Our Weekly Message for August 15, 2002
Welcome back to school!!
Teachers have been working behind the scenes with their in service workshops
while many students will start back to school next week. I hope that your
summer has been a restful and glorious time for each of you.
We have made some exciting additions to our web site so if you have not
visited recently, drop in and take a look at
. We now have over 100
articles available online! You can also view 2003 Contest Dates and price
information at the Director's Corner
created especially for directors. Make sure to sign up and log on today!
You can also preview 2003 Summer Camp
dates. We have created the closest to
a perfect camp experience for you and your team through our officer camps,
leadership camps, jazz camps, team camps and private camps.
In the next couple of weeks, watch for some most exciting news about One Day
Dance Workshops coming to your area. We will keep you updated.
Here are some thoughts for the day from Stephen
"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your
priorities. An this can best be done in the context of the week."
"Your economic security does not lie in your job;
it lies in your own power to produce--to think, to learn, to create, to
adapt. That's true financial independence."
"Principles are not values. A gang of thieves can share values, but they are
in violation of the fundamental principles we're talking about. Principles
are the territory. Values are maps. When we value correct principles,
we have truth--a knowledge of things as they are."
We are happy to be back in touch with you with our weekly messages. If you
have any suggestions for our web site, please
know. May you have a glorious week and, as always, please keep in touch.
Joyce E. Pennington
Some of you may have seen this neat passage on girlfriends. If so, enjoy it
again. If not, you will appreciate your friendships even more....
I sat under a pecan tree in the hot Texas sun on a summer day, drinking
iced tea and getting to know my new sister-in-law, Estelle. Not much older
than I, but already the mother of three, Estelle seemed to me experienced
"Get yourself some girlfriends," she advised, clinking the ice cubes in her
glass. "You are going to need girlfriends. Go places with them; do things
with them." What a funny piece of advice, I thought.
Hadn't I just gotten married? Hadn't I just joined the couple-world? I was
a married woman, for goodness sake, not a young girl who needed girlfriends.
But I listened to this new sister-in-law. I got myself some girlfriends.
As the years tumbled by, one after another, gradually I came to understand
that Estelle knew what she was talking about.
Here is what I know about them:
Girlfriends bring casseroles and scrub your bathroom when you are sick.
Girlfriends keep your children and keep your secrets.
Girlfriends give advice when you ask for it. Sometimes you take it,
sometimes you don't.
Girlfriends don't always tell you that you're right, but they're usually
Girlfriends still love you, even when they don't agree with your choices.
Girlfriends might send you a birthday card, but they might not. It does not
matter in the least.
Girlfriends laugh with you, and you don't need canned jokes to start the
Girlfriends pull you out of jams.
Girlfriends don't keep a calendar that lets them know who hosted the other
Girlfriends are there for you, in an instant and truly, when the hard times
Girlfriends listen when you lose a job or a husband.
Girlfriends listen when your children break your heart.
Girlfriends listen when your parents' minds and bodies fail.
My girlfriends bless my life. Once we were young, with no idea of the
incredible joys or the incredible sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know
how much we would need each other.
Pass this on to your girlfriends. Let them know how much you appreciate