Annual General Meeting Minutes, February 24, 2015

February 28, 2015

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Minutes, February 24, 2015 Kingston Ontario

Present: Don Murphy, President, Wendy Workman, Secretary, Jane McDonald, Treasurer, Allan Park, Head Deer Keeper, Lorraine Alderman, Tasha Stewart, Board Members

Regrets: Annie Wilcox

The meeting was called to order at 5pm. A motion to approve the minutes of the 2013 Annual General Meeting held in March 2014 was made by Jane, seconded by Wendy and passed unanimously.

Copies of the financial statements for the period January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 were distributed to those present by Jane McDonald, Treasurer, reviewed and accepted. In response to our plea for funds, almost $3000 was raised from individual donors and the Sisters of Providence. No antlers were sold this year. Lorraine suggested we consider selling antler pieces as dog bones as such are highly sought after especially from naturally shed antlers. Snow removal costs were way down thanks to volunteer efforts of Chris Grooms. We currently have no retainer with Dr. Willows. A discussion took place about ending our charitable status at the end of the 2015 fiscal year—December 31, 2015. Concerns were expressed about the possibility of large vet bills and whether donors would be generous without income tax receipts. It was agreed that we will re-examine at next year’s Annual General Meeting after giving antler/bone sales more attention. Wendy offered to sell the antlers or dog bone products at her business, the Mutt Hutt with the FDR story nearby as promotion of the Reserve.

Allan Park, Head Deerkeeper, talked about the health and status of our five remaining bucks and the challenges created by extreme low temperatures, large amounts of snow and the condition especially of Mike, the eldest who is deaf and has suffered repeated injuries in the neck and chest after being attacked by other deer. He is currently being housed in the Stable area and is calm and seems to be well with wounds healing . EGee who is visually impaired in his right eye is separated from the strongest, healthiest deer in the isolation paddock and is doing well, too. These moves have reduced fighting and injury and will likely be kept in place until the temperatures warm up and/or antlers are shed as a protective measure. There have been no witnessed fights or injuries amongst the three bucks who are free within the reserve (Moki, Murph and Spike).

A general discussion took place as to the extent of vet care/intervention that the Board feels is appropriate at this stage of the bucks’ lives. The youngest bucks (Moki, Spike) are at least 10 years of age and Mike is possibly 15+ years. It was agreed that no general rule could be in place and that decisions need to be considered on a case by case basis. While no one would want to see a deer suffer if vet intervention could alleviate pain, extraordinary medical intervention need not be undertaken. Because of a bad experience with Ty and tranquilizers, we have hesitated to use tranquilizers for fear of causing death. Allan reminded us that Atravet was used successfully to mildly sedate the herd prior to their transportation to Florida Road in 2007 and no animals suffered any ill effects. It was agreed that Atravet could be used with food to sedate the entire herd in order for the vet to reach an ill animal for hands-on diagnosis or treatment and further tranquilization by shot could be attempted if it would result in the bucks’ return to health. Euthanization will be considered if a vet diagnoses a terminal condition.

Board of Directors and Officers, 2015. The following were nominated to serve as officers in 2015: President: Don Murphy, Secretary: Wendy Workman, Treasurer: Jane McDonald. The nominations were approved by unanimous vote. Annie Wilcox, Lorraine Alderman and Tasha Stewart agreed to continue serving as board members. Allan Park continues as the primary keeper

Wish List Summary:

1) Snowblower to make paths

2) Install cedar fencing around the dump

The meeting was adjourned at 6:00pm.

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Howard Egan September 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm

What is the policy regarding herd replenishment from spikers? Aside from that, I wish u well.
Howard Egan. A New Zealand Fallow deer enthusiast,


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