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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February 17, 2018
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia

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

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February 17, 2018
Fairfax County, Virginia

10th annual Family Reunion Workshop
Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport, Herndon, VA
Workshop includes breakfast, lunch, programming and a tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
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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February 18-22, 2018
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

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

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February 24, 2018
Augusta, Georgia

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

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February 24, 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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March 3, 2018
Clayton County, Georgia
Clayton County Family Reunion Showcase/Workshop

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

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March 16, 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
Registration is required to attend. All information is at Atlantareunion.com

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March 24, 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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April 3-6, 2018
Lake County, Illinois
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”
772.321.8535 | ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

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April 14, 2018
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 | discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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April 21, 2018
Alpharetta, Georgia
10am – 1pm
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North/Alpharetta
Contact reunions@awesomealpharetta.com | 678-297-2811
awesomealpharetta.com

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April 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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May 4-7, 2018
Central Regional Rountable
Branson, Missouri
The Military Reunion Network, formerly Reunion Friendly Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek, 425-501-1430 | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com; militaryreunionnetwork.com/upcoming-events

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May 8-11, 2018
NE Regional Rountable
Erie, Pennsylvania
The Military Reunion Network, formerly Reunion Friendly Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek, 425-501-1430 | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com;
militaryreunionnetwork.com/upcoming-events

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May 14-18, 2018
Experience Kissimmee Military Reunion FAM
Kissimmee, Florida

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

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May 19, June 9, 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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June 16, 2018
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 | discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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June 23-26, 2018
Educational Summit
Washington DC/ Fairfax County, Virginia
The Military Reunion Network, formerly Reunion Friendly Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek, 425-501-1430 | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com; militaryreunionnetwork.com/upcoming-events

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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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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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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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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.

Albany, Georgia
Contact Jenny Collins | 229.317.4760 | JCollins@albanyga.com

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

Baltimore, Maryland
410-244-8861

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

 

Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Contact Carrie Hendrickson, 704-456-7969 | Carrie@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.

 

 

Chicago Northwest, Illinois
Schaumburg, IL
Contact Melinda Garritano | (847) 278-3445 | mgarritano@chicagonorthwest.com.

Chicago Southland
Lansing, Illinois

Contact Kristy Stevens, 708-895-8299 | Kristy@VisitChicagoSouthland.com

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

Experience Columbus (Ohio) Family Reunion Seminar
Check www.experiencecolumbus.com/ for the most up to date information and resources for your next reunion.

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

Detroit, Michigan
313-202-1985 | reunions@meetdetroit.com

Durham, North Carolina
Contact Arie Bobbitt, National Sales Manager, 919-680-8311  |  Arie@durham-cvb.com

Flint, Michigan
Courtney Irish, Flint Area CVB | 810-600-1456 | cirish@flintandgenesee.org

Fredericksburg, Virginia
800-260-3646

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

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
Macon Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau
478-743-1074 | vgruber@visitmacon.org

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

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Contact Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism, Joy McNealy or Kay Poole | 800-251-9100 |www.mypigeonforge.com

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