Wednesday, February 10, 2021

How To Plan A Memorable Virtual Family Reunion - Part I

  Planning a fun and memorable family reunion in the traditional way has been the norm for centuries. In a new era of social distancing and social media, families are being innovative and creative when planning reunions in the 2020's.

But who knew that throwing a family reunion gathering on Zoom could be just as enjoyable and in some ways more impactful. 

But the best part of planning a Zoom family reunion is the creative activities. You won't miss out on all the fun family reunion, it's just done slightly differently.

Many activities can be had using the screen share feature found on the more popular video conference apps. One example is the family tree presentation. Another is a heartwarming family reunion slide show.

A video mashup of highlights over the past few years including weddings, births, graduations, and other ceremonies is sure to tug at the heartstrings.

And while playing some of the more traditional in-person family reunion sports activities would be a challenge, there are many video games that feature the very same activities that can be played and displayed on video conference systems.  

That said there is virtually nothing you can't do when planning your virtual family reunion itinerary. So let's get creative. The next series of articles will explore how to plan a virtual family reunion using the ideas in our book Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake and Guide. 

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner A Reunion Planning Guide Workbook & Keepsake
by Mark A Askew

Everything you need to plan a memorable
 virtual family reunion.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Finding Our Way Back Home

“Somehow by grace and providence we've arrived
 to fall upon the bosom of all our family. 
To kiss warm faces and wipe the tears 
of joy from cheeks cracked and dimpled by time.  
We found our way back home.”

Family is not just a thing. Family is everything. It has a way of making us feel we belong, that we are home and have a future. 

Family is about fairness and patients. 
Family is about instilling confidence despite repeated failure.
Family is about never giving up on anyone.
Family is about getting over it and making peace.
Family is about learning from failure. 
Family is about pointing out the successes.
Family is about learning not to repeat the same mistakes. 
Family is forgiveness and seeing the good.
Family is about getting wiser with time.

The sustaining power of the family is universal. And the more we realize that we are all kin we can turn the world into one big home for everyone. This begins when families begin to form a strong union and reach out to the brotherhood of man. When this is done we will all find our way back home for the first time.

~~ * ~~

That desire to connect and reconnect with the genealogical rootstock and its offshoots formed the birth of the family reunion. Enjoy memorable moments that remind each member of your family that they are highly valued and belong. 

Enjoy your next family reunion!

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner 
The Family Reunion Planner includes fantastic themes, reunion planning tutorials, journal, and reunion meeting worksheets that will help you plan, organize, manage, and document your journey planning the most memorable event of the year.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Fascinating Quotes To Keep You Going

Quotes To Keep You Going

When love calls, always remember to answer.

Life is for the purpose of living. Live with a purpose and life will follow.

Minutes are the longest segment of time in the absence of meaning. Maximize the meaning and watch the time fly.

You always said if you had the time you would do this and that. Now that you have it, where is this and that. 

Time is an essential element that makes dreams come true. Cast your net in time and catch your dreams.

The most amazing discoveries rise from the ashes.

Now you have the time to immerse yourself in a hobby.

The most fascinating best-selling books were written in crisis situations.

When the pages have been read, start a new book.

Nothing is ever really over, just on pause.

Amidst the greatest crisis, the sun still rose in the sky, the rain still fell, the butterflies still fluttered about as the blossoms bloomed once again.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

YOU'RE INVITED! Worldwide Conference of Fimark's Family Reunion Planners

In Celebration of 15 Years of publishing Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake and Guidebook Your Invited!

Enter the Worldwide Conference of Fimark's Family Reunion Planners. 

Are you a member of the 3000+ users of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake for event planning, genealogy presentation, journal and recipe collector and most of all your family heirloom? If so you're invited to the exciting, empowering and inspiring WCFFRP! Worldwide Conference of Fimark Family Reunion Planners happening Saturday, May 16 at 1:00 PM 

Featuring captivating insight into the empowering impact of family reunion planning. Watch as they showcase their events and explain how each planning element help them bonded and appreciate the undying roles in the family. Walk with them as they put it all together from start to finish and reunite family, hope and love. Post questions and get live answers from the experience and wisdom of scores of family planners with decades of reunion planning experience. View inspiring event itineraries and so much more!

Take virtual tours of surviving family homesteads from the Civil War era. Watch captivating and meaningful reunion videos of some of the most successful reunion reception dinner programs ever planned. 

Own a print copy of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake and Guidebook? Get a free complimentary copy of our reunion planning ebook and get inspired to start planning your 2021 reunion and empower your family. See you at the conference!

Worldwide Conference of Fimark's Family Reunion Planners happening 
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 1:00 PM 
What? Don't Have The Book?
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Friday, March 6, 2020

Busy Life? - 6 Fun Ideas To Engage The Family Remotely

So you're busy.  Super busy.  Aren't we all? Which makes managing your family life a major challenge. But it's also a major issue. We need to be there for our spouse, our children and parents. But being there is not enough. We need to live in the moment, engage them and above all be a source of inspiration and motivation. In other words, family life should be a colorful and wondrous experience. So the big question is, how do you manage it in order to enjoy it?

It seems the older the children get, the more they need. If just trying to survive were not enough, seeing to their needs often translates into spending more and more time on the job going after that time and a half and chasing overtime pay. Some parents try to compensate for being away from home by texting their children every few hours, and that o.k., but there's no substitute for actually being there with your family, getting to know them and engaging in meaningful bonding activities. So what do we do to engage them when we can't be there physically? Here are a few engaging ideas.

Establish remote projects and activities with your spouse and children and work on them every few days or so.  The idea is for each family member to work on the same project individually according to their own time schedule. Each time they visit the project they see what the other family member has done to contribute to its completion. It can take weeks or months to progress through the completion of the project, but the time spent with each one doing their part is well worth it. It makes each family member feel closer to the other. Most important, remember to leave those silly progress notes.

Here's a remote activities list to help you engage with your family even when you can't be there physically each day.

Remote Family Projects and Activities List

  1. Make a family quilt together. Cut several quilt squares from different pieces of material. Sew a square into a quilt. Perhaps the squares could be cloth prints pictures of family members when they were younger.
  2. Make a family pillow. The pillow could bear the insignia of the family surname and/or crest.
  3. Don't have a family crest. Make one up just for fun and let each family member contribute a part of the design.
  4. Play a multiplayer video game over a wifi network. It starts getting really fun when split the team into teams within one family. Play at a designated time on lunch breaks
  5. Plan all the details of a family vacation together by looking at a variety of videos together in conference mode. Videos can include information about the local, travel, activities, history, tours, and cuisine.
  6. Plan a fun-filled empowering family reunion with all the fascinating bells and whistles including genealogy, discovering homesteads, family history, family recipes, explore family culture, games and activities.

Feeling inspired? We're just getting started. List other projects and activity ideas you know your family will love engaging in remotely proving that though you're apart, you're still very much a part of their lives.

What, you don't have the family reunion planner?  Go to to get more information on the most popular reunion planning web app available.

Prefer the printed book? Get Fimark's Family Reunion Planner, Guide, and Keepsake. An event planner with Genealogy Worksheets, Family Recipe Compiler, and Family Journal. Makes the ideal family heirloom to pass on from generation to generation. Get it at Amazon at

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Family Reunion App - It's In There

After 15 years of development, Brenda and I are so proud of what Fimark's family reunion planning web app has evolved into. Over 10,000 families in America have used it! The family reunion planner, keepsake, history book, and heirloom along with the reunion planning web app have become a mainstay among inspiring planning guides for memorable
family reunion events. 
Is Everything In There? The Family Reunion Planning web app? Well, let's see...
1. Step by step event planning checklist? It's In There!
2. Task To-do list? It's In There!
3. Event invitation sender and RSVP reports? It's In There!
4. Reunion printable templates? It's In There!
5. Printable invitations and fliers? It's In There!
6. Event planning spreadsheet? It's In There!
7. Connect to all your family? It's In There!
8. Reunion planning ebook? It's In There!
9. Keepsake Family Reunion Memory Book? It's In There!
10. Genealogy Research Template? It's In There!
11. Family Line Template? It's In There!
12. Family Recipe Compiler? It's In There!
13. Inspiration? It's In There!
14. Family Reunion Poems? It's In There!
15. Family Reunion Survey Compiler? It's In There!
16. 5 Family Reunion Themed Planner? It's In There!
17. Theme Itinerary? It's In There!
18. Family Reunion Cruise Travel Planner? It's In There!
19. Family Reunion Fund Raising Ideas? It's In There!
20. Family Reunion Games and Activities Ideas? It's In There!
And yet there's so much more...

No wonder it makes a great gift!
Take the first step to bringing family together to experience something wonderful and real like no other event can. 

Plan your 2nd-millennium reunion and find your richest treasure - family. To learn more click "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner" to access this amazing reunion planning web app

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Inspiring 2020 Family Reunion Planning Ideas

Are you ready for the new year? The year Y2K2O marks the second decade of the 2nd Millenium on the gregorian calendar. It's a time to widen out, open hearts, draw closer while finding closure. It's a time to reach goals, move up and move on. It's a time to make memories to look back on with a smile and sigh. It's a time to do what best for you and your loved ones. That means it's the perfect time to throw a  memorable family reunion. Ready for some inspiration? Here are we go!

Fun and Meaningful Family Reunion Themes

Family Reunion Genealogy and Homestead Tour - A fulfilling experience marking family history with what was happening in the news, a homestead tour and some surprising genealogy discoveries with the help of DNA tracking.

Family Reunion Talent Show  - An opportunity to creatively express appreciation for family support, experience and wisdom.

Family Reunion Legends Ball - Gown and Black Tie Galla. A time to express appreciation and honor for the loving support of the elders in the family.

Family Reunion Fall Food Fest - A time of thanks and appreciation for your harvest bounty.
Family Reunion Cruise - Need we say more?

Year 2020
It's the perfect historic marker for your next family reunion. And 2020 will look great on your t-shirts, party favors, banners, and hats. So what do you need to do to start planning the best 2020 family reunion event ever?

Getting Started
Tips, tools, guides and organization planners can go a long way in helping you to plan, organize and manage your best reunion ever. So the first step is to find a reliable planning app. Web apps are highly recommended. They connect you to vital resources to download templates, documents and other apps like spreadsheet planners as well as ebooks and printables.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner
Fimark's reunion planner includes just about every app and resource guide needed to plan a wonderful reunion event. Check out these features:
1. Step By Step Checklist Planner with Tips and Planning Guide
2. Event Budget Planner
3. Reunion Travel Planner (Includes Cruise Planner)
4. Theme Planner with Itinerary and Dinner and Entertainment Programs
5. Event Costs and Savings Tips
6. Reunion T-Shirt Designer
7. Reception Hall Planner
8. Complete Reunion Departmental Instructions and Organization Worksheets
9. Spreadsheet Roster/Planner
10. Reunion Planning eBook
11. Event Planning Journal
12. Recipe Compiler
13. Tips, cost-saving guides, and practical event planning instructions

Get the ever-popular Fimark Family Reunion Planner ebook along with several reunion theme planners each with detailed itinerary and activities ideas? Plus a spreadsheet so you can plan your reunion your way? Start planning your reunion event using Fimark's Family Reunion Planner.

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