The Affadaisies

Back to our U.S. adventures. After a wonderful Saturday in Warren MI hanging out with heaps of our sweeping buddies, early Sunday morning we headed down to Payne OH to visit with The Affadaisies. (If you don’t know who The Affadaisies are, read the book or watch the movie; The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio.)

We arrived just in time for lunch. Being the grandmotherly figure she is, Dortha would not allow us to take her and her husband out to eat, instead she served us lunch. After lunch, one son, his wife and two other club members: Alice and Betty arrived. Just like the “good old days”, the men retired to the living room while the women stayed in the kitchen. We drank lemonade, ate cookies and chatted about contesting vs. sweepstaking.

I did find out what happened to the now defunct National Contestors Association. Once contests disappeared in favour of sweepstakes, the association folded. Dortha had attended a few of their conventions and told me the word sweepstakes in that circle was a dirty word. I don’t know what year they folded exactly but it was sometime after 1982.

We headed back through Defiance OH. As we drove around town, I imagined what like must have been like for Evelyn Ryan. We took a picture of the home she lived in on Washington Avenue for most of her life.

I find it amazing that two women I never met, Evelyn and Terry Ryan, could have changed my life so much. It was through reading Terry’s book about her mom Evelyn, that lead me to met Dortha and all her friends.

2008-04-25T19:07:31+00:00April 25th, 2008|General|4 Comments

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Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. corkrose April 25, 2008 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    love this particular blog…I loved the movie and the book; thanks for showing us some of the original contestors 🙂

  2. Cathy Grills April 25, 2008 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Hi Carolyn,

    which of the ladies is Dortha ????
    thanks :O)

  3. carolyn
    carolyn April 26, 2008 at 8:48 am - Reply

    If you hold your mouse over the pictures you will get a little description pop-up window. Still have not figured out how to label each photo underneath.

  4. Wendy April 26, 2008 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I am soo envious you got to meet up with these ladies. My copy of the movie has done the rounds in NZ, I think there are only a few copies actually in the country and those of us who own it had to get it from Amazon lol.

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