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Re: MY Family is CRAZY!!!!!!
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Hello Lorine, I have to tell you that I KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL!!!! I'm planning a family reunion in July at Myrtle Beach, SC. Keep in mind now, that I live 5 hours away from Myrtle Beach, and yes I do live in SC. This will be our 28th family reunion, and the FIRST one we have attempted this far away. Its been mostly phone calls and emails. We only had about 40 people to attend last year's reunion in Akron, Ohio. With that in mind and the fact that many people have not been to the reunion in several years(some since 97/98) My niece and I decided to call these people and see how they were doing and ask them if they would please come back. We also realized that Myrtle Beach in July would be a little more expensive than normal. So we called as many family members as possible to get their response on the prices of the accomadations, before we booked it. Everyone agreed that the price wasn't bad considering it would be at the height of tourist season. We sent out reunion letters along with the price of reunion fees and room rates in September of 2006 (so getting the information (too late) could not be an excuse as to why they didn't attend, and they could have some time to put back some extra cash). The second letter was sent out on January 20, 2007. In this letter we told them again the room rates and reunion fees(which have been the same since 1983) and gave them the option of 2 installments. The first one being February 24 and the last one being May 4. I had recieved money from 14 people by February 24. Some have even sent partial payments as late as two weeks ago. That one I'm having a hard time figuring out since the first installment has already past and the final one is about due. So far I have recieved money from 67 people. What our relatives seem not to realize is that "WE" (the reunion planner and reunion planning committee) try to make our plans based on how they respond with sending reunion fees. I had to cancel an outting because of this. There are deadlines that have to be met( the first one is May 13) in order for your function to be held and to hold your space. In my case most of the ones with the slow response have previously hosted family reunions and they know what has to be done. I haven't extended the date as of yet because I do have until Friday, but I am going to extend it until June 22, after that date any money that I recieve will be returned. Maybe thats being mean , but there has to be a stopping point. Good Luck in whatever you decide to do, I know how you're feeling, and my heart goes out to you.
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