Our November campout came a little early this month. We had 16 member
couples along with 5 guest couples meet together at
Sanlan Ranch in Lakeland, FL during the second weekend,
November 12th to 14th. Actually, 8 couples arrived early to
enjoy the weekend on Thursday, Veteran's Day. So, when it
came time for dinner, we had 16 hungry people looking for a
place to eat on that holiday. Our Vice-President Jim made
calls to several restaurants before finding one that could
accommodate us. We all had a grand time eating together at
Beef O'Brady's where our veterans were given a free drink.
Our guest caller for this campout was Sharon Short from
Tampa, FL. We all enjoyed meeting her and Ken. It was great
fun dancing to Sharon. She has such an upbeat personality
that reflects in her calling. Sharon has a wonderful singing
voice and we enjoyed her singing calls.
Ron Reardon, who is now our club caller, was in attendance
both nights along with his wife Sue and Grandson, Aaron. Ron
called a tip or two and did some calling with Sharon. We had
a lot of whooping and hollering with 4 squares on the floor
at times. And, of course, we were very happy to see Jan and
Pete Shankle on Saturday night, doing rounds.
We had three guest couples dancing with us both nights and
on Saturday night, one couple, friends of Tom and Eivor,
spent the evening watching us and our antics.
I would be remiss to not mention our Friday night dinner.
Our new members, Al and Mary Teschner, provided us with
'Chicago' hot dogs. What a delightful combination between
the buns: mustard, relish, onions, pickle, hot dog, tomato,
hot peppers and...a dash of celery salt! Unique taste and
very delicious! We had 37 people gobbling up those dogs!
And then, on Saturday morning we had a scrumptious breakfast
prepared by our President Phil and Vice-President Jim, along
with help and donations from other members. Thanks to all.
Our activities chairpersons,
George and Sandy, announced the 8 boxes we sent to
Afghanistan to our 'adopted Marine' and his men arrived
safely all at the same time and they were very surprised and
Our Officers for 2011 were announced during our General
Meeting: President, Phil/Deanna Sortore; Vice-President,
Jim/Laureen Kelly; Secretary, Tom/Jeanne Hartwig; Treasurer,
Tom/Eivor Brown. It was also announced we have new Chapter
Reps: Eddie/Joyce Julian.
Our campout locations are all set for the new year - we all
are looking forward to terrific square dance/camping
experiences! We would love to have you visit with us...you
do not need to camp to come dance...check us out at our