Fall Executive Committee Meeting
The newly formed Executive Committee (Barb and Adam) met to set goals for the coming months and to establish a process for future growth. Meetings will continue on a quarterly or semi-annual basis as time permits. Our goal is to include more people into the Committee over the next year.
Outstanding issues included:
- Set up meetup at Serenity Springs Farm Animal Sanctuary
- Determine ARRNT’s role with Veggie State Fair in October
- Make Forks Over Knives and Bold Native films available to ARRNT members and friends
New business included:
Adam to email members about individual advocacy opportunities, work on expanding list of places to post our messages, check to see if UNT has a vegan club
Barb will prepare a Google Doc for shared information, create meetups for October, and send out minutes to members as well as posting on our blog.
Goals for the coming months:
- Increase number of sites for posting ARRNT information
- Attend a UTA vegan club meeting
- Move towards 501(c)3 nonprofit status
- Hold a meetup in Fort Worth or Dallas (Spiral Diner)
- Table at a local event (Earth Day?)
- Add another assistant organizer to Executive Committee
We are continuing to look for opportunities for collaboration with other groups, both animal rights groups, vegan groups, and rescue groups.
We have planned the following activities for October and November:
- Leafleting at Kroger in Arlington
- Carpool to Veggie State Fair
- Viewing and vegan snacks: Forks Over Knives / Bold Native (possibly MFA’s Farm to Fridge)
- Trip to Serenity Springs Farm Animal Sanctuary in Forestburg
We lost one member this month, an inactive member who attended one meeting but was more interested in rehoming animals and other forms of direct rescue. I contacted him for feedback and let him know he is always welcome back. He stated the main reason for leaving was due to distance – he is north of Dallas. We are a mid-cities group who welcome any and all, but obviously it is more difficult for those in further areas to get involved with our activities here. Membership is now at 53 people.
One of our goals is to grow our membership, in particular our active participants. All members, however, contribute just by joining and supporting our mission to increase respect and awareness for all animals in the north Texas area and around the world. All our Twitter followers and Facebook fans help us, too, by demonstrating interest in what we are trying to accomplish. Thanks to everyone who supports our work!