First of all, I’d like to thank you for your amazing support of Orange County Pit Bull Rescue. This was just a dream to me four years ago and it is incredible to see how much it has grown. It is so heartwarming to know there are so many people like you that care about these dogs as much as I do. OCPBR is really the little rescue that could!
I have had some big personal changes over the past year and a half. As some of you may know, I have relocated back to my original home in North Carolina. Yes, I am actually a southern gal! I made this move to be closer to my family and also for financial reasons. The hardest part of this was leaving my friends, but also not being able to participate with the rescue on a personal level. I have still remained a part of this rescue as a member of the board and offering assistance remotely through the computer and telephone.
It is my wish to see this rescue continue to grow. I am unable to play the leadership role in that growth simply due to my physical distance from the rescue and the community of Orange County. I believe for the organization to grow there needs to be change. The organization needs to have a leader that is able to fully support our members, fosters and adopters. For this reason, I am stepping down as President of this organization.
This does not mean in any way that Orange County Pit Bull Rescue is disbanding.
We have grown as a rescue and have the members in place to ensure our success.
I am more than confident that this organization will carry on in the way I have always envisioned and wanted.
I am remaining on the board for the next six months at least as Vice President and Secretary to help make sure this will be a smooth transition.
I am very excited to announce our new President, Christine Bonner. Christine has been with the rescue for over two years acting as our Board Treasurer and Controller. She has made vast improvements with our finances that have enabled us to build upon our programs and save more dogs. Besides being our financial guru, she has taken on many different responsibilities that include our foster and adoption program, fund raisers and events.
It was largely due to her efforts that we held our first annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day event this year. Christine has the passion and dedication to ensure that this rescue will continue and become even bigger and better. I could not imagine any one more qualified to take this role than Christine. I am happy to call her a friend and also very excited to see where she can take OCPBR in the future.
I am forever grateful to have known each and every one of our volunteers, adopters and supporters. You have all made a difference in my life and in this organization I so deeply care about. I look forward to the future of this organization which is made even better with your support.
With many thanks and love,
Rebekah Yusko Vice President and Founder