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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.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

How To Make A Keepsake Reunion Booklet

There are many ways to make your family reunion a memorable one. But to make it meaningful, orderly and well arranged there is only one item that will do that and more. In addition it is the one gift you can give each household as a memento of the occasion. Consider the invaluable family reunion keepsake booklet. 

Keepsake booklets are the traditional family reunion publication. It's included in most reunion events for several good reasons. It's the one item that is in high demand by all households. No one will want to leave without one. 

How To Make A Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet

The booklet includes the reunion event itinerary complete with dates, location and activities. Most booklets contain words from the chairperson and welcome letter from local officials. The booklet may feature some family history including those who have contributed to it's survival and any notable community and social work as well as business and other notable achievements.

The following is a basic structure of a typical keepsake family memory reunion booklet. Write up, print and bind the following pages.

Page 1 Cover Page
Page 2 Chairperson
Page 3 Local Official Welcome Letter
Page 4 Our Family History
Page 5 Outline Of Reunion Activities
Page 6 Dinner Banquet Program
Page 7 In Memoriam
Page 8 Family Business Cards
Page 9 Family Address Directory
Page 10 Acknowledgements

Additional pages may include poems, the 'must have' reunion welcome package, genealogy presentation pages such as the family tree and other documents.

The keepsake family reunion booklet is often consulted when writing the annual family newsletter. It is a reliable resource for outlining family connections. It makes for the ideal family business directory. It is a source of inspiration and serves a the basis for establishing ones unique identity in the community.

The family reunion memory booklet maker is a prominent feature of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner social web app. For more information on making your own keepsake family memory reunion booklet go here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

9 Last Minute Pot Luck Reunion Do Not Forgets

Having a pot luck reunion in the park?  May the good weather be with you. Some of your guests may be arriving early. Don't you love it when you're missing that one basic item that all those early birds are asking for? Here is a quick no nonsense list of last minute items you do not want to forget.

9 Last Minute Pot Luck Reunion Do Not Forgets

  1. Ice
  2. Water
  3. Charcoal
  4. Charcoal Lighter
  5. Paper Towels
  6. Scissors
  7. Sewing Kit
  8. Hand Sanitizer
  9. Bug Repellent Spray
In addition to these often forgotten items here are other items that should not be delegated to late arrivals.  The following lists items that should be delegated to the early birds.

Early Bird Pot Luck Delegation List

  1. Condiments 
  2. Paper Goods 
  3. Flatware 
  4. Drinks
  5. Coolers and Ice 
  6. Music Player Batteries
  7. Serving and Cooking Utensils
  8. Food Heating Racks and Sterno
  9. Mobile Grills with Charcoal and Lighter
Here are some catchy rhymes can help you remember those important early bird pot luck items...

"Honey, I don't relish the thought that you're all in the mustard and can't ketchup."

"Napkins and towels, wipes and tissue cleans hands and noses so germs are no issue."

"Coolers and ice don't think twice."

"The knife, fork and spoon just flew to the moon on quick dashing dishes and free flying saucers."

Brenda and I wrote the 132 page paperback book Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake complete with The Family Recipe Compiler.  Enter traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation. Record it's origins, culture and history.

Get the keepsake book in PDF, ebook format when you access Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app. Makes a great keepsake heirloom and fund raiser.   For more reunion planning reminders consult Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app before you start packing for the reunion event. Get it at

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Reunion Planning Reminders

Your reunion event is just around the corner. How can you ensure that everything goes as planned? Don't leave anything to chance. Follow up and follow through. Here are some helpful and vital reminders to make your reunion event a memorable one.

1. Follow up with those who were delegated tasks now.  Make certain all preparations were finalized and materials and supplies are on hand.

2. Contact vendors regarding setup dates of the event  and get useful details regarding service requirements. 

3. Send out a reminder of date and time of rendezvous to all invitees. 

4. Prepare to offer complimentary prizes or gifts to first arrivals. 

5. Make certain elderly attendees are given assistants as needed. 

6. Wrap up and view family history documentary movie or family slideshows and prepare a welcome letter. Download free family history worksheets at or get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake Book with genealogy worksheets included.

7. Wrap up craft projects such as the family reunion keepsake booklet and insert the welcome letter in the booklet. For more information regarding keepsake books go to keepsake family reunion booklet

8. Will all be wearing family reunion event t-shirts? Have extra T-shirts on hand for attendees who may not have ordered or need a fresh shirt during the photo shoot. 

9. Remember the special effects. Often what makes a reunion special are those little things like party favors, balloons, sparklers for evening outdoor activities, bubble blowing machines and such.  

10. When preparing your daily wardrobe give forethought to your own personal needs while engaged in indoor and outdoor activities

11. Having a reunion in the park or backyard? You cannot have too many condiments. Tell everyone to bring their favorite hot sauce, sweet sauce, BBQ sauce, mustered, pickles and other hot dog toppings. 

12. You can't have too many party favors. Turn everything on the table into a family reunion keepsake party favor using stickers with the family reunion event date, theme and slogan printed on them.

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