Sunday, August 7, 2011

Our Volunteers Are Appreciated!

We had our 11th annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at In-Sync Exotics on Friday night (July 22nd), and as usual, we had a great time!  Vicky provided everyone with a wonderful meal (and, more importantly, TONS of desserts!), and we all enjoyed spending some time relaxing together.  We’re usually so busy while we’re at the sanctuary, that it’s a rare treat to just spend time chatting and getting to know each other better.  Of course, talking over the lions’ “singing” all evening was sometimes challenging…

Vicky presented some awards to a couple of people who have made outstanding contributions to In-Sync in the last year, and also announced all the volunteers’ years of service, and gave out magnets of the cats to everyone.  She also gave out aprons with our logo, and “Big Kitty Meat Market” printed on them, to those volunteers who spend a great deal of their time in the commissary, working on the not-terribly-exciting chore of food preparation!

The Board of Directors each got up individually and thanked those volunteers who have helped them in their roles as board members.  Vicky then recapped what was an extremely eventful year at In-Sync!  We were involved in two large rescues (6 tigers from Leona, Texas, and 20 cats from Poetry, Texas), rescued several other cats as well, had our first national television appearance (on the Discovery Channel), and successful fought state legislation that would have shut down most of the sanctuaries in Texas, including ours!

We showed all the volunteers a slide show, that showed many of the amusing aspects of volunteering at In-Sync, and four of our summer interns put on a hilarious skit, demonstrating many of their experiences at our sanctuary.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening, and a great opportunity to sincerely thank this amazing group of people, who gave so much of themselves to our cats!

Article written by:  Chemyn Reaney, Volunteer Coordinator

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Team In-Sync, please contact Chemyn Reaney to schedule an orientation date!

Not wanting to get your hands dirty?  We would love for you to join our Events Team.  Email Jodie Payson, Director of Events, for details regarding our upcoming events meeting!

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