Director Extraordinaire, Allison Stavrakis!

After attending a pageant event in Burnsville, Minnesota on Sunday, November 26th I had a chance to sit down with Allison Stavrakis, Minnesota International Pageant State Director, and the talented Leisha Gust, Mrs. Minnesota International 2008. We took the time to catch up on past and upcoming Mrs. International appearances and had a chance to chat about the international tour stops that are certain to be filled with adventure. I reminded both ladies…and now all of you, that you are absolutely welcome to join me as we take the crown around the world.

This was also a chance to get caught up on details for the March 2013, Minnesota International Pageants, and to be certain my dual duties of fulfilling the Mrs. International and Mrs. Minnesota International 2012 obligations are meeting my director’s expectation. For anyone who has held a title, you understand that the relationship you have with your director is an important one. He/She is the person to whom you are held accountable, and the stronger your relationship, the better your reigning experience will be.

I have titled this blog, “Director Extraordinaire, Allison Stavrakis,” because I sincerely believe that Allison goes above and beyond as a director for her queens. Many readers may also know that Allison was Mrs. Minnesota International 1988 and has been involved in this system for many years. It is thanks to Allison that the Minnesota queens in the Teen, Miss, and Mrs. categories have an amazing bond. The sisterhood in the state I call home is truly special.

For example, when one of our sisters developed breast cancer, the rest of the pageant family stepped up to be with her through grueling treatments, they have taken into their homes when she needed assistance, and the extended pageant family threw a benefit to raise funds that was a huge success. This is what it means to be a part of something bigger than oneself…and in this case, we have Allison to thank for her guidance, her love, and her commitment to us all.

With love and appreciation,

Sarah Bazey
Mrs. International 2012


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