Current Shelter Population: 60
Please attend this very important meeting so you can place your vote to elect the 5 (five) board of director’s positions. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can request an absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot you must be an Active Member and your written request for an absentee ballot must be received/post marked before March 29, 2015. No requests for absentee ballots will be honored after the date of March 29, 2015.
Please mail your request for an absentee ballot in a letter to:Greater Chicago Ferret AssociationAttn: Ballot RequestP.O. Box 3Lyons, Illinois 60534-0003
The GCFA cannot take any requests for absentee ballots over the phone, via email or at the shelter site. You must be a member in good standing in order to receive a ballot and to place your vote. We will process your written request and mail out an absentee ballot to you with a pre-addressed/stamped envelope inside. The absentee ballot must be mailed back in the enclosed envelope and be post marked by April 06, 2015. Do not put a return address label on the envelope that is provided. Your ballot will remain anonymous and it will only be opened at the time of the election. If the ballot is sent back in a plain envelope, the ballot will have to be voided and will not be counted.
The GCFA needs you to vote, because as a member it is your right and obligation to make sure the people elected into these board positions always have the best interests of our shelter ferrets being first and foremost in their decision making. Again please attend the election meeting or request your absentee ballot.
Without an RSVP there will be a $5.00 cover charge to participate in the snack buffet.
Board of Director- Nominees's Bios listed below.
*Norine Barnes*Lila Falk*Alison LiskaBrandi Marting*Patty Petrillo*Tracy ShepherdHeidi Sliwinski
I believe I would be an excellent addition to the Board of Directors. I do play a big part in the shelter operations as the Volunteer Coordinator, Office Manager, Director of Communications, a member of the management team, Woozlefest committee, and I also coordinate Meet the Ferrets events and recruiting others to do the same. I am always looking for ways to better the GCFA.
Ten years ago my son Michael had his first job at Petco. Someone brought in a huge white ferret that they no longer wanted. Throughout the night, Michael kept checking on it. He called me to tell me about it and I told him in no uncertain terms he was not to bring it home. I was attending Northeastern at the time in the evening, working on my reading masters. I am a seventh grade reading teacher. I came home and there was a 40 gallon tank on his top bunk, (his sister’s boyfriend helped him lift it up there), with the ferret in it. I knew nothing about ferrets and he knew me well enough to know that I would fall in love.
I began researching ferrets on line because I knew it was here to stay and I needed to be proactive. I called Norm at the shelter and he told me to come on in anytime. I began volunteering with Steve, Patty, and Rascal, on Sundays. My education began.
Ten years later I am still learning about these babies. I have found my niche in fostering. I enjoy working with the old, sick ferrets, giving them a second chance. Because I choose to foster, my turnover rate at home is great. I am always happy to bring them home even though I know that they are going to break my heart in a short while. I feel so peaceful when I hold them while they slurp their soup. I can’t imagine my life without them or being a part of the shelter. I even won my husband over to “ferrenting” which was a feat in itself. Ghost and Badger were his first ones.
I have lost count as to how many ferrets I have fostered. Right now I have nine at home: heart disease, insulinoma, adrenal (I love the nakeds), lymphoma, spleen, blind, and anemic. My feedings and meds lists look a lot like the ones at the shelter. I get up an hour earlier than I need to every morning just to start my ferret routine.
Being a part of the shelter has been an amazing learning experience for me. I educate my students at school about ferrets and pets in general. I have learned that true ferret owners are very special people, ones I enjoy associating with. I will do my best to keep the shelter running at full steam and to the best of it’s abilities. It is time well spent.
My name is Brandi Marting and I have been a ferrent for 3 years and volunteering with the GCFA for about a year and a half now. I have 5 ferrets at home, which include 2 fosters. As a potentially new member of the board, I think I could offer a fresh perspective. I stand for putting the ferrets best interest as a priority of mine in addition to my desire for our shelter to run smoothly as a whole.
My name is Alison, I have had ferrets for 8+ years. I have been volunteering since August of 2008. I have been a shelter manager for almost 5 years. I became an adoption officer approximately 4 years ago. I have been a member of the board for 3 years. I think I bring a ferret first perspective to the board and would like to continue my service.
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