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Recovering from '08 Reunion
Just wanted to share my reunion experience. I recently returned from the 2008 Reed-Puryear Family Reunion. To our surprise, it turned out to be better-attended than the reunion committee anticipated. On the deadline of the reunion fees, the chairperson only had about 85 people registered. We ended up with a little bit over 200 in attendance. The economy caused many family members to "wait and see." But ultimately, many family members reached deep into their pockets and made the sojourn to Nashville, Tennessee. It was our first reunion in that city. Although the late registrations caused stress (let's not get it twisted ), ultimately, the committee was happy to know that during an economy like this, we were able to pull off one of our largest reunions.
On Friday, the family had a "Meet-Greet Reception" at the hotel. Family branches got a chance to introduce themselves. The children were gathered up and my cousins prepared a special "Pull Your Pants Up" Dance for them to perform on Saturday at the Banquet. Also, we used Cynthia's idea that she posted here, and gave six youths disposable cameras for them to take pictures of what they found "interesting." They were really eager to participate.
On Saturday, the family enjoyed the General Jackson Showboat Cruise and Show. It was awesome and a different activity for us. Other family members opted for the excursion to the Opry Mills Mall. On Saturday morning, most of the family were able to gather up for a group shot before we went on our different excursions. See photo below.
On Saturday night, everyone came together for the evening banquet. Not only did the children perform a great "Pull Your Pants Up" dance, they also had their own fashion show. It was so cool seeing the young people having a great time. A young family member was so inspired by the message that cousins his age were portraying in their dance, that he decided that he's never gonna "sag" his pants again. Also, the youth who had done some type of accomplishment since Reunion 2006 (Honor Roll, Pageant Contest, high GPA, etc.) were all given certificates. One of our main objective for the reunions is to involve the younger generation, so that they'll be excited to carry on the reunion tradition. We also enjoyed a dynamic speaker and a great banquet program.
On Sunday, the family came together at the hotel and had a Lord's Day Worship Service. As part of this service, we had a special memorial to pay tribute to the ancestors and family members who have gone before us. It was emotional. We felt their spirit!
I was just a committee member this time, so I am not as tired as my cousin who served as Chair and who is still trying to battle with being on a natural high for pulling off one of our largest reunions in a weak economy and being quite tired because of the work involved. Despite the energy drain, it is well worth it. Nothing good comes easy and simple.
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