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Re: Reunion Planners, You Know God Is In Control! ;)

I am also going through the same things with my family reunion. First of all I called as many family memebers as I could, to let them know that the room rates would be higher because it is the second week in July and at Myrtle Beach(The height of tourist season), just to see if they thought the prices were ok. Everyone said yes that was fine.I sent the first letter in September of 2006, with the reunion location, room rates, and the amount of the reunion fee. The second letter was sent the third week in January with two installemnt dates. Mistake number one, because some people assumed that they didn't have to send ANY money until the last installment. The first installment was due February 24, I had received money from 14 people. The final installment was due May 12. I have heard from almost everyone, but I have 3 family memebers that seem to think they have a never ending deadline. We have never had the 200 people that some families get, but in certain states(South Carolina and Virginia) the turn out is very good always over 100 people, Last year the reunion was in Akron, Ohio and only 45 people showed up.

One cousin in particular, keep in mind that I have called her at least 3 times, the first time was May 13, she told me "I'm putting it in the mail in the morning, I can only send half, but you'll get the rest by the end of the month" June 1 came and past (NO MONEY), June 15(which I said was my FINAL DEADLINE came and went(NO MONEY).Another phone call was made no answer(she probably checked the caller ID). I did get a voicemail and it was "You need to check your mail it should be there as I speak". I'm thinking FINALLY she sent the money, to the post office I go, guess what??? (NO MONEY). To be fair she does have 7 grandchildren that shes trying to get to the reunion, but her ex husband gave her the money!!! Where is the money???? I found this out when my niece called and didn't reach her (Caller ID again??)so she called the ex. I decided I'm not going to call anymore, so my mother who is only a Morgan through marriage called her last week Wednesday to be exact, and her reply was"I am soooo sorry it completely slipped my mind its ready and lying on the table in a stamped envelope ready to be mailed, I'll mail it today" Yes I checked the mail everyday since last Wednesday. Did I mention that she lives in SC too?? So here I am today, I go to the post office I just knew it would be there, guess what????? (NO MONEY)!!!! I know what, maybe its coming by wagon train!! I am not going to call her any more, its like I'm begging her to come. I have to give a final head count by next Tuesday July 3, 2007. Our family reunion starts July 12. If she doesn't cancel her room within 14 days she will lose her whole deposit on her room, she knows all of this, I Just hope she doesn't think she is going to pay when she gets there.

I know how frustrating it is, and the family memebrs that respond late know and have hosted family reunions so they know you have functions that have to be paid for in advance. I wish everyone with the late responses good luck, I know EXACTLY what you're going through. I hope your family reunions are a SUCCESS!!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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