January - Lavern and Ronda attend partner meetings for the Dayton Project and are encouraged with the scope of anticipated impact.
February - Marriage team at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church hosts Sweetheart Dessert Dance.
April - PREPARE Group launched for 4 premarital couples with Steve and Joy Sherman facilitating. Work Smart & Live Well 101 launched to train employees in relationship skills with 40 attending at Courtyard by Marriott. Lavern and Ronda lead Renewal Meetings at Shiloh Mennonite Church in Madison County.
May - PREPARE Facilitator Certification Training launched (Lavern and Ronda have acquired seminar director ability) with 17 attendees from 9 different churches or agencies. Contract with Developmental Disabilities to integrate RINGS elements into a relationship program (L.O.V.E.), working closely with Bobbi Custer. Received small, but meaningful grant from Catholic Central students/Magnified Giving for investment into young adult programs.
June - Lavern and Ronda meet with founders of Casablanca, Kevin & Gloria Lu in California while at NARME; international bridal gown distributors with passion to help couples have strong, Godly marriages. RINGS class at New Hope Church in Dayton as part of Dayton Project.
July - Lavern and Ronda participate in 313, 5 day Ride for Missions benefit in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia - a stretching experience, but good ideas for MRCMV's August SF2 Bike Ride.
August - Beta training completed on L.O.V.E. relationship program for Developmental Disabilities. Strong Families, Strong Futures (SF2) Bike Ride hosted with about 50 riders, 18 sponsors and 25 volunteers. Starting point was Coffee Depot in Urbana with full route to park in Xenia and back - 68 miles. Well received with great support from various biking groups. Farewell to Colleen Geondeff, Lori Maute and Stephanie Gillespie after many years of faithful service as Title V grant expires.
September - First L.O.V.E. group completed at Developmental Disabilities with Bobbi Custer taking the lead and 3 couples attending.
October - RINGS class at Bonneyville Mennonite Church in Bristol, Indiana with 21 couples attending. Northern Indiana is where Lavern and Ronda met over 40 years ago. "College Talkback: Sex, Lies and Drama" begins at Fellowship Spring Hill and led by Eli and Abby Glaser.
November - Road to Intimacy Marriage Workshop co-facilitated by Tim and Linda Buttrey, Lavern and Ronda Nissley at Grace Crossing Church in Beavercreek with 23 couples attending. Well received and very fulfilling collaboration with the Buttreys. Farewell to Steve Sherman after 5 years as data analyst as his position no longer supported by grants.
December - Initial discussion with CitiLookout on exploration of merger with MRCMV. Positive feedback from both boards and plans to continue talking.