It's official, we are now a GIG Branch

Well now, that only took two and a half years to complete!

I received notice earlier this week that everything was approved. I am now in the process of reading through the handbook and related materials - lots of information to keep straight. I think my head will 'splode!

Officially we are now called GiG of East Central Wisconsin. Along with the new name, I am also in the process of re-doing the website. The new website is

Currently, GiG is allowing us to keep individual branch websites, but they are also allowing us to have branch pages within their own website. I'm not sure how things will shake out yet, but stay tuned! I've also updated our Facebook Page.

I am excited and yet somewhat nervous. Although it has been 25 years since I've started a new job, it feels like I'm starting a new job. I now have a "boss" to report to, lots of new things to learn and do.

I am excited because I feel GiG allows our little group to reach beyond the four walls of RMC, beyond Ripon, beyond Wisconsin. This association allows us to do things nationally and globally - something that would be hard to do on our own. I really like what GiG does for the gluten-free community and I am proud to be a part it.

Thanks to everyone at GiG National and thanks to everyone that encouraged and supported me over the years [and continue to do so]. I wouldn't have been able to start this group without your help!

Here's to the next phase of our journey!

Al Klapperich
GIG of ECW Branch Manager