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Oct 2017

Notice of KPDC Annual General Meeting

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NOTICE OF KILCONA PARK DOG CLUB’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday, November 23, 2017 – 6:30pm

Bronx Community Centre

720 Henderson Hwy

All members are invited to attend.

The AGM provides an overview of KPDC’s activities, challenges, and a vision of the future. Business includes reports from the Board and the election of new Directors to fill Board vacancies. It is an opportunity to become informed, to ask questions, and to actively influence the club and improvements to Kilcona Dog Park.

City officials have invited KPDC’s Board to meet shortly before the AGM to discuss options for bringing clean drinking water into the off-leash area. The Project Manager will provide members an update on those discussions and KPDC’s Treasurer will provide an update on the status of our fundraising for the water features project.

 

The 2017 AGM agenda is posted below and the minutes of the 2016 AGM  are available in the “About Us” section of KPDC’s website.

The success of Kilcona Park Dog Club depends upon active participation by all members. We look forward to seeing you there.

Meet and mingle with dog park friends.

Early Bird Membership draw for over $500 in prizes, 50/50 raffle, and valuable door prizes.

Refreshments courtesy of KPDC  Platinum Sponsor, JD Hoggs Sausage Company.

Need to purchase or renew your membership? Sign up at the door.

 

AGENDA

  1.  Approval of the 2017 AGM Agenda

  2.  Approval of the 2016 AGM Minutes

  3.  2016-17 Annual Report

  4.  2016-17 audited Financial Report

  5.  By-law Amendments  (see below)

  6.  Q and A Session

  7.  Election of Directors for 2016-2017

  8.  Adjournment

Proposed By-law Amendments

The amendments and the rationale for each amendments, is as follows.

1. In the title of the document, and articles 1.1, 1.2 and 15.1 – the name of the club is amended from Kilcona Park Dog Club Incorporated to Kilcona Park Dog Club Inc. to align with the club’s legal name in KPDC’s Articles of Incorporation.

2. Articles 8.8 and 14.1.1 – amended from “The Board shall inform members of the Annual General Meeting via e-mail, on the Club bulletin board and at other appropriate locations at Kilcona Park.” to “The Board shall inform members of the Annual General Meeting via e-mail, on the Club bulletin board at Kilcona Park and on the Club’s Facebook page.” The intent of the amendment is to reflect the actual and most effective practice of communicating with members.

3. Article 9.5 – amended from “Voting at every General Membership Meeting shall be by secret ballot.” to ” “Voting at every General Membership Meeting shall be by show of hands except where a member requests a vote by secret ballot .” The intent of the amendment is to reflect the actual practice while still allowing for ballot voting.

4. Article 11.7.2 – amended from “In accordance with the Corporations Act of Manitoba, the President shall file, on the last day of the anniversary month of incorporation, an Annual Return of Information with the Companies Office, 1010- 405 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6.” to “In accordance with the Corporations Act of Manitoba, the President shall file, before  the last day of the anniversary month of incorporation, an Annual Return of Information with the Companies Office, 1010- 405 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6.” The intent of the amendment is to reflect actual practice and allow for flexibility.

 

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Jul 2017

“Make a Splash” Campaign Donors

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Special thanks to the amazing dog lovers, organizations and businesses that have so generously donated to Kilcona Park Dog Club’s “Make a Splash” campaign. Funds are earmarked to bring clean, fresh drinking water into Kilcona’s off-leash area.

Many individuals have donated to the project this weekend using KPDC’s new online PayPal system. To make a contribution, please follow the link.  http://kilconaparkdogclub.ca/electronic-payments/#.WXUhj-mQy00

Thanks to:

Alice Fokeer

Barb and Craig Handkamer

Benita Truderung

Birchwood Ford

Bruce Cunningham

Candace Mutimer

Crystal Lambertson

Grant Madison

The Samoyed Association of Manitoba

Val Sangster

 

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May 2017

Open Letter to Kilcona Dog Park Users re Off-leash Area Boundaries, Barriers and Leash Law Fines

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Today I received several emails from a dog owner asking for clarification on Kilcona’s off-leash area boundaries. She complained that the boundaries around the play area are not clear and that people have been fined for having their unleashed dogs in Kilcona’s on-leash area. She also asked if either Kilcona Park Dog Club or the City have plans to install a physical barrier between the off-leash and on-leash area.

The individual was under the mistaken impression that Kilcona Park Dog Club owns Kilcona Park and asked that I do something. This is not the first time the Board has heard from a dog owner who believes the club owns the park so it seems like an appropriate time to dispel the myth.

It is also an appropriate time to clarify, once again, the off-leash area boundaries to make it easier for responsible dog owners to comply with the off-leash law and avoid a hefty $200 fine.

CITY’S ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The City of Winnipeg owns Kilcona Park and its law enforcement agencies, Winnipeg Animal Services and Winnipeg Police Service, have a legal obligation to enforce the City’s by-laws within the park boundaries.

 

KPDC’S ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Kilcona Park Dog Club is the official park steward.  Our volunteers work with park staff to take care of the park by chipping trails, planting trees, hosting park clean-up events and raising money for amenities like the picnic tables, benches and waste bags that we all enjoy.

 

The club also advocates on behalf of KPDC members on matters related to the off-leash dog park and promotes responsible pet ownership.

DOG PARK 101 REFRESHER
With respect to off-leash dog parks, Winnipeg’s Responsible Pet Ownership by-law states that we must have our dog within view at all times. So while our dogs may not be able to read the signs, it is our responsibility keep an eye on them to prevent them from straying into Kilcona’s on-leash area.

DOG PARK BOUNDARIES
The off-leash area boundaries are outlined on the park map but if you’re having trouble reading it, here are the basics. Everything to the north of the cigarette butt receptacle and the median in the parking lot is off-leash and everything to the south, is on-leash. The parking lot is on-leash. Dogs are NEVER allowed on the softball or soccer fields whether they are on leash or not.

At 121 acres, our off-leash area comprises approximately 27% of the park. It is by far the largest dog park in Winnipeg.  There is no shortage of space in Kilcona’s off-leash area.

PHYSICAL BARRIER
KPDC’s priority, approved by the general membership at the last four AGMs,  is to bring potable water into Kilcona and install a drinking fountain and dog rinse station.

There is no money in the City’s budget to install a barrier between the off-leash and on-leash area. In fact, there is no money earmarked for Kilcona until 2021 and those funds will be directed to emergency repairs at Harbourview.

It would fall on KPDC to undertake the project and the club would need a lot more human and financial resources. The Board would also need more than a single request from an individual dog owner  to consider funding a barrier.

The Board will survey members in good standing (those who have purchased a 2017 membership card) to gauge interest in installing a barrier on the southern boundary. If a significant number of KPDC members request it and are willing to raise money or donate to make that happen, the matter will be brought to KPDC’s November Annual General Meeting for a vote.

For information on Winnipeg’s leash laws, here is a link to the Responsible Pet Owner by-law. http://www.winnipeg.ca/cms/animal/pdfs/RPO.pdf

Sincerely,

Donna Henry
President – Kilcona Park Dog Club Inc.

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