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Re: I have 5 questions
In Response To: I have 5 questions ()

Hi L. Kimbrough,

1. Our reunion fees have always included no charge for children under 5 years of age. Above the age of 5, everyone had to pay something, even my 90-year-old cousin. (smile) In my experience, I felt that most family members have been honest in paying the appropriate fees. We also have another rate, half-price, for children ages 5 to 15. Our fees are based on the fees that the hotels charge us. They typically have the same rate for their catered dinners - free for children under 5, and 1/2 price for ages 5 to 12. I have yet to find a hotel who gives senior citizens' discounts.

I personally think it will be rather difficult to try to verify the ages once everyone is there, so we just hope and pray that everyone was honest. We basically give the hotel the attendance breakdown based on what we've collected. If 150 adults paid full price, 35 children between 5 and 12 paid half price, and 20 children under the age of 5 will be attending, then those are the numbers we provide the hotel (for the catered dinners only). I have yet to witness a hotel having someone there at the catered event, trying to verify the attendance breakdown given to them, so I never worried too much about if some family members were not truthful.

2. Yes, we have done ads on several occasions with success. I have found that you have to be proactive in making this a success. In my experience, you can't just sit and hope for plenty of ads to come in after you've sent out your reunion letters. Typically, family members have called a number of other family members, asking them to submit an ad of their business, family, or whatever. And before we know it, we've generated a fair or nice number of ads for the reunion books, and some money to help defray the printing costs.

3. I've never experienced this, but this sounds like a GREAT idea!!

4. We've typically done this with icebreakers. One particular icebreaker we've done was a family trivial game, in which family members had no choice but to converse with others outside of their "clique". Everyone was given a sheet of paper with about 10 questions like - (1) who is from Tennessee?, (2) who came to the reunion by airplane, (3) who is in the Jimmy Reed Family Branch, (3) who is a teacher, (4) who is from Detroit, MI, (5) whose first name begins with a "W", (6) who is the great-grandchild of Pleas Reed, etc. etc. Then, everyone had to find a person that matches the question and get them to sign their name next to the question. A time limit was given and who ever gets all or most of their questions signed was the winner. This gets a LOT of people interacting with each other, and not only that, it turned out to be a very fun game.

5. We have given special and inexpensive gifts to the two oldest family members in attendance.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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