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The Dowdie News Gazette Volume 1, Issue 1

July, 2010

Welcome! W elc om e to t he p remi er iss ue of t he Do w die F ami ly Re u ni on Newsl ett er! Don’t know who Peter Dowdi e is? Well, if you received a copy of this newsletter, then you’re a descendant! Our H op es and Dreams ! We think it would be great to have a family reunion. There are countless known living descendants of David’s spread out in places such as:  Jamaica  United States  Various Canadian Provinces  United Kingdom  …who knows where else! Even if people can’t make it to the reunion, it would be nice to have an informal family association, even just a regular publication like this newsletter, to keep us all in touch.

How You Ca n Help? Mark your calendar, plan your time off, and share the news with family members! We are looking for volunteers to take on different planning tasks and we have created the following committees:  Communication  Registration/Welcoming  Set-up/Decorating  Food Service  Photography/Recording  Adult’s recreation  Young adult’s recreation  Children’s recreation  Clean-up We need volunteers prior to and on the day of the Reunion and will appreciate your input in the planning and execution of this event. For those interested in helping, please send your request to dowdiefamilyreunion@gmail.com. Don’t forget to indicate your area of interest.

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Reunion Details Date: 20th – 24th July 2011  Wed., 20th July – Arrivals/Welcome Package  Thurs., 21st July – Breakfast/Meet & Greet  Fri., 22nd July – Lunch/Dowdie Fun Day  Sat., 23rd July – Banquet/Luau  Sun., 24th July – Family Worship/Brunch Place: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Feel free to come earlier or stay longer…make it your family vacation.

H otel The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport is conveniently located 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport just off I-95 and close to Florida Turnpike. There are 388 spacious guest rooms and the hotel features the following:  Express self check-in kiosk for hotel arrival and airline departures  24-hour bell-service  24-hour airport shuttle service  State-of-the-are Fitness Center  Swimming pool and hot tub In the neighborhood:  4.2 mi (6.75 km) to the start of Fort Lauderdale’s award winning beaches  6 mi (9.65 km) to the trendy shops, art galleries, restaurants and clubs on Las Olas Boulevard  Seven Fort Lauderdale golf courses from 1.6 mi (2.57 km) to 4.5 mi (7.24 km) away  Miami Dolphin Stadium

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Rese rva ti o ns You can make your reservations by calling 1-800-HILTONS or 1-800-4458667. Also, the hotel will provide us with a booking link, for those who would like to reserve on line. Please remember to mention you are with the Dowdie Family Reunion, in order to get our special rate. A credit card is required in order to secure your room, however, the credit card will not be charged until checkout. You may cancel with no obligation up to thirty days before your scheduled check-in date.

Reu nio n Roo m Ra t es The rooms are available in either one king-sized bed or two double beds. A block of 40 rooms has been reserved and the following daily rates will be honored for our group: Single $79 Double

$79

Triple

$79

Quad

$79

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 11%). Once the block of rooms being held at these rates for our reunion is exhausted, additional rooms, if available, may be blocked. Please reserve your room as soon as possible! NOTE: You may choose a hotel or motel of your choice. You are not obligated in any way to stay at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport.

Published: 9/9/2010

"Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one." -Author Unknown


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W he re d o we g o fr om Her e? We hope to put out a regular newsletter containing:  Further information on the reunion  Profiles of each of David’s children and their families  Family news – births, death, marriages, engagements, fun vacations, awards and honors.

M one y M at ters

Reunion Registration & Fees: We are trying to be as creative as possible and looking for ways to contain costs while making it a fun and exciting event. As everyone knows, there are costs associated with putting together such an event…from event meals, to Tshirts (logo, design, printing), transportation costs, etc. With that in mind, $ TART $AVIN G ! We will open a bank account and create a ledger for each family. We are in the process of working out the costs for all the events and will have the registration and costs published out to you shortly. Don’t let that stop you. If you $TART $A VI NG and making your payments early, it will be a lot easier for you financially and reduces the stress for all of us in the long run.

For t La ud erd al e F ast Fac ts: - Loca tion Greater Fort Lauderdale, right in the center of the Gold Coast, stretches along 23 miles of the Atlantic Ocean, midway between Miami and Palm Beach. The city is 23 miles north of Miami.

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July, 2010 - Size Greater Fort Lauderdale sprawls across 1200 square miles; Greater Fort Lauderdale is therefore large enough to house 76 different golf courses. This county contains 28 cities and is home to about 1.2 million residents. The largest city and county seat, Fort Lauderdale, has about 150,000 residents. Because it has 300 miles of navigable waterways and harbors 40,000 yachts, it has been referred to as the "Venice of America" and the "Yachting Capital of the World." - Cli mate Temperatures in this tropical climate average 77 degrees year round with 3,000 hours of sunshine on average each year. Winter temperatures average 68 degrees while the summer brings on temperatures around 84 degrees. The month of August is the hottest, whereas January is the coolest. The months of August and September bring upon the heaviest rains. Summers (wet season) from May through October are hot, humid, and wet with average high temperatures of 86–90 °F (30–32 °C) and lows of 71–76 °F (22–24 °C). During this period, more than half of summer days may bring afternoon or evening thunderstorms. - Beaches The Fort Lauderdale area boasts 23 miles of sandy beaches that border the Atlantic. - Ve geta tion Greater Fort Lauderdale has 505,600 acres of Everglades, containing sawgrass and seasonally covered, by slowly moving water. You may roam through this marshy land on an airboat. Off the coast of LauderdaleBy-The-Sea, 15-20 foot deep coral reefs can be found in the Atlantic. However, coral reefs are not considered "vegetation", but the skeletal deposits of polyps.

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- Shop ping an d Dinin g Greater Fort Lauderdale houses the world's largest discount mall. Named after the vegetation found in the Everglades, Sawgrass Mills includes many outlet stores that are sure to impress. Out of Greater Fort Lauderdale's 2,500 award-winning restaurants, you are bound to find a wonderful dining experience. You may choose from waterside dining, elegant dining, or simple casual dining. . Helpful web site s: http://www.fortlauderdale.org/

The 201 1 Fa mil y R e un io n Com mi tt e e: Antonia “Ann” All en-Wi llia ms Organizer, Accommodations, Communication, Family Tree/History Granddaughter of Stanley P. Dowdie Allison Card oza Registration/Welcoming – Granddaughter of Stanley P. Dowdie Del ano “ Di ck y” D o wdie General Contributor – Son of Leonard C. Dowdie Judy Do wdi e Food Service Committee – Daughter of Leonard C. Dowdie Joyce Flet che r Set-up/Decorating – Inducted family member Sasha Pr yce Adult’s recreation – Granddaughter of Theophilus Dowdie Dio nne R eid-Ha yl es Children’s recreation – Granddaughter of Theophilus Dowdie Evans R oac he Young adult’s recreation – Grandson of Muriel Dowdie-Roache

Published: 9/9/2010

"Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one." -Author Unknown


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