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Start a Cousins Club

An older cousin in her early 80's who was the founder of another family line's family reunion recently told me that they had such a good time at family reunions that no one ever wanted to go home. She talked about how hard it was to stay in touch with one another in the off years since they had their reunions every other year and most relatives were scattered across the US.

One day it hit her that they needed to meet some how in the off year to strengthen those family ties and that's how she came up with the idea of Cousins Clubs. She started one in California, she recruited two other relatives to start one in Missouri and the other in Texas.

It started with each founder sending out a letter to family members in their state asking them to join the Cousins Club. It told how The Club would have yearly dues of $25.00 per person, would meet for a family gathering each Juneteenth and that they would vote as a group on the activity or outing to be funded from their membership fund.

She says they had so much fun and by the time the year came for the Family Reunion attendance was always better because they'd really bonded in the off year.

I was thinking of using a very similar method to draw more of the under 20 year olds to the Family Reunion for 2010. Over the past 2 reunions we've taken the usual attendance numbers from 80 - 100 people aged 45 - 95 to 250 - 300 people in the age group of 30 to 98 but, we're still not drawing the 15 - 25 age group. We need them so we really want to court them to attend the reunion in 2010.

That means that I have to start a Club before the summer of 2009 and I'm looking for really unique ways to draw them in for a meeting. I think a letter will fall on death ears so I've decided to invite as many of them as possible to a party around the Christmas Holiday this year.

Interested in hearing from voices other than my own on how to inspire them to start a Cousins Club for California for the age group of 16 - 25?

Thank You

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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