Fabgrandpa and I have lived in Haralson County, Georgia now since November of 2012. I have searched for a gluten free support group in our county and in neighboring counties for all this time. I even started a gluten free group on Facebook, trying to find those people who I KNOW are here. So far, I have a total of 7 people in the Facebook group.
On Monday of this week, I decided to stop waiting for someone else to start a support group. I went to the library in Tallapoosa, Georgia, and reserved the meeting room for 6:30 p.m. on July 10 for the first official meeting. Now that the room is reserved, I have a lot of things to do next to get ready.
- Call the Tallapoosa Journal and the Gateway Beacon to get this meeting listed in the Haralson Happenings community calendar. I want the announcement to run for three or four weeks.
- Find places to post flyers I have made. Of course there will be one posted at the library to publicize the meeting of Gluten Free Haralson. I think I am also going to see if I can put one up at the doctor’s office, and look for other places to post flyers. The more places I can find to put up a poster, the more people I can reach.
- I have emailed several of my gluten free contacts to ask for product brochures and samples. I want to have some to hand out at the meeting, and some to give away for door prizes at the meeting. If you happen to be a PR Rep for a gluten free company, please contact me to discuss what we can do together to make this project a success! And if you are a blogger, and have gluten free contacts, please send them a link to this post! I appreciate any help I can get.
- Find out if local grocers have lists of their gluten free products and get some copies to hand out.
- Make a sign in log, a suggestion sheet, and a volunteer sign up sheet. Also get a notebook for meeting notes.
I guess I ought to have a better logo made for the organization, too. I did this one in a hurry, and it shows. That will come in time, I am sure. Right now, what matters most, is to put one foot in front of the other, and just do it. Isn’t this exciting?