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Atascadero Ladies Conference

The 34th annual Atascadero Ladies Conference will be held March 4 and 5 at Colony Park Community Center.

34th annual event will be held March 4, 5

–The 34th annual Ladies’ Conference in Atascadero was started by Atascadero resident Marline Lutz to bring the inspiring speakers and musicians she’d hear at conferences out of the area to local women.

Keynote speaker Debbie Alsdorf

Keynote speaker Debbie Alsdorf

As a teacher, she’d set aside money to attend the conferences, but said she knew that other women weren’t able to do the same. She said she wanted them to spend part of a weekend being inspired and pampered.

“It’s a time to come away from worldly cares and enjoy the sweet company of lady friends and make new acquaintances.  It’s a time to be reminded of all God has done in my life and the opportunity to encourage others to think that way,” past attendee Leslie Donahue said.

The conference begins on Friday, March 4 with an opening session and dessert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The next day, the conference will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes lunch. The speaker is Debbie Alsdorf and the musicians are the Lisa Reiff Band.

“This is an awesome conference with the highest quality speakers as well as the most moving worship time,” past attendee Carol Kenney said. “The music is always outstanding. The best part of the weekend is meeting up with long time friends and renewing our bonds of friendship.”

Lisa Reiff Band

Lisa Reiff Band

Alsdorf is an author, international speaker, and the founder of Design4Living Ministries, which she started because she hoped that God had a design for her life. After going through a divorce, she left the ministry and she started and spent many years healing. As she became closer to God, she said felt called to start her ministry again.

“The Atascadero Women’s Conference is such a blessing,” Laurie Grommes said. “It’s so uplifting with wonderful speakers and inspiring music!  The spirit of the Lord is certainly moving among the wonderful ladies at this retreat.”

Ladies Conference founder Marline Lutz with her daughter, Carol, at a past conference.

Ladies Conference founder Marline Lutz with her daughter, Carol, at a past conference.

In addition to writing, speaking and the ministry to women, she is also a biblical lay counselor, a member of American Association of Christian Counselors, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, a member of Christian Leaders and Speakers Services and is represented by Speak Up Speakers Services, Fabulous Speakers and literary agent Les Strobbe. She’s been married to her second husband, Ray, for 24 years.

Lisa Reiff has been a vocal coach and studio vocalist for more than 30 years. In addition to leading worship and providing music for churches, retreats, conference and special events, she also teaches young people to sing. Having battled depression and a life-threatening illness that nearly took her life, she shares her struggle as a Christian woman.

Reiff performs both as a soloist, but also with a band, working with a variety of musical artists.

“I think it is a great conference because it meets a valid need in our community for women to connect and encourage one another as we grow in the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Carrie Asi said. “I love going to hear powerful stories by women of God whose life’s story touches my life and heart.”

The conference will be held at the Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way in Atascadero. The cost is $60 and scholarships are available. To register or to ask questions, go to or call Jan at (805) 466-0992 or Marline at (805) 466-9203.

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