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Oprah’s Golden Globes’ acceptance speech: this generation’s version of “I Have a Dream” speech

Oprah Winfrey’s rousing acceptance speech about social values for her Lifetime Achievement Award:




Take two minutes to read these sayings and be sure to read all the way to the bottom:

Written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words.  Rooney used to be on 60 Minutes TV show.

I’ve learned that

the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

when you’re in love, it shows.

just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

being kind is more important than being right.

you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in any other way.

no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

life is like a roll of toilet paper.    The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
money doesn’t buy class.
it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
everyone hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned….
That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned that

the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
life is tough, but I’m tougher.
opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned that

a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

… hat the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of you:  Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.
It’s National Friendship Week.Show your friends how much you care.

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the person who sent it to you.

If it comes back to you, then you’ll know you have a circle of friends.

Now send this to every friend you have!   And to your family.  This was sent to me by a friend.

Why bother with education?! Education is a powerful passport to your future.

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.     Malcolm X

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.     Nelson Mandela

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.   Victor Hugo

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.     Benjamin Franklin

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.     George Washington Carver

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.     William Butler Yeats

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you … grow.     Anthony J D’Angelo


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.     Maimonides

Education is not preparation for life; it is life itself.     John Dewey

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.    William S. Burroughs

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.     Mark Twain








Humorous “truisms” about my home state: Kansas!

Leave it to Jeff Foxworthy to talk about our beloved state Kansas!  The funny part is…it’s all true…every bit of it! Only in Kansas! (Comic Jeff Foxworthy’s in-laws live in Derby, Kansas.)

#4 is true for me (when I lived in Austin, TX, 1987-2004):   After a recently deceased Kansan’s relatives accidentally called & left voice-mail messages frequently, I returned their call.  We mutually made time for a get-acquainted chat — before discovering that they had been using the wrong area code when they reached me.  <smile>


Other truisms I’ve experienced

Kansas According to Jeff Foxworthy:

If you’re proud that your region makes the national news at least 96 times each year because it’s the hottest or the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Wichita, Kansas.

If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his fore head, you might live in Pratt, Kansas.

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Colby, Kansas.

If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Kansas.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TRUE Kansan WHEN ‘Vacation’ means going east or west on I-70 for the weekend.

If you measure distance in hours, you might live in Kansas.

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you might live in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

If you often switch from ‘Heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day and back again, you might live in Fredonia, Kansas.

If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching, you might live in Kansas City, Kansas.

If you see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings), you might live in Great Bend, Kansas.

If you install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked, you might live in Augusta, Kansas.

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them, you might live in Manhattan, Kansas.

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you might live in Wichita, Kansas.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you might live in Pittsburg, Kansas.

If your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce, you might live in Derby, Kansas.

If “Going Down South” means Oklahoma, you might live in Coffeyville, Kansas.

If a brat is something you eat, you might live in Altoona, Kansas.

If your idea of going out to eat is a tail gate party every Friday, you might live in Cimarron, Kansas.

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car; you might live in Goodland, Kansas.

If you find 0 degrees to be ‘a little chilly’, you might live in Concordia, Kansas.

If you actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Kansas friends — you might live (or once lived) in Kansas.

Inspiring Websites from “The Passion Test” by Attwood & Attwood

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Dealing with grief: & more

As many years as I’ve been in the health field, it’s never been easy to lose someone, whether personally or professionally. Although it’s something many people avoid talking about, death & the grief that follows it are unavoidable.

I was reminded of this recently after losing a lifelong friend who lost her battle with cancer. We knew some months ago that we would lose her… but it didn’t make it any easier. My grief is something I’m still dealing with (& know I will continue to deal with). I’ve been doing a lot of research for Public Health Corps on this topic lately in an effort to help any of our readers who may be going through a similar difficult time, & I thought I would share some of my findings with you, as well.

Laid to Rest at Home: How to Plan a Home Memorial Service for Your Departed Loved One

The New Stages of Grief: 5 Tasks, No Timeline

Final Logistics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Loved One’s Belongings After Their Death:

Supporting a Child When Someone Dies:

Coping with a Child’s Illness While You’re in Recovery: Learn Coping Methods While Going Through this Difficult Time:

Dementia Patients and Grief:

The Guide to Pet Bereavement: What to Expect After the Loss of a Loved One:

When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue:   340 S Lemon Ave #5780 | Walnut, CA 91789

Death is nothing at All by Henry Scott-Holland:

through at Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Sheffield Lutherer’s memorial service & read by Alice at memorial service of Dr. John Aure Buesseler at the 46-yr.-old CEO Roundtable:  This poem is often read at funerals. The author, Henry Scott-Holland (1847-1918), a priest at St. Paul’s Cathedral of London, did not intend it as a poem, it was actually delivered as part of a sermon in 1910. The sermon, titled, “Death, the King of Terrors” was preached while the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster.  READ  COMPLETE STORY  PRINT

Death Is Nothing At All by Henry Scott-Holland More Henry Scott-Holland

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

LifeStories Alive:

You are invited to FBG Morning Rotary’s breakfast on Thur., June 22, 6:45a at The Buffalo Nickel Bar & Grill at 105 S. Llano St. in downtown Fredericksburg – in case our  “LifeStories Alive” speaker* might be of special interest to you & your family.

* Mike O’Krent –  the founder of LifeStories Alive, LLC, specializes in the making personal history videos for families.

Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, Mike received his degree in Marketing and Management from Southern Methodist University.

In a life-changing experience, from 1996 through 2000, Mike interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, now the USC Shoah Foundation. It was through that experience he discovered the significance and technique of recording the life stories of loved ones. That formed the basis for his LifeStories business.


Since founding the business in 2006, LifeStories Alive has filmed legacy videos for hundreds of client families and non-profit organizations.

Mike currently serves as a Trustee for Austin’s ZACH Theatre. He has served as the Chairman of the Yom HaShoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) Committee for the Jewish Community Association of Austin from 2009 to the present.

How much good there is in the world!

It is so many years since 9/11/2001,  but here is a wonderful story about that terrible day.

Jerry Brown, Delta Flight 15…(true story) from a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11-’01:

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic .

All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.”

No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terrafirma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander , New Foundland.

He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately — no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.

While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings.

We decided to lie to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander , New Foundland, to have it checked out.

We promised to give more information after landing in Gander . There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that’s nothing new. Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander … Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM … that’s 11:00 AM EST

There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the U.S.

After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason.” Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U.S. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground control in Gander told us to stay put.

The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the aircrafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane. In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were U.S. commercial jets.

Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Centre in New York and into the Pentagon in DC. People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada . Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed.

Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the twin towers buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm. We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament.

We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning. Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.

Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing. And they were true to their word. Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.

About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.

After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander !

We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the U.S. airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.

We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.

Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the “plane people”. We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.

Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days. What we found out was incredible.

Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travellers. Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.

ALL the high school students were required to volunteer their time to take care of the “guests”. Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged. Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes.

Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility. There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.

Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered “Excursion” trips. Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests. Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests.

Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundramats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft. In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travellers.

Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about the whereabouts of each and every passenger and knew which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully.

It was absolutely incredible.

When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling.

Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

And then a very unusual thing happened.

One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever, allow that. But this time was different. I said “of course” and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days. He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers. He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte

“He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers, and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!

“The gentleman, a MD from Virginia , promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.

As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.

“I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a faraway place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them.

It reminds me how much good there is in the world

“In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today’s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.”

This is one of those stories that need to be shared. Please do so.

35 fascinating, trivia facts

Did you know?

1. A strawberry isn’t a berry but a banana is.
2. Avocados and watermelon are berries, too.
3. Cashews grow on trees like this:  Twitter: @emyswimy

4. And Brussels sprouts grow in long stalks like this:  Flickr / Creative Commons / Katy Stoddard / Via Flickr: 68067047@N00

5. Chocolate milk was invented in Ireland.
6. Ketchup used to be sold as medicine.
7. Carrots were originally purple.   Flickr: 61355725@N00  

8. McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.
9. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
10. Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.
11. An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.

12. Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.   Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for TV Land

13. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.
14. Honey never spoils. You can eat 32,000-year-old honey.

15. Peanuts are not nuts. They grow in the ground like this, so they are legumes.

16. Vending machines are twice as likely to kill you than a shark is.
17. Coconuts kill more people than sharks every year. So do cows.

18. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.

19. The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%

20. Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.     Flickr: sionakaren

21. Pineapples grow like this:  Flickr: hiyori13

22. Quinoa is the seeds of this plant:

23. Kiwis grow on vines:  Bignai / Getty Images

24. Ginger is the root of a plant:

25. And cinnamon is just the inner part of this tree:  Flickr / Creative Commons / Abby Flat-coat / / Via Flickr: 22912005@N06

26. And artichokes are flowers that are eaten as buds. This is what they look like when flowered:  Flickr / Creative Commons / Wayne Marshall

27. “Spam” is short for spiced ham
28. Popsicles were invented by an 11-year-old in 1905.
29. Apples, like pears and plums, belong to the rose family.
30. The official state VEGETABLE of Oklahoma is the watermelon.
31. Peas are one the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil:  Flickr: avlxyz

32. There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples throughout the world, and it would take you 20 years to try them all if you had one each day.

33. The twists in pretzels are made to look like arms crossed in prayer.

34. Canola oil was originally called rapeseed oil, but renamed by the Canadian oil industry in 1978 to avoid negative connotations. “Canola” is short for “Canadian oil.”

35. And no matter what color Froot Loop you eat, they all taste the same.




Great Leaders Create a Culture of Quitters!

Great Leaders Create a Culture of Quitters! | Patrick Leddin, Ph.D. | Pulse | LinkedIn

Great Leaders Create a Culture of Quitters!

You are likely familiar with the concept that employees don’t quit companies, they quit leaders.

It is with this in mind that many organizations invest time, energy, and resources developing leaders who foster employee engagement.

Yes, employees might quit an organization because of a bad leader; however, these same employees may quit their own bad behaviors because of a good leader.

In other words, great leaders create a culture of quitters!

Some of you may be thinking…

Wait a second; great leaders create cultures that encourage people to try new approaches, take on different roles, and apply new solutions. They don’t create a culture of quitters.

Oh, yes they do!

Great leaders encourage people to quit trying in four key areas.

I invite you to invest a few minutes reading about each area and reflecting on your mindset, behaviors, and results.

1. Quit Trying to Please Everyone

Blame it on your upbringing, your DNA, or some other force, but many of us our compelled to please others. We don’t like the idea of someone being disappointed with, frustrated about, or indifferent toward us.

So, we try to please everyone. Not only does this waste time and energy, but it is a fruitless endeavor, because you can’t please everyone.

What do great leaders do? Great leaders give employees permission to disappoint some people. These leaders work with their employees to uncover who truly matters most to the success of the team and organization. This gives employees the freedom to say ‘no’ to certain requests and give a big ‘yes’ to others.

2. Quit Trying to Do Everything

You have a finite amount of time, energy, and resources. When you attempt to do everything, you usually accomplish nothing with excellence. Yes, you might understand the law of diminishing returns at an intellectual level, but when faced with the choice of doing one task over another, you may let our feelings or egos push you to try to do everything.

What do great leaders do? Great leaders work with team members to determine the team or organization’s most important goals, and to ensure clarity about the role everyone plays. Getting clear on which goals matter most and who does what, allows team members to prioritize their efforts, and, like not trying to please everyone, they learn what tasks to accomplish and which ones to let go.

3. Quit Trying to Fix Everything

Most organizations measure things – arguably too many things.

Take a look around your organization. Odds are that if you can measure it, you do. The natural tendency when you measure everything is to try to optimize everything. When you try optimize everything, you typically create no sustainable advantages.

What do great leaders do? Great leaders give employees permission to be just ok at somethings. They do this by allowing some measures to be sub-optimal, or cut the measure altogether in order to provide a very clear set of measurable goals that will allow employees to play a winning game.

4. Quit Trying to Control Everything

Since birth, many of us have tried to control everything. Some even incessantly watch the weather, the stock market, or the daily traffic report in an effort to control the outcome. Highly effective people know that the best energy is placed on things you can control or influence.

What do great leaders do? Great leaders allow employees to let go of things they can’t control and focus on things that employees can truly influence. These leaders also assist employees to accomplish certain tasks by lending the leader’s influence, access, or skill-set.

So, how are you doing?

Take a few minutes to assess yourself as a quitter. Ask yourself how well you are doing and whether or not you are creating a culture of successful quitters.

  • Are you clear on who truly matters most to the success of your team or organization? Do you put the majority of your energy to serving these most important customers?
  • Are you clear on your team or organization’s top goals? Can you name them and explain how well you are performing? Are you clear on the role you play in driving desire results?
  • Are you measuring the fewest number of items in order to ensure clarity? Or, do you measure everything and attempt to optimize everything?
  • Do you obsess about things that are out of your control in hopes that you can somehow gain the outcome you desire? Or, do you focus on what you can do and put your energy in those areas?


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Patrick Leddin, Ph.D.

Patrick Leddin, Ph.D.

Professor, Vanderbilt UniversityGlobal ConsultantWriter

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Core Values judging primer for robotics competitions

10 Things to Know as a FIRST LEGO League Judge
Please be sure to check out for additional information, including Judging     Q & A from throughout the season:   FIRST LEGO League Challenge:
Judging Questions:
We hope your experience as a Judge is rewarding and enjoyable!
10. Have fun – you & the kids
The most important thing to know about a FIRST LEGO League tournament is that it is supposed to be FUN. The mission of FIRST is to get kids excited about science &
technology. A competition is a celebration of what the children have accomplished throughout the season. It should be serious & competitive, but not so much that the fun is lost.
9. Exhibit Gracious Professionalism & honor FIRST LEGO League Core Values
These are the basic foundations of FIRST LEGO League, & should always be at the forefront in everyone’s minds.  We offer specific awards to recognize Core Values excellence, but a significant concern can impact team eligibility in any award category.
8. Be a good role model for technology & engineering careers Give the kids a chance to see what makes engineers, scientists, computer programmers & educators special.
Share your experiences without sharing your agendas. Be professional – show the kids that what they have accomplished is appreciated & valuable. Show interest in their presentations & discussions, & be personable.
7. Respect the children
Please keep negative comments to yourself, away from the ears of the kids, parents & coaches. All teams should be given the benefit of the doubt when questions arise about
adult involvement. If you suspect the kids did not do the work, it is your job to probe further to prove it, rather than assuming that the kids did not do the work. Remember that
these are kids who worked hard all season to make it to the tournament. Treat their accomplishments with respect & be sure that other Judges do so as well. One negative
comment from a Judge can have a devastating effect on teams. Make it your goal as a Judge to ensure that the teams know what they did well, & that they have a positive
experience showcasing their achievements.
6. Respect the judging process
Stay on schedule. The kids have a more challenging schedule than you do. Remember the FIRST LEGO League awards philosophy. Remember that the whole judging process
is subjective. Concentrate on providing a great experience for the kids & try not to get caught up in the mechanics of the process. Do not share scores or awards discussions with the kids, coaches or parents.
5. Evaluate teams completely & fairly
Each rubric is designed to evaluate many areas of a team’s performance & gives equal weighting to several factors tied to specific awards. All Core Awards are of equal importance, except for our Champion’s Award that recognizes all-around
excellence. Be objective, both on a team-by-team basis & a total rubric evaluation basis. Familiarize yourself with the levels of achievement. Identify any conflicts of interest you
have before the competition & refrain from involving yourself in discussions about any team when you have a conflict.
4. Consider age appropriateness & experience
Consider age when evaluating teams. Certain skills, knowledge & capabilities are more likely to be exhibited by the kids as they get older & more experienced in general &
in FIRST LEGO League in particular. You may also see rookie teams that are more polished & understand FIRST LEGO League better than experienced teams.
3. Reward excellence & celebrate achievement
For a team to be considered for an award, they should be evaluated at an Exemplary level of achievement in that category whenever possible. Award distribution is spread as
equitably as possible among the teams, with the goal of no team winning more than one judged award.
2. Provide specific & constructive feedback
Please be specific when providing feedback comments to teams. This will also help when it comes to awards deliberations – specific examples are very helpful when differentiating between teams. “This team’s willingness to help other teams (by providing programming mentorship, for example) is exemplary” is more descriptive & helpful than “that team was so nice & polite & exhibited gracious professionalism.” Take lots of notes if you need to!
1. See #10 again!

Gracious Professionalism
Inclusion – Look for how well a team incorporates ideas from everyone & makes each team member feel like a valued part of the team. Determine how well the team understands that working together allows them to accomplish more than they could by working alone.

An Accomplished team will exhibit balanced involvement, with most team members actively contributing ideas.
Respect –Judges must look beyond teams that show good manners & are a “nice group of kids”. We expect decent behavior to be the norm. Accomplished teams act & speak with integrity; they understand that what they say & do has the power to impact others & situations.
Coopertition™ – Look for ways that a team honors the spirit of friendly competition, including any assistance provided or received from other teams. Determine how team members help each other and other teams, prepare for & approach potentially stressful competition experiences throughout the season.   ttp://             FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, Coopertition, and Gracious Professionalism are registered trademarks of the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology  (FIRST®). LEGO® and the LEGO logo are registered trademarks of the LEGO Group.  FIRST® LEGO® League and ANIMAL ALLIES are jointly held trademarks  of FIRST and the LEGO Group. ©2016 FIRST. All rights reserved.  FL004

The Core Values
The Core Values are the heart of FIRST® LEGO® League. By embracing the Core
Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate
goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork. Review the
Core Values with your team & discuss them whenever they are needed.
We are a team.
• We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches & mentors.
• We know our coaches & mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
• We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
• What we discover is more important than what we win.
• We share our experiences with others.
• We display Gracious Professionalism® & Coopertition® in everything we do.
• We have FUN!

Create a Core Values poster
1. Discuss ways your team used the Core Values this season – both in team meetings & in
other parts of life. Make a list of examples.
2. Ask your team to select examples that highlight the specific Core Values areas, below.
These are typically the most challenging categories for Judges to explore during judging
sessions. The poster can help your team present their successes in an organized format.

a. Discovery: Provide examples from the season about things your team discovered that
were not focused on gaining an advantage in the competition or winning an award. Tell
the Judges how the team balanced all three parts of FIRST® LEGO® League (Core
Values, Project & Robot Game), especially if they were really excited about one part.

b. Integration: Provide examples of how your team applied the Core Values & other
things you learned through FIRST LEGO League to situations outside of team activities.
Let the Judges know how team members integrated new ideas, skills & abilities into
their everyday life.

c. Inclusion: Describe how your team listened to & considered ideas from everyone &
made each team member feel like a valued part of the team. Share with the Judges how
they accomplished more by working together than any team member could have done

d. Coopertition: Describe how your team honors the spirit of friendly competition. Include
information about how your team provided assistance to &/or received assistance
from other teams. Share with the Judges how your team members help each other, &
help other teams to prepare for a potentially stressful competition experience.

e. Other: Use the middle of the poster to highlight anything else your team would like to
share with the Judges about the remaining Core Values criteria. Maybe consider
sharing examples of Team Spirit, Respect, or Teamwork.
• Find the Core Values listed in the Challenge.
• Learn about what to expect from Core Values Judging & read tips from experienced Coaches in the Coaches’ Handbook:
• Your team will be assessed in the judging room using a standard rubric. Review the Core
Values judging information & rubric.
If you are completely new, check out the FIRST LEGO League Resource Library for videos,
tips & additional helpful rookie links:

Thoughts about those of us blessed with many decades

A beautiful young person is a Coincidence of Nature.     A beautiful old person is a Work of Art.     attributed to William Shakespeare 

One’s Inner Self designs & illuminates one’s True Beauty.       anonymous 

Young People think fast.  Old People think deep.       an African saying

And a joke to end 2016 and start 2017:

An old doctor became very bored in retirement & decided to open a medical clinic.

He put a sign up outside that said:

“Dr Geezer’s Clinic.  Get your treatment for $500.  If not cured, get back $1,000.”

Doctor “Young,” who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000 so he went to Dr Geezer’s clinic.

Dr Young: “Dr.Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth.  Can you please help me?”

Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 & put 3 drops in Dr Young’s mouth.”

Dr. Young: Aaagh!! — “This is Gasoline!”

Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations!  You’ve got your taste back.  That will be $500.”

Dr Young gets annoyed & goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.

Dr Young:  “I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything.”

Dr Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 & put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”

Dr Young:  “Oh, no you don’t,  — that is Gasoline!”

Dr Geezer: “Congratulations!  You’ve got your memory back.  That will be $500.”

Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily & comes back after several more days.

Dr.Young: “My eyesight has become weak — I can hardly see anything!!!!”

Dr. Geezer: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that so here’s your $1000 back.”  (giving him a $10 bill)

Dr. Young: “But this is only $10!”

Dr. Geezer:  “Congratulations! You got your vision back!  That will be $500.”

Moral of story  — Just because you’re “young” doesn’t mean that you can outsmart an “old Geezer”.

Remember: Don’t make old people mad.  We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to tick us off.