About Gluten Intolerance Group of East Central Wisconsin

Gluten Intolerance Group of East Central Wisconsin is a branch of The Gluten Intolerance Group®, also known as GIG®, and are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.


Alan Klapperich
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Third Saturday of odd numbered months* (January, March, May, July, September, November)

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

*Some exceptions will apply, please check our Facebook Page for updates.

Ripon Public Library
120 Jefferson St.
Ripon, WI 54971

Silver Creek Room (lower level)

Annual Membership dues are $10.00 per family.

Prospective members can attend 2 meetings before dues are assessed.

Why a Gluten Intolerance Group Branch?

When I first started out on this gluten-free journey, I quickly realized I was a “medical misfit”. By “medical misfit” I mean that I didn't fit in the neatly organized boxes that medicine likes to use when diagnosing people. I was indeed “outside the box” on this and essentially left on my own to piece together this puzzle I was given.

In 2002/2003, I was finding small amounts of information on Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) in various medical journals, studies, websites & discussion boards. I was also seeing other people that were very similar to myself – symptom-wise. The more I read and learned, the more I realized that gluten really still could be the cause of my problems even though I didn't have the traditional intestinal damage. Currently to get a diagnosis of Celiac Disease one needs damaged villi. Often times [as in my case] those without intestinal damage are told that gluten is not the cause of their ill health. The concept of Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity is just starting to gain momentum in the medical profession.

At the time, The Gluten Intolerance Group was only national support group that addressed Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Not only do they address it, they welcome and support those with it!

GiG allows our little group to reach beyond the four walls of our meeting room, beyond our town, beyond Wisconsin. This association allows us to do things nationally and globally - something that would be hard to do on our own.

Their leadership training and the resources they make available better equips managers to effectively lead their group. A winning situation for all!

I really like what GiG does for the gluten-free community and I am proud to be a part it.

~ Alan Klapperich
Gluten Intolerance Group of East Central WI Branch Manager

About Gluten Intolerance Group of North America

31214 124th Ave SE
Auburn, WA 98092
Phone: 253-833-6655
Fax: 253-833-6675

The Mission

The mission of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America® is to empower the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy and education.

The Vision

The vision of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America is one of mutual support, acceptance, and respect for all persons living with gluten intolerances and working with this community. GIG envisions a united gluten intolerant community in which all persons feel they are healthy, are positively nurtured to live life to the fullest, and are involved and contributing citizens.