Welcome to the Greater Appalachian Llama and Alpaca Association’s new website.  It’s GALA's '"face to the world" and our Members’ resource destination. Check out the information of the various pull-down tabs. On these tabs you will find information about the organization, how to join, resources, and current events coming up.



Please welcome Loretta Radeschi as the new GALA Newsletter Editor. To reach her please use the new email address of galanews@centurylink.net  1/5/2015

Volunteer Tribute SongRemember the song Hilary and Terry made for the volunteers at the conference. The one to the Gilbert and Sullivan song. You can click here to hear and see it. Turn you sound up and enjoy!  12/17/2014

2014 Photo Contest Winners have been added to the website. See them here. 10/31/2014

2014 Gala Conference Photos: Click here and then select “2014 GALA Conference” to see the photos. If you would like a copy of the Group Photo click here to download it. When it comes up in your browser right click on it and select “Save image As…” you will then be asked to save it on your computer. If you would like some of your conference pictures or videos to be added to the Flickr page please send them to me at ronjcaruso@comcast.net. Please note that I will be out of the country from Nov 4 to Nov 23. I'll get to them as soon as I return. 10/30/2014

Membership Renewal Time: It’s that time of year again, so please remember to send in your dues and membership renewal forms by December 31, 2014 for the 2015 calendar year.  If you have any questions regarding your membership or how to renew please contact the Membership Chair, Miranda Brown, at 240-446-3492 or thellamalady@yahoo.com. 10/8/2014

NOTICE: On Sept. 30th at 4PM the special link to book and cancel reservations at the Marriott in Portland will be closed. If you need to make or cancel a reservation after that time please contact our Conference Coordinator, Mark Thaler, directly to help you. Do not call the hotel. He has special arrangements to help you worked out with them. Mark can be reached at 954-764-5342 or 954-649-1000. 9/29/2014

See photos from the 2013 conference and photo contest winners on the GALA photo website. Also see the 2014 photo contest entries. If you have good quality photos from previous conferences and would like them on the photo website send them to me (ronjcaruso@comcast.net) and tell me what year they are from.  9/28/2014

We received some disappointing news from John Mallon the other day. He is facing major surgery and will not be able to join us at the Conference in October. Terry and Hilary are filling a void that we all know is difficult to fill. We wish John well and hope to see him at future conferences.  9/11/2014

Check out all the new Conference Apparel you can get at the 2014 GALA Conference. Register Now.  8/27/2014

Bob Wolfe has received the first photos for the 2014 Photo Contest from Ron Caruso (me). This year the photos can be viewed by everyone online as they arrive. Take a look here to see them. Let’s get some more. Send yours to Bob now.  8/12/2014

Have you noticed the nice pictures at the top of this page? If you would like a picture of your camelid to be shown there I can make it happen. Just send me a good quality jpg or png photo that I can crop to fit the format. Or you can crop it yourself to 960 X 360 pixels. Email pictures to ronjcaruso@comcast.net. 8/6/2014

Conference Registration will begin on Monday August 11th.  2014 Conference page.  8/11/2014

Check out National Alpaca Farm Days. September 27 & 28.  7/21/2014

A Llama Trek in New Mexico: Wall Street Journal artical. 6/3/2014

Recent updates to the GALA Calendar and the 2014 Conference page. 5/14/2014

Katrina Capasso has joined the Newsletter Advisory Committee.  She joins Carol Reigh, Bev Vienckowski and Jane Hamilton-Merritt on this Committee. 3/26/2014

The 2015 GALA Photo Calendar is now underway. Click on the Photo Calendar Icon to the right for everything you’ll need to know about it. Also check out the new "Sponsors" Tab at the top of the page.  3/25/2014

The 2014 GALA Photo Contest has started and is accepting photos now. Get some winter shots before the snow is gone and get ready for spring. Click on the Photo Contest icon to the right or here to get the details.  3/13/2014. 


On March 14 & 15 the 2014 Conference Co-Chairs, Hilary Ware and Terry Beal met with some of the committee members at the Marriott, Sable Oaks in Portland, Maine. All day Saturday was spent planning and discussing this year’s conference, one to remember! Go to the 2014 Conference page. 3/17/2014


Lama Medical Research Group Report to the Annual GALA Membership Meeting. 8 November 2013   Latham, NY Hilary Ware, GALA Representative. 3/3/2014

Website additions: Thanks to Marc & Sandy Page, we now have the history of GALA’s Directors and Officers and the Chairs for Gatherings/Conferences from the very beginning. Do you know who GALA’s first President of the 21st Century was?  How about who was the Chairperson of the 2000 Conference and where was it held?  12/30/2013