The main item on the agenda was selection of two new board members.
In a vote by the members present, Wanda Stevens was elected to a new
three-year term and Dan Wheat was elected to take the place of
outgoing board member Dawn Gorman.
Highlights from the
organization's annual report are as follows:
Treasurer's report by Lee Hahn
Construction of the new shelter has
been completed. The total cost of the new building is
$279,440.33.Thanks to the generous members of our community, the
Hoelscher Trust and the Burwell family, the new shelter has been
entirely constructed with Humane Society of Logan County funds.
There are no outstanding loans or debts.
After only 3 months of shelter
operation we are starting to get a picture of the cost to operate
the shelter. Costs are generally in line with previous estimates. On
average the monthly cost of shelter operation is approximately
$5,000 or about $60,000 per year.
While future efficiencies will
probably take place to help drive the costs down somewhat, this may
be offset by an increase in the number of animals housed in the
Additional costs outside of the
shelter operation comprise an additional $20,000. This would include
financial assistance and fundraising costs for example. The total
budget for 2012 will be approximately $80,000. Current assets held
in checking/savings accounts are approximately $160,000.
Future changes planned for 2012:
- For the long term financial
stability of HSLC, the creation of an endowment fund. This would
include a separate accounting for memorial donations.
- A clearer separation of fund-raising
funds and operation funds.
The end of the year 2011 balance sheet
shows assets of $546, 616.62 compared to $528,535.80 for fiscal year
Fundraising report by Marsha Brown
In 2011 the organization had 21 fundraising events, bringing in a
total of $22,086.
Animal affairs report by Lynn White
There are currently four dogs and 13 cats available for adoption
at the shelter.
In 2011, 489 animals were spayed or neutered through the
partnership program between the Humane Society of Logan County and
the Animal Protective League in Springfield.
A total of 32 cats and 33 dogs were adopted in 2011, most in the
three months the shelter has been open.
In the past year the organization has spent $1,700 to financially
help 15 families keep their pets healthy.
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Administrative report by Sue Jones
New events for 2012 will include a community garage sale in May.
Also, a letter was sent out to area businesses soliciting their
partnership with the Humane Society of Logan County by including it
in their 2012 budget.
Work is also under way on creating a database to better match
volunteers with needs.
President's thanks by Ellen Burbage
On the initial page of the annual report, which Ellen Burbage,
organization president, called "the story of our lives," she
expressed her thanks to all who have made the shelter become a
On behalf of the HSLC board, I would
like to express a heartfelt thank you to every person who has helped
the Humane Society of Logan County realize the dream of building a
shelter. The board of directors is very grateful for the dedication
of members and volunteers that has built a solid foundation for our
organization. This solid foundation allows us to embrace the new
challenges and excitement of 2012 with confidence and enthusiasm.
The Humane Society of Logan County is a 501(c)(3) organization
and is not affiliated with any other organization. All funds
received go entirely to the local shelter and the organization's
programs for the betterment of animals.
The annual report is on display at the shelter and is available
to the general public
[Text from annual report; LDN]