Our Weekly Message for April 8, 2004

Greetings special friends,

It is hard to believe that Easter is upon us. I hope that each of you pause to ponder this special time of year and the joy that springtime brings to each of us.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"No revenge is more honorable than the one not taken." Spanish proverb
"Act locally, but think globally." Rene Dubos (1901-1982) educator and environmentalist
"Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left."
Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) clergyman
"One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire." John Foster
Summer camps are right around the corner and we are excited that the new Jazz Camp registration forms are posted on the ADTS Summer Camps page. These camps are focused towards individuals who want to sharpen their skills at a summer camp program. There are three commuter camps and one new Elite Jazz Camp offered at the University of Texas in Austin. Space is limited at each of the camps since 'one on one' attention is our focus. Make sure to register early.

Directors, the 2004 Summer Camp Brochure was mailed today. Check your mail boxes in the coming days for The Line with valuable information on Summer Camps.

It is empowering to know how much that a small gesture can make a dramatic difference in someone's life. We never know whose lives we touch so dramatically with our own actions. There are two short quizzes below that will certainly allow you to focus on the difference you can make in someone else's life. Make sure to take the time to reflect on the outcome of your quiz.

Have a wonderful, safe, Easter weekend, and, as always, please keep in touch.

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Teamฎ


Making A Difference


Take this quiz:
1- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2- Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3- Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4- Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
5- Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6- Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?
The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday. These are no
second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause
dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates
are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one.
1- List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2- Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3- Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4- Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5- Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6- Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

The lesson? The people who make a difference in your life are not those with
the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones
that CARE.

"Make sure to tell those people who have made a difference in your life,
what they mean to you."


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