Our Weekly Message for September 15, 2004

Greetings special friends,

We will all be praying for our friends on the Gulf Coast as they brace for 'Ivan the Terrible,' the hurricane barreling towards their shores.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example."
Thomas Morell

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) psychologist

"Your integrity will affect your destiny; don't leave home without it."
Clarence E. Hodges

"To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections." Sandra Bierig

We are delighted to let you know that we will have several new facilities for contests this coming season that will greatly improve the quality of our contests. Make sure to keep watch on the ADTS Contest Page in the coming weeks as we will be updating
locations and maps, etc. One special update is the recently renovated Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston, Texas, where we will have three event venues under one roof in sound proof convention halls. They have all new seating that will seat up to 7500 spectators and be able to do a live feed on the 12 flat screen TV's in the lobby. Watch the web site for updated photos.

My brother passed along a special statement that Maya Angelou made on a recent Oprah Winfrey Show. It is a very poignant look at life itself. I hope that it has meaning for you as it did for me.

May you have a blessed week, and I always love hearing from you so keep in

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


From Maya Angelou . . .

In April, was interviewed by Oprah (on her show) for Dr. Angelou's 74th
birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day... like her chest. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist first, she said. The audience laughed so hard they cried.

Dr. Angelou also said:

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."



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