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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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spring Reunion Planning Reminders

Community Gardens in Baltimore - Photographer Mark Askew

Here's a shout out to all you family reunion planners on the west coast as well as those in the southern states and Canada. Take time to take it all in. Grab your kids and kiss them. Hold your wife and thank her. Call your mother and tell her how much you appreciate her sacrifices. Take the family out to dinner this week and stop to smell the flowers or watch a sweet sunset while playing your favorite tunes. You'll be surprised to know that children remember the little things most when they get older.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

It was a beautiful weekend here on the east coast. The sun, simply brilliant. Brenda and I went to a beautiful community garden not far from our home. There were just about as many people there as the tulips. And the rich colorful tulips this year were amazingly breathtaking. For a fun tulip garden show just go to my Pinterest page called Tulip Love. The first six photos uploaded were taken by me at the community garden.

Community Gardens Baltimore - Photographer Mark Askew

It was a special month of event planning for us. The events succeeded in touching many hearts not to mention our own. First there was the Bible Drama for kids completed just in time for the memorial season. Total viewers 60 so far. Then there was the showing of a fond farewell video we made for a couple we've grown to love. An audience of 42. Lot's of tears and laughter. I think we laughed most at the fact that we were crying. No embarrassment, no regrets, just good memories.

Spring has certainly sprung for family reunion planning and this is the perfect time to catch up on those action items on your 'to do list'. So what's the best way to go about doing that?

Communication Essentials

Communication is essential to planning, organizing and managing any successful event. That said, consult your family reunion planning app, Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social, for details and reminders and follow up with those assigned to various departments using the social apps contact icon strip located at the top of the reunion planning app. The icon strip includes access to Facebook Chat, Skype and Google Hangouts.  It's a good idea to have periodic group discussions, so arrange a followup conference with all department heads and determine if there is a need for supplies, solutions or additional support.

When conferencing make good use of the departmental worksheets the reunion planning app provides. Read the instructions and check off tasks completed.

Other Helpful Reminders

If additional funds are needed this would also be a good time to discuss holding a fund raiser. Remember the recommended personal family reunion website has several fundraising features so keep your family reunion website up and running until well after the event and beyond. Find recommended personal reunion websites on this blog page.

For more family reunion planning tips, tools and ideas consult Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social app found on this page.

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