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The History of NARM

Welcome to our first blog post for 2012 at reunions.com. The goal with our blog is to provide insight, information, ideas and wonderful stories related to high school reunion planning.

You may be asking, ‘What is reunions.com and who makes up the National Association of Reunion Managers?’ Well, the association is a group of professional reunion management companies from across the country. The purpose of the association is to form a collective that promotes the reunion industry, provides ongoing educational & networking opportunities for members and that stays on top of current trends & successes for high school reunions.

The reunion industry came about during the tech boom of the 1980s. When there was a need to be met in assisting volunteer committees with planning their high school reunion. When technology caught up with the need to provide assistance in the areas of locating alumni, database management, mailings, event management and production of memento items.

From those early years, when the industry was in its infancy, the National Association of Reunion Managers was formed in 1985 to provide a network for reunion planning companies to learn from each other, share resources and promote this new and unique industry.

In the late 90s, the reunion management industry had blossomed into several hundred companies across the U.S. and nearly every metropolitan area had the benefit of at least one company servicing the high school reunion-planning niche. The Internet’s popularity enhanced our services, making it easier for alumni to connect about their reunion before and after the event.

The reunion planning business has continued to grow and adapt to meet the needs of those planning as well as those attending their high school reunions.

Committees elect to work with a reunion planning company for a variety of reasons. One of the prime reasons is that the company will absorb the headaches and hassles of planning the reunion.  In today’s hectic and frenzied-paced life, who doesn’t want to alleviate stress from their lives? Another reason is because a reunion manager has the expertise to do the job right; we offer guidance on the current reunion trends, ways to enhance the reunion experience for the classmates and our tried and true methods of reunion promotion.  For most member reunion planning companies, we have managed over 500 reunions. This experience provides a treasure trove of ideas, suggestions and insight of what not to do and what works well at a high school reunion.

We look forward to having you follow this blog as we share the best (and worst) of what we’ve seen and experienced as professionals in the world of high school reunions.

How Do You Start the Reunion Process?

Planning a high school reunion has never been easier. All it takes is a call to a NARM-member reunion planner. NARM Reunion Planners are located across the country and can be readily found right through Reunions.com.

Just click on “Find a Reunion Planner” and you’re sure to find a NARM member in your area.

With a professional reunion plannering experience and contacts, planning your high school reunion will be a fun and enjoyable experience.


What Should You Wear to Your Reunion?

The common attire for reunion wear is: comfortable clothing. Lots of time people chose to go out and buy something new the week before or day of, more than likely it’ll be something that you feel makes you look good.

In reality, you probably have that outfit already in your closet and have had several compliments on it already. Our advice is to come comfortable so that you can enjoy your evening and time with friends and not worry about whether or not your clothing is staying in place, your shoes are too tight or your hair is out of place. Comfort is the key to enjoying yourself at your high school reunion and being you.

Why Use A Professional Reunion Planner?

Reunion Planners take the hassle out of planning a reunion, allowing the committee to take the credit and have fun. Professional reunion planners know how to find high school alumni, the most difficult task of planning a high school reunion. Reunion planners provide one place of contact for consistent and up-to-date information. Members of the National Association of Reunion Managers follow strict industry standards, adhering to a Code of Ethics. High school class reunion planners have strong contacts with hotels, banquet facilities, caterers, DJs, and more. Best of all, the committee still maintains the decision making power while working with a professional class reunion planner.

There are no upfront costs to the committee for using a class reunion planner, although there may be a deposit. The reunion planner incorporates a nominal fee into the overall ticket price. The services provided by professional reunion planners include: locating high school alumni, paying up-front costs, organizing events, preparing and mailing announcements and registrations, web sites with secured on-line registration, toll-free phone numbers, email and fax, coordinating registrations and confirmations, credit card processing, deposit, bill paying, music and photography, memory books, contacting local media, the school and alumni association, staffing events, liability insurance, and more! There are other services that each individual reunion planner provides accordingly to each individual reunion need.

Click here to learn more about planning a high school reunion using a professional reunion planner. Click here for tips on choosing a reunion planner.