...celebrating        years!


January’s observances are geared to help us get back to our normal, everyday routines—while still having a little fun. January motivates us to get back in physical, financial and mental shape; get organized; and do things that inspire and encourage us, including New Year’s Day, Celebration of Life Month, Family Fit Lifestyle Month, Financial Wellness Month, Get Organized Month, National Thank You Month, Hunt for Happiness Week, Compliment Day, Cuddle Up Day, Hugging Day, Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, Motivation and Inspiration Day, and Spouse Day. 

A good family reunion starts with a strong family. You can get the family off to a great start this year by identifying 12 things family members can do to make your family stronger. Then share the list with the family-at-large and encourage everyone to work on one item a month to help the family grow closer, stronger and better—together. For example, if you want to see your reunion grow to 25, 50, 100 years or more you’ll want to get the younger folks involved, engaged and helping plan for the future. If you want your school aged students to read more, plan a 100 Book Challenge by the 2019 Reunion. If you want to raise more money for the reunion, get the whole family involved by asking members to collect change. Big goals can be accomplished when you start with little steps at a time.



“Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the  roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.”    - Former President Barack Obama

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 by Sylvia Ford-George

Home and family is where holidays start and end, and the New Year begins. Every new year comes with goals, wishes, dreams, desires, anticipation—along with a bit of self-examination. We review the year that has passed, take note of our achievements, and identify what needs more work and time in order to be successful. We remember loved ones passed and consider ways to heal relationships that need restoring. We ponder life events that challenged and made us stronger. We count our blessings and enter into the new year with a mind towards improving, enhancing, and being more productive. We aspire to become healthier, live better, be happier, and get better organized—especially in terms of our family and reunions. We have hope for the coming year.

It's January. Time to get back to the normal day-to-day tasks and routine. Time to look forward to a year of better and best. Doing, being, living, and feeling better so we can be our best. Step by step. Day by day. Moment by moment—whatever it takes to get there.

It's January. Time to be positive and not negative.  Time to empower ourselves and others. Time to be enouraging and supportive. Time to be the light. This year we encourage and support not just your reunions, but the goals your family has for getting and being your best—starting with those New Year’s resolutions.

We’re looking forward to a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous New Year—for all of us! We may have different goals and pursuits, take different roads to get there, and have diverse journeys along the way, but we’ll make our plans, stay focused, and dispense with excuses. Whatever you’re hopeful for in 2020, stay determined to succeed. In the end we’ll improve, make our families better, and our reunions sweeter.

Here’s wishing all of you a healthy, happy, better and best 2020 New Year.

>  FOR THE FAMILY... taking control of your resolutions

>  FAMILY TIME… fun things to do, inspire and encourage the New Year
>  REUNION TIP OF THE MONTH… preparing for a stronger family

>  WORTH REPEATING… words from former President Barack Obama

January  photos courtesy of Yahoo images.

Join us for the first program in this series, a One-on-One intimate conversation with Robert W. Bogle, President & CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune, and radio personality W. Cody Anderson, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)



The group consisting of mother, father and child is the main educational agency of mankind.

There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company, than a good marriage.

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.

Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation

where they will not be judged by the color of their skin,

but by the content of their character.”