runs exclusively on the steam of our volunteers' time and
energy and expertise. We are blessed with wonderfully talented
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This month, meet Jeanette Davias, Media Relations Coordinator!
association with MetroPets (MPs) began in 2000. I ran across
the web site, via a link from another site. While wandering
around the site, I was amazed to find an "Events Calendar".
Since I have (what was termed by a former husband) "a
mess 'a dawgs", I was ecstatic to find fun events that
I could attend with my "less-than-pure-bred" fur-kids.
a few months, I noticed an item on the site offering a free
MPs tee shirt, as a bonus, for joining. Well, never being
one to pass up on a "free" offer and (also) feeling
slightly guilty for being a regular user of the site, without
paying anything, I sent in my membership fee. I was pleasantly
surprised to receive the tee shirt; a profile (w/ photo) of
my fur-kids, on the MPs' site; and an invitation to their
Annual Holiday Party.
I attended the party, I was under the impression that all
MPs offered was a very helpful web site. While, at the party,
(which was attended by representatives from every aspect of
the pet-lovers' community) I found out about their unique
technical Assistance Program. This concept excited me and
I contacted MPs to offered my services shortly thereafter.
as I would like to be a "techie" (I've had a lot
of training, but never was able to put much of it to use),
my abilities lie in other areas - I am extremely diversified
and have excellent organizational skills. I began my volunteer
service as the Media Relations Coordinator, contacting the
local media to create an awareness of MPs (a position I still
hold). I branched out to Community Outreach, representing
MPs at various animal-related functions (e.g.: Annual Canine
Games), in the Metro area. I also was an active Committee
Member for MPs's 2001 "Pets In Pearls"; and created
the Rawcliffe Collectables fund-raising campaign (lovely,
key chains, gift boxed pewter ornaments, candles, etc). As
a side-line, I assist with the MPs Events Calendar.
|Jeanette and Scott's dogs: Barney,
Milo, Duchess, and Sadie
married and my wonderful, understanding husband (Scott James)
assists me, with sales and outreach at animal-related functions.
I also have (currently) three fur-kids of indeterminate parentage
(Mutts): Duchess; Sadie; & Milo. One of our babies recently
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge (Barney). His tribute is also on
the MPs site.
like to describe MPs as a comprehensive web site listing all
pet-related information, for the Metro DC area. For me, MPs
has been an opportunity to "stretch my abilities".
I think that is one of the benefits of a volunteer position
... the ability to do "fun stuff" and learn at the
you MetroPets for the opportunity.
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