Hi Everyone, Again!
It’s the end of week two of my challenge so let’s just get right to it!
The title of this post is the last sentence of Elvis Presley’s speech he gave in 1971 at the Ten Outstanding Young Men awards ceremony. Except for the last part…the FREE part. So today’s post on my adventure to see if I couldn’t get something for free every day this month has to do with this particular ceremony.
I got a call about a week ago that I was needed to step into a photography job…and would I do it…?
As a former Jaycee I just had to help. It’s who we are…even at the risk of…well …serious…
doubt about my own skills! (seriously!)
Just 10 days to prepare, let me tell you I wasn’t nervous until about 3 or 4 days ago when I read the WHO’s WHO of who would be there! YIKES! But I’ll get to that in a minute…
The fun part about saying yes to do this (nervousness besides the point) is that you get to meet some really great people and have a COMPLIMENTARY 5 *****(Star) meal of filet Mignon! Brilliant!
So that’s my freebie for today (or yesterday/last night) on this month long challenge — The Free Banquet Meal!
But first…before we meet this year’s 10 Honorees I want to play for you a clip from Elvis’ reception…way back there in 1972:
He said somewhere in this case that this award meant more to him than any of his gold records or musical accomplishments. He carried this trophy with him everywhere and it was so much handled that much of the nickel plating rubbed off!
The trophy is made by the same company that makes the Academy Awards…it’s a quality trophy people…nothing cheap whatsoever…
Ladies and Gentlemen, Here are The Ten Outstanding Young Americans of 2011!
From left to right in the photo: Major Giusseppe Stavale, Amy Richison, Dr. Lisa Miller, Lucas Daniel Boyce, U.S. Jaycee President Joanie Cramer, Jessica Bachus, Roxana Saberi, Melissa (Wife of Shane Victorino) , and Major Gene Jacobus. Absent from the ceremony were Shane Victorino, Drew Brees and Luke Ravenstahl.
And now I know what you’re thinking…what happened to Shane, Drew and Luke? It’s sad. If ELVIS could make it surely these other people could make it! But Shane’s wife Melissa felt really bad, but he actually had a game going on and was playing. But Luke and Drew? Let’s just say I am terribly disappointed. Remember friends, ELVIS — showed —- up—–, and stood on a stage just like the one you see above…with 9 other people. I just can’t imagine thinking myself too important not to be there.
I could write for days about the accomplishments of all these people but please research them all. Quite amazing!
Enjoy! And don’t forget…please do look up these names. I know you’ll find their stories remarkable.
I’ll be back shortly with another post. I’m off to Walgreens to hopefully get some FREE Blistex! Whoo Hoo!