I, for one, am ready to welcome spring this week. The last few months have been long and cold.
There are lots of special dances going on this month. Take some time to browse through the listings and you're sure to find something close to you.
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The Federation's next executive board meeting will be on May 5 at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center in Medford. A proposal to modify the Federation's constitution to include line dance clubs in the list of organizations eligible for Federation membership was read at the January meeting and will be voted on in May. If it passes, the proposal will be sent to the clubs for ratification.
Elextions for the Federation's 2019-20 officers are now in progress. Your club secretaries should have received the ballots, with need to be returned to the Federation Secretary by mid-April. You can read about the nominees here.
We hope you are planning to attend the 2019 Summer Festival, to be held at the Blanchet School in Salem on July 19-21, 2019. This festival is sponsored by the entire Federation Board.
Take a minute to read the article from your festival chairman, Kathy Roberts, later in this issue.
Oregon's Mid-Winter Festival 2020 will be held January 24, 25 and 26, 2020, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany.
The 68th National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, June 26-29, 2019.
The 69th National Square Dance Convention® will be held in nearby Spokane, Washington, June 18-21, 2020.
All clubs in the Oregon Federation are required to maintain their status as non-profit corporations with the State of Oregon. The Secretary of State's office mails out a renewal notice about a month before your registration expires every year. The following clubs expire this month:
April 1 -- Interstate Highlanders
April 7 -- ReVuN'Q
April 22 -- Tualatin Timber Squares
April 23 -- Salem Swingin' Stars
April 25 -- Valley Squares
April 26 -- Independence Wagon Wheelers
April 27 -- Single Trees
April 29 -- Tri Squares
April 30 -- Chaps & Petticoats
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We would like to encourage all dancers and callers/cuers to attend the May 19, 2019 Alzheimer's Association Dance dance at the Oak Grove Community Club (see flyer below). We will have an open break with finger foods.
There will be baskets to raffle and baked goods to put in your silent bids. All money raised from the basket raffle tickets and the silent auction will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Your donation will get you into the dance. While at the dance, you can complete a donation slip if you would like a tax-deductible receipt emailed to you OR you can donate on-line now to the Team Page I’ve created on the Alzheimer’s website:
* At the main page click “Find a Fundraiser”
* Search by Team Name: Oregon Federation click Search
* Click on the link “Oregon Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs”
* Click on DONATE
* Click on MAKE A TEAM DONATION
* Enter your donation and click on the green “Donate” button to complete. You will receive an email receipt for your donation.
The callers and cuers who participate in the event are donating their time, and the hall rent is being donated. We dance to have fun and raise awareness..... Hope to see you on May 19th, and wear purple!
Thank you, Julie Stiers (Cuer)
Oregon’s 2019 Summer Festival will be July 19-21, at Blanchet Catholic School in Salem. Blanchet is the perfect location in the heart of the Willamette Valley. It is about an hour from Portland or Eugene, and only a couple of hours for most of the rest of the state. When you take the Market Street Exit in Salem, the school is only a ½ mile from I-5, east of Lancaster Drive. The school is close to restaurants, hotels, shopping, and gas stations.
We have discounted rates with three hotels in the area. The Shilo Inn (503-581-4001) and the Comfort Inn and Suites (503-588-0515) are 1 block west of I-5 on the Market Street Exit. The Comfort Suites (503-585-9705) is off the Mission Street Exit. There will be limited dry camping on-site for $10 per night, available starting Thursday afternoon. Your rigs will be secure; the gates are locked every night at 10:30 pm. If you require power and or water, there are several campgrounds on the internet, including Salem RV (503-364-5490) and Phoenix RV Park (503-581-2497).
Dancing will start at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 19. Blanchet has 2 beautiful large wooden gym floors where we will be dancing Plus with Rounds and Mainstream with Rounds. We will also have a separate hall for Rounds, and another hall for our Advanced dancers. In order to protect their wooden gym floors from damage, cowboy boots, spike heels, and high heels that come to a point will not be allowed on the wood floors.
Summer Festival’s featured caller, Michael Kellogg, is from Northridge California, and has been dancing since 1983. During the late 80s and 90s, he called full-time through the US, Europe, and Japan. Since the early 2000s he reduced his travels so that he could work full time as a software engineer. In addition, Michael teaches lessons for beginners through C3B. Michael’s bio is on the Summer Festival Webpage (www.2019.oregonsummerfestival.org) under the Callers Tab.
Summer Festival’s featured cuer, MaryAnn Callahan, is from Northern California and started dancing as a teenager with the Teasin’ Teens in Medford. In 1991, MaryAnn started teaching round dancing with her partner Craig Cowan. MaryAnn dances and teaches all levels of round dancing. She is a member of several professional organizations and has choreographed several dances. MaryAnn’s bio is on the Summer Festival Webpage under the Cuer Tab.
In addition to our featured caller and cuer, we will be enjoying the talents of many of our Oregon callers and cuers. We are planning a complete dance program in all of the halls. There will also be several workshops and teaching sessions available for your dancing pleasure.
Your OFSRDC State Delegates, Officers, their representatives, and committees are planning a great Summer Festival. If you haven’t registered yet, click on the “Registration Form” link at (www.2019.oregonsummerfestival.org), complete it and mail it in. You won’t want to miss this fun Festival! Visit out our Summer Festival 2019 Facebook page to keep up-to-date and to post questions.
In next month’s OFN , I’ll share information about our special events and open mic opportunities.
“Let’s Get Together in 2019 – Summer Festival”
Kathy Roberts, Co-Chairman
A unique opportunity has been presented to us!
April marks the 35th anniversary of Pioneer Courthouse Square, often called "Portland's Living Room". In celebration of that milestone, the City of Portland has asked the Federation to put on a free square dance. This dance will be held in the Square at 11:30 on Friday, April 5. Leonard Snodgrass will be calling mainstream tips, and occasionally the onlookers will be invited to come join us for an introduction session.
All dancers in the area are invited to come on down and show the general public how much fun it is to "square it up". The sponsors will be providing free cupcakes. Click on the thumbnail above to get a printable flyer for this event.
Richard (Dick) James Pesek, 89, formerly of Rapid City, SD, died Friday, February 15th, 2019 in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Born July 27, 1929, he was the son of Adolph G Pesek and Christina K Hruska in Mellette County, South Dakota. He was raised in Rapid City, SD and graduated from Rapid Central School in 1947. Then met the love of his life Patricia Mansfield in Rapid City and married her on August 14, 1950. Dick served honorably in the United States Army as a surveyor (1950 -1951) but was honorably discharged due to a knee injury. After his military service, he went to work for Julian Straven Engineering as a surveyor. Then he transitioned into a long career as a bricklayer in Rapid City, SD. In 1987, Dick and Patricia decided to move to Portland, Oregon where he worked as a bricklayer for 10 years. Dick retired in 1997 and enjoyed square dancing, hiking, making wine and salsa, fishing, and hunting. He also was a proud father of four daughters and four sons, 13 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren that he enjoyed spending time with.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Patricia Mansfield; six of his children: Lori Krush – Hillsboro, OR; Cheryl Wasko (Richard) – Kiowa CO; Gail Poole – Aurora, CO; David Pesek - Boonville, NC; Donald Pesek (Misty) Flagstaff, AZ; Dale Pesek – Mukilteo, WA. 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and one sister: Rosanne Mansfield – Rapid City, SD. Dick was preceded in death by his two eldest children Rhonda K Pesek and Douglas D Pesek along with his brothers Ralph Pesek, Rapid City, SD, Red Pesek, Rapid City, SD, Bob Pesek, Houston, TX, Paul Pesek, Mesa, AZ, and Joe Pesek Rockledge, FL.
Memorial service will be held with Rosary at 11:00, Mass at 11:30 with Celebration of Life at 12:30 with lite lunch on 21 February, 2019. At St Mathews Church, 475 SE 3rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123 where Patricia and Dick were longtime voluntaries at the parish.
Long-time Toledo 49'rs first lady Shirley Scott passed away recently. Sam and Shirley were mainstays of the club for over half of th eclub's 60 years.
Shirley passed away March 3 in Happy Valley, OR from advanced dementia. She was born in York, Nebraska to Harry and Gladys (Thamer) Atkison. The family moved to Oregon in the 1930’s, residing first in Corvallis and then eventually moving to Newport, where Shirley graduated from Newport High School in 1946.
Shirley married Samuel L. Scott in December 1945, starting and raising a family where Shirley was able to be a stay at home mom until all her children graduated from school. She then joined the work force and worked for the Lincoln County Court House until retirement. Following retirement, Shirley spent her days volunteering at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Shirley was a member of the Toledo 49’rs Square Dance Club, Knotty Ladies Quilt group, and First Presbyterian Church. She found great joy spending time quilting, knitting, square dancing, and early morning lap swimming.
Sam was the 49'rs caller and instructor for many years and was a frequent guest caller for other clubs on the coast and in the Willamette Valley. He taught and cued round dancing for a number of years, as well. Shirley was an accomplished seamstress, knitter and quilter. She worked at the front desk at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Newport, swam daily and volunteered at the aquarium. Pat and her younger brother Jim were with her in the final hours. She had been living in the Oregon City area near Pat since she had to move from Ocean View Assisted Living in Newport. A memorial service will be held in Newport at the Presbyterian church on Saturday March 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Beverly Jean O'Dell was borh July 21, 1932 in Kewanee, IL. She came to Oregon in 1943 and graduated from Grant High School in 1950. She married Perry O'Dell in Portland in 1951, and they made their home in Beaverton, where she has resided since. Perry passed in 1984 after 32 years of marriage.
Beverly worked for the Beaverton School District for 23 years, first as a cafeteria cook, then library aide, bookkeeper, learning disability aide, and finally special education secretary at Cooper Mountain Elementary School.
Beverly had been a long-time active member of Beaverton's First United Methodist Church, since 1954.
Among her special interests, she enjoyed oil painting, working in the flower garden, and her fish pond. She loved dancing, and had been a member of the Valley Squares since 1974. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren's soccer and basketball games.
She is survived by her sister, two sons and a daughter, eleven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Joe Wrabek, former Garibaldi City Manager and long time caller for the Wavw Steppers, passed away at home on March 7, 2019 following a five and a half year battle with cancer.
Joe was born on September 25, 1949, in Spokane, Washington. Joe grew up in upstate New York and attended Syracuse University before moving to Oregon in 1972. Shortly after moving to Oregon, he settled in the Columbia River Gorge, where he became a land rights activist, testifying before congress in opposition to the Columbia River Gorge Act. His activism led him to serve on Cascade Locks City Council from 1983-89, and as Mayor from 1989-1991. Perhaps more notable, during his time in the Gorge Joe was the rhythm guitarist and a songwriter for the popular bluegrass band, The Dodson Drifters.
Public service was at the heart of everything Joe did. After serving as Mayor of Cascade Locks, Joe worked as the city manager for small cities across Oregon, including Vale, Huntington, Union, Phoenix, Lafayette, and Garibaldi. His humor, music, and fiscal management skills touched every corner of the state. When he wasn’t running a small city, Joe was normally working as a journalist, most recently for the Headlight Herald.
In his retirement, Joe served as a committed board member for both Bay City Arts Center and the Fairview Grange. Among his many activities, Joe planned and participated in songwriting contests and open mics with both organizations.
In addition to his local community music and arts charitable work, Joe was a gifted artist featured at songwriting and talent competitions locally, nationally, and internationally. He released seven albums commercially including: Santa’s Fallen and He Can’t Get Up (2005), Dead Things in the Shower (2011), Pole Dancing for Jesus (2013), the all-solo Naked Album (2015), and Jesus on the Mainline (2019). A pre-posthumous tribute album, Cuppa Joe, was released in 2014 with various artists in the U.S., Canada, and England covering some of Joe’s songs. From global warming to organized religion, to the media and the music business - few subjects were safe from Joe’s dark humor and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Given how many songs he had about roadkill, he’s probably somewhere wondering why cancer got him before a truck with faulty brakes.
Joe leaves behind his loving wife of 30 years, Sandra Koops of Garibaldi, OR; their daughter Kimberly Koops-Wrabek of Portland, OR; and his sisters, Trish Wrabek of Soldotna, AK and Annie LeClair Cieply of Beaverton, OR; nephews Michael Cieply and Nicholas LeClair of Beaverton, OR; cousin Janet (Danny) Towne Jones and Uncle William G. Towne of Lockport, NY; along with many friends and fans. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Leona and John Wrabek. The family will be holding a celebration of life at the Fairview Grange’s monthly open mic on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 6 p.m. in Tillamook, Oregon (5520 Third St.). The public is welcome, the Grange will have a spaghetti dinner available for a donation at 5 p.m. Please make donations in lieu of flowers to the Fairview Grange or Bay City Arts Center to support other songwriters.
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April's Round of the Month is "Puttin' on the Ritz", Phase II Two-Step, choreographed by Sharon and Casey Parker. This was chosen by the Portland Area Council. Download your cue sheet here.
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Our next scheduled 5th Saturday dance is June 29.
Keep on calling and cueing for fun!
Secretary / CCCA
The Cast A Shadow club dances normally twice a month, mostly to recorded music but often to a live caller as the opportunity presents itself. Our dancers come from around the area and beyond. We dance at the Emerald square Dance Center, 2095 Yolanda in Springfield, in Hall B (entrance on the far side of the building) and would love to have other advanced dancers come join us when they are in the area. Right now no lessons are offered but if interest is shown that might be arranged. Please visit our website for more information on upcoming acnes: www.cas-sd.yolasite.com or call 541-741-4149.
Feb. 22 was a great time as well for George Hermann called and Jackie was back cueing. George always calls a fun, fast-paced dance for us, and we truly appreciated the three IWW couples who traveled all the way down here to dance with us. Such loyal members IWW has. We were very sorry to hear about Lee Ashwill and hope he okay as he as well as his wife Barbie are very much needed by the State Federation and his home club.
Several Single Trees attended the Boots N Sandals’ Chinese New Year’s Dance on Saturday, Feb. 23. What a fun time dancing to Lennie Ludiker’s calling and Christina Corellis cueing (her voice was gone but she has recordings she uses). This used to be one of the highlights of the winter season when Lennie called for the Fernridge Twirlers so many years ago.
We are looking forward to our spring dances and especially the combined Mexican Fiesta dance which will be held on Saturday, May 11 as the Whirl-A-Ways and Single Trees will be hosting on the WAWs' dance night this year. There will be the usual lavish taco bar to delight the lovers of Mexican food. Be sure to mark your calendars and come join us for this one.
We are dark, Sunday, April 21.
We celebrated our 58th Anniversary on March 16 and are looking forward to the MWA benefit dance on March 24.
Our April 20 dance is “I’ll Fly Away” and will feature many hot-air balloons. Come join us! Carmen
April 6 is our Hippie Dance with Charlotte and Jackie and the first Saturday in May will be our Cinco de Mayo Taco Dance.
We have already started preparations for our Strawberry Festival Dances and Weekend on May 31 - June 2. As usual, RVs are welcome. We will have our Silent Auction, Experienced Clothing Sale, Spaghetti Feed on Friday night, potluck on Saturday night, and breakfast on Sunday morning. Of course, strawberry shortcake will be served at the Saturday night dance. Dan Nordbye will be calling for our Saturday night dance and Jackie Gale will be cueing. Mark your calendar to come and enjoy all the festivities.
See you in a square!
Our classes are doing well and the dancers are dancing more and more each week. Waltz is going well and we are adding more moves in the cha class as we get in to a few more of the difficult moves. We are still in the Phase 3-4 mode, but the lessons are going well. The later class put together a list of dances they would like to dance more and put the list down on paper. I don’t know how many they came up with, but I am sure it will grow as the dancers think about the dances of the past that they liked.
We are working on having a small business meeting to vote for Federation officers, club officers, talking about our June birthday dance, and co-hosting the Fall Festival dance in September.
April brings us our 53rd Birthday Dance on April 19, as well as the election of new officers. On April 28, which is a Sunday, Stars are hosting a special Memorial Dance for Manuel Machado. Everyone is invited. There will be no cost for dancers. Please wear pink to honor Manuel. Look for the flyer for more information.
Stars will be DARK on May 3 so we can all attend the Pacific Northwest Teen Festival in Silverton at the Silverton High School. One of our very own club members will be dancing in the junior level. Go Kailee!!
We graduated our new dancer class! We had two students graduate at the end of February. They both went to Mid-Winter and as they are also youth, they are part of our competition team.
Competition practice has started. We are practicing on both Sunday and Tuesday evenings. Don Benson and Ian Craig are working with the teams on Sundays and Thomas Buchheit will be doing most of the Tuesday class. At least that is the plan for Tuesdays. We were so glad that Leonard Snodgrass was available to fill in for Thomas recently when Thomas got called into work unexpectedly.
Mom (Karyn Buchheit) still has spots open for volunteers for the Teen Festival. If you are interested, please call or email her: 503-873-5241 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our fundraiser dance did ok. We had about three squares of dancers present. We had fun dancing to Leonard and Frances. Bruce Lowther, Judy Russell and Julia Buchheit all did guest spots. See you at a dance soon.
May 19, we are co-hosting an Alzheimer’s benefit dance at the Oak Grove Community Club. This will be quite a large dance, with basket raffles and baked goods. See our flyer in the “Special Dances” section of this magazine.
We’re pretty sure we will be dancing on our 54 anniversary dance on April 10. Join us for lots of surprises.
So come on down and sashay with us.
Our anniversary is coming up on April 20th. We dance at the Hazel Dell Grange and we start at 7pm with pre-rounds and squares at 7:30 with every third tip being plus. We hope to see you there.
Speaking of “lucky,” the Hoppers have found something else to feel lucky about. Although leaving the Square Dance Center was a sad day for our club, we have discovered that our new location has opened the door to a new group of dancers. The location is in a part of Clark County where no square dance clubs were currently dancing. Once the word got out in the area, we began attracting local people to our lessons. They are especially enthusiastic, and we are feeling lucky to have them.
Being in existence for 60 years is another “lucky” thing to celebrate. On May 4th the Hoppers will celebrate their longevity with an anniversary dance. It promises to be a unique and fun dance as the theme is a play on the words of the dance date, the fourth of May. The decision was made to do a spoof on the Star Wars saying, “May the force be with you.” Thus, the theme is “May the Fourth Be with You.” Guests who enjoy dressing to a theme and wish to come in costume are invited to dress as their favorite Star Wars character. Of course, square dance attire is always welcome. So, mark your calendars and plan to come and enjoy a unique anniversary dance with us.
The other day my granddaughter was telling me that she had learned a new song in Sunday School about a crossed-eyed bear named Gladly. After talking to her mother we realized that the hymn my granddaughter had been singing was really: "Gladly The Cross I'd Bear". Now I don't know if Caller Mark Wheeler or Cuer Mark McDonald will be playing a song about a crossed-eyed bear name Gladly but I sure they have some gospel songs that everyone will enjoy dancing to. Come join the Oaky Doaks at our "Gospel Dance" on Saturday, April 6th, with Pre-rounds starting at 7:00 pm and Mainstream with Rounds starting at 7:30 pm. Open break during the dance with announcements at 9:30.
April will find the Oaky Doaks will be home at the Oak Grove Community Hall for the first Saturday dance only. On the third Saturday of April we will be going to the beach at Lincoln City. We invite all dancers to come join us at the Best Western – Landmark Inn on Highway 101. Anyone interested in staying with us for the weekend can get a special rate by contacting the hotel directly when making reservations. Just let them know they will be attending our dance there. To get the special rate reservations need to be made no later than April 1st.
The first Saturday in May will find the Oaky Doaks going dark as we will be in Silverton attending the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival where the Silver City Squares youth will be once again be defending their first place title. This year’s festival is May 4th & 5th at Silverton High School, 1456 Pine Street, Silverton, Oregon. This is the 70th year that the PNTSDF has been held and only the 3rd time in Oregon. Come join us in encouraging the youth who are our future to square dancing.
See you across the square!
Gary - Oaky Doaks Visitation Chair
And now a message from the Oaky Doaks president:
Unfortunately due to the lack of visitors to our club dances and the fact that we have become a very small dance club, there have had to be some changes made within the club. Starting Saturday February 16th, 2019 we will no longer be using the lower floor of the Oak Grove Community club for our break. The break will be held as an open break using the small upper kitchen area and table(s) in the back of the hall. I realize this may be an inconvenience and a bit unorthodox, however it is going to help our club save money. This saddens me because it will be harder for us to socialize with each other. This is a cost cutting measure only it is nothing against socializing or our friendship. It will save the club $70.00 a month which will add up over the year. At present time we are financially going in the hole every month, and if we do not change something then we will be on the list of clubs no longer dancing. I for one do not want to see that happen. This is a fun club that is going through a rough time. The only way that we can get through this struggle is for all of us to work harder as a single unit to become stronger and support our clubs in the best way possible that we can.
Our first dance in April is on Saturday April 13. (Second Saturday). It will be our fabulous 50’s dance. Time to bring out those “ cool dude outfits for the guys and saddle shoes, Bobby socks, pedal pushers ( now re named “ capris) , jeans or poodle skirts. Have fun dressing casual . Let’s rock the hall !
Our second dance in April will be a regular dance Saturday April 20.( third Saturday) Both of our dances featuring our wonderful caller Darrell Kalmbach , and Cuer Tami Helms.
Fun dancing is always happening at River City. Come visit us. We are in Milwaukie on the corner of 43 rd and Jackson at the Milwaukie Community Center. If you come bringing a square to visit us, we will bring a square to visit you. We go to Visitations every month and enjoy having clubs visit us also.
Lessons start at 11:00am to 12:15pm. PreRounds start at 12:15 to 12:30pm, then Mainstream from 12:30 to 2:00.
We need extra dancers to help with the lessons, so come help us and stay for the whole dance. We love all of our visitors. Lunch at 2:00.
Don’t forget the Council Dance on March 29th. It will be held in Yreka and will be the last square dance event held at the Greenhorn Grange. We would like to see a “HUGE” turnout to support this club and its dancers. Come on, gang, let’s GO TO Yreka. Dean Black is calling and Elaine Funk is cueing. Circle N Squares are Hosts for this dance, Charlie’s are Greeters and Stars are in charge of Door Prizes. The Council is Treasurer.
Don’t forget – on May 4th & 5th, the State Federation Meeting is in our Council. The May 4th Officer/Delegate meeting will be held at 2385 Table Rock Rd. The “Crock Pot” Potluck will be held from 5:45 to 6:30pm at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Ctr on Table Rock Rd. The May 5th meeting will be at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center at 9:00am on Sunday. The clubs in the Council have sign up sheets for the crock pot dinners and other foods needed for the potluck. Check with your representative and sign up, or if you have a favorite Crock Pot meal, bring it along. There is never too much food. We will need main dishes, side dishes, salads and desserts.
The next Council meeting will be April 2nd at round Table Pizza in Poplar Square.
Lois & Lorri
Our March dances were lots of fun. On the 2nd we had Phil-Billy and Rikki to entertain the dancers. We had 3 squares and it was a fun & enjoyable dance. On the 16th we welcomed guest caller Richard Lane and cuer Bob Dingman for a wonderful evening of dancing enjoyment. There were 5 squares and we alternated Plus & Mainstream throughout the nite. We also enjoyed some advanced prior to pre-rounds. Richard is always fun and it's nice to have him a little closer now that he and Leslye live in Roseburg.
We are dark for our first dance in April. We will be visiting the Buckeroo's for their birthday dance. Guest caller will be Charlie Robertson from OK, who we all enjoyed dancing to at MidWinter. Cuer will be Rikki Lobato. 7pm for Plus/rounds. There will also be a Camp DBD on Sunday with Charlie and this is a great opportunity to improve your skills in Advanced & Plus. 1pm for Advanced & 230 for Plus. Our dance on April 20th will be at a special time due to other events happening at the Fairgrounds that evening. Dancing starts at Noon and will go until 3pm. Chuck & Bob will be calling and cueing. This will be a regular dance with the community invited to watch & participate.
Planning is in full swing for Boatnik Memorial weekend. We are beyond excited to welcome Joe Saltel and TJ(Bruce) Chadd for the weekend party. Be sure and get your ribbons before the price goes up. Our June 15th dance will be very special; be on the lookout for flyers!!!
This month's news will be short.
I assume by now most of you know the council dance was our final dance at Greenhorn Grange. I want to assure you our president myself and Sherrie are actively looking for a new venue for our dances. Please look at our fliers closely to see where the remaining dances are being held. We may have to dance in several locations for a while until something suitable is found. Feel free to contact myself, Sherrie, or our president for directions if you have any questions.
We are looking at many options for our club, and hope everyone will help and support us during this process.
Hope to see you on the floor
Phil Ramey has been doing a Mainstream/Plus Workshop on Wednesdays to give everyone who feels a little shaky about some moves, a chance to come out and practice. There are generally 2 squares plus. He is even throwing in a little bit of Advanced. Don’t worry, it is easy Advanced. Come on out and enjoy a fun evening and maybe learn something. There is a lot of laughter and we are having a ball.
At the March 23rd dance, we collected clean, plus stuffed animals to donate to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to give to children in stressful situations. Thanks to all who contributed. There was representation from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department on hand to receive the animals & express their appreciation for this gesture.
Preparations for Diamond Lake Festival are coming along nicely. Everything seems to be right on schedule. Get your ribbons for a great time.
Grand Colonel Spin
See you in a square!
On May 19th a dance sponsored by Tualatin Valley Council & Portland Area Council will be held to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. All proceeds will go directly to them. The Oak Grove Community Club is donating the hall and Caller MC Dan Nordbye with Cuer MC Julie Stiers are donating their time. Alzheimer’s Association Benefit Dance May 19, 2019 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Oak Grove Community Center, 14496 SE Cedar Avenue, Portland, OR. Donations are welcome and tax deductible.
We have waited until the 27th of April to have a Spring Fling. We encourage everyone to wear bright spring colors. We will have Darrell Kalmbach calling for us that evening and Tami Helms cueing. This should be a great dance as both of these folks are special to our club and to square dancers everywhere.
Our dances start at 7 PM with an hour of Plus tips and Mainstream from 8PM till closing.
Looking forward to an even bigger and better dance year. Encourage your friends and neighbors to try it one time. It is nothing like they had in school years ago. We start a new class at the first Tuesday of each month and since most classes are small we progress at the speed of the learners.
See you on the floor.
We received Games for our Entertainment Basket as donation to the Alzheimer's fundraising TVC dance on Sunday, May 19th.
No fooling, we will be dancing April 1st, April Fool’s Day. Dance with us. We will not play April fool jokes on you. And it is not to late to celebrate Spring. On March 30th come to the TVC Spring Fling, IOOF Hall, Hillsboro, 7:30 PM.
If you need some stress release before tax day then stress out at our Anniversary Dance, April 14th, Sunday, Pre Plus & Intermediate rounds are 1:00 to 1:45. Mainstream and Rounds 1:45 to 3:30, IOOF Hall, Hillsboro. Jim Hattrick MC, also Daryl Clendenin, Darrell Kalmbach and Joyce Hooper. The open break will have lots of appetizers, finger foods, and desserts.
Plan ahead for summer fun. Summer Fest is in Salem, July 19th-21st. If you can only go for one day, Saturday is $25 at the door.
Sometimes we have some fun challenging ourselves by switching guys and gals roles. It is not unusual for a gal to dance the guy’s part although some of the newer dancers says this can be confusing. I found wearing a hat helps. The challenge come when two guys are partners or when a guy and gal switch roles. You really have to know what you are doing to be successful but when you don’t it can get pretty funny. It is a win-win situation.
Earth Day is April 22nd. Give Mother Earth a little love, she needs all the help she can get.
Our plus classes are in full swing so now is the time to brush up on your Plus or come join in the fun of Plus, only $4. No special outfit needed.
The nominating committee has submitted names to the club for consideration. Our slate of officers are
Mike & Sally Duyck - President, Ferrous & Karen Steinka - VP, Marguerite Morin, Secretary, Treasurer, Dolores Fullmer, Leslie Tallman - Delegate, John Semm - Delegate. We vote in April, and take office in June.
We dance every Monday afternoon, even on holidays except Christmas and New Years. Our callers keep us on our toes each week, always seeming to have some new twist to keep our minds sharp. During lessons our schedule is 12:00 - 1:15 class, then 1:15 - 3:00 pm plus and rounds at the Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 NW Cornell Road in Beaverton.
Two weeks later the Hoedowners celebrated their 69th Anniversary Dance. We started the evening with our Annual Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner with baked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, rolls and butter. Then it was upstairs to dance. Darlene Ditsworth decorated the ballroom with vintage club outfits and our wooden dancing couples were decked out in club outfits too. Unfortunately Daryl started feeling ill so Mike Stout stepped in and called for us; a BIG Hoedowner thank you for saving the evening. Dancers congregated downstairs in the dining room for cake and punch. We wrote “69 Years Young” on the quickly devoured cake.
April’s but weeks away so I want to remind you that on April 13th we’ll hold our Circus Dance. Have clowns been able to improve their reputation? No matter, there will be clowns, and other denizens of the big top in attendance. Sorry ladies, Hugh Jackman is unavailable but who doesn’t love circus food??
On April 27th we’ll be off to the Wild, Wild West for our second dance of the month. Is your cowboy hat ready, boots and scarves? Blue jeans are a must and dig out that western belt with the big buckle. A little fringe improves the outfit. Plan to see you along the trail.
We had hoped to retrieve our banner. Unfortunately, three people who had planned to come were indisposed. While we missed them, we had a good time dancing with some long time friends and made some new ones.
This will come out enough ahead of TVC's Fifth Friday dance at the IOOF Hall in Hillsboro for everyone to be reminded in time. We look forward to dancing to our favorite caller, Randy Dibble, and favorite cuer, Jeanine Norden March 30th, with every third tip plus.
Hope to see you there!
By the fourth Saturday we were eager to be dancing again, very few were left sitting on the sidelines and the floor was full!
Plus dancers! Here is something to plan for in April and May: Plus lessons/workshop on Wednesday evenings 7 - 9. There will be dancing for everyone. Beginning April 10th through May 22nd. The cost will be $2.50 per person. We hope you will enjoy this opportunity. Thank you Craig.
In April don't miss our first dance on Friday the 12th, this is our April Showers dance and the ONLY dance in April. We will be dark for April 27th freeing you up to attend Salty Sashayers or Yakima Sashay. We hope you will enjoy those dances then join us again the second Friday of May.
Please remember that our dances are now ending at 9:30pm. 7-8 Plus and advanced rounds, 8-9:30pm Mainstream with rounds. 106 NW 8th, Kelso/Longview intersection on Ocean Beach Hwy. Craig Abercrombie calling and Lonnie Sycks cueing. Our website www.r-square-d.info is a great way to keep track of our club and events or friend us on Facebook.
• April 4th Plus Dance with Darrell Kalmbach and Ken Pratt calling and cueing.
• April 6th Sunset Promenaders are DARK, so they can attend the Valley Squares70th Anniversary Dance.
• April 18thPlus Dance with Mike Stout and Ken Pratt calling and cueing
• April 20th Mainstream Dance with Mike Stout and Ken Pratt calling and cueing with a Pirate theme.
Our Club plans on going to the TVC Spring Fling dance on 5th Saturday March 30th with Randy Dibble calling and Jeanine Norden cueing, the venue is the Hillsboro Odd Fellows Hall. Times are 7:30 Rounds, Mainstream from 8:00 until 10:00.
For those of you that have not been to one of our dances; we are located in downtown Hillsboro at Hillsboro Odd Fellows Hall, 267 E. Main Street. There is plenty of parking either on the street or in the bank parking lot across the street. Our dance hall is a wood floor, and dining area adjacent. Our dances start at 7:00 with intermediate rounds, then at 7:30 to 9:30 the square dance. Come and dance with us so we can become better friends. If you need more information call 503-848-3841.
Tom & Janice Sminia
We had several visitors to our Ducky Dance with lots of ducky themed treats and of course Dinky the HUGE blow up duck was there to MC.
Looking ahead to the April activities, April 5th we are NOT at Kinton Grange, but will be dancing at the IOOF Hall in Hillsboro. That dance will be all Gospel singing calls for our “Heavenly Hoedown” dance.
April 19th is “Hop on over for a good time” dance.
April 28th is our “Spring Celebration Ham Dinner & Bazaar at the Kinton Grange. The hours on this event are 12:00-4:00
We hope to see you at one or all of these fun events.
In April we plan to visit the Valley Squares for their 70th anniversary dance. Also we will hold our annual election of new officers during a dinner in Dundee at La Sierra Mexican Grill, which has a great side room. Tri Squares are planning two April dances: “Pay It Forward” on Saturday, the 13th, when we will be collecting items for the Tigard Good Neighbor Center (for homeless families); and “Grace Notes” on Friday, the 26th, which will have all gospel and singing calls. Our caller and cuer for both dances will be Terry Halley and Sandra Pinion. Hope you can join us!
Our dance on February 27th was cancelled due to the weather.
Our dances in March are on the 13th and the 27th.
Our 3RD ANNIVERSARY DANCE is coming!!! It will be on Wednesday, April 24, at the Winona Grange in Tualatin. 7 to 9 p.m. This will be a Basic Level dance with every third tip Mainstream. Caller will be Janienne Alexander, and the cuer will be Sherri Clark. And, there will be plenty of FOOD during this dance. Save the date!!!
We welcome all new dancers at all levels! If any of our visiting new dancers have trouble with some of the moves, Janienne will gladly workshop the moves with the dancers.
See you around in a square.
We have new cuers: Ken Pratt cues 2nd Friday; Sherri Clark cues 4th Friday
A Cha Cha/Ph III Waltz workshop continues in April preceding the 2nd Friday dance (April 12th), led by Ken and Dianne Pratt, beginning at 6:30 pm. If you want to brush up your round dancing, come on out!
It was much appreciated to have Darrell Kalmbach call our February Plus Dance while Randy Dibble and some of our members were away and on the Dibble Cruise. We were visited by the Promenaders Plus who came to support the Kalmbach/Pratt duo, giving us 3 lively squares! Our anniversary dance was also in February. Randy Dibble called the dance and Sherri Clark cued her first dance for us. We had club visitations from the Sunset Promenaders, who took a banner home with them, Mix and Mingle and the Toe Draggers, as well as guests from a number of other clubs. A big thanks to all who made it out to help us celebrate. We were happy to have 5 squares, especially in light of Tri-Squares having their annual Mardi Gras dance on the same night, which has historically been a well-attended dance.
Ian Craig called our Plus dance in March as Randy Dibble and some members were dancing in Kennewick. We had 2 Squares. Looking forward to better weather for safer travel for the area dances soon.
April 20th dance; Easter Egg Hunt with Scott Zinser calling, 7-8 pm Plus, 8-10 pm Mainstream. We will be hiding eggs (plastic) with goodies inside for you to find.
Valley Squares Members want to thank Daryl Clendenin, Craig Abercrombie, Scott Zinser, Mark Wheeler and Connie Clark for calling and cuing for our Club in February and March. We appreciate each of you.
A bit of Sunshine: Bea Cook (who joined Valley Squares in 1973) fell and broke her hip bone. And a retired, long time member Joe Thomas (he joined in 1974) fell and broke his upper leg. Both are recovering nicely.
Our classes are coming along great. We have 16 students who are having a great time, very energetic.
Questions? Call 541 672 0964
We had to cancel some events at the barn, but are now back to our regular schedule. We started a community game night a few months back and it has been a big success. We open the barn up to the Roseburg community and have games available for everyone. Board games, card games, and even a game of Twister could be found. Everyone that showed up had a great time.
Remember… we are just a short drive south from the Portland area, so plan to join us in the near future. We dance the first and third Saturdays and always enjoy having visitors. We have members of all ages and are a family friendly club.
Robin P. Faltersack