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National Preparedness Month / Weekly Themes

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. This year’s theme is "Disasters don't wait. Make your plan today", and the weekly themes are as follows:

Week 1: Sept  1-5           Make A Plan
Week 2: Sept  6-12         Build A Kit
Week 3: Sept 13-19      Prepare for Disasters
Week 4: Sept 20-26      Teach Youth About Preparedness

For more information visit - https://www.ready.gov/september

Welcoming the end of Summer

 by Sylvia Ford-George

Saying goodbye to Summer is much like saying goodbye to family at the end of a great reunion. You know it has to come to an end, but you just don’t want it to. Welcoming September is bitter sweet this year. It’s not easy because we didn’t get to enjoy the season like we’re used to. And it’s not hard because we’re hopeful that the sooner this year comes to an end, the sooner we can be rid of Covid-19 and back to real, face to face family engagement (whether it’s the reunion or just being able to spend unmasked time together.)
There’s a lot going on this September. Two things family reunion planners do for sure are: 1- We start planning our next reunion. If you need help, check out our new column, SWEET TIPS & IDEAS FOR REUNION PLANNING and meet guest contributor, Beth Boyer from the Ransom-Sease Family.  2- We look for creative ways to celebrate special time with family including Baby Safety Month, Childrens’ Good Manners Month, Intergeneration Month, Grandparent’s Day, Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day, Stepfamily Day, Wife Appreciation Day, Family Health and Fitness Day USA and Ancestor Appreciation Day. And let’s not forget about observing 9/11 and registering to vote. Check out FAMILY TIME for a full list of monthly celebrations to get the family together.
In September we normally welcome students, teachers, principals, counselors, tutors, secretaries, administrators, NTA’s, lunch ladies, school bus drivers, janitors—anyone who has anything to do with the education of our students, including moms and dads—back to school. But here again, Covid-19 has interrupted the “how” we do it without compromising the health and welfare of all those involved.
September is Natural Preparedness Month (NPM). The theme this year is “Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today”. NPM’s goal is to increase the number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school and places of worship. It is believed that by educating the nation on how to prepare and respond to emergencies, countless lives can be saved. Visit https://www.ready.gov/september (or google national preparedness month) for more information.
We hope you have a safe September and are doing everything you can to stay well. We hope that as the nation observes 9/11, that we remember how we came together as a country on that day, standing together and praying with each other ready to face an enemy together. So let it be with Covid-19, the hatred spread across America, and the killing of Black men and women. So let it be for the changes needed to see that justice and right is no longer delayed or denied. So let it be that all of us, treat each one of us, with the dignity, respect and care we expect for ourselves. We're hopeful that one day it will be.

- Sweet Tips & Ideas For Your Reunion Planning with Beth Boyer, Guest Contributor
- Family Time
- Reunion Tip of the Month
- Worth Repeating
- Spotlight On: National Preparedness Month Weekly Themes

- Sticky Reunion Situation

- Time to REGISTER to VOTE!


- September  photos courtesy of Yahoo images.

 "That’s what hope is. It’s not the blind faith that things will get better.
It’s the conviction that with effort, and perseverance, and courage,
and a concern for others — things can get better."
President Barack Obama

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America

by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.

Voting and participating in the democratic process are key.

 John Lewis


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I recently found out that during this year’s reunion one of my cousins pulled several of the young male teens together, and showed them inappropriate photos. My son was one of those teens. I was furious! I wanted to go to his house and beat him down but the other mother’s convinced me that violence wasn’t the best way to handle the situation.


Ancestor Appreciation Day is observed on September 27th to give us a chance to reflect on their lives and how they influenced ours. Get family members together this month to learn more about your forebearers and get a more complete picture of their lives, habits traditions and values. Interview elders, find out more about their parents, grandparents, traditions, values, life.

The folks at Days of the Year explain that “Building a more complete picture of your relatives and their history can help to promote a greater appreciation for life and form a better understanding of the individual journey your family has been on. If nothing else, why not spend the day with your living relatives? Ask a few questions, let them tell stories and find out about previous generations”.


September is when we try to stretch-out the last days of summer because we just don't want it to end.

All of the boys are from single parent homes, and being raised by their moms. Some of the moms think the boys need male presence and guidance and have shrugged the incident off as “that’s what men do”. Others disagree and believe we should bring the boys together as a group to see how they felt about the situation, what message they got out of it, and explain why it was inappropriate. And then have my cousin apologize, and make sure the boys know that when someone tries to make them take part in something they feel uncomfortable about they should feel free to walk away—especially when there are other adults around.

I think this is a teachable moment, and we need to make sure we handle it correctly. To do nothing is not the answer. I’ve had several conversations with my son, however I think that the situation should be addressed with all of the young men. You’ve been talking about how to raise good young men. What do you think should be done?

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Our motto is “Family Reunions are More Than Just a Picnic”. We believe reunions have the power to nourish and strengthen families of all races and ethnicities. Reunions can encourage healthy extended family relationships, provide a sense of belonging, restore family pride, nurture and respect all generations, and impart wisdom, knowledge and a shared purpose. Our goal is to strengthen, inspire and support family reunion planning; share useful information and resources; and advocate for the teaching of family and reunion history, values and experiences.


In Case You Missed It...


Two Monroe Comprehensive High School teachers and cheer coaches from Albany, GA

created back-to-school videos inspired by the track “What’s Poppin’” by rapper Jack Harlow,

to boost students morale and get them ready for the school year amid anxiety and uncertainty

due to the coronavirus and necessity for virtual learning. Needless to say the video went viral.

Click Here to View Video

We’ve noticed that family members have begun using social media (Facebook and Instagram) more and more to make death notifications, and want to begin communicating about the reunion in the same way. And while one can argue that it's a quick, painless, and less expensive way to get the word out, senior family members who do not use social media are feeling left out, and that this way of communication is neglectful and disrespectful to them specifically. What can we do to bridge this gap?




The following resources, talking points and information on current issues can help you understand and prepare to dialogue about voting, and get information to those around you about what is at stake. Each of us can make a difference as to what happens on these issues. VOTE. It’s simple but it’s powerful. Why else would so many want to keep your right to vote from you!

Check the information below to get details on registering, checking your registration status, requesting a ballot, getting election reminders, Covid-19 voting info, and finding out if your state has down ballot voting.

>Click here for state by state registration and voting deadlines
>Click here for resources and targeted events

>Click here for ROCK THE VOTE and info on Talking to Young Adults

>Click here for Ex-Offenders who need help to determine if they can vote

   (There is legal help and a number to call for assistance)
>Click here for information on Police Reform

Come back  October 1st for more info  on voting.

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This month, we begin a new feature offering reunion planning advice and guidance from guest contributors whose families have a history of successful reunions. Our first featured guest is Beth Boyer, President of the Ransom-Sease Family. The Ransom-Sease Family has an amazing newsletter that helps keep family members connected year round, while creating a greater sense of anticipation for the reunion. Click below to meet Beth and read-up on her families sweet tips and ideas to help your reunion planning.


Do you think it’s okay to start planning for a 2021 reunion?