OCHS members meet new leadership

First member meeting with new board

Sept. 29, 2018 — Organizational problems faced by the Oregon Coast Humane Society (OCHS) receded further into the rear-view mirror on Wednesday evening when OCHS held a members-only meeting to introduce Interim Director Bob Murray and new Shelter Manager Marina Lewis.

OCHS Board President Shauna Robbers introduced the pair to the 20 or so members in attendance, highlighting their experience and willingness to embrace the challenges that lie ahead.

Both Murray and Lewis made brief presentations touching on the paths that brought them to OCHS.

Moving forward, Murray is focusing his attentions on facility upgrades and staff training while Lewis is working to improve the organization’s social media presence and on updating internal procedures. The short presentations gave way to a more informal question and answer period between the members and Murray and Lewis.

Robbers said she was pleased with meeting, particularly in light of previous OCHS meetings where police presence was requested by OCHS board members.

“The board appreciates its members’ input and suggestions, as well as the calm demeanor last night,” she said. “All suggestions and questions are being reviewed to help the board and employees continue to improve and build on the positive image we continue to present to the public.”

Robbers also wanted to remind the public that the popular OCHS Christmas store will reopen soon for the holiday season.

“We are inviting the public to the opening of our annual Christmas Store on Nov. 1,” she said.

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 80 Harbor St. in the building formerly known as Vintage Blue Antiques. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact OCHS at 541-997-4277.

“We can’t put on the Christmas store without the help of volunteers and patrons,” Robbers said.


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