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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Family Reunion Booklet

Have you started your family tree yet? This is a good day to begin.
Before family dinner put together the family tree according to the
information you already have.

Next invite family members at the table to fill in the missing pieces. Showing
the kids the family tree and the stories behind the history can be fascinating,
eye opening and even improve self-esteem. Seeing how their family history
connects to secular history learned in school can shed a whole new light on
school work. Add the family tree to your Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet

Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet.

Family Tree Photos
Why not start with photos. Gather all your photos together and start naming all
family members on the back of them. Now create a hand written or typed lineage
chart. Crop and add the photos to the chart.

You can even print it out and insert it in the Family Reunion
Keepsake Booklet.

Present your family tree project and family reunion booklet at your family
dinner and the completed version at your next family reunion.

A great place to start building your family tree is at Currently
they offer a free Family Reunion Website that includes access to a family tree
application. Check it out at

Happy family reunion planning!

Mark & Brenda

Free Family Reunion Planner

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Write Your Family Reunion Newsletter

If your family reunion event has recently passed or you're planning a 2012 or 2013 family reunion it's time to start writing your reunion newsletter. The question is, where to start? Why not start with your event preparation notes, ideas or recent reunion dinner program and Itinerary?

If your event is future, build anticipation and throw out some ideas and suggestions from family members. Add plenty of commendation about past gatherings. To get everyone involved get thoughts from the younger generation. If the family plans on getting together in the month of November, this would be a fine time to distribute the newsletter and consider some of the event location, dinner program and itinerary ideas.

Writing the Newsletter
Include short paragraphs under the following subheadings:
1. Making Memories (Add snippets of highlights of past reunion the events)
2. How It All Began (Discuss how the theme and slogan came about)
3. Acknowledgement (Say thank you to those who helped out)
4. Recent Family News (Weddings, Graduations, Births, In Memoriam)
5. Include poems and meaningful quotations

Clearly identify family members you're telling about. For example, write, "Jane Smith, daughter of Gordon C.   Smith and Joy Hazel Smith, graduated from the University of Maryland in May."

Family photos are wonderful additions to family reunion newsletters. Kids pictures are most endearing and spark conversation.  Be sure to add captions with descriptions of the subjects in the photos including names, location and the date the photo was taken.

Content and Filler
Need more content? Add one line family trivia in empty spaces. For example, you could write, "Who let the dogs out? In 1959 John Smith owned a kennel."  Add mystery guest photos and humorous comments or situations associated with the reunion. Add a recipe box complete with the history behind the recipe.
Add some heart to your newsletter with excerpts from poems. A great place to find family reunion poems it at

Did You Know? The author of  the poem "Finding Our Way Back Home" is also the author of  Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Guide and Keepsake book.

Family Recipes
Want to start compiling family reunion recipes complete with history, background, originator and instructions? Get Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Guide and Keepsake book. Makes a great gift for family reunion planners, award recipients and genealogy buffs.

Thinking about a family reunion cruise? Get ideas at

Happy Family Reunion Planning!
Mark & Brenda

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Frugal Shopping This Season

Hey family reunion planners. Happy November! It's time to economize and avoid  creating credit card money pits when gift shopping this season.

Here are some helpful tips.  1. Don't use a credit card this season. Use your debit card only. 2. Get gift cards and save mileage and gas. 3. Shop online Black Friday Week or Cyber Monday Week and save up to 30%. 4. Look for deep discount inventory liquidation sales online and compare prices.

The astore is very helpful shopping tool for reunion planners who want to be more frugal this shopping season.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fun Family Reunion Ideas

Did you know? November is family reunion planning month. With Family Reunion Planning Month just days away it's time to start thinking about fun family reunion ideas for 2011 - 2013. 

Take advantage of the season to kindle interest and enjoy planning activities that bind. It's a great time of year for baking and cooking. Why not start collecting family recipes and find out which recipes your household likes.  Start a tradition of your own. You'll find a family recipe collector/organizer in Fimark's 132 page Family Reunion Planning Guide Keepsake Book. 

Other Fun Planning Activities:

1. Make a Quilt
2. Design Your Own Family Reunion Logo
3. Print T-shirts
4. Design Your Own Family Reunion Flyer
5. Collect and Try Out Traditional Recipes

To help you get your planning off to a great start here is a list of popular family reunion event activities.

1. A Family History Drama
2. An Video or Live Interview With Young Adults
3. A Water Balloon Toss Contest
4. A Slide Show Of Babies (Guess Who)
5. A Photo Display Table of Kids Growing Up

Looking for more fantastic ideas? Find 7 more here...

Did you know that Mark Askew, the author of the Poem "We Rise To Tell The Story" is also the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake"? This book is now available at as well as Barnes and Noble.

Get the complete Family Reunion Package with Mark's reunion planning guide book, software on CD and Instant Download of 5 poems, flyers, invitations, banners and the award winning reunion planning application at the summertime discount price of $69 (normally $99) at

Happy Family Reunion Planning!


If you have any questions regarding the event contact me at

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Most Popular Family Reunion Activities

What are the most popular family reunion activities? We've taken an ongoing poll listing readers favorite family reunion activities to help you plan your best family reunion event.

So what has our latest poll of family reunion favorites revealed? While many enjoy a big banquet dinner and recipe swapping,  the most loved family reunion event is home-made family entertainment with 57% of  pollsters choosing a talent show as the number one family reunion activity. 

Showing off ones finer talents is a great way to boost family morale and encourage constructive artistic focus. As you know every family has an artist, craftsperson, singer and jokester who know just how to tickle that funny bone. Family reunion talents shows are a great way to exhibit hidden talents and provide a good excuse to clown around if only to bring in some big belly laughs.

Next in line for popular reunion activities is family reunion games, chosen by 50% of our voters. This puts reunion games in the number 2 spot of favorite activities. Family reunion games are a sure way to bond and rebond with family members you may not have seen in a while.

And what do you suppose the 3rd most favorite activity might be? It's Line Dancing! Neck and neck are banquet dinner and recipe swapping. Afterall, who doesn't like to eat?

So which activites are the runners up? The Family Reunion Cruise, Genealogy Presentations and Story Time.  Submit your Family Reunion Favorites using the poll at the top of this page.

Download Fimark's award winning  Family Reunion Planner and get great planning ideas, printables, worksheets and surveys. Includes the attendee contact and t-shirt ordering database. Get instant downloads at

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Last Minute Reunion Planning Tasks

It's time to take care of last minute reunion planning tasks. Many times our reunion planners forget all the many features in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner and end up scouring the Internet for help. No need. It's In There!

If you're looking for tour services, shows, restaurants and vendors in the location of your reunion just go to the LOOKUP panel in your Family Reunion Planner interface.

If you're looking for award certificates it's included in your Family Reunion Planner package. Just click the "Get Theme Printables Here" link on the blue bar of your Family Reunion Planner Interface. Don't have the Fimark's Family Reunion Planner yet? Download the certificate at...

If you're looking for family reunion gifts like family reunion caps or aprons go to*/

If you're looking for bargain discounts on supplies for your family reunion just go to

If you're looking for meaningful inspiring family reunion poems it's included in your Family Reunion Planner package. Just click the "Get Themed Printables Here" link on the blue bar. Don't have the Fimark's Family Reunion Planner yet? Download these beautiful poems individually at...

If you need to create a family reunion keepsake memory booklet it's included in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner package or you can download it at...

Remember, it's in there!

Did you know the author of the poem "Finding Our Way Back Home" and "We Rise To Tell The Story" is also the author of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Book and Keepsake?

Now there is a summer special going on - Fimark's Complete Family Reunion Planner package which includes the Family Reunion Guide Book, CD and Instant software download. Was $99 - Now $69 for a limited time.
Get it now before these great summer prices are gone. Go to

Happy family reunion planning!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fun Weekend Family Reunion Craft Projects

Reunion planners. Looking for a Fun weekend project that gets the family involved? Get together with a close family member and friend. Pour a glass of iced tea or a cup of coffee and snacks and start on your next Sunday afternoon family reunion project.

1. Download family reunion logos for your T-shirts. To begin go to

2. Download, print and frame family reunion certificate. To get started go to

3. Download a family reunion keepsake memory booklet using Fimark's Family Reunion Booklet Maker. Go to to see the possibilities

4. Download print and frame inspiring and beautifully crafted family reunion poems for keepsake gifts. To get inspired go to

Something even more engaging? Try event planning at it's personal best. Personalized event planning tutorial with signature poetic excerpts, a reunion planners journal, recipe compiler all in the form of a legendary heritage heirloom for you and your family. Set your course and take a remarkable journey planning your family reunion with The Family Reunion Planner Guide Book and Keepsake

Friday, July 15, 2011

Win A Free Couples Cruise!

This is a great way to begin planning a family reunion cruise.
Win a free couples cruise and test the waters, food, destinations and sites.
Our new sister site "Book Cheap Cruises Now" has listed over 7 cruise line contests going on now.
Just go to and regsiter.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Cheap Cruise Booking Site

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Finding Our Way Back Home

An inspiring family reunion poem that means so much to us.

"Finding Our Way Back Home"

"Though thousands of miles apart
her children once scattered across a vast country
set this date in stone and mapped out a course
one by one each daughter and son made a journey home.
They made a journey home.

Somehow by grace and providence
we've arrived to fall upon the bosom of all our family.
To kiss warm faces and wipe the tears of joy
from cheeks cracked and dimpled by time.
We found our way back home.

By some miracle we all stand..."

Enjoy the rest of "Finding Our Way Home" by Mark Askew at

New reunion planning package.
Family Reunion Planning Book CD and Instant Software Download all for just $69 at

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Reunion Planning Book Gets Five Star Ratings

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake is perhaps the most unique up-to-date family reunion event planning guide on the market. It's ideal for planners who want to review task checklists, get ideas for the banquet program, organize departments and activities, keep a journal of tasks and record hilights of the event.

The readers will quicly form an attachment to this book because of the keepsake features included. These include a signature of ownership page, an event details page, an event planning journal and a family recipe compiler complete with sections to record the history behind each recipe.

If having Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake on the digital shelves of Barnes and Noble and Amazon was not enough, getting picked up by Powells Books and Abesbooks was a great way to spring into the family reunion season. And now we are enjoying five star ratings from our readers.

Natalie Bethel of Frederick MD, who purchased the complete family reunion package including book and instant download gave the book five stars. Paula Weinheimer of Houston TX gave it five stars and said "My package was excellent...was received rapidly and in great condition...the information was superb." These reviews are visible to user of Google Checkout.

Thank you both and happy family reunion planning!

Fimark is now offering the Book, CD and instant Download package to our group members at a special summer discount of just $69.00, that's a $49 savings, for a limited time.

To get your complete five star rated award winning family reunion planning package go to

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Big Fun At Piney Run

We had a ball! The congregations annual BBQ was held this past weekend at Piney Run Park Maryland. I highly recommend the park for it's natural beauty, good weather, fresh air and the fact that it is situated by a large water stream that connects to Liberty Dam. The ideal spot for boating, fishing, gaming and bird watching.  There are many hiking trails and seasonal festivals there as well.

The place was packed with family, friends, greats and grands. They put on quite a show for everyone. And everyone from little ones to our eldest was fully involved. The program was filled with inspiring thoughts about giving, supporting and discerning our higher purpose.

I am so proud of our young ones ages 1-16.  They were so involved. Many tended to the needs of our eldest attendees. Serving them, talking to them and entertaining them. That's the way you do it!

Brenda and I learn from each event we plan and direct. We consider what went well, why and how to be even more effective in our delivery the next time. We keep it family oriented, light and full of lessons and opportunities to express loving interest and encouragement. 

We are always on the lookout for new activity ideas.  Brenda's party favors were a big hit. The candy bags attached to the colored balloons set the pace for fun. The hanging kites were a reminder that this event focused on our young.  The Bible drama was a nice addition filling our spiritual need.  The photo table a great personal touch.  Here are a few activities you might consider:

1. A 15 Minute Bible Drama
2. An Interview With Young Adults
3. A Water Balloon Toss Contest
4. A Slide Show Of Creation (Only the most brilliant photos)
5. A Photo Display Table of Kids Growing Up

Find more ideas on my previous blog post.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Family Reunion Game Ideas

Wondering just what to do to make your family reunions more interesting, fun filled and get more folks involved? Here are some solutions that won't break the bank. First off keep in mind these two important reunion planning principles.

1. The family reunion is about unity.
2. The family reunion is interacting and enjoying all generations.

That said, it's important to be as inclusive has possible when considering activities. kids love to run, laugh, jump, dart and dash. They also like a good mystery and a mutually rewarding competition. That said put forth effort to turn your activities into interest and fun games borrowed from things kids enjoy normally. It may even be a good idea to consult them on a few things.

Many teens  and adults enjoy popular games based on television shows like Family Feud and Jeopardy or the usual games with a twist such as the following:

Water Hose Tug of War
Race Track Relay
Family Reunion Olympics  
Family Reunion Jigsaw Puzzle Race
Family Reunion Spelling Bee
"Survivor" Style Games
The Amazing Race -  A family vs. family competition
Talent Show

Introduce these games at your next family reunion and you're sure to get full participation and some very excited spectators instantly. To get more information about these popular games go to

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

If You Like This - You'll Love...

I believe we are at our best when we reach that point where we have found a genuine source of inspiration  and present that to others. When I write, develop applications, paint, draw or craft, my focus is not only on what I like but sending an inspiring and supportive message to the user, viewer and reader.

They relate to and believe in "the message" in each picture, story, poem, worksheet and book. In other words, the state of mind we are in has much to do with what we put into our work and therefore what we get out of it and others. 

When we take good care of ourselves it shows in our work, our play and our spirituality. We are inspired and that inspires others. We are no longer just putting out - We create a circle where good things, rewards and blessings keep coming back our way. In time we receive all these little dividends that make some of our daily tasks more meaningful and other enjoyable.

If you like mementos.
If you like making history.
If you like crafting and keepsakes.
If you like writing or reading journals or short stories.
If you like collecting recipes.
If you like family history.
If you like keeping a record of family heirlooms.
If you like family time.
If you like the poem, "Finding Our Way Back Home" by Mark Askew

If you like getting big packages in the mail I think you'll like "The Family Reunion Planner Guide & Keepsake Book."  It was written to inspire the reader and fill us with renewed appreciation for our families and the things we can do with them to celebrate our precious union.

If you're like me you love getting free stuff - when blog readers order the book they get free shipping and free access to scores of family reunion poems, fliers, invitations, banners and printable templates.

This book makes a great personal keepsake gift for dads, moms, genealogy buffs, reunion planners, family historians, family writers, committee members, family cooks, and the elders of the family.

Order the book and software package and get instant download of Fimark's Award Winning Family Reunion Planner at - A $20 savings.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Event Planning Genius

Event planning genius. That's what I call a software program with several essential planning, organizing and management applications.  But let's face it. While having a software program is essential to performing budget cost calculations, following an event planning calendar timeline and creating a contact database and not to mention running committee reports- an experienced event planner would also like to have printed worksheets to take along and pass out to committee meetings as well as a check off list for task and activities and worksheets for booking hotel accommodations and surveying possible locations for the event. Well it's all in there, the family reunion planner package, that is.

Many reunion planners don't realize that Fimark's Family Reunion Planner package comes in four different formats to suite your planning preference.

1. The Online application that guides you thru the planning process step by step.
2. The computer installation program, so you don't have to download a thing again.
3. The spreadsheet format reunion planner with attendee contact database and survey report compilation.
4. The large 132 page paperback workbook.

Each includes the timeline planner that allows you to find out what task you should complete in the current month.

Today Fimark is featuring a family reunion planning package that includes the popular Family Reunion Planner software program download and the Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake, a large paperback workbook with all the worksheets printed and bound. And it's all for the regular price of the software program - $49. That means you save a whopping $29!

Even better, you don't have to wait for anything to come in the mail to get started. You order the book and the software program download link is provided in the online receipt statement. Is that a great deal or what? This special summer fest reunion planning offer will not last long. So get it today for yourself and tell your family and friends to go to and order their own package of event planning genuis!

Just say, Thanks Mark!

Your welcome.

Fimark Event Planning 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Prizes Still Being Offered

The Live Family Reunion Planners Webinar went well. Missed it?  View questions/answers and add comments for prizes at

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Live Family Reunion Planners Webinar Is Today!

You're Invited To The 2nd Live Family Reunion Planners Webinar Today at 11:00 AM PST (2:00 PM EST)
Join Us Online At:!/profile.php?id=100000424995468

We believe a strong family union means resilient nation and secure world. Family commitment adds value and worth - family history preservation is the key to survival. Join us for our semi-annual live Family Reunion Planners Webinar.

Your host will be reunion planning book author Mark Askew and panelists will include co-author Brenda Askew.
Some of the questions we will discuss are:
1. How can event planners get more family members to attend the reunion?
2. What to do about family members who don't RSVP?
3. How do you handle a branch that insists on a different location for the event?
4. Who should be the event planner?
5. Where can you find free items for grab bags?
6. What makes a great keepsake?
7. What are some unique family reunion craft ideas?
8. How can we get the young adults more involved?

Make a profound comment that triggers a healthy and lengthy discussion and you may win one of the prizes below.
Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Application on CD
Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Application - Instant Download
Fimark's 132 page Family Reunion Planning Guide Workbook and Keepsake at
If you have any questions regarding the event contact me at

Join Us Online At:!/profile.php?id=100000424995468

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Family Reunion Planning Webinar

You're Invited To The 2nd Live Family Reunion Planners Webinar on June 14th 2011 at 11:00 AM PST, that's 2:00 PM EST.

Join Us Online At:!/profile.php?id=100000424995468

We believe a strong family union means resilient nation and secure world. Family commitment adds value and worth - family history preservation is the key to survival. Join us for our semi-annual live Family Reunion Planners Webinar. Panelist will include reunion planning book author Mark Askew and co-author Brenda Askew.

Some of the questions we will discuss are:
1. How can event planners get more family members to attend the  reunion?
2. What to do about family members who don't RSVP?
3. How do you handle a branch that insists on a different location for the event?
4. Who should be the event planner?
5. Where can you find free items for grab bags?
6. What makes a great keepsake?
7. What are some unique family reunion craft ideas?
8. How can we get the young adults more involved?

Make a profound comment that triggers a healthy and lengthy discussion and you may win one of the prizes below.
Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Application on CD
Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Application - Instant Download
Fimark's 132 page Family Reunion Planning Guide Workbook and Keepsake at

If you have any questions regarding the event contact me at

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Who Are The Real Clark Kents

Clark Joseph Kent is a fictional character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. A super-powered alien superhero known as Superman who acends to earth from the now-destroyed planet Krypton. Is the superman saga just fiction or a characterization of a reality we once held true? After all it was once widely believed that men were from Mars and women were from Venus. Are there men out there who more closely resemble the constant shifting roles of the briefcase toting, necktie flapping superhuman caring fatherly role model? Are the Clark Kents of yesterday a dying breed?

Even the cynical editor of the Daily Planet would have to agree that in times past large numbers of men and women had to juggle their professional identities with family reponsibilities in an effort to save the day on behalf of the family. But what of today? In the mainstream entertainment media of the late 1990's weren't most fathers figures slow, bumbling awkwardly concieved whining idiots so often portrayed in the mainstream entertainment media? In her article, "Undercover Moms" Shellenbarger included a personal comment that would trigger a storm of truth. She said, “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a dad changing from a suit to soccer shorts in a parked car.” That statement sent a ripple effect across a nation. Suddenly men of all walks of life responded to quickly deflect her reality. A flood of e-mail poured in from dads who spoke of another kind of dad. 

The responding fathers reported living a life that required something of alter-ego switch. A Clark Kent/Superman mentality. A quick-change routine if you will. After work they find themselves changing roles and clothes “not only in parked cars, says one responder, "but in moving cars, behind dumpsters, in airport lounges, in portable toilets, at highway rest stops and gas stations.” It's not that we think we are super, but rather we're attempting do something  very much human and neccessary in order to keep family life in first place."

In the eighties and nineties the media made it crystal clear that every stay-at-home mom and working woman was the girl wonder. She took on the roles of dietician, transporter, health care agent, tutor and guide in addition to other roles making it obvious that she was and still is something extraordinary. But now it is becoming evident that the persona of Superman, (the man that does it all) is not so fictiticous either. An interesting article written by the dads at says "Some dads started it years ago—leaving work a little early to coach baseball, and scrambling to make the attire match. But today, kids are busier than ever, and more dads are becoming experts at role-juggling as they expand the definition of what it means to be a father."

That said, by their own admission, committed fathers acknowledge that they are more often than not the center of their young child's life and at the core of their adult aspirations. 

SuperDad by Mark Askew Fimark Home Online

Nothing comes close to the deep impressions committed family life makes on our hearts and minds.
Deliberately choosing one another bespeaks validation, love and approval.  Learning to value family matures us and can thereby help us value life itself.  It helps us put things in perspective, humbles us and with some guidance gives us an understanding of our core being no other experience can.

"What, is that a pink note hanging from the refrigerator door? Hmmm, Peculiar....  'Don't forget to meet me and the kids at the recreation center by 6 P.M'  Good work Carol.  This looks like a job for SuperDad! Quick, to the Dad mobile!"

The real Clark Kents have been among us for millenia. It's the science fiction movies and comic books that have had to catch up with that reality and tell our story. A story about ordinary people in the form of hard working mothers and fathers who know how to willingly commit and put their all into their life's work, family. Thanks to all Wonder Women and Super Dads the world over.

SuperDad by FimarkHome
 A tribute to amazing supportive dads everywhere!

SuperDad greeting cards and gear for your next mission.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Reunion Planning Task Reminders

If your family reunion is scheduled this summer read these important June reminders from Fimark's Family Reunion Planner:

1. Contact participating vendors to finalize service plans and coordinate them with activities.

2. Review your itinerary with each department head and ensure follow thru of each task assigned.

3. Remember to view your family reunion planners Timeline Planner and followup with reunion action items.

4. Calculate average outstanding dues payments and contact those attendees for fees owed.

5. Share your reunion planner worksheets on the web using
Googles Docs and Spreadsheets viewer/editor and work from anywhere.

Don't have Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Software yet? Get it here.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Your Invited To The 2nd Live Family Reunion Planners Webinar

The first Live Family Reunion Planners Webinar was a rousing success! Scores of attendees provided hundreds of questions and comments that helped all planners with common and uncommon event planning challenges. 

Most questions were answered on the spot. Instant solutions were offered. Great planning and activity ideas were exchanged and folks just did not want it to end. That said we are planning another Live Webinar on June 14th 2011 at 11:00 AM PST, that's 2:00 PM EST.

Among the Panelist will be reunion planning book author Mark Askew and co-author Brenda Askew.

Prizes include: Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Application on Cd and Fimark's 132 page Family Reunion Planning Guide Workbook and Keepsake on paperback. To view prizes go to To preview the guidebook go to

Mark your mobile and paper calendars now so you won't miss a moment of this enlightening event.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

How To Make A Family Reunion Flyer

Follow these six simple steps to make your family reunion invitational flyer in minutes.

1.  First select and download a printable family reunion flyer template. Many full featured flyer templates can be found simply by using the keywords "family reunion flyer" at top search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo!  After downloading your flyer template import it into your Ms Office or compatible document editor.

2.  Reunion Theme - Locate the text boxes on the flyer template. Text boxes allow the user to enter and edit text over the flyers embedded graphic. The theme should be positioned near the top center of the flyer above all other text to be entered. Experiment with various font colors, faces and styles such as bolded, large size text.

3.  Family Reunion Slogan - Now add the family reunion slogan. This can be centered within a text box under the theme using a smaller sized font.

4.  Family Reunion Date(s) - Now enter the family reunion date(s). Although numerical month, day and year is sufficient it's usually best to spell out the day(s) and month so users will know exactly what day of the week they are to attend.

5.  Family Reunion Activities - List as many planned activities under the date text box as available space allows. List activities according to rank of importance or significance while including those that will appeal to the majority of attendees.

6.  Contact Information - Add full name(s), email address, home and cell phone numbers, fax and family reunion website address and any special RSVP deadline instructions.

Send online invitations and keep up with RSVP's using one of the following resources and applications:

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social - An award winning event planning web app with everything you need to plan your next family reunion. - Personal event planning website with tools to create a family reunion web site, history page, family tree and essential tools to plan your family reunion event.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Family Reunion Planner Guide & Keepsake Book.

The Family Reunion Planner Guide & Keepsake Book includes a timeline planner, checklists, budget list, themes and associated itineraries and dinner programs. The keepsake features include a signature of ownership page, an event details page, an event planning journal and a family recipe compiler complete with sections to record the history behind the family recipe. And it also includes one of Mark Angelo Askew's popular family reunion poems "Finding Our Way Home."
Family Reunion Planner - A Reunion Planning Guide Workbook  and Keepsake
Family Reunion Planner
A Reunion Planning Guide Workbook & Keepsake

The keepsake features include a signature of ownership page, an event details page, an event planning journal and a family recipe compiler complete with sections to record the history behind the family recipe. Other keepsake features include an heirloom record, family tree worksheets and other genealogy worksheets. 

The reunion planning workbook includes planning tutorial for individual planners, groups and committees. There are recommended games and activities, itinerary, survey letter and luncheon/dinner programs. Worksheets also include site evaluation, possible locations and activities, committee organization and departmental worksheets

About the Author:

Mark Angelo Askew, native born Marylander, artist and author promotes basic principles to strengthen the bonds through reunion planning, genealogical discovery, art and crafts, music and creation. 

Regarding the inspiration to write this particular book Mark says, "I've been married for over 30 years and have received five of the greatest gifts from this union. My wife, Brenda, two sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. I did not know such a joy existed. With so many opting not to marry, I wanted to do something that promotes the value of our most precious resource, the fully committed family. 

Nothing comes close to the deep impressions committed family life makes on our hearts and minds." Why this focus on commitment? Mark continues, "Deliberately choosing one another bespeaks validation, love and approval. Learning the secrets and pattern of natural endowments and the wise use of them leads to rewards that help us value life itself. It helps us put things in perspective, humbles us and with some guidance gives us an understanding of our core being no other experience can."

Not Just A Guide Book

The Family Reunion Planner Guide & Keepsake Book  is not just a guide to help you plan, organize and manage your family reunion event. 
If you love unbreakable family bonds the activities are designed to strengthen them.
If you love wisdom and hope the poetry is written to enhance it.
If you appreciate a good read the dialogue takes you on a planning adventure.
If you like inspiration the activity ideas will inspire you.
If you thrive on order and direction the guidance will help.
If you like fun and meaningful family reunions with lots of support you'll find out how to get it.
If you like keepsakes and mementos the book itself is a keepsake complete with ownership page, journal and recipe book.
If you like Fimark's Legendary Heritage Heirlooms collections the artist and creators are the authors of this book. .
If you like getting big packages in the mail order the book.
If you value family heirlooms this book is perfect as it includes genealogy record forms as well.
If you like the poem, "Finding Our Way Back Home" by Mark Angelo Askew, you'll love it's in there too.

Curious about what's inside? Take a look inside." Read up to 12 pages now and let us know if you like it here and here .

The Family Reunion Planner Guide & Keepsake Book Makes a great personal keepsake heirloom and a valuable gift for dads, moms, genealogy buffs, reunion planners, family historians, family writers, committee members, family cooks, and the elders of the family.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Memorials - Bridge To A Fulfillng Future

Many times when we've lost a loved one we step away from the past in order to deal with the present and plan for the future. Certainly this is essential to our survival. But we must always take time out to remember, in order to heal, console and be able to truly move on. That said, a memorial can be a bridge to the future. A granting to oneself persmission to fully connect to ones past and still plan for a fulfilling life. 

This weekend many will be following a national celebration to remember lost loved ones. Some will be engaged in festive celebration. Others will choose to spend the day in somber reflection. Some may not know just what to do. A few may even dread the days activities for fear they will slip back into mourning.

Mourning is a necessary process the mind and body require in order to flush itself of shock, feelings of sudden abandonment and dispair.  At the end of the process one is better able to embrace the memory of the loved one and draw comfort from what they have been given by that one.

The day this process takes place is not important. Whether it is best you  surround yourself with friends and family or are alone with your thoughts all depends on what works for you. What matters most is that we allow the process to run it's course and see it thru.

How do some choose to remember? It all depends on what works best for you and yours.

Fun Family Crafts
One family made a family photo tree.  With each photo placed on the tree a biographical paragraph was written underneath. Each family member contributed one sentence to the biography.

Another family worked on a keepsake memory book. The in memoriam page was the project of the day. Each family member examined several photos and tried to remember the story behind them. Others read excerpts from past journals. The process lead to clarity of memory, a few tears and a lot of laughter.
This process helps each family member to respectfully build a bridge, a clear reconnection to that loved one while learning to accept the fact that we all have our place in time.  As we embrace the memories in such a way, others will learn to embrace the memory we leave others, building yet another bridge that connects the past to a fulfilling future.

Other families just talk. Starting off each topic with "remember when" can help each family member contribute to the discussion while finding a way to trigger a fond memory that opens the doors to a happy place everyone can still enjoy does wonders.

Family Reunion Keepsake Memory Bookket Maker

Friday, May 20, 2011

2012 Family Reunion Planning

Here are some interesting family reunion statistics to help you with your 2012 family reunion planning.

A recent report regarding family reunions revealed that 35.1% had reunions of 51-100 in attendance. 18% had attendees of 26-50 and 11% were 101-500, while almost 20% had reunions of 200 attendees or more. The largest group had 1,000 attendees.

68% started planning their reunions one year in advance while 21% who started two years in advance.

46% reported their reunion lasts three days, while almost 20% meet for two days. Many family reunions were held as many has 30, 40 and 50 times. 40% of locations are chosen with everyone voting on the choice.

With baby boomers still earning an income and living longer healthier lives making for a larger family group. These large family groups are merging traditional celebrations under the theme of family reunion.  That said, people older than 65 years old appear to enjoy attending family reunions just as much, if not more so, than younger middle aged adults with an astounding 75 percent of seniors stating they look forward to attending their family reunions.

32 percent of families prefer the recreational parks for their event whereas 22 percent make us of restaurant/banquet halls. 18 percent of family reunions were being held at resort or scenic locations.

  • Large groups have just as much fun as the smaller groups and visa-versa
  • Plan at least a year in advance
  • Send out invitations to all family members and expect good support from those 45 and older.
  • Put forth a little extra effort to get younger family members involved.
  • Plan a two or three day event.
  • Use a park for lunch one day and a banquet hall for dinner the next
  • Don't rule out a resort or cruise. Many love the change of scenery
For more information consult your family reunion planning reference guide.  Happy Family Reunion Planning!


Plan your next family reunion with this gripping guide, nostalgic family heirloom, workbook and keepsake . A reunion planning guide no family reunion planner should be without.

Mark & Brenda Askew
Authors of
Fimark's Family Reunion Planner
 - A Reunion Planning Guide Workbook and Keepsake

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Timely Reminders

Event planners the family reunion season is upon us. In one week many of you will be enjoying your family reunion event and many will be going back home with lasting memories, more support and assurance thanks to your efforts. We commend you for your hard work.

We would like to remind you of a few follow up tasks necessary to making your event flow smoothly:

1. Make certain all members have their t-shirt orders.(See the timeline checklist in the Family Reunion Planner) Point them to the website if they have not ordered. or*/

2. Follow up with department heads and make sure everyone has what they need including materials and supplies. (See the materials and supplies checklist in the Family Reunion Planner)

3. Remind them of their responsibilities. (See the department worksheets in the Family Reunion Planner)

4. Some family members may have recently run into a snag attending. Render support where needed.

5. Follow up with vendors and facility managers to make sure you will recieve the timely quality services you expect.(See the timeline checklist in the Family Reunion Planner)

6. Make certain family members know how to reach their destination. A few families tend to get lost traveling to every event. Send them directions via email or post mail. Have them follow a capable traveler.

7. Get help wrapping up your final tasks. No need to do it all yourself. Invite a couple of extra hands over and put in a long night completing tasks.

8. give yourself a day of rest before the big event.

9. Don't have the Fimark's Complete Family Reunion Planner application yet? Download your copy now at - Also available in paperback.

Happy Family Reunion Planning!
Mark & Brenda

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Making A Family Reunion T-shirt Quilt

You've carefully saved them year after year. As they accumulated, every now and then you looked them over trying to remember some of the activities of the special day. For some time you hesitated to find a reason to put them on for fear you would eventually wash away the family reunion logo and slogan and fade both the art and the memory of that moment in time. So back into the dresser drawer, storage bin or closet they go.
Now there is a reason, a very important and meaningful reason, to take your family reunion t-shirts out of the closet and bins and put them back in circulation. And just what could this good reason possible be?
It's time to make a family reunion quilt? Not just any quilt. A family reunion t-shirt quilt.

Family Reunion T-Shirt Quilts
Like other family reunion quilts, this quilting project will bring the family together like no other. It will speak of years of reunions and thus serve as a historic monument, a keepsake and heirloom. So how do we get started?

1. Materials
You'll need several family reunion t-shirts, a block grid, 9 block patches, scissors, light colored pencil, a hand sewing kit with pins, a ruler and coordinated block patches. For extra quilt blocks rry Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts quilt block patches, iron ons & appliques as well as quilting kit supplies and materials.

2. Family Reunion T-Shirts
Your family reunion t-shirts are the main feature of your quilt. That said, choose shirts that are in good condition, less faded and the material is in good condition. Avoid using shirts with small holes, torn threads or worn.

3. Block Grid
The basic nine patch quilt block pattern is the base for your quilt. In order to enlarge or reduce any block pattern you need to create a grid. Determine the number of blocks in the grid. For example a 9 patch quilt has 9 blocks of equal size. An 18 patch quilt has 18 blocks of the same size. Make your block grid accordingly. Having made the grid look over the patterns of your t-shirts and determine the most uniform or meaningful placement. You may wish to place them in chronological order. Perhaps the color pattern will be your guide. Or the themes will determine the order.

4. Block Patches
To determine the number of inches for each square look over the t-shirts you will be using. Find the shirt with the widest printed graphics. Using a ruler measure the edge of the graphic end to end length and height. Now add two to 4 extra inches to the length and height of the quilts back to serve as a border along the edges.

5. Cutting Out The Tshirt Blocks
You want your quilt patch blocks to be cut so that they are placed symetrical. Each will need to be the exact same size whether you're making a quilt that's nine squares or 18.  Your t-shirt block pattern should measure 8x8 or 10x10 or 12x12, etc. Cut a piece of poster board into a pefect square using the measurements determine. This will be your standard block pattern to be used when cutting the block patches from each t-shirt. Carefully place the standard block pattern on the shirt so that the logo and slogan is centered vertically and horizontally. Trace around the edge of the block pattern using a light colored pencil. Now using your scissors cut out the patch. Make certain the scissors are sharp so as not to pull and tear the threads of the shirt.

6. Adding Coordinated Block Patches
If you only have a few t-shirts consider adding coordinated block patches. Try this using Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts quilt block patches, iron ons & appliques, as well as quilting kits.

Your block patches can display colorful family reunion theme images printed on iron-on paper and transfered to patch face.  You'll find family reunion theme images ideal for family reunion iron-on transfers at Fimark's Family Reunion T-Shirt Designers

7. The Quilt Border
Next measure material the full size of your quilt adding 4 inches to the pattern. The will be the quilts back and frame. The additional inches are to half-fold over the edge of the quilt.

8. Preparing For Stitching
Now using sewing pins attach each patch, seam to seam, until the 9 blocks are prepared for sewing.

9. Sewing Your Quilt
After pinning the seams between your patches lay them over the quilt backing material face up and perfectly centered. Commence sewing along the seams of all the patches thru the back material. You can do this by hand or using a sewing machine.  

10. Completing The Border
Half-fold the quilts back material over the edge of the sewn patches and create a small seam. Sew along the seams edge.

Ready For Display
In no time your t-shirt quilt is complete and ready for display. What memories this quilt will trigger as you enjoy a new family heirloom to last for generations.

T-shirt graphics provided by Fimark Home Online at

Monday, May 9, 2011

How An Author Said Thank You To His Parents

After many years of compilation and editing.and over 5000 file downloads family reunion event planners, the founder of Legendary Heritage Heirlooms, an online resource for family reunion planners, craftspersons and art collectors released his new book "Family Reunion Planner - a Guide Workbook and Keepsake."
Before the book could be released I had to approve the final proof. Once approved and distribution began, the book was picked up at I then decided to present the copy to my parents as a gift of thanks.

You see, all that I am has much to do with the hard work of two spiritual minded people who love each other deeply, my parents. I owe them so much. Even as I write this I am welling up with gratitude.

Just last Sunday, May 8th 2011 Brenda and I presented the book to Mom and Dad. Dad read the Forward, Table of Contents and Acknowlegements page to Mom. He began to tear up as he realized the acknowlegements were about them. Mom was deeply moved and quietly smiled as she peered at the words on the pages for some time.

After turning most of the pages and defining the value of the book Mom began to talk about her greatest joy. Her great-grandchildren. Two girls, bubbly and bright. Full of life, wonder and affection. One which came to her thru my loins. The house was filled with laughter as we talked about their budding personalities.
Before the last pages were turned and the book closed, we all came to realize that each of us contributed to it's contents in one way or another. I must say, thanks to this book, it has been accomplished. I was able to say thank you from the deepest innermost recesses of my heart to theirs.

When leaving Dad and Mom thanked us. I turned and thanked them for being who they are. We all hugged and parted.

With the help of this book, we feel a stronger bond as we carry out what is said in scripture, Honor thy father and thy mother" and "See good for all your hard work. "Knowing that others the world over will be equally honored and touched as their children fill the pages of this book with their own story and present it to their parents I felt a unique connecting force to a bigger family, mankind.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner A Reunion Planning Guide Workbook & KeepsakeFimark's Family Reunion Planner by Mark A. Askew.
The book is now available at and

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Five Fun Family Reunion Themes

If you're like most of us you're probably planning to have a family reunion in June or July and have only weeks to find and organize fun and meaningful family reunion activities. The best way to start is deciding upon a reunion theme. Themes are not only a source of inspiration, they serve as a guide and basis for the events activities.

Looking for fun and meaningful family reunion themes? Don't despair. Looks like someone has done all the work for you. Well almost. While there is a reunion theme page that lists five popular themes families have been using for years, you'll still have to decide which theme you'll actually use. That may not as easy at it sounds. Each theme is a keeper.
Preview the Five Family Reunion Themes along with associated logo, fliers, invitations, poems and t-shirt ensemble. I personally love the glowing tree logo for the "Traditional Family Reunion. Even better, each theme has it's own invitations, fliers, certificate and poems.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner A Reunion Planning Guide Workbook & KeepsakeLet's say you decide on a theme among from theme list and you want to take your reunion planning to the next level. If you're an apps person who likes to work with online or stand-alone software just download the Family Reunion Planner software.

If you're a keepsake kind of person who likes to work from a hardbound or paperback book complete with worksheets get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake.  I love this book.  Just after the event details page it open with an excerpt from the poem "Finding Our Way Back Home". 

As you advance through the pages planning the event excerpts of the poem seem to follows you anticipating the very experiences you'll likely have bringing the event to fruition.

There are keepsake journal entry pages and a family recipe compilation section. The Themes section covers all the steps necessary to plan a meaningful family reunion event and details suggested  activities and banquet dinner programs. 

In addition to this there are genealogy research worksheets and forms for family history presentations.Looks like you'll have your family reunion event planned and organized in no time at all.