was the driving force behind the organization of CallerLab.
Square Dance Callers
Bob has often been
referred to as one of the most distinctive leaders in square dancing.
It was Lloyd "Pappy" Shaw that ignited the interest in what was to become Western Square Dancing. Bob Osgood was the one who helped propel it into a national pastime.
Bob's leadership guided the founding of Sets in Order Magazine, Legacy and Callerlab.
His contributions to square dancing continue to be felt by leaders and dancers around the world.
began when a founding committee of four Hall of Fame
callers made up of
planned a meeting in 1971.
Fifteen callers from the Sets In Order Hall of Fame were
invited to attend because their backgrounds and accomplishments formed the
most impressive foundation of square dance caller-leadership at that time.
By working together, these Hall of Fame callers presented a "body of knowledge" that the greatest percentage of callers could respect and follow.
Summaries from past regional meetings were studied and, following a long preparation period, major discussion topics regarding the nature and needs of square dancing were prepared as a partial charter framework for the potential organization.
Arnie was a close friend of Bob Osgood.
By the 1950's he was widely known for his exciting calling style.
He was a member of the Hall of Fame group that became the first CALLERLAB Board of Governors.
His influence and the respect that many callers had for him was very important for the early success of the new organization.
Bob was chairman of one of
the country's largest and most effective parks and recreation departments.
He started calling square dancing in 1948 and was a pioneer in modern square
He instructed over 17,000 dancers and guided dancers on tours throughout 29 countries. 34 states and many provinces of Canada. He traveled to countries in Europe and the Orient to provide caller training and served as leader for hundreds of traveling dancers.
As a member of the Hall of Fame, he became a founding member of CallerLab. He served several terms on its Board of Governors and two terms as Chairman of the Board.