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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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Getting To Know Us

Most of you know that Brenda and I are the authors and co-authors of the "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner" and Fimark's My Keepsake Wedding  Planner, both works inspired by me and Brenda's 30 year love of event planning. These books were written to encourage family commitment,  support and unity in your household and community. 
Family Reunion Poem "We Rise To Tell Ehe Story"
Family Reunion Poem "We Rise To Tell Ehe Story"
by Mark Askew
Did You Know?
Many of our current readers may not know that this blogger is also the author of the poems "Finding Our Way Back Home" and "We Rise To Tell the Story", two popular family reunion poems about generations that have come and gone leaving significant contributions toward building a strong house. Brenda and I are also founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group which promotes November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Fun Poetic Craft Ideas
Thinking about offering a gift to family reunion attendees. Here are five fun crafts poetic art ideas you can do yourself with a color printer.

1. Download one of the poems mentioned above and printing it on a large or extra large t-shirt.

2. Print the poem on transparent paper and press between two glass panels. Insert bottom edge of panels into a grooved stand or use a transparent plastic counter top brochure display holder. Makes a great center piece on your photo table.

3. Print it on paper and iron it on 11x14 size canvas and frame it.

4. Print it on a plaque.

5. Print it on transfer paper and iron it on fabric and create a wall hanging.

Webinar and Speaking Engagements
Brenda and I are involed in webinars and giving  personal counseling to newly engaged couples, newly weds, wedding officiation and we speak before groups of 100 to 10,000 about the principles that lead to happy family life. While we are booked in these areas months in advance we will always take time to answer your event planning questions online via email.

Most of all we love to take the celebratory approach to buiding strong families by encouraging family gatherings filled with nothing but fun, inspiring and meaningful activities all the family will enjoy. Your success is our greatest reward.

Summer Savings News:
Did you know that Fimark's Family Reunion Planner keepsake guidebook was marked down from $29 to $17.99. Even better, now it's only $16.19 just in time for summer savings. This books makes a great keepsake gift for reunion attendees and planners. Buy two or more and get free shipping! Go to

Announcing a special Family Reunion Planning Package offer to all reunion  planners this summer only. Today you can get the Complete Family Reunion Planner Guide and Keepsake package including the 132 page ebook, the reunion planner  web app along with instant download of all printables poems and worksheets.  Follow the link on this page or access it from my profile.

Happy Family Reunion Planning!

Mark & Brenda

Thursday, June 14, 2012

June Planning 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 order ready made theme based  t-shirts at*/

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?
For more ideas for your summer reunion look inside Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app. Follow the link on this page or access it from my profile.

Happy Family Reunion Planning!

Mark & Brenda