How to Organize a Family Reunion

How to Organize a Family Reunion. Create lasting memories by organizing a well-planned
family reunion. You will need A list of family members and
their families Survey forms Invitations Postage stamps and contact information. Step 1. Form a family-reunion committee to select
and invite guests, coordinate planning, and form subcommittees for various tasks. Remember – although you are the initiator,
you aren’t obligated to plan the whole thing on your own – or even to lead the planning. Step 2. Decide who is family. Will you include all branches of your family
tree, or more immediate family members? Step 3. Create a survey to mail to each household. Ask about preferences, interests, and ideas
they may have for an enjoyable reunion. Set a reply deadline so the committee will
have time to incorporate the responses into their planning. Step 4. Select the date and duration for the reunion. Long weekends that include other family milestones
are a great time to get together. Avoid holiday weekends. Many people will already have plans. Step 5. Select a location. If you can, go back to the town where your
family came from so that the group can explore family history and visit nostalgic sites. Or choose a theme park, campground, or picnic
area. When choosing a location, consider the size
of the group, the time of year, and the weather. Step 6. Develop a budget. At minimum, it should include food, decorations,
equipment, and booking fees. Knowing your budget will enable you to set
a registration fee for each family. Step 7. Choose a theme that can be reflected throughout
the planning – on the invitations, on the menu, and through activities. Step 8. Design and mail your invitations. You can use regular mail or e-mail. Note all important details, including fees,
times, and locations. Step 9. Follow up a few weeks prior to the family
reunion with a phone call or e-mail. Suggest items guests can bring, like old photos,
awards, and memorabilia from previous reunions. Then wait for the date and enjoy your family. You deserve it! Did you know The Family Reunion Institute
at Temple University was established to provide a resource for families planning reunions.

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