Mark Your Calendars – 2014 WSFN Annual Conference

Save the Date!

Washington State Fathers Network State Conference

Saturday, October 11, 2014

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Microsoft Mixer/Commons 15255 NE 40th Street

Redmond, Washington 98052

According to dads having children with special needs this day is one of the most important of their year. The chance to update information on a variety of topics critical to dads, discussing important issues with other dads in very similar situations, and discovering our strengths as fathers , makes this day uniquely powerful. This is a perfect time to celebrate being a dad. Bragging about our kids is also a cool thing. More information available on a regular basis between now and October 11th. Plan on joining us! Stay in contact by connecting to 

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Fathers Network Campout-June 13,14,15, 2014

Fathers Network Campout-June 13,14,15, 2014

Washington Park, Anacortes, Washington

The 31th Annual Fathers Network Campout in beautiful Washington Park, in Anacortes, WA is on the calendar and reserved! Join us and celebrate dads and families as only one can when having a child with special needs!

If this is a new experience for you, plan on lots of fun, and meeting great people! Kids, whether young or old, love having the freedom to play, explore, eat, laugh, and celebrate around the magic of the campfire. As Mark Twain once said, “Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” You couldn’t do it in a nicer place with nicer people.

The campout officially begins Friday night, and ends about noon on Sunday. We have reserved the large group camping area at no cost to you. This event is open to ALL families who have children with special needs. Family friends are also welcome, as we know some of these friendships are unique and important in the lives of our children, and ourselves. Come on out and meet some great people and help us celebrate Fathers Day!

For details see the attached flyer.  We hope to see you and your kids there! 

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Another Year, Another Great Conference

This past Saturday saw a great group of dads come together at the Microsoft Mixer in Bellevue to celebrate our kids, our families, and ourselves.  This year’s WSFN State Conference did not disappoint and, again, was an incredible time.  We are still going through the conference feedback forms that were turned in, but here are just a few images from the event for those of you who could not be here this year:



Greg and John setting up for the day.


Greg opening the conference


The dads’ panel


More from the dads’ panel.  Year after year this is a conference favorite.


Paramedic Skip Boylan and Officer Mike Dowd giving the keynote title “Two Dads-First Responders: Emergencies and Special Needs Dads”.  It was a great talk on how to prepare for calling 911.

WSFN State Conference Registration Materials Available

Great news; the registration materials for the 2013 WSFN Annual State Conference are now available!  Attached to this post you will find an invitation letter from Greg Schell (Director of the WSFN), the registration form, and a schedule for the day.  Just so you don’t have to click on an additional link, here is Greg Schell’s personal invitation to dads for this year’s conference (WSFN ~ Built Dad Tough for 35 Years):


Hello Dads!


We invite you to the WSFN State Conference on Saturday, October 5, 2013, which promises to be an exceptionally interesting one!


Connecting with dads is a highlight of the event. Learn from outstanding experts.  Have meaningful conversations with dads that really ‘get it.’  Share some humor.  Listen to insights unheard anywhere else.  And walk away at the end of the day feeling more confident, more grounded, most likely inspired, and very proud you are a dad!


The WSFN State Conference is the only conference in the world focused totally on dads having children with special needs!  We have been partnering and working with dads for 35 years and the conference provides a wonderful time each year to celebrate dads.


There are a few things for which you may want to prepare:

~ The “Open Mic” is a time for dads to address all of the dads at the same time and discuss a burning issue, share some useful information, or share some humor-all appropriate of course!

~Bring a picture of your child and add it to the “Wall of Fame.”

~Add a perspective on “Dads Wisdom Wall.”

~Bid on some very nice “Silent Auction” items, which helps us cover the costs of the conference.

~Contribute to a 50/50 drawing and go home a big winner!


If you would like further information we would enjoy hearing from you!  We look forward to seeing you.  Oh, bring along a friend and make their day an outstanding one!  See you soon!



Greg Schell, Director

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WSFN State Conference Reminder

It is just under a month before the 2013 WSFN Annual Conference on October 5th. Registration information should be coming out very soon. Be sure to keep an eye on (or your email if you have signed up for our newsletter) for the latest I for action on speakers, registration info, and unofficial after parties (hint, hint Island County!).

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WSFN State Conference Flyer-Date and Location nailed!

Importance WSFN State Conference news from Greg Schell. 

From: Greg Schell
Subject: WSFN State Conference Flyer-Date and Location nailed!

 Hello Dads!

Attached is the flyer for the upcoming state conference.  Please send to any interested dad.  Just for background information there will be partial and full scholarships available; for folks coming from the east side of the Cascades we will provide some gas funds; this year will celebrate 35 years of dads getting together in Washington;  let’s make it a great one!  If you have ideas you want included in the conference, please let me know!  Auction items are most welcome!  I often hear at the conference that more dads should attend.  Well now is the time to let dads know and encourage them to attend this one!  Thanks for all you do for dads and families!


16120 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
425-653-4286“A powerful voice for fathers of children with special needs.”
“Built dad tough!”

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WSFN Annual Conference – Save the Date

The WSFN State Conference is in full planning mode so make sure you let us know if you have any specific topic or speaker you would enjoy hearing.  We will be celebrating our 35th Anniversary as a unique organization for dads beginning this October and we are trying to make it an even more awesome event than in the past.  Save the first and  second Saturday in October to attend this momentous occasion and bring another dad with you!  We hope to hear soon on the specific date and then we’ll update everyone.

WSFN Annual Campout

Attached is information about the WSFN 30th Annual Campout at Anacortes!  Yes, this outstanding event has been attended by great dads and families for 30 years-almost as old as some of you!    We are sure to have another group of cool campers this year.  If you have any questions you can use the comments below or contact Greg Schell.  I believe the two pages of information covers about everything but possibly not.

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Important WSFN Survey Extended

Dads! (Moms get your husbands to respond!)

Extended Response time for vital Fathers Network Survey!

Friday, November 16th last day.


Here is the link:


WSFN would really like 80 more dads to respond to this survey. It will be open through Friday, November 16th. This number is vital to have the survey results be meaningful! Let other dads know about it too! (YES ANY DAD CAN TAKE THE SURVEY! THIS DATA WILL PROVIDE IMPORTANT COMPARISONS AMONG DADS IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.)

There will be a drawing at the close of the survey for a $100 gift certificate to either Lowe’s, Home Depot, REI, or Cabela’s, determined by the lucky dad selected. Take the survey and find out how to sign up for this drawing without a loss of survey confidentiality.

The survey can be taken now through Friday, November 16th! Thank you for taking the survey and getting other dads involved!

The link is also available on our website:

Reminder–Important WSFN Survey

Dads! Please Respond to Fathers Network Survey!

Less than one week to participate!

UW-Bothell is helping WSFN survey dads to determine the effects of our program.  This survey is for ALL dads as we are hoping to do a comparison of data from dads participating in WSFN and dads not participating in WSFN, and any other dads out there.  We are very excited about having many dads respond to the survey, so please respond yourself, and send it along to other dads you know to respond also!  ANY DAD is eligible to take the survey! 

There will be a drawing at the close of the survey for a $100 gift certificate to either Lowe’s, Home Depot, REI, or Cabela’s, determined by the lucky dad selected.  Take the survey and find out how to sign up for this drawing without a loss of survey confidentiality.

The survey can be taken now through Monday, November 12th!  Thank you for taking the survey and getting other dads involved!

Here is the link: 

Greg Schell

Director, Washington State Fathers Network (WSFN)
16120 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
Fax: 425-747-1069
A program of Kindering
“A powerful voice for fathers and families of children with special needs.”