Nominate Family Members for Longest Married Couple Project
THE PERFECT TIME TO NOMINATE FAMILY MEMBERS FOR LONGEST MARRIED COUPLE PROJECT, SPONSORED BY WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.,
The fourth annual search is on for the longest married couple in the United States, it was announced today by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country.
This is the fourth consecutive year for the highly acclaimed project recognizing couples for their long marriages. Three years ago Marshall & Winnie Kuykendall from Lordsburg, New Mexico were honored for 82 years of marriage, while two years ago Wilbur & Theresa Faiss of Las Vegas, Nevada were honored for 78 years of marriage. This year John & Ann Betar of Fairfield, CT were honored for 80 years of marriage. There were also 50 state winners recognized at the same time each year for their longest marriages. There have been over 900 couples nominated for the honors during the last three years. Winners are selected solely from nominations submitted.
“Once again we want to honor the longest married couple in the United States, as well as in each of the 50 states and territories. The national winners will be recognized during Valentine’s Week 2014, which coincides with World Marriage Day, which is the second Sunday of February,” explained Dick & Diane Baumbach and Fr. Dick Morse, the coordinators for the special project.
An Alumni Group was established for previous national and state winners. Previous state winners can vie for the national title, but they also are now considered members of the alumni of longest married couples in their individual states. This allows for new couples to be recognized for both state and national recognition. “What a joy and inspiration it is to recognize a husband and wife who have been married for many, many years,” the coordinators explained.
In addition to the longest married couple for the entire United States, recognition will also be given to a couple from each state and territories who has achieved that distinction. In the case of the United States couple, appropriate gifts will be presented to them by Ron & Judy Pekny and Fr. Rocky Grimard, the WWME national leadership team, at a ceremony to be held at the winner’s location during Valentine’s week. The state winners will also receive personal recognition and a special certificate of achievement from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement.
Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of religious affiliation, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number.
The contact information for sending in a nomination, which simply requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and where they currently reside- plus a contact phone or email address of the individual nominating the couple, is as follows: email firstname.lastname@example.org, regular mail Dick & Diane Baumbach 8934 Puerto Del Rio Drive Suite 204, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920, and special phone number 321-613-5180. Nominations must be received by January 10th, 2014.
Deployment Dialogue Tips for Military Couples
Deployments are never easy and as most military couples know, they can be hard on relationships. As a dual military couple and veterans of several long term deployments, we can honestly say that using the tools of the weekend, especially dialogue; can help keep you connected heart to heart. We know it is not easy and that in many cases daily dialogue as we learned it will not be possible, but with a little adjustment and effort couples can make dialogue happen and being able to connect on a feeling level can make all the difference in your relationship. The link below contains a file with some recommendations to help during this time.
We know that deployments and redeployments are never easy, but we believe that our WWME weekend strengthened our relationship and using the tools that we learned helped us to not only survive several, but to grow closer to each other. It is a Journey of Discovery…Enjoy!
Chris and Darla Phillips
(Both Retired US Army)
Deployment Dialogue Tips
Attached are several great documents for your Circle this year.
1. Circle Presentation Guide - which contains many presentation outlines to jumpstart your writing.
2. A presentation outline on 'The Power of Prayer and Prayer Couples'. Also included is a prayer couple trifold and prayer cards.