In late February, the informally formed Dog Park Fundraising Committee formally established a set of bylaws. The committee is set up as a subcommittee of Oakland Borough's Great Oak Park Committee and sends a liaison to attend the Dog Park meetings. The Sports Association of Oakland (SAO), a registered 501 c3 charity within the Borough will act as the bank for fundraising efforts and the Treasurer of the Dog Park committee will work closely with the SAO on this front. The new committee will meet on average once a month at the Oakland Public Library. Meeting dates, times, and locations will be posted on the Dog Park for Oakland, NJ Facebook page in the short term until a Secretary is chosen who will work with the Borough on formally announcing meeting information.
Ryan Schwertfeger, the founder and person who started the Dog Park for Oakland, NJ movement will serve as Chairman of the new committee. Lauren Binder will serve as Event Coordinator. Charlie Delman will serve as Treasurer. There is no selection of a Secretary yet. Other members that are on the newly formed committee thus far include Brian Kresge, Gregg DePhillips, Thomas "Chopper" Russo, Grace Nappi, Josephine Kukla, and Lisa Fomchenko.
Two subcommittees were also established to start planning events in the short and long term that the committee wishes to undertake. A Tricky Tray Subcommittee was formed which will be chaired by Grace Nappi with Lauren Binder and Josephine Kukla serving as other members. A Craft Show Subcommittee was also formed chaired by Lauren Binder with Grace Nappi and Josephine Kukla serving as other members. If you are interested in serving on a subcommittee that has been formed, or have other ideas about events and subcommittees that can be formed, please contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Founder, project leader and Oakland dog park advocate since March 2009. Now a college graduate wanting to complete his 8th grade project from Valley Middle School for the humans and dogs of his community.