If you want to hold a reunion for your family – or any other organization – the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau has your back.
The Louisville, KY CVB offers a quarterly series of seminars called “From Our Family to Yours” which provide reunion organizers guidance on all the ins and outs of such an event. One of these seminars is held in November.
It includes a “How to Plan a Family Reunion” presentation by the CVB’s Family Reunion Service Specialists and a “meet and greet” with hospitality industry partners who specialize in family reunions. Attendees also get a “Family Reunion Planning Kit,” unless they’ve already downloaded it from the CVB site.
The planning kit offers suggests for reunion committees, a timeline on getting things set up, and lists of restaurants, tour companies, meeting facilities and other gathering spots that are perfect for such events.
There’s even a planner to develop a special ceremony such as a prayer service to provide a focal point to a gathering. Other resources link planners to a city event calendar, the state tourism department, a West Louisville Celebration resource and the national Reunion Magazine.
And of course, there’s also the quarterly seminars to help planning along. Among the recommendations – don’t make one person plan a large reunion alone; have contingency plans in case something doesn’t come through (including a relative’s promise to do something!) and survey potential attendees for interests to help with planning.
Perhaps the most important piece of advice is for after the reunion is over: Get commitments for people to plan the next event – and make sure you tip the people who helped you during your event!
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