Saturday, June 27, 2009

Time is running out

Hi everyone. Please take the time and vote. We need to get an idea of how many people need hotel information. I know this seems a long time away next summer in August. But to make this a grand time for all, planning is needed. Planning takes information.
Also, please share this blog information with anyone you know that has adopted from Toukoul. If you need an invite sent to someone, let us know and we can send the invite.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Gathering Information

Now that we have decided on Portland, OR as the location for TAFRU, we need to start gathering some information from each of you that will assist us in making plans.

One thing that we need assistance with is trying to determine the number of families who plan on attending TAFRU. This will help us in determining lodging needs, activities, food, etc.

I have set up a poll and am asking everyone to participate. We are not asking you to commit by any means, but to simply let us know if your family is planning/wanting to attend TAFRU next year and if your family will need lodging while in the Portland area. We understand that things will change over the course of the next year and as we get closer to the actual event we will gather more detailed information, but your input now will be very helpful to us as we work on the plans for TAFRU.

Thanks for your participation!!!!

TAFRU Location

Although we don't have a specific location yet established, TAFRU will be held in Portland, OR.

Also, in an effort to continue spreading the word to other Toukoul adoptive families, we have been in contact with 2 of the 3 agencies. We hope to make contact with the 3rd agency in the next week or so.

There is plenty of room to add blog links to the TAFRU blog site. If you would like to have your family blog included on the sidebar just leave us a comment with your blog address and we will be happy to add it. Some of our families are waiting on referrals, some are traveling soon and others already have their children home. I, for one, am having fun checking out the blogs to see how everyone is doing and getting to know each family. Being able to meet many of you next year will be the icing on the cake.

Stay tuned for further updates and possible polls.

Monday, June 15, 2009

TAFRU Date and Volunteers

Based on the results of the poll, our first ever Toukoul Adoptive Families Reunion will be August 6th - 8th, 2010.

Also, joining me in making plans for TAFRU are Laura George, Kellyann Redick, Becky Zaw-Tun and Alisha Josifek. These ladies are going to do a great job helping me with the plans and I look forward to working with them over the next 14 months.

Monday, June 1, 2009

TAFRU Location Announcement

Based on the votes from those who participated in choosing a location, Oregon is the #1 requested location for our first ever Toukoul Adoptive Families Reunion.

Choosing a date was not so clear cut. There was a tie between the August 6th - 8th and August 13th - 15th dates. To select a specific date, I've set up a poll which is on the sidebar of the blog page. The poll will be open for 2 weeks, so please take a second to vote.

I'm also putting out a request for 3 or 4 volunteers to help with the remaining plans for TAFRU. I'll need at least one volunteer, preferably two from Oregon. If you are interested in helping out, please let me know.

I also realize that finding a location and date that would allow all families to attend was an impossible task. However, it was nice to see that some who chose Oregon, are not from Oregon but are interested in traveling to attend TAFRU. My hope that by having 14 months to plan, other families living outside the Oregon area will also be able to attend.

In the meantime, please continue to read the blog for updates as more specific details become available. I think we all want TAFRU to be a success so it can continue in the years to come at a location near you.