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Re: Friends at the Family Reunion
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Each of our organizers is free to choose, but in Key West we have had to limit the number of friends registering for our reunion. There are so many of us and the meeting/banquet spaces are so small here. I do not mail reunion information or the newsletter to friends/extended family because of the cost involved in expanding an already large list. If a member is bringing a friend to the reunion, s/he is responsible for passing information to that friend, and checking to see whether we have room for them. The last thing I want is to see friends/extended relatives seated at banquet tables while Allen descendants have to stand or be turned away. Otherwise, if you have room for friends, go for it.
Also, I agree with Bessida - you have to clearly communicate which family is the subject of the reunion. We had a slight problem this year when some extended relatives were not informed that our reunion focuses on the descendants of William & Addie Allen. They had been invited by this year's organizer as regular family and were subsequently upset that they were not included in the family tree or family history narrative. That's a nightmare of hurt feelings and embarassment and should be avoided at all costs.
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