This is the place where you can get to know the officers of the COCDC and a place where the officers can communicate directly with you.
by Pat Jones
Here we are in full swing of autumn though the leaves are either off the trees or still very green which is odd for late October. Many clubs are also in full swing with class and new students. I’ve talked to many clubs and it sounds as though most everyone has a good number of students which is fantastic!
In September Council had a demo in downtown Columbus at the Columbus Harvest Fair. This was the first time at this event and we hope to be back again next year. We had over two squares of dancers and we had such a great time under the leadership of Jason Raleigh and his family. I believe having the boys dance helped get the kids from the crowd up to dance too. That’s what it’s all about – great family fun! Jason mixed things up with squares and lines. It was slow going at first, getting onlookers to join us, but once the kids got up to do line dancing it sparked some interest and we ended up dancing longer than planned because people kept coming up on stage wanting to dance; parents and their children. I want to personally thank all those dancers that came out to support this event. It wouldn’t have been a success without you! (Please see pictures of this event on our picture page)
Another great time was spent dancing and visiting with an Australian couple that contacted Velma when they came to Columbus. Their names were Nev & Bev McLachlan. It was great fun getting to know them and dancing with them as well as dancing to them because Nev is a caller and Bev is a cuer in Australia. They visited at a Bucks and Does dance and then Mel & I took them to Maple Leaf Squares. It’s always so fun to meet dancers and callers from other countries. Mel & I were so appreciative that Velma introduced them to us. Please check out the picture of them receiving their Purple Heart dangle with Travis Cook at the Maple Leaf Anniversary dance.
Now on to a bit of Council business and dates to put on your calendar…
First – Remember that if your club is going to participate in the USDA Insurance plan through Council you must have your representative bring the required forms to Velma Doyle at our next meeting on Monday, November 6th. If you are unable to do that please call Velma and make arrangement to get the forms to her. Velma sent everyone the forms via email but if for whatever reason you don’t have them please contact her.
Second – The date to submit your Honoree individual or couple has been changed to an earlier date so that everything will be submitted before we all get into busy holiday mode. Please be sure to have all the required information Pat Liston sent to you via email submitted to her by November 10th. And don’t forget the Honoree dance is March 11th.
Third – It’s hard to believe but Christmas is right around the corner so we are busy planning our annual charity event which is the Toys for Tots dance on Sunday, December 10th (please see flyer on this website). This dance will be for new dancers & seasoned dancers; and we will be having a used clothing sale of square dance clothes at the dance. You will have a chance to shop before the dance begins so come early to see what there is to offer. If you have any clothes or shoes you’d like to donate, please contact Terri Ross or any of the Board members and we will be happy to accept your donation. Our phone numbers are on the Officer’s page of this website.
Fourth – Those clubs conducting class will be reimbursed again this year for 75% of their recruiting expenses with a maximum of $300. If you haven’t already mailed those receipts to Pat Liston, please do so as soon as possible. This is a great benefit to member clubs.
We also are still working on implementing a few new items to Columbus dancers and member clubs. One is the return of the Friendship Dangle. Lynn LeMaster has been working diligently drafting a form and guidelines to be ready for clubs to have at their dances. We hope to have these ready for clubs to pick up at our November meeting. This is a great time to talk to your club and students about this fun program since it’s the beginning of a new square dance year and the students will be going to dances very soon.
Everyone have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving weekend has many great dance opportunities so hope to see you in a square working off all those calories and having a great time in the process.
See you all in a square,