Greene joins Good Shepherd’s board of directors

Friday, May 4, 2018

Good Shepherd Humane Society has a new board member.

On Wednesday, April 25, the board voted to approve Melissa Greene as the 11th and final board member. Greene introduced herself to the board, saying she has volunteered heavily at the Eureka Springs Thrift Store.

“I am dedicated to animals and their care. I was one of the founding members who built the dog park,” Greene said. “I also was instrumental in getting circuses to not come to town because of the abuse of animals. I got the leash law strengthened. I have a lot of dedication toward animals.”

Greene said she has served in Eureka Springs city government for 14 years, currently as a member of the city council.

“I can be a team player, and I know how to take knocks,” Greene said.

Thrift store manager Janet Chupp said the compliments to the Eureka Springs store are mostly because of Greene’s hard work. Greene said she’s excited to be part of the board, hoping to keep continuity going for Good Shepherd.

“If we have people who step up and stay on, we’re going to have a really strong board,” Greene said. “It doesn’t mean there aren’t new ideas coming in. It means you’ve got the same ideas that are getting done.”

Shelter manager Sandra Mittler presented the shelter report for March, saying the shelter took in 11 dogs and seven cats in that time. The shelter adopted out eight dogs and 10 cats, Mittler said, with one dog and four cats being returned to the shelter. The shelter employees took some dogs to the Holiday Island Chili Cook-off, Mittler said, and one dog got adopted from that event.

“We’re really happy we did that. We did meet with several people that are going to be coming into the shelter in the next two weeks to look,” Mittler said. “We go every year, and we’re happy they invite us.”

Treasurer Mark Minton presented the financial report, saying Good Shepherd finished March $645 better than budget. The biggest item driving that profit, Minton said, was miscellaneous donations.

“Our expenses are $35 worse than budget,” Minton said. “That is some pretty good budgeting right there.”

Chupp said the thrift stores are doing well, even though she missed the budget in March. Since then, Chupp said, the Eureka Springs store had a $798 day. That’s the best day the store has ever had, Chupp said.

“The highest one before this was $700,” Chupp said.

She said the Berryville Thrift Store will have a half-off sale from May 6-13 for Mother’s Day. In the meantime, Chupp said, the Berryville store needs more volunteers. She said she’s going to reach out to Berryville churches to see if any youth groups would like to help out.

“I think our atmosphere would be conducive to that,” Chupp said.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.

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