Florida State Square & Round Dance

Hall of Fame


The Florida Square & Round Dance Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Committee

Chairman:
Bev Landwehr

Ailene Picheco

Bill & Joanne Boyd

Bob & Maria Spence

Advisor:
Penny Green

History of the Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was organized to honor dancers, callers, cuers, publishers, teachers, organizers, promoters and/or vendors for their contributions made to the dance activity statewide. The Hall of Fame became a reality due to the work of Chet & Julia Vetter, Mori & Phyllis Sogolo, Art & Martha Springer and Marty & Birdie Martin. The first inductees were made May 19, 1983 at the state convention. The square dance hall at Strawberry Square became the permanent home of the Hall of Fame at a Grand Opening dance held on December 4, 1983. At the State Convention, new members are presented with a small plaque to keep and a larger plaque is installed at Strawberry Squares Hall for public viewing.

As of the State Convention in the year 2004, 74 inductees have been installed in the Florida Hall of Fame. These inductees consist of dancers, callers, cuers, publishers and vendors.  Some have qualified in two categories.
Display cases for past presidents of the Florida Federation of Square and Round Dancers, the Florida Callers Association and the Round Dance Council of Florida have been provided by the Hall of Fame Committee. Each of the five area associations have a plaque displaying persons from their area who have been honored as person or couple of the year.  An additional plaque lists the State Convention General Chairman and Caller Chairman & Cuer Chairman for each of the State Conventions.

The Hall of Fame is financed through funds derived from State Conventions. The three sponsoring associations, Florida Federation, Callers Association and Round Dance Council, each contribute one-third (1/3) of expenses.

The Selection Committee is a group of dancers, callers & cuers from every area of the state and both sexes are represented.  These are known only to the Hall of Fame Committee and not to each other. Members of the Selection Committee must have been active in the Florida dance activity for at least 10 years, have visited & danced in a number of areas within the state and be knowledgeable of what is going on. Voting is done in secret by sending resumes & ballots to each voting member; ballots are completed & returned to the Hall of Fame Committee Chairman without revealing the name & address of the voter. The ballots are opened in the presence of a quorum of the Hall of Fame Committee.


Hall of Fame Inductees

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Florida State Square & Round Dance Hall of Fame Members


Nominees must have a minimum of 10 years statewide involvement in the Florida Square and Round Dance activity.  Their contributions must encompass the entire state of Florida, not just 1 or 2 areas. This should require unselfish dedication of time and labor. Being an area president, Federation president, Caller/Cuer Association president and/or State Convention chairman is not enough. The Hall of Fame is seeking individuals or couples whose efforts have affected the majority of the State of Florida. The fact that one is nominated is a very high honor, whether or not they enter the Hall of Fame.

Preparing a nominating resume will take some time and investigation to make it complete. Talk to other dancers, callers and/or cuers for dates, places and times the nominee was involved in statewide participation. Follow the who, what, when and where rule as you investigate and prepare the resume. The more information submitted, the better.

Once the resume is finished there are two ways in which to present the information to the Hall of Fame Committee. The resume may be submitted to the board of directors of any of the five area associations, Callers Association or Cuers Association. The area or association board of directors will review the resume and vote to reject or pass it on to the Hall of Fame Committee. The resume may also be sent to the Hall of Fame committee chairman. Resumes must be received by the Hall of Fame committee by January 15th of each year. It is suggested that any association not submit more than 2 resumes for consideration per year. The Hall of Fame Committee shall meet and review all resumes presented and vote by secret ballot to forward such resumes to the Selection Committee for the final vote.

All resumes should be submitted to the chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee on or before January 15th.

Bev Landwehr
13021 Plum Lake Circle
Clermont, FL 34711
352-241-8645
clermontbev@gmail.com

 

For a resume outline
Please visit our RESUME page







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