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

Wow, sounds like you're going to have an exciting time! To answer your questions:

1. We routinely exempt children age 3 and under from payment of registration fees. No, we don't check ages at the door, but usually our committee is large enough and diverse enough that almost everyone registering is kown personally by a committee member. Most people don't want to risk being embarassed by being caught lying, so most tell the truth.

2. We always sell ad space in our reunion program booklet. It goes over very well as we not only sell to family members, but also local businesses who will benefit from having such a large group visit our city (charter boat captains, area attractions, restaurants, etc.). The family members who buy ads usually do so for 3 reasons: to advertise their business; to send greetings to the wole family from theirs, usually with their family photo; or to honor deceased family members by purchasing an ad in their memory, also usually accompanied by a photo. We sell full page ads for $100, half page for $50 and quarter page for $25. This can easily bring in $4K to $5K to help offset reunion expenses, much more than it costs to produce the booklet.

3. I've heard of people using these disposable cameras at their weddings, but not at reunions. Great idea, though I wonder how many you'll get back. You may want to identify a diverse group of 5 or 10 family members ahead of time and give them the cameras. By designating them the official reunion photographers, you'll have a better chance of getting the photos back.

4. We have a large family and experience the same problem - how to get people talking to each other. One of my favorite ice breakers is to have everyone get up, introduce themselves to someone they don't know, then spend 5 minutes learning everything they can about that person with the knowledge that they will have to introduce that new acquaintance to the entire group sometime during the reunion.

5. Honoring your elders is a great activity. You can do so by purchasing corsages and buttoniers, which you can present to them at the banquet. If you want, you can get them donated in exchange for giving the florist ad space in your reunion booklet.

Hope that helps! Good luck!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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