Teams gathered at Roy Memorial Park in Litchfield last weekend to compete in a high ropes course fundraiser for BITS. It was a murky day, but spirits were bright. Teams raised money and found sponsors, but the most thrilling part was actually getting up in the trees! Some teams competed for time (prizes were at stake) while others were happy to simply complete their challenge. A great time was had by all, and we are most grateful for the donations -- we made our goal of $7,000! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED! We can't do this without you.
Greetings to you, our BITS ETC Community,
As we all know, 2020 has been a year of great changes. Pauline Meridien, BITS’ Executive Director, has announced that she is excited to be “releasing the reins” and retiring at the end of the year and begin her life’s next chapter!
Pauline poured her heart and soul into creating BITS in 2003 and developing it into an extraordinary therapeutic center these past 17 years. She has been far more than simply the Executive Director, handling whatever needed to be done for the staff, our clients, the horses, and the facility.
While change can be frightening, we cannot let fear stop us from growing, evolving, and progressing on what Pauline has built. With this in mind, we are happy to announce that as of August 10, 2020, Jaryn Hall-Haines will be transitioning into the Executive Director position. She has many years working with and leading nonprofits, and we truly feel she will be an exemplary Director for our organization.
Thanks to everyone for being a part of our wonderful organization. We look forward to many more years of providing our services to the community!
Ian C. Pahl
President pro tem
BITS Board of Directors
Hope everyone is gearing up for the cooler weather this fall... winter will be here sooner than we might like. Mr. Jingles has swapped out his summer gear for a nice warm blanket. What a handsome man... don't you think?
This little kitty came to us almost a week ago. We had a naming contest -- with lots of GREAT suggestions -- and Smudge came out on top. He and Lincoln (Melissa's golden retriever) are learning to get along, but he still hisses most any time they come in close contact. Lincoln is understandably a bit jealous with all the attention this kitten is receiving from everyone who comes to the barn. He's most curious (aren't all cats?) and is mastering the barn office environs. As he gets older, he gets bolder, and soon we'll put him to work as the barn mouser. Love you, Smudge!
Barbara and Vinnie came to the farm and gave a demonstration on how to massage our horses with Equistix. This tool was thoroughly enjoyed by the four big horses. While some almost fell asleep, Star -- when the person massaging him stopped for a moment to speak with someone -- turned around and with one look told her to, "Get back with that stick!" Our horses aren't spoiled... are they?
Mystique hopes you'll leave some messages for her. She doesn't quite 'get it' about Blogs, but she loves all the attention she can get!