IMPORTANT NOTICE - Smart Marriages Conferences
smartmarriages at lists101.his.com
Wed Sep 8 18:06:42 EDT 2010
After what you can imagine has been a painful process of deliberation, it
has become clear that the 14th Annual Orlando 2010 conference has to be the
last Smart Marriages® conference. I congratulate and thank all of you who
attended as everyone is saying, it was the best ever and a wonderful way
to go out. It feels a bit like the Beatles 1966 concert at Candlestick Park
they had no idea it was to be their final live concert as they belted
out, "I Feel Fine" and "Yesterday". I am so glad I didn¹t know, in
Orlando, that this was going to be it. It might have killed me.
I know this is sudden. For me, it feels like hitting a brick wall at 100
miles an hour. But I can also say that there is a definite convergence of
factors lots of writing all over the brick wall and that this is a
natural and obvious time for change. I trust that in the 15 years we have
worked together we have built a solid and sustainable effort and that with
the new trade association and the many other organizations, initiatives,
foundations, marriage conferences, resource centers, websites, campaigns,
etc, etc, that this Marriage Education campaign we have created will carry
I have not consulted with anyone which means you are all receiving the news
at the same time are all at same place in deciding how to move into the
future and if/how to plan a Marriage Education Conference (or Conferences)
for 2011. In other words, I am not passing on the Smart Marriages® name or
baton to, or endorsing, any one entity or group. I hope you will 'talk
among yourselves' and come to decisions about the best next steps.
I plan to continue the Smart Marriages® listserv, website, Blog, Twitter,
etc, and will do what I can through the listserv to help you stay connected
and organize the next stage. In other words, I will share your updates and
calls to action.
Finally, there is no way I can even come close to adequately thanking those
of you who have given so much to the Smart Marriages campaign your
incredible support with so much enthusiasm and creativity and lots and
lots of just plain hard work. Whether you¹ve been on board since day one or
you just discovered Smart Marriages® this year, I thank you for all your
contributions. I guarantee there will be places to apply all you've learned
all your individual and collective wisdom in the ongoing campaign to bring
Marriage Education to the world. We¹ve come a long way but there is still
so much to be done.
I expect great things for the future. There are amazing new books,
fantastic and innovative new programs, and exciting research ready to roll
in 2011. I can't wait to see what you will do and I, for sure, will be the
loudest, proudest voice cheering you on.
Founder and Director, Smart Marriages®
Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education (CMFCE)
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