Date Night: Love and Respect (Faith-based)

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 -- 6:00-8:00pm
  • Speakers:  Tom & Sue Rice
  • Location:  Great Marriages, 612 Center Avenue, Sheboygan
  • Cost:  $15/person (Includes dinner)

A wife has one driving need: to feel loved.  When that need is met, she is happy. 

A husband has one driving need: to feel respected.  When that need is met, he is happy.

When either of these needs isn't met, things can get crazy.  This Date Night will reveal why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict and restore the love and respect they both desire. 

Speaker Bio: After completing a successful career in Human Resource Management, Tom and his wife, Sue, began mentoring for Great Marriages in 2011. After a year, Tom was asked to serve as Interim Executive Director while a search was made for a full time Executive Director. Upon hiring a new ED, Tom continued to serve on the Board and he is now the Chairman of our Board of Directors. He and Sue also continue as the coordinators of our mentoring program and are responsible for training all of our mentor couples.

Date Night: Love on the Beach (5 Love Languages)

  • Friday, August 18, 2017 -- 6-8pm
  • Speakers:  Steve & Donna Schelfhout
  • Location:  Blue Harbor Beach
  • Cost:  $15/person (Includes dinner)

One of our most romantic Date Nights!  We meet on the beach at the beautiful Blue Harbor Resort on the Lake Michigan shore for a picnic dinner.  We then educate you on the 5 love languages and how to best express love for each other on a daily basis to keep your "love tanks" full!

So sorry, but this Date Night is at capacity.  Please call to be put on a waiting list if someone cancels.  920.783.6142. 

Workshop: 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work

  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 -- 9:30am-12:00pm 
  • Presenters:  Roger & Jann Blanchard
  • Location:  Great Marriages Office
  • Cost:  $50/couple (includes book, workbooks & snacks)

This Workshop will give you practical skills to improve the friendship in your relationship, help with conflict management, and strengthen your relationship for the future. The workshop is based in research done by John and Julie Gottman over 4 decades, and it has proved effective. The workshop is for couples of all ages, ability and orientation. Leave with your relationship strengthened and skills to help you turn toward each other, not away!

Roger Blanchard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with marriages and family relationships throughout his career. Jann has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught in a variety of public, private, and parochial schools. The Blanchards were trained in Couple Communication, Prepare & Enrich, and Gottman's 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work. They have been leading marriages and relationship workshops for over 3 decades and have mentored couples with Great Marriages for 8 years. Their biggest inspiration and joy is seeing couples grow in their relationship with each other. The Blanchards have been happily married for 50 years!

*Each couple is required to purchase the 7 Principles book and 2 workbooks (included in price).  This will be a 2-part workshop, with the next date determined by the attendees.  Limited to 6 couples, so register today!

Sprecher’s Charity Day

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 -- 11am-9pm
  • Sprecher's Pub, 820 Indiana Ave, Sheboygan

Sprecher’s Charity Day to benefit Great Marriages!

Grab some friends or co-workers and come to Sprecher’s anywhere between 11am-9pm on Tuesday, 9/19 to support Great Marriages!  We will receive 10% of sales for the day, so don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to have a delicious meal and support our mission to keep marriages healthy and families together.

Date Night: 5 Love Languages

  • Saturday, September 30, 2017 -- 6:00-8:00pm
  • Speaker:  Jocelyn Medrek
  • Location:  Great Marriages Office
  • Cost:  $15/person (Includes dinner)

Are you speaking your spouse or significant other's love language?  How do you know what your love language is?  We will help you learn each other's language at this fun Date Night, and give you examples so you know just how to keep your "love tanks" full on a daily basis.  Leave feeling like you know just how to give and receive the love you each deserve.

Jocelyn is a former elementary school teacher who has been working in the non-profit world for 13 years.  She has held the position of Program Manager for the WI Women's Health Foundation in Madison, Development Associate for Timber-lee Ministries, and is now Director of Operations/Program Logistics Manager at Great Marriages. Jocelyn is married, has 2 children of her own, and 3 step-children. She is passionate about keeping marriages healthy and families together, having experienced divorce and remarriage herself. When not working, she enjoys reading, exercising, and enjoying all the fun her family has living on Random Lake. 

Fish Sticks Comedy Night

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 
  • Speaker: Fish Sticks Comedy Group
  • Location: Word of Grace Church, Sheboygan Falls

Join us for a fun comedy night and also learn about what local non-profits have to offer in Sheboygan County!  We will be setting up a vendor fair before the event where local non-profits will be available to answer any questions you have about who we all are and what we do. 

Also, if you are a Thrivent member, learn about how your "Action Team" money can support local non-profit events!

Thank you to our sponsors:
Third Coast Financial Consultants-A Thrivent Team; Eric Grasse and Greg Dirkse
Rockline Industries

Date Night: Money & Your Marriage

  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 -- 6:00-8:00pm
  • Speaker:  Whit Shiller
  • Location:  Great Marriages Office
  • Cost:  $15/person (Includes dinner)

Financial struggles and disagreements can strain even the best of marriages – so how do you counteract those stresses and put yourself on solid ground when it comes to your finances?  This Date Night will give you some unique, foundational tools and a new perspective to ensure that your marriage remains strong no matter whether it’s for richer or for poorer.  Plus, we’ll have a lot of fun along the way as we explore how to get your finances to the next level!

Whit is known to many as an improv comedian with Fish Sticks Comedy – so you know you’re in for a different type of presentation on finances.  What you may not know is that he is also an estate planning advisor and speaker to professionals across the country on estate, tax and financial planning matters and a former adjunct law professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Whit is married to Jen (over 24 years) and they have four children together. 

11th Annual Banquet Fundraiser

  • Friday, May 11, 2018
  • The Berkshire, Sheboygan
  • Entertainment:  Mark Gungor

Join us for an evening of FUN and fundraising with the one and only Mark Gungor of Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage! Mark will be speaking about his 2 new books and showing us that couples don’t necessarily need to learn any new skills, we just need to apply the skills we already have towards each other!  

Treat Him Like a Dog

Women love to hold and pet their dogs, always be there for their children, smile at strangers, allow the cab driver to take them where they need to go and communicate clearly at work. What if they used these already finely tuned skills with their husbands? In this hilarious presentation, Mark shows women how they need only apply to their husbands, skills they have already perfected in every day life.

Treat Her like a Truck

Mark uses the same approach with the men. They know how to put in the necessary maintenance on their trucks, plan their vacation adventures, focus on their ideal sports car, commit their total attention to the television and make their teammates feel valued and appreciated. What if they simply do what they already do well and apply it to their wives?

COMING IN 2018 : Becoming Compatible (Mark Gungor’s Flag Page)

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 -- 6:00-8:00pm
  • Speaker:  Phil Gungor (Mark’s son!)
  • Location: TBD

The word compatible comes from the Latin word compati, which literally means “to suffer with”. A couple who can suffer with each other is, in fact, the very definition of compatible. Being compatible is not about reaching a state of nirvana, it is about having someone you can do life with. Life in all it’s ugly, messy, painful, glorious, wonderful and marvelous state.  

The word for two people who always think and feel the same, share the same interests and always embrace the same goals is not compatible, it’s delusional. The key to succeeding with anyone - business partners, friends, family, children - and especially a spouse, is understanding. 

Phil Gungor will help you succeed in any relationship by understanding the key motives of the other person - by intentionally Becoming Compatible.