Our Weekly Message for September 2, 2003

Greetings special friends,

I hope that all of you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend and have started back this week both rested and revived. Many of you have already started on contest routines for 2004. Please be aware that some of the time limits for routines have changed:  Solo time limit = 2 minutes (with a 15 sec. grace period). If solo exceeds
2:15 the soloist will be disqualified.

NEW! Ensemble time limit = 2 1/2 minutes; Officer routine time limit = 2/1/2 minutes; Team routine time limit = 3 minutes (one minute entrance and set up/one
minute exit with breakdown). Open category time limit = up to 6 minutes (2 minutes entrance and set up/two minutes exit with breakdown).

Please feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions. For more information on contests, visit out ADTS Contest Page.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"Until a person can say deeply and honestly, 'I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,' that person cannot say, 'I choose otherwise.'"
Stephen R. Covey
"I don't want to live – I want to love first and live incidentally."
Zelda Fitzgerald
"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." Stephen R. Covey
Everyone knows what an animal lover that I am. We have cats and dogs here as well as many of God's creatures including birds, lizards, snakes, deer, possums and raccoons. I have even named many of these outdoor creatures because they are regulars around here. A special friend sent me the passage below about dogs teaching us great lessons. Hope you enjoy it this week.

Have a wonderful week and, as always, please keep in touch.!

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


If a Dog Were the Teacher.. you would learn stuff like:

- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

- When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

- Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

- Take naps. Stretch before rising.

- Run, romp, and play daily.

- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

- On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

- On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

- When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

- No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout.... run right back and make friends.

- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

- Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

- Be loyal.

- Never pretend to be something you're not.

- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.


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