Dear COLA Community,
We, as an organization, have been working very positively and productively with an amazing skeleton staff of dedicated volunteers. Due to unfortunate miscommunication regarding an amendment to the bylaws last year and personal losses, we lost a number of Board Members and with them some of the man-power we come to expect. We now have six board members working very hard organizing and facilitating our many off-leash areas. We are very much looking forward to welcoming up to six (6) NEW board members this evening which will add up to a healthy team of dog lovers going forward.
Despite the difficult circumstances we've all worked through this year, we have a lot of accomplishments of which we should be proud. In addition to holding several productive board meetings and producing comprehensive minutes, we have been very active in monitoring the maintenance and financials of our off-leash areas with weekly visits. We have managed to keep our park steward positions filled with enthusiastic and qualified volunteers. We have been standardizing the COLA message on our kiosks at the parks for universal understanding of the worthwhile function of COLA and our off-leash areas. We have been building important alliances with other organizations and businesses in many Seattle communities. We are pleased to boast that there has been a positive COLA presence at every major dog-related event this year around the city, in particular, the upcoming DOG-O-WEEN in October at Genesee Off-Leash Area in which we will be taking a major role in its implementation and function.
A change in web masters made us temporarily off-line but we now have revamped and updated our website and integrated it so that we were able to at least get a newsletter out this year. And we held our first public forum in COLA history. We have straightened out some confusion over the relationship between the stewards and the board. We have begun a conversation with the city's professional dog walkers to explore their issues and concerns. We have been lobbying city government to do a comprehensive master plan for off-leash areas to see how urban planning can accommodate the dog owner population explosion.
We have much work to do coming up. Let's work together and utilize our individual skills and passion and love of dogs to broaden our brand and keep our positive message of goodwill to our neighbors and community. Thank You.
Message from our Cola Chairman: It has been a pleasure working with this year's dedicated army of COLA volunteers including our park stewards and our own Board of Directors. We took over last year as a new administration. It has been a bumpy start but we have managed to prioritize what is most important to us and that is transparency, cost effectiveness and being sure that all of our OffLeash Areas are well maintained and have competent stewardship.
Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our community of dog lovers.
Citizens for Off Leash Areas