International Volunteers Day

Eleanor Kellon, VMD

Most of you know that the ECIR Group was started by our Founder Robin Siskel in December 1999.  The group was born out of a desperate need for solid, scientific information and solutions to help horses with Cushing’s Disease. It was through Robin’s initial determination that the ECIR Group did not simply become another internet chat group.

As membership grew, the need for volunteers to help ECIR Group work as originally intended, became more and more important. It became clear early on that a dedicated group of members, willing to donate many hours of time per week, were needed to meet the growing number of people who sought help from the group. Reaching out with solid information, education and support in a time of crisis was critical. ECIR standards demand the best possible advice, born from the facts as they are currently known.

Around the year 2007, from this group of core volunteers, came the suggestion to form a nonprofit corporation to expand efforts to reach more people and bring significant ECIR data to light. 

In 2013, The Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group Inc., an Arizona-based nonprofit corporation, was duly recognized as a 501(c)3, and is now able to collect tax-deductible donations. 

Many changes have taken place over the years: new members coming into three Yahoo groups, eight Case History groups, the addition of two web sites, NO Laminitis! Conferences, proceedings on IVIS, the recordings, and outreach on Facebook.  The ultimate purpose of these combined outreach efforts, supported by the nonprofit, remains as it was first designed 14 years ago -- to spread accurate, unbiased information, regarding PPID and IR.  

ECIR Group hovers at 12,000 international members on Yahoo outreach alone.   By collecting histories and laboratory data from thousands of horses with PPID and IR, we have been able to carefully monitor responses to treatment and management changes, both good and bad. This is real life, in-the-barn, research at its best. It is also the largest field trial in the world.  No one else has what the ECIR Group has.

There is much more to come. This work can not be done without the help of a growing group of passionate volunteers, many of whom you have never seen. 

Today on International Volunteer Day, I’d like to personally say thank you.  

ECIR Yahoo Outreach Primary Responders
Lavinia Fiscaletti
Cheryl Hooper
Maggie Rogers
Mandy Woods
Linda and Susan

ECIR Yahoo Outreach Moderators
Lorna Cane
Jaini Clougher, BSc, BVSc
Nancy Collins

ECHorsekeeping Support
Carol Layton
Teresa Palumbo
Valeree Smith

ECHorsekeeping Moderators
Claire Cox- Wilson
Susanna R. Gordon, MD, DABR
Patti Kuvik

ECHoof Moderator
Lavinia Fiscaletti 

ECIR Archivist
LeeAnne Bloye Admin Support

Web Masters 
Patti Kuvik

Allana Kereluk

Social Media, Marketing, Advertising
Fran Metzger

Ardito, Toscano and McCollum, P.C.

2013 NO Laminitis! Conference Volunteers
Sharon Andersen
Lorna Cane
Kristen Chavez
Jaini Clougher, BSc, BVSc
Nancy Collins
Susie Cranney
Kathleen Gustafson, PhD
Joan Kulifay
Sandy Hollingsworth
Janet Librizzi
Alice Levey
Valletta Lochridge
Cindy McGinley
Jan and Dennis Monstad
Jannalee Smithey, EDO

ECIR Group Inc. Volunteer Board of Directors
Jaini Clougher, BSc, BVSc, President
Nancy Collins, Treasurer
Jannalee Smithey, EDO, Secretary
Kathleen Gustafson, PhD
Fran Metzger

Founding Directors
Claire Cox-Wilson
Patti Kuvik

...and to all other volunteers who continue to give so generously of their time.

Lastly, but by far the most important,  thank you to the horses and their owners who have sought out and supported the ECIR Group by contributing their data.  It cannot be done without you.

Eleanor in PA
EC Co-owner
Feb 2001

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