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Subject: West Virginia Pageant


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Date Posted: 18:38:02 06/29/15 Mon

Who produces the show in WV?

They have all these weird production numbers that make no sense.

Especially some bit of nonsense called "Black Magic" that is some sort of crazed homage to the Dating Game.

It seems to be a vanity project for their emcee.

They even talk about someone "picking their nose"

This is revolting and does not belong in a pageant.

Concentrate on the contestants.

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Subject: Miss Maryland crowning


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Date Posted: 17:46:04 06/30/15 Tue

This is one for the record books.

WOW.

Don't know how to post You Tube videos (if someone could do that, that'd be great), but you all should see this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm7ledptpSk

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Date Posted: 20:52:00 06/27/15 Sat


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Subject: What is going on with all these states?


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Date Posted: 08:54:42 07/01/15 Wed


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Subject: Miss Texas week has begun!


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Date Posted: 15:25:02 06/29/15 Mon

Contestants checked in on Saturday. Big class this year! One of the biggest, anyone know? Heard there's been two drop outs already, one of whom is one of the Fuller sisters.

Who's looking good this year?? How are the rookies? And the heavy hitters...Carothers, both Madisons, both Jessicas, looking good??

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Subject: I have a question


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Date Posted: 15:44:21 06/29/15 Mon

If a contestant sings off key or drops her baton, it's OK for us, as Miss America fans, to say so. If a contestant doesn't know about current events or rolls her eyes during the OSQ, it's not only OK, but expected that fans of Miss America will talk about it, criticise the girl, say she doesn't belong in the program. It's considered not only acceptable, but by some people on these boards their duty as fans to comb through a girl's social media and listen to every crazy rumor, about if she smokes or drinks or curses or ever said anything mean to anyone of is really sincere about her platform. And we are free to criticise girls who don't meet these standards.

So why is it considered bullying to be critical of someone's looks?

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Subject: Louisiana


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Date Posted: 17:40:47 06/29/15 Mon

A new Miss LA has been crowned, April Nelson. Who formerly competed in the Miss Oklahoma organization. The Louisiana board looks like a nightmare. One contestant supposedly being blamed for a rumor against Nelson. While Nelson is being blamed for intentional bullying & board favoritism. Good heavens Louisiana.

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Subject: Sorry Miss USA Fans No Pageants On NBC


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Date Posted: 12:19:35 06/29/15 Mon

"Due to recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBC Universal is ending its relationship with Mr. Trump," NBC said in the statement.

NBC said it is dropping Trump's Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants, and indicated that Trump will no longer host "The Apprentice."

The decision comes after Trump doubled-down on statements in his presidential announcement speech describing Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug runners.

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Subject: Ironic? I don’t think so


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Date Posted: 05:31:59 06/22/15 Mon

Does anyone find it interesting that the winner's question was in last year's Miss Ohio pageant? Isn't it also strange that this year's winner sat out last
year and watched? I was there last year and have a video. I go to pageants all over the country. Today's technology allows anything to be recorded. Her answer
was almost word for word from last year's contestant.....hmmmmm. Does the Miss Ohio pageant think that a mediocre jazz rendition of Almost Like
Being In Love will ever be seen on National television? If they do they are delusional. Let's also discuss the answering of the questions. Contestants
answered with answers that had no relevancy to the question and placed in the top five. Most of them answered like they were texting their friends in
incomplete sentences. When has grammar become unimportant? Did the judges just stamp their predetermined score sheets because if talent is worth
30%, the saxophone player playing three notes was a comedy. Miss America Organization should look into who is running this dog and pony show. They are making
Ohio look ridiculous and someone is making a lot of money.

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Subject: What is the difference in a 501c3 and 501c4?


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Date Posted: 19:48:33 06/02/15 Tue


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Subject: Very Sad


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Date Posted: 18:58:50 04/12/15 Sun

I think it's very sad that when you go to the Miss NY website, this pops up. It's amazing that they're recognizing several former Miss New York's of the past few years....but isn't someone missing? Whether or not the organization agrees or disagrees with Mallory, she is a former Miss America titleholder. It's so obvious that she was intentionally left out of this page. Very sad IMHO. All four of the women in this picture are phenomenal representatives, however Mallory without a doubt should have been included.


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Subject: Miss Nevada mess


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Date Posted: 07:28:06 06/27/15 Sat

What ever happened to Haleyann Hart? Did she drop her lawsuit? Did she compete this year? Also, did Amy get a good reception during the NV OT pageant last night? Was the former ED there?

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Subject: FYI No More Miss Virgin Islands At MA


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Date Posted: 06:44:14 06/16/15 Tue

They didnt renew their license so No Rep from Virgin Islands

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Subject: Remaining State Pageant Dates


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Date Posted: 07:34:45 06/21/15 Sun

Massachusetts June 26, 2015
Arizona June 27, 2015
California June 27, 2015
Connecticut June 27, 2015
Louisiana June 27, 2015
Maryland June 27, 2015
Mississippi June 27, 2015
Nevada June 27, 2015
Oregon June 27, 2015
South Carolina June 27, 2015
Virginia June 27, 2015
West Virginia June 27, 2015
Washington July 3, 2015
Kentucky July 4, 2015
Texas July 4, 2015
Arkansas July 11, 2015
Puerto Rico July 11, 2015

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Subject: NJ crowned a clapper!


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Date Posted: 19:27:48 06/13/15 Sat

They chose the worst of the top 5. Seriously, NJ judges, what were you thinking?

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Subject: Colleen Ward is Miss Ct. 2015. Daja Dial is Miss SC 2015.


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Date Posted: 19:54:30 06/27/15 Sat


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Subject: Anything fom California?


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Date Posted: 20:21:57 06/27/15 Sat


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Subject: Miss Massachusetts is a very interesting and very diverse group this year! Eager to see top 10! Any predictions? My top 5 is Zucco, Hawkins, Fuller, Morton, Williams


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Date Posted: 15:10:07 06/27/15 Sat


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Subject: Will this year's MA pageant be free of "O Mio Babbino Caro?" With so many brilliant pieces in the universe, may we please give this one a rest for a bit?


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Date Posted: 19:40:12 06/23/15 Tue


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Subject: 2016 Pageant


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Date Posted: 14:50:34 06/03/15 Wed

THE 95TH ANNIVERSARY OF MISS AMERICA TO AIR ON
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 at 9:00 PM ET ON ABC

"The 2016 Miss America Competition" To Broadcast Live from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall

Santa Monica, CA (June 2, 2015) - ABC, Miss America Organization and dick clark productions announced today that Miss America will celebrate their 95th anniversary with "The 2016 Miss America Competition" returning to Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (9:00 - 11:00p.m./ET) on the ABC Television Network. The evening will be filled with glitz and glam when 52 women representing their home states and territories compete to bring home the crown.

"The 2016 Miss America Competition" is the culmination of a 13 day event following Labor Day weekend that includes three nights of Preliminary Competitions and a week of events including the much anticipated "Show Us Your Shoes Parade" that will be held on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 12.

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Subject: Illinois RFP -


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Date Posted: 08:04:01 06/23/15 Tue

From: MAO Field Operations
Date: June 22, 2015 at 5:46:51 PM CDT
To: MAO Field Operations
Subject: Miss Illinois License Available








Dear Friends:

The Miss America Organization is currently accepting proposals from interested parties to operate the Miss Illinois State Organization. The specific guidelines and requirements for all Request for Proposals (RFPs) are attached and the deadline for consideration is Monday, July 27, 2015.

The Miss Illinois State License will be awarded based on attention to detail, business acumen, vision and actionable plans for the state which are addressed in the attached RFP. The RFP process is not a “formality” and no group has preference over any other group for MAO’s highly regarded state license. The Request For Proposal (RFP) is a search by the Miss America Organization for the best leadership. All proposals are carefully reviewed and kept confidential.



The Miss America Organization recognizes that the State Organization plays a critical role in the success of the national competition and it is important that the new Miss Illinois licensee clearly demonstrates their strategy and specific plan. All Requests for Proposals submitted in the online application no later than 4:00pm eastern Monday, July 27, 2015 will be considered. Late and/or hardcopy submissions will not be considered.



Please forward this information to anyone interested in the Miss Illinois license. With your assistance, we look forward to finding the most suitable organization to become part of the Miss America Organization.

Thank you for your consideration.



Sincerely,

- Marc

Marc Angeli | Vice President Field Operations

Miss America Organization | PO Box 1919 | Atlantic City, NJ 08404

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Subject: Pageant gowns below cost!


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Date Posted: 11:48:22 06/23/15 Tue

The Perfect Dress located in Lawrenceville New Jersey will no longer be selling pageant gowns and we are selling our remaining stock below cost. Please visit the link below to see what we have in stock and what the discounted price is.

http://www.theperfectdressonline.com/sub.php?CatId=79189#subtitle

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Subject: Uh-oh!! Former MAO Judges Chair Rick Brinkley accused of embezzlement from his other job and terminated:


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Date Posted: 11:19:58 06/22/15 Mon

Here's the story:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/capitol_report/embezzlement-allegations-tarnish-stellar-reputation-of-state-sen-rick-brinkley/article_a5084fd7-5326-5972-82b5-fd5b1eb8c0ac.html

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Subject: You could win VIP tickets to Miss America! Click the picture and follow the link for 5 bonus entries


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Date Posted: 10:24:08 06/17/15 Wed





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Subject: The House finally fell on the wicked witch of Illinois. It is over for her and her entire BOD and Executive Director. Clean Slate. Ohio you can do it to. Get the press involved. make it about Sam Haskell and the MAO.


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Date Posted: 15:32:59 06/17/15 Wed


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Subject: Does Anyone Feel That The Format Will Change Anytime Soon?


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Date Posted: 13:51:34 06/21/15 Sun

Meaning, "Loser Lounge" , having contestants get into their talent outfits only not to be called, etc....

I just wish they go back to all 10 competing, having a contestant that was not a judges choice being in the top 15 only to be eliminated after swimsuit And last but not least, PLEASE show some respect for the 1st runner up, Give her her moment,instead of just announcing Miss America!!

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Subject: DOes Anyone Feel that Miss New York 2015 Will be pressured to do it again?


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Date Posted: 14:46:59 06/03/15 Wed

I cant see that happening again

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Subject: Miss University of Florida MaryKatherine Fechtel Platform: The Worth Campaign: Human Trafficking Awareness and Vulnerability


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We are very interested in seeing pictures of what you have done to advocate for your platform.
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Date Posted: 04:03:59 06/21/15 Sun


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Subject: Does anyone find it odd...


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Date Posted: 10:40:38 06/07/15 Sun

That Mallory chose to watch Miss AL last night instead of Miss NY?

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Subject: Delaware


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Date Posted: 11:31:56 06/18/15 Thu

No one is talking about Delaware - thoughts?

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Subject: Crying wolf


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Date Posted: 09:01:29 06/13/15 Sat

OK, IL people, where is this media firestorm you went on and on about? Where are the protests? A petition was formed and signed and nothing came of it. No media story, no protests, and presumably big crowds for the state pageant.

What happened?

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Subject: Looks like Ohio has some interesting contestants


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Date Posted: 13:24:11 06/15/15 Mon

Photos surfaced of one girl drinking underage, and another as a "sweetheart" for the Total Frat Move website.

Girls. Pay attention to what you put on social media. Having a boyfriend and having fun at college are okay, but make sure that your social media portrays you in the best possible light. Think about whether you want your mom or your second-grade cousin to see you behaving that way.

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Subject: For a feel good story, check out who won Miss Montana tonight.


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Date Posted: 00:34:11 06/14/15 Sun


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Subject: Well Illinois people finally wised up and went over the heads of MAO. The media is now involved. Apparently Amalia was ambushed outside her vehicle today after rehearsals! On top of it Marc from MAO is there to witness this. Should be a good show!


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Date Posted: 14:45:27 06/09/15 Tue


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Subject: So how are the “new” leaders doing for Miss Ohio Week? Let’s see. ED Steven Oliveri not around, busy in IL hand picking their winner. Host home fired because of deplorable conditions causing 2 contestants to make a last minute move. Chaperone fired (with a lot of “F” bombs from Sharon and Terri) for falling asleep behind the wheel and putting a couple of contestants lives and well-being in danger. No “sign in” at the mall. But fear not, they have produced a boat load of Jello Shots to keep the crew smiling!! Well done MA!!


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Date Posted: 15:29:34 06/14/15 Sun


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Subject: MAO


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Date Posted: 21:55:31 06/14/15 Sun

somethings need to change in Illimois. Enough is enough now she is bullying disabled children. What is it gone to take to get rid if this viper?

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Subject: SAM you said last year you were going to get rid of the haters seems like you are keeping.


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Date Posted: 08:20:36 06/15/15 Mon


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Subject: News Coverage of 2015 Miss New York Pageant


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Date Posted: 04:11:28 06/09/15 Tue

Hey guys,

here's some good coverage of the 2015 Miss New York pageant from over the weekend. Best article i've read to date. Lots of pictures too.

https://mypageantrental.com/blog/2015/jun/08/top-5-favorite-moments-from-the-2015-miss-new-york/

https://mypageantrental.com/blog/2015/jun/08/our-pictures-from-miss-new-york-2015/

My Pageant Rental Pageant News

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Subject: The latest from the Illinois catastrophe....Amalia picking on little princessess


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Date Posted: 06:58:09 06/14/15 Sun

Heather Cromwell O'FALLON, IL about 11 hours ago Liked 0

According to ADA (42 USC 12101) (29 USC 794) reasonable accommodations need to be made. And in no way did having a Family member who is trained to assist Keira cause the Miss Illinois Organization unreasonable or undue hardship.

"Ok but we will need a medical release and for her to understand that she or grandmother cannot be in rehearsals or other activities"

"You can attend only the Princess Luncheon and Keira can be re-crowned."

And then to cover up her other alleged indiscretions by throwing Keira in the fire and acting like she has treated her fairly all along. Using her disability as a distraction and not caring that singling out a child is the worst form of bullying and discrimination. "Hey, look at the little cripple girl, I'm being nice to her." And all you did was make her feel different, humiliated, embarrassed, and that she was not there to be just another little Princess to have fun. Thank goodness we were there so you would not spotlight her and announce that she is there but can't dance and that she is "Your SPECIAL, SPECIAL Princess". Instead you lie and say she is shy and that's why she didn't want her name announced last night. Anyone who truly knows Keira, knows she is not shy. But she could dance from her wheelchair, she learned both groups choreographer. But all during practices she was kept off to the side, not included, not being incorporated and feeling shunned. She is highly intelligent, she knew she wasn't included and at times being patronized. I'm not saying there wasn't a lot of truly good-hearted people, there were people who stood up for her when others wouldn't.

The other dishearting thing is A.S, hiding behind the Miss Illinois Organization, and saying you have to be perfect to participate, all while collecting money for CMN. Instead of lifting up a Child who is being cared for by 2 Different CMN Hospital that benefits from those donations, you choose to tear her down and pity her.

And to lie tonight when announcing her name that she couldn't be there, placing blame back on Keira. Why couldn't you own up to what you did, you banned her in the first place because you wouldn't allow reasonable accommodations. She didn't want to be on that stage, she thought you were tricking her so you could embarrass her. Instead, she didn't get to hear those cheers from the crowd and instead you broke her heart!

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Subject: Talent Requirements


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Date Posted: 08:02:39 06/13/15 Sat

At Miss NJ the talent winner used fire in her dance (very briefly but she had fire come from her fingers using something she hid in her costume presumably). Is this allowed?

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Subject: Miss NH webstream confirmed scholarship amounts


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Date Posted: 12:07:31 05/03/15 Sun

As I recall a while back there was discussion about Emily Hughes Tolson winning $60,000 plus through her years of involvement in Miss NH. Some on here posted they did not believe it. I watched the incredible show on the web last night. Sure enough they said the #1 Miss NH contestant in terms of scholarshps was Emily with $66,000.00. Oh and congratulations to Holly Blanchard. Well deserved! They had a lot of great up and comers too.

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Subject: Teresa Scanlan competing for new pageant title


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Date Posted: 17:40:40 06/03/15 Wed

It's official. Teresa Scanlan will be competing against for the Miss World America title. According to USB, also competing will be Ivana Hall, former Miss Texas.

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Subject: Mallory and Claire's DEFINE worked with almost 25 contestants at the Miss alabama pageant. nan Tenninbaum is really upset cuz Sam has apparently put the "word" out that people should not work with them. Why is this allowed to continue? If Mallory doesn't speak up then shame on her.


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Date Posted: 09:56:21 06/07/15 Sun


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Subject: I know it's hard for most of you to take off your tin foil for a bit...........


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Date Posted: 07:27:32 05/31/15 Sun

But we now have SIX new state titleholders. Anyone have any thoughts about them? Pretty class so far, IMO. Wasn't overly impressed with HI but they're not a powerhouse anymore, I don't see her doing much at Miss America. If Stephanie couldn't do it I don't see it happening for Jeanne either, but she's cute, anyway. If RI was from another state I would see her as one of the bigger contenders, she's got a great education pedigree and very pretty but she's from Rhode Island. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just ask Miss Universe 2012. But in this system you would have to be the daughter of Vanessa Williams to expect to win big out of Rhode Island. Not overly impressed with NH, VT is cute, WY only had one finalist in 50 years, don't expect it to continue this year.

That is all.

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Subject: IMPORTANT INFO FOR CLAIMING SCHOLARSHIPS IN OHIO: Steven has advertised that he has over $45,000 available this year. These are the funds that were put in escrow to cover past scholarships. He will find a reason not to pay you so as to hold onto the funds. 1) Make sure you use the correct form. 2) Make copies of completed form for your records. 3) DO NOT EMAIL THE FORMS. Mail them return receipt – certified USPS mail. This will get you a paper trail of when it was delivered and a signature. If he does not sign for it you will have a date as to when delivery was attempted. It will cost you under $7 but will guarantee delivery with proof. 4) If he refuses to pay go directly to Miss America with your proof of delivery and copies of your form. YOU HAVE EARNED THESE MONIES AND DESERVE TO BE PAID!!!!


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Date Posted: 06:36:00 06/01/15 Mon


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Subject: Class Act The Miss Oklahoma Program.


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Date Posted: 08:21:57 06/04/15 Thu


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Subject: Three local directors fired in Illinois two weeks before the state pageant!


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Date Posted: 19:43:42 05/22/15 Fri

The directors of the Miss Chicago, Miss Windy City and Miss Gold Coast Pageants were fired via email from the Board Chair of the Miss Illinois Program immediately after Spring Forum.

How does that happen? Why would an organization do something like that and allow three Miss Contestants and their outstanding teens to compete at the State Pageant in a few weeks without a local director. I know one of these directors and she's always been a real great champion of the program, what did they do that was so bad that they had to be fired now, this close to the state pageant?

What accommodations are being made for their contestants? I also wonder who decides this? Does the state pageant board vote on this? Did the Miss Illinois Executive Director have input into this? Why would the Board Chair deliver the message via email? I am very shocked and surprised by this and am wondering if someone could enlighten me on the protocol for firing local directors.

Thanks,

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Subject: Upcoming State Pageant Dates


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Date Posted: 16:13:12 06/01/15 Mon

Alaska June 5, 2015
Alabama June 6, 2015
Kansas June 6, 2015
Nebraska June 6, 2015
New York June 6, 2015
Oklahoma June 6, 2015
Delaware June 13, 2015
Illinois June 13, 2015
Iowa June 13, 2015
Minnesota June 13, 2015
Missouri June 13, 2015
Montana June 13, 2015
New Jersey June 13, 2015
North Dakota June 13, 2015
Pennsylvania June 13, 2015
District of Columbia June 14, 2015
Colorado June 20, 2015
Florida June 20, 2015
Georgia June 20, 2015
Idaho June 20, 2015
Indiana June 20, 2015
Michigan June 20, 2015
New Mexico June 20, 2015
North Carolina June 20, 2015
Ohio June 20, 2015
South Dakota June 20, 2015
Tennessee June 20, 2015
Utah June 20, 2015
Wisconsin June 20, 2015
Massachusetts June 26, 2015
Arizona June 27, 2015
California June 27, 2015
Connecticut June 27, 2015
Louisiana June 27, 2015
Maryland June 27, 2015
Mississippi June 27, 2015
Nevada June 27, 2015
Oregon June 27, 2015
South Carolina June 27, 2015
Virginia June 27, 2015
West Virginia June 27, 2015
Washington July 3, 2015
Kentucky July 4, 2015
Texas July 4, 2015
Arkansas July 11, 2015
Puerto Rico July 11, 2015

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Subject: Miss Rhode Island


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Date Posted: 14:40:33 05/31/15 Sun

The winner, West Warwick native Alexandra Curtis, will go on to represent Rhode Island in the Miss America pageant this September in Atlantic City.

Curtis, 23, focused her platform for the pageant on female empowerment and management. She is a master’s candidate at Brown University and a graduate of Syracuse University.

No Miss Rhode Island has ever won the Miss America pageant, but Rhode Island’s Olivia Culpo won the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants in 2012.

Also at Saturday’s competition, Catarina Girardi of Cranston was crowned Miss Rhode Island Outstanding Teen 2015.

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Subject: Update state message board links


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Date Posted: 17:25:37 05/27/15 Wed

Since the guru board made a clean sweep of most of the state board links, let's please help the moderator of this wonderful board update some of the links posted here. I know the New York link doesn't work, and there is a newer Mississippi board. Help please....state pageant season looms!

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Subject: Guru strikes again!


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Date Posted: 12:20:41 05/25/15 Mon

I noticed an innocent post on that joke-of-a-Guru board asking about what was going on with the Miss Illinois Pageant. Kate Shindle responded a couple times and now the thread is gone....Guru is even editing what a former MISS AMERICA has to say about MAO now!! Guru has lost all credibility.

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Subject: For those of you following the on-line petition for Illinois, check out this post from overnight:


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Date Posted: 11:16:25 05/28/15 Thu

I debated on signing this because I was afraid my complaints would sound like sour grapes. For four years, I served as the official photographer for MISA under the current board chairman. in 2011, I was relieved of my duties because I chose to stand up for other volunteers, sponsors, and titleholders that were being cheated, lied to, and unjustly fired. I have kept publicly quiet since that time about why I am no longer part of the organization. I now feel like there is a good opportunity to share the real story.

As the official photographer, I signed on for one free photo shoot for titleholders. However, I usually did between 3 and 4 per year without any compensation. I also did autograph cards, posters, flyers, ads, and thank you cards for titleholders and MISA without charging MISA a dime. It was beyond shocking to hear titleholders tell me that they were informed that their pay was withheld on multiple occasions because the had to turn over their paychecks to pay for my services. I'm not sure where the money went, but it was definitely not in my bank account. I'm not proud that I did not stand up at the time and say something then. Like many, I kept quiet and resumed my responsibilities, hoping that I could do something positive for the organization.

I was emailed, texted, and called at all hours of the day and night for years. Many times at 2 and 3 in the morning. And I was expected to respond within minutes. On one such early morning, around 5 am, I received a text regarding a photo shoot. Admittedly, I was tired and cranky about being woke up via text again and I said some things that I had been thinking for years. I voiced my extreme displeasure about how people were being treated. It was not taken well. At the end of the conversation, I had asked if the photos posted to the MISA site could be linked to my Facebook page, rather than a link to my website which was being revamped. I was told no, that links only went to websites. Fine. Hours later, I received a call from Mrs. Scwerdtmann and KL Daly saying there was a board meeting and that I was being fired because I did not have a website. They left a voice mail informing me of the decision since I didn't pick up the call. Four years of tireless service, and no one thought I deserved a conversation. Just a voice mail.

I called Mrs. Daly back and said this was untrue. I had a website that had been up and running for YEARS. Mrs. Schwerdtmann had been to the website MULTIPLE times to view titleholders photos. This is in fact how she found me in the first place to hire me! In addition to that, the limo service that provides transportation for Miss IL after her crowning was listed on the sponsor page with nothing but a FB page link. This was a little bit contradictory. Mrs. Daly said it must be a mistake and she would straighten it out. I declined and said I was finished. I also declined the $400 they offered me for copyright for the photos that I had recently taken. I sent a letter informing them that they photos were owned by ME, and that they were not to use the photos for any purposes. They were copyright protected. Naturally, I was unpleasantly surprised to see my photos on badges and program books three weeks later at the pageant. I never sued. I knew the money would somehow come from titleholders wallets, not hers.

Beyond inexcusable treatment of titleholders, there is more than questionable financial improprieties that need to be addressed. Contracts being voided, lost, forged, and broken. Monies that never seemed to go to the places for which they were intended. Board meeting which don't happen, yet VOLUNTEERS are fired because of a board decision.

Miss America will never do anything about Mrs. Schwerdtmann. Too many complaints over the course of her position tell me that they have no interest in removing her. It is up to the good people who volunteer their time, talents, and money to stand up and demand some change within our state. Being mistreated is terrible. But it is hard to prove. Having money stolen is a little easier to prove. Miss America might not care enough about the girls in this program, but I will bet that the police and the IRS will. I urge any titleholders with proof of criminal activity to turn it over to an attorney who can assist you. The momentum created by this petition is inspiring for people to come forward. Thank you to Cara for speaking up for those too afraid to do so.

Thank you for reading my lengthy comment. I hope for the good of this organization that the petition will result in some changes.

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Subject: The ISA Board did NOT vote on the Dismissal of Three Local IL Directors. THERE ARE STILL A FEW GOOD PEOPLE LEFT IN THE ORGANIZATION.


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Date Posted: 00:21:40 05/25/15 Mon

The ISA Board Members simply were not given a vote in the decision to dismiss the Local Directors. This action was taken without notifying or consulting with the ISA Board as a whole. Any Board Members who were not consulted would have a strong case of Plausible Deniability if any legal matters were to arise from this situation.


Persecute the people who are responsible for these actions, and not the passionate volunteers who work so hard to help the contestants have the most enjoyable experience that they possibly can.

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