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September 16
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Kalispell, MT 59901
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Change in ILR Office Staff

Over the past several years the ILR Board has tried diligently to balance our budget in the face of declining revenues. The costs of programs and services are outrunning income.  Efforts have been made to increase income as we have increased programs offered to the membership. Office hours have been cut to a minimum, which has impacted our ability to provide services to our membership.  It is clear that we can no longer continue as we have been going and a drastic change in approach is required. 

By mutual consent, the Board has negotiated a severance package with our current Registrar, Jan Wassink.  Jan will be leaving the ILR in a joint agreement to cancel what is left of his 5-year contract.  This agreement is motivated by economic considerations, specifically a dearth of funding available.  Jan has been invaluable to the development of the programs and services currently offered by the ILR and will be deeply missed.  However, as part of the severance agreement, Jan has agreed to remain in an advisory role throughout the transition period.

Workloads and responsibilities are going to have to be significantly modified.  Dar and Susan will be in the office to help you with all your needs and will do their best to fill your requests.  They will be carrying a heavier burden therefore we ask for your patience as we work toward getting our services being offered in balance with the income being received from the llama community to support those services. The office will continue to be open Monday through Thursday, with phone hours 9:00am – 3:00pm Mountain Time.

With this additional reduction in manpower, everyone's patience will be necessary as we cannot afford the level of service we have all enjoyed in the past.  We are optimistic that the changes being made will enable us to continue to offer quality services and programs to the llama community.  With your support we will be able to support you.