning Center
-        National Zookeeper Week – July 21-27th, night event, keeper profiles, keeper grams, gifts
-        BFR – Still approving venue, possibly Lucky Strikes
-        Run for the Wild – April 27th
-        Photo Contest live May 1st, please push interest on Facebook, etc.
o   Finishing up rules
o   Will discuss if it is worth it to produce a calendar, and if we do we will get it printed much earlier
-        AAZK National Conference call for papers deadline – May 15th
Treasurer Report of finances
-        Still have $5000.00
-        We need to re-work our mission statement to reflect how NYCAZZK has evolved since its creation.
-        Thank you Michelle for all of your technical support.
-        How can we make meetings more attractive?
-        Do we have to meet every month?  Can we meet at each facility independently every month with a collective meeting only every few months?


-        Went over scoring guide for the travel grant recipient.
o   VOTE: Unanimously voted for approval by committee using scoring template beginning with October travel grant.
-        Travel Grant recipient presentation from Melissa Ortiz, Queens Zoo Vet Tech
o   Applying for the Travel Grant to attend the Thirty-Third annual conference of Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians to be held Sept 5th to 9th in Seward Alaska by the Alaska Sealife Center
o   She will be presenting this year on "Obtaining voluntary End Tidal Carbon Dioxide values in awake California sea lions"
o   The purpose of this paper is to find out what CO2 levels sea lions live with comfortably while they are awake, compare it to their anesthetized values
§  In the future develop a case to see if this does in fact have to do with their dive reflex
o   VOTE: Unanimously voted YES for Melissa to receive grant. Good luck!