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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.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Monday, December 3, 2018

2020 Family Reunion Tips and Tools

2020 is expected to be one of the biggest milestone years of the past five decades. A year for humanity. A time to stand together across all divides. A time to begin building a rock-solid foundation for a global community. For those who cherish family values, it's a time to be with family, support family and stand on the sidelines of history.

How's your family reunion planning coming? If you're a regular reader of this blog no doubt you used Fimark's Family Reunion Planner to kick-start your 2020 family reunion plans. Why Fimark's Family Reunion Planner? The Planner includes the following:

1. Step By Step Checklist with Tips and Planning Guide
2. Budget Planner
3. Travel Planner
4. Theme Planner with Itinerary and Dinner and Entertainment Programs
5. Cost Savings Tips
6. Tee Shirt Designer
7. Reception Hall Planner
8. Complete Departmental Instructions and Worksheets
9. Spreadsheet Roster and eBook
10. Event Planning Journal and Recipe Compiler

If you have your 2020 family reunion plans in place and organized, now is the time to start sending out invitations, flyers, and festive greeting cards. Where can you find printables with the family reunion theme you selected? Follow these simple steps and you'll have your correspondence ready for delivery in no time.

1. If you have Fimark's Family Reunion Social web app and want to do it all digitally look under Documents on the top menu of the web app interface.    
2. If you want to have a company print out your invitations and flyers go to Marcus Angelo Designs at*/products.  Select the Category drop-down list and choose Family Reunion Invitations/FlyersJust choose your event theme, edit the template and order. Take advantage of this season's super deep discounts on cards and flyers and save!
3. If you need to order family reunion tees, caps or aprons you'll find what you need right here.
4. Need keepsake party favors or gifts?  Marcus Angelo Designs has you covered.
5. Don't forget to take advantage of the event planning tips, tools and guides in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake Guidebook. Everything you need to plan a memorable family reunion never to be forgotten.

Now you're ready to plan a fantastic 2020 Family Reunion Event!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Inspiring Ideas For Family Reunion planning Month

The Harvest season has arrived. It's a time to survey and enjoy all your bounty
while making the most of family life. It's also
Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Here are some fantastic ideas to celebrate the month of the family.

Inspired? Let's get started with these family reunion planning tools...

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month

Did you know? November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.
What's it all about? To raise awareness of family values and bring the family closer by focusing on family activities everyone can enjoy. 

Are you ready to start planning your 2020 family reunion?
There are web apps for that. But one, in particular, gives you access to...

The most complete monthly reunion planning checklist ever written.

Vital departmental instruction sheets for each family reunion department.

5 themed family dinner entertainment and activities programs.

Way cool family reunion game just like those on TV.

Plan to travel? Get the money saving family cruise guide and trip planning checklists.

Enjoy using the Keepsake family reunion planner in PDF and Word Document format.

Write your own keepsake family journal and hold it as a valuable family reunion keepsake.

Family tree and genealogy research presentation worksheets.

Make use of the wonderful keepsake traditional family recipe compiler. A great way to preserve or start a family recipe and cooking tradition.

Get access to one of the most popular family reunion planning resources and web apps here...
Get more information about the Annual observance here...

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Family Reunion Fall Festivities

Alert! It's Autumn. Do you know where your family members are? The fall season is on. Autumn leaves are falling. The air is cooling and it's time to unpack the sweaters and jackets. One problem. Where is everybody? Sometimes during this season family members get more isolated than ever. More schoolwork, more overtime and when they all finally come home, they want more ME-time. Don't miss the best part of the fall season? Getting warm and toasty while cozying up with family over a warm pot of soup, stew, chili and good cheer.

So how do you bring the family together? First, set a family dinner date. Next, make use of an age-old method for bringing the family together no matter where they are in or outside the house. A wholesome cooking date! If you cook it, they will come! Yes, fill the home with the aroma of good wholesome cooking and warm homemade bread and top it off with warm baked dessert. The aroma of onions, tomatoes, fried potatoes, scallions, garlic, butter and seasoned meat and something sweet shouts 'come and get it!' before you can say 'dinners ready!"

But cooking doesn't have to be complicated. Easy crockpot recipes abound. Just chop it up in the morning and throw it in the pot. Before you leave for work turn it on low. By afternoon the home is toasty and filled with an inviting 'Lets Eat' aroma even the most introverted teen can't resist.

Time to take the crockpot out of the box and stock up on wholesome crockpot recipes to warm that belly and delight the palate. Start collecting family recipes for chili, sweet rolls, and hot apple cinnamon pie.

Even better why not plan a Fall Family Food Fest and make it a family reunion themed event. A good event organizer is essential so that nothing is overlooked. The Internet is teaming with event organizing checklists and templates. When putting together your menu plan make good use of a menu planner and family recipe compiler... Get great ideas here...

Find the Fall Food Fest family reunion planning theme complete with itinerary, menu planner, recipe compiler, event planning checklists, recommended activities and everything you need to plan this fantastic family festivity in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner. Download the eBook, order the Print Edition, or use the Web app. For more great info...

Another feature of the fall season is that November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month. What plans are you making to observe this annual event? What will you do to get the word out? Get ideas here...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fall Fest Reunion Planning Reminders

The fall season is on it's way. Before the leaves start dropping and mom starts cooking that crockpot chili, sweet rolls, and hot apple cinnamon pie, it's time to start putting a dent in your Fall Fest reunion themed event. Get great ideas here...

And the best thing about a fall fest is the food and handmade crafts. Find the Fall Food Fest Reunion Planning Theme complete with itinerary, planning checklists, recommended activities and everything you need to plan this fantastic family festivity in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook, Print Edition, and Web app. For more great info...

1. Are your t-shirts orders in? Remind those who have not ordered using the online t-shirt ordering system.
2. Have you completed your reunion keepsake booklet?
Download the booklet from Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Web app...
3. Have your keepsake party favors been designed?
Get great keepsake party favor ideas here...
4. Have you completed payment for the booked park pavilion or reception facility?
5. Have you scheduled a follow-up meeting with the reunion committee or your delegated helpers? Make use of the department worksheets in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook. A part of the online web app at

Reminder: November is Annual Family Reunion Planning Month. What plans are you making to observe this annual event? What will you do to get the word out? Get ideas here...

Need help with planning organizing and managing your event. Make good use of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner web app and eBook. Get the printed copy. Makes a great family heirloom and keepsake. Get inspired...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June Family Reunion Reminders Checklist

And Handy Reunion Planning Checklists

Whether you're the family reunion planner, member of an event planning committee, the family genealogist or historian... The fact is you're running out of time, and you needed to wrap up this summer's family reunion event plans yesterday. Here are some vital, quick and easy reunion planning reminders you don't want to forget.

Important tasks you may need to complete before the event. Family Reunion Planning Checklist

Things you may need to complete those tasks. How To Speed Plan A July Family

Don't forget the family reunion keepsake memory booklet. One per household may suffice. Create a well-arranged memory book quick and easy using these suggestions and templates. How To Make A Keepsake Reunion Booklet

It's not too late to save hundreds using these event planning freebies and tips. Family Reunion Planning Freebies

Materials and supplies to remember days before your outdoor potluck family reunion picnic. 9 Last Minute Pot Luck Reunion Do Not Forgets

Happy family reunion planning!

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Why Rebuild And Maintain Your Family Reunion Website

"Friends will come and go, but family will always be there."

That said, it is wise to find a way to stay in touch. This article explains simple ways to instantly reconnect with family and keep the dialogue going.

Often family members become more distant because of the strain of the economy, taking on two or more jobs and coping the demands of day to day life leaves little time to connect with remote family members. Falling behind responding to letters,  phone messages, texts, and email can make connecting even more difficult. Before you know it months have passed by and you now must face the music at the next family reunion.  Is there a way to avoid this dilemma without having to increase phone calls? Yes. Build and maintain a family reunion website.

Imagine having a central place on the web that everyone knows about which features a discussion board and content devoted to the cause of family life.  Best of all there are a variety of ways to connect with family from one dedicated family reunion website.  Discussion board tied to social accounts, text apps and email help keep the group dialog going.  

Family historians and genealogists can post family history updates, add to family history photo gallery, and post news of ancestral findings such as DNA results, wills, estates, and heirlooms.  

Broadcasting videos and announcing upcoming or current event news is what family reunion websites are best used for.  Announce fundraisers and event ticket sales. You can blast announcements to email, via group text and more. But the absolute best feature is video uploads. What better place to display your video than on your own family's dedicated website. These intimate events are what the Internet is all about. 

But why, after the family reunion event is over, do most family reunion planners shut down their family reunion website? There could be a number of reasons. An expired credit card, cancellation of the email used to verify account ownership, forgetting the password, or just underestimating the value and power of a website dedicated to the entire clan.  To keep the family reunion website up and running consider sharing the cost with two or more other family members. A good incentive to pay is VIP privileges, rewards and freebies associated with the next reunion event.

Imagine being able to send out wedding and graduation party invitations with RSVP via the family website. Posting a gift wishlist for any occasion. Getting needed funds for college, medical bills and other family emergencies. Posting news clips featuring a family milestone. Posting family business ads. Sending a group greeting card just to say "I Love You All." No one will say "I haven't heard from you" ever again.

While it is true that once the big event has passed, website activity tends to decrease, that's no reason to close your family website account. Once the next reunion is planned activity will pick up. And if everyone pitches in to update the content the activity will remain fun and lively. That said, family reunion websites are perhaps the most effective ways to connect, update and empower the family without having to call, text or web conference individually.

What! You don't have a family reunion website? Looking to renew a canceled or suspended web account? No problem. Start rebuilding your family's central place on the web right here...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

5 Reunion Fundraising Ideas

So your family reunion event is a few months away and your reunion money box shrinking. The trick to growing your funds is to use those few dollars to make more funds  How? Two words. Yard sale. 

Yard Sale Ideas

Start at home. Collect items you may have stored away that are good as new and likely to stir the interest of friends, family and neighbors. Ask local family members to donate yard sale items - proceeds toward the family reunion.

Family Auction And Lease

Need more funds? Consider having a family auction. Most family members have something to donate to that other family members would like to own or lease. The beauty of a lease auction is that you can always get the item back after a few months of possession.

Online Fund Raiser

One of the most time-effcient and cost-effective ways to raise funds is to promote a fundraiser to all family members via your google+ or facebook page. You can do this easily using your FRP Social Interface. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social features great fundraiser ideas which I will discuss later in this article.

Fund Raiser Web App

Another way to hold an online fundraiser is using a standalone application and pre-built webpage devoted to the fundraiser. The MyEvent folks have been online for over a decade and know how to prepare a fully functional fundraising web application for your next online fundraiser. Take a tour at

Rallying Support For The Fund Raising Event

Send out flyers, emails, text messages and invitations at least three weeks in advance that includes all items going up for sale. List items in categories to make desired items easy to find on your list. Have attendees share in organizing and managing some aspect of the event to ensure that they will be present to participate.

Remember, the objective of your fundraiser is to raise reunion funds, not to spend reunion funds. That said, make sure that all who attend bring a dish, drinks, and supplies to equalize the expense and prevent having to dip into the reunion account.

For more ideas to get your fundraiser off and running consult Fimark's award winning Family Reunion Planner Social web app. What, don't have FRP Social web app yet? 
Good news, the list Price of $49 has been reduced to $39 for a limited time. You save $10 dollars. No coupon code needed. For more information about the family reunion planning app click on the link found on this blog page or go to profiles. access Fimarks's Family Reunion Planner Social web app here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April Reunion Planning Reminders

Time waits for no one. Don't wait for time,
plan for its arrival.

Hello family reunion planners. Can you believe it? April is almost 1/3rd over. How far along are you with action items on your reunion planning checklist?

1. Have you completed your t-shirt orders? If your reunion is scheduled in July you'll want to have all the orders in by months end.

2. Begin printing flyers as post mail reminder of the upcoming event.

3. Now is a good time to start purchasing keepsake trinkets, and party favors.

4. Start working on your welcome letter to be issued at the event and placed in the keepsake family reunion memory booklet.

5. Will your program include skits and family talent entertainment? Now is the time to start scheduling practice sessions.

6. If you're planning recreational activities commence buying equipment and supplies.

7. Start making a reunion food checklist so you won't forget a thing. The following is a starter list. Add items as needed.

Reunion Food Checklist

__ Drinks
__ Water
__ Ice
__ Fruit
__ Cakes Cookies and Pies
__ Links, Burgers, (Other)
__ Buns, Bread, and Rolls
__ Salads (Leaf, Pasta, Fruit)
__ Leafy and Starchy Vegetables (Corn on a Cob, Fried Potatoes, etc.)
__ Dishes: Chili, Gumbo, jambalaya

__ Eco-friendly paper cups, plates and bowls (Stackable dishes make for easy packing)
__ Wrapped Cutlery Kit in White (Fork / Knife / Spoon / Napkin / Salt / Pepper) 
__ Serving utensils
__ Cutting knives
__ Spatulas
__ Cooking Forks
__ Cutting board
__ Corkscrew and bottle openers

Bring early bird items for those who often arrive before the event starting time.
Water, ice, charcoal, a salad, chips, sandwich and bun fixings, and condiments.

Get more checklists, essential planning tips and activity ideas from Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake and Guidebook. Use the keepsake section to start recording your family milestones, stories, history and family recipes. Start researching your family lineage using the genealogy forms and document family heirloom using the heirloom form. Begin a personal planning journal and keeping up with family reunion planning tasks with the step by step timeline checklist guide. Makes a great nightly read and is ideal for weekend family projects.

The keepsake reunion planning guidebook helps you organize a single family reunion event while maintaining a journal of the experience. There is also a follow-up notes section, event planning checklist, a step by step timeline planner and 4 separate theme planners. Along with each theme there are recommended games and activities. In addition, there is an itinerary template, survey letter and luncheon template as well as a dinner program.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner is a book like no other. The original content of the family reunion planner has been used by thousands of reunion planners over the past 15 years. Over that time the compilation has been perfected and revised several times. Written with individual planners and reunion committees in mind, scores of community organizations and social groups have used it for their own event. The book is also having a special appeal to the travel and hospitality industry as a must have complimentary gift to assist guests in planning their most memorable family event. 

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guidebook for your device is available for order online at

Print reunion flyers, reunion welcome letters, keepsake memory booklets, poems and more? Download reunion planning templates, documents, and forms using Fimark's Family Reunion Planner companion web app here.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guidebook is available in print.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Download Family Reunion Planning Printable Worksheets and Templates

If you're like many of our family reunion planners, you like the option to print out event planning forms.  having paper copies are more easily accessible, ideal for distribution at event planning meetings and such and they can be notated highlighted and filed in your three-ring notebook.  

Looking for printouts to begin planning your family reunion? You'll find editable and printable reunion planning templates, forms, planning checklists and genealogy research documents for instant download and printout featured in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner web app.  

The worksheets are ideal for family reunion planning committees. Each sheet describes a committee department and provides instructions for fulfilling duties and tasks in each department. Get the following:
  1. Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet         
  2. Welcome Letter Template                       
  3. Family Reunion Survey                             
  4. Followup Letter Template                        
  5. Registration Form Template                    
  6. Itinerary Template                                    
  7. Dinner Program Template                        
  8. Reunion Newsletter Template                 
  9. Genealogy Worksheets Package            
  10. Spectacular Events Planner                    
  11. Six Themed Reunion Activity Worksheets.
  12. Stand Alone T-Shirt Roster  

The reunion planning web app also includes: 
Budget List  Expense Calculation, Timeline Planner, Committee Assignment Worksheets and Event Organizer as well as Contacts Data Organizer. 

Upon purchase, you receive the access link via email. Simply choose the "Workbook" option. This option contains a list of planning documents you can print out to begin planning, organizing and managing a most memorable reunion event.

Get family reunion planning documents for printout via Fimark's Family Reunion Planner web app at

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Inspiring Quotes About Love and Happiness

One of the greatest mysteries of all time is defining true love and the key to happiness.  It has been said that to know them, respect them and nurture them is to possess the very essence of utopia and live life at its absolute best. 

Enjoy these words of wisdom on the subject of love and happiness
 by the "Happiness Is" author Mark Angelo Askew.

"While a minute few loath loudly,
the vast majority love quietly."

"A little sweetness is to a great recipe
what giving is to an extraordinary life."

"A bigger pot is not always better
when there are too many ladles inside."

"Loyalty and trust make 
your house a home."

"One kind word can alter the course of life 
in the right direction."

"When you give what is needed most,
love just happens."

Mark Angelo Askew is also the author of
 Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Web App

"We aspire to inspire"

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Life Is Short - Celebrate The Lives of Those True To You

In a world ravaged by fake news, scandals and epidemic disappointments, 
there are only five things you can really count on
 to lift your spirits and provide enjoyment in life.

1. A rock solid faith in ageless guiding principles.
2. The sources of those principles.
3. True love from family and true friends.
4. A vivid hope for better days to come.
5. The gift to express love and gratitude to those who have been true to you.

Life is short and there is no easy street. True friends and strong family ties are hard to come by.  It's important to do what we can to preserve those precious relationships we have. But preserving and surviving is not living. To live you must celebrate your bounty. That said, this year make it your aim to live in the moment by spending time planning creative ways to express your love for those who are special and true in your life.  How?

1. Get to know your family members and friends on a higher or deeper level. Spend more time listening and asking questions to get a clearer understanding of their hopes, dreams, principles, and interests.

2. Show them that you heard them. Show them that you were really listening by writing a brief letter expressing your appreciation for sharing.  Add it to a card and put a small token in the card that is reminiscent of the time you shared listening.

3. Followup by being more inclusive.  Include their thoughts, expressions, and interests in your everyday conversation and routine with them.

4. Share your hopes and dreams. Nothing says I love you more than fulfilling hopes and dreams shared over time together. And what better way to celebrate those hopes and dreams than at a family gathering, get-to-together or family reunion. It's a great time for creative expressions of endearment and affection, empowerment, gift giving, motivation and inspiration, creative poetry recital, family slideshows, achievement awards, lots of hugs and self-esteem building.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

How To Fulfill Your 2018 Goals List

After a beautiful autumn in 2017, here we are in the middle of February 2018. 
This is the time of year I consider how close I've gotten to my goals and the productive
results of those I've reached. How did I do and what have I learned from the process?

I have managed to balance family, secular work, community volunteer service, and business. I must admit, 
much was accomplished this past year as the following reveals.
1. I wrote three books. 
2. Planned, organized and managed two social events. 
3. Engaged 5 entertainment gigs.
4. Hosted several dinners with extended family and friends.
5. Restructured my financial plan.
6. Acquired a beautiful Kia SUV. 
7. Sold my old faithful silver sedan.
8. Made many new true friends.
9. Got even closer to my wife.
10. Learned new things about myself, my family and ancestry.

I must admit, though, there were a number of items on my goals list I would have loved to have fulfilled in 2017, but there are only
12 months in a year. So what outstanding goals are on my list? 

1. Plan an outdoor BBQ style family reunion this summer.
2. Put on a bubble show at my relative's kids graduation party
3. Throw a family reunion talent show
4. Enjoy a black tie 39th wedding anniversary party
5. Write a children's book in rhyme with illustrations and audio.

I'm happy to say I'm making wonderful memories while planning each event.


What are your New Years resolutions? How close are you to meeting your goal? Here's are some tips that help make your resolutions a reality.

1. Don't pretend to be or have what you want in life. Experience life at it's best, in the raw. Be what you are while learning to be your best self.

2.  Give yourself permission to be truly happy and content with who you are, what you have, and those you have to share it with. 

2. Discover who and what you really are. That means looking past the mistakes, looking over the slip-ups, looking beyond the impositions of history, and accepting that there are things you have no control over. Focus on discovering your gifts, see your potential and hone your empowering traits and endearing qualities.

3. Focus on living in the moment while planning for the future. 

4. Plan the big stuff. Enjoy the little things. Let the rest of life play out. Don't overthink it.

5. Life is short, so keep your camera on. You never know when a priceless picture of your life happen and then quickly pass by.

6. You cannot do it all on your own. Sincere prayer for wisdom, insight, discernment, and guidance helps profoundly.

Brenda and I wrote the book on family reunion planning. This event planning journal, recipe compiler, with genealogy research forms, makes a great keepsake to pass on to the next generation. Get your copy of The Family Reunion Planner Guide and Keepsake at and start creating memories, drinking up life and living in the moment.

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