Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Meeting Minutes, Oct. 16, 2008


Date: October 16, 2008
Host: Ellen Wasyl of Old Saybrook provided us with a wide selection of delicious gluten-free foods.

Welcome & Introduction by Sybil Nassau, founder of the SGFA, outlined the evening’s activities, including:

Registration: Registration forms will be available at each meeting so we have accurate information on everyone. We are open to anyone that follows a gluten-free diet (celiac, gluten intolerant, wheat allergy) or a caregiver of someone with that lifestyle. Meetings will be once a month, more or less, dependent on special activities. Dues will be $10/year or $1/meeting, plus activities and/or materials when necessary.

Anyone with any additional allergies (nuts, lactose, etc.), should identify those allergies on the registration slip, and it was noted that anything anyone brings, please be sure to label ingredients.

There is a need in this shoreline area, for increased awareness with those with celiac disease or on a gluten-free diet. The purpose of the group is to communicate between ourselves and to the community about this disease, and to help everyone understand the challenges it brings to everyday life.

Mission of the association is to communicate with each other and with the community to increase the awareness of the gluten-free lifestyle and its challenges. We should educate our local communities, the restaurants, increasing our profile in a positive way.
-To educate our local community about gluten awareness
-To help individuals with the challenges of living a gluten-free life that is healthy and happy.
-To provide our members with a positive environment for sharing information
-To collectively influence compassionate changes in our community.

Area residents are welcome to join. Meetings are presently being help monthly. Let us know how best we can help YOU!

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