It is not too early to start planning for that family reunion (or other special get-together) and a great deal of help can be found in published materials, as well as on Internet websites. Now in its 23rd year of publication, Reunions Magazine continues to tell its readers of successful events, plans that worked, and tips for others to employ.
A subscription to Reunions Magazine (four issues) also includes a 60-page workbook, a “step-by-step guide to planning the perfect reunion,” covering such topics as first decisions, jobs to be done, reunion timetable, choosing a date, reunion budget, choosing a location, site inspections, negotiating with hotels, contracting space, fundraising, keepsakes/memorabilia, communication, invitations, activities/games, themes, food, and more.
The publisher’s website, http://www.reunionsmag.com, provides hundreds of pages of reunion planning ideas. The toolbar across the top of the homepage offers links to Getting Started (workshops, choosing a date, getting the word out, paying for the reunion, etc.); Family Reunions (activities, food, games, ice breakers, kids stuff, etc.); Military Reunions; Class Reunions; Reunion Stories; and Future Reunions. From the homepage one can also request a free sample copy of the magazine.
Be sure to click on the link to contests and sweepstakes. The prizes offered could be money, services or products. “Look particularly for the number of entries you are allowed to submit; some are one only but many others can be entered once a day. Urge your reunion members to enter also to increase your chances of winning.” (See the reports on past winners.)
A subscription to Reunion Magazine costs $9.99 (including The Workbook) and can be ordered from Reunions Magazine, P.O. Box 11727, Milwaukee, WI 53211-0727. A single copy of the magazine costs $3 including shipping. This glossy, full-color publication is sure to inspire a great event.