Our Weekly Message for August 28, 2003

Greetings special friends,

This weekend will be the opening weekend for high school football games around the country. There is excitement in the air as the football teams end "two a days," the band practices their music pieces and marching drills while the dance/drill teams put in hours and hours preparing for the perfect halftime show. I hope that everyone has a successful weekend putting on their costumes for the first time this season. "Break a leg!"

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. . . I firmly believe that any man's finest hour – this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious." Vince Lombardi

"One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears – by listening to them." Dean Rusk

"A great man leaves clean work behind him and requires no sweeper up of the chips." Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I am proud to introduce you to a new book on the market, "The Ultimate Guide to Dance Team Tryout Secrets" by Summer Adoue-Johansen. This book will be a must for every dancer that is trying out for a performance team. Summer's expertise will guide every candidate to reach their dreams! Make sure to visit our Education Support Page for a link to Amazon.com for this important book.

Many of you as students may be asked to write a research paper this school year and we have had many requests to post information on the history of drill team as well as the life of Gussie Nell Davis. In the coming week, you will be able to resource our Education Support Page for extensive research articles on Miss Davis and the history of drill team. Make sure to visit for these and other important articles.

So many times we miss the simple things in life because we are caught up in so many complicated tasks. Debbie Jaynes, from Victoria, sent me the passage below that is good "food for thought" this week. I hope that it is meaningful for you. Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep in touch!

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


Food for thought...

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn't turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."

The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."

The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are:
1. to see
2. to hear
3. to touch
4. to taste
5. to feel
6. to laugh
7. and to love.

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple, ordinary & take for granted are truly wondrous!

A gentle reminder -- that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

"Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."


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