The Baldwin County Humane Society (BARC!) recognized their original founders and celebrated their heritage as the oldest animal welfare agency in Baldwin County at the 31st Annual Meeting held April 20, 2011, at the Eastern Shore Art Center. The emcee was Shelby Mitchell with 95KSJ Breakfast Club; Dr Jazz played the twinkling glamour piano.
The Baldwin County Humane Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit on July 16, 1979, by Maria Gwynn, Janice Phillips, Catherine Downey Richter, Leon Johnson, Alisa Valentim, Melanie Beiser, Joan George and Nancy Humphrey. It was the county’s first animal advocacy group.
Founders Gwynn and Beiser were surrounded by board members (past, Honorary and current) on stage when they accepted Proclamations declaring “Baldwin County Humane Society Day” from Governor Robert Bentley, Alabama Senate and the cities of Daphne, Loxley, Orange Beach and Robertsdale. The cities of Fairhope and Foley presented them keys to the city.
BARC! thanked the veterinarians, volunteers and supporters individually and collectively for their contributions of time, talents and resources which make the programs possible: transport and dog adoptions, Kitten Kaboodles, Pawsitive Therapy, spay/neuter vouchers and the BARC! Pet Food Pantry.
31st ANNUAL MEETING
Shelby Mitchell, BARC! Honorary Board Member, was the emcee at our 31st Annual Meeting held at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, AL. She explains how our logo has changed over the years, but our mission has stayed the same: to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the abused, abandoned and neglected animals of Baldwin County.
Maria Gwynn, original founder & current board president, introduces the other founders, veterinarians and previous board members, staff & volunteers
Maria Gwynn, original founder in 1979 and first board president, introduces the current board members and office staff
Maria Gwynn, original founder in1979 & current board president, invited the other original founders to join her on stage along with the board members (past, Honorary & current)