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#31 Judyin Philly

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 05:56 AM

WOW DO YOU REALIZE WHAT BRIGHT PEOPLE ARE ON THIS BOARD???
YOU ALL HAVE SUCH AMAZING IDEAS
IT WOULD SO A 'DREAM COME TRUE' TO ACTUALLY PULL THIS OFF.
I KNOW I FOR ONE CAN'T AFFORD THAT 'CRUISE' GREAT IDEA BUT I COULDN'T DO IT.
IT WOULD BE SO WONDERFUL TO SEE EACHOTHER AND EAT FOOD WE DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT.
NERVANA..
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:04 AM

It would be great if we could find a way to get together! I am afraid to go on a cruise :ph34r: --my anxiety has improved, but not that much! If the convention was on dry land, and I could get there by car, I would be there :D . I'll be happy to help any way I can to make it happen.
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:08 AM

BIG 'DITO' TO JERSEY :ph34r: NO CRUISE'S FOR ME. CALL ME CHICKEN BUT I WANT TO SEE LAND.
I'LL HELP TOO. HOPE IT'S SOME WHERE I CAN DRIVE TO ALSO.
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:24 AM

Ok- I'll email U of M today and see what they say. I'm into this. :blink: :D
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:24 AM

I'm getting excited!!!!!
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#36 Guhlia

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:39 AM

Judy, if we have to fly, we can always fly together so it won't be so nervewracking. I haven't been on a plane since 10th grade in high school, I'm not into the flying idea unless I have to. I'd be probably going out of the Philly or Baltimore airport though if I had to fly. We could just try to get everyone from the area on the same plane so it's not so bad...

I think we can definitely do this. I'd love to be involved in some way. I have a few ideas too that I haven't put on here. Why don't we form a committee to organize the event. I'd be happy to join. We could start a chat on AIM (I'm thinking most people probably have that or could download it free from AOL). Then we could all talk together without spending big money on phone bills. Plus, after spending a year after college doing telemarketer work, I'm a little phone shy. Nothing like getting yelled at all day long!!! Does good for the self-esteem... ;)

Anyway, I'm thinking early April of 2007. That gives us a year to plan, get funding, sponsors, etc... We may also want to look at getting speakers and/or entertainment depending on the location. Do any of you celiacs have any special talents or know someone with a special talent that would perform?!?!?! :)

Oooohhhhh... One more idea.... At the first conference, we could ask for everyone to "donate" their favorite gluten free recipe. Then, we could compile the recipes into a book and sell it to benefit the hospital/research center that housed the convention OR sell it at the next convention while accepting new recipe submissions. I'm sure a ton of you have some totally awesome recipes that we would all love to prepare for our own families.
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:54 AM

First question is; when would this be planned for 2007?
I will do exactly what I was doing for the cruise. I will donate a gift bag of gluten-free products from my business. By then if it is next year, I should have my makeup formulated so, each bag will have trial sizes of assorted things. This means of course that I will need official tallies of all men and women.
We would have to set up hotels and a place that would have portable kitchens for the competitions.We would have to go to our Celiac Associations to see if they will advertise it on their web sites, see if we can get a donation of t-shirts or at least get them cheap Etc.
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 06:56 AM

I will donate a gift bag of gluten-free products from my business. By then if it is next year, I should have my makeup formulated so, each bag will have trial sizes of assorted things.

This is sounding better all the time!! :D
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:07 AM

CHECK THIS OUT! I know it's a bit late notice, but when i went to the U of M website, I found this. It's a start. Could anyone make it for this? I'm going to talk to my hubby about going. I'll still email them about setting up a larger convention.
The link is: http://www.celiaccenter.org/events.asp

Come and Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Center for Celiac Research and support the wonderful work that is being done here!!! Don�t Miss It � It's Going to be Great!!

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Friday, May 12th � Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, 110 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Wonderful gluten-free dinner, entertainment & silent auction (including gluten-free beer) � 7:00 pm
Child friendly � clown and some entertainment by children
$65.00 per person
$25.00 for children

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Saturday, May 13th � Center for Celiac Research, 20 Penn Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Tour of Center for Celiac Research,
Drs. Fasano & Catassi to talk on the Center�s accomplishments and Update on research
Dr. Robert Anderson will speak on a possible vaccine
We will have exciting new updates on the Center
Possibly speaker from FDA re: new food labeling law (waiting for confirmation from FDA) & Gluten-Free vendors
NO CHARGE
Tours 10:00am
Speakers begin at 11:00am

Oriole pregame barbeque � 3:00 pm
Camden Warehouse 6th floor overlooking the field
Gluten-free menu (gluten-free beer included)
$23.50 Adult
$16.50 Children

Oriole game Orioles vs Kansas City Royals � 4:35
Group Rate - Oriole game tickets � Upper reserved $12.00; Lower box - 24.00

Tickets are available online or by calling the Center at 410-706-8021.

Special parking rate for all day (including Oriole game) - $6.00 � Pratt Street Garage
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:10 AM

Whoops, I missed that April Part. Also, just as I said I would do for the cruise I will post bulletins in health food stores etc. We should have contacts in different states or east, west in the US and Canada. As for messenger things, I have ICQ and Yahoo will not and can't download it anyway onto my Mac butt we could all do Yahoo.
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wheat/ dairy allergies, lactose/casein intolerance-1980
Multiple food, environmental allergies
allergic to all antibiotics except sulpha
Rheumitoid arthritis,Migraine headaches,TMJ- 1975
fibromyalgia-1995
egg allergy-1997
msg allergy,gall bladder surgery-1972
Skin Biopsy positive DH-Dec.1 2005, confirmed celiac disease
gluten-free totally since Nov. 28, 2005
Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism- 2005
Pernicious Anemia 1999 (still anemic on and off.)
Osteoporosis Aug. 2006


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#41 Guhlia

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:10 AM

For t-shirts we can hit up LOCAL screenprinting joints.... I MAY (big may) be able to get my family do donate vinyl stickers. I'm thinking we should probably do goodie bags for all participants in any contests, maybe even for all attendees if we can get enough sponsorship. We can probably get a local embroidery shop to do sweatshirts for us for little or nothing.

We'll need to come up with a program for all attendees. I have the Adobe CS pro, so I could help with this if anyone would like to work with me on it. This would also be another great place to make money to fund the convention. We can sell ad space in the program. We could even sell personal space in the back (like at our one racetrack they do a listing of patrons that donated money to go towards the "big race" purse). It would be just a listing of people who helped out by donating like $5 and they would get x amount of line space (xx characters per $5). This would allow people to spend the year getting "sponsors" like family members and friends to donate small amounts of money and it would be very little work compiling those pages. I definitely would like to volunteer to help with a program.

Do we have any journalists in the house? Any marketing people (I do marketing)?

I'm thinking we should probably do a raffle (though we'll have to look into state laws on this). A raffle would be a great way to pay for hall rental and insurance. We can raffle off donated products (like Rusla's gift bag), t-shirts, sweatshirts, even non-gluten related items. I'm sure we can get a ton of companies to donate things. We could likely get cooking utensils/instruments donated too if we approach things right... That would be so cool.

I think this could potentially be HUGE.

Rusla, I didn't know you had your own business... That's so cool!

Okay, I'm so excited now that I can't sit still!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:21 AM

My business is Pagan in nature, however; since my dx of Celiac,I added my handmade gluten-free lotions, soaps, deoderants, shampoos, lipsticks,animal shampoos etc., to it along with environmentally friendly cleaning products and fabric softeners. All which I make, I also design clothes. I have a fashion show in late 2007 that I am designing clothing for in Calgary.

What I would do would be to have a small gift bag for everyone attending with some trial sizes and I could do up a couple of baskets for raffles. Those would contain a mix of more products.

We would need to get Radman there to dance on the table.
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Asthma-1969
wheat/ dairy allergies, lactose/casein intolerance-1980
Multiple food, environmental allergies
allergic to all antibiotics except sulpha
Rheumitoid arthritis,Migraine headaches,TMJ- 1975
fibromyalgia-1995
egg allergy-1997
msg allergy,gall bladder surgery-1972
Skin Biopsy positive DH-Dec.1 2005, confirmed celiac disease
gluten-free totally since Nov. 28, 2005
Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism- 2005
Pernicious Anemia 1999 (still anemic on and off.)
Osteoporosis Aug. 2006


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#43 Guhlia

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:47 AM

Oh my gosh, I would love to meet Radman! As well as the rest of you... You've become my dearest family over the past few months and I know that no one will ever understand what I go through every day like you guys do. That's why I proposed the gluten free group hug, because you all are my big, caring, sensitive, loving, gluten free family.

My dad said he would probably be interested in donating a small amount of stickers (like 100 or so). He owns a very small sign shop. He also had a GREAT idea for t-shirts. Why don't we do a celiac convention logo on the FRONT of the shirt, and then sell sponsorship spots on the BACK of the t-shirt. That's how a lot of organizations pay for their t-shirts... I could design a few logos for a committee to look over...

If we want to do this, let's develop a committee of about 10-20 people. Let's do that first so that we can assign responsibilities. If we want to try to get something together for 2007, we need to start soon. I've organized a lot of local events (way back when, we did benefits for our local AIDS project) and it's really time consuming. Anyone have any nominations??? Who's the person on this board that's always calling companies for everyone else??? Is that you, JudyinPhilly??? I can't remember... I'd like to nominate whoever that person is...
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 08:03 AM

Oh my gosh, I would love to meet Radman! As well as the rest of you... You've become my dearest family over the past few months and I know that no one will ever understand what I go through every day like you guys do. That's why I proposed the gluten free group hug, because you all are my big, caring, sensitive, loving, gluten free family.

My dad said he would probably be interested in donating a small amount of stickers (like 100 or so). He owns a very small sign shop. He also had a GREAT idea for t-shirts. Why don't we do a celiac convention logo on the FRONT of the shirt, and then sell sponsorship spots on the BACK of the t-shirt. That's how a lot of organizations pay for their t-shirts... I could design a few logos for a committee to look over...

If we want to do this, let's develop a committee of about 10-20 people. Let's do that first so that we can assign responsibilities. If we want to try to get something together for 2007, we need to start soon. I've organized a lot of local events (way back when, we did benefits for our local AIDS project) and it's really time consuming. Anyone have any nominations??? Who's the person on this board that's always calling companies for everyone else??? Is that you, JudyinPhilly??? I can't remember... I'd like to nominate whoever that person is...



The t-shirt thing is a good idea and below the name their phone number or website. I we can get the shirts donated, then the embroidery or silk screening donated, those companies would be sponsors. Now, as we already had a website up for the cruise in 2008, I have to get a hold of Deborah and see if there is a way we could also add this convention on for 2007.

Now for the logo we should have under it the year also. As for food donations they would more than likely have to come from down in the US, you guys have more choices down there anyway. Just look at some of the advertisers on this site and get a hold of them. Like the guys who do those pies. They were trying to find a way to get them into Canada but they are in the US and maybe they will donate some.MMMMMM

We also need to decide and I suspect a weekend would be good to hold this on like Friday to Sunday. Not a long weekend though.
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Asthma-1969
wheat/ dairy allergies, lactose/casein intolerance-1980
Multiple food, environmental allergies
allergic to all antibiotics except sulpha
Rheumitoid arthritis,Migraine headaches,TMJ- 1975
fibromyalgia-1995
egg allergy-1997
msg allergy,gall bladder surgery-1972
Skin Biopsy positive DH-Dec.1 2005, confirmed celiac disease
gluten-free totally since Nov. 28, 2005
Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism- 2005
Pernicious Anemia 1999 (still anemic on and off.)
Osteoporosis Aug. 2006


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Posted 06 April 2006 - 08:14 AM

Rusla, I totally agree with you on all counts...

I can create a website if I have some help with content. I think we need to gather up some more information first, but a website is VERY doable. I could probably get one together within a week or two of having all the information. I would be happy to pay for the web hosting also (just don't tell my husband). I just really want to get this thing rolling. I don't think I've ever been so excited about anything before in my life.

One of the moderators... So the post doesn't get moved, could we please put a post up in the Coping With section since that seems to be the most popular section of the board?

I totally agree that it should be a weekend. If we're thinking of doing it in Maryland, it will probably need to be after February (for weather). I'm thinking either late late March or early April to avoid conflict with sports, summer vacations, mid term and final college exams, etc... I'm thinking it should probably be a Saturday and Sunday. That way people could take vacation Friday and Monday (a long weekend) to get there and get back home. We want to make this as easy as possible for people to attend. Maybe we could do 10-8 on Saturday and then 10-2 on Sunday??? That way people could still make an early church service if so desired and still have time to get home for Monday. Just an idea...
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