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Old 06-19-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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I feel like family reunions can be either a great time to catch up with other relatives, but I've never planned one before and would like to try it within the next year. After reading this article in the Scott Common Sense community about family reunion secrets, what would you all recommend for making a family reunion function well (especially for the host)?

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Old 06-19-2009, 08:50 PM   #2
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Waaaaiitta minute...

From your intro post @: New here from the DC area
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I'm from the Washington, DC metro area, and am currently working in marketing w/ Kimberly-Clark.
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After reading this article in the Scott Common Sense community about family reunion secrets, what would you all recommend for making a family reunion function well (especially for the host)?
From the bottom of the page you linked to above:
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All names, logos and trademarks are the property of Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. or its affiliates.
My own Scott Common Sense(R) tells me that you are not planning a reunion, but have in fact already planned some quality guerrilla marketing and SEO. Well played, marketing person, well played.

1) I never would have looked into this were your website not laying claim to my own common sense.

2) I was about to respond honestly to your post, and I'm kind of offended that this was all a sham.

3) Why is a toilet paper company telling people how to plan a family reunion? I mean, I fully understand the idea of putting more content on your site in order to increase visit lengths, thereby increasing brand identity in the minds of those visitors..

..but at least throw into the article something like "don't forget that all those reunion guests will need to have a BM eventually -- so be sure to stock up on Scott toilet paper!"

Or would that just be too transparent?

(PS - Sorry for scanning in your product packaging and using it as my avatar, but it's been like that for months. I feel terrible, really I do.)

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I really am interested in the perspective of everyone here, and since I do work with Scott, I was browsing through the site and that article is what first prompted me to look into planning a family reunion.

It has been one of those things in the back of my mind for a long time, but I've been putting it off even though I know it would be worth all of the planning that it takes to pull one of those things off. That's why I was hoping for some ideas and tips from anyone who has organized a family reunion before.
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here are some ideas.......

Organizing a family reunion is no different than organizing any other large party, with one exception: your guests may be coming from all over the country — or even all over the world — and your objective is to make sure they get to know each other better.

With that in mind, your choice of location is crucial. You need to pick a venue that will hold everyone you’ve invited, plus be amenable to mingling and socializing. You’ll want a certain amount of privacy, so your family can get reacquainted without distractions from other parties. You may want to poll family members to see if they are interested in a picnic at an outdoor pavilion or a private room at a hotel or restaurant.

Cost will be one of the main factors in determining where you meet. A potluck picnic is considerably less expensive than a catered meal. A potluck picnic is considerably less expensive than a catered meal. A potluck has the added appeal of letting everyone share their family’s favorite specialty. Out-of-town guests who won’t be able to bring a dish can be responsible for activities, souvenirs or beverages.

Bear in mind that as organizer, you may have additional expenses, such as postage, deposits and decorations. Don’t forget to include those expenses in whatever fee each family pays.

Help your guests make a connection between families. Post a large family tree poster so guests can see how they are related to other guests. Name tags are essential, of course, but also consider color-coding them so people can see at a glance what branch of the tree someone is from.

There are bound to be blanks in the family tree. Invite your guests to fill in the blanks, and follow up after the reunion by sending a small copy of the family tree to all the attendees. Better yet, consider establishing a family website where this information can be posted for all to see. Invite your guests to post photos from the reunion.

Speaking of photos, invite relatives to bring photo albums and scrapbooks. Or encourage them to scan old photos and e-mail them to you. Photo software usually allows you to create a simple slide show that could be the hit of the reunion. You might even want to present the show on a CD for each family.

uhhhhhh..... huh?????

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I really am interested in the perspective of everyone here, and since I do work with Scott, I was browsing through the site and that article is what first prompted me to look into planning a family reunion.
Perhaps someone less cynical [realistic] than myself will offer some advice.

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here are some ideas.......
DM - Excellent ideas, I like them. Though it sounds familiar somehow.... hmmm....
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I would encourage people to bring family albums to share or display collages of family pictures.
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thanks! i'm just full of it today..... good advise, that is.... lol

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