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Happy Labor Day Weekend!  Hope you are headed for a safe and enjoyable weekend with your first football game and performance.

Here is a great idea from Ronnye Patterson in Brazoswood, Texas. Instead of preparing a welcome basket or candy bucket for the visiting team during football games, they make a donation to a charity at the beginning of the season in honor of the dance teams they meet at halftime and present them with a letter from their team explaining their gesture.  They have made donations to Women’s Breast Cancer Research and other worthy charities.  Drill Team hats off to Brazoswood Belles!

Here us another idea to thank the businesses and individuals who have shown support to your team this year. Melissa Bartosh from Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, sent us a thank you card that made a great hit!  She took a group photo of the team and took it to her local photo shop and used the same idea as photo Christmas cards, except had “Thank you for your support!”  imprinted where you usually print, “Merry Christmas!”  It was a delightful way for the team to leave a special impression of thanks.

Here is a great tradition that Monica Lyon is starting with her new team at Rowlett High School.  The captain will autograph her practice hat and pass it on to the next captain.  Through the years, you will see all past captain’s names on the practice hat.  Also, the captain is presented with a silver charm bracelet and one charm.  She will add a charm and pass it to the new captain next year.  The charm bracelet will eventually be full of treasures from past captains.

I will be including more excerpts from “Jots from Joyce” in my weekly messages that will include helpful ideas that you can use for your team.  If you have any special traditions or ideas that might be beneficial to others, please pass them along to me so I can share them too!

Below is a list of Words to Live By that was passed along by one of our readers.  I hope that you find them inspiring as I did.  Again, have a safe weekend, and, as always, please keep in touch!

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



1.   Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.

2.   You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.

3.   Love ......and you shall be loved.

4.   God always gives His best to those who leave  the choice with Him.

5.   All people smile in the same language.

6.   A hug is a great gift...one size fits all.  It can be given for any occasion and it’s easy to exchange.

7.   Everyone needs to be loved...especially when they do not deserve it.

8.   The real measure of a man’s wealth is what he has invested in  eternity.

9.   Laughter is God’s sunshine.

10.  Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.

11.  It’s important for parents to live the same things they teach.

12.  Thank God for what you have, TRUST GOD for what you need.

13.  If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

14.  Happy memories never wear out.... Re-live them as often as you want.

15.  Home is the place where we grumble the most, but are often treated the best.

16.  Man looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks within.

17.  The choice you make today will usually affect tomorrow.

18.  Take time to laugh for it is the music of the soul.

19.  If anyone speaks badly of you, live so none will believe it.

20.  Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.

21.  Love is strengthened by working through conflicts together.

22.  The best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other.

23.  Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.

24.  To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it.

25.  We take for granted the things that we should be giving thanks for.

26.  Love is the only thing that can be divided without being diminished.

27.  Happiness is enhanced by others but does not depend upon others.

28.  You are richer today if you have laughed, given or forgiven.

29.  For every minute you are angry with someone, you lose 60 seconds of happiness that you can never get back.

30.  Do what you can, for who you can, with what you have, and where you are.

31.  The best gifts to give:

To your friend - loyalty;

To your enemy - forgiveness;

To your boss - service;

To a child - a good example;

To your parents - gratitude and devotion;

To your mate - love and faithfulness;

To all men and women - charity; and

To your God - your life.


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