Mar 9, 2020 Bulletin

Opening/Chair: Al Cooze was the chair for today's meeting. He asked Alana to lead us in the singing of O"Canada.
Visitors/Guests: Kyle Andrews joined us for today's meeting.
Speaker: Patsy Oxner, Chair of Colchester Chapter of CARMA (Cat Rescue Maritimes)
Patty moved to Truro from Manitoba in 1988 and resided here until 1998 when she moved to Dartmouth. She returned to Truro in 2015.  While living in Truro the first time, she became involved with the Colchester SPCA and at that time was a volunteer Special Constable for four years.  There were three who investigated cruelty to animal cases.  This work introduced her to her love of animal care and rescue.  While in Dartmouth she did not pursue this love other than caring for her own animals and donating food and litter to local rescues in the HRM.

When she moved back in June 2015 she was introduced to a small group called Colchester Castaways.  In September 2015, she, along with two other people branded a TNR rescue called The Wayward Cats Society.  At that time they were a group of three but within a short time, they grew larger and introduced a board of directors.  Patsy was elected Chair and has held that role through the transition to CARMA.  She is an active member of CARMA and participates in all functions and needs of this group, from the daily operation to fundraising, and recruiting of new volunteers.
TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, Return.   Cats who live throughout the county in colonies she calls community cats.  The wild cats are trapped, neutered, and then returned if possible to their original location.  They are relocated if the location was unsafe, perhaps to the barn of a cooperating farmer.  They try to adopt out any kittens and any adults who have suitable personalities.  The cats are marked with an ear tip so if they are trapped again the volunteer can just release them right away.
In 2016 Wayward Cats organization trapped 107 cats, in 2017 it was 328, in 2018 it was 187.  In 2019 they trapped 207 and 63 were adopted.
In 2019 Wayward Cats joined up with CARMA which is an organization that started in NB.  There are 10 NB chapters and 4 in NS, soon to be 5.   They get financial support from the national CARMA network, from Pet Smart and the United Way, and from fundraising events and personal donations and adoption fees.  Their February fundraiser is a Spaygehetti dinner and they have a book sale in the fall.  CARMA’s community partners include DAL’s vet tech program, Colchester County, Dartmouth SPCA, the Truro Vet Hospital, and animal control officers from the surrounding area. 
Besides fundraising,  the volunteers educate the public at the mall and as invited speakers.   They do the trapping and look after colonies by watering and feeding, and making sure to reduce the amount of food as the size of the colony decreases. 
The TNR method (trap, neuter, return) has proven to be more effective at reducing the size of community colonies than trap and kill programs.  It is non-lethal and stops breeding.  Other benefits are a reduction in roaming, howling, spraying and other nuisances such as defecating in gardens.
Laurie Sandeson thanked our speaker.  Laurie has used CARMA to help at her farm and has appreciated their service. 
Member Health: No Reports on member health.
Announcements and Reports: 
Grant’s wife Arlene’s funeral is on Wednesday at 2:00 pm at 1st United Church. 
Brian attended the TLC on Saturday in Halifax.  He said it was a wonderful event with good speakers.   Brian brought back with him a certificate for RC Truro, acknowledging our END POLIO NOW donations for the past year.
Ken Banks reminded newer members of the club of the event Wednesday evening from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Forrester Hall.   This is for members of our club who have been members 5 years or less.    Out of our 68 members, 31 joined in the past 5 years. 
President's Report: 
President Lech appreciates the efforts of the membership committee.
He has received an email from Toastmasters – they are having a themed meeting and have invited Rotarians to attend on April 1st or 8th and to have someone give a talk about Rotary.  There are enough people who said they would like to attend that Lech will respond that some are coming.   The person who will speak will be determined.  
--Alana informed us that Rotary International has signed an agreement with Toastmasters to link with them regarding their well-developed leadership programs so it is likely we will hear more in the future re Toastmasters/Rotary connection. 
Lech will be sending out reminders regarding survey, requesting everyone to complete please. 
Rotary week is April 13-19.  There will be a Proclamation and flag raising on the Tuesday, and possibly lunch afterward at CMHA?
The Amherst Rotary Club is celebrating their 85th anniversary tonight.  Unfortunately, Lech is unable to attend due to car breakdown. 
Happy Mug: 
Terry reported that the Syrian refugee family being supported by the Colchester Refugee Support Committee is due to arrive this Thursday evening.  They are a family of 10 – mother, father, 7 children and their grandma.  She is very grateful for all the support from people in Truro re getting the house set up for the family. 
Joanna had a happy weekend, touring around nearby, and getting in some skiing. 
50/50: Tom had the lucky number, but did not win the $41 pot. It grows, once again.
Closing: 1:10 p.m.

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