Gatherings page 2

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Kentucky - July, 1999 Florida - Jan., 2000 Rally DC 2000 Washington - May, 2000 Tennessee, Sept., 2000
New Jersey - Oct., 2000 Florida - Oct., 2000 Arizona - Nov., 2000 Florida - Jan., 2001 Rally DC 2001
Indiana - Jun., 2001 OK/TX - Jun, 2001 Georgia - Jul, 2001 Tennessee - Sep, 2001 Texas - Oct, 2001
Florida - Mar, 2002 Oklahoma - Apr, 2002 Illinois - Jun, 2002 Kentucky - Jul, 2002 New York - Jul, 2002
Oklahoma - Aug, 2002 Florida - Sep, 2002 Tennessee - Sep, 2002 Missouri - Oct, 2002 Massachusetts- Oct, 2002
Kansas - Oct, 2002 Ohio - Nov, 2002 New York - Nov, 2002 Tennessee - Nov, 2002 Washington - May 2003
Oklahoma - June, 2003 Massachusetts - June, 2003 Virginia - June, 2003 Tennessee - Sep, 2003 Ohio - Sep 2003
North Carolina - Sep 2003 DC Conference Nov. 2003      


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North Carolina Gathering
September 21, 2003

A small EFFORTS Gathering with Darla Arnold and her
husband  came thru Gastonia, NC and Jim and I met them for coffee, also
Carol Richardson from Charlotte, NC came. We had a great time. Peg Smith


Ohio Gathering
September 2003

A small EFFORTS Gathering between Jeanette Vielhaber and her husband, Leo with
Darla Arnold as she was traveling through Ohio, September 2003.


Tennessee Family Reunion
September 13th and 14th, Crossville, Tennessee

Hosted by
 Juania , Joan Toon ,& Peg


Virginia Luncheon
June 11, 2003
1:00 p.m.


I am going to have a luncheon at Shoney's Restaurant in Chester, Virginia beginning at 1:00 that afternoon.  It will be held in a separate room they have for such meetings and is very handicap accessible.

I will have the Exit numbers to add tomorrow coming up 95 N. or coming down 95 S. 
Kathy Zimoski,
Phone: 804-733-1291


Second Annual Massachusetts Luncheon
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
11:30 a.m.
Randolph, Massachusetts

Tuna, egg and turkey breast sandwiches...make your reservations, please. We had a grand time meeting each other last year... looking forward to another fun day. Ruby Sands, rujos76@WMCONNECT.COM


Oklahoma Gathering
June 7, 2003
11:30 a.m.
Pelican in Midwest City


We are planning a gathering for lunch at the Pelican in Midwest City on June 7th at 11:30 a.m.. Pelicans is on Air Depot In the North Parking Lot of Heritage Park Mall. The room will hold about 50 people so I would like to be emailed both name and number coming. We will have a private room and a speaker is planned. Both COPDers and Caregivers Welcome. Jim Rowley, Oklahoma Chapter Leader


ATS Conference
Seattle, Washington
May, 2003

We had a small gathering of two EFFORTS members and their loyal
spouses at the ATS Conference in Seattle May 2003.  Left to right, Larry and
Sandra Howard, Karen Beeson and Vince Ferriols.


Memphis, Tennessee COPD Awareness Luncheon
Friday, November 1, 2002


Kathleen Lukas
Tennessee Chapter Leader


Albany, NY Rally
November 1, 2002 - 12:00 2:00 pm


Linda Watson
New York Chapter Leader


Findlay, Ohio Gathering
November 1, 2002 at 11:00am
Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center (hospital)
In Findlay, Ohio

Photos 1

Photos 2

Jeanette Vielhaber
Ohio Chapter Leader

Emporia, Kansas Gathering
Saturday, October 19, 2002
11:30 am till 3:30 pm


Chuck Coker
Kansas Chapter Leader

Randolph Massachusetts Luncheon
October 15, 2002 - 11:00 am

Group Photo

Luncheon Photos

Suzanne Bennett
Massachusetts Chapter Leader


Missouri Luncheon/Gathering
Saturday, October 5, 2002


Pat Crowe
Missouri Chapter Leader


3rd Annual Tennessee Gathering
September 12-14, 2002
Crossville, TN

Hosted by Juania Tefft (     Joan Toon
( )  & Peg Smith (

Click here for last prior Tennessee Gatherings



Central Florida Gathering
September 11, 2002

Clem Collier


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Gathering
August 3, 2002


James Rowley
Oklahoma Chapter Leader


Richmond, Kentucky Gathering
Friday, July 26, 2002


Efforts Gathering- Elgin, Illinois
June 26, 2002


Jim Culpepper 847 697 2838

Pam DeNardo 800 342 3806     Pam


Oklahoma Gathering
Monday, April 8, 2002

James Rowley
Oklahoma Chapter Leader


Florida Gathering
March 2, 2002
Belleview, FL


Hosted by
Cookie Ellner


Texas Gathering
Fort Worth
October 13, 2001


Second Annual Tennessee Gathering
Crossville, Tennessee
September 13th through the 15th or 16th


Peg Smith



Morrow, Georgia
July 20, 2001

Mary Ellen

Oklahoma/Texas Gathering
June 30, 2001


Jim Rowley
Oklahoma Chapter Leader

Indiana Luncheon
June 2, 2001

Hosted by
Joan Toon


~~May 2001~~

Washington, DC Capitol, May 7th, 2001

Hosted by
Lois Dickson, Joan Breeden,
Joan Esposito and Mary Ellen Owens

There was a tremendous turnout by member and their family at this, our second annual rally. I think we doubled the numbers of last year. I could almost say that everthing went perfect, we couldn't have asked for better weather. We had quite a few of our elected officials represented and Senator Daniel Akaka, Hawaii actuall took the time to visit with us. He had no idea what emphysema was and was enlightened by our Janitor :-) (these are listed on the website). Also had some wonderful speakers who gave us lots of encouragement to keep working toward our goals. As we did last year, we learned many things that will help us organize our EFFORTS Rally For Recognition 2002 which is already underway. I would urge anyone who didn't have the opportunity to attend either of our Rally's to make every effort to do so nex year. We all did lots of work during the year, including all our members who wrote many letters, but when you get there and get to enjoy time spent with other EFFORTS members, it's worth all the work. That adrenalin gets to flowin' and you just almost forget you're sick, it's like a wonderful, big, old family reunion with lots of huggin' and laughin' and sharing stories. Plans are still for the first week in May since we now have a National Emphysema Awareness Week the second week in May. More information and photos of the Rally can be seen at


Sarasota or Kissimmee, Florida
January 12, 2001

Hosted by
Bob Brisendine

Location: Der Dutchman (Amish family style, non-smoking restaurant)

It was a long day— four hour drive for us each way—but it was sure worth it. We didn't get home until almost 8:00. Larry picked out a great place for lunch and Bob did a great job in putting it together. My hat is off to both of you. But, what made it really special was all the wonderful people who were there. and, as Rosemary said—it is always great to renew old friendships and make new ones. These small luncheons aka get-togethers are great and do not take away from the larger events, such as the Rally, that is being planned. If you have people interested in getting together, just do it! The rewards are tremendous.

Ciao, Caro

Those Attending:

Dorie & Linda Jones   Betty Jordan Bob & Alice Brisendine
Clem & Mary Collier Kary Russo      Paul Brooks
Maryann Lamattina Gary & Jean Leach  Elaine & Ron Prue
Ted & Mary Holm Carolyn & Dan Hull  Clark Swayze & Joy & SIL
Larry Greenwald Judity Zacharias       Lynnet Singer
  Rosemary Imregi   


November, 2000

Smallest Gathering

(but a gathering just the same).
Dolly Whitlow (left) and Dorothy Thomas from Arizona, early



Kissimme, Florida Luncheon
October 11, 2000

Hosted by
Caro Hull

Members  Attending

Dan & Carolyn Hull (of course)
Gary & Jean Leach
Rosemary & Tony Imregi
Maryann Lamattina & sister
Jack Hays & wife
Barb & Tom Knowles

Elaine & Ron Prue
Bob & Aline Brisendine
Jim & Barb Slover
Lois Adams & Bev Donelson
Ruth Beatty


Wayne, New Jersey
October 22, 2000

Hosted by
Rosemary or Pat Mollor

Some EFFORTS members are meeting for lunch on Sunday, October 22 at 1:00 pm at the Princess Diner in Wayne, NJ. Address and Phone: 1809 Route 23 South, Wayne, NJ. Telephone 973-628-7331. Would love to have others join us. Can respond to either at


Tennessee Family Reunion
September 14th and 15th, Crossville, Tennessee

Hosted by
Myrl Templeton (Our Queen Bee) and Juania

The address for the Inn Of The Cumberlands is (2023 Sparta Hwy, Crossville, Tenn 38555), click on the "get directions" at the bottom. See y'all there! The number is 800-465-3069 or 931-484-9566. The fax number is 931-456-6075. When making your reservations, you might ask them to send you a brochure of the place.



May 7, 2000

Mini Meeting~Social Gathering

Hosted by
Joyce Barnts-WA

There was a mini-meeting here in Redmond,WA this past Sunday. Of course, it was very social! Pat Laney and her husband Orv and my husband, Bob (who has COPD) have become good friends. To add to this group, Sue Heggen and her husband, Larry, arrived here in Seattle for Sue's evaluation at UW Med Ctr for LVRS this past week. (Sue and Larry are from Montana.) It was great to visit both for the COPD'rs and for the caregivers. We look forward to seeing them all again. Bob also begins his evaluation at the UW this week (also for LVRS). But, for sure, he will go through the Pulmonary Rehav. I cannot tell you how informed we have become because of EFFORTS. It is AWESOME! Kudos to all the people who run the site, and same to all the people who post all the time. I feel like we know you all personally.

Washington DC Capitol~~May 9th, 2000

Hosted by
Lois Dickson & Joan Breeden

There was a tremendous turnout by members and their family at this rally. Despite a few glitches the night before, everything turned out just fine. There was a code orange weather warning for the day of the Rally, but that didn't stop us—everyone braved the weather for the entire day and returned home safe and sound. There were several prominent speakers. Even though we didn't draw a huge crowd, we WERE heard by many, gave out brochures from EFFORTS and the American Lung Association. Local Channel 8 TV covered the event. This was truly a grass roots movement, and we learned many things that will help us organize our EFFORTS Rally For Recognition 2001 which will be underway very soon. Plans are still for the first week in May since we now have a National Emphysema Awareness Week the second week in May. Photos of the Rally can be seen at

EFFORTS Florida Jamboree
Land O' Lakes, Florida ~ January 7th

Hosted by
Rosemary Imregi


Many members attended the Florida Jamboree and from all reports, a grand time was had by all. They had several guest speakers and even got together for a night of Bingo.

Mini-Convention Richmond, Kentucky
July 1999

"The First Gathering"

Hosted by
Glenda Jones & Carolyn Oglethorpe


What started out to be a "little get-together" for some of our EFFORTS Family turned into a real mini-convention and probably was the steering convention for many other "meetings" around the U.S. and other countries thanks to Glenda Jones, Carolyn Oglethorpe and others that were involved in putting things together. There was lots of talking, laughing and hugging going on. They even had a "Best Dressed Tank" contest with a trophy as a prize, thanks to Patti Gibson. They wanted to hold a scooter race, but the weather didn't permit it. There were also several prominent guest speakers.

Media coverage included television and articles in two Kentucky newspapers.

Tri-State Area, New York

Any members in the tri-state area, or anywhere else for that matter, who want to have lunch, we will be at the Red Lobster on Rt 211 in Middletown, NY on July 29th at 12:30. That's a Monday. Any problems, want a different place or day let me know ,we aim to please. 

Please send me an e-mail if you can come.  lwatson@HVC.RR.COM

I chose this location because it's right off rte 17, a highway.  Rte 17 intersects with 81 & 84 so should be equally accessible north & south east or west. Get off the exit, go right down the road you are on about one block and it's right there. Right in front of WalMart, Kohl's and K-Mart. Easy to find.  Come if you can;  this is just for fun.  We will plan for Albany NY in the fall .

More directions to Red Lobster: If you are coming from the north get off at exit 120w, merge with traffic, you can't turn there, go down two lights and make a left hand turn into the shopping plaza. There are three stores Walmart, Kohl's and K-Mart. The Red Lobster is at the end in front of the K-Mart.

If you are coming from the south, Newburg or Rockland area, take 17 West, off of 84 or the NYS Thruway at Harriman exit, and get off at Exit 120. This exit ends in a T-intersection. Turn left at the end of the ramp and again, the shopping plaze is two lights down on the left.

The phone number is 845-343-3228. I got directions of of Put in the name of the restaurant and Middletown, NY. I'd post the link but it is huge. Anna sent this lind from Yahoo. So far we have about six coming.,

Linda Watson

Alright people in the Syracuse area, the luncheon is July 29th in the
Middletown, NY area.  If anyone wants to go I have a van with 5 seats that
will be empty, I also have room in the back for 02.  So if anyone wants to
go please let me know.  I live on Rte. 31, in Cicero, 1 mile from Rte 81.
If you can get here, I can do the rest.  LOIS


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