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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, January 31, 2017

Winning Event Planning Web Apps

Want to plan a memorable and meaning family reunion, reunion cruise or formal banquet dinner program?
Wouldn't it be nice to access everything you need to from one web app? What planning features would that web app need to provide?

Make a family reunion memory booklet.
Make a twelve-page family reunion memory booklet and send it to all your event attendees via email, text or print them and distribute them as keepsake gifts.

Write a family reunion newsletter.

Keep your family up-to-date with what's happening with the clan year round. This template will help you put it all in order on a single page.

Get a family reunion keepsake book.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner is also a keepsake book. It has an ownership page. You can write a journal, Record recipes and enter genealogy research as well as make a family tree.

Try out a free family reunion website.

Need a website for your family? The app connects you to a reunion website builder. Post all the documents above on your website for easy download. Sell tickets and pre-designed t-shirts. You can even hold online fundraisers and make a family tree.

Run a family reunion fundraiser

The reunion planning app connects you to online fundraiser apps

Family reunion poems.

The app provides 6 beautifully written family reunion poems for printout or digital sharing.

Edit, print or post family reunion flyers.

Want to send out colorful flyers? The app has six beautiful reunion flyers for printout or digital sharing.

Download and edit templates for reunion banners, t-shirts, invitations, welcome letter and more. 

Plan, organize and manage your family reunion event all from one web app.

To find these inspiring family reunion planning features just click just go Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake and Guidebook

Friday, January 20, 2017

Party Planning Guide

12 Best Life Ever Party and Event Planner: Keepsake and event planning guide Paperback – October 9, 2016

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Family Reunion Timeline Checklist

1. Incoming 2017
2. Making Plans Making Memories
3. Reunion Preparation Reminders 
4. Raising Funds

Here is a shout out to family reunion planners in Canada, Germany, Paris, France, New Mexico, and the Bahamas. 

1. Incoming 2017
Can you believe that 2016 has come and gone? And here we are quickly moving thru January 2017. Before you know it we'll be sipping a frosty glass of lemonade to the beat of "Family Reunion" on a warm sunny afternoon while the young'ns laugh and play. Yes, the cup of 2017 will be half full and the rest about to be swallowed. 

That said don't drink down that cup of life too quickly. Savor every moment. Enjoy the family and remember the good times. All we really have are our memories, the present time, and those we can only hope to make tomorrow. What are your New Years resolutions? How close are you to meeting your goal? Here's an important one:

Spend more time with family even if it means writing letters, making phone calls or video conferencing. Make it happen.

While you're at it keep everyone apprisedsed of the progress planning the next family reunion. Now is the time to check where you are on the "Family Reunion Timeline Checklist" found on your copy of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guidbook and Keepsake. Wrap up collecting photos, stories, genealogy research and start making definite plans to put together your photo and genealogy presentations. Plan to have it all completed by the end of February or early March. 

If you're booking a reception hall follow up on this now. Order supplies early or when materials are least expensive. By now everyone should know how much family reunion dues are and most of the funds should be collected by months end. Commence ordering T-shirts now if you have not done so. You'll need time to examine a sample, approve it and have them start printing. When the shirts arrive you'll need to check each one and return a few for replacements. Plan to have your t-shirts on hand by April. Touch base with all committee members to make sure they are making progress on assigned task.

4. Raising Funds
By now you should have a good idea of how much funding is needed to pull off the reunion event. First look for ways to cut down on expenses without compromising quality. Is there a need to have more funds on hand? Consider having an auction to raise money. Start planning now. A great time for an indoor Auction is during the cold season. Outdoor auctions are good for the warmer dryer season. What will you sell? 

If you have crafty family members ask them to donate items. Check out some flea markets for collector's items you know certain family members will have to have. Put up some items you own that some of your family members have shown an interest in. Create gift baskets. Order bulk greeting cards and sell them in packs. Have someone bake a few pies. Others can sell family coupons for home cooked Sunday meals. Make it clear how much you're looking to get with the sale of each item. Your aim is to meet or beat that goal. 

TIP 1: Have a family member erect a goal scoreboard and write out the goal and how close you are getting to the goal each time an item is sold. This will focus attendees interest on meeting the goal and encourage participation. 

TIP 2: Have you inspected and appraised the family heirlooms? Perhaps a few family members are willing to pay a few bucks for the honor of temporary ownership. Most of all enjoy the moment of planning. Before you know it, it will all have passed and you will have made many sweet memories to savor.

Find a checklist app, t-shirt and fundraising app, worksheets, memory booklet maker in Fimark's Family Reunion Social Planning web app. Get your copy of this award winning Family Reunion Planner at

Happy Reunion Planning Everyone!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Talent Show Contest Audition

Let's celebrate the sacred union of marriage. Hundreds are recording wonderful reality proposals this year and we want to congratulate each and every one of you esteeming the value of commitment. 

If you think you can sing, dance, recite poetry, pantomime or direct incredible 3D group stills or something else just as creative to interpret the new release of "I Give My Love To You" from the "Our Special Day" album, we want to see and hear from YOU!

Men and women, Just shoot an audition video of yourself, your group or band doing what you do best to creatively interpret the new proposal song "I Give My Love To You" composed and written by Mark Angelo Askew and we may select you for our next music video to be broadcast on our vast social media network and a spot on our Family Entertainment Channel premiere February 2017.

Download the Song version at

Lyrics Listen to the instrumental version and get lyrics at

Men: Lyrics remain the same for male singers.
Women: Change "be your man" to "be your woman."
Change "I'm asking you to marry me" to "So wanting you to marry me."

You may perform using the song version or long slow waltz dance version.

Types of Auditions Accepted:
1. Singing Auditions - Single, duet or group. Accapella or with music.
2. Dance Auditions - Single, duet or group.
3. Poetry Recital Auditions - Single or group.
4. Dramatic Acting Auditions - Single, duet or group.
5. Pantomime Auditions - Single, duet or group.
6. Reality Auditions - Actual proposals, weddings, etc.
7. Other Creative Media Auditions - Use of puppetry, animation, flip book illustrations, slideshows, etc.

Production Preferences:
Because this is a family channel program it is preferred that individuals and their families participate in the production of each video. Friends and colleagues may also be included. Fiances and Fiancees as well.

Entry Instructions:
Video resolution quality 480 or higher.
Full-color presentations preferred for non-animation submissions. Black and white, monochrome or grayscale accepted.
Full song performance is required.
Single vocal auditions should not be edited while the subject is singing accept when changing angles of the shoot.

Editing is allowed for music video style auditions only.

All talent show entry submissions become the digital property of Fimark Home Online under the editing direction of Mark Angelo Askew and production rights of Marcus Angelo Studios. entries may be used for promotional purposes.

Submissions are being accepted now thru February 2017. Early submissions may be included in "I Give My Love To You" promotional media and receive longer talent show air time.

Winners receive the Marcus Angelo Studio Award, The Fimark Home Online Award and spots on the Family Entertainment Channel as well as other promotional, commercial, and media presentations.

Turn your camera on and give your truest and most artistically passionate performance ever! Send your video audition to #GiveMyLoveContest, @fimarkhome on twitter or provide a link to your video in the comments section of We'll be watching you.