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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, November 26, 2022

Taking Advantage of Family Reunion Planning Month

It's still November the remainder of the month. And that means it's still Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.  Take advantage of early reunion planning tips at its best.  Here are a few tips shared by experienced reunion planners to help you make your event planning experience a sure success. 

Take Advantage of Seasonal Travel Discounts

During the Months of November through January many family events are observed. Federal holidays and long holiday weekends make for the perfect season for family gatherings. Take advantage of readily available seasonal family travel discounts. Avoid Last-minute flight deals by booking early. Take advantage of off-season hotel deals across the US. Plan on dining out? During the fall and winter season there are fantastic deals on group dining, shows and clubs. Families with teenage children save big at theme, amusement and adventure park entertainment. 

Take Advantage of The Season for Support and Bonding

The Fall and Winter season focuses on visiting and supporting the elders of the family. During this time we tend to focus on how we can show our parents and grandparents we love and cherish them. We enjoy eating their comfort food, getting cozy,  and listening to their stories as they open up a colorful world of family history to us. Take advantage of this time to build closer bonds, document your family history and get the family involved in planning for the next big event - the family reunion. 

Take Advantage of Early Event Planning Money Savers

There are endless money saving advantages when starting your family reunion planning in November. Make plans to take advantage of Black Friday and other seasonal sales. Plan on doing a load of cooking? November is the ideal season to reserve your home appliance purchases including indoor and outdoor ovens, indoor gaming and outdoor game equipment as well as cookware and coolers. 

Having your reunion at the ol' homestead? Need to make some home improvements first? November is the ideal month to get started. Take advantage of seasonal discounts on electric and manual tools, ladders and toolboxes.  Now is the time to create a list of all items needed for your home and upcoming special events including your family reunion.

Get the family reunion planning checklist found in the book, Fimark's Family Reunion Planner.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Annual Family Reunion Planning Month

It's Annual Family Reunion Planning Month. Families the world over appreciate the importance of uniting, supporting and strengthening one another during reunion season.  The challenge has always been starting the planning process early at a time when families typically come together. That's November through January. 

So how can you make the most of family reunion planning month? Spend as much time with the family as you can. Share your family history, Visit the homestead. Embrace the culture present and past. Discuss inspired ideas for your next family reunion event including family reunion themes, colors, slogan and activity ideas. 

Find out what folks are saying about Annual Family Reunion Planning Month and get inspired. Here is a collection of articles centered around this exciting reunion planning observation. 

Family Reunion Planning Month

I'm With Them Events

Wikipedia › wiki › Family_reunion

Family Reunion Helper

JHV Online

Montana Historical Society

Positive Psychology

Fabulous Fantasy Reunion

The Best Family Reunion Ever - How To Tips
The Best Family Reunion Ever: How-to Tips - Ashro Blog

Looking for more inspiration? Find out what's going on in your hometown during the month of your reunion event. Lookup park events, concerts, tourist attractions, bus and train trips, cruises and shows happening at your destination and map out your reunion itinerary. It's Annual Family Reunion Planning Month, start planning now

Friday, November 11, 2022

Inspiring Reunion Planning Activities and Resources

It's Annual Family Reunion Planning Month. Time to start planning your 2023 reunion event. 
And with that comes the need for some good old fashion planning inspiration. 

No worries. When you plan a family reunion, the resources available online are literally endless. And that means, when it comes to finding great family reunion themes, venues and activity ideas, the sky's the limit.

But weeding through all the tools, resources, and websites can be a bit exasperating. This article should help you steer your ship to positivity.

A good place to start is focusing on what your family needs and wants most. Here are a few things to consider. 

1. Address recent loss; Include in your program words of encouragement and an "in memory of" segment. 

2. Inspire the next generation to take leadership; Include a passing on the heirloom program. Also an award ceremony as well as acknowledgments to those in the family who are busy at empowering the family to reach spiritual, educational, and economic goals.

3. Celebrating the past; Include family history activities such as storytelling and documentaries.

4. Recognizing Genealogy; Include a genealogy reveal activity that could include presenting family trees, DNA reports and related cultural festivities.

Once you determine the need, simply focus on specific activities that are need appropriate.  We put together a great resource to help you plan, organize and manage your reunion event.

Add a spritz of fun, and a splash of creativity. With a little resource inspiration, you're on your way to planning a meaningful and memorable family reunion event.