Sunday, October 12, 2008

Katrina Group Convenes in Cincinnati ...


We have organized a group called “Displaced by Katrina.” It is for Cincinnati-area residents who lived in New Orleans before Katrina, and moved for various reasons related to the storm.

We started the group through the Meetup organization. We got terrific publicity in the Enquirer, the area’s daily newspaper, not to be confused with the National Enquirer.

The Enquirer put our first meeting in their community calendar, ran two nice stories about the organization and us. The timing of the publicity was perfect, just before our second meeting. They then wrote a story after the meeting which was quite complimentary.

Our story also got covered by two television stations, though I think the second interview landed on the cutting room floor. We recorded the first interview when it ran on TV, and will be glad to show it to you when you visit.

Through the group we have met some very nice people, and their stories are all interesting. Several friends have seen the publicity and congratulated (or teased us) over lt. A few strangers that saw the publicity have introduced themselves on the street, the gym, and a doctor’s office. We have also gotten a couple of calls by people wanting to join the group.

The group is now up to 12 people, and met for dinner last Friday at DeeFelice Restaurant. Here is some information from DeeFelice’s web site:

Jazz, swing, New Orleans decor and great cajun food, right in the heart of Covington's Main Strasse Village! (That’s Covington KY, just across the River from Cincinnati.

DeeFelice Foods offers a selection of cajun and creole sauces, seasonings, and spices at their online store and retail outlets.

“DeeFelice is your home for New Orleans Cajun and Creole style food and entertainment. If you're in the Cincinnati area, stop by our restaurant.”


Altogether the experience has been a kick.

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