2002-03-14 / Other News

Reunions Can Recall The Glory Days Of High School

Reminiscing about glory days on the gridiron or your first boyfriend can make you nostalgic. When you think back to those old high school days, one thought always pops up - when’s the next reunion?

While some people consider reunions simply a rehash of high school horrors, most folks see reunions as an opportunity to catch up with old friends and stroll down memory lane. But if you’re involved in planning the big event, chances are you’ll run into snags, making you wish you’d dropped out in the eighth grade.

Fear not. There are plenty of ways to make your reunion planning hassle-free and, most importantly, inexpensive.

Your first step toward reunion success begins with planning ahead. If possible, begin a year in advance of the proposed reunion date. Finding a location and organizing a committee to locate former classmates will take up most of your time. That way you won’t be rushed into making hasty, and possibly expensive, last minute decisions.

First-time organizers should call their alma mater for a graduation list of alumni. Put your alumni list on a computer database such as Reunion Planner/2000 - software specifically designed for those planning a reunion.

The next step of finding your old classmates is the tricky part. Fortunately, there are ways of doing this that don’t require hiring a private detective. Internet sites like Highschoolalumni.com and Classmates.com are great ways to find e-mail addresses for your fellow alums.

It’s also important to start your own reunion Web site. The Web is a great and inexpensive way to let classmates know how the planning is going, assess the event’s attendance and rally much needed volunteers. Domain registrars like Registrars.com can help you get started building your Web site. Also, try to include a message board or chat feature on your Web site so that fellow alums can participate and offer suggestions.

As you start planning the event, keep a list of e-mail addresses for your classmates. That way, you can update them as the plans start to take shape. Invite fellow alums to visit your Web site to discuss the event. This will help create a buzz about the reunion which will help garner more attendees.

After the reunion is over, post pictures of the event on your Web site. Encourage classmates to offer suggestions about what went right and what went wrong. Also ask classmates to update you with their new information when they move. That way, you won’t have to track them down all over again for the next reunion.

To learn more about how Registrars.com can help you get your reunion site up and running, just log on to www.registrars.com. ©NewsUSA

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