I don't think any dances were held in May. Some counties are slowly opening up, but it's not clear anything will happen in June, either. Stay healthy, and we'll get back to normal sooner or later.
Be sure to check on your club members once in a while. Since we're not seeing everyone regularly, it can get very lonely.
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The Federation held its quarterly meeting by teleconference on May 17. Among other business, the results of the recent election were announced:
The next Federation meeting would have been at Summer Festival. In lieu of its cancellation, we will probably hold another teleconference in July.
The 2020 Summer Festival, which was to be held at the Seaside Convention Center in Seaside on August 21-23, 2020, had to be canceled, due to the governor's orders on large gatherings.
Oregon's Mid-Winter Festival 2020 will be held January 22, 23 and 24, 2021, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany.
The 73rd Silver State Festival in Sparks, NV, scheduled for May 8 to 10, has been canceled.
The 69th National Square Dance Convention® in nearby Spokane, Washington, has been canceled. Refunds will be issued.
The 70th National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Jackson, Mississippi, June 23-26, 2021.
The 71st National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Evansville, Indiana, June 22-25, 2022.
The 72nd National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Mobile, Alabama, June 21-24, 2023.
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:
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Greetings from the Seaside Sashay Committee,
We are set up with a great Sashay planned for this year, however, with the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order we all are currently experiencing we are proceeding cautiously. October 23 & 24th of this year is the planned date and we know the Calling team of Ray Brendzy and Richard Lane are wildly popular with many dancers attending because of their talent. Also, Debbie Taylor, our Cuer, is a huge draw for all the round dancers who attend the Sashay. We will be making a decision about holding our event based on conditions later this year. We want to ensure the health of all our dancers as well as all the people we interact with in Seaside. Also, we have to know that businesses will be open and ready with all the services our dancers need.
Most of the businesses in Seaside are temporarily closed right now so putting together the program book as well as the Passport Promenade is not possible. Our committee is working on solving these and other challenges to make this, our 20th annual Seaside Sashay as sensational as always.
We welcome your continued registrations but will not send out ribbons until later this year. We hope by mid-August we will be able to gauge the situation and make a decision. We hope to bring you a wonderful, affordable weekend of fun in October 2020.
We have distributed registration forms to many clubs in Oregon and Washington but if you don’t have access to one, contact us and we can send a registration form via e-mail or snail mail to you.
Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us at 503-647-5742 or 503-310-3538.
We will continue to work to make the 20th Annual Seaside Sashay the best one ever, we hope you will all attend.
Gary & Joyce Clark Dale & Kathy Worthington Sylvia Davis
May 18, 1935 to May 5, 2020
Sharon Lee Schettek, nee Cluff, age 84, a resident of Independence Village in Naperville, IL, and a former resident of Maple City, MI, Lombard, IL and Portland, OR, passed away on May 5, 2020. She was born on May 18, 1935 in Maple City, MI.
Sharon is survived by her devoted husband, Peter Schettek, Jr., whom she married on August 27,1955; her loving children, Peter (Mary) Schettek, Patty (Kris) Konigsfeld, and Jeff (Pam) Schettek; her adored grandchildren, Kara (Eric) Konigsfeld Hoffman, Caleb (Chelsea) Konigsfeld, Tyler Jefferey Schettek and Amy Rose Schettek; her dear brothers, Raymond and Bob Grubb. She was preceded in death by her father, William Cluff; her mother, Genevieve Grubb and her stepfather, Raymond Grubb; her sisters, Jacqueline Fay( Cluff ) Covey and Charlotte (Grubb)Blonshine and brothers, Frankie and Kenneth Grubb.
Sharon grew up in Maple City, MI and graduated from Maple City High School, Class of 1953. She studied executive secretarial courses at the Davenport Institute and graduated in May of 1954. Throughout her life, Sharon enjoyed working as a receptionist for an eye doctor in Lombard, the Elmhurst Clinic, Good Samaritan Hospital and several doctor's offices in Portland, OR.
Sharon enjoyed taking care of her husband, children, and her grandchildren. She loved to clean and help others clean. She was always willing to help out with any task that someone needed help with, from painting to yard work and all jobs in between. Sharon loved to plant red flowers and roses to decorate around her house. She loved walking, especially along Cannon Beach in Oregon, and polka dancing, line dancing and square dancing. She and Peter were members of the Sunset Promenaders and danced up until their late 70's.
Sharon loved to travel. The family would camp all throughout the United States and would spend two weeks every summer at Schettek’s cottage, on Lake Leelanau in Cedar Michigan. She also visited Europe and treasured her trip to Hawaii. Above all, Sharon loved being around people and was very kind and loving towards others. She loved her friends and was a great friend. One word that perfectly describes her is "caring."
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association - Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631, (847) 933-2413, www.alz.org/illinois
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2020 2:00-5:00 PM at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. Due to the current health crisis and accordance to the CDC guidelines, 10 guests will be allowed into the funeral home at a time. Private Funeral Service to follow at 5:00 PM. Interment will be private. For more information, please call 630-355-0213 or www.friedrich-jones.com
Dec 3, 1929 to April 29, 2020
Carol Jean Dinsmore of Portland, Oregon, passed away on April 29. Carol was born in Seattle to Roy & Ethel Pence. She graduated from West Seattle High School in 1947. After a year of college, she met and married the love of her life for 68 years, Lue Dinsmore. They moved to Portland in 1949, started a family and raising four children. Carol and Lue were active in the Tigard 59'rs and the Tri-Squares square dance clubs, where they enjoyed square dancing for 51 years. She was a talented seamstress, and made their dancewear. She enjoyed camping, clamming, gardening, crocheting, and playing the piano. Carol brought in the spirit of the holidays by gathering around around her piano while she played favorite Christmas songs. She and her family enjoyed many reunions camping together. Her adventurous side led her to New Zealand, where she visited her cousins. She and Lue also traveled to Hawaii and Alaska.
She lived the last three years at Beaverton Hills Assisted Living Residence and adjusted will to the loss of her ever-loving better half. She went on to make new friends and stay active. She was the foundation of our home; her passion and commitment to her family has built a legacy that will go on for generations.
Carol was preceded in death by husband Lue, daughter Sandra Lee, and her great-grandson Carter.
Remembrances in lieu of flowers may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org.
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The Tualatin Valley Council has chosen the June Oregon Round of the Month: "Blue Roses", Phase II Waltz, choreographed by Bill and Beth Davenport, music by Glass Menagerie. [Download your cue sheet here] [https://www.roundalab.org/CuesheetsDL2/Blue%20Roses%2C%20Davenport%2C%20B%26B_Waltz_2.pdf].
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Stay healthy and be safe!
We mostly dance from 2-4PM on Sundays, twice a month at the Emerald square Dance Center in Springfield at 2095 Yolanda in Hall B behind the building which faces Yolanda. We welcome all dancers who can dance at the A-1-A2 level. Sometimes we have a live caller but most of the time we dance to recorded tips. It is always a lot of fun.
We do hope to be back to dancing by next September at which point we expect to be dancing only once a month on the 4th Fridays at the Emerald Square Dance Center at 20th and Yolanda from 7:30 to 10:00, starting with plus at 7:30 and mainstream from 8-10:00PM. Once we can all get back to dancing it will be a blast to see all our friends once again.
Stay healthy; be safe
From what I am hearing from the Governor’s report, we may not be dancing until sometime in September. That being said, our demo season will be on hold as well since many of our venues have now been cancelled. Not sure if we'll have a beginner’s class in September or not as many of our new people come from the demos we are able to do during the summer. Georganne Pfnister
As President of the club, I have tried to send out an email about every two weeks to see how everyone is doing and to keep them updated on what is happening with the club’s business transactions.
I sent out an email with a slate of officers and asked for approval from the paid membership so we could complete the Club Info form on the Federation website. That has been completed and the Corporation Division bill has been paid. So business continues even though we are not dancing soon until the Governor opens up the state more.
Hope you are all doing well and are ready to get back to dancing very soon. Marilyn Schmit
As far as we know, none of our club members have contracted the dreaded virus. We are staying in touch, staying home and hopefully staying sane. We are looking to the future with hopeful expectation that dancing will once again be the highlights of our week. Until then, Yellow Rocks all around. Sheila Machado
Our competition youth went ahead and drew for their cash raffle winners, who are: Carson Clews, Sandra Thomas and Jean Goul. Thank you to all who bought raffle tickets from the kids this year. They really appreciate the support.
We are still in the process of picking a new club caller - harder to discuss and decide via emails. Hope to be out dancing again soon. Petrina Buchheit
Our new President will be Robert Lumsden and V-P will be Tami Helms. The rest of the crew remains the same: Treasurer, Jeff Knapp; Secretary, Eileen Petticrew; State Delegate, Betty Chips; Alt Delegate Tami Helms.
The rumor mill has it that Robert has big plans for us, and so does our very popular cuer, Tami.
According to my predication, the first club to begin dancing will be our Tumbleweeds. This is because they usually have only one square dancing (which is why they might be the first club to dance). Now just imagine what it would be like to have a couple hundred dancers show up for their first dance, and fill their coffer? Oh, their caller, cuer and president would swoon, not to mention their treasurer. Well, maybe later this year?
And if we get too stir crazy, perhaps a flash mob? We’ll have to figure out the social distancing in case the police get there before we disband. Back in the day, callers used to tell us to tighten up our square; now they may tell us to loosen our square!
For the Happy Hoppers, those plans revolve around some amazing people who have agreed to serve as officers for our next dance year. We are delighted to have John and Arlene Kaleta as our incoming presidents. Since Gil Shoemaker enjoys working with students, he has decided to serve as vice president. We are extremely fortunate to have David Whalen continue as treasurer, Tom and Liza Halpenny as secretary, and Janet Linebarger as our PAC delegate. Newcomers to our club, Jim and Pam Roberts, have agreed to serve as our Evergreen Council delegates. What a terrific group! We are looking forward to a year filled with club activities and dances.
However, for the time being, we are canceling our June dances. Hopefully, restrictions will be lifted in time for us to get together at our annual club picnic in August. We are counting on our chefs, Randy Amundson and Don Oja, to fry up some extraordinary hamburgers and hot dogs. Not to be outdone, our club members always bring in outstanding side dishes and desserts. No one ever goes hungry at these events! We are definitely looking forward to resuming our regular schedule in September and hope to see the return of some truly amazing students at lessons and some terrific friends and fellow dancers at our regular dances. Until we can get back together again, stay well and stay in touch with others.
Due to state wide restrictions, all of our dances and activities have been cancelled from March ‘till at least July 6. We will have to wait until the state restrictions are lifted before we can dance again. As soon as we know, we will post this on our web site.
Meanwhile we are preparing for the day we open wide the doors to welcome you all back. These preparations include repairs and prettying up our hall., Ceilings and lights have been replaced in basement, restrooms, stairwell, foyer and coat room. Both bathrooms have been repainted. Two worn areas of our ballroom floor have been refinished and everything has had a good cleaning.
We are ready to welcome you all when that day comes. Meanwhile stay well.
Now that we are in Phase 1 of reopening, there might be a chance of dancing before the end of summer, but we just don't know yet. We miss everyone and hope to be back dancing soon.
Just in case, our currently scheduled dances for June are: June 6th Gumdrops & Yo-Yo's dance with J Domis & Bob Dingman. Pre-rounds at 7pm and MS/Plus at 730. June 20th Soda Shoppe Hop with Chuck Simpkins & Mark McDonald. Please keep an eye out for updates on https://charliebrownsquares.com/ and the Charlie Brown Facebook page!!
Late breaking update -- the Charlies have voted to cancel all June dances. We will try again in July.
We were disappointed to have to cancel Boatnik, but look forward to 2021 with Jet Roberts & Rey(Sherry) Gomez and will look forward to booking Bronc Wise and Peter(Chama) Gomez for a future festival!!
Hang in there and we look forward to getting back to dancing!!
I assume that we, like you are on hiatus from square dancing. I also assume like us, that you miss your square dance friends. Due to the on going guidelines set for social distancing, and Covid-19 We will be canceling our annual Gold Diggers dance. With schools remaining closed we were not able to get the usage of Evergreen School. At this point, we are hoping that our county fair will still be held. If the fair does go as scheduled then we will have our "Pepsi Booth" at the fair, we also have a dance at the fair as a demo and promotion for upcoming classes, so we hope the fair goes as planned. We hope every one stays safe, strong, and in touch with family and friends. I am confident that in time, this to shall pass. We will keep you updated as we get info and as things get back to normal.
Hope to see you soon
The Stars held their annual election of officers on April 9th. They were installed at the Executive Board Meeting May 14th.
The “Teddy Bear” dance originally scheduled for March 28th, has been postponed.
The Alzheimers Benefit Dance scheduled for June 7th has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.
The game night scheduled for May 8th was cancelled and will be scheduled for a later date.
You know what this is getting OLD-the canceling or postponing everything. Now that we're in Phase I, maybe we can start easing into some things.
Not sure about square dancing, but all least getting together with friends and club members for a visit
See you in a square
In keeping with the social distancing guidelines, the TVC dance which was to be held at the Kinton Grange on May 30th has been cancelled.
The TVC and the TVC clubs have been active in ways other than dancing, getting together via Zoom, phone calls, and newsletters. Many have volunteered their services sewing masks for donation to care facilities.
We also held elections via email. Taking office in June will be: President - Mike St.Clair; Vice President - Jan Amerson; Secretary - Andis Garuts; Treasurer - Tammy Leblanc; and State Delegate - Josie Rosenbury.
Some of our member club dancers have found a way to continue dancing, at least dancing for one couple. There are currently five mp3 files available for download from https://buddyweavermusic.podbean.com/
I hope every one is doing well.
We are closed until who knows when. We probably will be in the fourth stage of the governor's plan which means into the summer season. As we are dark because of high temperatures in the grange hall, it seems most likely we will start again in September. If things go exceedingly well, however, we could try to dance once or twice before September. Everyone is anxious to get back.
In the meantime, stay healthy!
I have called a few of our members to learn how they are coping without dancing. Everyone is missing their regular contact time talking as well as the time dancing. I learned I should be calling more. Everyone I called seemed to be glad to hear a familiar voice asking how they were doing. You also hear some good stories. Some of us do things we have never tried before. I did ZOOM for the first time!
We were electing our officers remotely on May 4th. Our new slate of officers are President Sally Duyck, Vice President Ferrous & Karen Steinka, Secretary Judy Martin, Treasurer Mike Duyck, Delegates Leslie Tallman and Alice Hendricks.
Keep your eye on the OFN news. I am sure there will be headlines when it is deemed it is safe to resume contact sports such as ours. Right now please stay 6 feet from me and stay healthy. I want to be dancing with you in the future.
The following message is for your information when life as we used to know begins again: We dance on most holidays. Even if you have a job, you can join us once in a while. Our three callers keep us on our toes as each week one seems to have some new twist to keep our minds sharp. All plus dancers are invited to dance with us on Monday afternoons, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00, at the Aloha Grange, 3425 SW 185th, Beaverton, 97006. Please check for up to date information at www.EagerBeavers.info.
As you might expect, the Hoedowners haven’t been square dancing but we’ve been busy none the less; painting for example. Members have been painting walls, ceilings, trim and paint by numbers. Hoedowners have been cleaning; drawers, floors, windows, closets and garages. We’ve been reading books, magazines, newspapers, online postings and owner’s manuals. We’ve discovered jigsaw puzzles are just as fun at home as on our beach trip. Hoedowners are outside working in their yards; planting, digging, spreading barkdust, gravel, laying pavers and making retaining walls. We’re digging out old recipes and finding new ones on the internet like that recipe for hand sanitizer. We’ve manned our sewing machines to quilt, make masks and finish the old projects that have been languishing in the closet.
Hoedowners are enjoying the great outdoors by walking at a safe distance and greeting other walkers from afar. We’ve been watching a mated pair of mallards, spotted a bull frog, a green tree frog and we’re just waiting for the tadpoles but it’s just a little too early. All the birds are frantically building their nests and we now have time to sit, watch and listen.
And shopping, wow that’s an adventure. We’ve all become online shopping pros ordering the exotic and the mundane. I’ve tried Home Depot curbside pickup, dashed into Costco at 9:30 opening and have put cash away. Covid19 may finally have made cash obsolete because no one wants to touch it except grandchildren.
We’ve discovered Door Dash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmate, and the multitude of restaurants that deliver. We have found some duds but some gems as well. I’ve heard a rumor that there’s a new wing place in Beaverton that is great but they don’t deliver out here in Hillsboro. We may try a drive up there. If you have any recommendations let me know.
A million life experiences have been cancelled; graduations, weddings, reunions, cruises, etc. but most of our problems are small and will pass. As Hoedowner’s we’re just accumulating stories to share when we all get together again.
As for the future, who knows? We’ll keep you posted when we’re ready to take to a square.
We will keep you updated on calendar changes thru this OFN report as well as our website: www.mixandminglesquares.org
Our club secretary, Anne Scott, organized a Zoom meeting for us last week. More than fifteen of us participated, some wearing masks for fun (including one military gas mask!), our club shirts, and badges. It was fun hearing about what everyone is doing. It was such a success that another Zoom meeting is planned soon. Our board will also have a virtual meeting via Zoom for May.
Lane has been keeping us entertained with weekly emails directing us to fun dancing websites. The latest showed three different dances with calls for one couple! We tried it out, and it was great!
Everyone stay safe; we look forward to that first dance after this hiatus!
Decisions for new officers have been made. Our new leader for the coming year is Chris Poole who will take the helm as our President, Marv Pope for VP, Pat Faires as Treasurer, and Judy Howland Secretary. It will be an interesting season for Chris' reign.
Well, dear friends, there won't be anything to report for awhile so, please adhere to safety guidelines so that we will meet again in a square soon. For current information see: www.r-square-d.info.
Our Club’s 2020-2021 election results are: · President - Clay McCaw; Vice President - Dan Browning; Secretary - Melanie LeBlanc; and Treasurer - Candy St Clair.
Our Club has a “Weekly Keep-In-Touch” newsletter that is working well with a lot of interest.
Hoping and Praying all of you are well.
Tom & Janice Sminia
We had our business meeting by Zoom this week, and it worked pretty well. It was nice to see everyons's faces.
We continue to have our monthly board meetings over Zoom. You know, I feel we are very lucky to live in our two beautiful states, with no hurricanes, tornadoes, stifling humidity, etc. Plus we have several months of nice weather to be outdoors, even if we're just walking in the neighborhood. So lucky in this way. But we must keep social-distancing, because the more we do that the sooner we can get back to square dancing. I find inspiration myself by listening to Governor Cuomo's daily press briefings (CNN approx. 8:30am, 30 minutes) because he takes it step-by-step and gives me hope. And if he can handle 19 million people in New York City plus the people upstate, then we as Oregonians and Washingtonians can handle this, like our ancestors handled the wars and pandemics and the Great Depression before us. Stay safe, and stay apart from each other - even though we hate that - to make it sooner that we'll all be dancing together again. One step at a time.
Leonard Snodgrass is new to our club, not as the square dance caller you may know him as, but he is joining us on 2nd Fridays as our new cuer. Leonard is looking forward to broadening our round dance horizons with lessons for us in different rhythms. Our round dancing on 2nd Friday Plus night features intermediate level rounds. (I lose a round dance partner for one dance night, but the club gains a great cuer and teacher, so it’s worth the sacrifice. J)
In the spirit of honoring the stay at home order, the VRD had their semi-annual club meeting and election of officers via a zoom-type meeting. We give a warm thank you to the outgoing officers for their dedication and hard work, and we welcome our new officers now in place eager to serve. The 2020-2021 VRD Officers are: President – Dan Damon (Perrin); Vice President – Sheila Deuber (Tom); Treasurer – Teija Danskey (Stan); Secretary/Club Reporter – Judy Zimmerman (Steve); and Delegates – Perrin Damon (Dan) and Jan Amerson (Terry)
On a sad note, the Newberg Old Fashioned Festival has been cancelled as has the St Paul Rodeo. Traditionally we dance outside on the tennis courts right next to the carnival on 6th and Howard Streets. This is the first time in 39 years the festival has been cancelled. The dance was supposed to be Friday, July 24th.
We trust everyone is persevering ‘lockdown’ doing what they can to stay safe and healthy. We are very much looking forward to dancing with our friends again, hopefully soon.
It has been an honor to serve as VRD’s Secretary/Club Reporter for the past two years. I now pass the baton to Judy Zimmerman. I especially enjoyed being VRD’s delegate for the past year and attending the TVC meetings held at the Spaghetti Factory, delicious food and fellowship with friends. The club will now be officially represented by Perrin Damon and Jan Amerson.