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Oregon Federation News
July 2020

A publication of the Oregon Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs

Printed 12 July 2020
President's Corner

Are we still checking on those we know don’t have someone else to check on them? Please keep that up or if you are not doing so – please start.

Now – what have you been doing since we aren’t dancing? Are you trying out this “couples” square dancing? Are you working on other hobbies? Can we see what you have been doing? Please consider taking a picture and sending it in with a caption to Kathy Roberts to post on the Federation Facebook page or sending to Tim Roberts to put in the OFN.

Who does your club flyer? Can they gather pictures from the club and put together a “what we are doing” flyer to post instead of a dance flyer?

Let us at least hope for good weather so that we can at least be outside in our yards instead of just stuck in the house.

Karyn Buchheit

Editor's Note

Many of our clubs dance in Grange buildings around the state. The state Grange organization has issued some guidance based on the Governor's guidance. Their documents are included in the articles below.

If your county is not yet in Phase 2, then a Grange cannot rent to you at all. If your county is in Phase 2, then they can rent the hall for a dance, but with restrictions. Total occupancy must be based on the 6' distancing rule. So, take the hall size, and divide by 36 (square feet). For a 30' x 50' floor, that means only 42 people can be in the building at once. Everyone attending will need to fill out a form giving their name, address and phone number, in case they need to do "contact tracing". These forms must be kept for 60 days.

Dancing events fall under the guidance for gyms. What that means is no bodily contact except for household members. This would seem to prohibit ALL square dancing, until we get to Phase 3, which means until a vaccine is available.

I'm afraid we are in for a long dry spell.


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Federation Events

Coronavirus Update

Most of our square dance organizations are canceling dances, classes, meetings, and special events in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. We've compiled a list of the cancelations we know about on the Federation's web page here.

Federation Meetings

The next Federation meeting would have been at Summer Festival. In view of its cancellation, we will probably hold another teleconference in July.


Summer Festival

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.


Mid-Winter

Oregon's Mid-Winter Festival 2021 will be held January 22, 23 and 24, 2021, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany. See the article elsewhere in this issue.


Other National Events

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.

The 73rd National Square Dance Convention has just been awarded to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for June of 2024.


Corporation Renewal Status

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:

July 1 -- Blue Mountains Council
July 9 -- Rogue-Sis-Q Council
July 14 -- Beachcombers
July 18 -- Star Promenaders
July 23 -- Eager Beavers
July 23 -- Sagebrush Shufflers
July 24 -- Buzzin Bees
July 25 -- Umpqua Area Council

When & Where

Download a complete list of the Federation club dances this month, all sorted by date and city.

Everything in the When & Where is extracted from the state directory information. If you find that your club information is wrong, you can fix that by going to the directory information area and fixing your data.

Letters and Articles

Click on the title to see the article.

Obituaries

Available Callers & Cuers

You can download this list of callers and cuers who are available and ready to call or cue a dance for you.

Callers:

Daryl Clendenin
14421 SE Jupiter Ct
Milwakie, OR 97267
503-285-7431
daryl@clendenin.net
Cece & Sarge Glidewell
PO Box 1928
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
541-892-6646
541-892-2383
sargenceceg@outlook.com
Henna Yauger
14915 SE Brookfield Dr
Oregon City, OR 97045
503-780-1912
doglady2001@rocketmail.com
Ian Craig
6100 NE 138th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98682
360-931-9134
ian@doplanner.com
Mark Wheeler
6728 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
503-709-9651
wheeler4mj@gmail.com

Cuers:

Cece & Sarge Glidewell
PO Box 1928
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
541-892-6646
541-892-2383
sargenceceg@outlook.com
Joyce Hooper

Beaverton, OR 97005
503-891-0587
ptldrose01@yahoo.com
Rikki Lobato
2230 SW Webster Rd
Grants Pass, OR 97526
541-295-5270
rikkisrounds73@gmail.com
Federation Links
Oregon Round of the Month

The Umpqua Council has chosen the July Oregon Round of the Month: "All His Children II", Phase II+2 Waltz (box finish and interrupted box), choreographed by Karen and Ed Gloodt, music by Henry Mancini and his Orchestra. Download your cue sheet here.

For more information on the Round of the Month, please contact .

Lessons starting in July and August

Everything in this section is taken from the state directory information. If you find that your class information is wrong, you can fix that by going to the directory information area and picking to the "Lessons" tab.


August

Springfield
Spin Cycle Squares
Emerald Square Dance Center
2095 Yolanda Street
Advanced

Contact:


Special Dances
August 21 (3rd Fri)
Eager Beavers
Cancelled Oregon Summer Festival Weekend
Summer Beach Party Seaside
Caller: Daryl Clendenin - Jim Hattrick - Randy D
Cuer: Dave Cooper - cuer
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All the Flyers

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Pictures

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ReVuNQ resumed their waltz class on June 7, suspended since March

Councils & Clubs

Click a council name to go directly to that section.


Blue Mountains Council
No council news received.
Elkhorn Swingers
No club news received.
LaGrande Star Promenaders
No club news received.
Muddy Frogs
No club news received.

Central Oregon Council - Link
No council news received.
High Desert Dancers
No club news received.
Red Rock Squares - Link
No club news received.
Sagebrush Shufflers - Link
No club news received.
Sundown Round Dance Club - Link
No club news received.

Emerald Empire Council - Link
No council news received.
Boots & Sandals - Link
No club news received.
Cascade Callers & Cuers Assoc
We were not able to hold our area's annual benefit dance May 30. We are missing our dances, classes and especially our dancers, but we want everyone to be safe and to be around when we are able to call, cue and dance!

We trust everyone is doing what they can to be safe and that everyone is well and healthy.

Our hall in Springfield was closed around March 9 and will remain closed until further notice. There is nothing at our hall for the month of June. After that, we will see. It's a little difficult to social distance with square dancing. I was talking with a dancer who said if we did "Grand Square" it would take a long time and a big space We both got a laugh out of that. Round dancing is tricky as some of our round dancers do not dance with people living in their households. You can never be too safe with this virus business.

Wishing you all good health,

Christina Corelli, Secretary

Cast A Shadow - Link
As are all the other clubs in this area and around the state, we are sad that there is no square or round dancing being offered at present due to social distancing rules. We are hopeful that in the not too distant future we will have found a way to conduct our dances with good social distancing in mind. But at this point not one has figured out how to do this. On the Internet we’ve seen examples where groups have tried—dancing outdoors and in phantom squares or using social media apps. All seem to be fun experiments but probably would not work well on the advanced level and would require a live caller who really knows that he’s doing to keep track of those phantoms!

When we do get back to dancing, we will look forward to greeting any new or old advanced dancers in our area or any willing to drive in from out of area for our dances held Sunday afternoons once or twice a month from 2 to 4PM at the Emerald Square Dance Center at 2095 Yolanda in Hall B behind the center in Springfield.

Meanwhile we hope all are staying safe and that this too shall pass.

Gaynor Hintz

Club reporter

Misty Valley Cloggers
No club news received.
Single Trees - Link
We have not had a dance since our birthday dance in February. We will all be very rusty when we finally are able to get back to dancing—whenever that may be. Single Trees has been trying to conduct its annual membership drive—at a distance. Unfortunately, without a dance to attend most members seem to be forgetting that dues are due. Our membership dues are going up on September so we hope our members will fill out their forms and get their dues in.

We held elections in March with most of our board remaining in place in their same capacity with the exception of Don Schimonitz who rejoined the board once again. We appreciate his volunteering to help guide our club—at least we will be grateful once we get back to having regular board meetings and dances.

Stay well, fellow dancers,

Gaynor Hintz

Club Reporter

Spin Cycle Squares - Link
We have not had a dance since the end of February. We hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy. We look forward to dancing with you on Sundays again in the near future.

We are dark the full month of June.

One of our members, Patrick Finn, moved to Wisconsin. He had a small farm with animals in Lebanon and before that, Myrtle Creek. We had a farewell 'party' in the parking lot with six vehicles in a huge circle and 7 people sitting on tailgates chatting. Social distancing at its best! Patrick was there with his dog, Molly. Molly is a Lab/Mastiff mix, so is huge. She's a sweetheart! We took this opportunity to bid Patrick farewell and good luck. We're happy he's in Wisconsin close to family, but we miss him. FYI, Patrick's animals did not go to Wisconsin. They have new homes here in Oregon.

Stay safe and healthy,

Christina Corelli - Member-At-Large

Sweet Home Squarenaders
No club news received.
Whirl-A-Ways - Link
No club news received.
Wolf Pack - Link
No club news received.

Interstate Highlanders
No council news received.
Klamath Country Squares
No club news received.

Mid-Willamette Council - Link
No council news received.
Braids & Braves
Sadly, our only news is that we lost one of our newer dancers, Dan Bonfield.

Carmen

Capitol Callers & Cuers Assoc - Link
No club news received.
Cherry City Cloggers - Link
No club news received.
Corvallis Squares - Link
No club news received.
Golden Squares
No club news received.
Independence Wagon Wheelers - Link
No club news received.
Lebanon Square Circlers - Link
No club news received.
ORDTA - Link
No club news received.
ReVuN'Q
ReVuNQ started dancing again on June 4 with 4.5 couples for the first night dancing since March. We did a lot of review to see how much we needed to remember.

We decided to try our 44th birthday dance on June 25 when hopefully Marion County is in Phase 2 and we can have 50 people in the dance hall. There is plenty of room for social distancing and we have a full candy bowl for refreshments temporarily. Come and see us, bring your own refreshments, no fresh food and surfaces will be disinfected after everyone leaves.

Stephanie Lozano is taking the summer off to care for her husband John, who had major heart surgery on May 4. He is home and working on getting his strength back.

We look forward to seeing some intermediate round dancers to get some floor time in and getting to see people after being home for so long.

Marilyn Schmit

Salem Swingin' Stars
Hello and Yellow Rocks to all of our beloved dancers and Friends. We miss you all. Due to the continued restrictions, we did not dance in June but we are hopeful that July will bring us news that we may be able to gather once again.

Stay safe, stay sane and stay in touch.

Sheila

Silver City Squares
Well, we are now in our "normal" dark season.

We will be looking for a new club cuer this fall as well as a caller. Frances is moving to California to be close to her family there. So once we are able to hold dances again, we will be doing guest callers and cuers for a few dances.

Our usual parades and demos are still undecided as the groups putting them on have not yet made a final decision on if they will still be happening.

Hope to see you soon.

Petrina Buchheit

Timber Twirlers - Link
No club news received.
Willamette Squares
No club news received.

Portland Area Council - Link
My revelation is still our Tumbleweeds club being the first sq. club to get back to dancing in our area. Instead of their usual one square, there will be dancers lined up clear around their building, waving their $5 bills, and clamoring to get in.

Although not in our council, we’re looking jealously at Re-Vu-NQ in Salem for getting back to dancing. Just call Marilyn Schmit (503-508-0539) for reservations. Ah, yes, whoever would’ve “thunk” we’d have to have reservations for a dance? - Gotta be flexible!

And speaking of being flexible, let’s not forget the Boring Barn is holding line dance class. I can’t find anything about them, but if they were a federated club maybe I could? Anyway, contact anyone at the Cut-Ups for more info.

As I think about it, it would be a great time to have a flash mob downtown. Of course, we’d still need to practice social distancing - unless we gather after about 8:PM. (grin). And by the time the police made their way to us, we’d all be standing around saying, “Dance? What dance? I don’t see any dance.” Who knows? It might even bless us with free publicity from the overhead helicopter and furnish us with a few recruits for our classes. All we have to do is find a caller who will bring the sound equipment on a bus!

Jim Schira


July 31 (5th Fri)
5th Friday dance
Dark
Bachelor N Bachelorettes - Link
About a month ago, our president called each of us individually and said he was taking a poll of how many of our members were still alive! How very thoughtful of him as it was election time and, besides, we are told to check on our elderly people to make sure they are okay.

Our board is the same as last fiscal year, since we never held elections.

Jim

Buzzin Bees
No club news received.
Chaps & Petticoats - Link
Hello Everyone,

Sooo what’s happening in your area? In our local counties of Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill, there are no square dances, grange events or other county fairs/events (including the Oregon State Fair) happening right into early September.

In the Square (and Round) dance world: we greet with hugs (or handshakes), we dance holding hands and with other partners to form a circle or square. We could cut out the hugs part, but without contact and voice communication, we cannot dance! Thus Chaps and Petticoats, made the decision to close through August. We shall concentrate our energies on gearing up for square dance classes come mid-September.

In this ‘alternate universe’ time, Maplewood Grange is also closed to rentals (that’s us) until the “lockdown of mass-gatherings” and full-building sterilization policies are lifted, as there is not enough staff to provide (nearly) full-time janitorial cleanliness. On a positive note, however, the lockdown has allowed us to pool our man-power and make much-desired improvements to Maplewood Grange...we hope to share the upgrades with you in the near future...hopefully September.

We are glad to have the OFN as a means of staying in-touch.

Stay healthy,

Betty Chipps

Country Cut-Ups - Link
The Country Cut-Ups have new presidents; Robert and Young Lumsden, congratulations. Robert is also the PAC president, so he will be busy doing both and I am sure that he is capable. As everyone else, we are waiting for the county and state to tell us when we can start square dancing again. Club member, Lynn Wunische, has started her line dancing lessons back up at the barn, making sure that they are keeping within the state guidelines for social distancing.

Ron Rasmussen

Happy Hoppers - Link
In last month’s news report I talked about the proverbial questions from children on a road trip with their family: “Are we there yet?” and “How much longer will it be?” Well, the obvious answer is, “Not yet.” However, unlike that road trip, we are at this time inching forward to the time when we will be able to resume our favorite activities with our square dancing friends. Things have begun to open up and Happy Hoppers are keeping the faith and hoping to be able to have our August picnic as well as resuming dancing and lessons in September.

In the meantime, our new officers will assume their responsibilities in July. We are fortunate to have some terrific people on next year’s board; some of them are new members and some are returning board members. We are looking forward to the fresh ideas and enthusiasm this new board will bring to the club’s activities.

As we move forward, we are grateful for the service many of our board members have provided this year and in previous years. Gil Shoemaker, our past president, was a constant source of new ideas. Tom and Liza Halpenny, our current and past secretary, have kept the club in the twenty first century with their knowledge of computer technology and social platforms. Tom is an amazing secretary who keeps our club information on our web page and on Facebook. He and Liza are also the ones who introduced the board to Zoom which has enabled our meetings to take place. David Whalen, as treasurer, has kept our financial issues in order. This can be a particularly time-consuming activity, and he has devoted considerable time to making sure our finances are in good order.

Beyond our club, special thanks should be given to Jim Schira who is the PAC area editor for the OFN. Jim sends humorous and thoughtful reminders each month, collects the articles, and sends them in to the OFN. A huge thank you also goes to Tim Roberts who is the OFN editor. He does an amazing job of keeping our club news and information available to all dancers. We also appreciate how patient and informative he is when helping technologically challenged contributors with questions about how to get information or pictures correctly sent in for publication. Oregon is truly fortunate to have him at the helm of the OFN.

With people like the aforementioned club officers, council, and state members who contribute so much to our fine activity, there is no doubt that once this COVID -19 is contained, square dancing will be back there for everyone to enjoy.

Jean Tolstrup

Heads to the Center - Link
No club news received.
Oaky Doaks - Link
No club news received.
River City Dancers - Link
Due to COVID 19, we will put our club on pause for the time being. Our club board of directors have been holding teleconference style meetings including elections of officers. We will remain in a holding pattern until we have an idea of how it will be possible to square dance safely in the future.

Bottom line is we miss you all, hope you remain healthy and we will let you know when we can dance again.

Carol Mendenhall

Rosetown Ramblers - Link
Once we were happy but now we’re dismayed

Because of this virus at home we have stayed

The dance halls are silent where once music played

While six feet apart we just can’t promenade.

It’s been 12 long weeks since we chained down the line,

Or you swung your partner, while I swung mine.

But if you asked, we’d say we’re doing fine

Though not really sitting on cloud nine.

No May graduation, with cake and balloon,

And we canceled our dance in June

We hope in September we can resume,

But can’t say for sure—it’s still far too soon.

So many activities they’ve had to annul

Life without dancing has sure turned out dull

Though once our social calendars were full

We’re now stuck at home, just shooting the bull.

Can’t wait for the day they reopen the halls

And once again they are ringing with calls

In the grand scheme of things, not dancing is small,

But we sure miss hanging and laughing with y’all.

Keep up the hygiene and washing of hands

To check the virus’s spread through our lands

Soon we’ll be back to left allemands

And yellow rocks will be part of our plans.

SYIAS!

Jeff Knapp, President

Tumbleweeds - Link
No club news received.

Rogue-Sis-Q Council
Council activities are currently in holding pattern. We haven't had a meeting; but we have one scheduled in August - and hope that it will happen. The July Council dance is still scheduled; and we will determine if we will cancel in the next few weeks. Officer elections will hopefully take place in August.


July 10 (2nd Fri)
Youth dance
6:30 PM
Fruitdale Grange, Grants Pass
Charlie Brown Squares - Link
The Charlie's are still in a holding pattern with no classes or dances happening since Mid March. We sure miss everyone. New Club officer were elected on 6/18. We have a dance on July 18th, but we will decide soon if that will be able to take place. Watch the Facebook page/website to find out. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact a board member.

Hope to be dancing again soon and hope everyone is staying well!! We will be having a Boatnik Meeting soon and finalize flyers for the 2021 Festival with Jet Roberts & Rey (Sherry) Garza.

Circle-N-Square
Greetings from Yreka

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We recently learned that the county fair has been canceled, which means we will not be dancing anytime soon. At this point in time it appears it will be Sep. or Oct. before we will get back to dancing. Our Birthday dance is usually in Sep. I guess all we can do is hope that dance happens. There will be lots of things to look at before we make a decision, for example, where to dance, a caller, and what current regulations we will have to look at. I do want to say that when we do have a dance it will be FREE, to all dancers. It will be our way of welcoming all of our friends back. We are being very cautious about when and where to start back. We are watching what other clubs and callers are doing before we jump back into things. Whether a person believes this whole thing is some kind of big scam, political, driven by Politicians, large corporations etc. I personally don't want to be the one in a thousand club or caller that has a dancer become infected with this virus. For me it is hard to grasp how all of this has impacted our life, mainly because it hasn't hit home for me, meaning I don't have any family or friends that have this virus, and most of the cases are hundreds or thousands of miles away. Our group of dancers are very special to us. One had a double lung transplant, one has terminal cancer, one has advanced Parkinson's, another person's back had been broken in two places, two are considered legally deaf. As you can see my group is fragile so being cautious is a priority. Please stay safe, strong, and keep faith that God will guide us and our leaders thru these weird times.

Hope to see you soon

Dean & Sherrie

Star Promenaders - Link
A note from Diamond Lake chairpersons:

It is with a heavy heart we announce the Club voted on June 11, 2020 to cancel this year's Diamond Lake Festival. Be assured this decision was not made lightly. We reviewed all the Phase 2 guidance papers, called their hotline and worked out an easy way to square dance without touching.

Under the guidelines, it appears we could have technically held the festival, but realized it would not take much for just a few people to mess us up if they ignored the festival rules. This could potentially result in the Forest Service "pulling" the permit under which the Diamond Lake Resort operates, putting their entire organization at risk. With major concerns over putting the Resort at any risk, concern over the Phase 2 restrictions, and concern over spreading the COVID-19 virus itself, we concluded that we shouldn't hold the Festival this year.

So, let's look forward to next year's Festival and make up for lost time with Ray Brendzy and Christina Corelli.

The Teddy Bear & Alzheimer Benefit Dances are still on hold. We hope to get them scheduled as soon as we can have a dance or two. Stay tuned for more information on these two very worthy causes.

Mary Moody is going to have her "Annual Memorial Day Picnic" on August 16th.

The Stars had a "Game Night" on June 26th. It was very interesting, with social distancing and all. Everyone had a good time anyway. I imagine it was more because they could get out and "socialize" instead of staying home.

You know what, this is getting "OLD" - the canceling or postponing everything.

See you in a square


July 22 (4th Wed)
Diamond Lake Square Dance Festival
Dark

South Coast Council
No council news received.
Beachcombers - Link
No club news received.
Crook County Mavericks
No club news received.
Saints-N-Aints - Link
No club news received.
Sets In Order - Link
No club news received.

Tualatin Valley Council - Link
A message from the TVC President, Mike St. Clair: "Just thought I would touch base with all. Most of the Counties are in stage one for how long who knows but that is a positive thing. I can not say what the future is going to bring but think positive. We still can not get more than 25 people in one group and I think that with the virus still out there we are better off being careful. Most of our members are on the older side of the scale. I know we are all missing dancing but there is no reason to take any chances at this point. I hope everyone is doing well and have not gone CRAZY YET. Stay in touch..."

One of our TVC clubs is exploring the possibility of beginning to gather for Round dance only. Limiting the number of couples to meet guidelines along with keeping the dance circle large to comply with distancing may be a starting point. Like square dancing, round dancing is also a contact sport but with cohabitating couples it should not be a problem.

Please stay safe until we can meet on the dance floor again.

Ferrous Steinka

Columbia River Dancers - Link
The CRD’s wished and wished we were dancing, but it was not to be. We do have a group of people do some line dancing via Zoom. The are getting together and learning and socializing on the web.

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!

Nick Johnson

Eager Beavers - Link
RIP Summer Festival of 2020. We fondly remember all the wonderful plans we made just for you. After a year of rest we look forward to Summer Festival in 2021. Personally I had a wonderful time visiting clubs advertising the festival. Many of these I had never visited and learned I had been missing out meeting some really friendly and special dancers. This period of isolation has taught me exploring new places and meeting new people is exciting and we all need to do this more often.

We are still hoping to meet up for our Picnic August 12th at Noble Woods Park. Here we will be outside and even be six feet apart and will bring our individual food and drinks instead of a buffet. A final decision has not yet been made.

When, o when, will we dance again? No one knows but I think we may have to take some remedial lessons by the time we do. I hope the callers will take it easy on us.

While we wait to dance reach out to someone by phone, text, email, or what ever you fancy just to say “How are you?” Help out the postal service by mailing a letter. In the meantime hold out hope to attend planned dances in the future.

We lost two dear long time members in May. Don Layton and Grace Phares. Grace was 99 years young, and was buried in her burgundy and white club outfit.

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.

Rachel Nettleton


July 6 (1st Mon)
No Dances
8:00 AM
View Flyer
Hayshakers - Link
No club news received.
Hoedowners - Link
May was another month under our Covid 19 belts. What happened? Nothing on the dance floor unless you’re Chet Wolter who’s been practicing rounds most days. A few members have wandered to second homes or ventured out in RV’s. Thank goodness for sunshine and mostly sunny weather as walking has become exercise #1. I’m taking a long hard look at the wireless earbuds like my granddaughters use.

At our house we’ve pretty much given up on television sporting events. The cause?

- Everything’s a rerun. The 1975 Rose Bowl was just terrible football. Can you punt?

- On ESPN2 we found the 2020 Canadian Axe throwing championship which was compelling for a while as they were throwing axes in a tavern while drinking adult beverages.

- ESPN2 also offered a rock skipping competition recorded on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The island was scenic, the competitors were plentiful but I couldn’t tell how many skips there were with the waves rolling in. The play-by-play guy was willing to take the word of the judges as you really couldn’t tell.

- But my favorite was the Johnsonville Brat Corn Hole competition. Now the Hoedowners are known for their Turkey Toss Dance each November which uses corn bags and boards. We always have corn hole to play when we have a beach trip so I felt this held more interest and had practical applications. I found out they spin the bags while throwing but EEEGADS professional corn hole bags have a sticky side (suede). It was like finding out footballs and golf balls have GPS. I’ll try to use the experience as an instructional video but I still have to get the bag to the board.

If I’m leaving the house, I don’t worry about what clothes to wear but which mask to bring; black, white, polka dot or floral. On the one hand, time weighs heavy and yet by the time the sun goes down I wonder where the day went. Everyone misses everyone but we’re so happy that the Hoedowners have avoided the virus and remain healthy.

We’ll see it again; haircuts, pedicures, manicures, sitting in a restaurant, joining friends for a cup of coffee or a dinner out, dancing at the Aloha Grange, finger foods at dances, sitting closer than six feet and giving everyone a hug.

The Hoedowners are making summer plans and soon we’ll tell you all about it. Until then keep up the good work.

Krystal Laas

Mix N Mingle - Link
There’s not much happening with M&M’s these days what with our summer hiatus and all but we did want to send a “Happy Birthday” shout out to our club caller, Randy Dibble! Both he and Jeanine Norden have been with us for 20 years now and are very special people to the M&M’s and the square dance community. We love them and look forward to seeing them in September.

We will keep you updated on calendar changes thru this OFN report as well as our website: www.mixandminglesquares.org

Lindie Noonan

Oak Hills Squares - Link
No club news received.
R Square D - Link
Dear square dance friends, This has been an interesting time hasn't it? During our usual square dance calendar, clubs would be shifting to summer schedules, most only having a specialty dance or two. R Square D would have been changing to Wednesday dances until September. But that was then, this is now.

And so, as the rest of you, we wait. Our club will do a reassessment in July. One of the considerations will be the Octoberfest dance. Please watch for that decision as the time for communicating our plans will be short by then.

By the time we dance again we will need a refresher on those more complicated calls. No concern there, Craig does an excellent job of getting us moving around the square.

Blessings to you all, and may you be healthy until we meet again in a square. For current information see: www.r-square-d.info.

Annie Tietze


July 8 (2nd Wed)
Crazy T-Shirt Dance (Casual/Ice Cream Su
Dark

July 22 (4th Wed)
Hawaiian Dance (Casual/Banana Splits)
Dark
Sunset Promenaders - Link
No club news received.
Toe Draggers - Link
I’m very happy to report that the Toe’s are doing well and in good spirits. Lots of us are things like, yard work, home repairs, organizational stuff, etc. along with lots of positive thinking and helping others in our communities.

It will be so wonderful to get back to dancing and yellow rocking all our friends again! Until then, keep safe & rock on.

Kathy Degman

Tri Squares - Link
Our Board has been meeting regularly as usual on Zoom, which has been working well for us. And since it’s nearly time to pay membership dues, the board voted to give members the options of 1) paying a small amount now to maintain membership and to help cover some upcoming regular costs for this year, with additional dues prorated later if we begin dancing again, or 2) paying the full membership now, which would help bolster our finances for eventual reopening.

Here’s hoping we all keep following social distancing guidelines so that when reopening happens we stay open and dance again soon.

Gloria Davis

Valley River Dancers - Link
The Valley River Dancers (VRD) are still anxiously awaiting the time when we will be able to get back to dancing when it is deemed safe to do so. As of this time we do not have any new news to report or up coming dances to invite you to attend.

We hope all is well with our fellow dancers and look forward to the time when we can meet once again.

Wishing you the best,

Judy Zimmerman

Valley Squares - Link
Well, not much has changed, we are still all DARK, it looks like until September or longer. Have patience everyone, we'll get back together again. Keep the faith.

Carolene Siebert

Wave Steppers - Link
No club news received.

Umpqua Area Council - Link
No council news received.
Buckeroo - Link
No club news received.
Dancing Friends - Link
No club news received.
Timber 8's - Link
No club news received.


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