Wrap up v. To complete or conclude, as
a business deal, project or any undertaking.
Says: "Whew! Thats like pulling a dogs tail and then finding
out that its got rabies. You think its not that bad, then it gets a whole lot
worse. Im just glad its over. Lets do it again next year!"
Well, your reunion is winding to a close.
Mister Spiffy says to wave the last guest out the door, then flop down on your bed and
fall fast asleep. Thats it
keep sleeping. Once you wake up,
heres some things you can do to make your next reunion even better. While you
can do any of these things after the reunion is over, some of them would work a little
better if you do them near the end of the reunion (shortly before your family members head
Ask each family (or even each family member, as Mister
Spiffy prefers) to fill out an evaluation form to let the reunion committee know what they
liked and didnt like about the reunion. Use this information to plan next
years reunion (or whenever the next one is going to be). Perhaps there were
too few or too many activities. Maybe people wanted more time to sit on their duffs
and visit. Whatever the results, this is Mister Spiffys patented BEST WAY to
make sure next years reunion is a success. Don't know what to ask? Here is a sample evaluation form (just click, then click the Print
button on your browser, then click the Back button to return to this page).
Update Family Information
Collect updated information from each family.
This can include addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and birthdays. This
information is useful not only for contacting the family next year, but can also be used
to help create a family directory that you can send to everyone.
Thank the Volunteers
Send out thank you notes to everyone who helped out
with the reunion. Perhaps include a plate of your homemade cookies
thats always Mister Spiffys favorite thank you gesture. This will make
the volunteers feel appreciated, and will make them more willing to help out in the
future. Sort of like bribery, except you pay it after they do what you
Helpful Hints Dont get
yourself in over your head. If you cant handle a reunion every year, then for
heavens sake, dont do it! Its not that hard to catch on to, but some
people feel obligated to do something drastic like that.