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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September 19-23, 2018
West Coast Regional Roundtable
Billings, Montana
The Military Reunion Network

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

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September 29, 2018
Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
REUNION PLANNERS EXPO
A Reunion to Remember!

The Bill Harris Arena at Birmingham Crossplex
2337 Bessemer Road, Birmingham, AL 35208
9 am – 12 pm
No cost to attend, however, reunion must be held in Birmingham/Jefferson County and registration is required.
For more information contact,
Tara Walton, CTIS
Director of Tourism
800-458-8085 or 205-458-8000 ext. 206
twalton@inbirmingham.com

 

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September 29, 2018
Detroit, Michigan

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

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September 29, 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 | atlantareunion.com

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September 29, 2018
Family Reunion Workshop
Kissimmee, Florida
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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October 13, 2018
Newport News, Virginia
Free Reunion Planning Seminar
9 am – 11:30 am
Holiday Inn Newport News, City Center
980 Omni Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606
Contact Andrea Moran, Newport News Visitor Center | 888-493-7386 | 757-886-7777
amoran@nnva.gov  |  https://www.newport-news.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


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October 20, 2018
Alpharetta, Georgia Family Reunion Workshop
10am-1pm, Courtyard Atlanta Alpharetta, 12655 Deerfield Parkway, 30004
Visit www.awesomealpharetta.com/ to register.
678-297-2811

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October 27, 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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October 28-31, 2018
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
Virginia Beach, Virginia
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

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

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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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December 8, 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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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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February 17-21, 2019
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

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

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March 3-6, 2019
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”
Contact Debbie Stewart | 772.321.8535 | ymrcusa@gmail.com | ymrc.net/

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April 7-11, 2019
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
Branson, Missouri
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

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

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April 29-May 2, 2019
Military Reunion Workshop and Marketplace Event
Kissimmee, Florida
YMRC “Your Military Reunion Connection”

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

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May 14-17, 2019
Branson, Missouri
14th Annual Military Reunion Planners Conference
Contact Julie Peters
417-243-2117
jpeters@bransoncvb.com
http://www.branson.com/

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

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

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June 22-24, 2019 (Saturday-Tuesday)
2019 Educational Summit for Military Reunion Planners

Nashville, Tennessee
The Military Reunion Network
Contact Sharon Danitschek | sharon@militaryreunionnetwork.com | 425-501-1430
militaryreunionnetwork.com

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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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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/


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 Perimeter North Family Reunion Workshop
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Sponsored by Visit Sandy Springs, Dunwoody CVB and Cobb Travel & Tourism

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

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

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

Baltimore, Maryland
410-244-8861

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
Kelli Poteet | 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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