Chapter Guidelines Reminders
Dear Chapter Leaders,
We’ve seen an exciting growth in chapter educational activities recently. Chapter Leaders are hosting events much larger than regular chapter meetings. These conferences, workshops, festivals and health fairs have a wonderful benefit for the community at large!
I like the creative enterprise and energy in these projects, and hesitate from burdening them with lots of administrative details. However, we do have certain guidelines that need to be followed. If you are planning an event other than a regular chapter meeting, please read the following carefully.
The following needs to be approved by Kathy Kramer, Executive Director, before you market the event:
List of speakers
Date of event
Marketing flyer or website
Like the International Conference, we’ll want all WAPF educational activities to be a well-rounded learning experience from the choice of speakers, to exhibitors, and to meals. Please check your chapter handbook for guidelines in choosing speakers.
For exhibitor guidelines, please see www.westonaprice.org/images/conf/foodexhibitordonorguidelines.pdf. Please note that we do not allow any multi-level marketed organizations, and the items displayed (and their ingredients) must be comparable to those included in the best or better categories of our Shopping Guide. Please do not allow any products containing chocolate at your event. If you have questions about the serving of raw dairy products in your state, contact Pete Kennedy at the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
WAPF AND FTCLDF EXHIBITS
I’d like to encourage you to have a booth for both Weston A. Price Foundation and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund at your event. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance to obtain free display materials and supplies on consignment from both organizations.
Since your event is sponsored by your chapter and not the main WAPF organization, your marketing materials should reflect the connection, and include a registered WAPF logo. They are located on the WAPF website at http://www.westonaprice.org/local-chapters/chapter-resources
If you need a different size or orientation of the logo, you can contact email@example.com to receive free graphic services.
When naming your event, feel free to say “Sponsored by the XX Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation.” My preference is the name not be abbreviated in the title to “WAPF” since many people unfamiliar with our organization would not understand the abbreviation.
If you would like the main office to email a notice about your event to members in your area, please contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
As stated in the Chapter Leader handbook, the chapter undertakes these events at their sole risk and for their sole benefit. No funds are available in the event of a shortfall, and in the event of a landslide success, we heartily congratulate you!
Just remember, an individual or group of individuals, cannot receive financial benefit from the event revenue, since that would violate our non-profit status. All revenue should go to the chapter. However, you may hire an event planner to help you, whom you could pay for services. If you have any questions on this, please contact us.
Your event can be insured under the Weston A. Price Foundation liability policy, but the certificate of insurance for that should be requested at least two weeks in advance. The following information is required: location name and address, date, time, contact information for person responsible and a fax number for faxing the certificate to the location (if applicable).
This information and questions can be directed to Kathy Kramer at email@example.com
Thank you for the many ways you further the teachings of Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sally Fallon Morell, President
The Weston A. Price Foundation
Chapter Leader Updates for August 2012
Dear Chapter Leaders,
As always we are grateful for what you are doing. Our membership is growing (we are up to 15,400), which means we can continue our projects and take on new ones!
CHANGE OF CHAPTER LEADER MEETING DAY: The Chapter Meeting at the November 2012 Wise Traditions Conference in Santa Clara, California will be on THURSDAY not Monday. We have changed it in order to allow chapter leaders to meet at the beginning of the conference and have the rest of the time to visit and exchange ideas. Plus you can then attend the Monday activities if you wish. We hope this is better for you.
BUFFALO REGIONAL CONFERENCE will be September 15-16, 2012. For details: http://www.westonaprice.org/2012-buffalo-regional-conference/2012-buffalo-regional-conference
We ask that you use the following Facebook INVITE link to help spread the word to your chapter and others. http://www.facebook.com/events/363418323731336/
CHAPTER BREAKFAST MEETING at the Buffalo Regional Conference: We will be hosting a breakfast meeting for chapter leaders attending the Buffalo Conference on Saturday September 15 at 7 a.m. If you are able to attend the breakfast, please let Misty know by email Misty@ptfassociates.com
FREE COPIES OF THE SPRING 2012 JOURNAL: We are happy to send you up to ten free copies of the Spring 2012 issue if you will use them to encourage membership. If someone is considering joining, give them a copy and point out the membership form in the back (maybe put a ‘sticky’ on that page). This might be enough to entice them to join. If you would like some, let us know how many by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics in the Spring 2012 journal: Good Fats, Bad Fats; The China Study Myth; Salt & Our Health; Urinary Tract Infections; Soy & Thyroid; Sustenance from Soup; Children’s Psychiatric Hospital
You can also get copies of three other journals at a discounted rate of $5/each. These can be ordered online, by mail, phone or fax:
Summer 2010: Allergies; Acid Reflux; Root Canals; Summer Eating: Things Destroyed by Pasteurization
Spring 201: Fatty Liver Disease; Vitamin B6; Liver Support; USDA Dietary Guidelines; Good Breakfast
Winter 2011: Dental Implants; Cavitation Surgery; Sulfur Deficits in Plant-Based Diets; GAPS Study
NEW MEMBER POSTER: We have a small membership poster that will stand nicely on a table. If you have brochures displayed in an office or at a meeting or event, it is good to display the membership poster. If you can use one, please let us know and we will send one for free. email@example.com
GAPS & PALEO: There is a general misconception that WAPF’s mission is to promote the GAPS and/or Paleo diet. Although we think GAPS is a good diet for some for a certain time frame, it is not the diet we recommend in general. In fact, some people have reported that it was not helpful for them. We have received comments that some chapter leaders are implying that our dietary suggestions are synonymous with GAPS. As a chapter leader, it is fine to teach GAPS as one option for people with certain health problems but please clearly state that this is not the diet we generally recommend. And further, we do not promote a diet that is no-grain or high-protein, such as the Paleo diet. As far as percentages or ratios, there wasn’t a consistent macronturient ratio among the various traditional societies. We therefore don’t offer suggested ratios of carbs, fats and proteins, but leave that to the individual. Our Healthy 4 Life Dietary Guidelines Booklet is our answer to the food pyramid and ratio approach.
THURSDAY NIGHT FundRAISER at our NOVEMBER CONFERENCE: After the chapter meeting in Santa Clara on Thursday, November 8, there will be a Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense FundRAISER dinner with a cook-off during the reception. In an effort to encourage the small producer, the cook-off will include:
1. Crackers (we hope this will stir more artisanal production of crackers!)
2. Raw Milk Cheese
If you are interested in becoming a cook-off contestant, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAPTER SUPPORT: Although a chapter leader does not have to be an expert on traditional foods, it is helpful to learn what you can as time allows. If you do the following things, you will be well-trained to be a chapter leader:
Watch the New Chapter Leader Welcome Video at (even if you are a veteran): http://www.westonaprice.org/local-chapters/new-chapter-leader-welcome-video
Read the Chapter Handbook found under Books and Handbooks: http://www.westonaprice.org/local-chapters/chapter-resources. Or if you prefer we can mail you a copy. Plus, use any of the resources found at this site.
Read the dietary guidelines booklet-again. . . and again J
Read and gradually make the recipes in Healthy 4 Life booklet. Chapter leaders can get one free copy of this, if you have not received one, email us at email@example.com.
Watch the videos at: http://www.westonaprice.org/2011-action-alerts/videos-by-sarah-pope-fl-chapter-leader
Read your quarterly journal (luckily you have three months to do so!).
Join the Chapter Chat Group. This is a good place for beginners to ask questions. Sign up at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wapfchapterleaders/
If you have questions or concerns, email or call the office firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.363.4394.
Thanks again for what you are doing!
Sally Fallon Morell, President
Kathy Kramer, Executive Director
CHAPTER LEADER INFO ALERT
Hello Chapter Leader,
We will send periodic updates of information that we think may be of help or interest you. Please take a few minutes and read this. Let us know if you have any questions.
As always thanks for all you do for the people in your area. I am writing with some updates, reminders and general comments.
NEW MEMBER POSTER
We have a small membership poster that will stand nicely on a table. If you have brochures displayed in an office or at a meeting or event, it is good to display the membership poster. If you can display one, please let us know and we will send one for free. email@example.com
If you intend to exhibit at an event, please contact Cathy Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org We would like the public exhibits to have a professional, standard look. Therefore, we will send you an exhibit pack with materials for display and distribution. If need be, we can cover the registration fee.
When a new journal arrives, please check your listing to be sure it is accurate. It is also a good idea to check the listing on the website at that time to be sure it is accurate.
NUMBER OF JOURNALS
Each issue you receive your own journal and journals for the chapter if you want them. You can receive zero, two or five. We will send you the number you requested. If ever you want to change the number, please let us know.
FOOD RESOURCE LIST
Often chapter leaders apologize for not having meetings. We want to assure you that meetings are not obligatory– though certainly a bonus. The obligation of all chapter leaders is to provide a list for inquirers telling what foods are available in your area. We are grateful for all chapter leaders for doing this. In our opinion you are an active chapter when you provide this.
This Food Resource List should cover not only sources of raw milk, but also grass-fed animal products and other healthy foods. It should include farmers, stores, farmers markets, co-ops and even restaurants. You may not be able to list raw milk producers but you can still can list other sources.
If you own or are involved in a farm or store or co-op, the Food Resource List should not only list your products but any others in your area.
Also, if someone calls enquiring about a specific product, such as eggs or raw milk, please give them the whole list. That way, they may begin supporting several local suppliers.
When you are teaching, please be careful to avoid a dictatorial attitude to how things are done – whether it is making stock, fermenting veggies, or soy-free feed for chickens, etc. Although Sally’s cookbook gives certain recipes, other recipes exist that are fine. Different ingredients, different equipment can work also.
Also, when visiting a farm, please do not be too harsh. Farmers with good intentions may have much need for improvement. Remember you can list a farm that is not ‘perfect.’ You would simply give an objective description of what they offer. (Please read the Chapter Handbook for further details.)
Remember that you are the face of the Weston A. Price Foundation in your area. Your advice and teachings should be kindly and gentle at all times.
Please remember to utilize the many resources on the website for chapter leaders. Go to GET INVOLVED tab, then click on Local Chapters.
NEW CHAPTER LETTER for OLDER CHAPTERS TO READ
New chapters now get a long letter with suggestions that an older chapter leader asked if she could read. For that reason, I have put the New Chapter letter below for all to read.
Thanks for reading this and for all you are doing!
Sally Fallon Morell, President
Kathy Kramer, Executive Director
Dear New Chapter Leader:
The Weston A. Price Foundation would like to express its sincere gratitude for the responsibilities you have accepted in serving as a local chapter leader. This letter outlines some of the responsibilities of chapter leaders and resources available to you. PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY AND CAREFULLY!
ENCLOSED IN THIS PACKAGE
You will find five copies of our magazine and 50 copies of our dietary guidelines booklets enclosed. Please make these materials available to your local dentists, doctors, schools and libraries. If you have a community center, a restaurant or meeting hall nearby that may be interested, you might post your contact number and leave several brochures for reading material. You will get five copies of each journal when it is published.
CHAPTER LEADER WELCOME VIDEO
Please take a few minutes to watch this video. See: http://www.westonaprice.org/local-chapters/new-chapter-leader-welcome-video
A chapter leader should be well-versed in both being a chapter leader and our dietary principles. We ask that you read/view the following so that you will be well prepared for your role:
1. This letter and the Chapter Handbook (on our site)
2. The dietary guidelines booklet (enclosed)
3. Healthy 4 Life booklet (enclosed) – we suggest you gradually make the recipes included
4. The videos at: http://www.westonaprice.org/2011-action-alerts/videos-by-sarah-pope-fl-chapter-leader
MAIN DUTY AS CHAPTER LEADER
Your main duty as a chapter leader is to provide a Food Resource List of healthy food in your area. If you would like a sample list, please contact the office. This list will be requested with the annual Chapter Report. There are many other activities that local chapters can do, such as set up a chapter list serve, maintain a list of holistic practitioners in your area, provide cooking classes, participate in local fairs and health shows, hold monthly meetings, participate in community activism, publish a newsletter, and engage in active membership recruitment. However, I want to stress that these activities are optional. Of course, we are delighted when a local chapter takes on additional activities, but the most important role the local chapter fulfills is that of information service and guidance to individuals seeking healthy food. This is a service of vital importance and we are very grateful to our chapter leaders for agreeing to this responsibility.
While we realize that you are a volunteer, please make every effort to return chapter phone calls and emails in a timely manner. Remember, many people are depending on you to provide them with information on healthy foods in your area. In addition, please be courteous and professional in your interaction with inquirers. If they have questions that you cannot answer, please direct them to the office. You should not give medical advice, only information on where to obtain healthy foods and other health services in your area. If people need medical advice, please direct them to a practitioner in your area.
POSTING CHAPTER EVENTS AND CONTACTING THE OFFICE
If you are having a special event to post on our website, such as a guest speaker, please report this event in advance to us to be posed. The office email is email@example.com
It is a requirement that chapter leaders be current members in the Weston A. Price Foundation, so we ask that you renew in a timely manner when you receive your renewal letter. If membership is a financial hardship, please contact the office and we will arrange something.
LOCAL CHAPTER LEADER EMAIL GROUP
I highly recommend that you become part of the Local Chapter Leader Email Group. The group helps you keep up with what other chapters are doing and is a great forum for asking questions and learning about new ideas, nutrition information, raw milk updates, etc. To register, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wapfchapterleaders/
EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AND RESOURCES:
We have many educational materials and resources available to chapter leaders posted at http://www.westonaprice.org/local-chapters See Resources: under Books & Handbooks. Please print it and read it for information about running your chapter. We can also send one by email or mail if you wish, contact us for this. Another item posted at this link is the business card we have created to support your networking, teaching and exhibiting efforts. See the information posted for details including cost. Lastly, you can also contact the office to order brochures.
For normal chapter funds, you can keep them in your own account or a separate one in your name. However, if your chapter wishes to engage in activities that require local funding, or if you have regular requests for tax deduction for funds contributed to your local activities, please let us know and we will send you guidelines for opening a bank account that allows Weston A. Price Foundation tax-exempt status. Only a few chapters require this. Also, please note that our bylaws prohibit local chapters charging dues. You may request donations to your chapter and charge for services such as a newsletter or attendance at cooking classes, but no one should be excluded from general chapter meetings and similar activities.
The main source of strength for the Weston A. Price Foundation is memberships. Please don’t be shy about asking people to join the Foundation, receive the quarterly magazine and support us in the work that we do. Whenever you give out one of our informational brochures, point out the membership form in the centerfold. Please encourage people to become members at your meetings and events. The more members we have, the more services we are able to provide.
CONTACTING MEMBERS IN YOUR AREA
First, we highly recommend you contact the other chapter leaders in your area to introduce yourself and possibly learn from what they are doing. If you wish to get a label of mailing addresses for members in your area, please send a zip code range (e.g. 20099-21399) to the office. You can use these labels for a one time mailing to announce a meeting or event. We can also send an email about an event to those members for you. Contact us about doing that.
Again, we welcome you as an integral branch of the Weston A. Price Foundation. You will be helping us achieve our primary goal–to teach the principles of good nutrition and help tomorrow’s children achieve their natural birthright of robust good health.
March 19, 2012
Dear Chapter Leaders
NAMING OF CHAPTERS, CHAPTER WEBSITES AND EMAIL ADDRESSES
The purpose of this letter is to clarify our rules about chapter naming and how the chapter system works, not only in the U.S., but throughout the world.
This matter has come up due to the naming of websites and choice of email addresses that imply that a chapter leader is the leader for a whole country.
This is not allowed by the WAPF board, not to mention our attorneys, for two important reasons:
It discourages others in the same country from becoming a chapter leader. For example a new chapter in France would not have an email or website: firstname.lastname@example.org or wapf-france.com but rather email@example.com.
It has the potential for putting someone in self-appointed authority with no oversight by the board of Directors or to the WAPF staff.
We will be contacting those who have improperly named websites or email addresses, respectfully asking you to change them. However, please feel free contact us if yours needs to be changed. In the future, we will be more diligent in checking website and email names before they are posted.
Please keep the following in mind:
All chapters report directly to WAPF in the U.S. No chapter may have ‘sub chapters,’ meaning chapters do not work under another chapter, or tied in to another chapter’s website.
Your chapter name, website and email address must reflect a limited geographic area, not an entire country, state or even region of a state such as “North Wisconsin.” This can discourage other chapters from starting.
If you are the leader of a large area, such as a major city or a county, we may ask you to change your name to a smaller area if someone living in the same district (but further away than 10 miles) wants to set up a chapter. (For example, we initially had an Atlanta chapter, but now it is divided into Atlanta, East and Atlanta, West)
If you would like to set up a discussion group or forum that covers a large area, such as a country or state, this is fine. We prefer that such a group or forum not carry the name Weston A. Price. For example, the group could be called Real Foods Belgium, or Wise Traditions Spain.
We appreciate all your hard work and enthusiasm in spreading the word about the principles of right diet and nutrition; and we thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Sally Fallon Morell, President
Kathy Kramer, Executive Director