Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Newsletter from the Roloffs moments ago: Season 5 is official

Moments ago, Matt Roloff and his staff released a new newsletter. At one time the newsletter used to be more of a detailed update on the various family members. More recently, the newsletters are released to announce news such as a new season or to promote a Roloff endeavor.

It comes as no surprise and a relief for all the loyal Roloff followers of Little People, Big World that it is official, there will be a new season. It will be the 5th season. Amy hinted in several interviews about the show continuing so that's not a big surprise. According to Matt, the ratings for season 4 were "better than ever".

For all the interested followers of the Roloffs wondering about Jeremy and Zach and if they have college plans, no information was released about Jeremy and Zach's plans after high school other than a "we'll have to wait and see" remark. The rest of the newsletter is plugging merchandise on Matt's website and asking for sponsorship for Zach to take a team of little people to the World Dwarf games in Ireland.

Here is the newsletter that was sent today:

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Roloff Family Farms Newsletter Spring, 2009

As the season changes once again itʼs time to say goodbye to Old Man Winter, throw open the windows and welcome the beauty of SPRING! I hope this newsletter finds you feeling healthy, happy and blessed.

This is the time of year that the farm calls to me most. The trees & shrubs are awakening and in desperate need of tending. Soon Iʼll fire up the backhoe and till the soil! This year Amy has her heart set on a large blueberry field... so we better get our seedlings planted before it's too late!

2009 is flying by and, as Jeremy & Zach start looking toward their HS Graduation, the reality & excitement of planning their futures is taking root. What is in store for them?? Guess weʼll all have to wait and see. These days more than ever Amy and I realize the importance of enjoying our family time while weʼre still all together.

Holy Smokes! Itʼs soon to be "Sweet 16" for Molly (Shhhhh! I canʼt give away any birthday surprises, but true to Roloff style, these moments will be ones you wonʼt want to miss). And last but certainly not least... itʼs full steam ahead for Jacob as he grows by leaps & bounds before our eyes and finishes his last year of elementary school.

IT"S OFFICIAL! Our season 4 ratings were better than ever and we have signed on for "Season 5". Our heartfelt appreciation for all your continued loyalty and support of Little People, Big World. WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU! As our journey continues on Monday Nights... stay tuned for more exciting upcoming episodes, including another crazy pumpkin season, Space Camp and even some Lost Episodes!

A few other key highlights I want to share with you....

--NEW ITEMS! We listened to you & have added new items to our on line store! BE THE FIRST TO CHECK IT OUT www.mattroloff.com. Weʼve added a variety of Roloff Farms embroidered items that can only be purchased through our website. Youʼll love the new 1/4 zip fleece sweatshirt (red, my favorite), the multi use & super functional tote/carry bags, items for the baby in your life and even a cozy Roloff Farms travel blanket!

--Speaking Engagements ~ Amy and I (and occasionally the entire Roloff family) continue to travel and speak across the country at schools and corporate or private events. We Love It! Be sure if you or anyone you know may be interested, contact us today at: Speaking Engagements You can also click the link to Amyʼs speaking website and we will update you soon on the realese of my new speaking website as well.

Breaking News! Zachary just came in my office as I was finishing this newsletter and asked that I appeal to our fan base for something on his behalf... Zach and an elite team of 8 little people athletes have been invited to participate in the Dwarf World Games in Belfast, Ireland this July. Of course, our cameras will be following their every move on this amazing adventure. But to make this dream come true, these athletes need your help. If you work for a national or multi-national company or any company for that matter that can take advantage of exposure on Little People Big World, we want to hear from you. Zach has informed me that he is seeking 8 sponsorships in the amount of $3,500 each. For more details, please click on the following:Sponsorship Letter

With appreciation and warmest regards...

Matt

23 comments:

Jason said...

Did you read Zach's letter?

"Most importantly they are constantly hard at work to blaze a trail of acceptance and understanding for anyone who is perceived as “different”.

Uh-huh. Anything the Roloffs are involved in blaze a trail for anyone who is perceived as different.

Granted, it was Jeremy, but I think blacks, Mexican, and gays would disagree.

Jerry said...

Nothing wrong with the Roloffs making money. That's what the world is about. Kudos to them for selling everything under the son and getting people to pay for their activities.

Timothy said...

That is the definition of greed.

TLC pays for things the Roloffs do on the show. The Roloffs get paid for doing the show. They are asking for a company to pay for Zach. That is awful.

I mean this with all my heart. Shame on any company that gets involved with this. There are so many more needy organizations and individuals in the country that they should be helping - not a family who are making bank on a TV show and just built a mansion.

Despicable.

Rap541 said...

"Nothing wrong with the Roloffs making money. That's what the world is about."

The problem is that they *are* making money and are standing with their hands out "Gosh, Zach and his friends aren't going to get to go unless someone takes pity on these brave lp kids who don't have the money".

At last check, the Roloffs are paid handsomely to do this tv show. Matt is on record stating that Zach and all of the kids get paid. Begging when you don't have need is just taking advantage and no, I don't think *kudos* are in order for monetarily wealthy people using sympathy to get free stuff.

Please don't forget, before the "shut up you hater the Roloffs deserve all free things!" whining starts, that Matt has already stated that this event will be filmed for the show. Therefore, he and Zach will be *paid* by TLC to go on a trip that they are claiming won't happen unless someone other than them pays for it. Zach will get a paycheck for going on a 3500 dollar *donated* trip.

Are the Roloffs really so poor? Is this really a *need*?

GD said...

"Begging when you don't have need is just taking advantage"

Well said!

Anonymous said...

It isn't unusual for amateur athletes to be sponsored (not paid) for their activities. And not every family is going to have the money to send a kid to Ireland. So I don't see and issue with the Roloffs using their position on TV to try to help out.

That said, it would have been better to ask for support only for the other eight team members, since it seems clear that either from their own resources or through TLC (which apparently will film the event) Zach's costs would be covered.

Monica said...

I agree, there is no reason for them to ask for Zach to be sponsored.

If there are some LP kids on the team who can't afford it that is different (although I can't believe TLC wouldn't foot the bill), but asking for a company to donate money to pay for Zach is just wrong.

Chris said...

I was at a Salvation Army hut, where people drop off clothes for the homeless. It was set up in a parking lot. I saw people who were obviously not hurting, stop and take clothes.

It's like a person who makes over $50,000 stopping into a homeless shelter to take advantage of a free meal.

Wealthy TV celebrities living in a large mansion with 8 or 9 vehicles has no business asking for donations.

I don't usually have strong negative feelings towards the Roloffs, but this puts me off.

There are so many other good causes that should be receiving donations and truly under-privileged people who can't afford the essentials.

The Roloffs honestly should be ashamed of themselves.

Sheri said...

I think some people are discriminating against individuals with dwarfism.

It's healthy for all kids to travel for sporting activities. Kids all across North America and the world travel to compete in sporting events. They attempt to raise money through fundraisers. There is no shame in appealing to the fan base and sponsors. Nobody is being forced to give what they don't want to give.

Average size kids travel for "normal" sports. Dwarf kids deserve the chance as well. I wish Zach all the luck and continued good blessings.

Expressed said...

I think it's tacky, but don't hang all the Roloffs for this. This is on Zach. This is one more reason why I've always preferred Jeremy to Zach. Jeremy doesn't beg people for hand-outs.

Rap541 said...

"There is no shame in appealing to the fan base and sponsors. Nobody is being forced to give what they don't want to give. "

Sherry - do you honestly believe that Zach Roloff doesn't earn enough money to attend this event without a sponsor? Keep in mind the Roloffs have admitted the children are paid to do the show, that *they* are paid to do the show, and that anything that is filmed on camera has TLC picking up the tab (which means that not only is Zach being paid to be filmed in Ireland, but his trip is already being funded by TLC).

Explain to me why people who can easily afford to pay for a trip deserve to have it free. If the answer is "Zach is an lp" thats a cop out and entirely against the point of the show, that lp people shouldn't be treated differently.

You remember that right? The entire point of the show? Being LP doesn't mean you should be treated differently?

No one is discriminating against lp athletes... except perhaps you, Sherry, because while you expect a normal sized team to work for their passage, you think the sweet little blessed peopel should just get a hand out since being lp means they're more special than regular athletes.

Mary said...

I am so happy to hear there will be a new season. I wish for nothing but continued blessings for Matt, Amy, Jeremy, Zach, Molly Jacob. God Loves you all. Thank you.

Alice said...

I agree with the other comments. There is no reason why they should be asking for Zach to be covered. I can understand the other kids if they're family financial situation isn't great, but Zach's is different.

Red Baron said...

I've been thinking about this trip and I hope the blog owner will forgive me for getting verbose.

"Zach and an elite team of 8 little people athletes have been invited to participate in the Dwarf World Games in Belfast, Ireland this July"Zach's eighth grade writing skills considered; he truly needs to give some more detail before asking people to shell out this kind of money.

Are these just soccer players? Are these atheletes from different disciplines? How were they chosen and why are they "elite"? Sorry, but even with his above average soccer skills, Zach hasn't presented as "an elite athelete" (little or not). If we were talking about his LP friend who swims...then we may be getting closer to the mark. But, calling someone an elite athelete doesn't make them one and being a celebrity who gets an invite to a special sports competition doesn't make you the best in your sport. So, I went to look up the games...

Turns out, they're ran by the same organization (with a UK heading) that runs the games we've seen Zach compete in numerous times: The DAA. This isn't some new, prestigious gathering of "elite" LPs who've been asked to come play. This appears to be exactly like the DAA Games at most of the conferences. There's nothing on the website that indicates this would be an invitational. You apply. The application for athletes can be seen here.

http://www.belfast2009.com/pdf/AthleticsEntryForm.pdf

Let's assume that Zach is playing men's football (soccer).
http://www.belfast2009.com/pdf/FootballTeamMensSeniorEntryForm.doc

All you do is submit the players for your team and you're in (it appears).

Does this mean Zach shouldn't go?
No.
Does this mean his team shouldn't go?
No.
Does this mean the "elite 8" shouldn't go and play?
No.
Does this mean the wording of his solicitation should be changed to reflect the competition accurately?
Yes.

It seems deceptive to me. Why not say, "Zach got a bunch of talented, LP soccer friends together and decided to bid for a spot at the LP international games. If they can get the money together, this would be a great experience. If you'd like to sponsor an athelete, or the team, please contact us for further information." But that doesn't quite the same, does it? I may be nitpicking. I just don't like the slight manipulation of "oh! We were invited to play by an international, elite organization." when the reality is that they signed up knowing the financial obligation before signing up.

Just be honest and up-front.

Connolly said...

Red Baron,

You appear to be demeaning Zach's athletic accomplishments because he is a little person. The DAAA games that you see Zach compete in annually is the largest gathering of LP athletes in North America.

Zach's soccer team are the two-time defending champions. They are elite in their sport - LP soccer.

Why are you challenging the label elite?

Would you object to American or Canadian women's ice hockey teams being called athlete? Only a few countries in the world play their sport. Canadian and American women win their share of tournaments every year. They are their elite athletes in their sport. If you objected to that, you would find yourself in hot water with a lot of people and organizations.

The DAAA games ranks high on the list of athletic accomplishments for LP athletes. Zach's team are the defending champions. To take issue with that is to minimize their accomplishments because they are dwarf athletes.

red baron said...

Connolly said...
Red Baron,

You appear to be demeaning Zach's athletic accomplishments because he is a little person.
Nooooooooo. Please re-read my statement about his swimmer friend. I think little people can be phenomenal atheletes. I think they can be elite atheletes. I just don't believe Zach is one of them.
The DAAA games that you see Zach compete in annually is the largest gathering of LP athletes in North America.
And? That's fantastic. What does that have to with someone (who could clearly sponsor themself) signing up for a competition and then claiming to have been "invited" to compete as an "elite athelete" (LP or not)? I'm a phenomenal skater for someone with a disability. I've even won a few competitions. That doesn't make me an elite athelete because I don't train as an elite athelete would.

Why are you challenging the label elite?Because words, labels especially, have meanings. In this case, the word elite should mean something. I don't doubt that some of Zach's friends are elite atheletes,...as I said, I'd like to know if all the atheletes he's soliciting for are soccer players or if there are other sports involved...but, elite means that the best compete against the best. This is why the Olympics pays for third world countries to send elite atheletes. If being elite only requires one to sign themselves up and then raise some money, then we need to re-examine the definition of "elite". HAD ZACH TRULY BEEN INVITED TO PLAY, then I would feel differently. Had Zach even said, "Some of us signed up to do this and we think we can win...", then I'd be cool with his letter.

Would you object to American or Canadian women's ice hockey teams being called athlete?I don't object to calling Zach an athelete.
But, if the American Ice Hockey team was a bunch of friends who just happened to share a passion for a sport and signed themselves up for a competition that had no pre-lims and the team had no real requirement for participation, other than being female (or LP), then...yes, I'd have a problem with the usage of "elite athelete".

Rap541 said...

I see Red's point. And I would apply it to the DAAA in the US as well.

In case you missed it, every warm body who shows up can compete in as many sports as they wish. The "independant" teams as they are called on the show are just people who didn't organize before the event. Zach has been on several basketball teams and Amy was in volleyball at the DAAA just by signing up. There's no qualifying standard - if you're a dwarf and you sign up in time, you get a place on a team.

If the games in Belfast work the same way - then as long as you can afford to go, you can play.

Thats not a competative standard. Does that make it bad for Zach et al to go? No... but its not the same thing as being invited to a competition because of one's skill.

Anonymous said...

Has no one actually considered that money is not the issue. Sometimes, a sponsor is required to bring awareness or raise money for research, even if you have the money yourself. I would imagine the Roloff's would pay for everyone to be able to go and compete in these games. Asking for sponsors may be a requirement. There is no shame in asking for them for anyone. And if anyone has a problem with the way it was brought up then quit watching. I get so annoyed with people who write these horrible comments about how much money reality stars make for doing these shows. They just happen to have lives that are different than most that catches the attention of all of us who obviously find it entertaining. If you find it so bothersome to ask for sponsors (the point being to bring awareness) for an LP soccer sporting event then you obviously have other issues of your own concerning money.

Chris said...

Anon, who are you kidding?

Money is not a factor, but give us $3500 per kid just for the heck of it?

What you're saying makes no sense. First, we constantly hear the show LPBW is about LP awarneness. Aren't they bringing attention by going to the games in Ireland?

Sponsors paying for the kids (which the Roloffs can afford and are being paid for) and having their name on the uniform is not benefiting the games in Ireland in any way.

I'm not bothered by the Roloffs making money on their reality show. I'm bothered by them asking for charity donations when they don't need it.

red baron said...

Anonymous said...
Has no one actually considered that money is not the issue.
If it's not the issue, then why solicit it?
Sometimes, a sponsor is required to bring awareness or raise money for research, even if you have the money yourself. Well, one...this isn't research science. Two, this isn't really about raising LP awareness. It's about giving LPs a space to compete on a level playing field. Read the mission statement on the site.
I would imagine the Roloff's would pay for everyone to be able to go and compete in these games. I imagine you're wrong. If they would pay for everyone to compete and travel, then why aren't they? Surely, with the revenue generated by LPBW, the Roloffs could afford to send, say, four of the eight kids needing sponsorship without much sacrifice. But, you see, despite Zach being an adult, odds are that Amy, Matt, and the gang will go along with. Show me a scenario where the family stays home to send other LPs in their stead, on these fabulous trips and vacays, and I'll believe your claim.

Asking for sponsors may be a requirement.Did you read the site? This is easily answered. In this case, sponsorship is not necessary.
There is no shame in asking for them for anyone. And if anyone has a problem with the way it was brought up then quit watching.Well, that's mature.
What happened to the goal of LP awareness? If everyone who had a complaint stopped watching the show, then the show would disappear. Where would your awareness claim be then? Whether or not there's shame in Zach asking for someone to pay his way to an optional competition he signed himself up for is debatable...thus the debate.

I get so annoyed with people who write these horrible comments about how much money reality stars make for doing these shows.To use your solution: stop reading.
I haven't seen any "horrible comments".

They just happen to have lives that are different than most that catches the attention of all of us who obviously find it entertaining.No one seems to have a problem with this aspect of the Roloffs. We have a problem with them (the R's) expecting others to fund this lifestyle when they can afford to fund it themselves.
If you find it so bothersome to ask for sponsors (the point being to bring awareness) for an LP soccer sporting event then you obviously have other issues of your own concerning money.
NO! The point is not to "bring awareness". The point is to send Zach and his buddies on an all expense paid trip to Ireland to play some soccer. That's hardly the noblest of causes...even if it were to raise awareness (for what? LP sports that we've seen countless times on LPBW?). Do you think the awareness would've been less if the R's paid for it by themselves and simply had the cameras follow?

Chris said...

Red Baron, you nailed everything.

The real reason the Roloffs are asking for charity when they don't need it?

I think even TLC has a yearly budget for the Roloffs vacations. I think the Roloffs don't want to use up one of their freebie vacations on a trip to Ireland to watch Zach play soccer if they can get someone else to pay for it by claiming charity cause.

If Zach gets sponsors, Zach gets to do something fun without dipping into the (TLC) vacation fund.

From a business standpoint it's smart, but shameful. It's stealing from noble charities and inviduals.

Anonymous said...

I have watched the show several times. There is no respect in the Roloff house and no respect shown between any member of the family let alone to anyone around them. It does not surprise me that Zack asked....or was it Matt asking? Zack doesn't verbalize that well.

Anonymous said...

wow I was so disappointed in the judgement I read in so many of these posts. I only watch this show once in awhile, but I think the comments are a little narrow minded. Matt appears to be writing when Zack lets him know about the need for the team. We don't know if Zack is allowed to received money (paid) as an athlete? We don't know if Matt was just throwing the information out there to help out and expected the details to come out if someone was serious. How many times when we are writing quickly we don't give details or we think we were clear on what was meant and we realize it was misunderstood. I'm embarrassed for some of you that you so quickly jump on the band wagon of condemnation instead of giving the benefit of waiting to hear all the information first. I hope no one judges you as harshly as you are judging them. Usually when people are so critical they are unhappy, jealous, or very, very, insecure.