The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife held its annual meeting on Friday, March 28 at the Visitor Education Center on Sanibel Island. Each year, members of the board of directors, staff, and the membership gather to hear the state of the organization from officers and staff.
Five new board members were elected including Dr. Edith Pendleton, Dr. Jason Eisele, Jason Maughan, Steve Harris and Dr. Dave Nichols. They joined returning board members: Melissa Congress, president; Rob Lisenbee vice president; Jan Egeland, secretary; and Gail Seldess treasurer. Other members include Jeff Weigel, Jeff Burns, Jeff Powers, Jeff Haungs, Dr. Diane Bean, Jeannie Kendall, and Peg Albert.
Two retiring directors were acknowledged for their years of service in helping CROW through the realization of a state of the art veterinary hospital and Visitors Education Center. Dr. Paul Douglass served three terms, each three years, for a total of nine years of distinguished service to CROW. He established a fund at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation in honor of his late wife Phyllis. Wayne Boyd served as a board member for four, three-year terms, plus an additional year for a total of 13 years of dedicated service; and was involved with facilities, buildings and grounds. He spearheaded the Boyd Challenge Grant during a critical time for the organization. Both men have contributed years of service and valuable knowledge to give CROW the foundation upon which the organization could succeed.
The new board members include, in the front row, Dr. Edith Pendleton, Dr. Jason Eisele, and Steve Harris, and in the back row, Jason Maughan. PHOTO PROVIDED.
Board President Melissa Congress spoke about the evolution of CROW and significant achievements of the year, including CROW's Strategic Plan. Treasurer Gail Seldess presented the 2013 financial report and highlighted key operational areas. In all, 2013 was a positive year for CROW. Executive Director Steve Calabro spoke about development activities, the educational programs, the marvelous work done by the volunteers, and CROW's work in community outreach. Dr. Heather Barron, hospital director, addressed the improvements in patient care and release rates. In 2013, 3,391 patients were admitted to CROW, many were critically injured adults. Over 263 surgeries were performed and 107 patients presented with hook and line related injuries, a 25 percent increase over last year. CROW's educational programs grew by nine percent in 2013 and included students from leading colleges and universities around the country and the world.
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is a teaching hospital and visitor center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education, and conservation medicine. For more information about CROW, visit our website at crowclinic.org.