Back to School – Reunion Style By Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

September is here and it is the unofficial end of summer. As students are heading back to school, it is also time to think about your own reunion planning education plan.  

Whether you are hosting your first reunion, or your 50th, there is always something new to learn. You can find reunion planning workshops and events both in-person and online. Start by checking the website for the local convention and visitors’ bureau in the city where you wish to host your reunion. A simple Google search can help you find it. Once on the site, look for a downloadable Visitor’s Guide. Information is often available in various formats, such as blog posts with travel and lodging recommendations,suggestions for places to dine or tour, and more. Special spotlights are often shared via social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.), or in e-newsletters. For example, Visit Pittsburgh (where my family typically hosts our reunion)  sends out a monthly newsletter so subscribers can stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Pittsburgh and get expert advice and travel ideas.

Go to for a list of places that offer or have offered workshops on how to organize reunions. These workshops are ideal for beginners and experienced reunion planners looking for fresh, new ideas. If you are seeking more in-depth instruction, The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor offers a three-part paid Masterclass “Cousin Connections: Plan a Virtual Family Reunion” at tips in the webinar are applicable to both virtual and person events and include“Masterclass Extras” such as a handout of tips to plan your reunion and a resource guide of products (with special discounts).

Remember your special event will be here before you know it.  So don’t delay, start your reunion education plan today!