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Welcome

Welcome Smith Family!

Greetings from the 2015 Smith Family Reunion Planning Committee!

Dear Family,

It is our privilege to host the 36th Smith Family Reunion, honoring our ancestors and the rich heritage they bequeathed to us. The Reunion will be held in Washington, DC, July 2-5, 2015. The host hotel is the Crystal Gateway Marriott, in Crystal City, Virginia. The hotel is next door to Washington, and one Metro rail stop from Reagan National Airport.

Our theme is ‘Celebrating Freedom,’ in recognition of the freedom and opportunities afforded us in this country. We realize that all is not perfect, and that as members of the Blanding Family, we are blessed with an abundance of individual and collective talents to make a positive impact on our nation and the world. Washington, DC is the place where many of these talents meet opportunities and yield desired outcomes. It is a fun and diverse place that is steeped in African American history.

Celebrating Family Good Times

Our theme is ‘Celebrating Freedom’, in recognition of the freedom and opportunities afforded us in this country.

Our Reunion Plans

The Reunion Committee is planning a variety of activities that will be fun, relaxing, and memorable.

Our Reunion plans include the following:

  • Recognition of Family Members Affiliated with the Uniformed Services of the United States (All time periods recognized). You may nominate yourself or a family member whom you believe should be honored for any period in our history. It would be awesome if we could recognize family from all seven of the Uniformed Services: (U. S. Army, U. S. Air Force, U. S. Navy, U. S. Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Health Service Commissioned Corps and the National Oceanic or Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps).
  • Recognition of Drum Majors for Freedom (Civilians/Non-Military). (Law, Performing Arts, Peace-Corps, Vista, Civil Rights, Politics, Education, Labor, etc.). You may nominate yourself or a family member whom you believe should be honored in this category.
  • “What Freedom Means to Me.” This activity includes all age groups, and may be demonstrated through a variety of means, such as Poetry, Dance, Drawing/Painting, Skits/Dramatizations, etc. Be creative and dress the part, if you like. Be camera-ready. Each presentation should not exceed three (3) minutes. We will have a limited supply of basic art materials on hand for those who may wish to capture impromptu expressions.
  • Blanding Family Scholarship: Recognition of 2014 and 2015 high school graduates and GED recipients.
  • Family Achievements since our last Reunion (civic, community, academic, career, etc).
  • Family Worship: In the hotel, 9:00 a.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015.
  • Family Benevolence and Necrology: Remembering our sick and shut-in, and honoring family who made their spiritual transition since our last Reunion.

Events and Times

Uniformed Services Recognition

Recognition of Family Members Affiliated with the Uniformed Services of the United States

Drum Majors for Freedom

Recognition of Drum Majors for Freedom (Civilians/Non-Military)

“What Freedom Means to Me”

This may be demonstrated through a variety of means, such as Poetry, Dance, Drawing/Painting, Skits/Dramatizations, etc.

Uniformed Services Recognition

Recognition of Family Members Affiliated with the Uniformed Services of the United States

Drum Majors for Freedom

Recognition of Drum Majors for Freedom (Civilians/Non-Military)

“What Freedom Means to Me”

This may be demonstrated through a variety of means, such as Poetry, Dance, Drawing/Painting, Skits/Dramatizations, etc.

Safe Travels

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable trip to-and-from the Reunion. “Get Here, If You Can.”

The 2015 Reunion Planning Committee:

  • Katie Blanding, Chair
  • Rudolph Blanding
  • Donna & Ronald Tomlinson
  • LaVonda Broadnax

Contact the Reunion Committee

Contact members of the family reunion committee using the information provided below:

Christina Nicole * Phone: 234-567-8910 * Email: christina@smithfamilyreunion.com

Christina Nicole * Phone: 234-567-8910 * Email: christina@smithfamilyreunion.com

Christina Nicole * Phone: 234-567-8910 * Email: christina@smithfamilyreunion.com

Johnny Curry * Phone: 770-306-2329 * Email: johnny@redcarsoft.com

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