Tuesdays at Gillette
I ran into Alvin (above right) while he was playing with a castle and princesses! He was the sweetest! He blew me a kiss before I left, and then got very shy when I blew a kiss back to him!
To support Lydia, Ava, Alvin, and the other children of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, please make a donation by clicking on the Children's Miracle Network tab above. You can also purchase my lullaby CD, Sweet Dreams. All proceeds benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and go directly to the children being served in Minnesota at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.
West St. Paul Optimist Club
1) I met Chuck (left), who arranged for me to speak to the West St. Paul Optimist Club, at the State Fair, and at that moment, I was primarily trying to find ways to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I had no idea until later that he also had a son with autism! A serendipitous encounter!
2) I'm used to speaking to Rotary Clubs at 7am (i.e. I wake up at 5am to get ready and leave home by 6am to get there in time!), so an evening meeting with the Optimist Club was a treat!
3) The mayor of West St. Paul sent me a special mayoral proclamation, stating:
WHEREAS, the City of West St. Paul is honored to have Miss Minnesota, Natalie Davis, visiting West St. Paul's Wentworth Library on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011; and
WHEREAS, she will be speaking on "Autism-The Missing Piece" and sharing her brother Trevor's incredible success story as well as speaking about families and children who are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); and
WHEREAS, she will be singing songs from her new children's CD "Sweet Dreams," lullabies which she recorded to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network; and
WHEREAS, the City of West St. Paul no only welcomes her but acknowledges her many accomplishments and passion to increase awareness and acceptance of Autism.
BE IT RESOLVED, that I declare today, Wednesday, November 30, 2011 as Miss Minnesota, Natalie Davis, Day.
Given under my hand on this day, the 30th of November, 2011.
November 30, 2011 was Natalie Davis day in West St. Paul! How cool!
4) The Optimist Club has an inspiring creed that they strive to live by. Cheryl, the West St. Paul Optimist Club's president, gave me a plaque with this creed, which I plan to take with me to Miss America to keep me grounded. It states:
Promise Yourself ...
-To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
-To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
-To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
-To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
-To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
-To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
-To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
-To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
-To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
-To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
I had a wonderful time speaking at the West St. Paul Optimist Club. Thank you so much for listening to and caring about my message of hope for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and thank you for supporting me in my quest to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by purchasing so many copies of my CD! The West St. Paul Optimist Club absolutely stays true to its goal of helping children succeed!
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
I spent several hours bell ringing outside Apple Valley Walmart for the Salvation Army. I'm thankful it wasn't TOO cold! That day of bell ringing earned almost $300 for the Salvation Army. I will also be appearing at "Celebrity Bell Ringing" on Friday, December 16 at Southdale Mall at 1:00pm. Stop by, say hello, and donate while you are shopping!
Minnesota Autism Center
- Offers a safe, nurturing and highly personalized learning environment for students by providing small class sizes, individualized learning plans and a supportive school setting.
- Identifies, assesses and develops individual student strengths, talents and interests;
- Seeks out and employs highly trained and licensed educators, clinicians and therapists;
- Provides challenging adaptive academic and therapeutic curriculum, featuring research-based instruction with appropriate student modifications and accommodations;
- Provides support to foster healthy family development;
- Facilitates extra-curricular activities;
- Develops and implements IEP and ITP goals and objectives.
Bowling for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
KS95 for Kids
Autism Friendly Christmas Party at the Holland Center
Holland Center is a day treatment clinic for children with autism. Holland combines what is researched to be the most effective forms of therapy combined with the environmental interventions that have been proven to make a difference in a child's ability to learn. The people at the Holland Center have also been enormously supportive of me on my journey to Miss America, and I am so thankful for that! For more information about the Holland Center, visit: www.hollandcenter.com
High School Awesome Club Christmas Party
Ordway Glass Slipper Ball
December 19-Twin Cities Live
December 27-Interview on KARE 11 at 4:00pm
December 28-Interview with Tim Bergstrom on KLFD radio at 8:20am
December 29-Interview with Don Rivet on KTOE The Morning Blend at 8:20am; Interview with Lisa Crownie on KEYC TV at 12:00pm
To arrange a media appearance with me, Miss Minnesota, before I leave for Miss America on January 4 (the day after my 22nd birthday by the way!), contact the Miss Minnesota Business Manager, Barb Ghelen: