The Leaflet

A Newsletter of the Patterson-Smith Family

Volume 2, Issue No. 2 September 4, 2001

In This Issue

Reunion 2002 Preparations are Underway! 1

Chicago Hotel Accommodations 1

Getting to Chicago 1

Chicago Event of the Month 2

Volunteers Are Needed!!! 2

Technology Update 2

Family Challenge 3

A Moment in Our History 3

Kid's Corner 3

Lost & Found 3

Announcements 3

Contact Info 4

Reunion 2002 Preparations are Underway!

We have been working diligently to prepare for your arrival in our lovely city. The reunion is planned around the weekend of July 26th -July 28th. The fees for the reunion are as follows:

Adults - $130.00

Teens (13-15) - $120.00

Children (ages 7-12) $110

Children(ages 6 & under) – FREE!

The reunion fee includes a Get Acquainted Night on Friday. An activity on Saturday, the Sunday Banquet and a T-Shirt. If a child under the age of seven years old wants a T-Shirt there will be a $10.00 charge for that T-Shirt.

The reunion dates are Friday, July 26th – Sunday, July 28th

If you would like to pay in installments, we have an account established and will keep a record of your payments. You can start your payments now and be all paid up by the reunion date. Please make your payments by check or money order and keep a copy of your cancelled check or money order receipt. Please DO NOT SEND CASH! Your payments should be mailed to:

Chicago Patterson-Smith Reunion, 2S-685 Summerfield Ct., Wheaton IL. 60187.

If you do not plan to attend but would like a T-Shirt, that T-Shirt will cost ten dollars.

Mark your calender and start saving now!!!

Seed money contributions are still being accepted. A special thank you to all those who have sent seed money already!

Chicago Hotel Accommodations

Your 2002 Patterson-Smith Reunion will be held at the Chicago City Centre Holiday Inn. This hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown Chicago on Ohio Street and features a state of the art Sports Center, featuring an indoor swimming pool, weight room, cardiovascular center, steam, sauna and whirlpool facilities and racquetball and tennis courts. We have been given a group rate of $145.00 per night, which is an exceptional rate for this area. Up to five people can occupy one room. The single rate and double rate are the same. Reservations must be made by June 1, 2002. You can make your reservations by calling the hotel directly at: (312) 787-6100. They also have a toll-free number: (800)465-4329. Be sure to ask for the Patterson-Smith Reunion room block to get the group discount. Reservations received after the June 1, 2002 cut-off will be accepted as long as there is space available but will be subject to the prevailing rate, so make those reservations early!

Getting to Chicago

One of the things to consider when planning your trip to Chicago is "How will you get there?"

Get There By Air...

Chicago is served by several airports. The two major ones are O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport.

The O'Hare Airport is located just 17 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, O'Hare International Airport is accessible via local mass transit lines, regional trains and buses, downtown and suburban shuttlesand interstate highways. Most ground transportation access areas are located at the main entrance for each terminal. O'Hare is serviced by most major airlines.

Midway Airport is conveniently located 10 miles from downtown Chicago. Midway has a limited number of airlines compared to O'Hare, but AirTran, a discount airline, flies into Midway and occasionally offers very good rates to the Windy City.

Be sure to compare rates between the airlines and be on the lookout for special deals, especially on the internet.

Delta Airlines –

Airtran Airways –

Get on the Bus!!!

Sharon Underwood has not been getting a very good response For those of you interested in this economical way of getting to the Windy City please let her know as soon as possible. The fee for the bus would be $90 per person. The bus will start in Atlanta and will make a stop in South Carolina and one in North Carolina before reaching Chicago. For more information, please contact Sharon Underwood at 828 684-5578.

Chicago Event of the Month

Tour Black Chicago Inc.

With so much going on in the Windy City, how does one decide what to do? Each month in this section, we will feature a new and exciting event

This month our feature event is Tour Black Chicago Inc., Chicago's premier African-American Tour Company. The tour will cover the rich history of African-Americans in Chicago, focusing on the neighborhoods, museums and the vast culture that Africans-Americans have brought to this city. The cost of the tour is $15.00 per person.

Some of the tour highlights include the Quinn Chapel, one of the oldest churches organized in 1844, Oak Woods Cemetery, the oldest private cemetery in the city, the Dusable Museum of African-American History and other areas of interest to blacks of Chicago.

Tour Black Chicago promises to show you Chicago as you've never seen it!

Tour Black Chicago

35 E Wacker Dr.

Suite 222

Chicago, IL 60601

Telephone No: (312) 332-2323

Fax No: (773) 684-9434

Volunteers Are Needed!!!

Seeking talented, committed, diligent people to volunteer their services for the upcoming reunion. We need photographers, babysitters, videographers, DeeJays, lifeguards, chaperones, hosts, speakers, entertainers, etc. Special talents are not required, if you can make phone calls, type or write we have a job made just for you!

We'd also like to bring back the Patterson-Smith Reunion Praise Choir. If you sing in a choir or even in the shower, please consider lending your vocal support to our family choir.

A special thanks to those of you who have already volunteered your services.

Technology Update

New Technology Makes Contacting Family Members Easier!

Ever forget someone's number? Ever been traveling and wanted to call a family member, but you left their number at home?

Now you can keep up with family members easier than ever! Using breakthrough technology, we have created a voice portal that will allow exciting new capabilities. The first application available to you is a family phone directory that you can access from any phone, any time!

To try out this easy-to-use and very cool feature, dial: 1-800-555-TELL (8355), and at the prompt dial 108069. By speaking your responses into the telephone, you will be guided to a family phone directory.

Visit Us Online!

The Patterson-Smith Reunion Website has been updated. Please visit our website at E-mail any suggestions, contributions and corrections to We would love to include your stories, poems, pictures, etc.

Family Challenge

With the busy lives we lead it's sometimes easy to lose touch of our relatives. In this month's Family Challenge, we'd like everyone to call up a family member you have not talked to in a long time or someone you've never talked to and say "Hello!"

A Moment in Our History

"A War Hero"

Clyde Jones 1924-1951

May 28th was Memorial Day. A day in which we give honor to those who've given their service and sometimes their lives in the defense of our country. We've chosen to use this Moment in History to honor a special war veteran in our family. Clyde Jones, the son of Artie and Thomas Mason was born March 25, 1924. Clyde served in the United States Army with the rank of sargeant. He was killed in hostile action on April 12, 1951. 54,246 American service men and women lost their lives during the Korean War. A Korean War Veterans Memorial has recently been erected in Washington D.C. To honor those who died in that war. Clyde Jones will be one of those veterans remembered.

Thank You to all our veterans and to all those presently in service to our country in the armed forces.

Note: In response to last month's Moment in History, Lula Jane Bailey pointed out that Sammie Patterson's move to Asheville N.C. triggered the move of not only Artie Jones, but many of our relatives. Among those moving to the beautiful North Carolina mountains were Artie's sisters Pauline, Amanda and Lula, whom our beloved Lula Jane Bailey was named after! Thanks Lula for this wonderful bit of history.

Kid's Corner

Read the following phrases and write down the name of the Candy Bar described:











How many bars did you come up with? Send your answers to us to receive a special prize. Please include your name, date of birth and address.

We would like to include some of your poems, art, letters or stories in this section. Next month our theme will be CULTURE. Selections will be chosen at random. Please send your original work to us!

Lost & Found

Please help us locate the following individuals whose mail was returned to us:

Robert Harris

Kevin Dobbs

Richard Cheeks

Malinda Patterson

Verdell Patterson


Congratulations are in order for Sandy Allen who recently moved to Nevada compliments of the United States Army on a five year assignment.

Waymon & Mary Jackson were married 36 years on June 18,2001.

Nicole and Marquis Etheredge celebrated their 2nd anniversary on June 11th.

Barbara Jones has a new number. She can be reached at (864) 855-4795.

A new addition, Chase Jeremiah Nubin was born May 25th. Chase was 9 pounds at birth. Congratulations to mom Torrie Nubin, daughter of Barbara Nubin.

Tina Jones Joyner who graduated from Webster University on May 18, 2001, receiving her Master of Arts in Management.

Special congratulations to Natasha Jones who graduated from Albany State University on May 5, 2001 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. Natasha is the daughter of Grover and Barbara Jones and the granddaughter of Virginia Patterson. She is employed at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany GA.

Congratulations to all our recent graduates!!!

Contact Info



Toll-free: 1-800-484-0343, pin 8854


Chicago Patterson-Smith Reunion

2S.685 Summerfield Ct.

Wheaton IL, 60187

A special Happy Birthday to the following family members with birthdays this month:

Ashley Allen

Aniya Anthony

Lonzie Bens

Tiffani Chiles

William Davis

Linda Ferguson

Chuck Fisher

Kaylen Gilbert

Teddy Goggans

Weymon Jackson

Nicholas Jones

Thomas Jones Sr.

Keith Knox

Alvena Morton

Tori-Ayunna Nubin

Kayla Patterson

Melvin Patterson

Jaylen Ray

Donald Vinson

Connie Walker

Lateasha Walker

A special birthday wish to Jade' Cyirra Jones who will be 6 years old on July 20th, Happy Birthday Jade'!

If your birthday is this month and you are not listed here, Happy Birthday to you as well!

Belated birthday wishes to:

Tarence Beard Jr. who turned 6 years old on June 3rd.

Robert Dupree who was 11 years old on May 13th and Donisha Vinson who turned 8 on May 13th.

Please send in any announcements you have about births, deaths, illnesses, graduations, retirements, promotions , awards, upcoming birthdays etc.