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Oregon Federation News
August 2020

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

Printed 21 August 2020
Editor's Note

Thanks for keeping the spirit alive. Some of the callers are having discussion on Facebook on how we bring our activity back once the restrictions are lifted. Many of us will be rusty, and square dancing will certainly not be "top of mind" for the rest of the public.

The table below shows a number of clubs starting lessons in August and September. At this point, it is unlikely that any clubs will actually be starting lessons at that time. I'm leaving the listings here, but you'll need to contact folks to find out for sure.

By the way, I have changed the way lessons are stored. In the past, if you showed lessons starting in September, the system would have your lessons start EVERY September. Now, it will ask you to enter the exact date your lessons begin. That way, I don't display old lesson information any more.

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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 Federation held a teleconference on July 12, in lieu of Summer Festival The next Federation meeting will be a teleconference on September 20, where our new officers will take over.

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.


Oregon's Mid-Winter Festival 2021 will be held January 22, 23 and 24, 2021, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany. At this time, they are still planning to go forward.

Other National Events

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:

August 21 -- R Square D
August 23 -- Portland 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

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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.


Daryl Clendenin
14421 SE Jupiter Ct
Milwakie, OR 97267
Cece & Sarge Glidewell
PO Box 1928
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Henna Yauger
14915 SE Brookfield Dr
Oregon City, OR 97045
Ian Craig
6100 NE 138th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98682
Mark Wheeler
6728 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206


Cece & Sarge Glidewell
PO Box 1928
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Joyce Hooper

Beaverton, OR 97005
Rikki Lobato
2230 SW Webster Rd
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Federation Links
Oregon Round of the Month

The Blue Mountains Council has chosen the August Oregon Round of the Month: "Down on the Farm", Phase II Two Step, choreographed by Connie Ritchie, music by Tim McGraw. Download your cue sheet here.

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

Lessons starting in August and September

Please note that, due to the coronavirus, there will probably not be any square dance lessons this fall.

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.

Country Cut-Ups
Boring Barn
13987 SE Richey Rd.
Thursdays, 7:30 PM Starting 9/10/20
Contact: Young Lumsden (503) 791-7779
Salem, OR
Salem Square Dance Center
3695 45th Av NE
Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Contact: Marilyn Schmit 503-508-0539
Port Orford
Crook County Mavericks
Beachcombers Cove
43452 Nicholson Dr
Contact: Dave Cooper 541-771-1706 or email cooper
Buckeroo Barn
5051 NE Stephens St
September 14,2020 Mondays, 6:00 PM
Contact: buckeroomembershiplessons@gmail.com
Vancouver, WA
Happy Hoppers
Washington Grange #82
7701 NE Ward Rd
Mondays, starting Sep 14 at 7:30 pm
Contact: 360-450-7029 Gil Shoemaker
Vancouver, WA
Happy Hoppers
Washington Grange #82
7701 NE Ward Rd
Mondays, starting Sep 14 at 6:30 pm
Contact: 360-450-7029 Gil Shoemaker
Tri Squares
Tigard Grange
13770 SW Pacific Hwy.
Sundays, 2:00 - 3:15pm (first day Sept. 22)
Contact: Trisquares.Info@gmail.com
High Desert Dancers
Pine Forest Grange
63214 Boyd Acres Rd
Thur/Sun, 6:00---8:00 pm, September 24-November 19
Contact: Kay Bithell, 541-382-7014

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
View Flyer
October 9 (2nd Fri)
R Square D
Octoberfest Weekend
7:00-8:00 Pre-Rounds; 8:00-10:00 MS w/Rounds
Catlin Grange, Kelso
Caller: Craig Abercrombie; Adam Christman
Cuer: Susan Healea
View Flyer

All the Flyers

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Councils & Clubs

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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.

August 6 (1st Thu)
CANCELLED - Central Oregon Round Up 'Tra
Time is from 7-10pm No Ribbons required.
Sisters Community Church, Sisters
Caller: Regional Callers on Stage
Cuer: Regional Cuers on Stage
View Flyer

August 7 (1st Fri)
CANCELLED - Central Oregon Round Up -
2-4pm Regional Callers, 4-5pm Advanced, 7-10pm MS w/Plus Tip
Sisters High School, Sisters
Caller: Jet Roberts
Cuer: Mary Ann Callahan
View Flyer
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
Our next scheduled dance is supposed to be October 31, but with the coronavirus/COVID-19 still active and growing, we will have to wait and see.

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 July that I am aware of. After that, we will see. It's a little difficult to social distance with square dancing.

You can never be too safe with this virus business.

Wishing you all good health,

Christina Corelli, Secretary

Cast A Shadow - Link
We haven’t danced since February and do not expect to be dancing until there is a vaccine available to prevent getting this terrible infection. We see that some clubs around the state and nation have tried using “noodles” cut into quarters so that there is no hand contact but that doesn’t meet social distancing requirements and most people agree they cannot dance and wear a mask. With all the restrictions we are not going to take any chances.

Stay well; stay safe.

We’ll see friends in a square when it’s safe to do so.

Gaynor Hintz

Club Reporter

Misty Valley Cloggers
No club news received.
Single Trees - Link
Like others we haven’t danced since February since our last dance in February was canceled when the hall was rented to the Eugene Opera for rehearsals and then we canceled our 2nd Friday dance in March learning of how contagious this virus was and that there were cases close by in Lebanon. We are canceling our dances for July and August and will hope something will break by September.

We normally have our club’s annual picnic at Suzanne Peterson’s country home near Eugene in July when the blueberries are ripe for picking, but our club members decided to be prudent and put it off until perhaps September. We will take another poll to see how many want to pack their own picnic and sit out under the beautiful shade trees and talk. The property is always lovely but many of the summer flowers will be gone of course. Still it would be fun to see those who want to come socialize for a while.

Gaynor Hintz

Club Reporter and Vice President

Spin Cycle Squares - Link
We have not had a dance since the end of February, and are dark the full month of July.

We learned that Patrick and his dog, Molly, made it to Wisconsin where Patrick has family. Unfortunately, Molly, Patrick's dog, passed away. She had fluid in her lungs and was in pain. We are so sorry that Patrick lost both his big dogs. One died here in Oregon before the move and Molly after that.

We are continuing to rent the parking lot at the dance hall for a short visit on Sundays. We back our vehicles in a huge circle and either sit on our tailgates or bring a lawn chair. We can visit and see each other and maintain a safe distance. It works.

Stay safe and healthy,

Christina Corelli


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
No club news received.
Capitol Callers & Cuers Assoc - Link
No club news received.
Cherry City Cloggers - Link
No club news received.
Corvallis Squares - Link
We are sad to lose longtime member Debbie Hackleman on June 28, following a stroke. Deb and David have been pillars of our square dance club and Deb was often sitting at the front table greeting dancers as they arrived. Her kind and thoughtful manner touched many hearts. We will miss you, Deb!
Golden Squares
No club news received.
Independence Wagon Wheelers - Link
We were finally able to have a board meeting and now the new club officers can officially start their duties. Our new president is Teresa O’Neill, new secretary is Cheri Batterson and new Sunshine Ronda Whaley. All other officers remained the same. Of course, we are not doing any dancing. We would have been dark in August for the Polk County Fair, but that isn’t happening either!

IWW for years has supported Windsor Place (a group of homes in Salem for brain injured adults) with two coffee drives; one in July and one in December. We couldn’t collect coffee this July but still found a way to support them with monetary contributions from our club members.

I would say “see you at a dance”, but since no one has figured out how to dance and social distance, I will just say stay safe! LaVerne Bennett

Lebanon Square Circlers - Link
No club news received.
ORDTA - Link
No club news received.
The club celebrated their 44th birthday on June 25 with 27 dancers and a cuer in attendance. Randy Lewis was the guest cuer and cued rounds from Phase 2-4 and did some higher level dances at the end for those who were still in attendance.

The club is in the planning stages for a Saturday round dance event for an afternoon or evening time frame. It will be for those who are unable to attend during the week.

There is also some planning in the works to sponsor a two- step class so after they graduate they can maybe feel comfortable to move up to an intermediate level class the following year. That will give them time to get in some floor time and have the steps mastered before attempting the Phase 3 level. Stay tuned for more details on Facebook. Marilyn Schmit

August 15 (3rd Sat)
Saturday Afternoon Round Dance
Afternoon of round dancing
Salem Square Dance Center, Salem
Cuer: Randy Lewis
View Flyer
Salem Swingin' Stars
No club news received.
Silver City Squares
We really have only two things to report on as not much else is happening. Frances Herigstad has moved to California to be closer to her family there. We will miss her. Once we are allowed to dance again, we will be having guest callers and cuers until we decide on new ones.

Our youth have received some information on the next Teen Festival. Projected dates are May 8 & 9, 2021 as long as everything works out. The kids will have new pins to sell sometime in September. Petrina Buchheit

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

Portland Area Council - Link
No council news received.
Bachelor N Bachelorettes - Link
No club news received.
Buzzin Bees
No club news received.
Chaps & Petticoats - Link
No club news received.
Country Cut-Ups - Link
No club news received.
Happy Hoppers - Link
Hello Dancers, from the Happy Hoppers. The questions we are facing these days are how to stay motivated, how to stay connected, and how to keep our clubs alive. It looks like it will be quite a while before we can gather to do social dancing. It was recently suggested by one of our board members that round dancing might be the first to come back since we can do it with a partner we live with, we don’t have to change partners, and we can keep a good social distance. And probably wearing a mask! But we are keeping an eye on the governor’s decisions and our own concerns about when it will be safe to resume lessons and dances.

At our recent Zoom board meeting it was decided (reluctantly) that we will not have our yearly picnic in August. We will revisit the question again at each board meeting to determine if we will be able to have one at a later time this year.

So, it seems like staying connected to our members becomes the most difficult and most important task. To this end we are trying to generate some group emails that let people share what they’ve been up to while staying close to home. So far, not a great response but we’ll keep trying. Also, one of our esteemed members has started calling people she knows that are living alone to see how they are doing. What a great contribution. Thank you, Jackie Amundson! Another great idea was presented to listen to Buddy Weaver’s videos: Square Dancing for One Couple. Not perfect but keeps the calls in our minds and we can do it in our homes. So stay tuned. Next month we will

hopefully have a more optimistic report.

Janet Linebarger

Heads to the Center - Link
No club news received.
Oaky Doaks - Link
No club news received.
River City Dancers - Link
Writing this just to let you know we are still here and still in a holding pattern (so to speak.) Due to COVID 19, we are still not dancing. We are all hoping and praying that it will not be much longer before we will be able to dance together again. In the meantime, we are putting safety first and not dancing until safe to do so.

We miss all our square dance family and hope you are staying safe and well. When we can safely dance again, we will let you know.

Carol Mendenhall

Rosetown Ramblers - Link
We are now in Week 17 of the Ramblers Respite. In an effort to relieve our ennui, we had a Rambler Rendezvous in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood on Sunday, July 5. We took a two-mile Ramble through the neighborhood. Because we were outside and we all wore masks, we felt this was a relatively safe activity and a nice way to check in with other club members. We saw some beautiful and bucolic scenery along the pristine Crystal Springs Creek in the middle of the city. What a nice break from our routines!

We will plan another Ramble in August to try to maintain ties among our club members.

The square dance news is less positive. We continue to be on indefinite suspension. We have formally canceled our September monthly dance on September 12. We have also canceled our Scares and Squares dance weekend scheduled for October 23-25.

Wishing patience and good health to all.

Jeff Knapp, President

Tumbleweeds - Link
No club news received.

Rogue-Sis-Q Council
No council news received.
Charlie Brown Squares - Link
No club news received.
No club news received.
Star Promenaders - Link
No club news received.

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: "I have heard from some of the Delegates and they all agree we should cancel the Meeting and Dance in September that the TVC was scheduled to host for the Federation meeting, so I am making the call and it will be canceled. We don’t want to put our people in jeopardy. I am sending this to our State Delegate Josie Rosenbury, also Kathy Roberts, so they can take this to the meeting in July."

One of our TVC clubs, Hoedowners, have been having dances on Saturday evenings for Round dancing only. They are limiting the number of couples to meet current guidelines along with requiring the wearing of masks. Those who participate must have their temperature taken upon entrance. Be sure to contact someone in the club before venturing out as space is limited to 12 couples.

Please, wear a mask in public places and stay safe until we can meet on the dance floor again.

Ferrous Steinka

Columbia River Dancers - Link
No club news received.
Eager Beavers - Link
“When will this ever end? When can we dance again?” is a heard again and again from my dancing friends. Maybe this refrain should be the repeated chorus of a song. I think most of our members are trying to keep themselves healthy to be ready when we get the call to “come to the dance tonight”. That will be a happy day. Keep your fingers crossed and keep those future dates for dances circled on your calendar. Even pandemics come to an end one way or another.

Thanks to all those people who have been sharing on OFN and Face Book how to dance just as a couple or as one. Some people are doing round dances with a limit on total number of people. Keep all these ideas coming!

Keep checking for our start date at www.EagerBeavers.info.

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

Rachel Nettleton

August 3 (1st Mon)
No dances due to covid-19
1:00 PM
Aloha Grange, Aloha
View Flyer

August 21 (3rd Fri)
Cancelled Oregon Summer Festival Weekend
Summer Beach Party Seaside
Caller: Daryl Clendenin - Jim Hattrick - Randy D
Cuer: Dave Cooper - cuer
View Flyer
Hayshakers - Link
No club news received.
Hoedowners - Link
No club news received.
Mix N Mingle - Link
August makes me think of picnics! Back in the old days, when Bill Helms was our caller, the 3 clubs for which he called (Fun Lovers, Rose City Squares, M&M’s) would get together for a potluck picnic up in the grassy area next to Capitol Community Center. It was always a good time with lots of food, BBQ burgers and camaraderie. When circumstances changed, the M&M’s continued to have their own Club picnic but moved it to Tualatin Park which was just around the corner from where we danced. We were always especially pleased to see Dan arrive with his ice cream maker - - treating us with something yummy and refreshing and topping off a fun day. Eventually, the yellow jackets brought a demise to our outdoor picnics, and although we tried holding the potluck in the basement of the Grange it just wasn’t the same. We quit having picnics and instead added the “Red White and Blue” dance to our calendar - we didn’t want anyone missing out on the tradition of Dan’s homemade ice cream!

Here’s hoping that you get a chance to picnic outside with friends or family this August but if you don’t maybe, like us, you can at least just enjoy a little ice cream!

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
We did have a club meeting in June. At the Kelso Senior Center we had space to social distance and most were wearing face coverings. The turnout was better than usual. We have missed our dancing friends so much we are even willing to attend a club meeting to say "hi".

The difficult decision to cancel Octoberfest for 2020, was made. As with all clubs at this time, making provisions for future gatherings seems fruitless. We cancelled our coffee stop, one of our primary fund raisers. A demo for the fair was cancelled...on and on it goes.

Our next meeting will be at Pat Faires' lake house. Plenty of room for social distancing. A Labor Day campout is scheduled at Vista Park in Skamokawa, another outdoor venue and opportunity to gather safely.

That will wrap up our summer, until we meet again. We hope our feet remember the moves because our minds seem a bit fuzzy. (Should say only speaking for myself)

Reminder that any dances after September 1st will be regular schedule, 2nd Friday and 4th Saturday at 106 NW 8th Ave, Kelso, WA 98626. Kelso Senior Center by the Rotary spray park at the intersection of Hwy 4 and W Main, Kelso/Longview.

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

Annie Tietze

August 12 (2nd Wed)
Back to School Dance (Casual/Root Beer F

August 26 (4th Wed)
Summer's Last Hurrah! (Casual/Ice Cream
Sunset Promenaders - Link
No club news received.

August 24 (4th Mon)
Cancelled Seaside Sashay
8:00 AM
View Flyer
Toe Draggers - Link
No club news received.
Tri Squares - Link
We are continuing with our monthly board meetings over Zoom and it’s nice to see one another, although the meetings grow shorter with not much on the agenda. Right now the pandemic seems to be increasing around the country, but we’re still hoping to get together on August 16th for our annual picnic at a lovely park in Sherwood. However, It may have to be a situation of bring-your-own-food, wear a mask, and space yourself six feet away from anyone else — instead of a potluck. The park has lots of tables under the shelter. We’ll see.

The board did decide that there will be no dancing lessons in the fall. We’re looking at January as a possibility now. Everyone please follow the CDC guidelines, stay safe, be patient, count your blessings, and tell me to do the same.

Gloria Davis

Valley River Dancers - Link
Valley River Dancers has no news to report. We are all missing square dancing and round dancing, but are playing it safe for now. So no dances for the time being.

Judy Zimmerman

Valley Squares - Link
No club news received.
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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