Quick Tips for Reunion Planning
If you would like to assist in planning your upcoming reunion please let A&F know! We will connect you to a Class Leader who may currently be working on reunion plans. If there is no designated Class Leader, please consider becoming one. Following are a few tips for planning a successful reunion:
- Get connected on social media. If one doesn’t already exist for your class, create a Facebook page, or a Google or Yahoo group, and invite classmates to join. This will keep you in contact and build excitement for reunion day.
- Get a current list of classmates. Contact the A&F office for this information.
- Identify missing classmates. Compare the contact list to your yearbook (if you have one) to see who is missing. Locate their contact information using search engines like Google, Facebook, and sending them a note to get their email, phone #, mailing address, check whitepages.com, and one of the more successful approaches — reaching out to other classmates who may have their contact information. Pass that information along to A&F so we can update our member database.
- Get help. Enlist a few fellow classmates to help reach out to classmates and organize reunion events. (For LaGuardia alum, it’s great if you can find volunteers from each studio/major to help track classmates – Art, Dance, Drama, Instrumental, and Vocal Music).
- Personalize you reunion. Decide if your class would want an after party or an event the night before. Maybe a picnic or brunch on Sunday. At past reunions classes have held showcases with performances by dancers, musicians, singers, comedians, and shown slideshows of artwork. LaGuardia reunions traditionally have an all day Sunday picnic in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate! Send emails and update your social media mode of choice on a regular basis to keep classmates up to date on reunion details. Buzz will grow among classmates, resulting in increased attendance on reunion day.
- Bonus: Commemorate the reunion. Decide if your class would like to create a special publication or class fund for scholarships. For example, for their 50th reunion the M&A class of 1963 created a Memory Book, which included photographs from high school, a section on what people had been been up to since graduation, and photographs from the 50th reunion.