Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December 2011 Events

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the Holiday party this weekend! Thanks again to the Chase family for hosting and Donna for sending out all the invites and organizing the food. We are still planning to have some of the Kappa Delta's at the party to help watch the younger kids. I do not have a final confirmation at this time of how many volunteers we will have but I am planning on bringing a small gift as a thank you.

The Lowndes Advocacy Resource Center (LARC) is in need of consumer presents for their annual Christmas party. They need 69 presents for males and 31 for females.  If you would like to help, you can bring items to me, Erin, at our DS Christmas party or drop them off at First Christian Church by December 16th. Please limit the value to around $10.  Ideas include:  cologne/perfume, t-shirts, hair items, hats-caps, billfolds, watches, jewelry, bath sets, etc... For many of the consumers this will be the only gift they receive this year.


Looking ahead….I know it’s a month away but I wanted to mention some dates in January so you can go ahead and put them on your calendar.

            Beginning in January, the DSASG Planning Committee will start meeting once a month to  plan out the year for our group. Different topics to cover include advocacy, fundraising, events and outreach. If you would like to be a part of Planning Committee please feel free to join us. We are looking for someone to head up each area or volunteer your time with one of the areas you feel pulled to. The meetings are tentatively scheduled for the first Thursday of the month.  Our regular monthly meeting will be January 14th at First Christian Church. Further details about a speaker and topic to be announced.  

            The Lowndes Interagency Coordinating council is presenting a special speaker in January   about children with Down syndrome.  The presentation will be located at the Valdosta Human Services Building in the 1st floor conference room from 8:30 am – 12 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2012.  Guest speaker is Dr. Cynthia Jones from Atlanta Georgia.  She is the Executive Director of the Down syndrome Association of Atlanta. 

            In January, I will be sending out a monthly newsletter for our group. The newsletter will   give information about the upcoming meetings and events. It will also spotlight various members and their families. Donna will continue to keep our website and facebook page updated while also sending out emails about various opportunities as they arrive. If you learn of any event or opportunity you would like me to share in the newsletter or for Donna to post online, please send it to us at info@southgeorgiadsa.org.

For those that will not be at our event this Saturday, we will miss you and hope to see everyone in January at our monthly meeting! Happy Holidays!

Erin Gaskins