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Jun 13 2011

Volunteers Needed for GIG Conference in Orlando

There are just over two weeks left until the Annual GIG Education Conference in Orlando! The organizers of this exciting event are in need of some volunteers to handle various tasks during the three day conference. If you are in the Orlando area and want to help out, please contact GIG directly through their website. Please do not leave a comment on this post noting your offer to help. Celiac-Disease.com is not in any way affiliated with GIG or this conference. Thank you.

Volunteer request from GIG:

We are establishing volunteers to fulfill volunteer duties while at conference.  GIG National is requesting YOUR HELP recruiting local GIG members or non-GIG members, friends and/or families!  Having celiac disease or gluten intolerance is not a requirement to be a volunteer….though a knowledge of it is helpful (in case you are approached by the general public)!

There are several volunteer positions available to fill, including:

Wednesday, June 29 – Meal Food Organizer (morning) – 4+ volunteers

The purpose of a meal food organizer is to assist the primary food organizer determine which donated product is intended for which conference day and meal period (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Wednesday, June 29 – General Runner & Packet Assemblers (afternoon) – 8+ volunteers

These volunteers will fill “goodie bags” with conference/speaker notes, vendor sales sheets, and/or samples. These goodie bags are for conference registrants only.

Wednesday, June 29 – Registration Table set up (late afternoon) – about 1-2 volunteers, at least 1 GIG staff

Gathering/organizing/setting up materials/displays needed for GIG National. This includes any prep work of organizing name tags (to be alphabetized) if they require additional work.

Thursday, June 30 – Saturday, July 2 – Registration Table (Opens at 7am Thursday6:30am onFriday & Saturday) – up to 3-4 volunteers during the day (plus 1-2 GIG Staff), more schedule details to follow.  Please indicate your interest at this time.

Duties to include registering conference attendees, helping general public with purchase of entrance to exhibitor fair (only), answering general questions about GIG or hotel facilities (i.e. closest restroom), helping registrants and general public sign up for general raffle items. Miscellaneous duties as they arise at the registration desk.

Thursday, June 30 – General Raffle Set Up (set up next to Registration Table – Registration Staff will monitor) – Open to anybody (conference registrants and general public).  Raffle winner must be present to win.

Friday, July 1 – Saturday, July 2 – Exhibit Hall Greeters/Attendance Verification – This will depend on how many sets of doors there are to monitor – 4 volunteers for now (for 2 sets of doors)  Please indicate your interest at this time.

The purpose of the Exhibit Door Greeter is to verify those persons going into the exhibit hall.  Each attendee will have a name badge, identifying their paid attendance at the conference.  The exhibit hall will be open to the public from 9am to 4pm as well, and they will need to verify their paid entry into the hall with a green wristband on Friday and a purple wristband on Saturday.

Friday, July 1 – Saturday, July 2 – Lecture room monitors/Attendance Verification – This will depend on how many sets of doors there are to monitor – up to 2 volunteers at a single time (for concurrent lectures).  Otherwise a single volunteer would be needed to verify for keynote speaker presentations each day, etc. Please indicate your interest at this time.

Friday, July 1 – Saturday, July 2 – Treasure Hunt raffle entry verifier – These volunteers verify each entry placed into the Treasure Hunt raffle to make sure the booklet has been fully stamped by vendors within the exhibit hall.  Raffle is open to conference registrants only – no general public.  Volunteers will work this position during the exhibit hall hours.  Split shift with 2 volunteers each day, (9am-12pm & 12pm – 3:30pm)  Each day will result in a winner – drawing occurs at 3:30pm.  Hall closes at 4pm each day.

Friday, July 1 – Saturday, July 2 – Meal Ticket Takers (Breakfast & Lunch only) – This will depend on how many sets of doors there are to monitor – possibly 2 – 4 volunteers.  More details to follow. Please indicate your interest at this time.

Saturday, July 2 – Teen Challenge Runner/Helper possibly 1-2 volunteers Please indicate your interest at this time.

The purpose of a runner/helper is to assist Chef Aaron Flores with obtaining any last minute or ‘on the spot’ necessity for the Teen Cooking Challenge. May involve running to the hotel kitchen(?) Preparation/set up begins at 8am for the TAGS Teens to begin promptly at 9am.  A clean-up crew will be necessary to help clean up the room used for the challenge so that Chef Aaron can move on to his next obligation during the conference.

Friday, July 1 – Saturday, July 2 – Demo Volunteer – 1 volunteer present for each demo.  Friday 9-10am, 10:30-11:30am, 1-2pm, 2:30-3:30pm; Saturday 9-10am, 10:15-11:15am, 11:30-12:30pm, 12:45-1:45pm, 2-3:30pm.

Assist in set up and clean up of the demonstrating company, as there is only a brief period of time before the next demo is to begin.

Please click HERE for the conference agenda and to indicate your volunteer availability.

The Gluten Intolerance Group Education Conference is an annual event which promises to enlighten and educate people who need to follow the gluten-free diet. The GIG organization also brought us the Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program (aka GFRAP) and the wonderful GFCO program.

Article Written by:

Tiffany is considered a gluten-free advocate as well as the most discriminating gluten-free diner around. Her goal is to help others learn that there is life after a celiac diagnosis. Gluten-free dining and travel are two of her favorite things to do. Tiffany is a contributing writer and the Advertising Manager at "Delight gluten free" magazine. Check out her local blog, Gluten-Free Atlanta, for tips and tricks about living gluten-free in the ATL! Follow Tiffany on Twitter!

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