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Oregon Federation News
March 2021

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

Printed 20 March 2021
President's Corner

As I write this I think back to one year ago, when during the middle of this month we were told to shelter in place. It’s now a year later and we still haven’t been able to dance like we want to. Sure, we can grab our partner and dance in the kitchen to the radio, or now to a Zoom caller or cuer, but it’s just not the same. Remember we are all in this together and we WILL find a new normal as soon as we have herd immunity. Get the vaccine if you are comfortable with that. It’s your choice!!!! Being outside in the fresh air is a good thing. Make the most of what we CAN do during the pandemic, but be safe.

The callers around the state of Oregon are trying to unify, so that the lessons given will all be standardized when dancing starts again. Therefore, new graduates will be able to dance at any club and be successful. We need to support this effort that callers are making for our activity. We are all looking forward to having some fun again.

The Federation is here to help you and the clubs. Contact any of the Federation officers if there is anything we can do to help. We don’t have all the answers, but we will strive to find them for you.

As time goes by, staying positive is hard to do, but let me say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We have to believe that, and make the most of whatever the New Normal will be.

We should get some nice weather in March, so get outside and enjoy it. Rains will happen, but so will sunshine. Keep the smile on your face and greet everyone you see—just like all good square dancers do. It will make a difference and you will feel better.

Swing Your Partner . . . . Beware of the Ides of March.

Gary Clark
Federation President

Editor's Note

With the population starting to get vaccinated, there's a chance we could get back to dancing this summer. It's going to take some careful planning to make that work.

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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/2021-03/Covid%20Guidelines%20(210310).pdf .

Federation Meetings

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. They are still planning for this to happen.

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:

March 4 -- Muddy Frogs
March 6 -- Misty Valley Cloggers
March 14 -- Golden Squares
March 18 -- ORDTA
March 22 -- Sundown Round Dance Club
March 23 -- Saints-N-Aints
March 27 -- Timber Twirlers

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.


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

ORDTA has chosen the March Classic Round of the Month: "Their Hearts are Dancing", Phase II+2 Two-Step (Spin Turn & Box Finish), choreographed by Stuart Lewis & Fay Samborsky, music by Forester Sisters.

By the way, there is an error on the cue sheet: the wait time at the beginning is 4 measures, not 2 measures as the cue sheet says.

[Download your cue sheet here] (https://www.roundalab.org/CuesheetsDL2/Their%20Hearts%20Are%20Dancing%2C%20Lewis-Samborsky_Waltz_2%2B2.pdf).

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

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.
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
Our next scheduled dance is May 29, 2021. We'll just have to wait and see how things are by then. We hope we all will have had our vaccinations by that time, and we are back to calling, cueing and dancing.

The last scheduled dance activity at our hall in Springfield was Christina Corelli's round dance class March 9, 2020. Little did we know we'd still not be able to dance after all this time..

We look with optimism for the rest of 2021!

Keep on thinking positive thoughts!

Christina Corelli


Cast A Shadow - Link
Once again I have to report that there will be no advanced dancing in March. Lane remains in the extremely high risk category and the vaccines have not been rolled out even for all of the 1A group never mind for seniors as of my writing this article. So we wait and see. Perhaps by the time I write the next report I'll have something concrete to report.

Gaynor Hintz

Club Reporter

Misty Valley Cloggers
No club news received.
Single Trees - Link

We have all endured one of the strangest times in our lives. No dancing for most of us at all. I did get to attend one dance in Roseburg in October as Douglas County has often been only in the high risk category and some have opted to dance with masks and stay socially distanced when not in a square. They are even going to start lessons Feb. 20 from 2 to 4PM. I think many may need to take those lessons before we start up our dances again. Contact the Roseburg Buckeroos if you are interested in getting their full schedule.

A few Single Trees, Whirl-A-Ways and one lone Buckeroo have formed our own bubble and are dancing to virtual dances through YouTube. It is going quite well, and we should not need any refresher courses before we start dancing again. It takes a bit to get used to virtual dancing, and it is easier with 3-4 people, but it can be done with just one person as long as you know your definitions and can keep the four sides of the square in mind. Give it a try!

Stay safe and get ready to start dancing again.

Gaynor Hintz

Vice President/Club Reporter

Spin Cycle Squares - Link
It's way too cold to meet outside the hall in the parking lot which gave us a chance to sit and chat with our members and friends. Inside wasn't an option even with social distancing and masks. To jeopardize even one member to COVID or anything wasn't worth the risk.

Our caller, Tim Matteson, is now retired from Euphoria Chocolate Company after working for them for 23 years. Happy retirement, Tim! Tim is looking after his mother who is in frail health. Our prayers are with them both. Tim's mom sewed shirts for Tim. He found the material. He's got an impressive collection. Always fun and colorful.

Hang in there everyone!

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
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.
Another month has gone by and it is time to write another article for the OFN. The club has not danced since early November, but we would all like to get back in the hall to dance again. However, the dancers get an occasional email just to let them know the status of the club, the hall and anything else that goes on in the Federation that they should know about.

Mid-Winter is planning for 2022 and registrations will be out soon. The guest cuers are Randy and Marie Preskitt. The guest cuer for 2023 is in rehab for a bad bout of Covid. We send healing thoughts to Barbara Blackford.

We also send our condolences to the family of Regine Anderson from Penticton, British Columbia. She was found deceased in her home in late January. She was short of stature but a great cuer and Oregon selected her round for the Round of the Month for February 2020.

Marilyn Schmit

Salem Swingin' Stars
No club news received.
Silver City Squares
We received news that the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival has been cancelled for 2021. There were several reasons for this cancellation, including: US/Canada border is still closed; clubs not being allowed to gather for practices and not having locations to practice in; not having a definite location to hold the Festival in.

We are looking forward to and planning to have lessons start in September.


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

Portland Area Council - Link
We’re still a little stir crazy over here. One idea being discussed is putting a couple treadmills in our granges and passing them off as gyms! But that still wouldn’t answer the question as to social distancing.

It is exciting to see round dancing start up within our Clackamas County club. I’m sure it will pick up as more are vaccinated. I first realized I was getting out of practice when I heard some recorded rumba music, then realized I didn’t remember how to do a round dance rumba. Yes, I actually had to consult my phase three round dance book to refresh my memory!


Bachelor N Bachelorettes - Link
There are no teleconferences for us. If there’s anything to discuss, our president just calls each board member. It’s the slow way to do it, but it gets the job done. When temperatures warm, we’ll probably have another club picnic.


Buzzin Bees
No club news received.
Chaps & Petticoats - Link
No club news received.
Country Cut-Ups - Link
The Country Cut-Ups are excited that the Covid activity status of Clackamas County has been upgraded as of February 12th to a point where we can hold round dances safely by taking the prescribed precautions. We are responding by holding three dances in March providing that the activity status remains at that level..March 6th and 27th we will have Tami Helms cuing for us and on March 20th, we will have Julie Stiers cuing. Watch the OFN for any updated information of these dances. As the vaccination process continues and the Covid cases continue to drop, these round dances and square dances will become more likely. Yeah!!

March 6 (1st Sat)
Round Dance
Round Dance
Boring Barn, Boring
Caller: None
Cuer: Tami Helms
View Flyer

March 20 (3rd Sat)
Round Dance
Round Dance
Boring Barn, Boring
Caller: None
Cuer: Julie Stiers
View Flyer

March 27 (4th Sat)
Round Dance
Round Dance
Boring Barn, Boring
Caller: None
Cuer: Tami Helms
View Flyer
Happy Hoppers - Link
When this is over I'm going to need to be exorcised instead of exercised. Demons are gathering in my head.


Heads to the Center - Link
No club news received.
Oaky Doaks - Link
No club news received.
River City Dancers - Link
Not much happening here at River City. Like the rest of you, we are all living on hope and missing our square dance family. Hoping that the well-known expression “This too shall pass” comes true soon.

Stay well.

Carol Mendenhall

Rosetown Ramblers - Link
No club news received.
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
The TVC held our first Zoom meeting in February. As with most first attempts, things did not go according to plan. Some of those on the invitation list were unable to connect, including me. I think most of us now know what we did wrong so it should go better next time. We did not publish our annual TVC Directory last year due to Covid-19 but we expect have it ready for print as soon as we get a go ahead to dance again.

Discussions at the meeting included, future TVC sponsored dances which will remain unplanned until we are dancing, a report that Gary and Norma Sohn were awarded the Randall Award, and some discussion about the new Callerlab square dance program, Social Square Dancing, consisting of 50 moves for Basics and Mainstream.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 22nd at 7 pm via Zoom.

Ferrous Steinka

Columbia River Dancers - Link
On March 11th, last year, the Columbia River Dancers held a really fun dance. Attendance was down but those there had a good time. Sadly, it was the last one in a year of self-distancing, no touching and masks.

When will it be over? I wait for my shots. I have not been allowed ( my wife is strict) since before Christmas to go to the grocery store.

Keep the faith! It will get better. It will.

Nick Johnson

Eager Beavers - Link
Who could have predicted something so terribly awful to our weekly dances one year ago, March 9th? Who could have guessed that day was our last dance and we would be still waiting for our next one? That is not an anniversary we can celebrate but a day to make a resolution to take nothing for granted. This is a lesson to savor the good moments and quit procrastinating on doing those things you have wanted to do.

All of us seem to be living in a bubble to avoid a serious illness but we suffer from lack of personal touch. It happens to me. The bubble seems to be tough but do not let it be. We are lucky to live in an age of instant communication if we can just figure out how to use it. It is not the same as meeting friends and relatives in person but Zoom reminds us what is important. Face Time on your phone works because special moments can be shared in real time.

Hope is here and it will be better. Start planning the places and people you want to see as soon as you get your vaccination. Make some reservations. Send some invitations for a Labor Day Party or even a July 4th picnic. Surely we will be able to get out and about by then. On the other hand, I am not a good predictor of events so cross your fingers for good luck. Call a friend on St. Patrick’s Day and wish them the “Luck of the Irish” using an Irish accent and see if they recognize you.

In the meantime keep yourself in shape. Be ready to dance on day one. Get out and take a walk and keep that body moving. Keep the faith, we will be seeing each other at the dance and telling each other about our bubble buddies. Also, check for our start date at www.EagerBeavers.info.

Rachel Nettleton

Hayshakers - Link
No club news received.
Hoedowners - Link
I am stunned and a little disappointed that we are not getting vaccines as quickly as we thought. As I sat here at my computer pondering what to write that would not be depressing, I glanced to my left at my very messy bulletin board. It turns out that over the years, yes, years, I have printed up suggestions for living, a better, more fulfilling life. I thought I would share some of it. I certainly need a reminder. I think most Hoedowners live by these homilies. Why else would we love dancing together, eating together, spending time together, going places together, sharing, giving, repairing and reaching out like we do. We are blessed.

1. Not matter how you feel, get up, get dressed and show up.

2. Life to too short to waste it hating anyone.

3. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

4. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

5. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

6. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

7. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

8. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you.

9. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

10. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting and spring is coming.

11. Growing old beats the alternative—dying young.

12. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets and wear the fancy lingerie. TODAY IS A SPECIAL OCCASION!

13. Smile and laugh more.

14. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

15. Forgive everyone everything.

16. Hug often.

17. Live passionately.

18. Give generously.

19. Smell good.

20. I remember the joy square dancing gives me and will give me again when we take to the floor.

I hope you and your family are all safe.

Krystal Laas

Mix N Mingle - Link
No club news received.
Oak Hills Squares - Link
Oak Hills Squares is still having their bi-weekly Zoom meeting to keep track of what everyone is doing, or not doing, which is probably more appropriate. We enjoy visiting, regardless. No one in the group has had the virus or the vaccine at this point. There are several educators in our group, and they expect to get the vaccine soon.

We are planning to start round dancing lessons with masks and social distancing as soon as it is permitted, as this seems the type of dancing to have the least interpersonal contact, and we are all itching to get back to dancing!

Marie Clem

R Square D - Link
No club news received.
Sunset Promenaders - Link
No club news received.
Toe Draggers - Link
No club news received.
Tri Squares - Link
Our board is getting excited about the proposed idea circulating regarding a new level of square dancing, using only the 50 most-used steps and requiring only ten weeks of lessons. It really makes us hopeful for the future of square dancing while we wait for vaccines. We are continually talking about the possible timing of our next square dance lessons and of ways to get our club members "refreshed" with workshops, too. All depending on the pandemic, of course.

We have kept up our monthly board meetings over Zoom and also our monthly club-wide chats called "Gabfests." In March we'll announce our slate of officers at our Zoom General Meeting, and like last year, we'll be voting over email. Of course, getting back to squares may take longer than we think, so it's really important to keep exercising at home to keep up our stamina! Let's hope more types of vaccines are approved and the process goes faster.

Gloria Davis

Valley River Dancers - Link
No club news received.
Valley Squares - Link
Hope everyone is doing well, no Covid at least. We are all waiting for our time to get our vaccine. VS Members are all well, thankfully.

My yard is springing up with Spring flowers, no blooms yet, but should be in full bloom by the time you read this (it's written in February). Just got back from a "park stroll" with a few of my neighbors. I live in a senior park of manufactured home with small lots so not a huge amount of gardening, and 15 mph streets.

I have been attending Daryl Clendenin's every-other-Tuesday evening Zoom meetings. Caller Lab has come up with a Social Square Dance program which has 50 calls, a combination of all but four Mainstream calls and the remainder are most of Basic. They want our clubs who do Mainstream to adapt the SSD-50 for both our classes and dances. The idea is to incorporate new dancers into our clubs faster, with the 50 movements taught in 12 weeks instead of the usual 20 weeks. Plus and higher clubs will remain the same. Our Callers will be able to make the SSD-50 dance just as much fun as Mainstream. It's really how they put the moves together and the music they use. Music that makes you move and call combinations that make movements smooth work well no matter what the level. Let's support our Callers with this new program. We need new dancers to take lessons and stick around, join our club's and dance, fill our floors. This is what the SSD-50 is meant to do, boost square dancing.

Stay safe,

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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