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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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Legendary Heritage Heirlooms Story

Our Story

Fimark's Legendary Heritage Heirlooms began in the year 2005. The
concept was developed by my wife Brenda and her sister Shawn who
decided to attend a Galla event by none other than Ethnic
Expressions. Inspired by their rich decor and art I encouraged
Brenda to join me in promoting our own line of fine art, greeting
cards, portraiture services and clothing line. Our cousin LaTavia
immediately came on board and the two of them proved a perfect team.

We designed a catalog, CDROM presentation, scores of original fine
art prints and an engaging and entertaining home show presentation
complete with Family oriented games, gifts and discounts. The
clientele were excited and proud to be involved. It was not long
after that we started up home shows round about Baltimore city. I
loved sharing this venture with my family.

Brenda, and her cousin LaTavia successful planned family reunions,
community outreach events, weddings, receptions and parties. So
planning these events were a breeze for them. We soon got the idea
that we should focus on reunions. Before long our
primary focus became Family Reunion event planning.

After a little brainstorming we decided to put out product line online. From that came the idea of taking Brenda's Reunion Event
Planner and turning it into a compilation of applications for download. Now we sell all of our products online at Fimark Home Online,, and Legendary Heritage Heirlooms.

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Thank you for the many expressions of gratitude regarding how many of you loved our Family Reunion Planning resource since we launched in

Happy Family Reunion Planning!

Mark & Brenda

Legendary Heritage Heirlooms Home Online Family Reunion Store

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cute Family Reunion Cruise T-shirt

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Family Reunion Cruise Packages

Perhaps you've had many family reunions and you're trying to think of a new theme and fresh activities. If you've been the family reunion planner in the past it may be to time reward yourself for all your hard work and the family too.

Consider this. A family reunion vacation. Even better, a family reunion cruise. Think of it. No need to cook, clean the house or entertain. Think of being pampered and served. Think of basking in the warm sun enjoying a constant cool breeze and taking your ease. What could be better?

Planning Your Family Reunion Cruise
Is planning a family reunion cruise easier than planning a traditional family reunion? If you use Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Interface and worksheets it can be even easier. Find the Cruise theme information on the Theme Selector Panel. Download the reunion cruise invitations, flyers, poems and t-shirts. Find the reunion cruise planner worksheet in the Workbooks panel and don't forget to setup your family reunion cruise themed website to post reunion event information, photos and collect reunion cruise fees. Go to the Attendee Registration Panel to access the website builder. Don't have the Family Reunion Planner Yet? Examine the free evaluation version at Fimark's Family Reunion Planner

Saving On Your Next Cruise
While planning a cruise may be easier than ever before, making it affordable while enjoying all the amenities a cruise has to offer is another thing. What should you look for in a family reunion vacation package and how can you save as much as possible? Consider the insightful article
Family Reunion Cruise Packages Group Rates.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Suggested Reunion Planning Tools

A good family reunion planner organizer should contain the following:

1. A timeline checklist with preparation reminders
2. Attendee database
3. Scheduling worksheets
4. Committees assignment sheets
5. Reunion needs lists
6. Meal planner checklists
7. A music checklist
8. Supplies list
9. Invitations
11.Itinerary template
12.Dinner program template
13.Announcement submitter
14.Budget and cost estimator
15. T-shirt Designer
16. Reunion Website Builder

One such planner is called Fimark's Family Reunion Planner 3.0. Check out the evaluation version at

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Free Resources Software Tips And Templates

Planning A Family Reunion but need to save money? Who doesn't. That said find out where to find free resources, software, templates and planning worksheet.

If you already own the paperback copy of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake guide book you can get a copy of it in ebook format completely free. Find at more at...

We've also found free flyers, invitations and banners. Best of all, how about a free family reunion website? Just go to FREE Family Reunion Resources Links

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Organizing A Successful Family Reunion

If your reading this article you're probably one of those family members who have a spot in your heart for family reunions. The questions is how to organize a successful family reunion event.

1. Get Help Early In The Project
Form a reunion committee comprised of at least one member per 25 attendees. Delegate all tasks. Your task is to follow up with the progress of each task and keep everyone on the same page.

2. Good Communication
You've heard it said "if you build it they will come?" That may be true when it comes to planning a special event. But if no one told them you built it don't expect company. That said, it's important to get the word out as early as possible.

3. Provide Plenty of Time To Rally Support
Often good communication and plenty of time is all that's needed to rally support. You want to let the family know that your planning a reunion well in advance. At the very least give them a date. Details can follow later. Now they can schedule time off or adjust their vacation plans to include the reunion.

To that end it is recommended that the reunion be planned at least 7 months to one year in advance providing plenty of time to foresee and execute action items.

To keep reunion meetings from getting bogged down with too much information and little time to follow up with delegated tasks make use of good scheduling, reunion planning tools and action item lists.

For example, if there is a need to schedule a tour of a memorial site, order catering and have a professional on location photo shoot one needs to know when to make calls, who to contact and when to follow up with that person. To avoid forgetting important tasks all that's needed is a good family reunion planner. Family reunion planners are usually in the form of software application, books or bound organizers.

Suggested Reunion Planning Tools
A good family reunion planner organizer should contain a time line checklist with preparation reminders, attendee database, scheduling worksheets, committees assignment sheets, reunion needs lists, meal planner checklists, a music checklist, supplies list, invitations, flyers, itinerary template, dinner program template, announcement submitter, budget and cost estimator as well as other essentials for time and cost effective family reunion planning. One such planner is called Fimark's Family Reunion Planner 3.0. Check out the evaluation version at

Friday, February 11, 2011

Early Bird Money Saving Tips

It's time to look at your Family Reunion Planner. If it's been several weeks since you looked over the "Timeline Planner" and "Checklist" now is the time to do it. Don't put it off another day. The weekend is a perfect time to get started. You'll want to consider where you are in the timeline and what needs to be accomplished ASAP to save time and spare your
family reunion dollars.

Don't have Fimark's award winning Family Reunion Planner? Checkout the evaluation versions.

Giving yourself plenty of time to focus on action items will actually save you money. How? Simple. The early bird gets the worm. That means catching sales while they are fresh and products are not picked over. It means finding deep discounts on travel while they last. It means finding out-of-season specials on picnic items, decor and party favors.

Early Bird Family Reunion Planning Discount Checklist

Awards - Family Reunion Certificates
Bags Keepsake Tote & Draw String
Books - Family Reunion Planning
Gift Bags
Grill Master Grills
Music - Family Reunion Theme Music
Outdoor Dining Furniture
Party Favors
Personalized Golf Towels
Personalized Water Bottles

Check out sales online and stock up now before they become in-season items.
The Family Reunion Store
Discounted Family Reunion Cruise Travel Packages

Family Reunion Printables and Tshirts

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Submitting Your Family Reunion Announcement Online

How can you announce your next family reunion with the widest exposure online? Announce your next family reunion to the world.

Most high ranking sites with blogging features are tied into the Internets
search engine database. Messages that can be accessed from search engines are the most effective way of getting the details regarding the family reunion even out to the community at large including distant or missing relatives. To that end we strongly encourage reunion planners to announce the details regarding the next family reunion the high ranking award winning Family Reunion Planning resource at

The family reunion announcment registry is tied into the Goolge, MSN,
AOL and Yahoo! search engine database. All users need to do is lookup
the surname along with the keyword family reunion and they will find
information about the next family reunion event. We're here to help you every step of the way. Happy Family Reunion Planning!

Just fill in the details of your next family reunion even including Year,
Surnames, Date Time and Place as well as contact information. Once all details are entered click the submit button and your family reunion announcment is published.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Black History Month

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events
in the history of the African Diaspora. It is celebrated annually in
the United States and Canada in the month of February, while in the
UK it is held in the month of October.

Black History Month was established in 1976 by African-Americans for
the Study of African-American Life and History. The month-long
celebration was an expansion of Negro History Week, which was
established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, director of what was then
known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

At first it was celebrated almost exclusively by African Americans,
taking place outside of the view of the wider society. Increasingly,
however, mayors and governors, especially in the North, began
endorsing Negro History Week and promoting interracial harmony. Now
Black History Month is a national observance. Families are encouraged
to take advantage of the effort to promote recognition of a rich
heritage, culture and resilient people of African decent including African Americans, European Africans, Brazil, the Caribbean Islands and Jamaica to name a few.

Black History Month Activities:

Join or form a Family History Society

Donate to your favorite black charity

Visit a black museum or art gallery

Write about your families contribution to black history

Read a grade level book regarding notable black achievements to your

Volunteer in some way to give back to the community.

Family Reunion Planning and Black History Month
In celebration of Black history month Fimark Home presents the Family Reunion Theme "Family Fest." A family reunion festival planner featuring cultural exploration in food, stories, poetry, music and colorful costumes. Go to the family reunion planner evaluation version and click on the "Theme Selector" panel to begin planning your Family Reunion Fest.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

More Family Reunion Booklet Making Tips

Adding Pages To Fimark's Familiy Reunion Keepsake Booklet

To create additional pages for your Family History section you can
copy, insert and paste the "blank" page provided in your Booklet
Maker. (Instructions using Microsoft Word or compatible program)

Here are the steps involved:

1. Go to the second to the last page of the series of pages. Note
the page reads, "This is your blank page insert template."

2. Click on both the background image and the foreground text box
holding down the shift key.

3. Select "Copy".

4. Move to the page under the family history page and click above
the background image. A blinking curser marker should appear.

5. Go to the menu and select Insert. Scroll down to Break (page
break) and click. A new page will appear.

6. Place your curser at the top of the new page and click. Your
blinking curser marker will appear.

7. Now paste the copied contents onto the page.
To create more pages simply follow steps 5 thru 7.
Remember to save your work once you have completed this task.

Download The Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet Maker...

The Family Reunion Keepsake Booklet includes pages to add a contact list or address directory. Use your Attendee database spreadsheet found in the Family Reunion Planner 3.0 application to add contact information to your Family Reunion Booklet contact list/address directory.

Don't have Fimark's Family Reunion Planner?
Download the online version at

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Making Your Family Reunion Booklet

Today we will begin discussing how to make a Family Reunion Booklet. You will need the following:

If you're using the Family Reunion Planner to plan your next reunion you'll notice that the "Family Reunion Timeline Checklist" is prompting you to collect photos, stories, genealogy research. These will go in your family reunion keepsake booklet.

Adding Photos
The family reunion booklet template is part of the at Family Reunion Planner package. The photo pages allow you to display photos of family members, special occasions such as births, weddings, graduations, retirment parties and past reunion events.

Preparing your photos for inclusion in the booklet.
Scan them into your computer or take a picture of the photo using your digital camera, camera phone or cell phone and transfer them to your computer. Next use your photo editing tools to crop (cut-around) the images into perfect squares. Once this is done your photos are ready to add to your reunion booklet.

Next we'll talk about the contact and business lists.
Fimark's Family Reunion Planner