Let’s look at your family reunion committees; who they will consist of and what their responsibilities will be. These committees will be the decision makers – so you need some “doers” to fill these positions.
Be prepared that since you are the one that wants to see this event happen, you will probably end up being the Chairperson, the organizer, the Planner, “Chief” overseer of all - and the one with the “final say”.
As the Chairperson, your responsibilities will include:
You may also want to be a part of most of the family reunion committees. This is a way to be sure tasks are being done in a timely manner; remember you are the “Chief” overseer.
Your “bean-counter”, or Treasurer, should be a very responsible person who will handle all aspects of your family reunion budgets and finances.
This person’s responsibilities will be:
Your Secretary will be someone who has computer skills (and who doesn’t these days) to be able to handle all your correspondence and communications.
A Communications Subcommittee, will be set-up; it will be their responsibility to design a survey form and mail out a family reunion announcement, invitations and flyers to your event. They will also be responsible for making sure everyone in the family knows what’s going on either by way of mail outs, emails or phone.
This will be a very demanding position, so you know the one to fill it; it’s the family “detail” person, someone who has done some major meal planning, catering or hotel planning.
This person should be able to delegate since the following subcommittees will be under this category.
Each of these subcommittees should have a Director who will report back to the Food, Beverage and Accommodations Coordinator.
Your family “party animal” will fill this position. This Coordinator and the Activities Subcommittee will be responsible for the activities that will be of interest to all age groups.
You will notice that I mentioned “subcommittees” in several places. If you are planning a large family reunion then you will need all the help you can get.
To do this, the formation of subcommittees is a great way to get a lot of family members involved; this will insure you have enough help for each task. It will also add to the successful outcome of the planning of your family reunion committees.
Whenever you talk to family members about your event, mention you need help on your family reunion committees; many members may come forward and offer to help. They may even want to serve on more than one committee; if they have the time and energy – GREAT – grab them!!
One thing for sure, you can count on these individuals being in attendance at your family reunion.