Why do we go to Square & Round Dances? It’s to relax & enjoy ourselves, right? So, when we arrive at the dance and walk in the door, there are people who greet you, there are the Caller & Cuer set up on stage ready to provide entertainment for you. Their goal is to see that you enjoy yourselves and come away feeling good about the event.
Putting on a dance is a complex affair. There are many elements that need to be accomplished to have a successful dance. The club hosting the dance must have a hall, seek volunteers to take care of the details, hire Callers & Cuers and promote the dance. The dancers must know there is a dance and be interested enough to come. The Caller & Cuer spend time outside of the dance preparing programs and rehearsing to provide entertainment for the dancers.
What if that does not happen? What if the greeters aren’t interested in your presence, what if the Caller or the Cuer does not meet your expectations? How should you respond? You certainly can express your opinions to all present and elicit the same from others. Do you believe that would be wise?
There will be times when a dance may not live up to your expectations. Here is something to consider. Will it help to spend time expressing your discontent about your personal view of the dance to others at the dance? You certainly can do that, but should you? It is my belief that the primary reason that a person comes to a dance is to have some respite from everyday problems and to leave the dance feeling good. What I am certain of is, that complaining to others at the dance about the greeters, other dancers or Caller & Cuer will definitely not do that. The better part of valor is discretion. It is just common courtesy.
So, after reading this, I would like you to do your best to ensure that you present a positive presence at every dance that you may attend. It may not be always as you expect, but that needn’t be expressed at the dance. If the problem is significant, then I would hope that you take the time to express that issue to the Club officers in confidence.
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Our very long summer is finally coming to a close, and the leaves will finally begin to turn. As we enter the annual holiday season, take a moment to be thankful for making it through another year, and for the friends in your square dance family who brighten your day.
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The next Federation meeting will be hosted by the Emerald Empire Council, and will be held at the Linn County Fairgrounds on January 29, 2023, in conjunction with Mid-Winter Festival.
We have three nominees for the Randall Award this year. Your council delegates will be casting their votes, and the winner will be announced at Mid-Winter Festival. Click here to read the biographies.
The application form for the Federation scholarships for seniors in high school and freshmen in college has been updated for 2023. Be sure to remind your young people to apply: https://squaredance.gen.or.us/ScholarshipApp .
Mid-Winter Festival 2023 is scheduled for January 27-29, 2023, at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany.
Hi Dancers! Mid Winter is back and we are excited to welcome you to a Wonderful World of Dance. Our amazing talent includes Justin Russell from Memphis, Tennessee, and Steve Edlund from Burnaby, British Columbia, as our featured callers, Tim and Deb Vogt from Las Vegas Nevada as our featured round dance cuers and Shane Gruber from Michigan as our featured clogging instructor. The festival will be at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany Or. on January 27th, 28th, 29th 2023. Area visitation Chairman have ribbons so if you see them at a dance don't hesitate to bug them. Also the hotels have set up blocks of discounted rooms for us fabulous square dancers so if you want to call and get your reservation saved I would do so soon. The following hotels are offering discounts: Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Quality Inn and the Phoenix Inn. Just call and let them know you are with the square dancers for the reduced rates. Check our Facebook page for cute notes and up-to-date information. Hope to see you all on the dance floor soon.
There is currently no Summer Festival planned for 2023.
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 72nd National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Mobile, Alabama, June 21-24, 2023.
The 2023 USAWest Convention will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 26-29, 2023.
The 73rd National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 26-29, 2024.
The 74th National Square Dance Convention® will be held in Shreveport, Louisiana, June 25-28, 2025.
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 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
Download a complete list of the Federation club dances this month, all sorted by date and city.
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Is your closet bulging at the seams? Are you hankering to recycle some of your 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 2023. Follow closely the online instructions and email your list of items in by January 17, 2023.
Note: If you are having any problems completing the form online, then by all means hand write it and mail it in. We will input it to the computer for you. Please email or call Sheila for assistance.
If you snail mail your list, it must be received by January 10, 2023.
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 for you to the consignment tables. Labels will be printed in the order that you have numbered them on the submission form.
If you have sets, keep/place them together. This will help you with 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 (3:00 pm) or Friday morning (9:00 am) 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 online 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 chair 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.
Yes, retiring. After over a half century looking for, and most of the time finding the corner, I think it’s time to pack it in.
I’ve always said, “I have no intention of ever quitting calling, but it might quit me.” I can’t help but feel that’s what’s happening. Over two and a half years sitting on my butt waiting for the pandemic to end, having a wife that needed constant care and supervision, and turning 81 years of age, I’m finding it hard to commit, not just to myself, but just to meeting the challenges of taking care of life.
Life? Let’s talk about it. My life has been blessed and filled with things that most people, especially callers, only dream about.
Yvonne and I celebrated 60 years of being partners in life. Some of you might have been there with us when we celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary, ten years ago.
We were blessed with three children that grew and prospered. We also have grandkids and great-grandkids that I am going to enjoy as much as possible (darned pandemic).
Calling? When I picked up a microphone for the first time, I had absolutely no idea of where calling square dances was about to take me. After a 10-week, 2 hours a week course, I graduated and got myself a badge that said “Caller.” I started by teaching a square and a half of friends how to dance, and with very little experience, was hired by two other clubs.
Within just a few years I was traveling out of state for weekends and festivals. During that happy and exciting time, I was asked to do a vocal recording. My first record was “Country Mind, Country Heart” On Greenwood Square Dance Records. Produced by one of our own, Les Roberts. What an honor.
I was privileged in 1975 to be invited to attend the second annual CALLERLAB Convention and have served on the board of governors and Executive Committee. Today, I am a “Gold Card Member.”
I also founded my own two record labels in which I produced hundreds of square and round dance records.
During those first twelve or so years of calling, I also worked the pipe trades while calling dances, classes, and workshops three or four nights a week. Add to that, traveling out for far too many weekends.
In 1987 I was invited to be the resident winter-time caller for a resort in Arizona. I spent the next sixteen winters calling up to three times a day, and six days a week, for the snowbirds. When I decided to retire from that marathon calling in 2003, I had programs in five different Resorts. Those sixteen years exposed me to dancers and callers from all over the world. You can’t buy advertising like that. Everything just “snowballed.”
Winters in Arizona and Summers on the road. In 1989 on my summer road trip returning from the East Coast, I had a heart issue in Rapid City, SD. I recovered from that and went south for the winter. I made it through that winter season in time to fly home for by-pass surgery. I guess it went well because I’m still here 32 years later.
I ended my Snowbird winters at the seasons’ end in 2003. That also pretty much ended my road-work as well. It was time to settle back home in Portland and once again be a “Club Caller.”
I am also proud of the fact that I am one of the earliest CALLERLAB Accredited Caller Coaches and have been involved in caller training for all but a few years of being a caller.
It has been my privilege to call and conduct caller training in most of the U.S. States and Canadian Provinces. Along with, The Yukon Territory, Puerto Rico, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, England, Norway, Denmark, and many others. I can’t prove it, but I believe that I was the first to actually call a dance on the Great Wall of China.
What a life. So many wonderful experiences. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the real legends of the Modern Western Square Dance Activity. Some of them are still living and I try to stay in touch with them.
The dancers? That’s what I’m going to miss most. Some of my greatest moments have been with people that have become extended family through the dancing. Not just here in Oregon, but all over the world.
It seems funny to say but some of my most memorable moments, good and bad, have been Square Dance related. Callers and dancers that I have taught, played, and worked with through the years have made what I call “my Life.”
I will not sell all my equipment. I will remain available to help any caller or dancer that needs my help. In an emergency I will be ready to fill-in where needed.
Thank you Portland. Thank you Oregon. Thank you All the States and Foreign Countries. Thank you all the Dancers, Callers and Round Dance Cuers, local and international, that have treated me so well. Thank you Mom and Dad for all of your early influence. Thank you to my family that has supported me for all these years and think I should keep going. I wish I could.
I apologize to anyone that I may have offended along the way. I love you all, and this old used-up Caller says, “thank you and farewell.”
Daryl Clendenin Nov. 2, 202
The River City Riders garage sale is coming up November 11 and 12 in Molalla. See flyer for details.
Yvonne Clare Clendenin, 80, passed away on September 21, 2022, at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Portland, OR. Born August 17, 1942, in Stayton, OR, she is predeceased by her parents, Clarence Edward and Rosamond Jane (Koessler) Hendricks.
Yvonne was the second of twelve children. She has been preceded in passing by brothers Michael (Mickey) Hendricks, Jerome (Jerry) Hendricks, and Leroy Hendricks, and sisters Jeanette Scharbach and Agnes Hendricks. She is survived by siblings Dolores (Dodie) Hendricks, Mary Riordan, Carl Hendricks, James (Jim) Hendricks, John? (Jack) Hendricks, and Kenneth (Kenny) Hendricks.
Yvonne graduated from St. Regis High School in 1960 and then moved to Portland, OR where she entered into nurse’s training at the University of Portland. On a blind date in 1961, she met her husband-to-be, Daryl Clendenin. They were married a year later in Stayton, OR by her uncle, Father James Koessler.
They were blessed with three children, Darin Clendenin, Teresa Sklenicka, and Christina Baseel; four grandchildren, Brittany and Brock Baseel, and Sara and Rachel Sklenicka; and two great-grandchildren Weston and Hudson.
A funeral mass will be held for Yvonne at 1:00 on October 14, 2022, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 5227 N Bowdoin, Portland, OR 97203 followed by a reception at Los Prados Event Hall located at 10105 N Lombard St, Portland, OR.
Vida Brandon, 91, a resident of Forest Grove, died Monday, October 10, 2022.
A Celebration of Life will be held on November 4, 2022, at 1:30 pm in the Hillsboro First Congregational United Church of Christ, 494 E. Main Street in Hillsboro, with Rev. Adam Hange, officiating. Family and friends are invited attend a reception in the fellowship hall immediately following the service.
Vida, born in 1931 in Alamosa, Colorado to Seymour and Viola Henson, graduated from Alamosa High School in 1949. Vida completed her freshman year at Adam State University in Alamosa.
She married Carl Brandon in 1950, in the Alamosa First Baptist Church. Soon after, Carl joined the Air Force and they resided in San Antonio, Texas, for four years. In 1955, after Carl’s discharge, they moved back to Alamosa. In 1968 they moved their family to Forest Grove.
Vida served as an educational assistant for 20 years in the Forest Grove School District, retiring in 1991.
She was an active member of Hillsboro First Congregational United Church of Christ, having taught Vacation Bible School and, with Carl, organized the library there.
Among her special interests, Vida and Carl enjoyed square dancing with the Toe Draggers at Kinton Grange.
Vida was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 2018, after over 67 years of marriage.
Vida was also preceded in death by her parents, Seymour and Viola Henson; her brother, Ray Wellington and her sister, Jean Henson.
Survivors include her children, Carla (Dennis) Day, of Wilmington, North Carolina; Alan Brandon (Anne Peslier), of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Barbara (Mark) Schranz, of Madras, Oregon. Also surviving are her three grandchildren, Stephen Day (Jen Teager), of Allen, Texas; Jacob (Allison) Day, of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Vida (Michael) Andrews Schranz, of Madras, Oregon, and five great-grandchildren.
Viewing (Visitation) Hrs: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove. The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Camp Adams Fund, c/o of Hillsboro First Congregational United Church of Christ, 494 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123, in Vida’s memory.
To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family go to www.fuitenrosehoyt.com.
10/17/1930 - 10/22/2022
Patty Bonney started square dancing in the 1970’s and after lessons joined the Circulating Singles and then later Single On Saturday (SOS). In 1984 she became a charter member of the Mix and Mingle Square Dance Club (M&M’s) serving on the Board many times over in every office except Treasurer (“you can’t pay me to do that job”). Patty was a regular on 1st and 3rd Saturdays at the M&M’s and during the week she danced Advanced and C-1 as well. When she decided she shouldn’t be driving her car any more she took the bus! Family was very important to Patty and she talked often of her 5 grown children, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her Church was important to her, too and she always looked forward to attending their Family Camp every year.
Patty died from heart failure on October 22 just 5 days after her 92nd birthday. We’ll miss seeing her walk into the Grange with her backpack (stuffed with a book to read and her current knitting project to work on), wearing her holiday socks and carrying a tin of her home baked cookies for the dancers to enjoy. She will remain a part of the heart of the M&M’s and fondly remembered by those who knew her.
To read more on Patty’s full life away from square dancing visit: https://www.animals24-7.org/2022/10/25/patty-bonney-92-quietly-did-more-for-animals-than-most-activists/
You can download this list of callers and cuers who are available and ready to call or cue a dance for you.
The Portland Area Council has chosen the November 2022 Oregon Round of the Month:
"Stripes", Phase II+1 Two-Step (Strolling Vice), choreographed by Rochelle & Leo Catt, performed by Brandi Clark.
For more information on the Round of the Month, please contact .
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Our next Fifth Saturday Dance is October 29, 2022. We'll have pre-rounds at 7:00 and then a mainstream dance with rounds at 8:00. Can you believe 2023 is just around the corner?! Unbelievable!
The Fifth Saturdays in 2023 include April 29, July 29, September 30, and December 30.
We are continuing to stay safe with our members being vaccinated, etc. We continue having hand sanitizers available as well. Individually wrapped snacks are welcome. Our water fountain has been turned back on, but we realize some will opt to bring their own water.
Welcome back to calling, cueing, teaching and dancing! Continue being safe, everyone!
Keep on calling and cueing!
Our dances are held from 1:30-3:30 in Hall B behind the Emerald Square Dance Center at 20th and Yolanda in Springfield. We generally dance twice a month when we have enough for at least one square with some spares. Our tentative dance schedule can be found at cas-sd.yolasite.com.
Advanced is a lot of fun and good for one’s brain and body. Come join us.
Our caller Jim Hattrick as many of you know had a bad fall and broke his hip this summer. He is now recuperated and tells me he is back to calling and teaching. We look forward to seeing him in October for our Halloween Dance October 28. Costumes are optional and we will at times award prizes to most original, etc. Jim is our club caller and always makes the dances fun along with our fabulous cuer Jackie Gale. We will have a 4th Friday dance in November, the day after Thanksgiving so come dance those calories off! We will be dark in December and January for Christmas and Mid-Winter.
Please remember that masking is optional and that hand sanitizer continues to be made available. Snacks are provided for the open breaks for those who need a little sustenance.
Please come join us for a fun night of square and round dancing from 7:30 to 10:00 at the Emerald Square Dance Center in Springfield.
We dance every Sunday from 4 - 6 at the dance center in Springfield at 20th and Yolanda. Tim Matteson is a great caller and will call whatever level we can muster. We have individually wrapped snacks on hand. We invite you all to join us! We're a fun bunch-- that's for sure. All dances are casual.
Please call our president, David Lajoie, at 541-520-7311 to make sure we are, indeed, dancing. Once in a blue moon we are dark.
Spin Cycle Squares
I'm sorry to let you know that the October 8 dance had to be cancelled because Mike Kious was in a three-car accident up in the Portland area and is recuperating. We pray he is well soon and back to calling. We are all concerned for Mike and Camille too. This is too scary!
Our cuer's new husband, Jake Westra, is taking square dance lessons from Roger Putzler. That would be so cool to add him to our Whirl-A-Ways roster!
All dances and classes are at the Emerald Dance Center, 2095 Yolanda in Springfield.
Cuer for Whirl-A-Ways
It is great to see the dance floor beginning to fill back up after being so restricted due to the social contact requirements of the pandemic.
We surprised Randy the day after his 70th birthday with chocolate cake during a break. He enjoyed every bite and the smile in appreciation was a just reward. He got to go home with a little bit of leftover cake after the rest of us got our share on plates. Enjoyable way to enjoy a break.
The beginning round dance class that the club is sponsoring has a good attendance of 9.5 couples. We have lost one couple due to a personal injury and we are surprised and pleased that they are sticking with us. We seem to be explaining moves to their satisfaction and they just got their first full song on 10/2. So onward and upward. We are doing this by the seat of our pants since I have never cued, and Molly has never taught. We seem to mesh well together and are enjoying the challenge.
Our Corn ‘n Cluck dance on September 16 was a great dance with six squares. We had chicken and corn on the cob plus lots of other tasty dishes. Mike Kious was our Guest Caller and Leonard Snodgrass our Guest Cuer for the evening. The wind-up chicken races were a blast and we had two winners. So much fun!!!
Our 5th Friday Plus dance was a good one. There were not many Advanced Dancers, so we went with Plus for the entire evening.
The first Friday in October was another fun dance. Four of our six Youth dancers were in attendance. So much energy!
We will be DARK for the third Friday, October 21, because Randy Dibble is calling for the Seaside Sashay and several of the club members will also be attending. November 4 is our next first Friday dance. See you on the dance floor.
Our birthday dance is coming up Sunday afternoon October 23. We will be celebrating our 28th year and invite all square dancers to join us. We would love to have a big birthday party, and we need all of you to make it possible.
Just an early reminder that due to the conflict with Christmas Eve, Willamette Squares will be dark in December. In the meantime, we will have our dancin’ shoes on and dancing the hours away at the Salem Square Dance Center. We hope to see you in a square.
The council is planning to have visitations to clubs on their anniversary. We’re also trying to arrange joint visitations with the Tualatin Valley Council. We’d do this in hopes we can double the number of visitors to our mutual clubs. Accordingly, our next joint visitation will be to the M&M’s November 19th.
It was also mentioned that specialty dances need to be highly publicized, so they are not in competition with regular dances in the area. (Hopefully, other clubs might cancel their own dances to support the specialty dances, as they take a lot of work to organize.)
And we’re the only club I know of who has three callers in our club! We plan to feature them calling next year.
We revel in our history. At our inception, we were the only club in the tri-county area that would allow single dancers to join!
Young Lumsden (couple), Mary Jane (former PAC dancer) and Tomas Buchheit. Both Scott Z. and Tami Helms received votes.
C & P’s Turkey Trot (new-dancer) Jamboree is NOV 20th , 4-7:30 pm (Turkey dinner break is 5-6 PM). Scott Zinser will call and Dave Cooper will Cue.
Saturday dances start with Plus level at 7:00 PM, followed by Mainstream and
rounds. We will be dancing Thanksgiving weekend, November 26th, so if you are in town and need to burn off some calories, come join us, Scott Zinser calling.
The Country Cut-Ups are thankful for all who attended our Pancake Breakfast and Bazaar in October. We have decided to collect items for our annual spring Barn Sale, so you can look forward to that.
We are thankful to have a Mainstream class going on Thursday nights at 7:30 PM, so come on out and help angel lessons, especially if you need a refresher.
Beverly De La Bruere
Our November Dances are on the 5th & 19th w/Roger & Sarge and Chuck & Elaine. Look for flyers in this issue of OFN.
Our 55th birthday dance is approaching and we will have Randy Dibble calling and Rikki cueing - this is on Dec 3rd - Advanced and all levels of dancing. The flyer is under "Special Dances."
Our Tuesday SSD class is going well with 14 students. We are still offering MS Funshop & Plus class on Thursdays starting at 630pm.
Ribbons are available for Boatnik Memorial Weekend 2023 - we are excited to have Joe Saltel back and welcome Randy/Marie Preskitt for the 1st time. Let the club know if you need flyers or ribbons.
Wishing everyone the start of a wonderful Holiday Season and we hope to see you on the dance floor soon!
Tim Keck, President Oregon Federation, was one of 19 participants of the TVC monthly Zoom meeting on September 26th. Officiated by TVC President Ursula Kuhn, topics included upcoming dances, reimbursements to clubs for class lessons, reporting of State meetings and Festivals, and after the Evergreen Council decided not to host the Tri-Council Dance, what to do next year. Also, the Hahn Barn dance will be in September next year in an attempt to have cooler weather.
November has two member clubs celebrating an anniversary. On the November 3rd the Sunset Promenaders Plus celebrates their 8th Anniversary at the Hillsboro IOOF hall. Then on the 19th, the Mix 'N Mingle celebrates their 38th anniversary with a dance on at the Winona Grange in Tualatin. Although a Plus club this will be a “Floor Level” dance so all Mainstream & Plus dancers are welcome. The Council highly recommends that all TVC dancers attend the anniversary dances held by other member clubs.
Our next dance will be New Year’s Eve at the IOOF Hall in Hillsboro featuring Darrell Kalmbach & KC Curtis calling with Tami Helms cueing. Pre-rounds begin 7pm, Mainstream from 7:30 to 9:30 with celebration at 9pm. Every 3rd tip Plus.
We had our first set of lessons starting in October. Round dance lessons in 2-step have returned and had a small but enthusiastic group for our beginning square dance class.
November will have our annual Thanksgiving fling so come dance with us.
On a personal note, I was disappointed last month when we had only two squares of our core dancers dancing to a national caller. It was discouraging that dancers seem to stick only to their club dances and not venture out. We have basically lost two clubs this past year and that troubles many of us. I wish I had an answer.
Well, as an optimist I want to think that people will get back into dancing and next year will be the best ever.
Our club was finally able to have our annual picnic in the cooler weather of mid-September with plenty of fun and games, including the ever-competitive board baseball.
On September 17th, a number of Eager Beavers attended founding member Paul Swenson’s 101st birthday party in the backyard of his home, and enjoyed sampling the three different cakes in the shapes of 1 0 1 that were made by his talented granddaughter!
We dance Plus with Rounds every Monday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00, including most days. Come dance with us in November and enjoy Jim Hattrick calling and cueing on the 7th and 21st, and Darrell Kalmbach calling with Jeanine Norden cueing the 14th and 28th. Most of our dancers are vaccinated, we currently do not require proof of vaccination. For current information, please see our website at http://EagerBeavers.info. (see link above)
We did have our regular dances on the September 10th and 24th. On September 10th Scott Zinser was our caller and on the 24th it was Jim Hattrick. Randy Lewis is our regular cuer but he’s having a hip rebuilt. We’ll see him back as soon as he’s able.
What’s coming up in November with Hoedowners at the Aloha Grange? Lessons every Tuesday evening for our new students and a brush up for all you experienced dancers. And on November 12th, we’ll have Scott Zinser and maybe Randy Lewis, On November 26th K.C. Curtis will call and Randy Lewis will cue.
Hope to see you there.
Our new beginner classes started on October 3rd , 6.30 – 7.25pm. We were thrilled to have 10 new dancers come along. We will be taking new students through October 17th and have already heard that more folks will be coming along. It is a very exciting time for our club.
Our caller is the amazing Mark Wheeler, who makes every Monday a fun time.
Our goal over the next couple of months is start going as a club to some dances. We plan to go at least one a month so we can meet up with everyone and introduce our newly graduated dancers.
November will see us doing a demonstration dance and beginner class at the LDS church in Lake Oswego. We haven’t been for a few years, so it will be good to go back and spread the fun of square dancing.
We hope as we move into the Fall that the positive trend continues and we can see our club grow.
We had our annual campout at Vista Park in Skamokawa in September – not as many camped over the weekend, but we had 23 there on Saturday afternoon for a club meeting and to enjoy a meal together afterwards.
November 11th is our “Veteran’s Day Dance” with Craig Abercrombie calling and Susan Healea cueing. As we have done in past years, veterans will get in free at this dance. It’s also a class-level dance (plus dancing the first hour and class-level calling for the rest of the dance). We hope to have many students in attendance!
Craig and Susan will again call/cue a “Gospel Dance” on November 26th. This dance is two days after Thanksgiving, so come and dance off some of that pumpkin pie!
September was a super busy month for our club! Our normal Mainstream Dance on September 3rd was a thank-you and celebration to Julie and Mike Stout for their years calling and cueing for us and their wonderful friendship. We had a Hawaiian theme with ice cream and cupcakes served. The dance was well attended with more than 4 squares. This was the last night for Julie to cue. Our Mainstream Dance held on September 17th was the last dance that Mike Stout called with Randy Lewis cueing. The club did a visitation to Tri Squares on September 22nd for their 24th anniversary, there were just over 4 squares. Thank-you to Leslie Tallman and Johnny Semm for planning and organizing visitations this year. Plus dances were held on Thursday the 1st, 15th and 29th with Darrell Kalmbach calling and Tami Helms cueing. The club had a campout on the weekend of September 9-11th at Wapiti RV resort. It was a great time with more than 40 people in attendance!
Our new officers, having taken their new roles in June, are doing an excellent job. I would like to highlight Ed Mickelson, our VP, for doing not only our monthly newsletter but he is also doing a weekly touch bases email to keep us all informed about the upcoming week. In addition, he and a team from the club have been reviewing all of our By-Laws. Thank-you Ed!
In November our lessons will continue (but please check our website (link above), because we couldn’t get the Kinton Grange for one of them, and there’s a possibility we may find another venue.) Lessons are on Sundays, Nov. 6, 13, and 27 at Kinton Grange, at 2:00 for Waltz and 3:30-5:30 for Mainstream. And for all dances and lessons this month our caller is Terry Halley and our cuer is Sandra Pinion. Our two dances are on Fridays: Nov.11, "Grateful Harvest Pie Party" (yum!) and Nov. 25th, "Black Friday" (black & white dance). 7:00 Plus & PreRounds, 7:30-9:30 Mainstream & Rounds with one Plus tip. Donation: $7. Break is at 9:30. (Masks are optional for now; please check our website for any masking updates.)
On Monday evenings we have Round Dance lessons, taught by Leonard Snodgrass. We have a Phase III Waltz class from 6:30-8 p.m. and also Cha Cha, 8-9 p.m.
Our 4th Friday Mainstream October dance, October 28th, is our Halloween costume party. Our 2nd Friday Plus November dance, November 11th, will be ‘PIE’ for Thanksgiving.