All reunions include activities if even just sitting under shade trees catching up. But most, anymore, plan activities for all ages and interests that are at the heart of why members look forward to coming to reunions. Following pages include a plethora of possibilities and should reap something new, something you'd not thought of or a twist on something you already do. Thanks to all the reunion organizers who have so generously shared their stories and ideas. Won't you share yours? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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And how to present a program?
The Seidemanns line up for their portrait at their 80th annual reunion in Newburg, Wisconsin. Click to enlarge.
The Seideman Family Reunion has a full day of outdoor activities with games and contests listed. An announcer uses a PA system to call participants to the games to stay on schedule and fit everything in. Watch video of portrait preparation:
The Wilson Family prints its daily itinerary on a paper fan so family members can be aware of what's going on while staying comfortable in the July heat.
The 2012 Saffore-Scyffore Family Reunion Program The 2012 80th Wilson Family ReunionProgram The 2011 Moses Family Souvenir Booklet
Thelma Harper Jones, heart and soul of the Banks Hill Outlaw Family Reunion (since day one), shared the program for their 30th anniversary reunion. You go, girl!
The Gottung (Gruny Vetter Eck) Family Reunion in Wausau, Wisconsin, used this program. Thanks to Sandy Smith, West Des Moines, Iowa.
2010 Saffore-Scyffore Family Reunion Celebration Program "We are a family, DRIVEN by Divine Purpose”
Burnette Family Contemplation
Georgia Burnette writes about a questionnaire the Burnette Family Reunion used. After the traditional Candlelight Ceremony (prayers for relatives no longer with us and for family members unable to attend). After this somber and eloquent interlude was a perfect moment to ask each person to reflect in writing on his/her role in family affairs. This was a self-evaluation and answers were not shared or discussed. The exercise was intended to heighten awareness about participation in family matters and to encourage individual pause and consideration about working to move the family forward or sitting back and letting it happen.
How are you going to get all these activities planned and done? Volunteers, of course! Find out who and how to involve volunteers in your planning as well as on reunion day(s). The more the better! Click here for podcast.
Before you check in to your hotel, you will want to have what the professionals call a "pre-con" meeting. See a suggested outline to include everything you should consider for the meeting.