Beware of divisions in planning.

It seems that too frequently reunion organizing committees come to major differences in planning a reunion. It makes sense that differences will develop: A strong reunion committees can be made up of a diverse group representing many of the social groups from BHS days. While this makes for a better reunion (more connections = more people attending), it also can presents difficulty because different groups have different ideas of what the reunion should look like, how much the tickets should cost, etc.

Rodney King’s famous quote, “can we all get along,” should be remembered as your committee encounters differences. Keep in mind the goal should be a successful reunion that the most people can attend.

One key planning idea is that not everyone will want to attend a swanky dinner and dance (or can afford it), so many classes offer picnics the day after. If you incorporate this into your planning early, this may assuage some fears. A picnic can be “pot luck” so anyone can attend without having to pay, or without requiring a lot of work on the part of the reunion committee. A picnic sub-committee may be in order.

And if the ticket prices seem a bit high for you, remember that those who are organizing the event have likely signed contracts that require a minimum number of attendees. If you try to create an “alternate” reunion at the same time, you put the main reunion at risk of not meeting these minimums, and perhaps owing extra money to the venue.

Bottom line: Remember that if your committee starts to have conflict, that you are not the only committee to experience this. Take a breath. Look for compromises. Try not to let personallities get in the way (including your own!). Everyone’s involved to help throw a great party–keep that at the forefront of your thoughts.

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