Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Info for Fall 2011

National Convention

Thank you to all who volunteered and helped make our national convention a great success. The final count for attendance in Orange county exceeded 2715 and was our largest conference ever! Thanks to all those who gave of their time and helped make it happen.

Mark your calendar for the 2012 conference in Dallas, TX Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Sat 6/30/ to Fri 7/6.

District 12 is Voting on New Officers

Are you interested in being a District Officer? District 12 will be voting in a new District Director, Assistant District Director, and Treasurer at the Fall Regional. Candidates need not be onsite to be considered. Interested? Contact Joe Foos at foosgroup@mac.com

Halloween Party!

All little and big ghosts and goblins, fairies and superheros come to join us for a fantastic Trunk-or-treat Halloween Event!

We will be having it on Saturday October 29th starting at 5:30pm at the LDS church at 16930 Via Los Caballeros in Riverside. Trunk set up is at 5:00 and dinner starts at about 5:30. Don’t worry about bringing food just bring some candy to donate, your costumed companions and enjoy!

We are teaming up with a local church congregation to ensure lots of games, prizes and trunks for our trick-or-treaters to enjoy! There is plenty of room in the parking lot for families who would like to decorate a trunk or just come enjoy the trunks and games that will already be there!

Contact Christine Beaulieu with questions at christineanjeff@aol.com or 951-780-2022

Save the date

Save the date for our upcoming Christmas Party which will be held on Saturday December
10th at The Blind Children’s Learning Center in Tustin. Times and more details to follow!

Fall Regional Conference

The LPA District 12 Fall Conference will be held October 21-23 in Sacramento, hosted by the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley Chapter. A full conference description and registration packet should have been mailed to you.

If you are planning to attend remember to submit your conference registration form by October 6 (NOT September 20) and reserve your hotel room at the LPA rate by September 30.

Dwarfism Awareness Month!

Just a reminder that October has been declared National Dwarfism awareness month. The hope of LPA is to raise positive awareness around dwarfism, address common misconceptions, and increase opportunities for people with dwarfism around the country.

We have green LPA bracelets for sale for $3 each, or 4 for $10 (includes shipping). They have the LPA logo and “Dwarfism Awareness” printed on them. We have 7” and 8” bracelets. It’s a great way to support the chapter! If you are interested e-mail or call Christine.

Another great way to help family and friends with awareness is to share the LPA website with them, through word of mouth, e-mail or facebook! This is a great way to help others become educated about LPA and/or dwarfism.

The national website is www.lpaonline.org

Our district website is www.lpa12.org

Our chapter blog is obclpa.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring Regionals

Our Next Regional Event

The 2011 Spring D12 Conference will be held April 1 – 3 in Garden Grove, CA (map), hosted by the Orange Blossom Chapter. Rooms (list of room amenities) at the Hyatt Regency Orange County will be $125 plus tax. You can make your hotel reservations online or by phone at either (714) 750-1234 or (800) 633-7313. A full conference description and registration form will be mailed to LPA members during late February, and is available to download here. Registration Packet

Membership in LPA is required in order to register for the conference and to take advantage of the special hotel room rate. If you are new to LPA or if you need to renew your membership, you may do so online or by submitting a membership form with your conference registration forms. Membership dues are $55 per household per year or $120 for 3 years; $35 per year for college/vocational students with proof of enrollment; $35 per year for international members; and $20 per year for seniors 65 years and older. If you cannot afford dues, you can apply for free membership due to financial hardship by contacting the LPA National Office.

Weekend activities and events include:


◦Welcome reception and mixer

◦Boccia tournament – All ages are welcome


◦Parents discussion group

◦Spanish-speaking discussion group – Reunion para miembros latinos

◦Medical consults by appointment – Contact Arlene Hernandez (310) 423-9915 to schedule a medical consultation

◦Kids activities room – Open from 9:00 a.m. until noon

◦Clothing swap / free-cycle

◦Fundraising Walk-And-Roll-A-Thon – Donations to benefit the 2011 National Conference; Participants will receive a 2011 commemorative water bottle and t-shirt; It is fine to participate only in the Walk-A-Thon or Basketball Tournament without paying the LPA registration fee.

◦3-On-3 Basketball Tournament – Please return the Basketball Tournament sign-up form with your D12 Regional Registration form; Onsite tournament registrations will be accepted as space permits; Players will receive a 2011 commemorative water bottle and t-shirt; It is fine to participate only in the Walk-A-Thon or basketball tournament without paying the LPA registration fee.

◦Lunch – Provided for everyone who is registered for the conference or who is participating in the fundraising walk-and-roll-a-thon or the basketball tournament

◦Banquet – Celebrating all LPA athletes and fans

◦Dance – Dance ticket is included only with the price of D12 Regional Registration


◦General assembly – Everyone is welcome

◦Explore Orange County on your own

If you have questions about weekend activities, schedule, or if you would like to volunteer your help, please contact Joanna Campbell by email or phone at (714) 505-3768.