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REUNION INSTITUTE

This year the National Public Health Week theme is Building Bridges to Better Health. The daily themes this week are:

- Monday:  Rebuilding
- Tuesday:  Advancing Racial Equity
- Wednesday:  Strengthening Community
- Thursday:  Galvanizing Climare Justice
- Friday:  Constructing COVID-19 Resilence
- Saturday:  Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness
- Sunday:  Elevating the Essential and Health Workforce
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The Office of Minority Health announced #Vaccine Ready as the National Minority Health Month 2021 theme. The focus is to empower communitiesto do the following:
- Get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.
- Share accurate vaccine information.
- Participate in clinical trials.
- Get vaccinated when the time comes.
- Practice COVID-19 safety measures.
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FAMILY TIME

April Showers bring May flowers and a hundred hand-picked observances to get you celebrating, exploring and enjoying great family time this Spring including Good Friday, Easter, Ellis Island Family History Day, Couple Appreciation Month, Husband Appreciation Day, Kiss Your Mate Day, Siblings Day, Teach Children to Save Day, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Encourage a Young Writer Day, Every Kid Healthy Week, Celebrate Diversity Month, National Reconciliation Day, Environmental Education Week, Hairstyle Appreciation Day, Humor Month, Money Smart Week, Talk Like Shakespeare Day, Earth Day—which raises awareness about protecting the environment, and Arbor Day when we’re encouraged to plant more trees.

WORTH REPEATING...

REUNION TIP OF THE MONTH

We have a lot of younger children (5-10 years old) in our family who want to be more involved in the planning of the reunion. What planning activities do you suggest would be appropriate for their age group?

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STICKY REUNION SITUATION...

A couple of our current planning team members want to “interview” family members who want to join the planning committee to see if they are “qualified” enough to help with the planning. The rest of us don’t think that’s a good idea. What do you think?

by Sylvia Ford-George


I like to equate the month of April to the blossoming of a flower. A seed is planted, it buds, blossoms, blooms and provides a visually refreshing framework for thought and hope. And that’s exactly what we need right now.

April is a time of refreshing. We exchange bulky coats, hats, gloves, shovels and snowblowers, for jackets, lawnmowers, grills and grass. April is when we ready our Easter bonnets for modeling, finalize details related to upcoming family reunions, and make arrangements for proms, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, sun and fun. With the pandemic still in play, some of these plans may have to be excluded again this year, especially when it comes to proms and graduations. However we’re hoping for the best.

This April we welcome raindrops as they water flowers and clear the air of pollutants. And as we did this time last year, continue to face the affects of Covid-19. As the pandemic lingers and statistics keep going up and down like a roller coaster, we’ll stay committed to being and working together—not only to protect the health and wellbeing of our families, but to invest in the future of our reunions.

As pandemic restrictions lessen, and we’re sharing more time and space, let’s look for ways to enjoy rather than regret. Let’s get back to communicating. Let’s check to see how family members are coping. Let’s discuss concerns and calm each other’s fears. Let’s get back to eating meals together, putting puzzles together, playing card games, board games, checkers, chess, etc. Let’s make fun out of Spring cleaning, starting a garden, and tackling the “Honey-Do” list. Let’s find time to share laughs and make memories.

Let’s continue to call one another—especially elders and those who are home alone. Let’s continue to think of ways to make our reunions better, and dig deeper into our family’s history. Let’s continue with our children’s education, challenging them to learn something new everyday. (And let’s join the challenge). Let’s stop listening to the news all day long and spend more time helping others, exercising, cooking, dancing, laughing, smiling, (or whatever it takes to make us happy). And let’s all be safe. Let’s get vaccinated, continue to physically distance ourselves from others, wash our hands, drink plenty of water, keep wearing our masks, and remain hopeful.

This year I feel stronger than ever that this too (the pandemic) shall pass. Here’s wishing you and your family a safe, healthy and blossoming April, and a wonderful Easter.

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- Practical Family Reunion Planning

- Family Time
- Reunion Tip of The Month
- Worth Repeating
 
LATER THIS MONTH come back for:
- Healthy Family

- Sticky Reunion Situation
- In Case You Missed It!


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April photos courtesy of Yahoo images.

                                        HEALTHY FAMILY

Where would our family reunions be without healthy family members? April is National Minority Health Month, and this week is National Public Health Week. Click the links below to find information and materials for you and your family members.

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.

APRIL 2021

Our motto: “Family Reunions are More Than Just a Picnic”.

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

- Desmond Tutu

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.

- Christopher Reeve


Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain.

- Vivian Greene


Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time.

Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods.

Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. 

-  Robert H. Schuller


I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. 

I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. 

I am going to close my eyes and listen. 

-  Anne Lamott"


You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

- Christopher Robin

STICKY REUNION SITUATION >Worth Repeating

Getting Younger Children Involved in the Planning

Hope for a face-to-face, full blown reunion is on the horizon. Time for family reunion planning teams to get together to plan the when and where. When will be determined by how family members are feeling about getting together, how hard hit the majority of family members were by the pandemic, how many members have been vaccinated (or not), and the ability of the family to continue CDC protocols and guidelines for keeping safe. The where will have to consider how easily accessible the location is and the cost. Your next reunion is not a matter of if, but when – 2021, 2022, 2023 or later. Take a hard look at the concerns, circumstances and current situation of all family members and make a decision that best suits the family-at-large, and begin planning the best in-person—and best attended—family reunion ever!

From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and healthy Easter.

PRACTICAL REUNION PLANNING

While many of us are feeling hopeful about welcoming some semblance of normal in the upcoming months because of the vaccine, there’s still a lot uncertainty. States lifting restrictions too soon; large gatherings of folks with no masks or distancing; the number of recent COVID outbreaks; the increase of positive COVID tests and deaths…just to name a few.

Even though President Biden is hoping for a return to normal by July 4th, before you start (or finish) planning a 2021 reunion that includes face-to-face family attendance, carefully consider the needs of your family and what’s going on in your state, city, and reunion location neighborhood. Assess how many family members:

- are ready to meet face-to-face
- are healthy and physically able to do so
- are financially ready
- have been vaccinated
- have not been vaccinated

Use the assessment to decide whether having a face-to-face reunion is the best thing for your family right now. Or, if you should consider a virtual reunion for 2021 and begin planning a full-on reunion for 2022 or 2023.

THANK YOU AGAIN!!!
This time last year we were thanking Essential Workers for laying their lives on the line for the rest of us. Today we continute to tip our hats to all the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, EMTs, military personnel, custodians, security workers, pharmacists, supermarket staff, restaurant and food service locations and employees, all those keeping paper products and PPE supplies on shelves including truck drivers, public transit drivers, cooks, cable workers, social workers, scientists, etc.—and their families. We appreciate the sacrifices you make for all of us during this Coronavirus/Covid-19 battle.

We’re over a year into the pandemic. The vaccines are providing hope for a return to “normal”. In the meantime keep safe, stay healthy, be well and don’t forget to:
- Wear a mask.
- Continue to wash your hands.
- Stay at least 6 feet from folks who don’t live with you.
- Avoid crowds.

During this crisis, our grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, transit and utility workers—along with so many others—have been selflessly getting up every day to make sure we have the things we need. And for that, we say thank you. -  Barack Obama


When in doubt, rely on hope. – Michelle Obama