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Humane Society of Logan County holds annual meeting

Group looks to have site work and building plans in place this year

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[January 23, 2010]  The annual general membership meeting of the Humane Society of Logan County was on Wednesday evening at Chad's Blind, 1230 Fifth St. in Lincoln.

At the meeting the 2010 board of directors was voted on and approved. As three members were not present, the election of officers was postponed until a supplemental meeting scheduled for Jan. 27.

The elected board is as follows: Wanda Stevens, Jill Struebing, Marsha Brown, Lee Hahn, Sue Jones, Lynn White and Ellen Burbage. Advisory members who also have a vote are Lyle Johnson and Dr. Lara Borgeson. Advisory member without a vote is Larry Pech, past president.

At the meeting, the yearly report noting activities and accomplishments for the 2009 year was distributed to membership and guests.

Highlights of the report:

  • HSLC had 52 adoptions for the 2009 year.

  • HSLC had 316 animals spayed or neutered with the help of the Animal Protective League and Dr. Phil Gillen.

  • The Illinois Department of Agriculture did an inspection of records, and HSLC passed with flying colors.

  • The organization spent $2,346.73 on medical help to animals.

  • As of Dec. 31, membership stood at 100 individual members and member families.

  • HSLC has attained an Illinois sales tax exemption, allowing the organization to be exempt from sales tax on all purchases.

  • The group had 20 fundraisers during 2009, bringing in $21,607.62 in revenue.

  • HSLC had over 600 individual and business donors in 2009.

  • The balance sheet shows a Dec. 31 balance of $385,013.74, up from the 2008 ending balance of $308,083.03.

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Although currently in a strong cash position, costs of purchasing land and building a modern, humane facility will use up a good portion of those funds. Members of the organization continue to work on projects to ensure that once a center is open, adequate funds will be available to keep it open.

The report shows that currently there is no specific location being pursued, with progress on the group's first choice unsuccessful in 2009. The organization now intends to look at other suitable sites for their building.

The HSLC plans to have a new site and plans for the building solidified during 2010 and hopes to be still further along than that if possible.

The Humane Society of Logan County is not affiliated with any other agency. It is an all-volunteer group dedicated to saving and protecting the lives of animals. A copy of the annual report, including a line-item balance sheet, is available to the public upon request. Individuals who wish to join can contact any member of the HSLC for information, or contact Ellen Burbage at

[Text from annual report of the Humane Society of Logan County; LDN]

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