Many people involved in corporate business environments or certain business sectors like manufacturing and healthcare will recognize and identify with CQI - an acronym for continuous quality improvement. Markedly successful, for example in the Japanese auto and electronics industries, CQI also bears a responsibility to identify and acknowledge demonstrated success.
The GCAC Advisory Board often focuses on what needs to be done better. Our version of CQI. After all, our job is provide advice to the county manager and Board of Commissioners. The natural "flow" of this process improvement is to identify those things not being done so well and suggesting changes. All good. Except for one thing . . . . it can make you look negative. Like you're always complaining about something and never providing feedback that looks positive.
Those who know me, will readily confirm that I prefer to deal in facts. Data. Specific observations. For me, it forms the foundation upon which actions and advice are built. And each new piece of data, each new observation should stand on its own - not to be clouded by previous perceptions.
As fervently as I don't want our Advisory Board to be labeled as negative by carryover perception, neither do I want to ignore an exemplary job by GCAC when I see it.
Which brings me to the subject of "kudos"
Recently, the GCAC shelter was faced with a potentially unprecedented weather catastrophe in the form of Hurricane Matthew. Taking appropriate precaution on behalf of the animals in its care, the decision was made to evacuate the shelter to safer surroundings in Waycross. Over 100 animals. For an unknown duration. No small task - no easy logistics - lots of things that could go wrong. Fortunately they didn't. But it took significant efforts, long hours, sleepless nights At the end of it all, it was clearly worth it. The animals were ushered to safety, appropriately cared for, comforted and subsequently returned to Glynn County.
A job superbly done. The animals thank you, GCAC staff.
GCAC Advisory Board
GCAC Advisory Board Supports SPLOST
A real opportunity is at hand! An opportunity that should not be derailed by either political rhetoric or short-sighted public reaction.
The Glynn County Board of Commissioners has proposed a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) of 1%. The public will vote on the referendum on November 8th.
The animals need improved facilities. The Animal Control department needs a modern physical infrastructure that facilitates, not inhibits, their life-saving efforts. Frankly, it's long overdue. Enough so that it makes more sense to "start over" and construct new rather than attempt to rejuvenate a facility that has withstood decades of "just getting by".
.And, because it's a SPLOST, both the total dollar amount and the time period of collection are limited. No permanently increased burden on Glynn County taxpayers.
Yes, we realize that every citizen seems to have their individual "axe to grind" with how various levels of government both collect and spend money. We do too. But honestly, we're keyed in on those that don't have a voice in the discussion; the ones that are at the mercy of the decisions we make; the homeless companion animals of Glynn County. They need this SPLOST to pass. They need much more than we're currently able to provide.
As for you who maintain that you just don't want to see this money collected or spent; those that don't want to take advantage of the fact that passage of this SPLOST gives you a 60% discount; let me break this to you gently - you'll pay for it one way or another. Animal Control is a public safety issue. And the economics are pretty simple. You can pay 40% of the cost to build the right physical structure that can and should lead to better processes and outcomes. Or you can pay 100% of the cost to continually repair infrastructure that won't ever be as good as it needs to be.
The Board of Commissioners is planning four Town Hall Meetings to provide more detailed information about the SPLOST referendum.
We've put them on our calendar. Take a look at our Home Page.
You should put them on your calendar too.
See you there!
The much used phrase "it takes a village" certainly applies to animal welfare efforts in any community. And one of the critical elements of "the village" is the presence and activities of local animal welfare groups.
Fortunately for Glynn County, there are a number of groups that are both dedicated and successful. It seems as each group develops it own unique "niche" - not meant to limit or constrain their multitude of good efforts , but rather it just seems to emerge as the thing(s) they each do best.
And we want to highlight those successes - the real outcomes that make a real difference.
Rather than try to do it all at once by just listing the groups and what they've accomplished, I'll take it one at a time - hopefully as it happens in near real time.
So, right now, it's time to point to the recent success of Friends of Glynn Animals (FOGA), and what they do best. FOGA is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation started and run by Advisory Board member Donna Eskenazi. Everyone recognizes that what FOGA does best is raise funds online. Most of the time the funds are used to sponsor adoption fees for GCAC animals, but there's also those special times when it's for veterinary care of animals in acute need. But at the end of the day, on a consistent basis, what FOGA does best is sponsor adoption fees for GCAC animals.
And it couldn't have been better demonstrated that last week.
After an online appeal for funds, FOGA was able to sponsor the adoption fee for ANY 'Non-List" animal adopted that week. 18 (yes, count them, eighteen) animals were adopted under their sponsorship! Not only that, enough funds were collected to continue similar sponsorhips into the entire next week. Most recently, 5 more animals sponsored in the last 3 days.
These are real outcomes. Real adoptions. Animals really saved.
Stay tuned for more "Furry Stories". We want to highlight the extraordinary efforts of our local animal advocates.
As shown on our "What We've Proposed" page, your Advisory Board made a number of recommendations to the Glynn County Board of Commissioners on July 19th.
These recommendations were covered extensively in the August 1, 2016 issue of The Islander.
You can see and read their article here:
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