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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, October 29, 2015

Annual Family Reunion Planning Month

Happy Autumn!

November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

"Generations pass like leaves fall from our family tree. Each season new life blossoms and grows benefiting from the strength and experience of those who went before."

This is the time of year to start your family reunion projects and bind family bonds closer than ever. Ask each household member for suggestions about family reunion activities. Hold a trial run of suggested activities to test the fun factor. Start interviews and collect poems, recipes and amazing stories as told by each member of the family three or more generations deep. Make a video family history documentary. Include photos, videos, heirlooms, music and stories unique to the tribe. Most of all, enjoy Family Reunion Planning Month.

And happy family reunion planning!

Looking for great activity ideas, planning tips, samples an templates? Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app has that and more. Get details an access from this blog's Profiles section.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Reunion Arts and Crafts Printables Page

Are you one of those artsy crafty types. Like to copy, edit, print, cut and paste? I hope you enjoy using the family reunion planning art and craft ideas, printables and templates featured on our arts and craft page designed especially for you.  Here you can download flyers, printable family reunion booklets, templates for invitations and banners as well as and clipart.

For the past 10 years we've strived to offer you everything you need to plan your family reunion. As the years passed our family reunion planning presentations just kept getting better and better. Why? Because we aspire to inspire you. So what's new? Take A look.

Now you can view everything you need to start your family reunion arts and crafts project on one page. Here is a print screen graphic with all the fantastic features. Best of all it's a part of Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Social web app. You can access the reunion planner app from this page too. Check it out here.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

World Healing - One Family At A Time

"No two people - no mere father and mother, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born."
Pearl S. Buck

If the world could focus on providing the emotional security all sentient life thrives on there would be much less suffering, healing, true love and more happiness. The only place to start is with the family. Learn to prioritize family principles, support and nurture your mate and children. Learn how to inspire, engage and assure. From this core springs happiness and all best that life has to offer.

When we decide, no matter how we came into this world, or how our children did, to show them how valued they are to us and help them learn not only to survive but thrive as a person deeply loved, valued and supported, then we begin to heal a big part of this world, present and future.  That's the beauty of family reunions. It get the ball rolling - World Healing - one family at a time.

"Keep families united and you heal a significant part of the world."
                                                              - Mark Angelo Askew

Join the movement.

Monday, October 12, 2015

How To Plan An Intimate Family Night

It was an enchanting evening. A night where friends bond with family and actually become family. Over 30 friends and family attended. Hot dogs on the grill, The sweet and tangy scent of baked beans and buttery popcorn fill the air. Smiles all around.

The movie was a look back at how the family has grown. Scenes from special events over the past three years including reunions, showers, wedding receptions, talents shows, outdoor activities, achievements, we fondly remembered those gone but not forgotten and enjoyed a special video = celebration of new life and those privileged to act as host.

32 lounge chairs spread across the lawn under the stars,  Hot spiced apple cider warm our hands as the movie of our lives plays on the outer wall of the shed in the backyard. A gentle cool breeze blows as we nestle under the stars  It was one of the most cozy intimate scenes I have ever enjoyed and I encourage all families and family reunion planners to put this on their family activity schedule. Movie night under the stars. A night to remember.

What You'll Need
1. Video of all special events over the last three years or so
2. Video projector and amplified audio device
3. Movie screen
4. Plenty of blankets
5. Grill and cookware
6. Hot dogs, sausage, grilled fruit, chili, beans, popcorn and warm cider
7. Condiments and napkins
8. Cups plates, saucers and flatware
10. Outdoor lounge chairs

The key to making this a special night is simply to plan a movie night in early autumn.out of doors in simply dishes like spicy chili, baked beans with bacon and onions,  pineapple slices right off the grill and hot apple cider as well as an intimate family video. What could be better for a warm and cozy family movie night.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Super Fun Family Reunion Activity Ideas

We always have fun at our annual family reunions. But there comes a time when you want to veer away from the norm and test your creative juices and do something more than the everyday stuff. That said let's advance from family fun to Super Fun family reunion activities. Check out this outstanding list of super fun family reunion activity ideas you just gotta try.

Family Reunion Cruise

Choose a cruise destination and push off on a vacation of luxury, pampering and fun in the sun at sea. The world is your oyster so find a gem of a cruise spot and get your spring, fall or summer vacation off to a fantastic start. Feasts, spas, shows and travel. What could be better?

Family Fall Fest

Gather the whole family for an outdoor festival taking in all that the harvest season has to offer.
Plan this early in the autumn. Persuse local entertainment spots and take in a few fall festivals from coast to coast. It's a hodgepodge of culture, crafts and culinary delights to lighten your spirits and warm the heart.

Family Reunion Night on Broadway

Enjoy a starlit evening at a local dinner show or take a luxury bus trip to New York;s famous Broadway strip and enjoy a night under the city lights. See the Lion King or another Broadway show of your choice. One things certain, you'll have a ball. And speaking of balls...

Family Reunion Ball

The Smiths are having a Ball! And you're invited. Have a black tie ballroom style night of dining and dancing. Set up a banquet style feast and dance the night away in dapper dignitary style. Feature a live band and enjoys many versions of the nations Capitol signature dance also known as the hand dance.

Family Reunion Talent Show

Throw a talent show. Hold auditions and feature top talent from family members and friends of the family. Choose winners using an applaud-o-meter. Also feature live entertainment from local professionals and plenty of find food to feast on.

Family Reunion Games

Raise the family fun factor level another notch. Feature some of the more popular games of the day like Survivor, The Amazing Race, Jeopardy or Family Feud. Family fun at it's adventurous best.

Family Reunion Cook Off

Have some avid cooks in the family that can't cook enough? Put them in the big kitchen for a family reunion cook off you'll never forget. Have experience family cooks serve up breakfast lunch and dinner featuring several courses and a whole lot of love'n straight from the oven.

Family Reunion Bake Off

You know you can't do without moms homemade apple and sweet potato pie or those mouth watering warm walnut peanut butter cookies. That said, have a family reunion bake off and challenge the whole lot of family bakers to whip up their best and most tasty and creative cakes, cookies, muffins, pastries and other delectable delights only your family can make.

For more ideas and details on how to plan. organize and manage family reunion themes consult Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app and the associated family reunion guidebook found here.