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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, May 28, 2013

Making Your Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet More Social

It's family reunion season, and with that comes family reunion memories you'll want to cherish and pass down to the next generation. What better way to do that than with a family reunion keepsake memory booklet. Fimark Home Online introduces a craft many family reunion planners have been engaged in since the advent of the home-made booklet. Crafting the family reunion keepsake book.

We've discussed making a family reunion keepsake booklet but we did not discuss how to make your booklet more social. Today's social media allows users to connect more readily to other using several communication applications including texting,  blogging and chatting. These apps provide detailed information about a users, business, interests while providing photos, bios and more. This blog shows you how to add social media contact information, photos, interest and job-related data you'll find on social enabled family reunion planning web apps.

Making The Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet

There is nothing complicated about this project. All you'll need is a color printer, 12 pages of printing paper, a text editor like MS Word and Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app which includes several shortcuts plus the family reunion keepsake booklet maker template consisting of the following pages:

1. Booklet Cover

2. Chairperson Welcome page
3. Official Welcome page
4. History page
5. In Memoriam page
6. Reunion Activities page
7. Dinner Program page
8. Family Businesses page
9. Address/Phone Directory page
10. Acknowledgements page
11. Additional pages can be added like a genealogy tree, family reunion poems or a family Interests page (more details below).

Getting Started
Locate your booklet template.Edit and print the booklet cover adding the family surnames, reunion theme, date, and slogan. Add a page to place a copy of the Welcome Letter from Town Officials. Write your family history and add your story to the Our Family History Page. Add the In Memoriam page complete with photos.

The Family Photos Page

The photo page can include a collage of all family members who RSVP'd as attending the family reunion event. So how can you acquire these without having to go to each attendees profile page?  These photos are automatically displayed in list format from Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app.

Invitees Interest List Table (in pink)

Just highlight the cell of photos, copy and paste into a drawing program. Arrange the photos as desired and save. Next import the file into the Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet template on the photos page.

Making Your Booklet More Social
You can use the Invitees Interests table on the planner's interface to create a "Family Interests"  page" consisting of family members names, dates of birth and interests such as hobbies, sports or books and movies they like. Just highlight the entire row of each family member, copy and past each row into a blank spreadsheet. Next sort the table according to date of birth, interests or family name as needed and print. Family members will feel even more connected to those who share similar interest.

The Banquet Dinner Program Page

The actual Banquet Dinner Program template can be is included in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app and can be added to your booklet. You can include a paragraph or two of program highlights on the Banquet Dinner Program page.

The Family Business Page

On the page featuring family business simply cut and paste family business cards.  If you prefer not to use business cards take a look at the Invitees Interest List table found in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app. Look under the "About Me" cell header. If the family member has a business you may see information about the business there. Also take a look under the "Work" cell header. The Address/Phone Directory can include contact information such as email and the facebook user profile name with photo. This can be copied from the banquet/dinner seating list found in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app.

The Acknowledgements Page

Acknowledgements are a wonderful way to say thank you to those who helped in a significant way. Take a look at your ToDo list found in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app and copy any contact information you entered for guest speakers, vendors and services used for the event. Copy and paste into the Acknowledgements page. If you used the family reunion spreadsheet with the committee and departments contact list you can copy and paste this list on your Acknowledgements page as well.

Planning a family reunion? Don't have Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app yet? Get it at this summers discount special. List Price $49. Now $39 for a limited time. You save $10 dollars. No coupon code needed. For more information about the family reunion planning app click on the link found on this blog page or go to profiles.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Family Reunion Planner Social Has Launched

The Family Reunion Planner Social web app officially launched today, May 27th 2013. Choose from five reunion themes and associated printables and custom designed t-shirts.

The social enabled family reunion planner includes several apps on one interface for updating your facebook contacts and activity surveys. Surveys are automatically tallied when users like preferred themes and activities.

Connect Plan and Invite

Connect to the planning committee via chat, video conference or skype while sharing and editing the web apps reunion planning and department worksheets in real time.

Send invitations instantly. Keep track of RSVP statuses.

The web app syncs with your facebook account and imports profile data into a spreadsheet-like sortable searchable data table so you can perform the following family reunion planning tasks:

  • View most popular interests
  • Sort based on demographic categories and interests
  • Determine talents
  • Determine skill sets of volunteers using provided work history and education data
  • Create a music lists using provided music interests data
  • Select poetry recital candidates using provided book interest data..

Download the complete family reunion planner spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is a stand alone family reunion planner. Import guestlist data into the spreadsheet and save time on data entry.

Read up on cost saving planning tips and activity ideas using the family reunion planner ebook in PDF or Flipbook format

Find the ideal location and venue for your event.

Plan your itinerary and Luncheon/Dinner program. Plan and organize the layout of your reception hall using the Reception Hall Floor Planner. Choose from over 300 recipes ideal for your potluck reunion picnic or banquet dinner.

The skies the limit with the new Family Reunion Planner Social web app.

Planning a family reunion? Don't have Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app yet? Get it at this summers discount special. List Price $49. Now $39 for a limited time. You save $10 dollars. No coupon code needed. For more information about the family reunion planning app click on the link found on this blog page or go to profiles.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Here Come The Brides, Grads, Reunion eBook and App

Duck! We're heading for three big family reunion celebration months. During this season there will be many special events whipping by. Watch out for low flying objects and falling graduation caps. Here comes all those ceremonies and parties from pre-k to college to weddings.  Who knows, you may even be in a wedding or two.  What's That? A mob of women heading this way. Smack! What now? A bouquet just landed on my head? Quick, throw it back and run.

Print Flyers For Graduation Day Parties and Bridal Showers

Looks like many of you will be celebrating Father's Day.  And speaking of fathers, are there any sports fanatics in your  family? Heads up... it's coming in fast. Moving like a missile at twelve o'clock... Slam! Ouch! That's gotta hurt. Awe! That's gonna leave a mark. Is there no mercy for the family reunion planner during the finale weeks of sports season. Answer. None, Nada, Zip, Zero Zilch! That said it's time to wrap up your family reunion planning and get ahead of the game. Ball game that is.

Less Is More

Have you put  off reunion tasks for later? That's understandable considering all that you have to do. But guess what? Now is later. Did you at least get your t-shirts ordered? Remember LESS is MORE. The LESS you did then, the MORE you'll have to do now.  If your t-shirts have not been ordered and your reunion is late June or early July, don't delay another day. Order your t-shirts now. That's right. Go to the t-shirt design website and preview and order coloful predesigned family reunion tees so you don't have to waste precious time trying to figure out how to draw a stick man and a tree. Here's a quick link to one of the top t-shirt design apps online. Once you choose your design just add "Year", "Surname" and "Reunion" and you're done.  Now let's move on.

Finding A Trusted Guide

Planning a family reunion is much like planning a voyage to a remote destination full of wonder, surprise and rewarding treasures.  Yes I am getting to something here... Before you embark on your journey you have to get directions, then chart your course and finally, follow a trusted guide.  Finding a trusted guide is what Fimark's Family Reunion Planner has been all about these past 10 years. Have you heard about the new Family Reunion Planner Social? I know you were looking for it's release in the Fall. Then came the Spring.

Well, it's Spring now and the new family reunion social web application preview is out! Here's what I can tell you about it. It's designed to work with your laptop or desktop and is optimized for  Chrome and Firefox browsers.  The web app has over 15 distinct features not found on previous versions of the reunion event planning center.  As a matter of fact it seems you can plan many different social events using this one web application. Once one event has passed just move on to planning the next event.

Previewing The New Event Planner

Get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook in ePub format and get a preview of the new reunion planner web application soon to be released end of May 2013.  Read the features, specifications and just imagine the possibilities when planning your next family reunion event. The eBook shows you how the web app syncs with your facebook page and dumps profile data into one spreadsheet-like sortable searchable data table so you can communicate with your family and friends from one data table while viewing their interests and demographics in categorized tables.  Also view vital RSVP stats when planning the event. But that's just two of it's many features.  Get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner ebook for details on this amazing fully social enabled reunion event planning web app. The ebook in epub format is available at's Kindle bookstore.

New Reunion Planner eBook

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner ebook in epub format is an upgrade from the 132 page paper back book. Using the ebook you can review the Family Reunion Timeline Planner Checklist on your tablet or phone to make sure you're on track with event organization and management tasks. Take a look at the worksheets to make sure all departments are up and running smoothly.  Add notes as needed to keep up with tasks. Link to web based event planning tools from your phone. Best of all the ePub eBook contains a preview of the new Family Reunion Planner Social app with new event planning techniques, tools and planning logic that can save you hordes of time, hundreds of dollars and lots of footwork planning your next reunion event.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Family Reunion Planner eBook is Out!

The Family Reunion Planner is now Mobile!  
At long last, Fimark's Family Reunion Planner is now in ebook format. Plan your family reunion using Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Android, LG  and most other tablets and mobile devices configured for ePub readers. That means you can plan your entire family reunion using nothing but your mobile device.

But There's More. 
This eBook features a wonderful extensive family reunion crafts and t-shirt making section. Enjoy the step by step guides and create all sorts of memorable reunion gifts, favors and heirlooms like the t-shirt quilt..  In addition, a new section dedicated to reunion games now included bubbles games and water balloon games for kids and kids-at-heart who love cooling off while playing exciting and exhilarating water sports. Provides a lot of laughter and entertainment for everyone.

The Biggest and The Best

But that's not even the biggest news. Even though the Family Reunion Planner ebook is designed to serve as a stand alone event planner with everything you need to plan your family reunion it includes a sneak peak and guide to the new family reunion planner web application, the Family Reunion Planner Social, to be released end of May 2013.  Get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook now.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Family Reunion Planning Tools

What keeps kids fixated for hours in one spot (within a 10 ft radius) at outdoor parties and picnics? What keeps them from running off into the distant horizon never to be seen again. Bubbles. Kids are fascinated by them and the adults love the festive atmosphere it creates. There is an art to bubble blowing and festive, decorative bubble arrangement. The-art-of-blowing-bubbles And what's better then blowing bubbles by hand? Bubble blowers. Yep. The kind you see used at weddings. I own several bubble blowing machines I plan to put on display at the next picnic. Each bubble blower is powered by a small battery compartment held in place by a removable lid secured by one or two very small screws.

Depending on the duration of the event I might find myself changing the batteries periodically as needed. I remember once getting quite frustrated with myself over forgetting to bring my set of screwdrivers and almost gave up on setting up the display when suddenly I remembered that I always carry my trusty pocket tool complete with phillips and flat head mini screwdrivers. But would it do the job?

I Popped the battery compartments open, changed the batteries and the bubble blowers were up and running in no time. Back in business.  The laughter and excitement from every kids voice was worth the effort. Now we're cooking with oil! When it comes to event planning there's nothing like having just the right tools at hand. Super-fun-bubble-blowers.

And speaking of having the right tools, I'm proud to present all our family reunion planners with the best family reunion planning tools available online. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Book and Keepsake or Fimark's "Event Planning and Download Center", a personal web-based application that gives you access to all the tools you'll need to plan your reunion.

The following list of event planning reminders includes the use of the "Event Planning and Download Center" part of Fimark's award winning Family Reunion Planning Package.

1. Using the "Timeline Planner" Panel find out what tasks need to be completed this month. Simply move the calendar to January and click on the dates with links. Plan to have this months tasks completed by months end and move on to February tasks as soon as possible.

2. If you're booking a reception hall or picnic area follow up on this now. Use the "Lookup" Panel of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner to find the ideal locations for your event.

3. Order supplies as soon as possible, taking advantage of off-season discounts. Use the "Family Reunion Store" Panel to compare prices from over 20 popular stores online and in your area.

4. By now everyone should know how much family reunion dues are and most of the funds should be collected by months end.

5. Using the "T-shirt Designer" Panel in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner commence designing the reunion t-shirt and taking in orders now if you have not done so. Use the Budgeting Panel to calculate all event related costs with the help of the adjacent supplies and services checklist.

6. Record t-shirt orders using the "Attendee Registration - T-shirt Roster" Panel. You'll need time to examine a sample t-shirt, approve it and have them start printing. When the shirts arrive you'll need
to check each one and return a few for replacements. Plan to have your t-shirts on hand in June.

7. Touch base with all committee members to make sure they are making progress on assigned task. Committee and departmental worksheets can be found in the "Workbooks" Panel. Simply download the MS Word Workbook "Family Reunion Planner" (it contains over 20 worksheets) at the "Workbooks" Panel.

Now you're cooking with oil!

Get your copy of Fimark's award winning Family Reunion Planner complete with the "Event Planning and Download Center" at and get started planning now.

Happy Reunion Planning Everyone!