Meeting Dates and Events
                                                2019 Events, Dates, & Contacts

                                   Willmar Out of the Darkness Community Walk
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational    programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.  Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Date:  Saturday, September 14, 2019  
Location:  Robbins Island, Willmar 
Check-in/Registration Time:  10:00 AM 
Walk Begins:  11:00 AM  
Walk Ends:  1:00 PM 
For more information contact: Ray Stenglein (320-235-0030) or email 
Alternate Information: Contact Phone: 320-295-6000 or Contact Email:  

Chapter Meeting are the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Upcoming Meeting Dates - 7:30 PM

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Paulette Wiley: 320-273-2237 or email at  
Lois Flaig: 320-444-4334 
Bob & Betty Hermann: 320-693-6782

Mailing Address:
Kay McLane
613 Lakeland Drive SE,
Willmar, MN 56201 

                                                        CHAPTER UPDATES

We meet the thrid Tuesday each month at 7:00 PM. We meet at the Lakeland Health Center on the lower level, 502 SW Second Street, Willmar, MN, the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

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                                                     2019 YEARLY EVENT

The Compassionate Friends Fall Picnic   
Our fall picnic is at the home of Bob and Betty Hermann the first Saturday after Labor Day each year in September (September 7, 2019). There is a Potluck Meal at noon (beverages, bread, dishes and silverware are provided).  Everyone brings a dish to share.  The picnic theme is "Come and explore the Crow River and watch for eagles".

Bob and Betty’s address is as follows:
66608 Mn Hwy 24
Litchfield, MN 55355  
Phone 320-693-6782 

When you come into Litchfield on Hwy 12 from the west, turn east onto Hwy 24, which is across from the Dairy Queen.  The farm is 8 miles on Hwy 24, on the left (or north) side of the road.  Watch for the green “8 mile” marker.

If you cannot attend and would like a balloon released in your child’s name during the balloon release, send a note/postcard with a message to your child on a 3 x 5 card with your child’s name to Bob and Betty Hermann at the address listed above. We will release a balloon with their name with the others.  This is a beautiful and special experience.  It is a nice way to remember our children.

World Wide Candle Lighting
Held annually the 2nd Sunday in December. This unites families and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age form any cause. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of people commemorate and honor children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.

Believed to be the largest mass candle lightning on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who are no longer with them.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting started in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance but has since swelled in the numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting gives bereaved families everywhere the opportunity to remember their child/children....that their light may always shine

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