Before I begin, this event was a wonderful idea to recognize people within the "bulldog community" for all the outstanding things they do. There was just one problem, there are so many out there who love this breed, and give their lives to help them, educate others, fund raise and so much more.
First, I would like to point out some definitions of an Organization and a Community.
1. the act or process of organizing.
2. the state or manner of being organized.
3. something that is organized.
A social unit of people, systematically structured and managed to meet a need or to pursue collective goals on a continuing basis. All organizations have a management structure that determines relationships between functions and positions, and subdivides and delegates roles, responsibilities, and authority to carry out defined tasks. Organizations are open systems in that they affect and are affected by the environment beyond their boundaries.
–noun, plural -ties.
1. a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.
2. a locality inhabited by such a group.
3. a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually preceded by the ): the business community; the community of scholars.
In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting organisms sharing a populated environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.
In sociology, the concept of community has led to significant debate, and sociologists are yet to reach agreement on a definition of the term. There were ninety-four discrete definitions of the term by the mid-1950s. Traditionally a "community" has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location. The word is often used to refer to a group that is organized around common values and is attributed with social cohesion within a shared geographical location, generally in social units larger than a household. The word can also refer to the national community or international community.
The word "community" is derived from the Old French communité which is derived from the Latin communitas (cum, "with/together" + munus, "gift"), a broad term for fellowship or organized society.
Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community no longer has geographical limitations, as people can now virtually gather in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location.
The truth of the matter is, a rescue organization cannot exist without volunteers, donations, connections, and dedication to such a breed. The countless hours of care, transport, organizing, trips to the vet, fundraising and so much more. It is all done for the love of these precious animals and the rescues save one life at a time. The work never ends, but worth every moment spent to see these beautiful dogs get to health and then be adopted by new loving families. It takes numerous individuals to volunteer their time to successfully rehabilitate these animals, so to recognize only one person is a difficult task because one could not do it without several others working hand in hand to achieve the same goal.
A place like English Bulldog News could not be here without members. One member could never make this place what it is. There was once a time not too long ago that my husband and I were having conversations with only each other and our son on here. These discussions could have been done out loud! But my point is that each and every member here is valuable. Whether you have been here since the beginning, or if you just signed up to join us today. Each new member who apologizes for asking a question does not realize that their simple question and the answers that follow could potentially help 1000 bulldog owners in the future by a search engine.
This community is built upon the collective knowledge from thousands of members, donations given, with a collective goal to love our bulldogs and give them whatever care they need, and each and every one of you is part of this community. Whether you post actively everyday, or if you are a lurker and a guest who just loves to read what we type.
Thus, in the end we do have two awards to give out. And we are very excited to recognize these individuals for helping save bulldogs and bulldog owners, one at a time!
With the nominations we received we would be honored to award Lisa McTarsney, of Southern California Bulldog Rescue, with the Bulldog Hero Award. She and her husband take special needs dogs, transport, pick up supplies, and more for this rescue along with her having a full time job. We decided we would honor Lisa for all her hard work and dedication to these special needs bulldogs. Working with special needs bulldogs takes a special person with a special heart. <3 She has worked tirelessly for the care of all animals that come to her attention in need and especially the bulldogs that come into her life. She has never given up hope on any bulldog she cares for and yet manages to know what is the right thing to do for each bulldog in her home. Lisa works tirelessly to nurtured trust from dogs that have been abandoned, toss aside in yards or left in shelters with no hope. Lisa is not afraid to share her passion for the animals, speaks her mind and speaks for the dogs she cares for in her home or anywhere in need.
With the nominations we received, we would be honored to award both BruceP & LariP with the EBN Hero Award. Their dedication to going above and beyond to this website amazes us everyday. From BruceP waking up in the morning to get the daily poll posted and giving us a chuckle or a warm welcome to new friends, them going to Petsmart and buying out the clearance rack for the next fundraiser, LariP wanting so much to help raise funds for EBN when it was still struggling and hosting a raffle to get a custom made outfit, not to mention she makes outfits randomly for members and ships them out in the mail just to surprise and put a big smile on their faces. I could continue to name off the countless things they have done, but I know they do not expect recognition or praise.
We will be sending Lisa and Bruce & Lari each a marble plaque from English Bulldog News made by Laser Creations. They will also receive a Lady Api Caramel apple decorated with candy M&M's made EBN style.