Family Reunion Forum
Re: OUR REUNION IS SHRINKING
In Response To: OUR REUNION IS SHRINKING ()
A fear to change and introduce new ideas can really damage a reunion. I learned that it is really really hard for some people to "step out of the box". Change scares a LOT of people.
What your family may need is a go-getter with an open mind...Someone who implements a plan and move forward with it without always asking a bunch of folk if they agree to the plan, provided that the plan is reasonable. Sometimes when you present stuff to folk, they can agrue and argue over it and nothing gets accomplished. But, if you can lay down a good plan, put the plan in motion, you'll accomplish more.
This very same situation happened to someone I know. The interest in their reunion was decreasing, as well as the attendance. A change was needed. So she decided to undo the poor planning. Previously, her family members were receiving their reunion letters a month in advance...very poor planning. So she asked to take on the next reunion. She took it on herself, got her a committee of family members willing to work with her, and they started a year in advance. They sent out two letters and had a nice itinerary set. She even moved the reunion to a nearby city, rather than the rural setting where the reunions were always held. She and her committee called and got addresses of other family members, to increase the communication. She layed out a nice reunion with an "open-minded" committee. Guess what? That reunion was very well-attended compared to previous reunions, and now her reunions are growing again in numbers. Had she sat down with the usual planners, they probably would have been arguing over the things she wanted to implement, and nothing would have gotten accomplished. Maybe you can be that same person with your reunion?? Reunions are worth trying to save.