Sunday, December 1, 2013

November/December 2013 "Christa's Column" & MGMA Board Newsletter

I hope that this newsletter finds everyone well.  I am so excited for the holidays to be approaching.  It is a time when my entire family gets together to reminisce about what was and what is to be.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I would like to tell you a few of the things that I am "Thankful" for (and yes, I know you’re not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition)!! A bit of English humor.

This has been such an incredible year for me and I am so grateful for all of it. The Good, the Bad and the incredibly indifferent!  I have gotten to meet and work with so many amazing people. And for that I am truly thankful!  I get to work with the most fabulous Board of Directors. I got to go to Miss America with a large contingency of Missouri Girls including the wonderful Adria Andrews who placed well in the Top 10. Jade Sinclair, Vicki Valentino,Trixie LaRue,Diva Coppafeel, Nadia M.Lewis,and Moltyn Decadance -  who was a Representative of California.

The convivial spirit that is around me when I am at a pageant is inedible. This Sisterhood, this Legacy, this FAMILY, is something that I am so proud and honored to be a part of. In short, I am THANKFUL for you and all of the wonderful experiences that you have given me thus far!! I would like to on a personal note thank you all for your thoughts and well wishes on the passing of my Uncle. He was an amazing man. He taught me how to love and respect life and people and every experience that comes your way - to learn and grow from everyone and everything around you and to help other people.  He once said, "You'll never know how to be a man if you don't see one" and he led by example. And as I can tell you, it takes a Hell of a man to raise another man's son.  So thank you Mr. Leonard.

Thanks and a huge shout out go to my Fairy Godfather, Daniel Flier who is always there with words of encouragement and a helping hand!  And to Emilio Olvera for always helping me be the best Miss Missouri that I can be.

This Board is so terrific to work for, Jade Sinclair, Atheena Voce', Sparkle Iman, Krista Versace, and the afore mentioned Vanessa Vincent and Lexus Chaney, that I want anyone who wants to be a part of this family to consider all the pageant opportunities coming your way soon.

Look out for each other, care a little more, judge a little less and SMILE. When you do these things watch all the blessings that will start to come your way. And Always be THANKFUL for what you have.

Here is a list of the upcoming  preliminaries coming to a city near you including a new one.  Miss River City, a new open prelim to be held on January 26, 2014. I will  have more information coming very soon. I will even send out a special memo about location and presentation soon. February 1, 2014 is the Miss Columbia pageant it is closed, but please come out and visit and support. For information on this pageant please contact  Jeff Thompson/Atheena Voce'. On February 2 is the Miss St.Louis pageant in St. Louis at Hamburger Mary's. For information on this contest, contact Jade Sinclair. And on February 23, Miss Spirit of St. Louis will be held in St.Louis and it too, will be held at Hamburger Mary's, if you have questions about this pageant contact Darin Slyman of Vital VOICE

As always if you have any questions or comments about a pageant or anything else, please feel free to contact me at

Miss Gay Missouri America 2013, 
Christa Collins

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