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.

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.

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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May 14-17, 2019
Branson, Missouri

14th Annual Military Reunion Planners Conference
Contact Julie Peters, Leisure Group Sales Manager,
417-243-2117 | explorebranson.com/cvb
branson

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June 15, 2019
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 | discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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June 15, 2019
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 niko@webuildlegacy.org

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June 20-22, 2019 (Thursday – Saturday)
Memphis, Tennessee, A MRN Partner Event
The Military Reunion Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek | 425-501-1430 | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com 
militaryreunionnetwork.com

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June 22-25, 2019 (Saturday-Tuesday)
Nashville, Tennessee
2019 Educational Summit for Military Reunion Planners
The Military Reunion Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek | 425-501-1430 | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com 
militaryreunionnetwork.com

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July 20, 2019
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 niko@webuildlegacy.org

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July 28-August 1, 2019
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
Providence/Warwick, Rhode Island
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

Contact Debbie Stewart | 772.321.8535 | ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

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Aug 10, 2019
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 |discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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August 17, 2019
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 niko@webuildlegacy.org

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September 5-8, 2019 (Thursday – Sunday)
Army reunion planners only.
Preview visit to the National Museum of the United States Army and other attractions in Fairfax County, Virginia. All-inclusive $149 per couple. See details.
Contact Dean Miller | dmiller@fxva.com | 703-752-9509

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September 14, 2019
Kissimmee, Florida
Experience Kissimmee Family Reunion Workshop

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

2017 Workshop attendees at the House of Blues Orlando

2017 Workshop attendees at the House of Blues Orlando

2015 Workshop attendees visiting Gatorland

2015 Workshop attendees visiting Gatorland

 


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Sep 21, 2019
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 |discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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September 21, 2019
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 niko@webuildlegacy.org

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October 11-13, 2019 (Friday – Sunday)
Shreveport, Louisiana, A MRN Partner Event
The Military Reunion Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek | 425-501-1430 | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com 
militaryreunionnetwork.com

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October 13-16, 2019
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
Albuquerque, New Mexico (during Balloon Fiesta)
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

Contact Debbie Stewart | 772.321.8535 | ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

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October 19, 2019
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 niko@webuildlegacy.org

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Nov 16, 2019
Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact Penny Moore, Group Services Manager,
770-492-5018 |discoverdekalb.com/reunions

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November 16, 2019
December 21, 2019

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 niko@webuildlegacy.org

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February 15, 2020
Saturday of Presidents Day weekend: you have Monday off!

12th 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 1-2, 2020
Chicago, Illinois
Family Reunion Planners Conference & Expo
Building Legacy Through Excellence in Family Reunion Planning

Attendee registration begins May 1, 2019
Exhibitor registration begins February 1, 2019
Email to register niko@webuildlegacy.org
Facebook: webuildlegacy


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May 14-20, 2020 (Thursday – Sunday)
Rapid City, South Dakota, A MRN Partner Event
The Military Reunion Network

Contact Sharon Danitschek | 425-501-1430 | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com 
militaryreunionnetwork.com


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

Alpharetta, Georgia Family Reunion Workshop
Visit www.awesomealpharetta.com/ to register.
Atlanta, Georgia
404-521-6647 | atlanta.net/reunions

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

Baltimore, Maryland
410-244-8861

Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
REUNION PLANNERS EXPO

For more information contact,
Tara Walton, CTIS
Director of Tourism
800-458-8085 or 205-458-8000 ext. 206
twalton@inbirmingham.com


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, Georgia
Kelli Poteet | visitcolumbusga.com

Columbus, Ohio
Marie Medford, CTA | 614-222-6101 |
mmedford@experiencecolumbus.com | experiencecolumbus.com/tours-reunions

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop

2012 Columbus Family Reunion Planning Workshop


Detroit, Michigan
Contact Lynette Richardson, 313-202-1985 | reunions@visitdetroit.com | visitdetroit.com/family-reunions/


Fredericksburg Regional Reunion Workshop, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Contact: Victoria Matthews, 540-372-1216
vamatthews@fredericksburgva.gov | www.VisitFred.com

Kimberly Herbert speaking at Fredericksburg, Virginia, workshop.

Kimberly Herbert speaking at Fredericksburg, Virginia, workshop.

Fredericksburg, Virginia March 2015 workshop attendees

Fredericksburg, Virginia March 2015 workshop attendees


Gwinnett County, Georgia
Explore Gwinnett ABC’s to Planning your Family Reunion

Contact Maurice Odoms, Reunion Market Specialist,
770-814-6059 | maurice@exploregwinnett.org | www.exploregwinnett.org/reunions

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 | 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


Louisville, Kentucky
Contact Emily Hixson, 502-560-1491; EHixson@gotolouisville.com

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

Newport News, Virginia
Contact Andrea Moran, Newport News Visitor Center | 888-493-7386 | 757-886-7777
amoran@nnva.gov
www.newportnewstourism.org/ 

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

Newport News, Virginia, workshop

Newport News, Virginia, workshop


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


Sacramento, California
Annual Family History Seminar
Sponsored by the Greater Sacramento African American Genealogy Society
www.aafhs.com/

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 | e.telsee@sbctb.org
Shreveport-Bossier.org

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