Our Weekly Message for December 1, 2004

Greetings special friends,

We had a wonderful time on our trip to New York to see the 2004 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade™. Our dancers opened the parade on NBC. We hope you had the chance to see them and enjoy the parade with your family. For those interested in being a part of the parade next year, you can qualify at contests or summer camp. Keep in mind that Macy’s will be limiting the space for 2005 so it will be on a first come, first serve basis. Make plans to set aside your money for the trip and be ready to send in your deposit as soon as you qualify.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.”
Harvey Firestone (1868-1938) Founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.
“You may forget how you behave when the going got tough, but others won’t.”
Mark Burnett, founder of Eco-Challenge
“Our opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them, than upon what
they make us see in ourselves.” Sarah Grand (1854-1943) novelist
“Vision is the capacity to believe in what my heart sees, what others can’t see.
Vision is seeing positive possibilities where others see only negative probabilities.”
Carl A. Hammerschlag, psychiatrist and motivational speaker

With Christmas just around the corner it is time to think of others and plan a community service project with your team, class or office. It is very important to remember those around you in your area that may not be as fortunate. It is really rewarding to all who participate in lending a helping and generous hand to others during the holiday season.

Each of us has the chance to make a difference in someone’s life, either through a kind gesture or word of encouragement. Below are a few questions that will make a profound affect on how you view people as a ‘hero’ or ‘guardian angel.’ Take the extra effort this week to make a difference to someone who needs a lift.

Have a wonderful week, 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.


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