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MAO Stakeholders Petition - Save the Pageant - Please Sign!

“The one thing we want to make clear is that the state’s petition has nothing to do with the elimination of the swimsuit competition, the #MeToo movement or resistance to change,” DeMarcus said. “It has everything to do with lack of communication, lack of transparency, misrepresentation of facts. Within a volunteer organization, your currency is belief in the cause and trust.”


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Subject: Are other states having the same issue as Michigan - Locals are dropping like flies


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Date Posted: 12:58:01 08/14/18 Tue


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Subject: Miss Iowa prepares for Miss America Pageant


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Date Posted: 23:29:25 08/15/18 Wed

https://www.ourquadcities.com/news/miss-iowa-prepares-for-miss-america-pageant/1373302972

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Subject: Other Options


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Date Posted: 18:22:01 08/15/18 Wed

We now have close to 3,600 signatures and no resignations yet. So it is likely that we have to take drastic actions prior to September 9. Here are some ideas I had, and wanted to see what others come up with: 1) get the contestants to ban together in support of Cara and “boycott” the private interviews in Atlantic City. Essentially this would be the contestants saying that we won’t start competing until the leaders resign. 2) establish a new Board of Directors that “take over “ in Atlantic City and are recognized by the 22 states as the new leadership of MAO. Have a plan to establish a national search for a new CEO. 3) The 11 Miss Americas and 22 state EDs take the stage on the first preliminary night and refuse to leave until the leaders step down.

Other thoughts?

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Subject: To All Miss America Stakeholders, PLEASE read this IMPORTANT letter and CLICK HERE to add your signature to our efforts: https://www.change.org/p/statelicensees1-gmail-com-miss-america-needs-you?recruiter=893871894&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition


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o All Miss America Stakeholders, PLEASE read this IMPORTANT letter and CLICK HERE to add your signature to our efforts: https://www.change.org/p/statelicensees1-gmail-com-miss-america-needs-you?recruiter=893871894&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Dear State Directors, Local Directors and Loyal Volunteers,
First and foremost, thank you for all that you do to make the Miss America Program a reality. You are the heart and soul of our organization.
We humbly ask for your undivided attention as you read this letter. You are our last hope.
We are so grateful for the efforts that many of you have undertaken to have your voices be heard by the leadership of the Miss America Organization. We are inspired by your love for the pageant, your persistence and your courage.
We have joined you in raising our voices and have tried with all of our might and strength to preserve the traditions of Miss America, but we cannot accomplish our mission without your clear, unequivocal and immediate response. The hour is late and the time for unified action is upon us now. We cannot delay, we cannot wish this current crisis away, and we cannot push it off to deal with at some later date.
Miss America is engaged in a great struggle about its identity and its future direction. We did not choose this struggle. It began because our past leaders demeaned women, breached their trust, harmed our brand, and needed to be removed. It was their actions alone that required a change in leadership. We made that change with the hope of creating unity and stability for our beloved organization.
In good faith, we joined together with a unified voice and decided that it would be best if our new leaders came from among our own ranks so that our voices and opinions would be heard and acknowledged at the national level. But in choosing our new leaders, we now recognize that we chose individuals that have sought to use MAO for their own self-centered purposes, not to regain trust and unite us. Instead these new leaders have decided to use this opportunity to force changes that we have not sought and that we did not demand.
Worse still, they have used their position and our goodwill to demean those in our ranks, to publicly question our ethics and motives, and they have made significant changes to our organization under false pretenses. It is hard to believe that this is the approach and tactics that our new leaders have adopted, but this is the place in which we now find ourselves, and we must again demand and require immediate change.
Upon further consideration of the facts, we now agree with the petition signed by the very brave 22 states’ executives. We understand that to begin again we must call for the resignations of our Chairwoman, our CEO and the entire Board of Trustees. Ultimately, we want to support the will of the states, and from what we gather, the 22 states are not the “noisy minority,” but in actuality, they include a quiet majority-who are just not ready to speak out-but why prolong the inevitable? As with the previous board, we asked formers to step down not because of personal reasons, but simply because they were part of the old regime that didn’t work. We are grateful to those former Miss Americas for graciously stepping down, even though their hearts were in the right place. They put aside any personal agendas and submitted to the will of the majority, in order to show respect and love for our organization. We honor those sisters for making the right decision, and we ask out leadership to do the same now.
The national leadership should seek the consent of the governed – we elected them and they need to answer to those they profess to serve. We had hoped that the reconstituted Board would work with truth and integrity. Regrettably, they have used their positions to mislead us, to systematically change many things that we hold dear, and they have removed (and threatened to remove) anyone who disagrees with their views. Have you stopped to consider what happens if the 22 states who signed the petition in July lose their licenses?
As you know, the telecast for this year is not in jeopardy, but the fate of the entire Miss America system is in great jeopardy if we do not act now. We are losing local competitions every day – they are just walking away. We are losing sponsors at the state and local levels. We are losing contestants who can’t afford the time or money needed to have an attorney review a 25-page contract. These and other onerous changes are pulling our organization apart on every level and in every state!
By signing your name to the Vote of No Confidence petition TODAY, you provide us with the ability to start the rebuilding process NOW. We can begin to put in place some safety nets in the event that the TV network, Casino Reinvestment Development Association (CRDA) and the production company decide not to continue supporting MAO and its mission. There is a group of experienced people ready to step in and play a transitional role with the production company and network.
A number of leaders within the states are prepared to drive solutions that flatten out the organizational structure. Right now, MAO is a top-down structure that keeps at a distance the state organizations that do 90% of the work. Decisions made by people who do not have their personal finances, reputations, business networks, communities etc involved in the heavy lift that’s involved in running a volunteer state or local organization cannot possibly know what is needed to keep the national organization nimble, responsive, ahead of the trends, and of course financially sound.
At its heart, Miss America is a grassroots volunteer organization and your state and local organizations are the lifeblood of this amazing nationwide system. The current leadership team has not served us well over the past 8 months, so it is necessary once again to elect a new leadership team that can unify our ranks. Miss America is bigger than any one or two individuals. The Miss America program has survived for 100 years because of you, and it must survive for another 100 years. But we must not allow the current leadership team to continue making changes to our program, some of which could be irreparable.
You and your volunteers are the heart and soul of this organization. You are our last hope. We need you to respond today, please, because we are running out of time.
Sincerely,
Miss America 1984 Suzette Charles
Miss America 1991 Marjorie Vincent-Tripp
Miss America 1992 Carolyn Sapp Daniels
Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone McCallum
Miss America 1998 Kate Shindle
Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson
Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio Grey
Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap
Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron-Jackson
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss
Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell Maxwell

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Subject: 2018-19 MU GROUP


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Date Posted: 13:32:10 08/10/18 Fri

Here is our 2018-19 MU GROUP.
(I will post each group separately to assist with the length of comment threads)

Best wishes to all!
Love,
Dame Edweena


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Subject: Miss Mississippi: Beyond the Crown


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Date Posted: 23:43:52 08/15/18 Wed

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/38876850/miss-mississippi-beyond-the-crown

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Subject: What major question(s) do you think will be asked in interview and on stage this year at Miss America??? Do you think some may correlate with MAO's new decisions??


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Date Posted: 23:42:08 08/15/18 Wed

And when the heck will hosts, judges, sponsors, scholarships, etc be announced?! This is absurd. Gretchen & Regina need to fly away and focus on changing the world some other way that doesn't involve them leading on organization.

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Subject: Miss North Dakota Katie Olson prepares for Miss America competition


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Date Posted: 23:27:34 08/15/18 Wed

http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Miss-North-Dakota-Katie-Olson-prepares-for-Miss-America-competition-490933921.html

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Subject: State Titleholders on Instagram


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Date Posted: 23:19:57 08/15/18 Wed

I'm trying to get a better sense of who the front runners are via social media.

Which current titleholders do you follow? Do you follow their MAO and personal accounts?

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Subject: Miss America Leadership Change Petition Supported By Miss Tennessee Officials


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Date Posted: 23:25:19 08/15/18 Wed

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2018/8/15/374461/Miss-America-Leadership-Change-Petition.aspx

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Subject: 3,000 Strong! Thanks for all who have signed the petition!!!!!


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Date Posted: 20:51:10 08/14/18 Tue


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Subject: MISS AMERICA 1962 MARIA FLETCHER just signed the letter!! All Stakeholders PLEASE HELP NOW! We have 3,700 SIGNATURES but we NEED MORE! PLEASE CLICK HERE to add your signature to our efforts and SHARE this link: https://www.change.org/p/statelicensees1-gmail-com-miss-america-needs-you


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Date Posted: 22:23:49 08/15/18 Wed


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Subject: Rachel Wyatt is a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader!!!


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Date Posted: 13:22:55 08/15/18 Wed


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Subject: I heard that there are three other state winners that are from North Carolina? Anyone know what states?


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Date Posted: 22:30:44 08/15/18 Wed


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Subject: 2018-19 SIGMA GROUP


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Date Posted: 13:37:52 08/10/18 Fri

Here is our 2018-19 SIGMA Group.
(I will post each group separately to assist with the length of the comment threads)

Best wishes to all!
Love,
Dame Edweena



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Subject: JOIN - FOLLOW - TELL EVERY TITLEHOLDER YOU KNOW


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Date Posted: 21:28:06 08/13/18 Mon

https://www.facebook.com/NetworkWithMALTA/


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Subject: TOP 3 in TALENT Per Group:


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Date Posted: 14:43:55 08/12/18 Sun

MU: Indiana, Texas, Montana

ALPHA: Utah, South Carolina, Florida

SIGMA: Connecticut, Louisiana, Oklahoma

What do u guys think??

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Subject: I am sure someone has asked this somewhere, but is there a break down somewhere of what each group does each night of preliminaries?


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Date Posted: 20:58:29 08/15/18 Wed


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Subject: Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen Pageant moving to different location.


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Date Posted: 20:57:52 08/15/18 Wed

https://m.shelbycountyreporter.com/2018/08/14/miss-alabama-outstanding-teen-pageant-coming-to-alabaster/

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Subject: Cara looks great in the photo on the top of the page.


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Subject: A Pre-Arrival Top 15 List:


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1) Texas

2) Oklahoma

3) DC

4) Connecticut

5) Florida

6) California

7) Alabama

8) Mississippi

9) Montana

10) Utah

11) Louisiana

12) Indiana

13) Georgia

14) S Carolina

15) Minnesota

TOP 5: FL, CT, TX, SC, MN

Miss America 2019: Miss Connecticut (Go to YouTube and view post-pageant interview on a show called "CT STYLE"--I've never seen a better TV interview).

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Subject: 2018-19 ALPHA GROUP


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Date Posted: 13:35:39 08/10/18 Fri

Here is our 2018-19 ALPHA Group.
(I will post each group separately to assist with the length of comment threads)

Best wishes to all!
Love,
Dame Edweena



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Subject: What I hope for is the restoration of integrity for a non-profit that has forgotten there should never be even the appearance of impropriety. We shouldn't want or allow them to continue on if they cannot withstand the burden of transparency a legal review would require. Better to start anew than continue to build on a crumbling foundation.


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Date Posted: 13:52:02 08/09/18 Thu

There are several ways to contact the NJ AG listed here: https://nj.gov/oag/hotlines.htm

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Subject: When was first year they pulled top two from top ten that was left?


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Date Posted: 01:56:45 08/14/18 Tue


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Subject: 1,000 Signatures in 5 Hours. Wow, just wow! How’s that for the “Noisy Minority!”


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Date Posted: 22:03:58 08/13/18 Mon

Kudos to the 11 MAs and the 22 states!

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Subject: Gretchen Carlson appears at 36:20, with her scripted comments following swimsuit. Then she appears again at 48:40 as she interacts with former Miss America's during the competition.


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Date Posted: 11:00:04 08/15/18 Wed


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Subject: I would love to sign the petition but I have one major issue with it... this line: "Right now, MAO is a top-down structure that keeps at a distance the state organizations that do 90% of the work." This is NOT true. The local pageants do most of the work. I agree with the majority of the petition, but I cannot sign a petition that has this false information in it.


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Subject: I got to thinking about AGT and the Voice. MA can't compare to those because they have all ages, male and female, single up to large group acts..... that is part of what draws in the large audience. So we can't compare apples to oranges or try to be an apple when we are an orange


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Date Posted: 11:36:15 08/15/18 Wed


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Subject: Hackettstown native and Miss Bertrand Island Elizabeth “Bette” Cooper explains her hesitance to be Miss America after winning the pageant in 1937. David M. Zimmer, Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum


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Date Posted: 00:07:40 08/15/18 Wed

https://www.northjersey.com/videos/news/morris/2018/08/14/video-miss-bertrand-island-talks-miss-america-1937-win/925204002/

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Subject: Rebecca Minkoff & Miss America 2.0 Press Release


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Date Posted: 18:08:39 08/14/18 Tue

Rebecca Minkoff & Miss America 2.0
Join Together to Advance #Grlpwr

For Immediate Release

Atlantic City - August 14, 2018 - The Miss America Organization and Rebecca Minkoff have joined together to announce that Miss America 2019 will be performing her job in a selection of clothing provided by Rebecca Minkoff.

Embodying 21st century femininity in all its multidimensionality, Rebecca Minkoff encourages her audience to confidently own the many roles they occupy and their many moods and feelings. Since launching in 2001, the brand has established itself as a destination where functionality, modern femininity, and the current cultural moment converge. The collection spans handbags, ready-to-wear, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, luggage, tech accessories, and swimwear. Through products, content, conversations and experiences, Rebecca Minkoff is dedicated to creating the modern cultural and business narrative of togetherness and a shared success.

“I am excited to join forces with the new Miss America 2.0 and provide Miss America 2019 with a wardrobe for her year of service. I support the program’s new mission and am eager to continue to work with the young women in this program who are true examples for what they should see and strive to become,” said Ms. Minkoff.

Rebecca Minkoff kicked off its support of #grlpwr by providing each of the 51 candidates the official count down watches of Miss America 2019.

“Working together, Rebecca Minkoff and Miss America 2019 will be focusing on advancing the mission of Miss America 2.0 ~ To prepare great women for the world and prepare the world for great women,” said Regina Hopper, Miss America Organization President & CEO.

After she is chosen, Miss America 2019 will develop goals and execute on tactics to advance her chosen social impact initiative, setting metrics and developing partnerships which will show positive results at the end of her year of service

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Subject: Regina Hopper Just Hired an Expensive Consultant for MAO


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Date Posted: 18:21:57 08/13/18 Mon

Lee Ann Burr, who was just put on as an Event Consultant for Miss America -- her pic with Regina is currently on Miss America National Staff page of their website http://missamerica.org/national-staff/ - was paid $249K by ITS America in 2016 when Regina was the CEO there -- see p. 8 of 2016 IRS form for ITS America which is link is below. And, she was hired by Regina and was a no show at ITS America ...

http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/521/521702822/521702822_201612_990.pdf

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Subject: Stakeholders Petition--I judge preliminaries and state pageants. Does that make me a "stakeholder," so that I can sign the petition?


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Date Posted: 12:23:55 08/14/18 Tue


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Subject: Beautiful photo of Cara in this news article


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Date Posted: 17:19:08 08/13/18 Mon

Miss America to visit Shelby (NC) for ALWS games

http://www.shelbystar.com/news/20180813/miss-america-to-visit-shelby-for-alws-games

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