2021 Annual Meeting Minutes and LTBHS Board Bios

Honey 1 editedUp for re-election: LTBHS Board President Gayle Mroczkowski

Gayle Mroczkowski is a former hospital and non profit administrator who has lived in Petoskey for 14 years. During that time, she and her late husband, Tom, adopted a total of five dogs and one cat from LTBHS. In addition to currently serving as Vice-President of the LTBHS Board of Directors, Gayle is Vice-President of the Friends of the Petoskey Public Library. She has also been appointed by the Emmet County Board of Commissioners to serve as a Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility trustee and an advisory board member of the Emmet/Charlevoix Department of Health and Human Services. She has also been appointed as a board member of the North Central Michigan College Foundation. Gayle shares her home with Romeo, whom she adopted from LTBHS.


2021 LTBHS Annual Meeting Minutes

Board Members Present: President; Gayle Mroczkowski, Vice President; Lori Jodar, Treasurer; William (Bill) McKinley, Secretary; Beth Skau, Tom Ogden, Becky Philipp-Kranig, Gordon Ford

Board Members Absent: Peter Bridges

Staff Present: Executive Director; Danielle Blasko, Director of Finance; Claire Borgen, Communications and Marketing Coordinator; Jessica Evans, Events and Volunteer Coordinator; Teresa Chaney

President’s Welcome and Call to Order: President Mroczkowski thanked everyone for attending and read the LTBHS mission, then called the meeting to order at 5:33pm.

Confirmation of Quorum: President Mroczkowski asked members of LTBHS present who had not previously voted to raise their voting card. President Mroczkowski asked the Secretary, Beth Skau, if a quorum was present. Beth replied that by our bylaws we need 77 members present, in person or by proxy, and we exceed that number. We have 0 members present, in person and we have 193 members present by proxy for a total of 193 members. A quorum is present.

Approval of the Minutes from the Annual Meeting of Members held on June 24, 2020: President Mroczkowski then requested that the minutes of the Annual Meeting 2019 be approved as presented. Motion to approve the minutes was made by Bill McKinley and supported by Becky Phillip-Kranig. No discussion. All ayes, Motion carried with 177 proxy and 0 in person votes.

Election of Directors:

President Mroczkowski then named the slate of candidates to the Board of Directors with terms as follows:

Nominees                                                     Term

Bill McKinley                                 2021-2024

Gordon Ford, Jr.                             2021-2024

Peter Bridges                                   2021-2024


No other nominations were submitted

Motion was made to elect Bill McKinley to the Board of Directors for the term 2021-2024 by Beth Skau and supported by Tom Ogden. Motion carried with 182 proxies and 0 in person votes.

Motion was made to elect Gordon Ford to the Board of Directors for the term 2021-2024 by Bill McKinley and supported by Tom Ogden. Motion carried with 184 proxies and 0 in person votes.

Motion was made to elect Peter Bridges to the Board of Directors for the term 2021-2024 by Bill McKinley and supported by Gordon Ford. Motion carried with 184 proxies and 0 in person votes.

President’s Report – Gayle Mroczkowski – brief president’s report given. The report was a reflection of 2020 and discussed the challenges we have faced as an agency in the last year with COVID-19. We are proud to have been able to attain a PPE loan which helped us. Additionally, we were able to keep our staff employed when many organizations were unable to make that happen. The board is so thankful we were able to retain jobs throughout. We got all of our animals out of the shelter, many of whom went on to be adopted by the same family fostering. We continue to expand the foster program and added a mobile pet pantry that delivered food and pet supplies throughout the community when people were unable to leave their house. As of July 1st we will be able to reopen to the public. In addition, many of the local boarding and daycare services have closed and we are working hard to expand our services to accommodate the needs of the community.

Financial Overview – Bill McKinley – graphs presented and a brief overview of 2020 year-end income statement, summary operations data, summary balance sheet and investment portfolio. First, Bill spoke about our expenses and noted approximately 55% of core expenses were related directly to animal care and restricted funds. On the revenue side, adoptions provided only about 10% of the funds needed to maintain the core expenses and cost of care for our shelter animals. Our core revenue decreased in comparison to 2019, much due to the fact that many things were virtual or otherwise impacted by COVID-19. Our Non-Core Operations were also not profitable last year. This is partially due to the fact that, despite being closed to the public and without operations for some time, all staff maintained employment. The PPP Loan also assisted in the ultimate net profit of the agency as a whole. Bill concluded with a brief discussion about our investment portfolio and lastly a few points noted regarding our restricted funds.

Overview of Past Year – Danielle Blasko – brief summary given of 2020 accomplishments. We brought 424 animals into our agency, which is down from 2019, mostly due to COVID-19. We were able to adopt out 428 animals, including one dog who was adopted to a family in Canada!

Our low-cost spay/neuter program was able to provided sterilization services for 48 canines and 416 felines in 2020. We will soon be expanding this program to Charlevoix and Cheboygan Counties as well. This program is only possible because of the Jack Harris Spay/Neuter Fund. We were also able to subsidize the cost of veterinary care for 7 different pets for a total of almost $4,000 in 2020 with our Furry F.A.C E S. Fund.

Danielle highlighted our build out of foster program and our pet food pantry, which we believe to be a contributing factor as to why we didn’t see a huge increase in owner surrenders like many agencies over the last year and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We have developed a robust transport program, funded by Molly’s Transit Fund. This program allows us to move the most at-risk animals into our shelter in an effort to prevent unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable animals. Over the past year, we were able to work with Berrien County Animal Control in Benton Harbor, MI. We became aware that this municipal agency was terribly over their capacity with cats and we were able to help by bringing 30 cats into our care. BISSELL Pet Foundation continues to support our transport program. This year we were able to rescue a group of 14 dogs that were Saved from a breeding investigation.

Danielle also highlighted our growing Shelter Medicine Program. Joining the LTBHS team will be Dr. Diane Gildersleeve, who will serve as the agency’s Shelter and Community Medicine Veterinarian. Having a full time Shelter Medicine Veterinarian also allows us to follow through with our desire to purchase a new intake facility. We hope to break ground this fall.

Howl at the Moon will be a hybrid event this year with the option to attend virtually or in person.

Danielle thanked everyone for watching virtual meeting of members. President Gayle Mroczkowski thanked Danielle and the members and opened the floor for questions and discussion of which there were none. Gayle asked for a motion to adjourn. Becky Phillip-Kranig motioned to adjourn the meeting and was seconded by Gordon Ford. All were in favor and the meeting adjourned at 6:21pm.