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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, November 29, 2016

How To Stretch Your Donation Dollar

It's GivingTuesday and that means it's time to send a few dollars to a movement, mission or cause you believe in. Most givers consider causes that have been a part of their lives for months or years such as giving to cancer, prostate or heart research. Others give to the local community agencies to finance shelters for the homeless. Still, Others are moved to contribute to #CrowdFunding causes from friends, coworkers, business associates, and relatives. One thing is certain, there is a great and dire need for your support.

Many put off giving because they don't realize how far a few dollars can go. Here are some examples

1. $2.50 can buy a loaf of bread and feed a household for a day.

2. $5 can buy 2-3 gallons of gas for one food truck feed hundreds in one week.

3. Donating one used car can net $1500 t0 $4000 and feed the homeless in one community for a month.

4. Donating a coat can save a life on a bitterly cold night.

5. Giving a $20 bill to a street musician can help him pay his rent and keep him off the streets

6. Giving to shelters can help lower the crime rate, save on hospitalization resources, tax dollars for victims of crime and incarceration, maintain or improve property value and thus improve the economy overall.

Giving is no small thing. And as they say, what goes around comes around exponentially. That said, make #GivingTuesday something really special for you and yours. Find out for yourself the truth behind these words... "There is more happiness in giving than in recieving"

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Funny Family Reunion Jokes Quotes and Rhymes

What have 100 eyes, likes to mashup in a big bunch and say CHEESE?
A big fat family reunion photo shoot. 

You know you're getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you're still down there.

Families are like fudge .. mostly sweet with a few nuts.

“I’m here to talk about our family, but you know what they say, 'If you can't say something nice...' so, thank you all for coming!"

When your kids grandparents tell you to go easy on the kids like they were easy on you -it's not wisdom, age or experience. It's senility.

What do you call it when you have to run around with one foot in a sack, a spoon with an egg in your hand, and an apple in your mouth? A family reunion relay race.

My family is like trail mix. You got your raisins, dates and a variety of nuts.

The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy.

The real reason grandparents like to stop to admire the flowers, gaze at the sky, and chat with the neighbors while taking a walk is not because they are sweet, kind and love nature. It's because if they didn't stop now and then they would run out of breath trying to keep up with their grandchildren.

My grandfather walked for miles when he was 60... Now he's 97 years old and we still haven't found him yet.

I overheard my father say to my mother... "I like YOUR mother-in-law better than I like mine.” 

Grandparents can do amazing tricks their children cannot do. They can make their teeth  disappear. They can make things look ten times bigger than they are. They can tell you things about your parents no one else knows. They can read your mind and tell you just what you are thinking before you go and do something really stupid. 

There goes another apple falling from the family tree.

My parents finally confessed that I was adopted. They said, "But the adoption didn't work out, They brought you back."

The real reason grandparents move to Florida is to escape babysitting.


Where would we be if it weren't for family?


Like eagles we fly, glide and soar
Like whales we swim the vast ocean floor
When we've swum further than we have before
Family pulls us safely back to shore


Where's the best place to be when you skin your knee? 
In grandma's lap 
or grandpa's knee. 
There is no place else I'd rather be
than dangling from my family tree.

Happy Family Reunion Planning Month!

Having family over for dinner this weekend? This is the ideal time of year to start planning your next family reunion. Swap photos, recipes, make a memory booklet, collect poems about family, plan a talent show, start writing and videoing your family history documentary. 

Get great family reunion event themes, slogans, booklet template, printables, game ideas and activities from Fimark's Family Reunion Planner web app and Fimark's Reunion Planning Keepsake Guidebook

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Free Family Reunion Planning Book

Free Family Reunion Planner eBook

We're celebrating Family Reunion Planning Month in a whole new way. We're offering free stuff throughout the month of November.  First up, Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake Guidebook. Keepsake features include a signature of ownership page, journal, recipe compiler, an heirloom record, family tree worksheets, and other genealogy worksheets. 

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner

The reunion planning workbook includes a planning tutorial for individual planners, groups, and committees. There are five reunion theme planners each with recommended activities, itinerary, and luncheon/dinner programs.

FREE GUIDEBOOKLike the keepsake guidebook? If you bought this 132-page paperback book within the last 4 years you're in for a real treat. Take 5 seconds to rate the book at Once you do email us at and we'll send you the Family Reunion Planner ebook completely free. Our way of saying thanks for the likes and happy Family Reunion Planning Month!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Planning Affordable Family Reunion Vacations

When it comes to fun family reunion vacations the sky's the limit. But planning one that's affordable yet fun can be quite a challenge. Not to worry. There are many ways to cut down the expense of family reunion vacations. Here are a number of money saving tips that can reduce costs up to 75%.

1. Book as many attendees as possible for deep discounts based on group rates.
2. Consider using your senior discount privileges where applicable.
3. Google vacation destinations and concentrate of agencies that offer the best rate cuts
4. Use entertainment books that feature destination discount rates and coupons
5. Use travel agencies that are sponsored by the company a family member works for.

Don't Forget The Children
Often family reunions cater to adults. But for your family reunion to be a fun and exciting venture for all it's important to plan a child-friendly event. Children get discounts almost as often and seniors so take a head count. Consider the what activities the children will enjoy. The first step is getting the children involved in the family reunion planning process. Ask the children to create a long list of possible activities all would enjoy.

Family Vacation Resorts
Family vacation resorts are the ideal destination for family reunion events. Best of all there are great price reductions for groups or 10, 20 or more. Everything you need to enjoy a relaxing reunion vacation is just a few steps away. Families can enjoy exotic food, cool down with a flavorful variety of refreshing drinks by sunny pools.

Camping and Nature Trails
For families that love the outdoors nothing could be better than breathing in the cool mountain air at a camp site, taking long hikes along mountain trails and getting cozy in a log cabin warmed by a natural log fire. You'll find great discounts in the fall. Nature lovers are captivated by mysterious caverns, fishing, bird watching, rock climbing and more. Families can take a nature tour by horseback and visit lakes and streams along the way.

City Bus Tours
Luxury bus tours are one of the most inexpensive ways to travel while still enjoying a classy reunion event. What could be more exciting than taking a bus trip to a big city hotel with indoor malls and funky sidewalk shops awaiting your perusal. Visit trendy restaurants and try out a variety of cultural cuisine. Take in a Broadway show and top it all off with breakfast in bed the next morning before checkout.

At A Theme Park
What kid would not enjoy the amazing rides, games, contests and competitions had at one of the popular theme parks, formerly known as amusement parks or water parks. Theme parks feature discount coupons for groups. Theme parks includes all kinds of amusements from roller coasters to outdoor stunt shows with a variety of themes. Want to make sure your kids have a great time? Take them to a theme park and they will be eternally grateful.

Family Reunion Cruises
Now exotic vacations on luxury cruise lines are the in thing for groups determined to relax, be pampered, served while enjoying an unforgettable family reunion. Best of all group packages, last minute booking and off season cruise travel can save you up to 75% off standard costs. Family business meetings can be held in cruise conference rooms and ball rooms. Some of the more popular cruise ships are listed below.

Cruise Ships

Windstar Holland
Royal Caribbean
Silver Sea

So where to go? Whereever the ocean and seas can take you. Some of the more popular cruise destinations ideal for family reunions are listed below.

Family Reunion Cruise Destinations

New Zealand
Hawaii Mediterranean
Panama Canal
South America South Pacific
Southern Caribbean
U.S. Pacific

There is ample space for everyone and it's a whole lot of fun for all ages. It's less work, less planning and a lot more time to enjoy the family. Well planned cruise vacations are economical with more fun and relaxation then ever before.

Mark Askew is the founder of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner, a family reunion planning resource featuring just about everything needed to plan a family reunion with a variety of themes and destinations. Book Cheap Cruises Now at features event planning tips and access to discount family reunion cruise vacation packages.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month

November is here with a bang. This month history will be made. But what about your family history?
November and December are the ideal months to focus on the contributions your family has made
toward self-empowerment, the community, business and good spiritual health.

Corporate identity is not true identity. True identity begins and ends with family. It means knowing who you are, where you came from and establishing traditions that are far reaching and accomplish a purpose bigger than yourself.

Your identity is in strength and wisdom of your belief system. Your family is not restricted to one race. We each have so many more fathers and mothers from so different parts of the world than we know. It is broad and embraces many cultures, walks of life and ethnic groups. Knowing this humbles us and opens us up to endless possibilities and unencumbered love. Share this with your family and watch them grow.

November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month. That said, now is the time to start planning your next memorable family reunion. Consider a family genealogy presentations featuring DNA revealing reunion event. It will be a journey you will never forget. Wondering how to get started? Read about the Genealogy themed family reunion program in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner guidebook.