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Re: Involving the Young Generation

I can say it works. They learn how to take better picture's and bug their parents to give them a camera. The only thing that can make it better is if you save pictures from that particular reunion and post them on a board for all to view and make sure you get a picture of the photographer doing their thing. You kind of have to think of new things to keep it interesting. The same old banquet, same old reunion site, same old games would put me to sleep.
There is one more game I borrowed from a bus trip. A family auction game. Start off with the board members purchasing and donating an item to be displayed on a seperate table so member's can check it out as they come in to the picnic or banquet. Make sure you put in the last newsletter in writing the rules for the auction. You want folks to bring some money. Board member's MUST NOT tell each other what they are bringing. No one will know what the items to be raffled off will be until they are placed on the Auction table. DO NOT BUY HOUSEHOLD COOKING OR CLEANING ITEMS. Some sample ideas to buy--chest game, dart game, dominoes, back to school filled back pack, gift certificates from local stores, gas cards, movie theater gift certificate, grocery story gift certificate, 20 $1 lottery scratch offs, create a big gift bag with assorted items for the kids--be adventurous. Listen to what folks in your family like to buy and build a item around that. During the year there are always close out items on clearance so keep an eye out. Think about the age groups from the young and the old. NEXT you print up monopoly type money in denominations from $1000-$50 increments. In order to bid they must purchase the monopoly auction money--$5 for $5000 of monopoly money. The 1st time we didn't put the minimum opening bid on any item and did ok. The 2nd time we placed a beginning bid amount on certain items so they knew they needed more auction money and did better. This is a family fun raiser. No auction money can be purchased during bidding, only before and after each item is up for bid. It became really funny when folks ran out of money and had to team up and combine money's to get items. But they got to talking, laughing and scheming for next year. Some folks were waiting in line to purchase more monopoly money for something they knew was going to go high. Even the kids had items to bid on. All in all it was fun. Even the young can take turns at being the Auctioneer. You know once you have finished eating the only thing left is to get sleepy or start bragging:-)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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