"Searching For Acceptance, Working Towards Unity"

August 29th - September 4th, 1995
Red Lion Hotel - Bellevue, Washington

For more information on convention registration or discounted rates for hotel accommodations and transportation see the end of this page here.

Join us as we unite to share resources that will enable us to educate people, advocate to end size discrimination, and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment. Join us as we celebrate our strength and the accomplishments of the organization. There's never been a better time to be a part of the size acceptance movement, so join the adventure in Seattle!



5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tillicum Village Dinner Cruise (Optional Event)

Set sail into Seattle's busy harbor while your captain narrates the history of beautiful Elliot Bay. Upon arriving at Blake Island, you will be greeted with a selection of freshly steamed clams, followed by the best barbecued salmon dinner in the North west. Dine in an authentic cedar loghouse and enjoy a spellbinding performance, "Dance on the Wind", which follows an emotional journey through the legends and dances of the Northwest Coast Indians. You will have time to wander the many nature trai ls that crisscross this island before your return cruise, which will be highlighted by the view of the Seattle skyline.


9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Discover Scenic Seattle (Optional Event)

This guided tour of the Emerald City will carry you through the downtown core, the unique beauty of the Arboretum, and the fish ladders at the Hiram Chittenden Locks. Along with the tour of Seattle you will enjoy two hours of shopping at Pike Place Mar ket (home of the flying fish!) and an opportunity to ride to the top of Seattle's landmark Space Needle at the site of the 1962 World's Fair. Don't forget to bring your cameras!

2:00 pm
Registration Opens

3:00 - 4:30 pm
Orientation - NAAFA President Frances White

4:30 - 6:00 pm
Eroticizing Safer Sex - NAAFA Health Committee Chair Lynn Meletiche, RN, BS

4:30 - 6:00 pm
Setting Boundaries - NAAFA Mental Health Advisor Barbara Altman Bruno, Ph.D.

7:00 - 10:00 pm
Reception and Affinity Groups

Join us in kicking off the 1995 Convention at this opening cocktail party, where you'll have the chance to mingle and get to know your fellow NAAFAns through the formation of affinity groups of people with common interests. A great way to meet people w hom you can connect with during the remainder of the Convention.

10:30 pm - 1:30 am
Pool Party

12:00 midnight - 2:00 am
Hospitality Party


7:00 - 8:00 am
Water Aerobics - Myra Kelly Kapoulas and Laura Baker

8:30 - 11:00 am
Welcoming Breakfast

With speaker Dr. Jeffery Sobal, an Associate Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Sobal will present "The Medicalization and Demedicalization of Fatness", a reflection of his current work in examining the role of fatness in society, the stigmatization of fat people, and the role of the size acceptance movement in countering a medical model of fatness with a political model.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Size Unity

Midsize women, supersize women, and fat men will meet separately and together to discuss issues and needs of various-size people in the size acceptance movement - Deb Malek, Sherry Collins-Eckert, and Rick Zakowich.

12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
National Board of Directors Meeting

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SIG Meetings - Singles, Couples, and LFAN

4:00 - 6:30 pm
Health Faire

Designed to expand your comfort level with the medical community, the Health Faire will give you the opportunity to talk to medical professionals in the movement, and to get pointers on dealing with caregivers in your own community. You'll also have th e opportunity to get health screenings for a nominal fee. You can have your glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure checked; get advice from a nutritionist, an eating disorder specialist, and a mental health professional; have the opportunity to weigh yo urself and discuss your feelings about your weight; and obtain information to bring to your own health professionals.

8:00 - 10:00 pm
Nickia Myers Memorial Service and Concert

Prior to the first annual Nickia Myers Memorial Concert, there will be a memorial service to honor Nickia, as well as other friends and family of NAAFA members who have died in the recent past. Join Ines Battain, Terry Lawler Early, Neil Osbourn, and o ther NAAFAns in the candlelight service.

10:30 pm - 12:30 am
Pool Party

12:00 midnight - 2:00 am
Hospitality Party


8:00 - 9:00 am
Yoga - With Mara Nesbitt

9:30 - 11:00 am
Make-up and Fashion Advice - Darcy Beck, owner of The Greater Woman

9:30 - 11:00 am
Feminist Caucus Meeting

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Panel Discussion, "Activism for Everyone"

Everyone's current level of activism contributes to the size acceptance movement. Learn that activism at any level is okay, and get information and inspiration to expand and deepen your participation in further the advocacy goals of the size acceptance movement.

1:00 - 3:30 pm
Luncheon and Fashion Show

Enjoy fabulous plus-size fashions on models all sizes of large.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Town Meeting

Join NAAFA's Board of Directors and Executive Director Sally Smith in a discussion of NAAFA's mission, goals, and objectives.

6:30 - 8:00 pm
Cocktail Party and Awards Presentation

Relax, enjoy, and mingle with NAAFA members from around the country, as NAAFA honors its Achievement Award recipients and Service Award recipients. Among others, comedian Diane Amos will be on hand to accept her 1995 Achievement Award.

9:30 pm - 1:30 am
"Sleepless in Seattle" Theme Dance

Talk radio, the stars, the moon, romance, and that sleepless, restless, middle-of-the-night feeling.... Don't sleep - stay awake with us and dance, laugh, have fun, and be sleepless in Seattle the NAAFA way. Put on your favorite pajamas, or design a n ew look for this theme party. How about a nightcap in the shape of the Empire State Building? A nightshirt with a big salmon painted on it? A robe with twinkling lights all over it, just like the stars above? OKAY! Use your imagination and create a costume that will thrill us. The most creative and original costume will win a fabulous prize.

1:00 - 2:30 am
Hospitality Party


8:00 - 9:00 am
Water Aerobics - Laura Baker and Myra Kelly Kapoulas

9:00 - 10:30 am
"Road to Self Valuing" - Susan Reedy, Ph.D.

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Chapter Leadership Seminar

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Trade Show - Clothing, products, and services designed for large people.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Panel Discussion: "Pregnancy, Infertility, and Adoption

Myths about fat people having children will be dispelled, and accurate information about the options available to fat people wanting to have children will be provided.

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Chapter Rally

Chapters and SIGs will perform skits and songs, chapter awards will be presented, and we'll celebrate the wonderful work that NAAFA's Chapters and SIGs do to promote size acceptance in their communities.

4:30 - 6:00 pm
"Size Acceptance Online" - Mark Anderson and Hans Hornstein

4:30 - 6:00 pm
"Mothers and Daughters" - Terry Murphy

7:30 pm - 2:00 am
Grand Ball Dinner Dance

After dinner, NAAFA Chairman Conrad Blickenstorfer will present the "State of NAAFA" address, and Executive Director Sally Smith will present the "State of the Movement" address.

2:00 - 3:30 am
Hospitality Party


8:30 - 9:30 am
Water Aerobics - NAAFA President Frances White

10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Panel Discussion: "Getting in Touch with Your Body"

An experiential panel, designed to increase your comfort with moving your body, to improve body image, and to provide you with role models of large, active women.

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Trade Show

12:30 - 2:45 pm
Luncheon and Speaker Isadora Alman

A licensed California relationship counselor and a diplomate of The American Board of Sexology. Ms. Alman is the author of the syndicated column "Ask Isadora", and is a 1995 recipient of NAAFA's Achievement Award for her public support of fat an d FA sexuality.

3:00 - 5:00 pm
Sexuality and Relationships Panel

An opportunity to increase your understanding of different aspects of fat sexuality.

5:00 - 6:30 pm
Self-Defense - Nancy Bixler (women only)

5:00 - 6:30 pm
Weight Release - NAAFA Mental Health Advisor Barbara Altman Bruno, Ph.D.

8:00 - 11:00 pm
Reception, Silent Auction, and Performance by Comedian Diane Amos

During the reception, you'll have the chance to place your final bids on NAAFA's Silent Auction items, and the highest bidders will be announced. Then get in the spirit to laugh with extraordinary improv artist and comedian Diane Amos, who you'll recog nize from comedy specials and television shows and commercials.

11:30 pm - 1:30 am
Pool Party

1:30 - 3:00 am
Hospitality Party


8:00 - 9:00 am
Water Aerobics - Myra Kelly Kapoulas and Laura Bak er

9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Farewell Brunch

Featuring "Sizes of Discontent", an ensemble play of interwoven monologues, scenes, poetry, music and movement. The play will help us see how, individually and collectively, we can ignite a spark of personal and societal change.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Last Word


United Airlines has offered special rates for those attending NAAFA's 1995 Convention. The rates are 5% off discount fares or 10% off full fares. To take advantage of this discount, or to receive information about Amtrak fares and other side trips before or after the Convention, call House of Travel toll free at (800) 444-9996.

Shuttle service from Sea-Tac Airpost to the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue is approximately $13.00 using Shuttle Express.

For those traveling by car, the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue has free self-parking.


Bellevue, the signature city of Seattle's Eastside, is just blocks away from Washington's largest shopping mall, Bellevue Square, which features more than 200 stores and 16 restaurants. The not-too-distant sights and sounds of Seattle also await, including the Space Needle, Kingdome, and Pike Place Market. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Northwest. The Red Lion is only nine miles from the heart of Seattle. The hotel features a car rental desk, a beautiful heated outdoor pool, hot tub, two restaurants and a lounge.

RATES: The special NAAFA room rates are $75 Single/Double, $85 Triple/Quad
Check in time is 3:00pm. Check out time is 12:00 noon. RESERVATION DEADLINE: Sleeping rooms reservations must be made directly with the Red Lion Hotel, 300 112th Avenue, Bellevue, WA 98004. For your convenience, you can call Red Lion's toll free reservation line at (800) 547-8010. If you have specific questions about rooms, please call the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue direct at (206) 455-1300. Room reservations must be made by August 7, 1995 to guarantee availability at the special Convention rate. Be sure to mention NAAFA when making your room reservations!


ALL EVENTS Package - Includes $75 registration fee and all catered meals and events from Wednesday through Monday. Optional Events not included.

SUPER SAVER (Postmarked by 8/1/95)      REGULAR

Members - $290                          Members - $315
Non-Members - $325                      Non-Members - $350

NON-MEAL Package - Includes $75 registration fee, receptions, both dances, and all meetings (after the meals) from Wednesday through Monday. Catered meals and optional events not included.

SUPER SAVER (Postmarked by 8/1/95)      REGULAR

Members - $215                          Members - $240
Non-Members - $250                      Non-Members - $285

(NOTE: ALL Non-Member packages include one-year NAAFA membership)


If this will be your first NAAFA Convention, or if your traveling to the Convention alone, you may wish to participate in our new buddy system. At the beginning of the Convention, you'll be assigned to your "buddy", someone who has attended events before or who is active in the organization.


For information about the convention, you can call any of the following volunteers (Please do not call any of these numbers after 10:00pm in their respective time zones):

West Coast:       Eileen Perez       (310) 431-7082 (PDT)
Midwest:          Marilyn Rock       (616) 949-8936 (EDT)
Seattle:          Peggy O'Neal       (206) 227-4218 (PDT)

You may also call the above contacts if you are interested in being a volunteer for ticket taking, hospitality suite, or welcoming team.

To register for the 1995 NAAFA convention, or to obtain more information, contact:

     PO Box 188620
     Sacramento, CA
     USA  95818

     Phone: (916) 558-6880
     Fax:   (916) 558-6881

Copyright © NAAFA 1995