Smith, Walker & Jones 2006 Family Reunion

When:
July 26 - 29, 2006

Where:
Radisson Worldgate Resort Orlando

3011 Maingate Lane

Kissimmee FL 34747

Reservations: Phone 1-866-705-7676 US Toll Free

 

Hello Smith/Walker/Jones Family Members

We have been hard at work making plans for the 2006 Family Reunion. The dates and location are now set for July 26-29, 2006. This is a four day reunion because this years reunion is jammed packed with events to make this a grand family reunion that you will be talking about for years to come. If you attended the reunion in Callaway Gardens in 2004, you had a great time and this reunion will be even more breath taking than that one. Our goal is to get better and more organized each time we meet so everyone can make memories to pass down to the next generation.

 

One major focus for the 2006 reunion is to pass down family information to the next generation so they will better understand the family and its value in their lives. Gathering information on the Smith/Walker/Jones family and sharing it with the family is something we can all make a contribution into. So we are asking everyone to go back as far as you can and share with the family, names and events about the family. Some of you will be very surprised as to our family history. For more information on this subject, please visit the Smith/Walker web site at "http://www.smithwalker.org" or click here to view the family ancestral files.

If you feel that money is what our reunions are all about then don't waste your time reading the remaining part of this agenda.

We will explain the cost of this 4 day event here and now. If you think this is not worth the cost, stop reading and do something else with your time. But if you are willing to invest into a great family vacation, read the cost breakdown and find out why you can't pass this event up.

The cost is still an estimate but it will be something like this:

  • Children 2 and under : $80.00 - Friday's Dinner/Entertainment setup, Saturday's Picnic and Sunday morning breakfast.
  • Children 3 - 18 : $140.00 - Disney Day, Friday's Dinner/Entertainment setup, Saturday's Picnic, Sunday morning breakfast.
  • Adults : $170.00 - Disney Day, Friday's Dinner/Entertainment setup, Saturday's Picnic, Sunday morning breakfast.
You can purchase your Reunion Tickets from the Smith, Walker & Jones Shopping Mall by clicking the ticket below!

Room cost is not included in the above price, see below for rooms!

Please understand one thing, this is not a profit making event. All funds will be used to pay for hosting, transportation, pictures for reunion book, cocktails, dinners, pleasure island pass, name tags and anything else we may elect to do between now and July 2006.

The average cost $130 per person will not be enough to pay for all we have planned and that is why we started a non-profit organization (Smith Walker, Inc.). Through this company, we plan to do fund raisers, collect donations, have bake sales, auctions, solicit businesses for ad space in our 2006 reunion book and a number of other money gathering ideas. No one should be excluded from this event because of money or lack of. This will be a reunion that will be passed down to our children's memory banks as a great family event so lets all chip in to make this the best reunion this side of old age :-).

Please keep this in mind, time is on the wing so don't pull back from your chair without planning for this event and don't ever think about missing it!! If for some reason you can't make it, send a donation and current pictures for the reunion year book.

The Resort:

With prime location bordering Walt Disney World this hotel is the closest "Official Disney Good Neighbor Resort" to Walt Disney World. Also located within minutes are MGM studios and Epcot. And within 10 miles you may also visit Sea World and for our convention guests, the Orange County Convention Center. The Radisson WorldGate offers guests the kind of relaxing resort atmosphere, warm hospitality and thoughtful services that are sure to please business and leisure travelers alike.

The Radisson WorldGate Resort in Orlando offers 566 richly appointed guestrooms including four suites with an array of exciting amenities. Our room settings are arranged perfectly for business and leisure travelers, conference attendees, and small or large families and groups.

Each room provides the necessary comforts to make the Radisson WorldGate Resort in Orlando your "home away from home" and features amenities that cater to both the vacationing family as well as the corporate business traveler. Our luxurious and comfortable rooms include work station desks, refrigerators, Direct TV with over 60 channels including Premium movie channels, data port and two-line telephone with message light, voice mail and free midweek USA Today.

Room Block:

Day:

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Date:

7/27

7/27

7/28

7/28

7/29

Rooms:

40

40

40

40

C/O

Remaining as of 2/15/06:

17

17

17

17

C/O

Rate: $89.00 Single-Quad Occupancy plus tax

Double Room:
Bring on the family! A well appointed Two Double Bed Rooms offer exceptional comfort and plenty of sleeping space. Spacious rooms offer 228 square feet of full room and bathroom amenities, including 2 double beds, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, safe in room, hairdryer. Sleeps up to 5 people comfortably.

Standard Guestroom Amenities:

  • Coffee Maker with complimentary coffee
  • Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Individual Climate Control
  • Two-line telephone with message light and voice mail
  • Data Port
  • Work station desk
  • Oversized Garden Tubs
  • AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio
  • In-room pay movies
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Cribs available
  • In-room Safe
  • Sony Playstation Video Games
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Interior Corridor to all guest rooms
  • ADA compliant rooms located next to elevators with 35-inch wide doorways and roll in showers

Radisson offer three other types of guest rooms and suites:

King Room:
Exceptional comfort at a traditional price in our well appointed guest rooms. Spacious King Bed Rooms offer 228 square feet of full room and bathroom amenities, including king size bed, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, safe in room, hairdryer. Sleeps up to 3 people comfortably.

 

 

Executive Suites:
Luxury is the word when it comes the Executive Suites. Amenities include 848 square feet of space, one oversized bedroom with two full size beds or king size bed, separate living area/meeting room with sofa, big screen TV, coffee table and chairs, mini-refrigerator, fax, data ports, additional telephone. Honeymoon packages available. Sleeps up to 5 people (up to 3 people with king size bed).

Presidential Suite:
This extravagantly luxurious suite offers a combination of two independent suites and over 1,076 square feet of space. Amenities include two bedrooms: one king size bed and two full size beds, all connecting rooms, separate living area/meeting room with sofa, big screen TV, full size refrigerator, coffee table and chairs, fax, data ports, additional telephone. Honeymoon packages available. Sleeps up to 8 people comfortably.

 

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**Be sure to mention the group name Smith/Walker/Jones Reunion when making reservations**


Schedule of Events

Wednesday - July 26, 2006 The is the "Arrival Day".

Early registration will be held from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm and 7:00 pm-11:00 pm in the Hospitality Suite. The Hospitality Suite location will be posted in the lobby when you arrive. If you can't find the poster, ask one of the resort clerks and they will provide you with that information.

The Hospitality Suite schedule will be posted on the door for the duration of the reunion and is subject to change. Please feel free to hang out in the suite and welcome the family members as they arrive.

Thursday - July 27, 2006 This day is "Disney Day".

Current ticket prices as of this writing are $63.00 for 10 year old+ and $52.00 for 3-9 years. Children 2 and under are free. You can check for ticket prices by clicking here! (tickets went up $10 in the last 6 months) Transportation from park to park is free (with the price of these tickets, they should give you the bus).

We are planning to have a bus to transport everyone to Magic Kingdom at 10:00 a.m. and returning at 9:00 p.m.

If you are not planning to attend the Disney Day event, here are some links to places in the Orlando Area to consider for yourself and/or your family: Downtown Disney, Sea world, Universal Studios, Universal Studio's City walk, Busch Gardens, Wet'n Wild, Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld. This is just a small sample of places you can visit while in Orlando. We are hoping everyone join the family at Disney so we can go hog wild all day.

At 11:00 p.m. we are planning to have a night on the town for the adults at the BET SoundStage (Pleasure Island is a family area, so don't be scard). Tickets for this event are $10.00 plus bus fare (included in your fee). The bus will be leaving the resort for pleasure island at 11:00 p.m. and returning at 2:00 a.m.

Friday - July 28, 2006 This is "The Big Event Day"!

All event participants need to be backstage by 3:00 p.m.


NOTE:Please remember to wear your Africa attire, name tag and armband. Without your armband, you will not be allowed into the event space.

MENU FOR FRIDAY DINNER:

<<<<<Click Here to see Menu and Prices >>>>

MAGNOLIA BUFFET

Garden Fresh Salad Bar
With Spinach, Romaine, Bibb and Iceberg
Fresh Vegetable Toppings and Dressings
Tropical Fruit Salad

• Pecan Crusted Boneless Chicken Breasts
• Broiled Red Snapper with Lentil Relish
• Beef Strip Loin with Bourbon Sauce

Whipped Sweet Potatoes
topped with Brown Sugar and Pecans
Wild Rice Pilaf
Steamed Seasonal Vegetables
Warm Peach Cobbler - Pecan Pie

Fresh Baked Biscuits and Chipotle Corn Bread
with Honey, Apple Butter and Butter
Coffee, Tea, Decaffeinated Coffee and Iced Tea

$34.95 each

The cocktail/photo hour will begin at 4:00 pm. Dinner starts at 5:00 p.m., The "Family History Show" will start at 6:30 pm and last until 10:00 pm. Dancing and a short program (including a raffle for prizes) will begin at 10:30 pm and will last until 12:30 am.

**DRESS: Africa Attire**

Saturday - July 29, 2006 This is the "Sun-n-Fun Day"!

If you're staying at the Radisson Resort Worldgate, remember that breakfast is not provided as part of your hotel costs.

The Reunion Picnic will start at 12:00 p.m. and last until 6:00 p.m. Plans for this event are underway and you can count on having more fun than you can stand. We can tell you to come with an empty tank and fix your wig from last night because the food will be flowing and the pictures will be snapping.

We are promoting a more casual atmosphere, so dress is "Picnic Style". We want you to be comfortable and have a great time!

MENU FOR SATURDAY PICNIC:

PICNIC BUFFET

Crisp Spinach, Romaine, Bibb and Iceberg
with Shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheeses
Traditional Fresh Vegetable Toppings and
Three Salad Dressings
Potato Salad
Fresh Watermelon Wedges

Grilled Chicken Breast
All-Beef Kosher Franks
Grilled Hamburgers
with a Display of Assorted Rolls, Breads and Appropriate Condiments

Baked Beans
Buttered Corn on the Cob

Warm Fruit Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream
Coffee, Tea, Decaffeinated Coffee, Iced Tea
$19.95
each

The Hospitality Suite will be reopened again Saturday night (time is TBD). And, of course, we will make every effort to keep the Suite open until the last person leaves.

Sunday - June 30, 2006 This is "Closing Ceremony Day"!

We will gather in the main building for a Florida Buffet starting at 9:00 am (hotel check-out is at 10:00 am). This will give everyone a final chance to see everyone and say goodbye. We'll also announce the final raffle winner at this time. If you don't attend this event, you can not win the prizes.

FLORIDA BUFFET

Assorted Chilled Tropical Juice and Nectars
Fresh Sliced Fruit Platter
Assorted Dry Cereals with Milk
Fruit and Natural Yogurt with Granola Topping

Bagels . . . .
Onion, Sesame, Cinnamon Raisin, Blueberry
With Cream Cheese and Strawberry, Pineapple Spread
Display of Breakfast Bakeries . . .
Danish, Muffins, Croissants

Scrambled Eggs
Sausage Links and Bacon
Breakfast Potatoes or Cheese Grits
Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Tea

$15.95 each

The Hospitality Suite may or not be open after breakfast to accommodate attendees who have later flights. Please check the posted hours once you arrive.

Hope by now you are completely burnt out!!! For the older members, fun comes with a price tag!! After you drag yourself home, rest and recover, hope you look back and say That was well worth whatever price I had to pay and all I want to know is when are we doing that again.

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

There are many things to do in the Orlando area. The resort has some special package deals to the major attractions. Ask about these when you make your reservations.

We have a couple of other ideas on the drawing board that mostly depend on how successful the fundraiser's are. Please help support the activities for this reunion. If you have questions, check the Reunion FAQ's page or contact the organizers below.

For more information please contact Stanley Payne

Last updated: Feb 15, 2006