2014 Annual President’s Report from Friends of Hermon Dog Park

2014 Annual President’s Report from Friends of Hermon Dog Park

2014 was an exciting year for Friends of Hermon Dog Park. We hosted a variety of fundraising events and expanded our community of members, newsletter subscribers and Facebook friends. We hosted Pet Ed seminars and “Yappy Hours” at the park, and laid the groundwork for a dog agility project to be installed in early 2015.

Our Co-President Nancy Nickerson, after many years of service to our Friends’ Board of Directors resigned in January 2014. We elected Kat Spofford as President, and reaffirmed Silvia Lomeli as a director of the board to serve to two terms. Our board consisted of five board members in 2014.

AT THE PARK – We…

  1. Added green metal signs, “Who Are We?” installed inside small and large park on fence.
  2. Two Concrete Benches were added each side of park and placed by LA Rec and Parks.
  3. We provided hundreds of bio-degradable poop bags and several pooper scoopers.
  4. Large side water fountain fixed, small dog bowl replaced after stolen twice.
  5. Ordered flier holders for dog park bulletin board area.
  6. In May, we teamed with Aztec’s Rising to clean vandalized graffiti signs that hang in park.
  7. Held two Clean-up days at the park, (June & October)
  8. In July we met with Rec and Parks regarding getting a new grade of decomposed granite for the large dog side. Rec and Parks’ second ordered batch would be last offering; and they proposed to water it down twice a week to minimize the dust.
  9. We were denied extension of the fence by Urban Forestry around the protected Oak tree to give the large dog side more shade.
  10. Rec and Parks agreed to plant (3) trees in 2015 to replace trees Hermon Dog Park lost in a wind storm.
  11. We got a bid on security cameras and solar lights at the dog park, and it would be $24,000, and FHDP would have to raise that money. We have tabled the issue for now.

We hosted themed “Yappy Hours” on the last Sunday of every month, which included Pet Education Seminars. We also had many giveaways at each event. All photos taken during YH were placed on our Facebook page.

  1. January Yappy Hour: Annual Meeting and re-election of Board Members
  2. February: Pet Education Seminar with Cindy Sanchez & Thea Martin, entitled, “Pet Emergency Preparedness”, a free certificate to attend a Basic First Aid Class (a $40 value) was given away to one lucky winner at the end of the seminar.
  3. March: Take a Walk in the Park day, a guided tour with your dogs around the Arroyo Seco Park, by guide Silvia Lomeli. Dog treats (in bags) were sent home with all Yappy Hour patrons.
  4. April: Art in the Park- local artists set-up their wares and 10% of sales from artists were donated to FHDP at end of event. Dog Jewelry, Leashes and Art were displayed.
  5. May: No Yappy Hour, instead we held an online Facebook Contest entitled “Pet Selfie” – 4 categories and various prizes were awarded to winners.
  6. June: Dog and Cat Vaccine Day with Pets First Foundation. A year supply of Wellness dog food was given to one opportunity prize winner, and dog treats were given as secondary prizes. This was also a fundraiser for FHDP and a community event to get dogs vaccinated and micro-chipped. 80 Animals received vaccines. Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council also had a booth, and gave goodies away.
  7. July: Bow Wow Luau- dogs dressed up in Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and had pictures taken in Tiki Hut photo booth. Annual Membership Drive- gained 18 new members at event. Sent out mailings in July to members to renew membership as well.
  8. August: Pet Education Seminar: Ailments in dogs, allergies, basic Vet 101 with veterinarian Dr. Lisa Hsuan and Dr. Alondra Pasallo of Animal Health Care Center in Eagle Rock . Q&A followed.
  9. September: Dog/Owner Look-a-like Contest. Doggie goody bags were given away to park patrons. Agility course was set-up in tunnel for fun.
  10. October: HOWL-oween Costume Contest and Peanut Butter Lick-off. 58 entrants, first time in Hermon Dog Park history to charge (donation) for event, fundraiser for park as well. Gave 15 gift baskets prizes. Natural Balance and HALO donated products for baskets. Free sample dog food from NB and HALO was given out to park patrons. No Yappy Hour in November.
  11. December: Santa Paws Squad marched in 70th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade

MEMBERSHIP/SOCIAL MEDIA

  • For 2014: We have 189 members who have paid membership fees or donated money. Last year we had 63.
  • We have 935 Facebook Friends, 60 Twitter Followers, and 30 Instagram posts. Our newsletter gained a VIP readers field, (readers who open the newsletter more than 70% of the time) we currently have 665 Subscribers.
  • FHDP signed up for a six-month membership to Meet-Up.com to gain new interest and garner new membership and new park users.

FUNDRAISERS/GRANTS for DOG AGILITY EQUIPMENT

  • FHDP President spoke at Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council Meeting on April 28th, applied for grant for dog agility course, we received funding in May.
  • FHDP President spoke at Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council meeting on September 4th. Received funds in September for one piece of dog agility equipment.
  • In August, FHDP had a fundraising event at Golden Road Brewery, received 10% of all food sales from Hermon Dog Park, park patrons that attended the event from 5-10 pm on Monday, August 18th. All restaurant patrons could bring their dog to the event. We had five Opportunity Drawings during event (members of Eagle Rock and Highland Park community donated gift cards and prizes), $300 made.
  • Fundraiser: Sold Dog Clothes at Monterrey Hills Fall Festival, Crescenta Valley Park 2nd Annual Anniversary Festival, Hermon Dog Park September Yappy Hour, and Craigslist.
  • In November, FHDP was granted $5,000 from CD-14 (Jose Huizar) to complete funding needed to order and install dog agility equipment.
  • We supported L.A. North Central Animal Shelter by applying for a grant given to their Intervention program, through Doris Day Foundation.

Our volunteers are the heart of our organization -we had great support this year from many old friends and some wonderful new friends including the Academia Avance charter school and The Girl Scouts. We are truly grateful for all the help we received and know that we could not succeed without all of you. We are also grateful to our many donors who help keep us going.

Involvement – Members and park patrons are encouraged to get involved in activities at the dog park, by volunteering and hosting in our membership booth at Yappy Hours. If you are interested in attending a board meeting, please sign-up! We have a new motto for 2015 Yappy Hour: “Hermon Dog Park Yappy Hour, Where Dogs and their Owners get socially unleashed!” We now open the floor to questions and comments.

Kat Spofford
President, Friends of Hermon Dog Park