Organize n. Prepare by arranging for various factors or
Mister Spiffy Says: "Everyone
needs organization. Its essential to the human survival. Its what separates us
from the teenagers."
Creating a family reunion committee is the first
step to putting it all together (watch that first step its a doozy)!
Keep in mind that the committee can be only one person but usually if it is, that
one person is going to be you. Its the way things work.
The Family Reunion Committee
Family Reunion Committee Chairperson
If you are planning a small reunion (25 people or
less?), then it can be one person. You. If its bigger, then make the
committee bigger. The committee should create a planning binder with lists of
subcommittees, guests, assignments, resources, financial status, and anything else that
seems important at the time. Here is a family reunion
checklist to help get you started.
Every organization has to have a leader, and the
family reunion committee is no exception. The committee chairperson (chairperson
is politically correct talk for "can be a man or woman") is responsible for:
- Scheduling committee meetings and notifying the members of those meetings
- Presiding over meetings and maintaining the peace
- Making a list of volunteers (or forced volunteers) and their job assignments
- Keeping a calendar of finished tasks and unfinished business
- Motivating people to follow through (candy, food, money, fame, guilt...)
It is good if the committee chairperson is someone that
everyone respects and will listen to. If nobody in your family matches that
description, select someone that everyone is afraid of (and will listen to).
Unless you want to do all the work yourself (call me
lazy, but I dont), you will find it necessary to assign subcommittees
to handle various aspects of the reunion. Subcommittees can be a single person as
well, for small reunions, but if not, each should have a chairperson of its own to report
back. You know, just in case theyre slacking off and not getting the job done, the
chairperson overall can crack down on them. Thats Mister Spiffys favorite part
of being overall chairperson of any reunion.
Helpful Hints When youre
getting organized, dont expect that you can do everything. If you have the authority
to dish the responsibilities out on somebody anybody else, why do everything
yourself? Take advantage of it and laze around! Havent you seen those movies with
the evil stepmother lying and tanning on a lawn chair while the servants / children slave
about the yard? Theres a real-life lesson here.