Family Reunion Planning:
Who, What, Where, When , and How
WHO PLANS THE REUNION
Any interested family member; young, old or in-between, with knowledgeable of family members and how to locate them. Try to get 2, 3, or more people to help.
WHO CAN HELP
Convention and visitors bureaus, state and city tourism offices, extended family members and friends who have held reunions, local companies (for give-aways), The Family Reunion Institute and Reunions Magazine.
WHO SHOULD BE INVITED
ALL of your family members and family friends.
Contact information (phone number, home address, e-mail), and invitations (can be formal or informal).
WHAT DOES IT COST
All reunions cost money. How much depends on the type of reunion and where you have it. It could be a one-day event, picnic, dinner dance/ ball/banquet, or an entire weekend with two-three days of planned activities. Some reunions last four days to a week.
WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE IT
Reunions are good any time of the year—although most people have them during the summer months. - summer (pros-weather, family members already taking vacations, school is out) - fall (pros-cheaper rates, cooler weather) - winter (pros-holiday season) - spring (pros-good weather)
WHEN SHOULD YOU BEGIN PLANNING
Allow yourself enough time to properly plan a reunion. If more than a one-day picnic, you’ll need approximately 18-24 months.
WHERE TO HAVE IT
Depending on the size of the family you can have a picnic in a park or family member’s back yard; go to an amusement park, hotel, resort, cruise ship, banquet hall, military base, or school dorms.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM
Family members paying per person, wealthy relatives with good hearts, and family fundraisers. Fundraisers not only raise money, but can be fun and help family members get to know each other better.
HOW TO GET STARTED
First steps: get feedback from family members and determine length of time. Then read GET ORGANIZED.
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