Workshops, Conferences & Seminars

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.

We add new workshops and events to Reunions magazine and this online list as soon as we learn about them. If you offer a workshop or event about reunion planning, email details to klavin@reunionsmag.com. Listings are free to hosts, as a service for our readers.

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; also remind them to notify us. 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.

Many of these events are offered free though require pre-registration and do not accommodate walk ins.

Mahalia Simmons, Huger, South Carolina, Gant Family Reunion planner, says that:

In every dilemma I have faced with my reunion you have helped. I’ve received your magazine for 10 years and I look forward to each issue. I haven’t had a chance to go to any workshops … Reunions magazine is a reunion workshop in itself.”


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July 9-12, 2018
Nashville, Tennessee
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

772.321.8535 | ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

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July 28, 2018
FREE Virtual Family Reunion Planning Workshop
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Central. You can join by telephone from anywhere.
You will receive a FREE family reunion planning toolkit, hear from industry experts, and participate in a “live” question and answer session with a panel of reunion professionals. Limited virtual seats are available.
To register, send an e-mail to webuildlegacy@gmail.com

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July 29- August 1, 2018
Portland, Oregon
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”
772.321.8535 | ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

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August 12-15, 2018
Bloomington, MInnesota
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”
772.321.8535 | ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

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August 18, 2018
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 | discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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August 18, 2018
Family Reunion Workshop
Kissimmee, Florida
Contact Jadeine Shives | 407-569-4855 | jshives@experiencekissimmee.com
Reunionsinkissimmee.com

Experience Kissimmee Family Reunion Planning Workshop, 2015

Experience Kissimmee Family Reunion Planning Workshop, 2015

2015 Workshop attendees visiting Gatorland

2015 Workshop attendees visiting Gatorland

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August 25, 2018
FREE Virtual Family Reunion Planning Workshop
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Central. You can join by telephone from anywhere.
You will receive a FREE family reunion planning toolkit, hear from industry experts, and participate in a “live” question and answer session with a panel of reunion professionals. Limited virtual seats are available.
To register, send an e-mail to webuildlegacy@gmail.com

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Fall 2018
Gwinnett County, Georgia
Explore Gwinnett ABC’s to Planning your Family Reunion
Contact Maurice Odoms, Reunion Market Specialist,
770-814-6059 | maurice@exploregwinnett.org

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September 15, 2018
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 | discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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September 19-23, 2018
West Coast Regional Roundtable
Billings, Montana
The Military Reunion Network, formerly Reunion Friendly Network
Contact Sharon Danitschek | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com | 425-501-1430
www.reunionfriendly.com

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September 29, 2018
Detroit, Michigan
Contact Lynette Richardson, 313-202-1985 | reunions@visitdetroit.com

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November 17, 2018
Dekalb County, Lithonia, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 | discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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October 28-31, 2018
Virginia Beach, Virginia
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”
772.321.8535 | ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

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February 16, 2019
Marriott Fairfax at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Virginia

11th annual Family Reunion Workshop
Contact Dean Miller, National Sales Manager,
703-752-9509 | dmiller@fxva.com | Visit Fairfax
New! iPhone App http://bit.ly/VisitFairfax

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May 2019
Branson, Missouri
13th Annual Military Reunion Planners Conference
Contact Julie Peters
417-243-2117
jpeters@bransoncvb.com
http://wwsranson.com/

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CALL FOR DATES  (alphabetical by city, county or area)

The Alliance of Military Reunions
Contact Skip Sander | 412-367-1376, MilitaryReunions@aol.com | AllMilitaryReunions.org.

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

Augusta, Georgia
Contact “Cousin” Michelle | 1-800-726-0243, 706-823-6600 | Michelle@VisitAugusta.com

Baltimore, Maryland
410-244-8861

Birmingham, Alabama
2018 Reunion Planning Expo
Contact Tara Walton, CTIS, 205-458-8000, ext 206 | twalton@inbirmingham.com | inbirmingham.com/reunions/

 

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

 

Lunch at the 2013 Chesapeake, Virginia, reunion planning workshop.Chesapeake, Virginia
Contact C. Jeff Bunn, 757-382-1352 | jbunn@cityofchesapeake.net
Lunch at the 2013 Chesapeake, Virginia, reunion planning workshop.

 

Clayton County, Georgia
Clayton County Family Reunion Showcase/Workshop

Contact Tangie Carter |  tangie@atlantastruesouth.com | 678-610-4242 | www.AtlantasTrueSouth.com

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

Columbus, Ohio
Sarah Doodan, CTA 614-222-6146 | experiencecolumbus.com/tours-reunions

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Contact: Victoria Matthews, 800-260-3646 | 540-372-1216
vamatthews@fredericksburgva.gov | www.VisitFred.com

Fredericksburg, Virginia March 2015 workshop attendees

Fredericksburg, Virginia March 2015 workshop attendees

 

 

 

 

 

Houston, Texas
Neidra Billings |  713-853-8321 | NBillings@visithouston.com
www.visithoustontexas.com/reunions/

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Jennifer Williamson | 269-488-0057 | jwilliamson@DiscoverKalamazoo.com

Experience Kissimmee Military Reunion FAM
Kissimmee, Florida

Contact Jadeine Shives | 407-569-4855 | jshives@experiencekissimmee.com
Militaryreunionsinkissimmee.com

Attendees at the 2009 Lake County Reunion Workshop Experience

Attendees at the 2009 Lake County Reunion Workshop Experience

Lake Country, Illinois
Contact Kimberly Ghys | email, 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

Macon, Georgia
Visit Macon
Contact Vickia Johnson, 478-743-1074, ext. 108

Memphis, Tennessee
Contact Holly Townsend | 901-543-5320 | hollytownsend@memphistravel.com

Newport News, Virginia
Contact Andrea Moran, Newport News Visitor Center | 888-493-7386 | amoran@nnva.gov

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. Martin

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

Sandy Springs, Georgia
Amy Metzler, 770-206-1552 | amy.metzler@sandyspringsga.org

Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
Contact Erica Telsee, Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau
800-551-8682 | e.telsee@sbctb.org

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