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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.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Reunion Planning

Special shout out to all our family reunion planners here and abroad. 

"Make someone smile and you'll have the pleasure of smiling back. Make someone laugh and you'll have the pleasure of laughing back. Give someone hope, joy and love, and when it is returned you'll have a true friend for life." - Angelo

If you're not celebrating family reunion during this memorial day weekend now is the perfect time to start planning one. Check out the timely family reunion speed planning article below and start planning for a memorable family reunion this summer.

How To Speed Plan A July Family Reunion

Friday, May 27, 2016

Speed Plan Your July Family Reunion in 20 Minutes

All around the world family reunions will be celebrated from May to September. Family reunions are a haven for nurturing children, mothers seeking mutual support, fathers seeking camaraderie, teens seeking identity and genealogist and family historians. 

While family reunions are vital to the survival of this basic unit of society many career minded people and domestic workers just can't seem to find the time to pull it off.  Do not despair.  I've been there! And what have I learned? The fact is you can plan a successful and memorable family reunion just 6 to 8 weeks in advance. Here are a few tips to make your reunion event a most memorable one.

Speed Plan Your July Family Reunion in just 20 minutes.

What You'll Need.

1. A Mobile Phone (with texting capability and a stopwatch app.)
2. A Note Taking App
3. Family reunion planning checklist (like Fimark's Family Reunion Planner.)
4. A family contact with a large backyard (call them and establish best date and time) or... 
5. An all you can eat banquet restaurant (with a private room)
6. Family History Video/ Slideshow (Consult the family genealogist for content of history video or show pictures or video of all special events provided by each family.)
7. Some no cost entertainment ideas  (see Fimark's Family Reunion Planner.)

Now create a group text message to be forwarded to all family contacts.
"We're speed planning a family reunion this summer
Date - Location - Time." 

If your holding the event in the back yard include the following message. "Bring a dish and drinks to share and also a chair"

Make sure the person on the grill supplies charcoal, foil, meat, bread and condiments. Bring extra drinks early.

Entertainment and Activity Ideas

Create your own outside entertainment with games and perhaps a talent show. (See Fimark's Family Reunion Planner for inspiring ideas.)

Read Set Go!

Synchronize your stopwatch app and hit the start button
Make the phone calls and send a group text message. Those who reply within the next 5 minutes with doable ideas will be considered.

Put the suggested date, location and activities, down in your notes. Ask the family to vote on their favorites within the next 5 minutes.
The first three or four to respond can be considered as members of the family reunion committee. The date, location and activities most favored are written in stone. Now send out the invitation

Calculate the Cost

A wise man once said, "Who would build a tower without first sitting down and calculating the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?" If your reunion is at a restaurant consider how much to charge each family member.  Consider an all-you-can-eat food bar to cut down on menu and ordering complications. Within the next 5 minutes send them a menu complete with costs and have them bring the funds to the restaurant to keep things simple.

Want more practical money saving reunion planning tips? Get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app complete with checklists, themes, survey taker, activity ideas, itinerary and more. Everything you need to plan a memorable family reunion.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Seize The Summer Vacation Planning List

Have you been wondering what to do with the kids this spring and summer? Seize the summer by by making summer vacation activity plans now. Gather the family around the dinner table and start brainstorming favorite activity ideas. Need a little inspiration? Check out the summer vacation activity ideas list below and then start using the summer vacation planning list for great activity ideas and planning tips

Summer Vacation Activity Ideas List

1. Have a pool party
2. Tour A city, historic town or country village
3. Book a show
4. Visit the Aquarium
5. Camp out, fish, bird watch and take a nature hike
6. Have a blockbuster movie bing weekend
7. Have a homestead family reunion
8. Book a family reunion cruise
9. Throw a Bubble Show
Got preteens? There's nothing more fun for adults and children alike than a fantastic Bubble Show!

Summer Vacation Planning List

1. Choose two or more activities from the Summer Vacation Activity Ideas List
2. If traveling lookup contact information online for available locations 
3. Compare costs from a number of venues and locations
4. Review amenities and associated costs and discounts
5. Consider nearness of restaurants, stores, malls, theaters and hospitals.
6. Discuss dates with family members and choose most desired location
7. Consider how you will pack based on location and activities
8. Make use of the detailed family reunion vacation planner with local and cruise planning tips, complete packing list, budget planner and more provided by Fimark's Family Reunion Planner guide book or Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app at