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Family Reunion Forum

The Family Reunion Institute

The Family Reunion Institute Home

The 14th National African American Family Reunion Conference will be
held March 4-6 , 2005 at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel. Whether you are
planning your 1st or 50th reunion, there's something useful and rewarding
for everyone. We are still planning the program but in the meantime
here is general information about the Family Reunion Institute Conference.

The Family Reunion Conference is the only national meeting ground for family
leaders. The conference provides resources and information for families who
want to start a reunion tradition as well as for those who have held them
for years but want new ideas. Organizations which work with children and
families and who wish to use the family reunion concept as a way of
strengthening families will also find this to be a helpful conference. The
goal of the annual conference, according to Dr. Ione Vargus who has
conducted extensive research on family reunions, is to enhance the strengths
of the extended family.

The program usually begins on Friday. Ten different workshops are
offered between Friday and Saturday. . Within the ten workshops, however,
there are about twenty to thirty different topics. Besides sharing basic
information about organizing and funding the reunion, panelists present on
interesting new activities at the reunion, instilling cultural rites and
traditions, telling the history in different ways, identifying family
decision-making strategies, involving the total family in the reunion
planning, and passing the baton to the younger generation. Preserving
memories through crafts as well as workshops dealing with social issues are
usually included. Some examples are “Celebrating Family Diversity ” which
looked at how we are handling the identity issue of bi-racial children and
family members ; "Grandparents to Grandchildren" acknowledged our
reslience in keeping the family together and “Land Conservation and Historic
Preservation” explored how to conserve and preserve land left to the
family. A Speak Out plenary session allows for networking and an interchange
between families to raise specific issues not covered by workshops.

The Sunday Worship Service helps families be sensitive to the religious
diversity in their families by involving clergy and others from different
World Religions and denominations.

Bringing families together, one reunion at a time.

For conference information, or to be on the mailing list call:
Sylvia Ford-George, Portfolio Associates, Inc., 215 627-3660
or email: sfordgeorge@porfolioassociates.net. Also call or e-mail this
contact if you wish a copy of the advertising and sponsorship rates.

or to discuss the program, call or e-mail

Dr. Ione D. Vargus 215-204-6244 or ivargus@temple.edu

Hotel Reservations & Transportation

For hotel accommodations contact:
Hilton Atlanta,

255 Courtland Street, NE

Atlanta, GA 30303
1 877 667-7210 and ask for the Family Reunion Conference

The room fee is $89 plus tax per night for single, double, and triple


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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