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Hello everyone

I hope that the cold weather has not kept you inside and I also hope that you have escaped the flu that is going around.  We are lucky here and have not contacted it. 

We are counting the days until we launch our contest season with 3 events on the weekend of January 29th:  Kansas, Mavericks and Curtain Call Contests.  They have grown immensely from last year and we are looking forward to a very successful season.  We have 3 guest dance masters teaching workshops for the participants in the Curtain Call Classic.  They are Trisha Owens (modern), Holly Owens (lyrical) and Susie Shaw (funk).  These workshops are FREE to the participants and their directors.  If you have not received a contest handbook and are interested in attending one of our contests, we can send one to directors by your E-mail response and please include your address.  If you are a soloist and would like information, you can either indicate this in your e-mail or find information on our web site.  

For parents and families attending our events, please watch our web site for a link to a map for each contest that you can print for your convenience.  Within a week of each event, watch for contest results to be posted. Below is a passage shared by a friend that reminds us to show our love to our parents and family. It is a good example of avoiding regrets that can never be mended.  I hope you enjoy it.

Joyce E. Pennington, Pres. CEO
American Dance/Drill Team
and the rest of the ADTS office staff


I had a marvelous mother who loved  me, sacrificed for me and helped me in every way possible. In all of my  growing up, through college and eventually marriage, my mother was always at my side. And when I needed help with my little ones, she was there for me.

Today, we buried that wonderful woman. Can you imagine how I felt when I returned from the services and found this poem in her desk drawer?


If you are ever going to love me
Love me now while I can know
The sweet and tender feelings
Which from true affection flow

Love me now while I am living
Do not wait until I am gone.
And then have it chiseled in marble
Sweet words on ice cold stone

If you have tender thoughts of me
Please tell me now
If you wait until I am sleeping
Never will be death between us
And I won't hear you then

So if you love me, even a little bit
Let me know while I am living
So that I can treasure it.

Now she is gone and I am sick with guilt because I never told her what she meant to me. Worse yet, I did not treat her as she deserved to be treated.  I found time for everyone and everything but I never made time for her. It would have been easy to drop in for a cup of tea and a hug but my friends came first. Would any of them have done for me what my mother did? I know the answer.

When I called mom on the phone, I was always in a hurry. I feel ashamed when I think of the times I cut her off. I remember too, the times I could have included her and didn't. Our children loved Grandma from the times they were babies. They often turn to her for comfort and advice.  She understood them. I realize now that I was too critical, too short-tempered, too stingy with praise. Grandma gave them unconditional love. The world is filled with sons and daughters like me. I hope they see themselves in this letter and profit from it.


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