South Central UpdateThe regional staff provides volunteers with a 2017 update. June 30, 2016
Hello Lone Star Chapter!
As we begin another new year, our South Central Region is reflecting on how grateful we are for our valued chapter members and volunteers across Texas. Your generous commitments and partnership made this past year a great success for Canine Companions for Independence for our region. 2017 was a year of celebrating some significant milestones. Among these were graduating the 10th class of new teams from our Kinkeade campus, placing the first facility dog team within our partner, Baylor Scott & White Health’s facilities, welcoming the largest group of matriculating puppies (27 of them!) to our regional center in November and celebrating the second anniversary of opening our regional training center. We also expanded our outreach activities on campus with quarterly Open Houses and monthly public tours as well as throughout the region including three special events in Austin, North Texas Giving Day, our third annual DogFest DFW and our first partnership event with the Dallas Stars in addition to our annual puppy raiser and graduate workshop and hosting the annual TEAM leadership conference for our volunteer and staff leaders across the country.
We also congratulate the Lone Star Chapter on the great success chapter members had with a number of Yappy Hours around Dallas Fort Worth, Kendra Scott Gives Back promotions and what hopefully was the first of what will become the annual Barks and BBQ event! All this in addition to fun and beneficial new puppy outings and many other outreach activities coordinated by our dedicated chapter volunteers.
Looking forward to 2018, we are excited about the big plans that the Lone Star Chapter has on the horizon for a poker tournament partnership with the Care and Mercy Foundation, some more great Yappy Hours and Kendra Scott events, another Barks and BBQ event, DogFest DFW and many other opportunities. We also have plans to expand volunteer engagement and activities in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Lubbock as well as throughout North Texas communities.
To each and every one of you, we express a Texas-sized “Thank You!” for all the wonderful ways you support Canine Companions for Independence! We are blessed and honored by your devoted commitment and owe you our deepest appreciation. Your gifts of time, talent and treasures are the keys to growth in the number of individuals with disabilities that we can serve with our exceptional assistance dogs. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for South Central Region and the Lone Star Chapter in 2018!
Submitted by Mikell Bollinger, Regional Director of Advancement, South Central Region