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Mark Angelo Askew is an author, minister, motivational speaker, event planner, entertainer, illustrator, and web app developer. Mark is also the founder of Angelo and Marie's Fantastic Bubble Show, currently on tour throughout the east coast.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Season To Remember

Spring Fever
Are you ready for spring?  I sure am. Warm long days. Cookouts in the park.
Children blowing bubbles. Jazzy music playing. The smell of smokey BBQ in the
air. Laughter and support. Getting up-to-speed with family gossip and collecting
a new recipe or two. Expressions of thankfulness for all of our progeny and
bounty. Brenda and I so look forward to this seasons festive gatherings. It
draws us even closer together.


The New Family Reunion Planner Keepsake Book
It has been an eventful winter preparing for spring events. As said in our last
newletter we proudly published our first edition of The Family Reunion Planner
Keepsake Guide & Workbook. Planners who prefer to work from a softbound or
hardbound book while keeping a journal of planning highlights are now able to do
so with the turn of a page. And all the planning worksheets and guides are still
there. Just updated and more user friendly.  In addition the book is available
in PDF ebook format. That means you can do your notetaking and journaling using a PDF editor and print out worksheets as needed. The updated PDF version is now in the software application as well. Just download it from the Familiy Reunion Planning download center if you own the download or CD version.


Our New Distribution Service
It has been sometime sense we updated you regarding our distribution service. As you know for a time Google checkout has been handling all of our online sales and I have been doing all the printing, binding, packaging and shipping by hand. Not anymore. With orders having doubled since 2009 and a projected 25% increase this year we've entered a partnership with Lulu.com, our new print-on-demand, shoppping cart  service and distributor. Lulu has been a loyal printer, publisher and distributor of books and ebooks since the turn of the century. That said orders will be filled more quickly and the product will be promptly packaged and shipped from the distribution center.

Even better you'll soon see our event planner at Amazon.com as well as Barnes & Noble.

More About The Book
So exactly what's in the new Family Reunion Planner book? The 128 page book is a complete family reunion planning guide, workbook and keepsake that helps you plan, organize and manage your family reunion while keeping a journal of your progress, highlights and wisdom gained along the way. Includes planning tutorial for individual planners, groups and committees, a recipe recording section, followup notes section, event planning checklists, step by step timeline planner, 4 separate theme planners with recommended activities, itinerary, survey letter and luncheon, dinner program recommendations and templates. Also includes organization and departmental worksheets and recommended resources. Be among the first to own the first keepsake edition and consider it as a gift for all the moms in your life.

Don't have The Family Reunion Planner? Visit us at
http://family-reunion-planner.fimark.net/ and choose from the book, ebook,
software on CD or instant application download.

Happy family reunion planning!


Mark and Brenda.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Keepsake Journal vs Family Reunion Planner

All I can say is wow!  We did it. We really did it.  A work I am truly proud of.  It's one thing to have a keepsake memento and another to have a family reunion planner, and still another to have a reunion journal. Fimark's newly released Family Reunion Planner Guide Book & Keepsake has all of that and more.

As you carry out the three stages of planning your reunion from conception to organizing to managing according to one of the four theme planners provided in this new release, you will also have the luxury of following the timeline planner because there are sections for all of that. In addition you can record the highlights of each planning stage.  There's a journal included in the planner for that.

Of course you're bound to collect some words of wisdom, support and a few recipes along with way. Yes, there's a section for that too.

Keeping a record of your experiences while planning the event will certainly contribute to meaningful content when writing the Chairman welcome letter and the opening and closing words at the luncheon/dinner program. The journal and recipe section will also provide content ideal for your next family reunion newsletter.

All things considered the planner is specifically designed to be kept, used, shared and passed on to next generation and many generations to come. Some may consider it to be an heirloom in and of itself.

So what does Fimark's newly released Family Reunion Planner not have? If you're using the Book along with the CD application I would have to say, nothing. Having said that, you really do have everything you need to plan a memorable family reunion this year and family events for decades to come.

The new hardbound and softbound planner can be ordered at Lulu.com. It is also formatted as an ebook in pdf format and as a stand alone application on CD for your laptop and desktop. You can also download it on your netbook. 

Happy Family Reunion Planning!

Don't have the Family Reunion Plannner?
Order the book or download it at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/fimark123



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Guidebook" At Lulu.com

Hello readers. I'm so excited. I recently completed the manuscript for
my new book. Family Reunion Planning Guide & Workbook.
Well I'm happy to say it has just been published and is released to the public.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planning Guide & Workbook

This full color complete family reunion planning guide and workbook includes planning tutorial for individual planners, groups and committees, a journal and recipe recording section, followup notes section, event planning checklists, step by step timeline planner, 4 separate theme planners, recommended games and activities, itinerary, survey letter and luncheon, dinner program recommendations and templates. Also includes organization and departmental worksheets and recommended resources.


Just released at Lulu.com

Planning Family Reunion Entertainment

Planning a family reunion event is one thing. Planning entertainment is another. So how to you get started? Here are five things to consider.

1. What entertainment does your family enjoy?
2. How does it relate to the theme of the event?
3. Where can such entertainment be enjoyed?
4. How many will participate?
5. Is it affordable?

For more ideas regarding family reunion activities and entertainment go to http://goo.gl/KUS3w

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shout Out to DAISY UNGEHEUER of BRADENTON FL

Here's a Shout Out to DAISY UNGEHEUER of BRADENTON FL



Congratulations on your decision to have a family reunion event and thanks for bringing us along.
We wish you a successful and memorable event.

From: Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Team

Shout Out to LaDonna Polk of Detroit MI

Here's a Shout Out to LaDonna Polk of Detroit MI



Congratulations on your decision to have a family reunion event and thanks for bringing us along.
We wish you a successful and memorable event.

From: Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Team
http://family-reunion-planner.fimark.net/family-reunion-planner.html

Shout Out to Kimberly Johnson of Milford DE

Here's a Shout Out to Kimberly Johnson of Milford DE



Congratulations on your decision to have a family reunion event and thanks for bringing us along.
We wish you a successful and memorable event.

From: Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Team
http://family-reunion-planner.fimark.net/family-reunion-planner.html

Shout Out to Leola Nelson of Jacksonville FL

Here's a Shout Out to Leola Nelson of Jacksonville FL



Congratulations on your decision to have a family reunion event and thanks for bringing us along.
We wish you a successful and memorable event.

From: Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Team
http://family-reunion-planner.fimark.net/family-reunion-planner.html

Shout Out to Marsha A. Ellis Smith of Louisville KY


Here's a Shout Out to Marsha A. Ellis Smith of Louisville KY



Congratulations on your decision to have a family reunion event and thanks for bringing us along.
We wish you a successful and memorable event.

From: Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Team

Shout Out to Barbara DeVeaux of Capitol Heights MD

Here's a Shout Out to Barbara DeVeaux of Capitol Heights MD



Congratulations on your decision to have a family reunion event and thanks for bringing us along.
We wish you a successful and memorable event.

From: Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Team

Shout Out to Keith, Silver Spring MD

Here's a Shout Out to Keith E. Jackson of Silver Spring MD





Congratulations on your decision to have a family reunion event and thanks for bringing us  along.
We wish you a successful and memorable event.

From: Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Team

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tips To Save Money On Your T-Shirt Order

Instead of placing two separate orders of say, sweatshirts and t-shirts or t-shirts and caps, combine the orders into one order and save on design costs.

Micheal of CustomInk says, "Instead of placing two smaller orders for say, 25 shirts each, place one larger order of 50 and get the biggest discount you can."

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Tips To Save Money On Your T-Shirt Order

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Here's a Shout Out to Wanda Rouse of Goose Creek, SC 
Congratulations on your decision to have a family reunion event and thanks for bringing us  along.
We wish you a successful and memorable event.

From: Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Team
http://family-reunion-planner.fimark.net/family-reunion-planner.html

Friday, March 4, 2011

Cheap Family Reunion Vacations

When it comes to family reunion vacation planning the sky is the limit. But planning one that's affordable yet fun may seem to be quite a challenge. Not to worry. There are many ways to cut down the expense of family reunion vacations. Here are a number of money saving tips that can reduce costs up to 75%.

Cheap Family Reunion Vacations

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Remember Oprahs Legends Ball?

Who cannot remember Oprahs televised Legends Ball. It brought tears to our eyes to see so many living legends at one table being honored for their undeniable contributions to shaping our view of ourselves, our attitude toward others and our outlook.

Research shows that many professionals and community mentors have been holding Living Legend ceremonies since 1998.

We were so inspired and uplifted by the Legends event that not long after we introduced the Living Legends Ball family reunion planner. The event planner theme took off inspiring scores of Living Legends Balls across the country.

The Living Legends Ball Family Reunion Planner
A spectacular event to honor family elders who have paved the way for others. Many families started planning their Family Reunion Living Legends Ball using the printable invitation, award certificate and poems templates and worksheets provided in Fimark's award winning Family Reunion Planner

Now reunion planners can make use of the Living Legends Ball Dinner Program, complete with an outline of approriate activities during the event. The package also includes the poem "Legends Live Among Us" specifically written for such an event.

Nothing could be more humbling, enriching and memorable as having a memorable Living Legends Ball.