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Meeting Minutes: April 2015

 April 20, 2015 NYC AAZK Meeting Minutes

In Attendance: Members: Tyrone Nickens, Elizabeth Mills, Brittany Murphy, Ashley Herbolich, Brent Atkinson, Avi Shuter, Sara Koplish, Joe Nappi, Michelle Medina, Lora Murphy, Melanie Weber, Cindy Maur; Supporters: Mo Ortiz, Samantha Gaeta, Vanessa Jones, Sosha Fusco, Diane Craft, Cristina Mendonca, Miranda Feldman, Anne Gilewski

Old Business: Nothing to Report

New Business:
* New Amendment Proposed: Effective beginning in 2015, yearly chapter membership dues are $15 for National AAZK members and are $25 for Non-National AAZK members.
o Please note yearly dues are valid from January to December.
o Voting on this amendment will end May 20th at 5 PM.

* Bowling for Rhinos!
o It’s our 5th Annual BFR
o New venue: Woodside, Queens
o New prices:
* $25 for chapter members, $30 for non-members
* To buy a lane: $200 for a member, $220 for a non member
o New deal: 3 hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rentals, 1 drink and 2 pizzas per lane
o New fundraising goal: $10,000!

* To reach this goal we are asking all bowlers to “ask 5 friends for $5”

* Training Demonstration by Cristina Mendonca and Anne Gilewski (and Diego and Bruiser)

* Sea Lion End Tidal CO2 Presentation by Mo Ortiz (in collaboration with Marisa Ostek)

Meeting Minutes: March 2015

Present: Sarah Parker, Sara Koplish, Mike Wrubel, Brent Atkinson, Joe Nappi, Erin Mowatt, Liz Mills, Cindy Maur, Bill Orrico (telephone), Avi Shuter (telephone)
o   Poll opens March 20th and closes March 26th
§ à About Us à Online Voting
-          BFR – August 17th
o   VOTE: Budget $2700. Can we cover all BFR expenses?
§  Show of hands à Yes (9) No (0)
o   Committee Update: If anyone else wants to join the committee email Sara Koplish or Lora Murphy.
o   Can we put up a BFR sign in Zoo Center? (See attached example *1)
o   If we post to our Facebook about BFR, can we get WCS Facebook to repost it?

-          April Aquarium Meeting
o   VOTE: Food Budget $250.
§  Show of hands à APPROVED
o   See attached flyer for info *2

-          Travel Grant Applications Due April 1st
o   See attached Flyer *3
o   Erin Mowatt and Brent Atkinson joined the travel grant committee

-          Run For the Wild – April 25th
o   Table will be set up manned by Cindy Maur, Bill Orrico and Ashley Herbolich
o   Focus on outreach efforts à Girl Scouts, BFR (Make sure to have website up beforehand), etc
o   What can we hand out at the table? Temporary tattoos?

-          NZKW
o   Meeting with all the departments to be held after March 30th
o   Would like it to be more unified across all parks
o   Will discuss craft fair

So long folks!      XOXO Sarah Parker

Meeting Minutes: February 2015

NYC AAZK Monthly Meeting Minutes – February 20, 2015
Sarah Parker – President, Bill Orrico – Secretary, Michelle Medina, Joe Nappi, Erin Mowatt, Elizabeth Mills, Florence Klecha, Kelvin Alvarez, Brent Atkinson, Andrew Kathriner, Lenny Billie
·         Dues must be paid for the new year ASAP
·         Barnanza raised $141 and dues were collected from 12 members
o   Suggestion box a success. Most suggestions for BFR venue change, increase in workshops and panel discussions, monthly meetings shortened in duration, and holding fewer but larger fundraisers
·         Recharter is due March 1 – Officers are working to complete it
·         Bowling for Rhinos – August 17
o   New location “34th Ave Lanes” in Woodside, Queens
o   $25/$30 for 3 hours (includes 2 pizzas/lane and 1 drink ticket/person)
o   Option to buy whole lane for $200/$220
·         March Meeting – Need ideas for type of meeting or it will be another simple business meeting
o   No ideas from meeting – Contact officers with suggestions
·         April Meeting – Presentation Night at Aquarium
o   Aquarium requests funding if food budget is over $100. Will be preparing itemized list and be put to a Chapter vote
·         Run for the Wild – April 25 – Should we have a table?
o   Consensus is that we should have a table at the event. Brent and Bill volunteered to work at table. Anyone else interested should contact officers
·         Panel Discussion
o   Survey results lacking – Many did not receive the survey – will send again
o   If interested in joining committee for future discussions contact Cindy or Avi
·         National Zoo Keeper Week – July
o   Planning has already begun by committee – in contact with management
o   Concerns voiced by members included increased work during week, lack of feeling appreciated by management, and ineffectiveness at reaching public
o   Do we want to keep gifts from chapter to keepers? – Vote
·         Bowling for Rhinos
o   New location and prices should greatly increase interest and attendance
o   Want more involvement from public – Posters/signs, contact NYC Cultural institutions, table at events?
o   Increase fundraising by including individual Bowl-a-thon component
o   Option of second BFR event in Bronx area to attract different subset of Keeper Staff?

§  BFR once a year but different event can be held north. Looking at locations for Croctoberfest in Bronx. Cinco de Rhino?