Gluten Intolerance Group of Whidbey Island

Branch Leadership Team

Coyla Shepard, Branch Manager
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Upcoming Meetings

Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:30 at the Freeland Library meeting room.  Information will be provided on presentations by Dr. Jean Layton, Dr. Stephan Wangen and Cynthia Kupper R.D. from the GIG Conference in November.  Hear what they had to say about Diverse Diagnostics, How to Promote Gut Health and Minimize Inflammation, and Gluten-Free Eating.    This will also be a chance for members to ask questions, provide information and discuss being wheat and gluten-free.   An added bonus for those attending are free samples of the two new flavors of crackers from Mary’s Gone Crackers, along with discount coupons for your next purchase.

Sat., Jan 11th, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the home of Coyla ( 2620 Sunlight Beach Road) for a presentation of gluten-free lipsticks, as well as other gluten-free cosmetics and skin care products.  Claudia Helm, an independent consultant of Arbonne products, will be our speaker.  She will bring samples to try.  It will be helpful to know the approximate number coming, so we encourage you to RSVP if you are planning on attending.   360-321-4083


Mission Statement

GIG of Whidbey Island® is a branch of the Gluten Intolerant Group(GIG), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our Mission is to provide support to persons with gluten intolerance, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and gluten sensitivity.

The Whidbey Island Gluten Intolerance Group serves the communities throughout the island from Clinton in the south to Oak Harbor in the north.

Recent History

The Whidbey Island Gluten Intolerance Group informally formed in September 2007 with 12 people in attendance, and now serves over 120 families on the island. In April 2008, we joined GIG as an official branch to the national organization.

The Goals of our group include

1. To educate people in the community about gluten intolerance and encourage those with symptoms to seek diagnosis.
2. To gain support for gluten free products and services in our locale.
3. To share our concerns, recipes, resources, experiences and successes in living with this healthful lifestyle.
4. To solicit local restaurants to provide gluten free menu options and keep a current list of such establishments.


The group meets regularly with occasional guest speakers talking about various issues affecting those with gluten intolerance as well as informal gatherings to get to know each other and share information and concerns.