Border City Squares  

Presidents' Corner                                                September 2001

Welcome Back

Welcome back for another year of great dancing. Although I know many of you have been dancing all summer, we look forward to seeing the rest of you at our first dance on September 8th.

Penny and Skip Guild, the Club Chairpersons, have nearly completed the list of hosts and hostesses for our own dances and hope to see all our members back to welcome visiting dancers to our dances at the Infant Jesus Church. Wayne and Priscilla Griffin, our new Banner Chairpersons, have been busy lining up lots of raids and retrievals including to some clubs we haven’t had banner exchanges with in the recent past. And finally, Bill and Anne Parke, our Class Chairpersons, are all set to start a new class and look forward to all of you helping to bring in new dancers and helping out as angels. So come on out and dance!

Summer Dancing

It is good to hear of the many BCS dancers who have remained active over the summer. In addition to our own Club’s lessons and workshops on Monday nights, many of our dancers have been going to camp and dance weekends and to summer dances around the area including dances at clubs we don’t often visit during the regular dance season. At least six couples have been taking advanced lessons and are looking forward to this new level of dancing. These dancers include Steve and Lorri Wurtzler, Bill and Vivian Thompson, Wayne and Priscilla Griffin, Eric Magrath and Debbie Coit, Ed and Corinne Renauld, and Chris and Norma Howard.

Club Caller

At the special general meeting of the Club held on July 30th, the Club voted to approve the Boards selection of Ed Renauld to be our caller for the coming dance year. Twenty-four Club members attended the meeting, and the vote was unanimous. Thanks to those of you who attended this meeting.

Paid Membership DUES FORM INSIDE

Based on the current treasurer’s records, 56 dancers have renewed or become a member for this next year. Please remember: if you have not paid your dues, this is the last newsletter you will be receiving. A Dues Form is included in the inside back page of this newsletter. Simple pull off the back page (you will not lose any of the newsletter), fill it out, include your check, and mail or bring it in. If you have already renewed, give the form to a friend.

New Dancer Recruiting

We need to make a strong effort to recruit new dancers for our fall class. The Fun Night will be on September 10th, and we hope you will all come help us get our new class off to a good start. You can still get fliers and pamphlets from any of the Board members. Just give us a call. But don’t forget, the most successful recruitment is still by word of mouth. So invite all your friends to share in this great activity.

Dates to Remember

  • Sep 8 - First BCS Dance at infant Jesus Church

  • Sep 10 - New Dancer Fun Night at Horse Pond Fish and Game Clu

  • Sep 15 - Demo Dance St Francis Xavier Church

  • Sep 15 - Heel & Toe Mainstream Retrieval

  • Sep 16 - Demo dance Ressurrection Church

  • Sep 22 - Monadnock Squares M/P Raid

  • Sep 29 - Seacoast Region M/P Raid

  • Oct 5 - Litchfield Swingers Raid

Dance Demos

The demo at the Hudson Old Home Days on August 18th was a great success. Although this demo is sponsored by Litchfield Swingers, Border City provided half the dancers. Under the calling of Ralph Peacock, the dancers let everyone know just how much fun square dancing can be. Thanks to Cheryl Palucchi, Wayne Griffin, Roberta Blais, Hal Kelley, Preston Walsh,

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Bill & Susan Leuci, and Bruce Williams for their enthusiastic participation.

We are scheduled for two demonstration dances in September. The first is on Saturday, September 15th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Nashua. The second is on Sunday,

September 16th from 4:15 to 5:15 PM at the Resurrection Church in Nashua. These are great opportunities to invite people to join our new class, and we hope to have an enthusiastic group of dancers to support both these demos. Please join us!

Chris & Norma Howard
Presidents

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Club Chair Report

There was no dance this summer so this report is strictly about upcoming Border City Square dances.

Saturday September 8th will be our first dance of the season at the Infant Jesus Church, Allds Street, Nashua. It will be a Mainstream dance with two Plus Tips and the caller and cuer are Everett Mackin and Barbara Nutting. Our host and hostess are Steve and Lorri Wurtzler and the theme will be "Rock Around The Clock." Setup time for the September dance will be at the usual time, 12:30 p.m., Saturday for anyone who is willing to help.

The schedule for the entire dance season follows. As you can see, we still need a host and hostess for the June dance.

Border City Squares Club Dances 2001 – 2002

Date Host/Hostess Theme Level Caller Cuer
    2001      
Sep 8 Steve & Lorri Wurtzler Rock Around Clock MS & 2 Plus Everett Mackin Barbara Nutting
Oct 13 Cheryl Palucchi & Anne-Marie Boucher Autumn Greetings MS & 2 Plus Johnny Wedge Bev Boudreau
Nov 10 Wayne & Priscilla Griffin Salute to Veterans Plus Don Bachelder Bernie Porter
Dec 8 Bill & Vivian Thompson Winter Wonderland Plus Norm Poisson Marilyn Rivenburg
    2002      
Jan 12 Class Chair & Class Pajama Party Class Ed Renauld Barbara Nutting
Feb 9 Bill & Sue Leuci   MS & 2 Plus Patty Greene Bev Boudreau
Mar 9 Class Chair & Class Lion and Lamb Class Matt Auger None
Apr 13 Jon & Margery Shank   Plus Frank Lescrinier Pat Brann
May 11 Dave & Mary Raymond Spring Flowers MS & 2 Plus Jim Schell Sandi Simmons
Jun 8     MS & 2 Plus Jim Wass Bev Boudreau

Skip & Penny Guild
Club Chairpersons

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Class Chair Report

CONGRATULATIONS to our newest graduates! As this newsletter is being written, our January Class has reached the culmination of seven months of hard work – their Graduation! Their dedication and perseverance, even during the summer months, has finally brought them to the point of being experienced dancers, confident of their abilities, anticipating attending dances far and near. We welcome them as members of Border City. A full report on the graduation will appear in next month’s newsletter.

NEW SEPTEMBER CLASS

September is a time of beginnings, in Square Dancing as well as in schools. It’s a time for folks to venture into uncharted waters, to take on challenges, to try new things. It’s also a time when many people resolve to get back to fitness activities, before winter adds challenges of its own. Well, we know an activity that will fill the bill for all of these people – SQUARE DANCING! But how do we get the word out to all these potential dancers?

The majority of new dancers are introduced to square dancing by a friend who brings them to a Fun Night. While many people, especially singles, are reluctant to come alone, a personal invitation will often calm their jitters. Whether you’ve been dancing six months or six years (or lots more), your enthusiasm for this activity is its greatest advertisement. Try to bring at least one friend with you to the free Fun Night on Monday, September 10 or to the first lesson on Monday, September 17, from 8 to 10 PM.

ANGELS

One of the most important groups of people in square dancing is our Angels – those wonderful people who come to classes weekly to help our new dancers, and to share the pleasures of square dancing. If you haven’t "angeled" in a while, perhaps this fall would be a grand time to join the new class in some relaxing dancing, and at the same time brush up on those calls you’re always a little unsure about. Hopefully, our 2001 graduates will share their enthusiasm by helping these new dancers, and at the same time they can practice and refine their own skills.

Please remember the following suggestions for Angels:

Never forget that you were once a beginner and made your share of mistakes.

Your attitude shapes the attitudes of future dancers. The students look to you for help, encouragement, and guidance, not criticism.

Don’t push a dancer into proper position. Instead, just point or motion to show the position.

The caller is the teacher! You should teach by example. Ask the caller to re-explain if someone in your square is having trouble.

Do not talk or explain a movement while the caller is teaching or talking, as this distracts everyone.

Do not belittle a dancer by word or facial expression, even if they seem to have two left feet or to be in a fog.

As in life, treat others as you would like to be treated.

Be sure to keep a SMILE on your face, no matter what happens!!

Class Chairpersons
Anne and Bill Parke

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Banner Chair Report

First, we wish to thank Steve and Lorri Wurtzler, last year's Banner Chairs. We think they did a terrific job. Last summer, they arranged a banner schedule for the entire year and printed the complete schedule in the September 2000 newsletter.

We had hoped to do the same this September, but some of the clubs we exchange banners with were not yet able to tell us when they would attend our club's dances. Some clubs are not hosting dances this year. The Tech Squares presented us with a banner exchange and we presented the Monadnock Squares and the Seacoast Region with one exchange each.

The Heel & Toe retrieval (Sept 15) and raids to the Monadnock Squares (Sept 22) and Seacoast Region (Sept 29) are for this month. These last two clubs are actually closer than some other clubs we dance with. However, traveling East and West in NH is slow and it will be a full hour's ride. We will need to meet at the car pool location (old photo mat kiosk in the Nashua Mall) at 6:30 PM and leave soon after so we can dance the first tip.

We arranged for more banner exchanges with the clubs nearest to us, and with the clubs who came to our dances with about the same number of dancers that we brought to their dance. These clubs understand that banner exchanges provide both dancers and income to a dance. We still have banners from the Cloudbusters, Concord Coach and Wolf Rockers.

Our September dance is the earliest possible, and some clubs can not schedule such an early dance. Their club members might still be at Camp or Dance weekends or they simply will not see their members until their club's first workshop later in the month. Heel & Toe and Tech Squares plan to raid our September dance.

The complete dance/banner schedule (as it now exists) is available and on our web site. Save and post it where you can refer to it. You will see a question mark in front of each dance that we asked to attend but can not be sure we will be going because the club would not commit to come to any of our dances.

September and Early October Raids/Retrievals

Date

Club

Location

Level

We Are

Caller

Cuer

09-15-01

Heel & Toe

Manchester, NH

M

Retrieving

Lee Kennedy

Doris T-Bow

09-22-01

Monadnock Squares

Keene, NH

M/P

Raiding

Auger & Petitbon

Leo Boudreau

09-29-01

Seacoast Region

Hampton, NH

M/P

Raiding

Jim Mayo

Sally Lennox

10-05-01

Litchfield Swingers

Litchfield, NH

M

Raiding

'Yikes' Cameron

Sandi Simmons

Clubs Raiding / Retrieving at Our September Dance:

Date

Club

They Are

BCS Members

Their Members

09-08-01

Heel & Toe

Raiding

Scheduled 09-15-01

?

09-08-01

Tech Squares

Raiding

Scheduled 01-26-02

?

Club Banners We Have: Clubs With Our Banners:

Date

Club

BCS Members

Retrieval Date

 

Date

Club

Their Members

Retrieval Date

09-22-00

Cloudbusters

15

Not Scheduled

   

None

   

06-02-01

Concord Coach

28

Not Scheduled

         

06-23-01

Wolf Rockers

26

Not Scheduled

         

Wayne & Priscilla Griffin
Banner Chairs

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Border City Squares Dance Schedule 2001-2002

*

Date

Club Name

Level

Caller

Cuer

 

09-08-01

Border City Squares

M+2P

Everett Mackin

Barbara Nutting

 

09-15-01

Heel & Toe

M

Lee Kennedy

Doris T-Bow

 

09-22-01

Monadnock Squares

M/P

Auger & Petitbon

Leo Boudreau

 

09-29-01

Seacoast Region

M/P

Jim Mayo

Sally Lennox

 

10-05-01

Litchfield Swingers

M

'Yikes' Cameron

Sandi Simmons

 

10-13-01

Border City Squares

M+2P

Johnny Wedge

Bev Boudreau

 

10-20-01

Heel & Toe

M+xPF

Will Larson

Phil Gatchell

 

10-27-01

Apple Squares

M

Jerry Maurice

Phil Gatchell

 

10-27-01

Turkey Town Trotters

P

Jim Pulaski

Carol McGee

 

11-02-01

Litchfield Swingers

M

Ralph Peacock

Bernie Porter

 

11-03-01

Firesiders

P

Dan Guin

TBA

 

11-10-01

Border City Squares

P

Don Bachelder

Bernie Porter

 

11-16-01

Single Squares

M+xP

Matt Auger

Scott Cohen

?

12-01-01

Montachusett Twirlers

M/P

Matt Auger

Leo Boudreau

 

12-08-01

Border City Squares

P

Norm Poisson

Marilyn Rivenburg

 

12-14-01

Single Squares

M+xP

Jay Silva

Phil Gatchell

?

12-15-01

Concord Coach

C

Class Caller

Bernie Porter

?

01-05-02

Montachusett Twirlers

M/P

Ted Lizotte

Sandi Simmons

 

01-12-02

Border City Squares

C

Ed Renauld

Barbara Nutting

 

01-19-02

Heel & Toe

M+xPF

Ted Lizotte

Bernie Porter

 

01-26-02

Tech Squares

P

Shawn Cuddy

Barbara Strong

 

02-01-02

Litchfield Swingers

P

Jim Schell

Phil Gatchell

 

02-02-02

Apple Squares

M+xP

Jerry Maurice

Phil Gatchell

 

02-09-02

Border City Squares

M+2P

Patty Greene

Bev Boudreau

?

02-16-02

Concord Coach

C

Ted Lizotte

Bernie Porter

?

02-23-02

Wolf Rockers

M/P

Charlie McLeod

?

 

03-02-02

Firesiders

C

Jerry Maurice

None

 

03-09-02

Border City Squares

C

Matt Auger

None

 

03-16-02

Heel & Toe

M+xPF

Matt Auger

Bernie Porter

 

03-23-02

Turkey Town Trotters

P

Dennis Marsh

Carol McGee

?

03-30-02

Wolf Rockers

M/P

Jim Schell

TBA

?

04-06-02

Concord Coach

P

Lee Kennedy

Sandi Simmons

 

04-13-02

Border City Squares

P

Frank Lescrinier

Pat Brann

 

04-20-02

Heel & Toe

M+xPF

John Hendron

Bernie Porter

 

05-03-02

Litchfield Swingers

M/P

Johnny Wedge

Marilyn Rivenburg

 

05-04-02

Skirts 'N Flirts

P

Everett Mackin

Barbara Strong

 

05-11-02

Border City Squares

M+2P

Jim Schell

Sandi Simmons

 

05-18-02

Heel & Toe

M+xPF

TBA

Peg Sutton

 

05-24-02

Square Wheelers

M/P

Mike Petitbon

Phil Gatchell

?

06-01-02

Concord Coach

M/P

Jim Lee

TBA

 

06-08-02

Border City Squares

M+xP

Jim Wass

Marilyn Rivenburg

?

06-15-02

Bradford Country Sqs

M/P

Dona Prudhomme

Vera Prudhomme

?

06-22-02

Wolf Rockers

M/P

Everett Mackin

Leo Boudreau

Notes: The first column (*) shows question marks where clubs have not confirmed the banner exchange. Many have agreed to having us go to their dance but will not give us a date when they can return.
Meaning of Level Column: M=Mainstream tips, M/P = Alternating Mainstream and Plus tips, M+2P = Mainstream with 2 Plus tips, M+xP = Mainstream with 'some' Plus tips, M+xPF = Mainstream with 'some' Plus & Fast Track tips, P = Plus tips, C = Class tips (progressively more Basic and Mainstream calls)
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Border City Squares September/October Calendar 2001

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
26 AUG 27 AUG

7-10 PM Graduation Dance Party.

Sept Newsletter Distributed.

28 AUG 29 AUG 30 AUG 31 AUG 1 SEPT
2 SEPT 3 SEPT

Have a Happy

Labor Day.

4 SEPT 5 SEPT 6 SEPT 7 SEPT 8 SEPT

8-10:30 PM First BCS Dance. 'Rock Around Clock' at Infant Jesus Church. MS+2 Plus Tips Everett Machin Barbara Nutting

9 SEPT 10 SEPT Lessons Start at Horse Pond Fish & Game Club.

7-8 PM All Position MS Workshop.

8-10 PM Phase 1 New Dancer Free Fun Night

11 SEPT 12 SEPT 13 SEPT 14 SEPT 15 SEPT

3:00-4:00 PM Demo Dance, St Francis Xavier Church, Nashua

Heel & Toe MS Retrieval

16 SEPT 4:15-5:15 PM

Demo Nashua

Resurrection Church

17 SEPT

7-8 PM All Position MS.

8-10 PM Phase 1

18 SEPT 19 SEPT 20 SEPT 21 SEPT

7 PM

Border City Board Meeting. at TBD

22 SEPT

Monadnock Squares M/P Raid

23 SEPT 24 SEPT

7-8 PM All Position MS.

8-10 PM Phase 1

25 SEPT 26 SEPT 27 SEPT 28 SEPT 29 SEPT

Seacoast Region M/P

30 SEPT 01 OCT

7-8 PM All Position MS.

8-10 PM Phase 1

02 OCT 03 OCT 04 OCT 05 OCT

Litchfield Swingers Raid

06 OCT
07 OCT 08 OCT

7-8P M All Position MS.

8-10 PM Phase 1

09 OCT 10 OCT 11 OCT 12 OCT 13 OCT

8-10:30 PM Dance "Autumn Greetings" Infant Jesus Church. MS+2 Plus Tips Johnny Wedge
Bev Boudeau

14 OCT 15 OCT

7-8 PM All Position MS.

8-10 PM Phase 1

16 OCT 17 OCT 18 OCT 19 OCT 20 OCT

Heel & Toe

21 OCT 22 OCT

7-8 PM All Position MS

8-10 PM Phase 1

23 OCT 24 OCT 25 OCT 26 OCT 27 OCT

Apple Squares

28 OCT 29 OCT

7-8 PM All Position MS

8-10 PM Phase 1

30 OCT 31 OCT 01 NOV 02 NOV

Litchfield Squares

03 NOV

Firesiders

04 NOV 05 NOV

7-8 PM All Position MS

8-10 PM Phase 1

06 NOV 07 NOV 08 NOV 09 NOV 10 NOV

8-10:30 PM Plus
"Salute To Veterans" Infant Jesus Church. Don Bachelder Bernie Porter

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Dues Form 2001-2002

Thank You If You Have Already Renewed Your Membership For July 2001 through June 2002.

This Membership Form Can Be Filled Out and This Entire Sheet Can Be Given To the Treasurer

Or Mailed to

Border City Squares
P.O. Box 6082
Nashua, N.H. 03063

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