Our Weekly Letter for October 25, 2000

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Dear Friends,
I hope that you have received some much needed rain as we have this past week. The creek is running a bit better now. We have so many exciting activities on the horizon....we are traveling in November to Australia to assist with plans for Miss Dance/Drill Team International in Adelaide. I will have a report for you in a few weeks. 

This week we visit Linda Lewis-Hall with Happy Feet. She and her husband, John, live in California and service most of the industry in the great dance/drill team boots. Visit their web site for more information. If you are sitting on cold bleachers and need some bleacher covers for football games, visit the Tote Unlimited web site for more information.
Here are some new ideas from
Jots from Joyce:
JJ#101 -- Use the same theme for your Spring Show and your banquet. You can borrow prop displays from department your local store and use them for both events.
JJ #82--For your Spring Show, send out "VIP" tickets/invitations to other directors/captains, or important persons in the community. Have a "VIP" Door in front of school with a team member there to greet them and escort them to a special "VIP" section in front and middle of gym/auditorium. Recognize them at the show when you need some additional costume changing time. To make extra money on your show, sell special "VIP Tickets" that would include dinner before the show (cooked by parents or donated) or special reception after the show, then go to "VIP" section in show. 
JJ #83--Here is a great fund-raiser for you...a holiday Craft Bazaar. Use your gym. Sell booth spaces to vendors. Sell admission tickets to the public. Sell concessions to the public. Have your team perform small group numbers throughout the day for entertainment. Word has it that some teams make $25,000-$30,000 on their two day craft show!! 

Below is a special passage on F-A-M-I-L-Y that was passed along to me by Tracy Shaffner in Iowa. We know how important our dance/drill team family is and how the director is sometimes the mother figure to her team. If you would like to view past weekly messages each with a motivational passage, visit The Line Online Archive

Hope you have a wonderful week! Please keep in touch!

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®

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I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh, excuse me, please" was my reply.

He said, "Please excuse me too;
Wasn't even watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.

But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My daughter stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked her down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.

She walked away, her little heart was broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.
While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,
"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use, But the children you love, you seem to abuse.
Look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers she brought for you.
She picked them herself: pink, yellow, and blue.
She stood quietly not to spoil the surprise,
and you never saw the tears in her eyes."

By this time, I felt very small,
and now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by her bed;
"Wake up, little girl, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
She smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Daughter, I'm sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
She said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. I love you anyway." I said, "Daughter, I love you too, and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."
Are you aware that: If we die tomorrow,
the company that we are working for
could easily replace us in a matter of days.
But the family we left
behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
And come to think of it,
we pour ourselves more into work than to our

So what is behind the story?
You know what is the full word of family?
Fill life with love and bravery and we shall live a life uncommon.


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