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The NECMO organization did a wonderful job with the NECMO Awards on Sunday!  Thank you so much for the award.  I'm so happy we are part of such a wonderful family.  Ilda

Thank you so much.  It was really a fun day [NECMO Awards].  Kaitlin

I wanted to say thank you again to [everyone] involved for putting together such a great award show for the members.  Jimmy had a thrilling day and loved playing with the band.  It will be one of those memories he will always have.  It was also so nice to have Lori Grande there.  NECMO continues to be such a great experience for Jimmy (and us) so we are very greatful.  He is already looking forward to TN.  Dan

Thank you so much.  I had such a great time at the show - it was so much fun to perform, but awesome to see everyone else have a ton of fun up there as well!  It was CRAZY to hear Lori talk about all of us as well!  So cool that she does all that she does for us.  Jimmy

Kori had a fabulous time!  We all did.  It was a great show, so happy to be part of NECMO!  Kori is so very happy about her awards and her scores/comments from the judges this year.  Definitely looking forward to upcoming events.  Thank you again to you and Don for all you do to make this possible.  We listen to Lori Grande every morning and heard her talk about NECMO on Monday and Tuesday.  Awesome!  Dawn

Thank you so much.  I'm thrilled about the awards!  The show was fantastic and I enjoyed performing for the NECMO community.  I look forward to learning about upcoming events.  April

Wow!!!!!!!!!  I've been smiling since I read this email [regarding NECMO Awards].  I'm so happy right now.  You know I wasn't in it to win, just to prove to myself that I could still perform from memory.  I thought about you guys all day Sunday.  I will not book ANYTHING in April or June of 2016 in anticipation of next year's contest and ceremonies.  I want to experience the whole NECMO experience.  Thanks again.  You are the best.  So glad I'm part of the NECMO club.  Carolyn

THANK YOU so much  I am still shocked over the whole thing.  I thoroughly enjoyed the show.  I can't wait to be part of it again next year.  On my speech I really should have thanked you and Don but I was so shocked so Thank You for allowing me to be part of this.  I feel like I have a new family.  Jamie 

Thank you so much.  I really appreciate that.  I am so excited that Alena has won her category.  She will be over the moon.  She will also be very interested the next two competitions.  Thank you.  Jackie

  That was so awesome.  Jimmy loved performing with a "real" band!  And Lori was so supportive of him.  I can't thank you enough for all your support and love and caring for Jimmy.  He has been so fortunate to have this type of support and encouragement from you and others.  NECMO really does feel like family.  Thanks so much for all you (and Don) do!!  Sandy

We had such a great day!!!!  Her expression was priceless when they called her name for the Peoples Choice was truly priceless.  She was sooooooooo happy!!!!!  (and surprised).  We had alot of family with us and her little friends as well.  They were all so happy!!!!  I listened to Lori Grande on my way to work and did hear her mention the NECMO Awards...Dan heard her too.  We look forward to the show and always have a great time.  She just loves being part of NECMO!!!!!  Thanks so much for all your hard work.  It's such a great organization and you really do give kids the confidence they need to keep performing.  It's awesome.  She couldn't be any happier and the AWARDS are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!  A great day was had by all.  Susie

I just want to thank you and everyone who was involved yesterday in organizing the NECMO Awards.  I am so honored to have won my awards, and I can't tell you how much they mean to me.  Thank you again for everything.  Jennie

I had such a great time yesterday!!  So much talent..and fun.  I LOVE my jacket!!  Thanks so much for that.  And for my wonderful award!  I'm glad you heard me mention NECMO this morning.  I talked about it about five different times.  Lori

We can't thank you enough for all you did for us before/during/after NACMAI!  We are very luck to have you two running NECMO.  The guidance/information you provide helps a lot -- to say nothing of all the planning efforts -- which we know are huge!  Thanks so much for everything!  See you soon.  Dan, Sandy, & Jimmy

Thank you so much for all of your extra efferts to coordinate everything for NACMAI.  We're really looking forward to it!  Sandy

Thank you for all your help & support planning and attending the "NICS".  It was so nice to see all of you.  Your people are Great!  In Love & Friendship,  Jackie Harmon, Pres. - DECMA

Thank you guys for everything this weekend [2014 NICS]!!  Had a blast and so speechless with the outcome!!  Hopefully will see you guys soon.  Kaitlin

Thank you so much.  I'm sorry that I could not be there [NECMO Awards].  I'm so grateful for my awards and hope that everyone had a blast at the show.  I look forard to seeing you soon, again, thank you so much for all that you do for all of us in NECMO and for providing us with the incredible opportunities that you have.  Leighann

Thanks so much.  We just couldn't leave!  Natalie was thrilled.  We had a great day.  Thank you.  Susie

Thank you!  I had a great time performing and attending the award show yesterday.  Mu friends and family had a good time also!  Sorry we couldn't make it to the gathering afterwards.  It was great to see the NECMO family again!  Thank you.  Sydney

We are so happy and proud of Jacob.  Thank you for the email.  Lisa

Thank you so much!  I had a wonderful time at all of the NECMO events and would Love to be a part of it next year as well.  I would also like to thank you for the opportunity of performing yesterday.  It was great to get up on a stage as always.  Hoping to see you again soon!  Carly

It was my pleasure [NECMO Awards].  I love seeing all of you and it's always a fun show.  Thanks so much for my beautiful award!  The awards you give me are the only ones I'v eve I really appreciate them!  Lori

I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time in Tennessee and that you did a great job organizing the events.  Don did a great job with the awards ceremony also!  My family and I had such a great time.  Sydney was sad to leave.  We're looking forward to the competition [Country Star Search].  Ilda

This week has been absolutely incredible [NACMAI Country Music Week].  Kelli

Thank you guys once again. We had a great time.  Gayle

Thank you for everything this whole week!  Kaitlin

I want to thank you again for the wonderful job you and the NECMO staff did for the Northeast Invitational Country Showdown.  It was very organized and well-run.  I am not just saying that because I won, regardless of that it was great.  There were alot of nice people there from other organizations.  Have a great new year and a great time in Tennessee.  Bill

Thank you so much for your kind hospitality and welcome to the DECMA the weekend of Nov. 9th & 10th for the Northeast Invitational Country Showdown.  We had a great time!  Everyone from all the states did a great job!  Looking forward to seeing you again -- Hopefully in March in TN.  In love & friendship, Jackie Harmon, Pres. - DECMA

We want to thank you for hosting such a great weekend.  It was amazing... you always impress!!!  It was nice to sit with you.  The girls had a ball.  Best Susie

We know it takes a lot of work, (if we lived closer, we'd help as well) you did a great job with NICS!  Just wanted to say thank you.  Also, you take it a notch above anyone else in New England.  Now we just need to advertise NECMO Country Star Search in April and get 300 competitors!  Dean

Wow!  You guys are amazing.  You do so much for everyone.  Theresa

Thank you for inviting Paige to play today.  She had such a great time and it was so nice for my parent to be able to see her perform.  They also enjoyed the other performers as well.  Thanks also for the trophy.  She is displaying it proudly.  Heather

I just saw all the pictures from the NECMO Awards.  Wow, everyone looked great.  Thank you so much for all you and [Don] do for the organization.  At first I was a little leary about reading my scores from the judges.  But after reading them, I found them all to have useful info. on what I can do to improve my performance at NACMAI Country Music Week.  I plan on working extra hard to have a solid performance in March.  Thanks again.  Theresa

Thank you again for everything.  What a nice day and Paige had a wonderful time performing with the band.  Heather

We had such a beautiful day with NECMO today.  We were so proud to watch Natalie perform with the band.  She was so proud to win such an amazing award in her category!!!!  Natalie couldn't wait to go to her grandparents' house to show off her father was so proud and it truly lifted his spirits to see Natalie all dolled up and full of so much excitement sharing her accounts of the big day.  Thank you again for encouraging, praising, and celebrating young (and older) performers.  Susie

Thanks for everything you do for us.  I am truly grateful.  Roula

I LOVE LOVE the NECMO Jacket.  Thank you [Darlene] and Don for everything.  Rachel

I just wanted to thank [Darlene] and Don and the rest of the board for the great job you folks did with the Country Star Search this weekend.  The location was great as was the whole presentation.  Bill

I have to say thank you to [Darlene] and Don for doing this special event!!  It is always nice to have your singers at our lounge and hope you will have a great trip to Tennessee.  See you soon.  Motoi

Your organization is so professional.  I always appreciate all that [Darlene] and Don do [and] it was glaring to me how classy you and all of your members truly are.  When you host an event it is spectacular.  I do think it is a nice touch to have the little ones leave with a recognition award.  Thanks again for all that you do to inspire the kids!  Susie 

I'm so excited and honored to have won this award.  Jillian

Just wanted to say how great the show was and thank you!  Linda

Again, [Darlene] and Don and all those involved, helped make the NECMO Awards a super show .... It's so well done... TOP NOTCH...  Rachel

I can't thank you enough for allowing me to be part of NECMO and for the amazing awards last week.  I am still so shocked ... and truly honored.  What a wonderful group of people you have assembled.  So nice to meet so many people who share the same committment and passion for country music.  Please extend my thanks to everyone involved.  And thank you so much for being so helpful and kind to me.  Best regards, Ashley

We had a nice time at the show [NECMO Awards].  [We] were so glad that [we] were able to attend and she was so thrilled with her award.  I thought she did so well!  Susie

What a show and I am so glad I was able to attend this year and in its entirety!  Thanks, again.  Shanna

We had alot of fun on Sunday.  Happy to do it.  Chris

Thank you very much for the fantastic day yesterday.  You folks really put on a great awards ceremony.  My family and I really enjoyed it, not just because I won an award, but because it was well organized and fun.  Once again, thank you very much.  I look forward to the next NECMO get together.  I look forward to seeing you folks soon.  Bill

Nice job with the show as always.  And the smoothest and most on-time sound check I can recall.  Al

I wanted to drop a quick note of thanks for a wonderful event on Sunday [NECMO Awards].  You did a beautiful job and I appreciate all you do.  Thanks, again.  Great show.  Jane

I do look forward to the NECMO Awards.  I had sooooooooo much fun at the competition [Country Star Search].  Rachel 

Thank you.  And I'm looking foward to the NECMO Awards in June!  See you soon, Erin

Thank you so much for all your help before and during the competition.  [We] really enjoyed ourselves.  We are looking forward to the next event.  What a great organization.  Everyone was so friendly and supportive, we all felt like we were part of the family.  Everything went great .... Looking forward to seeing everyone in June.  Gayle

Thank you so much for being such a welcoming group!  It was wonderful to be part of such a wonderful family!  Looking forward to seeing everyone [at the Shindig]   Darcy

I had a great time performing at the NECMO event.  Such a nice group of people.  It was SO reassuring to find a country music outlet here in Massachusetts that supports and encourages country music performers.  Yay!  Thanks, again! Best Ashley

Thank you so much for asking me to judge this year.  I really enjoyed the experience and being a part of it!  I was really impressed by the talent (especially the teens) and I hope I did everyone justice in my assessment of their skills and talents.  .....  Overall, I just wanted to say I thought the entire thing was really well organized, professional and respectful.  And I think you and the organization did a really great job putting it together.  Thanks again for asking me to participate, and I look forward to seeing the results!  Thank you!  Chrissy

Thanks so much for a great afternoon on Saturday [Country Star Search].  Saturday was my first time with your NECMO family.  Thanks for making us feel so welcome.  I am very excited to join your wonderful organization and hope to do more within the organization.  My daughter had a great time meeting all the young performers.  She would love to sing at one of your shindigs.  I noticed at the Country Star Search that you have alot of aspiring young performers/musicians.  See you soon.  Terrie  

We enjoyed our trip to Tennessee very much and thank you, Darlene & Don.  You are like family to us and we look forward to continue with NECMO for another season.  Linda

Congratulations to everyone.  Great job, NECMO [at NACMAI Country Music Week].  Glenna

Wow, what an exciting weekend!!!  We would like to thank you for all your hard work, it really paid off for a number of people!!  Cindy

We had a great time at the NECMO Awards!!!  What a great show!  All the entertainment was awesome!  We love the NECMO Song too!  I wanted to say thank you again for all that you both do in preparation to and all through the year, to bring this event together!  I am very happy with the awards that I received and excited to go to Pigeon Forge next March!!!  Very happy for all the winners!  I'm looking forward to Maine and also the competition between winners [NECMO Encore].  That sounds like a fun time!  More over, very looking forward to Pigeon Forge next year.  Thank you again for all that you do.  Paula & Dave

Just a note to thank you for honoring us with the Radio Station of the Year award from NECMO.  Very kind of you.  We are thinking we will display it in our studio so we can see it while we're on the air.  Thank you again.  Mike Brophey, Station Mgr, WKLB 102.5  Boston

Hi.  I just wanted to take the time to thank you so much for everything that NECMO has done!!  Winning the award today was amazing!  It was such a great show today.  Erin

I just wanted to thank you and everyone else who put together such a wonderful award show!  I can't tell you how glad I am that I was able to be part of such a wonderful group of people.  Everything you did is very much appreciated and I look forward to the next time we see each other.  Shannon

I want to thank you two for all your hard work and dedication to the NECMO organization.  I do appreciate the both of you.  I also want to say thanks from our family for your support of Briana.  She was so excited by her awards and is looking forward to supporting NECMO in the future.  Jane

We had a great time at the NECMO Awards.  The girls look forward to that all year.  You do such a nice job....  You guys are the best.  Susie

We loved the show.  Everyone was polite and a big family.  You folks had some "very" talented people in your show.  Can't wait to see you all again.  Thank you very much for the great afternoon of entertainment.  Craig & Jane

Thanks so much for my lovely award.  The record is just the coolest thing.  You were so fun and easy to work with.  I had a wonderful time.  I'm so glad that I was a part of it.  I would love to do it again next year.  And I love my award.  Thanks so much.  My parents had a great time as well.  I know I said it a million times..but there is so much talent in your organization.  You are a hoot and Darlene is so nice.  You all are.  Thanks for letting me be part of it.  Lori

The [NECMO Awards] was great.  It was nice to help out and see how the back of the house works on a show this size.  It was fun.  Dana

Thanks.  I really thought the show went quite well, you guys did a great job organizing and keeping things on track (even with the obstacles that try to stand in your way).  I was really honored to be asked to present some awards and OF COURSE I really enjoyed performing and rolling out the NECMO Song with Tracilynne.  Wish we coulda' stayed and jammed a little more at the Post Production Party.  My sincere thanks to you and Don for all that you do, I love and admire you both.  Scott

Thank you for all that you do to promote the talent that is out there in the state of MA.  Wonderful job as always.  Thank you to all the board members for their hard work as well...NECMO has a great group of people working together.  Kimberly

Hello NECMO family,  My family and I want to thank you for all for a fantastic time at the Country Star Search April 10 we had so much fun.  What a great experience it was for us.  We all felt so supported and comfortable with our New England Country Music [Organization] family.  We wanted to share with you all how humbled we are to have the chance to be a part of the NECMO organization.  I want to thank Darlene and Don for all their support and love.  God Bless.  R K

Thank you once again, for allowing me to be a judge for your Country Star Search.  It was wonderful to see the talented group of Country performers this year!  It is always a treat to work with dedicated, creative, and fun loving people.  The NECMO family will help keep country music and it's talented performers strong, here in New England, and wherever it's members may be.  God Bless you all, and God Bless America.  Thanks again, Kim  

This was the first time that I've ever competed in a Country Music Competition, so I didn't know what to expect.  It was a wonderful experience and I had a great time performing for everyone.  I appreciated the warm welcome from both of you and your staff.  Because of your warm welcome, it provided a sense of comfort for me.  People approached me with their feedback and best wishes, which I appreciated so much.  Erin

We want to thank NECMO for all the hard work that was put into providing the opportunity for the NACMAI competitors to go to Tennessee.  Congratulations to all who won awards in their categories.  We are proud of all you guys.  The L family

My heartfelt appreciation to the NECMO organization and to Darlene Coutu, President, and to Don Coutu, Vice President, for their warm welcome and hospitality to all of the participating associations.  The staff at the Double Tree were all great!  Is was so nice to get together with all of our New England country music family.  Jackie H.

I would like to thank NECMO for hosting this year's NICS program.  This year there were many good acts and performers, from all the states.  Paul J.

Thank you ever so much for the wonderful weekend (NICS).  We had an awesome time and felt very comfortable and welcome.  It showed all the endless hard work you put into the weekend.  It is greatly appreciated.  In closing I would like to thank you once again.  Your hard work did not go unnoticed.  Trish H.

I want to thank you and NECMO for the efforts you put in to help promote country music.  That's probably a thankless task, so I wanted to recognize your efforts.  John K.

Good morning -- hope you recovered.  Next year you can "rest".  Thanks so much for a wonderful weekend.  Rae Ann & Jimmy W.

Just wanted to say hello again and many thanks for all your efforts to put on a great weekend.  Nice job!...It was a pleasure to meet each and every one of you...and regardless of what associations we are part of...the bottom line for me is we're all one big happy family up here and part of this great music in New's great to have crossed paths!  Hope to share more stories and events with you all down the road...take care and God bless!  Eric G.

I just wanted to thank you for all you did for everyone ... including my wife Jane and myself at the NICS this weekend.  You put on a great weekend, and we enjoyed every minute of your association.  You are two very nice people and I was honored to work with you.  Thanks, again.  Craig K.

Thanks for a great time yesterday (Northeast Invitational Country Showdown hosted by NECMO).  I know you put a huge amount of work into the event and is showed.  Jane C.

Great job this weekend (Northeast Invitational Country Showdown hosted by NECMO).  Paul M.

...And again, I am so honored and grateful to have received 2 awards at the NECMO Awards.  A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.  It was also a pleasure to watch the show, which was just amazing.  It was top notch.  You and Don do work so hard, and so do others who help out.  You truly have a real good thing going.  Thank you a million times over...for the opportunity...and, I have also made some new friends.  Rachel L

I just want to let you know that I was very impressed with the NECMO Awards on Sunday.  Both of you put a great deal of work into the organization and it shows.  The board members also work very hard.  I enjoyed it very much.  Compliments to the organization.  Ed R

The 2010 NECMO Awards was great.  You and the board members continue to work so hard to make this organization the best it can be.  I believe it's the best ever!  Thank you so much for all you do to give our young talent an open door to live their dream.  I wish something like this was in our area 30 years ago.  The trophies are beautiful.  I can't say enough to show my appreciation.  Thank you.  Kimberly P

Thanks so much for inviting us to the awards show yesterday.  My mother and I totally enjoyed ourselves.  What wonderful local talent.  It was really a treat..and I'm so glad I got to see it.  You two did a terrific job.  Thanks, again.  Lori G

Thank you very much for having me.  You have built a very nice community and it was a pleasure to be part of it. Tom B

Thanks was a pleasure to attend [NECMO Awards] and receive an award for my song.  The ceremony was very well done.  Kudos to all involved.  Ted P

Before another day goes by, we want to thank both of you for all that you do for NECMO, the Country Star Search, the competitors, and country music.  We had such a wonderful time in Tenn.  It wouldn't have been that way if it wasn't for the two of you putting the tremendous amount of work into planning it.  It was so nice to hear the cheering from our group when one of our competitors went on stage.  Hopefully, we'll have the pleasure of going again next year if all goes well.  Thank you so much again!  Kathy L

Well, NECMO did it again.  President, Darlene Coutu; Vice President, Don Coutu; Treasurer, Lynne; Secretary, Beverly; and Directors, Phil, Dave, and Dan did a phenomenal job at the 2010 Country Star Search.  The organization continues to bring young talent into [country] music.  I'm proud to be a member.  Kimberly P

We would like to thank you for the encouragement and support you all have given Reed.  He was so excited after the [Country Star Search] the other weekend. You all made it a great experience for him.  Cindy C

Thank you again for allowing me to judge the [Country Star Search].  I truly do enjoy being able to be a part of it and especially to be able to see the young talent coming up.  Country music has a bright future in New England!  Kim P

Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed doin' the judging, and the show [Country Star Search].  Face K

I'd like to thank you again for having us play at the NECMO Shindig.  We had a fun time particularly playing with Hank, Ginny, and Reed.  We'd love to play a Shindig again when it works for your schedule.  John K

Congratulations to all the competitors that went to Tennessee; and an additional congratulations to all that won awards in their category.  Well done:  and special congratulations go out to all the hard work that Darlene & Don put into another year in Tennessee.  Glenna R

Congratulations to all the performers!!!!  You are all number one in our book.  Donna & Pete W

We had a great time in Tennessee and want to thank you again for everything.  It was a great help to get the ticket prices with your group.  We enjoyed spending the week with NECMO.  Especially enjoyed the lunches and dinners with you both.  Edna G

We had a great time at the NECMO Shindig, all the guys said they would like to play at another one!  ....., our drummer, actually said he wished he could have played longer!  (and he's usually the one who wants to quit early!)  Dean J

We had such a great time on Saturday.  We were happy we were finally able to make a Shindig.  Lot's of fun!  Sue S

I would like to say thank you to Darlene and Don for all the hard work they put into the organization and the 2009 Shindigs held each month.  I would also like to say thank you to all the board members, it's a great time.  Darlene, awesome work on the photo gallery.  LET'S GO, NECMO!!!  Kimberly P

Hi guys.  Had a good time Saturday [NECMO Shindig].  I think all in all the turnout was pretty good considering the weather.  Scott M

Board of Directors:  The time, effort, and dedication displayed by all of you is immeasurable.  Don and Darlene, the both of you are the face of the organization that all have come to know and love.  This is the second time that Leighann will be traveling to Tennessee.  Since becoming members of NECMO Leighann has grown in confidence and in her music abilities to say the least.  While in Connecticut for the [Northeast Invitational Country] Showdown the friendships that have been forged between all came to light to me with a comment from Roxie to Leighann (who at this time last year I told Jackie she is Leighann's competition) when Leigh did not take the win Roxie stated and I quote "that's okay Leighann we'll kick her butt in Tennessee".  They both stay in touch with each other.  I think in retrospect all of the members in NECMO are good kind hearted people with the same goal in mind to bring out the best in all.  Keep up the teamwork that you obviously have shown.  I too am a proud member of this great organization!  THANK YOU, Al H, Postal Chicken     

We are so grateful to you for all that you do for the children (and everyone else, too).  Susan B

To Darlene & Don Coutu, Beverly Lieberman, Joanne Masson, Lynne McCartney, Dave Lamoureux, Dan Champagne, Johnnie Bubar, Dick Champagne, and all the NECMO members,  I want to take a moment to say thank you for all your hard work to make the 2009 New England CMO Awards the BEST SHOW in the world.  I would like to say that Sunday's award show was outstanding and it makes me proud to be a member of an organization that has class.  Everyone that performed did an awesome job and you all looked great and we all owe that to NECMO for making that happen.  I look forward to seeing all the winners in CT and TN.  I will continue to support NECMO in any way I can to keep them strong and make next year's show amazing.  Let's all show our organization how amazing we can all be.  LET'S GO, NECMO!!!!!  Joey G 

I want to thank you, Don, and the other Board Members and volunteers who put so much effort into the award show.  My friends and family were very impressed by the quality of the award show, and we all had such a wonderful time.  It was truly a reflection of your hard work and dedication to the organization.  I joined NECMO back in March because all of the members were so welcoming during a time when I did not have very much support.  I was overwhelmed at the award show by the heartfelt support on behalf of all the competitors.  I was especially honored to receive the People's Choice Award and to be part of the NECMO family.  Please pass along my thanks to all who contributed to making the award show such a memorable event.  I know it's a day I won't forget.  Kerri M

We would like to thank you for recognizing us at the recent [New England CMO Awards].  We stand by to help the group in any way possible.  The way you handle the young folks is quite admirable.  Donna & Pete W

Thank you for your kind words.  The show was great!!!!!  We really enjoyed every minute of it!  The girls were so excited.  I have two great pictures of Natalie .... Melissa L's sister took a picture of Natalie kissing her trophy when she sat back in her seat (it's hysterical).  And I took a picture of Natalie sleeping with her trophy that night.  She was over the moon!!!!!  Maggie & Ali have big dreams now that they are officially "2009 Mixed Age Duo of the Year".  [The girls] have both gained so much confidence through your organization.  We are so grateful to you for all that you do.  You are the best!!!!  And we look forward to working with you in the coming year.  Thanks again.  Susan B

WOW!  I'm honored to have won.  Thank you and the judges so much.  John P

Good morning, just a thank you to your group for a wonderful day we had at the [New England CMO Awards] this past Sunday.  My husband and I both enjoyed it so much.  We are the grandparents of Emily T and it was a real thrill to see her singing with a live band.  We enjoyed the music all day and the [Post Production Party] as well.  Charlotte & Bob P 

I am most definitely excited and anticipating next year's competition!  I can't wait to do this again.  It was a blast.  Kara H

Thank you so much for giving me and others an outlet for our music.  I look forward to CT and Tennessee and spending more time with everyone.  Roxie L

We had a good time.  The show was entertaining with lots of talent.  Eva was THRILLED to win Female [Entertainer] of the Year [Age 7 - 12]. Noella R

Thank you for the score sheets!  I received them yesterday.  I also want to thank both of you for all the hard work you both put into your organization!  Without you, none of us would be dreaming -- and dreaming of reaching our goals.  You provide a way to bring all of those who are trying for the first time or growing year by year a chance at believing in ourselves more and giving opportunity where without you we wouldn't have.  I know everyone feels the same way so I know I speak for everyone you have encountered through NECMO.  Thank you also for putting a great photo album together for all to see.  Darlene, your pictures are awesome!  You are so good about catching all you can and making a photo album for every event you sponsor.  You both are special people and though you may not hear it enough, we appreciate you both so much!  I will stop by the competition on Saturday afternoon to check out the talent and support those who are competing.  Good luck this weekend and we'll talk to you soon.  Fondly, Paula T

I miss seeing you every year.  I heard the contest is tomorrow and I'm excited for you, and tell everyone I said good luck.  Well, to everyone I know hahaha.  Celina C

Cheryl and I are proud to be a part of your organization.  It has helped Joey in the past year with learning new songs that he might have never tried to sing.  It is nice to have friends that are looking out for others and give of themselves to let others have a fun time.  You and Don really deserve a lot more credit and I hope you realize that.  Thanks for your time.  Jim & Cheryl G

Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the competition yesterday.  Very well organized and folks were truly routing for each other.  Also, the video of Reni came out terrific.  Thanks.  Sue S

Hello Darlene, Don, Officers, Directors and Judges:  I wanted to express my sincere thank you to each and every one of you.  Today's Country Star Search promoted by NECMO was outstanding!  It kept me in my seat watching all the very talented youth perform their best.  Thank you for all your very hard work to give me and all the other performers a place to showcase their talents.  I want to especially thank everyone that came to show their support for all of us.  I had a great time today!!!!!!!  I hope to see everyone at the award show.  LET'S GO, NECMO!!!!!!!!  Thanks so much.  Country Joey G

Great job with all the pictures from the NACMAI Country Music Week.  The website looks great!  The pictures reminded me of what a great time we all had in Tennessee.  It is so rewarding to be a Board Member of such a great organization.  Congrats to all the competitors.  Everyone did such a great job!!!!!!  Let's Go, NECMO!!!!!!!!!!!  Lynne M

We had a great time.  Thank you for all you do!  Susan B

I want to thank [Darlene] and Don for all you do for everyone in the organization.  I had the best time in TN ever.  To win the Horizon Award and be picked to sing at the award show made the trip even better.  I know you work very hard with the Board to get all the show tickets and the dinner gift cards so I thank you for that too.  Without your help I may have not been to TN at all.  With all the problems with jobs and our country's economy any help that a family can get really makes a big difference.  I meet a lot of new friends and of course had a great time with them and if I can go next year and they are going we will all have a super great time.  Thank you again.  Joey G

Darlene, Don, the Officers and Board Members:  I would like to express my sincere thank you for all your help in getting me to TN.  Without the help received by NECMO for my hotel room, shows, and dinner gift certificates, the trip to TN would not have happened for me.  The Sponsorship Drive that you gave to all our members is a true blessing and I hope you continue to have that drive, with all the possible incentives to make me and other members get to TN.  Without this program, I would not have been able to bring home the Horizon Award that I received.  I hope that the Sponsorship Drive can continue to help both NECMO and the individual member with a win win for all.  I hope to bring NECMO a lot more sponsors in the upcoming year.  Let's make our goal to get thousands of dollars to make NECMO the very best country music organization in the country.  God bless all of you and again many thanks.  Joey G and family

This week was a blast and I hope I get to experience it with everyone again.  Marisa A

I had a nice time in Tennessee.  I heard a lot of great things about NECMO.  Everyone loves [Darlene] and Don, and you work very hard with your group.  Congratulations, great job.  And congratulations to all that won, as well as the other dedicated singers that worked hard to prepare for Tennessee.  Glenna R   

I just want to say thank you very much for the hard work that you both put into the organization.  It's been a real pleasure working with NECMO.  I'm honored to be part of it.  If not for you, I would not have the accomplishments and trophies on my shelf.  Kimberly P

I just wanted to let you know that I am having a great time here in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Don and you are such great hosts to all our members and it is great to see you both share that hospitality to all the other states and organizations.  It cannot go unnoticed that our organization is CLASS A.  I have made some new friends Joey H, Taylor & Jordan N and we have spent time in the game room at the hotel.  I would like to say the hotel is great and I would stay here again if that opportunity should come again.  Thank you so so much.  I am proud to have both of you as friends. Joey G   

First of all, Donna and I would like to congratulate Darlene and Don on their [Excellence Award] from [the President of] NACMAI.  We would also like to congratulate everyone who competed in Pigeon Forge YOU WERE ALL AWESOME!!!  To all who took home awards we could not be happier for you.  Donna and I are proud to be a small part of NECMO but it is people like you who make us want to do more.  In the next few weeks the 2009 Country Star Search will be happening.  We would like to wish everyone that competes good luck.  With the talent that is in this group it will be most certainly a hard task for the judges to pick a winner.  Donna & Pete W

Hello NECMO Members, Darlene, Don, and all the Board Members:  I would like to say that I am proud to be a member of NECMO.  Last night's fundraiser for all the competitors that will be going to Tennessee was a lot of fun.  Although it was way past my bedtime to go to school, I enjoyed the company, fun, and singing for all of you.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as me.  Beverly L. you are a true down-to-earth person caring only about all the contestants that will be going to Tennessee.  You gave of yourself and gave gifts you won not only to me but others at last night's event.  I thank you and I am honored to know you and have you as a friend.  I will have many memories on the video recorder [raffle prize].  I look forward to seeing all of you in Tennessee.  GOOD LUCK TO ALL NECMO MEMBERS.  LET'S GO, NECMO!  Country Joey 

Once again you did a beautiful job putting the whole fundraiser together.  It was really fun and a great way to practice before the big show!  We are so excited! ......  It was good to see everyone.  .... supporters said they really loved the show.  They commented on all the talent in the room.  Jackie H

I had a great time last night [NECMO Fundraiser].  Roxie L

Just wanted to thank you and Don for giving me a chance to stretch out some new tunes and air out some old ones today [19 Day].  Ted P

It [19 Day] was much fun for me too, to get a chance to socialize with some NECMO members I had only met at the competition. Rachel L

Hello Darlene, Don, NECMO Board of Directors, and all NECMO members.  I would like to take a moment to express a wish to all of you.  A wish for a happy holiday season and a safe, healthy, happy new year.  May everyone have a blessed happy Christmas.  From my family to yours, Happy Holidays.  Best to all, Country Joey 

Just a note to say thank you for placing my ad in the December newsletter.  As a new member, I am impressed with the organization and the professionalism of the organization.  I belong to a few others in the area and they do not compare.  RB

From our house to yours and all of NECMO, too!  Happy Holidays.  Pam & John H.

Dear Darlene, Don, and NECMO:  May you have a joyous Christmas.  In love & friendship, Jackie H & the DECMA

I just want to thank you for a fun-filled day at the Building 19 in Manchester yesterday.  I had a good time with all the NECMO members. Kimberly P.

It takes a special kind of people to care enough to take the time for others, to do whatever it takes to help somebody out.  For everything you have done -- for everything you have given -- thank you very much.  Lots of country with a kick, Pam H.

We want to thank you guys so much for all the hard work that you do for NECMO.  There's alot of work running an organization (especially behind the scenes) and both of you do a superb job.  We want to let you both know how much we appreciate you guys.  Thank you again, Kathy L.

We just want to thank you for everything.  The preparation you put into the show, the guidance and support really made the competition fun.  Thank you for your many kindnesses.  Leighann really enjoyed singing with the band and felt a real connection to them.  ...... You really let her shine.  Thank you for the opportunity to gain some exposure.  The interview and online news were also a great experience.  Out of all the competitions she's been in so far, this was my favorite.  It's exciting to know all the possibilities and opportunities that can happen through your organization.  What a great learning experience.  It was great to meet so many talented performers and to have the privilege to hear each one.  All of our friends who came near and far also said they had a wonderful time and were really glad they came.  It was a beautiful day.  The H. Family

(We) want to congratulate the entire Board of Directors and especially Darlene & Don for a great awards program this afternoon.  Although your work at times must be both tiring and frustrating, you always seem to pull it off with a smile on your face.  A very special thank you for recognizing veterans.  Also, the way you have got the young people involved in this program is EXCITING.  We are proud to be a very small part of sponsorship.  Please look forward to us in the future.  Pete & Donna W.

Thank you for finding me and letting me be part of your organization.  I had a great time yesterday singing on stage with a live band playing the music.  And I was really surprised to win an award.  I want to say thank you, thank you very much.  It must take a lot out of you and Don to put on such a super great show.  IT WAS THE BEST SHOW EVER!  Joey G.

Thank you.  I had a great time and was happy at what I accomplished.  Tabatha C.

Just want to say congratulations on a great awards show!!!  You guys are great and I really appreciate all of your devotion and dedication to everyone involved in your organization.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be able to participate in NECMO and continue down the road with NACMAI and the Rhode Island competition.  Paula T.

The (New England CMO Awards) show was a beautiful production, great job.  Thank you so much for your help. Jess T.

Thank you for giving Ben this wonderful life experience.  The award sits proudly on the family room fireplace mantel.  Joy N.

What a great show yesterday.  Reni was sooo excited about her win.  Sue S.

I gotta tell you, True West is still talking about the award show, terrific production.  The sound was excellent, which I expected, but what really struck me was the visual look of the stage ... very professional.  You and Don and the rest of the production staff deserve congratulations, so here's some from True West.  John K.

I'm contacting you because I have heard good things about you from couples dancers and other country music players at some of our gigs.  Joe R.

I'm sending a note to thank you for having us perform at the Country Star Search.  We had a blast working up our little mini-show and will keep our fingers crossed for a good outcome, but regardless it was fun and we'll be back next year.  John K.

I just want to say what a great time I've had discovering NECMO.  Seems like your event Saturday was a great success and I look forward to seeing you all soon.  Nicole F.

Thank you for providing the opportunity to sing on Sunday.  It was a lot of fun and really felt great to be back.  Paula T.

Just wanted to say again thank you for introducing me to the music organization.  You two did a great job in organizing the competition.  Folks speak so highly of both of you...  I can see that folks love you very much.  I had a great time.  Thanks again.  Rachel L.

Just wanted to say what a great job NECMO did with this year's (Country) Star Search competition.  I know that it takes a lot of hard work to organize and I want you to know how much we all truly do appreciate your dedication.  I'm proud to be a member of the NECMO family.  Let's go NECMO.  Scott M.

I just want to say thanks for the hard work that was put into the Country Star Search this year with NECMO.  We had a great time.  Keep up the good work.  Kimberly

I coming here to hear people sing.  Everyone has great voices.  Good luck to you all!  Celina C.

There were a lot of good singers today.  Keep up the good work.  Amanda M.

The organization gave us a phenomenal day.  Keep country country K.P.

Great job to all the contestants, especially Dad (Dan C) and Nicole!  Good luck at the award show.  Tanya C

Love the professional yet relaxed atmosphere.  Let's go NECMO.  Ginny J.

Well done!  Good thing you have Darlene (and her sisters).  Best competition yet.  Very organized with good humor.  Bob A.

Great job as usual.  Pam & John

Don, black makes you look thinner!  Dave

I'm glad to see another Country Music organization here to help promote this genre in Massachusetts where it needs a positive boost.  I wish you the best of luck in what you're doing and also your future endeavors.  Thumbs up and keep on doing good work.  I know sometimes it goes unsung and I can relate.  Thanks for doing what you're doing.  Rick W.

Kudos to you guys!  The site looks exceptional -- great photos, great script, nice presentation.  Shane H.

Just wanted to say thanks, again, for putting on a great show on Saturday.  Your hard work really shows, and the trophies are beautiful.  Had a great day.  Thanks so much.  Kimberly P.

Thank you so much for all you've done, not just for myself but for everyone.  It's been really great to be a part of it all.  Even more than that, your moral support and advice, truly it's a beautiful thing.  Thank you.  Pam H.

I just read your newsletter, and it was wonderful.  You should be very proud.  Peggy F.

This newsletter is the best I've seen -- very professional -- just awesome!  Ollie S.

As a musician myself, I'm just grateful that you have the insight to do something for performers' benefit rather than your own.  Without musicians, there would be no fans and without fans, there would be no musicians, so you're doing something right by helping both.  Rick W.

I must say, it (NECMO Undercover newsletter) was very interesting to read and see the excitement in the events when I viewed the pictures.  I think this newsletter is one of the best and probably THE best I have seen from all three organizations I receive newsletters from.  Kimberly P.

The Awards Show!  Wow!  It was top notch.  From the location to the stage decorations, to the programs and plaques and trophies.  Everything was professional!  Chris M. and Tony L.

You have a great group of people here -- great sponsors, great raffles, love the camera and jackets.  Anonymous

Dear Darlene & Don,  Thank you for all the work and time you put into the NECMO.  You made it so special.  Paige S.

I knew it would all go well but it was better than I could have thought for the first awards (show) and I'm sure it will get better as time goes on.  Anonymous

Nice job with the show.  I think everyone really enjoyed it.  Allan R.

Congratulations on your first award show.  I thought you did a great job.  Good turnout. Vinnie M.

Thank you so much for encouraging me to compete -- I'm so looking forward to March!  Ginny J.

Darlene & Don: Thanks for all the hard work you do for the New England Country Music Organization.  You did an awesome job!  Tamara K.

I would like to say thank you again for organizing NECMO.  Also, I wanted you to know how smooth and well-organized the awards ceremony went.  I think everyone enjoyed the day and I'm just glad I was part of it.  Thanks so much.  The trophies are beautiful.  Kimberly P.

I want to thank Don & Darlene for having the courage to put this together. Jon D.

The best Award Show - great raffles.  Love the jacket.  Thanks, Everyone

I think NECMO will be very successful.  Thank you for giving us a goal to reach. Anonymous

Really enjoyed entertainment and dinner (Country Star Search).  Anonymous

Thank you again for the opportunity to compete on Saturday.  It was such an awesome event.  Paula T.

Great job!  Lynne M.

Your show is excellent and we are proud to be members.  The dress code is fantastic.  Anonymous

Very nice first time effort.  Beautiful hall, nice staff (Princeton Station). Nice job, Darlene & Don.  Jon D.

Very Nice.  Go Country!  Anonymous

Enjoyed the event (Country Star Search). Good luck.  Super Job.  Joe Q

Thanks, Don.  You and your crew were a blast.  I had a great time.  Invite me again next year.  Dave M. (Country Star Search Judge)

Particularly liked your choice of judges.  Anonymous

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