Fall Association Gathering | October 18-20, 2019


Spring and Fall Gatherings are a time for Association members and prospective members to share together in worship, fellowship, volunteer projects, and more. Our semi-annual business meeting is held on Saturday, offering you an opportunity to hear about news and events taking place at Laurelville, vote for and affirm board members and welcome new members into the Association. Activities for children of all ages are also provided, making our spring and fall gatherings a terrific experience for the whole family. Find more information about our Association here.

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Ron & Roxanne Claassen

Ron Claassen (MA, MDiv., DMin.)  Professor Emeritus, Co-Founder and Director (1990 – 2011) of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies at Fresno Pacific University, founder (1982) of the Fresno County Victim Offender Reconciliation Program, the first in California.   Ron is an accomplished author, and trainer (US and abroad) in conflict resolution, restorative justice, and peacemaking and has received numerous awards for his work.

Roxanne Claassen, BA, MA (Peacemaking and Conflict Studies)  Retired Master Teacher and School Conflict Resolution Specialist.  Roxanne taught her last 14 years in 8th grade where she pioneered Discipline That Restores, a classroom and school-wide restorative justice discipline program. She also served as school peer mediation coordinator and school discipline coach at two other schools until retirement.  Roxanne has received accolades for her work including “Teacher of the Year” (2x).

Ron and Roxanne as a team:  Served with Mennonite Central Committee Teachers Abroad in Nigeria 1968-1971.  Since 2010 they have trained teachers and administrators in the theory of restorative justice.  They have worked with thousands in CA, throughout the US and beyond (India, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Lithuania, Cambodia, Spain, Israel, Paraguay).  They are the authors of Disciplne That Restores and the curriculum for training mediators,  Making Things Right.

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Darlene Hein

Darlene M. Hein loves to sing and to lead others in singing.  Currently, she is teaching music at the New Danville Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School.  She has served as a guest conductor and clinician and was Artistic Director of the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster for nine years.  She and her husband are active members of Neffsville Mennonite Church.

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Tentative Schedule

4:00 - 6:00 pmRegistration and light refreshments in the Small Dining Hall
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pmGathering in the Meetinghouse
-Childcare provided in the Lodge and Shen
8:45 pmDessert in the Meetinghouse

8:00 amBreakfast
9:15 amBusiness Meeting & Mission Update in the Meetinghouse - All welcome!
-Childcare provided in the Lodge and Shen
10:30 amVolunteer Projects Begin
11:00 amSolarhouse Room Owner Meeting
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmVolunteer Projects continue
1:30 pmGuesthouse Room Owner Meeting
5:30 pmDinner
7:00 pmGathering in the Meetinghouse
8:15 pmSnack Served in the Meetinghouse

8:00 amBreakfast
9:00 amGathering in the Meetinghouse
-Childcare provided in the Lodge and Shen
11:30 amLunch
12:00 pmRoom Check-out

Is It Really Free?

Yes, registration for Association weekends is provided at no cost to friends of Laurelville joining us for the celebration, Laurelville Association members, and those considering joining the Association. It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, both financially and through prayer and volunteer work. Many attendees typically make a monetary donation during their stay, but you are not required to do so.

To support us with a financial gift, make an online donation or send us a check.

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