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Board members stand by Hagey

December 26, 2010
Messenger News

Dear past, present and future supporters, friends of the Humane Society of North Central Iowa, also known as Almost Home and concerned citizens:

By now, most of you are aware that there has been a very unfortunate and sudden turn of events at the animal shelter. In an effort to avoid speculation, We'd like to set the record straight. At our regular board meeting held Dec. 14, five of our 11 member board of directors and Laurie Hagey, our executive director, were surprised with a request from the other six board members for Laurie to resign her position. This request was not made due to any allegations of wrongdoing on Laurie's part. For two years, Laurie has appropriately managed the shelter, a role some members of the board thought should be theirs. This has been an ongoing conflict, one which all were aware of and which those of us who are signing this letter have tried our best to resolve, with the best interests of the animals at the forefront of our efforts.

Laurie has worked tirelessly to fulfill the great need for a better temporary home for lost and surrendered companion animals. There are no thanks great enough for her efforts. Her compassion for animals, tremendous fundraising skills and the outpouring of your financial and volunteer support are what kept her, and the shelter, going.

The five of us listed below were not involved nor were we consulted prior to Tuesday night's meeting. This was a very well-orchestrated and private project the other six board members accomplished. Their actions have temporarily resulted in our inability to take corrective measures.

We want you to know Laurie continues to have our support. It may be awhile before the motives of these six people become known. Laurie and the signatories below have been heartened by the outpouring of compassion and concern for the continued care of our animals, employees and new facility, and are grateful for it.

Although many of you have said Laurie is the sole reason you chose to help build and operate our new shelter, Laurie would be the first to say she couldn't have done it without all of you. Laurie did open many new doors for us, was instrumental in gaining public awareness of the animals' urgent need and has greatly expanded our financial and volunteer support.

The very worst thing that could happen to the animals that depend on us is for you to withhold your support until this temporary setback is resolved to the satisfaction of all. We all desire your continued support so our first concern - the well-being of our animals - is not sacrificed during this difficult time.

Julie Packard-Knutson

Board president

Barb Erickson

Board secretary

Heidi Gorman

Board treasurer

Ann Davidson

Board member

Leah Schomburg

Board member



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