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Oregon Federation News
February 2021

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

Printed 20 February 2021
President's Corner

As the vaccine becomes more available, the prospect of dancing again appears to be getting closer. Once we have all received the vaccine, and the governor rescinds restrictions and opens up our venues, the “new normal” will still have to be worked through. There will be some changes. Perhaps dancing outdoors will come first. Take time to do some proactive brainstorming about what this might look like, and plan a community event that would be a kickoff for a new beginning.

As I write this in January, I am looking forward to the Federation Zoom meeting on Sunday, January 24. It will be great to see the familiar faces of all the Federation officers and delegates. We need this connection to make and share plans. Even though there are no dance activities going on, it’s important to stay positive that our plans will make a difference in the future. When you read this, the meeting will have already happened. Get in touch with your Council delegates and have them share what the Federation is doing.

Some callers are doing “Zoom square dancing” for one or for a couple. I have asked a couple of the callers to write an article for the OFN about how this works. You might want to attend a “dance” to have fun and get some exercise for an evening. Try it; you will like it!

I have attended some of the Zoom meetings that the Federation callers are holding in order to prepare for getting back to dancing. They are discussing all aspects of “Callerlab’s” social square dancing. Also, more information will be coming out on advertising using social media to reach the younger generation. As always, we need more dancers, especially after the attrition that the pandemic is sure to have caused. Being unified in this effort will help get our lesson graduates dancing sooner, and with other clubs. Consequently, we will all have more fun. A lot of effort has been put into these plans. My wish is that your club and caller will support this effort and make it happen. New members are the name of the game.

Swing Your Partner……..Especially on Valentine’s Day!

Gary Clark
Federation President

Editor's Note

A big thanks to those of you who keep sending in articles and club news. Check back next week for news about the Randall Award winner, announced at the Federation meeting on January 24.

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Federation Events

Coronavirus Update

Most of our square dance organizations have canceled dances, classes, meetings, and special events in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. We'll try to let you know when things start to open again.

You may find the text of this article by Federation 2nd Vice President Tim Keck, and useful pages from the State of Oregon and from USDA, https://ofn.club/content/2020-12/Covid%20Guidelines%20(201201).pdf .

Federation Scholarships

Thomas Buchheit, the Oregon Federation's Youth Activities Chairman, would like to remind you that the Federation will award at least one $500 scholarship to a deserving high school senior or college freshman. Read the article and get the application form here.

Federation Meetings

The Federation Board held what would ordinarily have been its Mid-Winter Festival meeting as a Zoom call on January 24, 2021. The Randall Award was presented to Gary & Norma Sohn of the Mid-Willamette Area. Congratulations to a well-deserving couple!

Nominations for Federation officers for the 2021-22 square dance year were also announced:

The current President, Gary Clark, automatically becomes Past President. The current 1st Vice President, George Hermann, automatically becomes President. Ballots will be mailed to the club secretaries early in February, and must be returned to the Federation Secretary during April.

The next Federation meeting will be a Zoom teleconference on May 16, 2021, at 9:00 AM.

Summer Festival

As of now, no Oregon Summer Festival is planned for 2021. Washington's Summer Festival is scheduled for June 17-19, 2021, in Everett, WA.


Mid-Winter Festival 2022 is currently scheduled for January 28-30, 2022, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany.

Other National Events

The latest news about the National Square Dance Conventions® is located in the National Squares magazine, produced by the NEC. You can find the latest issue here: (http://nsdcnec.com/flipdocs/NatSqOnline/Natsq1120/index.html)

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. Note that the 71st NSDC Pre-Convention, previously scheduled for March 10-13, 2021, has been canceled and will be held virtually.

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:

February 1 -- Emerald Empire Council
February 7 -- Klamath Country Squares
February 26 -- Tualatin Valley 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.


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.


Ian Craig
19598 Goose Lake Dr NE
Aurora, OR 97003
Mark Wheeler
6728 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
Cece & Sarge Glidewell
PO Box 1928
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Henna Yauger
14915 SE Brookfield Dr
Oregon City, OR 97045


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 Rogue-Sis-Q Council has chosen the February Round of the Month: "A Guy is a Guy", Phase II Two-Step, choreographed by Stella and Peter Tennant, music by Doris Day.

[Download your cue sheet here] (https://www.roundalab.org/CuesheetsDL2/A%20Guy%20Is%20A%20Guy%20%2C%20Tennant%2C%20S%26P__2.pdf).

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

All the Flyers

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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.
Cascade Callers & Cuers Assoc
No club news received.
Cast A Shadow - Link
No club news received.
Misty Valley Cloggers
No club news received.
Single Trees - Link
No club news received.
Spin Cycle Squares - Link
No club news received.
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
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.
Good thing I got a reminder about not getting my report in on time. My fault for not getting it in as the new year was a blur of boredom.

Our club so wants to get back to dancing and is looking for good news from Governor Brown in getting locations opened back up again.

I continue to write a weekly (or so) email to the dancers letting everyone know how others are doing. I find this out from reading Facebook posts to keep up on people.

Some people are doing outside stuff, others are trying to do some small family gatherings for the holidays that just passed. Others are just getting by waiting for some kind of activity to happen to get out of their homes. We will survive, hopefully sooner rather than later.

See you on the dance floor trying to remember how to do the various steps to rhythms.

Marilyn Schmit

Salem Swingin' Stars
No club news received.
Silver City Squares
No club news received.
Timber Twirlers - Link
No club news received.
Willamette Squares
No club news received.

Portland Area Council - Link
Reminder: election time is coming and running for square dance office is currently a great way to support square dancing without having to do much work for the next several months.

Some granges may approach their renters to ask for donations to defray their costs, since they have no rent income. Certain expenses are fixed, as you know. It’s just as important to support your landlord as it is to support your club. Not every club is in a position to donate to their landlord; but you may be asked and it should be done if at all possible.

Jim Schira

Bachelor N Bachelorettes - Link
No club news received.
Buzzin Bees
No club news received.
Chaps & Petticoats - Link
Happy 2021 and welcome February.

Sadly, we have no dancing news to report for Chaps and Petticoats. Maplewood Grange remains closed, except for some interior renovations and exterior maintenance.

Emails, texts and phone calls have been our means of staying in touch with each other. We did gather, before Christmas, at a member’s home with one-third (1/3) of our membership in attendance. It was great to visit and share a meal - felt like normal and time flew by.

Now that the COVID vaccine is rolling out to our necessary workers, care facilities and some appointments are occurring, we sure hope the wearing of masks, social distancing and “shelter-in-place” is lifted soon and dancing can resume. ‘Lessons for all’ will be the theme when our hall re-opens.

Betty Chipps

Country Cut-Ups - Link
No club news received.
Happy Hoppers - Link
Hello out there in Square Dance Land. I wish I could report dates and times of dances and clothing sales. But that is not to be. Yet. And in reference to Jim's comment about an easy job, I suggest we give our officers another year of stardom! Give them a chance to really shine for two years in a row!

The Hoppers are going to have a meeting in February. The first in several months. Via Zoom, of course. Looking forward to seeing their faces and hearing John Kaleta's jokes. In the meantime, we have been getting together via Zoom to do square dances for one couple and line dances with Liza and Tom Halpenny. So much fun to see everyone. And Tom and Liza have committed to continue as long as necessary. Thanks! You two are the Bomb!!

Looking forward to everyone being vaccinated and that herd immunity. Until then, please stay safe and healthy.

Janet Linebarger

Heads to the Center - Link
No club news received.
Oaky Doaks - Link
No club news received.
River City Dancers - Link
As we said goodbye to 2020, we entered 2021 full of hope and optimism. We are missing our square dance friends, the joys of dancing, and shared friendship. It now appears that a strong dose of patience needs to be added as we await the day the health guidelines allow us to resume dancing.

The vaccine is coming and with it is a renewed hope. Meanwhile let is remember to reach out and stay connected to our fellow dancers., Stay well and hold on to the hope that we will be dancing again soon.

Carol Mendenhall

Rosetown Ramblers - Link
The Ramblers join the general rejoicing in the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines. We seek wisdom in our leaders in the distribution of the vaccines and patience in our fellow citizens as we wait our turn to be vaccinated.

As we look ahead to a return to dancing, the Ramblers are giving serious consideration to the Social Square Dance (SSD) program under development at CALLERLAB. Compared to the way most clubs currently operate, SSD offers new dancers a shorter, simpler, and more active route to becoming a dancer. Coming back from our COVID hiatus seems like a good time to give this a try. If any clubs or callers out there have experience with SSD, we would love to hear from you!

Wishing everyone good health and good cheer!

Jeff Knapp


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
Like most other Councils, the TVC is mired down due to Covid-19 restrictions. Eight of the thirteen TVC clubs are located within Washington County which is currently ranked at the highest risk category, "Extreme". Until we drop to the "High" category there are no indoor activities. So no social activities with personal contact.

This has not stopped all social activity, however. The Sunset Promenaders have a weekly "keep in touch" email newsletter, open to all dancers. Eager Beavers have their monthly Beaver Log with a new "sharing of activities" of what members are up to. The TriSquares have monthly Zoom meetings currently discussing how to get started once it is safe to do so. Hoedowners and the Aloha Grange completed their annual "Adopt a Family", donating Christmas gifts to a needy family. Said coordinator Krystal Laas, "Missing was the usual camaraderie while folks are donating and then the wrapping party which was always especially fun. I did enjoy seeing the faces of those who dropped gifts off at my house. Social distancing was observed for the donating, wrapping, and delivering of the gifts."

Ferrous Steinka

Columbia River Dancers - Link
Unfortunately, no news is bad news. We still are dark. Wish I could say the New Years Eve Dance was fun, but...

Get your shot, wear your mask, social distance for now and try to remember all of the "throughs" i.e. swing, pass, dive, etc.

There is hope!

Nick Johnson

Eager Beavers - Link
How are your New Year Resolutions? Did they die on the vine or budding into a new and more healthful habit? Did you straighten your spine with determination and resolve to carry on in spite of all the downsides of 2020? When you persist you will inspire others to put on a grin and shoulder to the wheel to make 2021 a brighter year. See, that wry smile is making you feel better already.

Now you know how it feels to miss all those great dances we took for granted last year. We missed festivals, holidays, and the friends we see regularly. When we begin dancing again resolve not to take all these great activities for granted and help with the organizing the celebrations. My grandmother kept reminding me that “Many hands make light work.” when I tried to disappear to read my latest book. It will take all hands on deck to “get back into the swing of things” so when the call comes say “count on me to help”. Remember your callers are now suffering from cabin fever so they will be just as happy to see us as we are to hear them again.

I always liked the Valentine Dance and the crowning of the King and Queen of Hearts so maybe someone will find a way to elect them virtually this year. I always like to look forward to themed dances during the year.

As I write this it is the last day of 2020 and my resolution for 2021 is to do my part in making someone else’s day a little more pleasant. Maybe they cannot see my smile but they can see a friendly wave and hear a cheery greeting.

For now I put on the music and dance around the living room. I will be seeing you in the square some time this year.

Do not just hope for a better year, be part of the process. Keep the faith and keep checking for our start date at www.EagerBeavers.info.

Rachel Nettleton

Hayshakers - Link
No club news received.
Hoedowners - Link
T’was the end of the year and a time to review

Did any Hoedowners do anything new?

Besides wearing face masks and washing our hands,

The year twenty-twenty meant canceling plans.

We did get Mid-winter and an Anniversary dance

But everything else was gone in a flash.

We didn’t do Seaside in March like we thought

Or camping in June to use the reservations we bought.

Summer Festival plans and our pretty green vests

Just became a part of the distancing mess.

No pirates, no cowboy, no singing along.

No classes, no Barn Dance, no themes used at all.

No Seaside Sashay, no turkeys to toss

No Applebees trips, we’ve been at a loss.

No eating and laughing or goofy games played

We did as we’re told and at home we all stayed

Well, it’s the twenty first year and we’re looking ahead

To getting a shot and stopping the spread.

As soon as we know it’s safe to make pairs,

We’ll grab a partner and form up a square.

Stay safe!

Krystal Laas

Mix N Mingle - Link
I sure hate to disappoint, but my brain is totally empty. The M&M’s, therefore (and embarrassingly), have nothing to report this month - - So sorry. Maybe Spring will get me out of the fog . . . . . . .

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
No club news received.
Sunset Promenaders - Link
No club news received.
Toe Draggers - Link
Hi everyone, aren’t we glad to see 2020 in our rearview mirror??!! Hopefully this finds you and yours doing as well as you can. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to spend most days being entertained by our 10 year old Granddaughter. She is such a delight, and we’ve made some lasting memories. Like all of you, the Toe’s are really looking forward to lots of yellow rocks and dancing! Count your blessings!

Kathy Degman

Tri Squares - Link
We've been having regular monthly board meetings over Zoom, even more inspired now by the coming vaccinations. Now we're beginning to discuss real plans for jumpstarting our club as soon as it's "legal" and safe. And for all our members we continue a monthly Zoom chat, which president Dale has dubbed "gabfests", which are great for staying in touch and for morale. As always, keep exercising and stay safe!

Gloria Davis

Valley River Dancers - Link
No club news received.
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.

February 26 (4th Fri)
Round Dance Party
Phase 2-3-4, various rhythms
Buckeroo Barn, Roseburg
Cuer: Neil Koozer
View Flyer
Timber 8's - Link
No club news received.

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