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Hi everyone,

To the people I have talked with back and forth, hello again. To those I haven't talked to yet, hello for the first time.

Just having a chance to go over some of things you guys do here. As I said already, we're not here to change how you use this site and what you have come to know and love.

I noticed some of the things you guys initiate here and I want to let you know we're fully behind them.

- photo contests
- calendars
- fund raisers
- rescues

These are initiatives we fully support and encourage. I haven't read the current rules pertaining to these type of initiatives but off the top of my head, one thing I would add (if it's not already there) is that you just notify us prior to posting any kind of fund raising initiative. We DO NOT want a cut of anything you raise but at the very least, let us know because to the community, WE are the ones who are held accountable if things go wrong.

As we put together a moderating team, they will help with approving all the initiatives. I don't think it's productive if every week, someone posts a new fund raiser and there is no accountability...those are just my thoughts.
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I also did a search and found the initiative on the quilt. You guys should continue to do that. If I can help, let me know. If you don't want my help, that's fine too.
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I am the person who has headed up the quilt project for the last 5 quilts (or since the beginning). I never had to ask permission from anyone except initially when I asked Melissa about was it okay and could I use the logo.

Since that time,I run all of it. Quilt signs ups/oversight on the making of the blocks/decisions are made either by me or as a group (whether that be the quilt group or the entire forum voting on a theme etc.)

We donate the quilt to rescues (HRI here in the states or Havanese Fanciers Of Canada-Rescue). This has brought alot of exposure to the havanese forum raising thousands for rescues.

My concerns are many---first and foremost :
If puppies of any sort are allowed to be sold on this forum (guessing no reputable breeders) in a sense--we would be making a quilt and trying to raise money for the poor sucker who bought a puppy off this very forum. I will never put my name or talent behind a project as stupid as that.

We had planned a fund raiser quilt to be made by members of the forum, for a forum member to win exclusively by making donations to a quilt fund (money we need to have to make the next big quilt going to HRI).

Are you saying I need to ask you about everything I am doing? I need it approved? Since you don't know me,I'll give you a little insight. I am not one to mix words or sugar coat things. I believe in honesty,trust and just say exactly what is on my mind. I except others to do the same,so please be forward about this.

I have handled things myself for years and I am accountable and true to my word. Is VS also? I need to know exactly how this is gonna work asap to know if I need to abandon or move my quilt group because I have the fund raiser quilt in works and 1 quilt promised to HRI for 2011 with sign ups.

What about use of the logo?

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Julie,

Thanks for your comments. For the QUILT initiative, you don't need our permission to do it. I think it would be thoughtful and polite to send a note to myself/the future moderating team so say something along the lines of, "hey, I'm thinking of starting this new quilt project, just wanted you to know." Of course, you don't even have to do that if you don't want to.

The whole notion of alerting the mod team about fundraising initiatives is so that there is accountability. Unless this community is OK with ANYONE coming here and posting a thread asking for donations for ANY cause, wouldn't it be responsible for the moderating team to weed out the real deal from the scammers?
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Anyone who is using the logo for fundraising purposes, they're more than free to do so. Again, it's a matter of RESPECT and common courtesy to at least notify the party that owns it that you wish to do so and so with the logo.
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Well--the problem is this: This quilt was planned a year ago (the fund raiser) and the 2011 quilt was decided on and moving forward early on this year....I believe it was March maybe? I'd have to check the date of the thread to be exact. My point being--it would be like un-ringing a bell at this point. I don't know if you are familiar with quilt projects...but they are a very time consuming thing...you can't turn out a quilt from a forum such as this in a short period of time. It takes a lot of planning and coordinating and oversight to get all people who want to be included all making blocks and all sending them at certain dates etc.

We have always caught any goofy shady character coming on here with a sick pup asking for donations etc. We are a pretty savvy group!

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Julie,

Thanks for your comments. For the QUILT initiative, you don't need our permission to do it. I think it would be thoughtful and polite to send a note to myself/the future moderating team so say something along the lines of, "hey, I'm thinking of starting this new quilt project, just wanted you to know." Of course, you don't even have to do that if you don't want to.

The whole notion of alerting the mod team about fundraising initiatives is so that there is accountability. Unless this community is OK with ANYONE coming here and posting a thread asking for donations for ANY cause, wouldn't it be responsible for the moderating team to weed out the real deal from the scammers?
The wierd thing about this is I AM A MODERATOR! (currently)

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Anyone who is using the logo for fundraising purposes, they're more than free to do so. Again, it's a matter of RESPECT and common courtesy to at least notify the party that owns it that you wish to do so and so with the logo.
Melissa told me it was okay and maybe she had set this up? I mean in the past and up till the date VS took over.

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Julie, obviously, I'm not in the know on all the details of quilt making. That said, we have ZERO plans to interrupt any fundraising projects or un-do any projects that have already started or have planned.

We are all for fundraising but a lot of what I'm saying right now has the membership in mind and how to protect them from being scammed. That's it. We don't want any piece of the action and we don't want to stop people from a worthy cause.

I haven't spoken to Melissa about this yet but in the past, was anyone free to just come on here to post a fundraising project or did they have to notify her first?
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Melissa told me it was okay and maybe she had set this up? I mean in the past and up till the date VS took over.
Using the logo is fine by us for fundraising projects. I'm writing all of this because it applies to everyone in this community and not everyone has or had the benefit of having a close relationship with Melissa.
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