Our Weekly Message for November 12, 2003

Greetings special friends,

Many of you will be heading into football playoffs this weekend while others will start thinking about contest routines and costumes. Make sure to resource the upcoming one day dance workshops including ADTS One Days, Rangerette Revelations, and the Rockettes Experience. Did you catch the Rockettes on the NBC Today show on Tuesday morning? I can't wait to see the 2004 Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in a couple of weeks when we head to New York for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade™. Danskin has graciously offered to provide a FREE $50 gift card to their online store for teachers who enroll a minimum of 15 students to the Rockette Experience. Make sure to take advantage of using the online registration forms for all American and related One Days.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And, the third is to be kind."
Henry James, writer (1843-1916)

"The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy."
Florence Shinn, writer (1871-1940)

"I have never seen a monument erected to a pessimist."
Paul Harvey, Radio Commentator

"Change your thoughts and you change the world."
Harold R. Mcalindon, writer

Everyone's thoughts are turning towards contest for 2004. Don't forget to review the many regional, state and National Championship on our ADTS Contest Page including the Directors Corner exclusively for dance/drill team directors.

Keep in mind that the 2004 Miss Dance/Drill Team International will be held in Japan in August of 2004. If you are interested in your team participating in this world class event, please contact lori@groupdynamicsinc.com or phone their office at 310/470-0202 for more information. We can also e-mail you the packet of information as well. This is a trip of a lifetime for you and your team!

Each of us are role models, whether we realize it or not. As a student leader, as a teacher, a parent, a friend, or a relative, there are the eyes of a child that are constantly watching. Below is a passage by an unknown author that will hopefully touch you as it did me.

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


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


By a Child . . .
author unknown

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.'"


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