Our September 2d meeting was all Zoom as we observe the protocols set out by the County and medical professionals.  We had about 25 attendees.  Guests included Soquel High scholarship recipient Jennifer Rocha, Joni Stokes and (technically) Lowry Fenton.
The welcome song was not attempted.  As past efforts showed, Zoom only plays one voice at a time so when 25 people sing the result was a jumbled series of single voices each getting in a few words while the yellow box highlights jumped around the screen like the beginning of Hollywood Squares.   Maybe we can have a solo act and everyone else lip syncs?  I sound better that way….
There were no announcements because President Ken forgot to mention that Second Harvest is still looking for volunteers for food distribution at the fairgrounds from 830-1 this Friday, as well as Sept. 24.   Sign up on line or contact Ken or Michele Bassi.
We received an invitation from the District to participate in raising funds for wheelchairs.  The club has donated in the past, and Doug Deaver went to Mexico a few years ago to participate in the actual presentation of the wheelchairs to some of the recipients.  All who spoke about it said it is a worthy cause.  More information about it will be forthcoming.
Detective Dagmar educated us all with a timely set of questions about Labor Day.  Not as entertaining as her wiener-themed queries but well-researched.
Our speaker was Michelle Frampton, who was introduced by Anissa.  Michelle spoke and showed a video about BirchBark, a non-profit organization founded by veterinarian Merrianne Burtch in 2013. The goal of the organization is to promote the bond between humans and animals. There are 31 participating veterinary partners in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties.
BirchBark provides 3 services.  First, it provides financial support for people/families faced with unaffordable vet services whose pets have treatable conditions.  Those in need apply for financial assistance which generally takes 2-3 hours.  If approved, Birch Bark pays 50%, the family pays 20%, and the other vets contribute 30%.   This allows the pets to receive the services to heal them when otherwise the tragic alternative would be euthanasia.
Second, BirchBark provide grief counseling and support for people who have lost their pets. 
Third, BirchBark offers education to people in holistic and proactive  ways to be the best caregivers and advocates for their pets.
Michelle said that due to the pandemic and fires the need for BirchBark’s services has doubled.
BirchBark is entirely funded by donations.
 Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting, which will also be via Zoom.