Duane Millard believes that the success of any program for single adults lies in getting new and different faces out to events.
Millard and his wife, Glenda, are co-chairs on the Holladay Region Single Adult Council, which organizes several events for adults 31 and older each year, including an upcoming Aug. 22 event at This Is the Place Heritage Park. People from all regions are invited to attend.
"We're trying to offer them an enormous value and an endless stream … of new people to meet," he said. "We think that's critical to keep a single-adult program from dying."
Considering there are more than 140,000 single adults over the age of 30 in Utah, Millard has a very large base to tap into. He said he and his wife are always trying to think of new activities and attractions to bring people out.
In recent years, the Holladay council has organized Valentine's Day dinners and dances, a spring two-day conference and a late summer event. Millard said they're also looking to add a fall event to which singles can bring their children, as there are many divorced and widowed people in the church with families.
"There's such an enormous need," Millard said. While one aspect of the activities is facilitating dating and relationships, he said that's only one of the many goals of the council.
He said, "One of (the goals) is for people who aren't looking for a partner to just find great, uplifting associations."
Millard said he anticipates about 1,000 people will attend the evening event on Aug. 22. The activities will include a dinner, a speaker, a concert by the band Reunion 65, a dance, speed dating, ice cream and marshmallow roasts.
Admission is $10 at the door, with activities beginning at 5:30 p.m. and lasting until 11:30 p.m. More information can be found at www.slc-sa.org. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Duane Millard at 801-706-5082.
Millard said the events have been very popular in the past, and he and his wife were glad when what was supposed to be a three-year calling was extended indefinitely.
"We really do love the work," Millard said. "It's just been a lot of fun for us. It's very rewarding."