Workshops, Conferences & Seminars

Everyone at the Fairfax County, Virginia, CVB workshop wore their reunions t-shirts!

Reunion planning workshops and events are held in many places, usually sponsored by a convention and visitors bureau. This information is provided as a service to reunion planners. Basic listings are free to workshop hosts. This is a list of places we know offer or have offered workshops. On the following pages you’ll learn details about upcoming workshops.

Reunion School is in Session

These are exciting opportunities for planners to learn how to organize reunions. These workshops are ideal for beginners and experienced reunion planners looking for fresh, new ideas.

Scheduled events are listed here in chronological order for those who have set dates. Then, there is a list of organizations who offer workshops but have not set dates, so you should contact them to ask about their plans for their next workshop. Other good sources for workshops are genealogy societies and their conferences. Check society program plans and if you belong to a society, ask the program chairperson to arrange a reunion planning workshop or program.

The following list is for family reunion workshops, unless designated otherwise.

Most one-day events are free though require pre-registration.

Upcoming Workshops

Reunion Expo – Montgomery
January 29, 2022. 12:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Reunion Planners Expo

Montgomery, Alabama
Registration required, deadline January 15, 2022.
Contact: Tara Walton, 800-458-8085 or 205-458-8000, ext 206; www.birmingham.com

Virtual Family Reunion Planning

FREE Virtual Family Reunion Planning and Legacy Building Workshops

Attendees enjoy hearing from industry experts and participate in “live” question and answer sessions. Limited virtual seats are available. To register, send an e-mail to webuildlegacy@gmail.com

Reunion Workshop
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Hilton Garden Inn Stonecrest, 7890 Mall Ring Road, Stonecrest, GA
Register: https://discoverdekalb.com/meetings-groups/
Contact: Penny Moore, 770-492-5018
Reunion Workshop
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Atlanta Marriott Northeast/Emory Area, 2000 Century Boulevard, Atlanta, GA
Register: https://discoverdekalb.com/meetings-groups/
Contact: Penny Moore, 770-492-5018
Virtual Family Reunion Planning

FREE Virtual Family Reunion Planning and Legacy Building Workshops

Attendees enjoy hearing from industry experts and participate in “live” question and answer sessions. Limited virtual seats are available. To register, send an e-mail to webuildlegacy@gmail.com

Reunion Workshop
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Doubletree Hotel Atlanta NE/Northlake, 4156 Lavista Road, Atlanta, GA
Register: https://discoverdekalb.com/meetings-groups/
Contact: Penny Moore, 770-492-5018
Reunion Expo
Reunion Planners Workshop
This virtual, free workshop will cover the following topics: fundraising, technology, and reunion activities
Reunion Workshop
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, GA
Register: https://discoverdekalb.com/meetings-groups/
Contact: Penny Moore, 770-492-5018
Reunion Parks Tour

Douglasville, Georgia
Reunion Parks Tour
Time: 
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Ike Owings Community Center
8830 Gurley Road
Douglasville, GA 30134
Contact: Peyton Powers
PowersP@douglasvillega.gov
770-947-5920

The following locations have held events in the past – Call for future dates.
(alphabetical by city, county or area)

Augusta, Georgia
Contact “Cousin” Michelle | 706-823-6616 | Michelle@VisitAugusta.com

Atlanta, Georgia
404-521-6647 | atlanta.net/reunions

Branson, Missouri
Annual Military Reunion Planners Conference
For the MRPC Application or a Reunion Planner Sales Kit:
Contact Lenni Neimeyer, 417-334-4084, lneimeyer@bransoncvb.com
417-243-2117 | https://www.explorebranson.com/groups/reunions

Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
Reunion Planner Expo for reunions to be held in Birmingham/Jefferson County
For more information contact,
Tara Walton, CTIS
Director of Tourism
800-458-8085  |  205-458-8000 ext. 206
twalton@inbirmingham.com  |  birminghamal.org/reunion-planning/

Gwinnett, Georgia
Contact Maurice Odoms, 770-814-6059
Maurice@exploregwinnett.orgAtlantareunion.com

Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Contact John Poole, 704-456-7969 | John.Poole@VisitCabarrus.com | visitcabarrus.com

Chesapeake, Virginia
Contact Toby Word | 757-382-1356 | tlword@cityofchesapeake.net
www.visitchesapeake.com/groups/Lunch at the 2013 Chesapeake, Virginia, reunion planning workshop.

Lunch at the 2013 Chesapeake, Virginia, reunion planning workshop.

Cobb County, Georgia
Contact Dianne Lovett |  678-303-2635 | dlovett@travelcobb.org

Columbus, Georgia
visitcolumbusga.com

Columbus, Ohio
Contact Kaela Krise | 614-222-6146 | experiencecolumbus.com/2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 |discoverdekalb.com/reunions

Detroit, Michigan
Contact us at 313-202-1985  |  reunions@visitdetroit.com.
visitdetroit.com/family-reunions/ Family Reunion Planners Conference & Expo

Fairfax, Virginia
Contact Dean Miller, National Sales Manager, 703-752-9509 | dmiller@fxva.com | Visit Fairfax
New! iPhone App http://bit.ly/VisitFairfax Click here to view a slideshow of the 2019 workshop.

2012 Fairfax Family Reunion Planning Workshop

Fredericksburg Regional Reunion Workshop, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Contact Victoria Matthews, 540-372-1216
vamatthews@fredericksburgva.gov | www.VisitFred.com
visitfred.com/reunions/Guest speaker, Nathania A. Branch Miles, at the 2019 Fredericksburg workshop, held at Riverside Center Wedding and Events.

Guest speaker, Nathania A. Branch Miles, at the 2019 Fredericksburg workshop, held at Riverside Center Wedding and Events.

Houston, Texas
Neidra Billings |  713-853-8321 |  www.visithoustontexas.com/reunions/Attendees at the 2009 Lake County Reunion Workshop Experience

Lake Country, Illinois
Contact Kimberly Ghys | Kimberly@lakecounty.org | 800-Lake-Now | lakecountyreunions.com
Review:
“The Lake County Family Reunion Workshop was an excellent way for family reunion planners to learn about Lake County. I live in Illinois but never knew what the Lake County area offered. I walked away more knowledgeable of the area. I would encourage anyone involved with their family reunion to participate in these workshops.”
 – Helen Denham, Riverdale, Illinois

Attendees at the 2009 Lake County Reunion Workshop Experience

Louisville, Kentucky
Contact Sarah Underwood, 502-560-5007, sunderwood@gotolouisville.com

Memphis, Tennessee
Contact Townsend-McElyea | 901-543-5320 | hollymcelyea@memphistravel.com

Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace EventYMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”
Contact: ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

Newport News, Virginia
Contact Andrea Moran, Newport News Visitor Center, 757-886-7777
www.newportnewstourism.org/ 

Newport News, Virginia, workshop

Review: “There was a plethora of good information that was shared at the Newport News Reunion Planning Seminar and all of our guests seemed to really appreciate the chance to connect with such a knowledgeable group of professionals.  We would encourage anyone who has an interest in reunion or event planning to take advantage of one of these sessions if it is offered!” — Newport News Tourism

“This was excellent! It provided an awareness of activities and facilities that are available to the Newport News area and a wealth of planning ideas”–Fabiola C. MartinNewport News, Virginia, workshop

Peachtree City, Georgia
Contact Eric Matos | 678-216-0282 | ematos@visitpeachtreecity.com | www.visitpeachtreecity.com

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Contact Joy McNealy, jmcnealy@mypigeonforge.com, 800-285-7557

Sandy Springs, Georgia
Sponsored by Visit Sandy Springs, Dunwoody CVB and Cobb Travel & Tourism

Contact Amy Metzler, Sales Manager  |  770-206-1552

Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
Contact Erica Telsee, Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau
318-429-0652 | etelsee@sbctb.org
Shreveport-Bossier.org