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Presidents' Corner                                                                             June 2002

Thanks to the Club

This is the end of our seventh year as BCS board members, and we want to thank the many club members who have served with us on the board as well as all of you who have made our club such a pleasure to belong to. I believe that in spite of declining numbers we still have one of the strongest and most enthusiastic clubs in our area. This is clearly reflected not only in the number of successful raids and retrievals we have conducted but also in the enthusiasm and energy of our dancers at classes, home dances and visits to other clubs. We have received many flattering comments from other clubs concerning the energy and skill of our dancers, and this has been most satisfying and reflects well on our members and on the excellent instruction we have received from Ed Renauld. Our thanks to all of you.

The new board you have elected has many ideas for continuing and improving the club, and we hope you will give them your full support. They are investigating new ways to attract members, ways to improve the overall image of square dancing, and ways to make the club more fun for everyone. With all of the competing activities our communities have to offer, it is becoming more and more difficult to attract new members to our club. Misperceptions about square dance clothing, music and the overall "hayseed" image that many people have of square dancing will continue to challenge us. Your continued support of the club and your executive board is vital.

Class Chair – Help!

Although we have a very good board lined up for next year, we are still missing a class chairperson(s). Now that we have arranged for storage of class equipment (coffee pot, water cooler and other supplies) at the Horse Pond Fish and Game Club, we hope the job of setting up for classes will be somewhat easier. However, it is still very important to the success of the club to have an active, enthusiastic class chairperson(s).

The class chair is responsible for setting up for the Monday night classes, keeping track of class members and making sure they are given all the support they need during the lessons. The class chair is also responsible for organizing visits to other clubs’ class dances. Yes, this is a big commitment, but it is one that can be shared. Other members of the club, including board members, have helped set up for classes, led class groups to away dances, and supported the class chairpersons during workshops. Several of our raids and retrievals are scheduled at class dances to be sure there are BCS members helping new dancers enjoy their first dance experiences. And we have an excellent group of faithful angels ready and willing to help new dancers learn to enjoy our great activity.

So please consider helping with the new class. Even if you cannot take on the job as class chair, let the board know if you are willing to help with Monday night setup a few times or if you can lead the class to another club’s class dance. The class truly is the life blood of the club, and your help will be greatly appreciated.

2002-2003 BCS Dances

Date

Level

Caller

Cuer

Sep. 14, 2002

Mainstream & 2 Plus

Ted Lizotte

Doris T-Bow

Oct. 12, 2002

Mainstream & 2 Plus

Erik Pluylaar (Netherlands)

Corinne Renauld

Nov. 9, 2002

Plus

Dennis Marsh

Phil Gatchell

Dec. 14, 2002

Plus

Ralph Peacock

Bernie Porter

Jan. 11, 2003

Class – calls 1-43

Noah Nutting

Barbara Nutting

Feb. 8, 2002

Mainstream & 2 Plus

Randy Page

Marilyn Rivenburg

Mar 8, 2003

Class – calls 1-63

Perry Richards

None

Apr 12, 2003

Plus

Don Bachelder

Birgit Maguire

May 10, 2003

45th Anniversary
MS hall and Plus Hall

Jim Mayo
Joe Casey

Phil Gatchell
Norma Silva

Jun. 14, 2003

Mainstream & 2 Plus

Johnny Wedge

Marilyn Rivenburg

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Raid/Retrieval Dangles
For the past two years the club has given out fun dangles showing the number of raids/retrievals attended by members who have attended at least ten of these dances. If you would like to receive a dangle for this year’s raids and retrievals, please sign up at the treasurer’s table.

NSDM Subscriptions
Around a month ago we were collecting names of those who wished to either subscribe to or renew subscriptions to the Northeast Square Dance Magazine. I am sorry to say I have lost the list. If you had signed up or would like to sign up, please see me or sign up again at the treasurers table. We will be sending in the request later this month.

Summer Dances
If you are looking for a place to dance this summer, you need not look farther than the Mill

Around Dance Center in Manchester. Patty Green will be holding dances on Sunday evenings in June, July and August on the following dates: June 27, July 7, 14, and 28, and August 11, 18, and 25. Mainstream dancing will be from 6:30 – 7:30, and she will be conducting plus classes from 7:30 – 9:00. Dress is casual and the cost for each evening is $5.00 per person for both sessions.

Looking Ahead…
Please mark your calendars for Monday, July 22nd when we will be holding a class completion dance party for our cycle 2 class and for those who are taking the beginning cha round dance lessons. Lots of finger foods, fellowship and good dancing are planned. See you there!

Presidents Chris & Norma Howard

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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. I’d 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.

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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:

  • Coordinating class members’ trips to other clubs’ class-level dances. This does not mean the class chair has to go, but they need to be sure arrangements are made so all class members can dance as often as possible.
  • Border City’s two class level dances are hosted by the class and chairpersons, which helps the new class members learn the ropes. This year both of the class dances were a tremendous success, due in large part to the enthusiasm and participation of our 2002 graduates.
  • Being present Monday nights to welcome the class(es). (Having somewhere at the Fish and Game Club to store the coffee pot, water cooler and basic supplies will make this part of the job much easier, as a committee of people could share the set-up and tear-down of the snacks and drinks area.)
  • Focusing on the needs of the class and attracting new class members is tremendously important.

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.

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Banner Chair Report Wayne & Priscilla Griffin

May 11th 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 women’s square. Not to be outdone, the men put together an all men’s 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.

Upcoming Dances

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.

June Raids/Retrievals:

Date

Club

Location

Level

We Are

Caller

Cuer

06-15-02

Bradford Country Squares

Bradford, NH

P

Retrieving

Dona Prudhomme

Vera Prudhomme

06-22-02

Wolf Rockers

Mason, NH

M/P

Retrieving

Everett Mackin

Leo Boudreau

Club Banners We Have:                                             Clubs With Our Banners:

Date

Club

Retrieval Date

 

Date

Club

Retrieval Date

03-02-02

Firesiders

06-08-02

 

03-09-02

Bradford Country Squares

06-15-02

05-03-02

Litchfield Swingers

06-08-02

 

04-13-02

Wolf Rockers

06-22-02

05-18-02

Heel & Toe

06-08-02

05-24-02

Square Wheelers

06-08-02

06-01-02

Concord Coach

?

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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 see them.

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.

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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.

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Border City Squares Board of Directors 2001 - 2002

Presidents Chris & Norma Howard
Vice President Debbie Coit
Treasurers Dave & Mary Raymond
Secretary Cheryl Palucchi
Club Chairpersons Penny & Skip Guild
Class Chairpersons Bill & Anne Parke
Banner Chairpersons Wayne & Priscilla Griffin
Publicity Steve O'Neil

Border City Squares Board of Directors 2002 - 2003

President Amy Bollenbach
Vice President Debbie Coit
Treasurer Kathi Butt
Secretary Cecilia Kendig

Paula Finamore

Club Chairpersons Cheryl Palucchi

Anne-Marie Boucher

Class Chairperson

OPEN

Banner Chairperson Harli Thoene
Publicity Chairperson Skip Guild

Visit us at http://BorderCitySquares.freeservers.com

Email us at bcsquares@hotmail.com
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Border City Squares Calendar June/July 2002

SUN MON TUES WED THUR FRI SAT
2-June 3-June

7:00-9:00 PM
JAN CLASS
MS PHASE 2
Week 16

9:00-10:00 PM
CHA CHA ROUND DANCE CLASS
Week 4

4-June 5-June 6-June 7-June 8-June CASUAL ATTIRE.
BORDER CITY
8-10:30 PM
MS & 2 PLUS TIPS
At Infant Jesus Church
Theme is
"Salad Night"
Caller
Jim Wass (from Maryland)
Cuer
Beverly Boudreau
9-June 10-June
7:00-9:00 PM
JAN CLASS
MS PHASE 2
Week 17

9:00-10:00 PM
CHA CHA ROUND DANCE CLASS
Week 5

11-June 12-June 13-June 14-June 15-June Retrieval to
Bradford Country Squares
Bradford, NH Plus Dance
Early A1 Tips from 7 – 8 PM
Caller Dona Prudhomme
Cuer Vera Prudhomme
16-June

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

17-June
7:00-9:00 PM
JAN CLASS
MS PHASE 2
Week 18

9:00-10:00 PM
CHA CHA ROUND DANCE CLASS
Week 6

18-June 19-June 20-June 21-June 22-June Retrieval to
Wolf Rockers
Mason, NH
Alternating MS & Plus
Caller Everett Mackin
Cuer Leo Boudreau
23-June

2 PM
Open Board Meeting at Howards

24-June
7:00-9:00 PM
JAN CLASS
MS PHASE 2
Week 19

9:00-10:00 PM
CHA CHA ROUND DANCE CLASS
Week 7

25-June 26-June 27-June 28-June 29-June
30-June 1-July
7:00-9:00 PM
JAN CLASS
MS PHASE 2
Week 20

9:00-10:00 PM
CHA CHA ROUND DANCE CLASS
Week 8

2-July 3-July 4-July

Independence Day

5-July 6-July
7-July 8-July
7:00-9:00 PM
JAN CLASS
MS PHASE 2
Week 21

9:00-10:00 PM
CHA CHA ROUND DANCE CLASS
Week 9

9-July 10-July 11-July 12-July 13-July
14-July 15-July
7:00-9:00 PM
JAN CLASS
MS PHASE 2
Week 22

9:00-10:00 PM
CHA CHA ROUND DANCE CLASS
Week 10

16-July 17-July 18-July 19-July 20-July
21-July 22-July
7:00-10:00 PM
Dance Party and Class Completion Celebration

Horse Pond Fish and Game

23-July 24-July 25-July 25-July 27-July

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