During a reunion, the family story is being told and should be passed down to the next generation. Telling the story is the most important element of a family reunion, and there are various ways you can try to accomplish this: You can help this process along by displaying all kinds of memorabilia, showing home movies, creating a collage, putting together scrapbooks, highlighting old photos, serving ethnic foods and playing music to reflect your heritage, putting up individual decorations, getting the elder family members to help fill in the family trees, and telling funny stories around the campfire to continue the family legacy that will inform and inspire the younger generation to continue the family tradition when it is their turn to plan the event and keep the family story going.
Many families have been having small and large family reunions or Texas Family Vacations here every year; some are coming up on their 12th year. Let me share some of the things with you that I have learned from them. Planning is the key to the success of a family reunion. As simple as this may seem, it's really important, and like my grandmother Allie Roddy used to say, planning makes perfect and you reap what you sew. The more planning that goes into the reunion, the more smoothly the reunion will come to pass. So Plan Early. I recommend starting a year ahead of time, but 6 months ahead will do in some cases. Of course, the most obvious reason is that the location must be scouted out and reserved. Summer is always the busiest season; so if you are flexible on your times, dates, and seasons, that will help and it could save you money. Another reason is that many people have to save money to travel to the reunion, and some have to reserve vacation time at work. Some family reunions do bake sales and other fundraisers to help out those family members who may need help getting to the reunion. Start enlisting volunteers from the start. Not only will you ease the burden on yourself, but you'll also allow other family members to feel needed and involved. The more involvement a family member has, the more they will buy into the reunion.
Here at Roddy Tree Ranch, although we are not in charge of your family reunion, we are very committed to helping out with the coordination of your celebration in any way possible; we want you to have many wonderful memories to take home with you. From the time you come to check out our place, decide which of our Hill Country Cabins would be a good match for certain families, and make your reservations, to the time you leave, we will work with you and your family members. Feel free to take advantage of the many years of experience we have had working with the many families that come here year after year.
There are many Hill Country Activities that can be planned for the children, teenagers, and adults. Just use your imagination. They can be structured at certain times, or they can just be there for whoever wants to take advantage of them. Here at the Ranch they can enjoy washer pitching, volleyball, and basketball courts. They can visit the animals by the stable, feed the ducks, take a dip in one of the pools, or take the canoes or tubes for a cruise down the Guadalupe River. The pavilion is a popular meeting place for family reunions with the basketball court, jukebox, picnic tables and enclosed playground right across the road. There is also a second pool area with an enclosed playground for activities which is right next to the meeting room clubhouse. Make sure to talk to Keith about entertainment that is available, exclusive use of the enclosed pavilion and Lazy Days Canteen, the Clubhouse, the kitchen facilities, the campfire area, the stage, the fire pit for a bonfire, smores and hot chocolate, movie and karaoke night just to name a few.