And just like that, it’s November. This year seems to be moving fast in spite of the COVID pandemic. Hope you all had a safe Halloween and didn’t eat too much candy. :)
Some clubs have had success with dancing, other clubs have had light attendance. A lot of folks are still hesitant to come out and socialize. I am hoping that attendance will pick up as the year goes on. But, the low attendance at dances so far has impacted the registrations for Mid-Winter. Usually at this time of year, we have almost ½ of the registrations needed to make the festival a success. Because of not being able to promote, we now have less than 100 dancers registered. Not good news.
Not much else to comment about. Stay safe. Let’s be thankful for the blessings we have. Happy Thanksgiving and…
Let’s Get Back to Dancing
George Hermann OFSRDC 2021-2022
A few more clubs are returning to dancing, but there's still a lot of understandable hesitancy. Let us hope for better conditions in 2022.
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The coronavirus situation is very fluid. The state-wide indoor mask mandate is still in effect in Oregon. As always, it is up to each individual club and facility to decide what restrictions make them comfortable. Please honor their wishes.
The next Federation meeting will be at the Linn County Fairgrounds for Mid-Winter Festival, Sunday, January 30, 2022.
Mid-Winter Festival 2022 is scheduled for January 28-30, 2022, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany.
The 2022 Summer Festival is on, folks! It will be hosted by the Interstate Highlanders and Rogue-Sis-Q Councils, and held at the Blanchet School in Salem, a nice central location. The dates are July 15-17, 2022. The featured caller and cuer are Pat Carnathan and Rikki Lobato. Don't forget to buy your Mid-Winter Ribbons so you can attend our pre-registration kickoff party on January 29, 2022, from 1 to 2 pm in the mainstream hall.
Hope to see you there!
Cece Glidewell, IH Council
Lorri McIntosh, Rogue-Sis-Q Council
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 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® will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 26-29, 2024.
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:
November 5 -- Sweet Home Squarenaders
November 6 -- Toe Draggers
November 7 -- Crook County Mavericks
November 8 -- Cast A Shadow
November 10 -- LaGrande Star Promenaders
November 14 -- Rosetown Ramblers
November 20 -- Sets In Order
November 25 -- Capitol Callers & Cuers Assoc
November 29 -- Mix N Mingle
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Is your closet bulging at the seams? Are you hankering to recycle some of your older square dance or round dance clothes? Or, have you moved on and are no longer able to join in the festivities.
Well, Mid-Winter Festival is fast approaching. For many of you it provides an opportunity to recycle a few or many of those outfits taking up space in your closets. For others, it is a sad time when you are saying, “I just can’t dance anymore”, and you want someone else to enjoy those beautiful outfits you have received so much pleasure wearing over the years.
But first let’s look closely at some key tips to selling your clothing items at Mid-Winter Festival 2022. Follow closely the on-line instructions and email your list of items in by January 17, 2022.
Note: If you are having any problems completing the form on line, then by all means hand write it and mail it in. We will input it to the computer for you. This will save you a lot of time at the consignment tables when you deliver your items to Mid Winter. If you snail mail your list, it must be received by January 10, 2022. Please, read the instructions very, very carefully.
Make sure the items are clean and in good repair. Square and Round dance clothing only, please.
Bring your items, listed by categories to simplify the tagging process to the consignment tables.
If you have sets, keep/place them together. This will help in the tagging process and may even help them to sell.
Please, be early to consignment. Be sure to check the hours and plan on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning so they will be prominently placed on the racks for the opening sales activity Friday evening.
As with so many activities it is getting more and more difficult to get volunteers to help. Resale Clothing is one of those areas that require a large number of volunteers to make it available for all the dancers.
We can no longer accept clothing items at the festival that were not listed for consignment before the input deadline.
We are sorry it has come to this. But we hope you will utilize the on-line submission process. Or you can hand write it and send it to us. Just print out the input/submission sheet for completion by hand. We want to help you recycle the many beautiful outfits that you all have.
As I said earlier we require a large number of volunteers to assist during consignment and sale hours. We will accept any help, even if for just one (1) hour. So, contact the volunteer coordinator for Resale Clothing – Sheila - and let her know you want to help.
Don’t forget to pick up your returns by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
For assistance contact the following individual -- preferably by email.
Sheila Machado at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you must call my phone at 503-884-0158.
We will be adhering to all Covid-19 restrictions that are in place at the time.
In Loving Memory
Sept. 3, 1929 - Sept. 28, 2021
Nan was born in Frankfurt, Kansas; attended Forest Grove High School and graduated in 1950 from Eastern Oregon College in LaGrande. She then moved to Portland and began her teaching at Marquam Elementary.
An avid athlete, Nan met Ed Overall while skiing Mt. Hood. They married in 1954 and had three children, Bradley, Brian and Belinda.
Nan enjoyed an active lifestyle; tennis, badminton, square and round dancing, and singing in vocal groups were just a few of her activities. She flourished in groups and loved a social life.
After her husbands death in 1978, she met Clint Bushell with whom she would enjoy the remainder of her years.
She is survived by her children, Brian, Belinda, Bang, Dao; and eight grandchildren. She will be missed.
12/15/1931 - 09/29/2021
Elfriede Luise Greuner was born in Karlsruhe, Germany to Ernst & Emilie (Fahrer) Huber on December 15, 1931. After finishing her dressmaker apprenticeship, she moved to Canada, where she married and had two daughters. The family moved to New York where they lived for several years. In time, they decided to make the cross-country journey to California to start a family business, Hergert Industries, which eventually relocated to Drain, OR.
Elfriede faced many challenges in life, but always persevered and approached each one with a can-do attitude and a smile on her face. She worked as dressmaker for many years and loved to help her clients look and feel amazing in whatever they wore. Whether the job entailed a simple alteration or the fabrication of a custom square dance dress or wedding dress, Elfriede loved to use her hands to create something special for every customer. Her love for her family was only outweighed by her devotion to God. Family was the most important thing in Elfriede's life followed by her dressmaking and square dancing, all of which brought great joy in her life.
Elfriede was called from this life on September 29, 2021, at the age of 89.
Elfriede is survived by her daughter Pearl Hergert; Grandchildren, Lisa Ronco, Marie Montgomery, Cody Lytle & Katie Lytle and 7 Great Grandchildren.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 10:00am at Mohawk Community Church in Springfield, OR. A reception will immediately follow.
Ralph William Lambert was born to Chester W. & Ethel(Butterfield)Lambert on July 12, 1946 at the Salem Deaconess Hospital. He died on Oct. 20, 2021 at the Salem Hospital of non-COVID related issues.
Ralph grew up and attended school in McMinnville, graduating from McMinnville High School in 1964. He attended Linfield College for one year and then transferred to Oregon State University and graduated in the Class of the Century in June of 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Ralph went to work for Washington Dept. of Transportation in the Seattle area from 1969 to 1972. He moved to Salem in 1972 and worked for the City of Salem Public Works Dept. as a Civil Engineer, working there, just one month short of 47years, retiring on Sept. 25, 2019.
He met Linda Neuschwander while attending a folk-dance session at Oregon State University. They became a couple and were married on July 14, 1967. They were married for 39 yers and remained friends until the end.
Ralph started his long history with square and round dancing in 1962 with Hicks and Chicks and the Tandem Teens in McMinnville. He started calling and cueing for the OSU Promenades' in 1966. Over the years he called and cued for various adult and teen clubs in both Washington and Oregon. He held membership in both Callerlab and Roundalab for over 50 years apiece. As well as being very active in local, area and statewide dance organizations. Both Ralph and Linda were involved in putting on the first National Square Dance convention in Oregon in 1994. He was member of the Keizer Elks Lodge. Ralph was very proud of being an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 20 years
He was proceeded in death by both his mother and father. He is survived by his ex-wife Linda Neuschwander, various nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and his god-daughter Brooke Davison.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Harvey Hunsucker, 88, of Clatskanie, passed away Nov. 8, 2021, at the Delaware Plaza in Longview. He was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Spokane, to Ralph and Helen (Aprozean) Hunsucker and attended Evergreen High School in Vancouver.
On Dec. 31, 1952, he married Delores Scott in Vancouver. They had four children while relocating every couple years for his job. Harvey helped start pulp and paper mills in numerous locations in Oregon and Alaska. The family moved to Clatskanie in 1966,and Harvey retired from the Wauna Mill in 1987.
Harvey and Delores attended the Clatskanie Baptist Church and enjoyed round and square dancing. Harvey was also a caller for the dances. His hobbies included photography, golfing, computers, travel and caring for his fruit trees and grapevines. He enjoyed driving his jeep on sand dunes. Harvey had a knack for finances and was a gifted handyman. He will be remembered for his ready smile. Harvey is survived by his wife of 68 years, Delores at home; two sons, Rob Hunsucker (Silvia) of Clatskanie, and Randy Hunsucker of Kelso; a daughter, Gina Akin of Vancouver; a brother, Doug Hunsucker (Betty) of Vancouver; a sister, Sandy Jordan of Vancouver; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A son, Michael Hunsucker, preceded him in death.
Harvey and Delores were active in the square dance community for over 60 years. He called for the Clatskanie Promenaders and the Astoria Hayshakers.
A service will be held on Wednesday November 17 at 11:00 at the Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park, 5050 Mt. Solo Rd., Longview, WA.
Condolences may be sent to:
Delores Hunsucker 926 Delaware Street Apt 244 Longview, WA 98632
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The Mid-Willamette Area Council has selected the November Round of the Month: "Rock and Roll Kiss", Phase II Two-Step, choreographed by Wendie & Herb Harrington, music by Ronnie McDowell.
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See you in a square soon,
Gaynor Hintz, Club reporter
We tried out our new dance format that night—starting with 15 minutes of rounds followed by one plus tip and then doing two mainstream tips with one plus tip the rest of the evening from 8 to 10PM. We are still not taking breaks and due to COVID restrictions no shared food or drink is available. Dancers are urged to bring their own. Also, while the mandate is in effect masks or face shields are required and everyone is encouraged to use hand sanitizer between tips or wash their hands
In December because our 4th Friday dance had to be canceled (Christmas Eve), we decided to host a dinner/dance on Saturday, Dec. 18 with George Hermann calling, and, we hope, Jackie Gale cueing. If the mandate is lifted by then, we will have a potluck dinner with ham and rolls supplied by the club and side dishes and desserts supplied by the dancers which will start at 6:30. Our dance will begin at 7:30 as usual with our new format.
In November Jim Hattrick will be back calling our 4th Friday dance.
In December we are hoping to have a third Saturday Christmas dinenr and dance with George Hermann calling. By then we hope the mandate for masks will be at an end and we can sit down and enjoy our traditional Christmas dinner with ham and the trimmings. We will start our dinner at 6:30PM and then have our usual format. Please come join us for one of these dances if not al! We’d love to have you.
Happy dancing to all!
Gaynor Hintz, Club reporter
The phase 3-4 waltz class is adding to their knowledge of steps and putting some styling in their moves. I am trying to learn the boy’s part and I think I am confused. Easily done!
This article is written before our “Don’t Match” dance happened so look for pictures on Facebook after the 16th to see what fun we had.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our dancing friends. Marilyn Schmit
November is the month to remember to be Thankful for all the good things we have.
The ability to dance (even with restrictions) and to gather (safely). We feel thankful and blessed by our club members who continue to join us for dances and to all of the dancers from other clubs who continue to support our activity.
In October, we have three dances and two dances in November. October 29 is the 5th Friday Plus Halloween Dance with special guest Caller Don Wood joining Randy Dibble. Check our Face Book page for the latest on our dances. Sheila Machado
We are planning to have both 2-step and plus lessons starting in November. They will be on Sunday afternoons. Please watch for the flyer - it will be posted soon. Petrina Buchheit
Mid-Winter Festival is still in the works (January 28-30, 2022 ) and pre-registrations are needed to help move forward with plans. If you usually attend, please fill out a registration form and get your check sent in (before OCT ends).
Jim & Betty
We held three SEPT Sunday-nights of Square Dance lessons but had too-few students, thus elected to delay further lessons till later. Thank you, Angels, for such a fabulous support group!
Portland Area Council (PAC) encouraged area clubs to visit River City Dancers (RCD) on OCT 9th - there were six (6) squares (and a little more) - WOW! B&B’s, C&P, Buzzin’ Bees, Cut-Ups, Oaky Doaks produced two+ squares, combined with RCD’s own members and TVC clubs - we all danced with masks or shields, sanitized and honored the mandates but got our hugs. Felt great to see a Club, RCD, prosper during COVID. Thank you Darrell Kalmbach and Julia Buchheit for Calling and Cueing. Way to go, Pres. Lumsden for encouraging these dances.
Chaps and Petticoats have changed our 3rd-Sunday Dance to PLUS format from 5-7 PM on NOV 21st - check the C&P website for more 1st & 3rd Friday dance info in NOV.
All our clubs are struggling at this time and it is more important than ever that we as a square dance family support each other. Together we can make a difference and assure that square dancing is around for many years to come. Thank you once again.
Our club continues to dance every second and third Saturday from 7:30-9:30 PM in Milwaukie at 42nd and Jackson. We will be having lessons after the first of next year.
See you in a square. Happy dancing.
Our next dance will be November 6th w/Phil Ramey & Elaine Funk. Then November 20th we will have Chuck Simpkins & Sarge Glidewell. We are excited about our birthday dance on December 4th with Pat Carnathan and Rikki Lobato. Then Roger Putzler and Rikki end the year on December 18th with a Christmas themed dance. We look forward to ending the year with lots of dancing.
Our classes started and we welcomed a couple of new dancers and some "retreads." Hopefully we get a few more on our last nite of open classes on Oct 20th. Our Plus class/funshop is going well.
We are happy to have a dance under our belt and hope this means we can continue dancing; masked and armed with smiles. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.
As I reported last time we are in another holding pattern. The Karuk Wellness Center is still shut down until further notice. And renting other facilities is not an option. They are either too expensive or not renting at all. We have talked to our more active people and the overall concession is no dancing until things get better and the Covid Cases start to decline. Many are like us, that they're not willing to take chances and put their own personal health at risk and have a break through and get this virus. It is a very difficult and personal decision for us and other members, but we will NOT be doing any type of dances and or classes until the first of the year. At which time depending on the current cases and status of our county and the surrounding areas we will again evaluate whether is is safe to start up again. Obviously finding a place to dance will again be a big factor on how we will proceed.
We hope everyone will stay safe and healthy.
Dean & Sherrie
The TVC sponsored Tri-Council dance on October 30th at the Kinton Grange was cancelled due to Covid concerns and the worry there would be a lack of dancers to support the venue.
The annually published TVC directory has been completed and is pending distribution to the member clubs. Like everything else the distribution effort has been difficult.
Message from TVC President, Mike St Clair: "We are working on the New Years Eve dance in December. Hopefully there will be more clubs up and running by then. We have the OK to have it at the Odd Fellows Hall in Hillsboro. We are currently working on lining up callers and cuers. We will be requiring masks or face shields and you will have to be vaccinated to participate."
There are currently six of the TVC clubs dancing on a regular basis: Columbia River Dancers, Eager Beavers, Hoedowners, Oak Hills Squares, Sunset Promenaders, and Valley Squares. See their individual reports below. Most require proof of vaccination to attend.
It is not often that you can tell someone that they look good after gaining weight, but our caller has been under the weather for some time and he is starting to look more like his old self.
Now, November is going to be a good month for everyone to see our new hall. We start the month off with Jim Hattrick getting us into the beginning of the holiday season. He will do the calling and cueing for our dance on November 5th. Plus dancing will be from 7 to 8 and mainstream the rest of the evening with rounds between tips.
On Friday, November 19th we will have Dan Nordbye, just back from his nationwide tour, to do our calling at our Harvest Party. Julie Stiers will honor us with her cueing.
Lastly, for all of you that are beginning to learn square dancing, our club will be having a Beginners Dance on December 5th. Jim will call the dance to the level of the floor. So start learning and put the date on your calendar.
That is all for now. Hope to see you in a square.
On September 20th we welcomed Jim Hattrick back to call and cue for our 3rd Monday dances. We also have welcomed several new members to our club, so we are having great dances in spite of these crazy times. Come join us every Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Aloha Grange.
Sadly we lost our long time beloved member Nan Overall on September 28th . Nan was very instrumental in keeping the Eager Beavers running smoothly for many years. She published our "Beaver Log" newsletter for 25 years, received our Swenson award for continued outstanding support of the club and for consistently promoting square and round dancing. She also was presented with the TVC Recognition award in 2016. She is missed, but she had a great life and had reached the age of 92, and as they say on TV "A life well lived".
For up to date information go to our website www.EagerBeavers.info.
Leslie Tallman, Alice Hendricks, and Karen Steinka
On September 11th, Scott Zinser and Randy Lewis did a fine job entertaining us through the evening. It was a full night rounds, plus and position moves. On the 25th we enjoyed listening to Leonard Snodgrass and Connie Clark. Thank heavens for cell phones! Leonard got caught in traffic on I-5 but was able to alert us. The dance was delayed a few minutes, but we didn’t have to wonder or worry about the delay.
Mike Duyck, long time Hoedowner, TVC representative and all-around square dance booster, has recently had neck surgery. The doctor and Sally are trying to keep him quiet and rested at home. How long do you think that will last? We’ll keep you posted.
Our November dances will kick off on November 13th with our Annual Turkey Toss Dance. Better start practicing with your bean bag now. K.C. Curtis will be our caller and Randy Lewis spinning rounds.
November 27th we’ll have Darrell Kalmbach and Randy Lewis on stage. That will also be Civil War weekend. Oh, oh, the OSU, U of O game. Call it what you will, we’re dancing! I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bit of green or orange in the crowd.
We’re all well, following the rules and dancing.
Our club wants to open it up to everyone that has a vaccination card and is willing to wear a mask or visor. This is something like a workshop and Dance combined. So, everyone gains experience and has fun doing so. We are a group that is out to have fun dancing
Our dances are held at the Oak Hills Recreation Center Gym, 2400 NW 153rd Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006, corner of NW 153rd Ave and NW Oak Hills Dr., we dance from 6:30 to 8:30 Monday nights. There is no Food or Drink provided but do have water fountains
The Club is planning to start lessons after the holidays, more on this at a later date.
Ken Marifke and Judy Martin
We have changed our rules just a touch. Still need to wear a mask or face shield but also need to show proof of vaccination. We understand if you choose not to be vaccinated but this is to make sure our members are safe.
By the time this comes out we will have had our Promenaders anniversary dance and we will post our numbers next month. Our Plus side is having its Anniversary dance the first Thursday of November which happens to be the 4th with the same starting time as our regular dances.
Mike and Julie Stout will be working our mainstream dances and Darrell /Erin Kalmbach and Tami Helms/Tim Keck will be working the Plus Dances.
At our November board meeting we will discuss the problems of dancing again, in regards to vaccinations and testing and how we would handle those issues, without upsetting people. I expect it will be a long discussion, but I'm optimistic that we can figure it out.
Best wishes to everyone - stay safe, stay well.
Our November dance is the third Saturday, Nov 20, 7 - 9 pm with Craig Abercrombie calling and Connie cueing.
Come join us, we'd love to dance with you. I support the three clubs in my area, Hoedowners, Eager Beavers, and Sunset Promenaders, who are dancing right now. It feels so good to dance, even with a mask or shield.
Hope to see you in a square,