Border City Squares
Presidents' Corner June 2002
Club Chair Report Skip & Penny Guild
|On Saturday May
11th we had a MS Dance with 2
Plus Tips that was hosted by Mary and Dave Raymond.
The hall was decorated with flowers and butterflies. Our
"April Showers" dance brought "Spring
Flowers" to this dance. Id like to thank Amy
& Katherine Bollenbach, Anne-Marie Boucher, Cheryl
Palucchi, Priscilla & Wayne Griffin, Vivian &
Bill Thompson, and their grandson Chuck for helping to
set up the hall. We had a small crowd but 26 were Border
City members. The 2 Clubs raiding/retrieving banners were
Single Squares and Concord Coach. The caller Jim Schell
has a good singing voice, so we had a very musical and
fun dance. Sandi Simmons was the cuer. Thank you to all
the club members who brought food for the food table and
to those who stayed to clean up after the dance.
On Saturday June 8th at 8-10:30 PM, join us for our next BCS dance at the Infant Jesus Church, on Allds Street. This will be a MS dance with 2 Plus Tips. Jim Wass will be calling and Bev Boudreau will be cueing. Amy & Katherine Bollenbach will be hosting the dance. The theme is "Salad Night", so bring your favorite salad for the food table. Also remember it is casual dress. Raids/retrievals at this dance will be Square Wheelers, Litchfield Swingers, and Heel & Toe. Setup time will be at the usual 12:30 PM Saturday for anyone who is willing to help.
Class Chair Report Bill and Anne Parke
|Our January class
members, though small in number, continue to work hard on
developing and refining their skills. Their enthusiasm is
high, and the presence of our always-faithful angels
contributes to a fun time for all.
The Annual Meeting last month seems to have been a good-news, bad-news situation. Three cheers for two of our recent graduates, Celia Kendig and Paula Finamore, who have stepped forward to volunteer their talents and enthusiasm as co-secretaries. Many thanks also to Diane DesRochers who offered to help in whatever capacity she could. However, this leads to the bad news: the one position left unfilled after the elections was that of Class Chairperson(s).
We do have volunteers for setting up before class (6:30 PM) and taking down at the end of class, to help keep things going till a regular chairperson(s) can be found. But this in no way satisfies the responsibilities of the position. It is truly important that we have someone who will be focused on meeting the needs of the class. The growth and stability of the club depends on attracting people for class, being sure that each person feels welcome and comfortable, and then helping them to be successful. In this part of the job there is significant help from the Angles in supporting class success.
Many thanks to Stan and the Horse Pond Fish and Game Club for providing space where we can put a small cabinet to hold the class equipment and some supplies. This will make coordinating a committee for set up and take down much easier.
Specific duties of the Class Chairperson(s) include:
If no class chair steps forward, the rest of the board has to pick up the responsibilities of the position. This does make more work for the other board members in that the class chair is a fairly busy and responsible position.
Though we (Anne and Bill) cannot be Class Chairpersons next year, we are more than willing to lend a hand to whoever does take the job. Please consider accepting this challenge, and sharing your talents with our newest dancers.
See you in a square.
Banner Chair Report Wayne & Priscilla Griffin
Saturday BCS Mainstream with 2 Plus tips Dance - With
only 50 dancers, it was our smallest dance this dance
season. Twenty-six BCS members attended. The Single
Squares (7) and the Concord Coach (10) retrieved their
banners. The 7 guests were from the Firesiders (2), Wolf
Rockers (2), Litchfield Swingers (1) and two independents.
There were 5 squares dancing most of the Mainstream tips
and 3 squares dancing the 2 Plus tips. The caller, Jim
Schell, and cuer, Sandi Simmons, are from southern
Massachusetts and well known. Dancers in our area don't
get too many opportunities to dance to either of them.
May 17th Friday Retrieval to Winnipesaukee Squares Alternating Mainstream & Plus tips Dance - Patty Green called to two squares with a couple of dancers resting. She recently produced a record/song and called/sang it for us so we were treated by an original recording artist. We were very happy to return with 7 dancers to thank the Winnipesaukee Squares for bringing 7 dancers to our February dance. The 58 mile trip took 70 minutes so leaving at 6:35 PM put us there in plenty of time. They only host 4 dances so their next dance is in October. They host free dances on the Weirs Beach Boardwalk on Thursday nights during July and August. We are very grateful to Chris, Debbie, John & Valerie Lamb and Diane DesRoches for helping us retrieve our club's banner.
May 18th Saturday Raid to Heel & Toe Alternating Mainstream & Plus tips Dance - It snowed the morning of this "Beach Party" dance so we wore our sun hats and winter scarfs. Steve Xeller from Connecticut called and Peg Sutton from Rhode Island cued. There were 6 squares on the floor for the Mainstream tips and 5 squares dancing the Plus tips. We raided this dance and the Pepperell Squares were retrieving their banner. Our 19 raiders were: Chris, Debbie, Dave & Mary, Wayne & Priscilla, Kathi, Harli, Cecilia, Roberta, Hal, C. Paula, Eric, Joe Maheu, Hank Perigny, Joe McClintock, Bob Baker, Ray & Carol Kibbee. It's not often that we have men sitting out tips for lack of a partner.
May 24th Friday Raid to Square Wheelers Alternating Mainstream & Plus tips Dance - It was a hot dance for most of us but perhaps not for the dancer who came from Alabama. Matt Auger taught the Plus movement named 'Linear Cycle' as a Recycle and Sweep a Quarter. Then he called it from numerous positions so the Mainstream dancers could practice it and the Plus dancers could dance it. Phil Gatchell wore a suit as usual and had a full floor of round dancers for the phase 2 rounds. It was Memorial Day weekend but there were six squares with four squares dancing the Plus tips. Chris, Debbie, Skip & Penny, Wayne & Priscilla, Kathi, Amy, Harli, Eric, Hank, and Bob Baker attended.
June 1st Saturday Raid to Concord Coach Alternating Mainstream & Plus tips Dance - Jim Lee of Canada & Phil Gatchell were featured. Excellent calling with some unusual call combinations made this a most enjoyable dance for the 13 squares in attendance. The theme was "Grinder Night" with early A1 tips from 7 to 8 PM. Border City members also demonstrated their own unique style of "fun" by dancing two tips with an all womens square. Not to be outdone, the men put together an all mens square with help from visiting caller Jay Silva and cuer Phil Gatchell for the second of the two tips. Dancers from Border City were Wayne, Priscilla, Debbie, Eric, Tammy, Jonas, Paula, Rita, Harli, Kathi, Amy, Roberta, Hal, Bob Baker, Cheryl Pecor, and Chris.
June 8th Saturday BCS Mainstream with 2 Plus tips Dance - Our Salad Night dance features caller Jim Wass of Riverdale Maryland and cuer Beverly Boudreau. The Firesiders, Litchfield Swingers, Heel & Toe, and Squares Wheelers plan to retrieve their banners. Casual attire.
June 15th Saturday Retrieval to Bradford Country Squares Plus Dance - Dona & Vera Prudhomme are featured at their Ice Cream Social dance. Early A1 tips from 7 to 8 PM. Casual attire.
June 22nd Saturday Retrieval to Wolf Rockers Alternating Mainstream & Plus tips Dance - Everett Mackin from Warwick RI & Leo Boudreau from Athol MA are featured at this Ice Cream Social dance.
This is the last banner exchange until September. Thank you for all your support this past dance season. Have fun dancing during the summer.
Club Banners We Have: Clubs With Our Banners:
North Shore Square and Round Dance Association (NSSARDA) Report
Wayne & Priscilla Griffin
|New NSSARDA Board
Members - Bob & Barbara Graybill (Square Wheelers)
assumed the presidency from Bob & Louise Griffin at
the May 19th meeting in Burlington, MA. Other
officers sworn in were: Grace & Jerry Dufour (Firesiders)
as Vice Presidents, Bill & Vivian Thompson (BCS) as
Treasurers, Eleanor Latawiec (Single Squares) as
Secretary and Jim Miller (Litchfield Swingers) as
Corresponding Secretary. Be sure to thank them when you
Insurance - 20 of the 26 NSSARDA clubs from last year have paid NSSARDA their $200 portion of the insurance bill. Four clubs have dances planned for 2002-2003 so their checks are probably in the mail. The Apple Squares in Londonderry NH have announced they are closing after their May 25, 2002 dance. Another club in MA might also be folding. Last year, 28 clubs were in the NSSARDA insurance program (12 northern MA, 12 NH, 4 ME) and that number was down 6 from the previous year. NSSARDA voted to absorb the loss (about $400) in lieu of increasing the remaining clubs insurance cost.
Marketing Video Tape - We signed out the Marketing video tape purchased by NSSARDA for use by member clubs. CallerLab paid $40K for the marketing study and to have the tape produced to show the results. See us to sign it out for viewing.
Banner Meeting - The banner chairpersons from the Square Riggers, Square Wheelers, Single Squares, Firesiders, and BCS met. Harli Thoene, BCS Banner Chair for 2002-2003, arranged banner exchanges with the banner chairpersons representing the clubs in our area.
Next Meeting - September 15, 2002 in Burlington, MA.
Eastern District Square and Round Dance Association (EDSARDA) Report
Wayne & Priscilla Griffin
|New EDSARDA Board
Members - Be sure to congratulate and thank Bob &
Louise Griffin as the 2002-2003 Presidents of EDSARDA.
Bob & Barbara Graybill (Square Wheelers) are the Vice
Presidents, Sheldon & Norma Kaplow (Fairs 'N Squares)
as Treasurers, and Howard & Katie Gotham (Wolf
Rockers) are the Secretaries. They were sworn in at the
May 5th meeting in Worcester, MA.
National Square and Round Dance Convention in New England - EDSARDA, representing the dancers of New England, replied to CO-OP's inquiry regarding hosting the National Square and Round Dance Convention in New England with words similar to the following: ----- we can not realistically endorse the concept due to the demographics of the New England Square Dance population and the current absence of large numbers of leaders needed to carry out such a venture.
United Square Dancers of America (USDA) and Congress Square Dance Bill - The USDA letter asks each association and club to encourage their dancers to write to their congress persons and request them to support House Joint Resolution 15 that would establish "Square Dance" as the National Folk Dance. See us for a copy of the form letter sent by the USDA. You can also go to the Border City Squares web site and use the link to write to your congress representative. You can easily determine who to e-mail and e-mail them right from our web site.
2003 Directory - The annual New England Directory will be in the August issue of the Northeast Square Dancer Magazine. Separate copies will be available from EDSARDA at the next meeting.
New England Square and Round Dance Convention 1,379 dancers paid/attended the 44th NESRD Convention. The Convention Committee plans to address the problem where the Fast Track hall was too small for the number of dancers who wanted to participate. We have registration forms for the 45th NESRD Convention so you can sign up early in case there is drawing for a hotel room (as in past years). The "Welcome Back" dance will be on September 29th from 2 to 5 PM at the Hayloft Barn in Sturbridge, MA.
Whose Watching Your Bottom Line - Ron and Judy Clifford presented this program identifying various fund raising activities and ways to reduce club expenses. See us for details.
Next Meeting - October 6, 2002 in Worcester, MA.
Border City Squares Board of Directors 2001 - 2002
|Presidents||Chris & Norma Howard|
|Vice President||Debbie Coit|
|Treasurers||Dave & Mary Raymond|
|Club Chairpersons||Penny & Skip Guild|
|Class Chairpersons||Bill & Anne Parke|
|Banner Chairpersons||Wayne & Priscilla Griffin|
Border City Squares Board of Directors 2002 - 2003
|Vice President||Debbie Coit|
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|Banner Chairperson||Harli Thoene|
|Publicity Chairperson||Skip Guild|
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Border City Squares Calendar June/July 2002
MS & 2 PLUS TIPS
At Infant Jesus Church
Theme is "Salad Night"
Caller Jim Wass (from Maryland)
Cuer Beverly Boudreau
MS PHASE 2
Bradford Country Squares
Bradford, NH Plus Dance
Early A1 Tips from 7 8 PM
Caller Dona Prudhomme
Cuer Vera Prudhomme
HAPPY FATHERS DAY
MS PHASE 2
Alternating MS & Plus
Caller Everett Mackin
Cuer Leo Boudreau
MS PHASE 2
MS PHASE 2
MS PHASE 2
MS PHASE 2
Dance Party and Class Completion Celebration
Horse Pond Fish and Game
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