The following was written by Phil Sortore
President of Hitch 'n Go, Chapter 082
|A Tribute to
Pete Shankle in his memory:
March 22, 2011, we lost a friend and a great
member of Hitch 'n Go Chapter 082.
Pete Shankle was a member of Hitch 'n Go for
34+ years joining in December 1976. He
was a dedicated member and missed only a few
dances in all those years as our cuer.
I would guess that Pete was a member of
NSDCA almost the longest of any other
member. He was a friend and cuer to a
lot of dancers in the state of Florida and
will be missed. I personally will never
forget what he was to this club and how he
cared so much to be with us especially the
last few years. Our prayers need to go
out for Jan and her family and help her
recover from this sad time.'
Members and friends of Chapter 082 will always remember
Pete Shankle; he will be greatly missed.
Our group met the weekend of March 25/26 at Olde Mill
Stream in Umatilla, FL. We had 17 member rigs and 3 guest couples visiting.
This month's hosts & hostesses planned a Western themed
weekend. They were Wild Bill and Poke-along Dot Nimmons and Sheriff Quick
Draw Eddie and side-kick Joyce Julian. Breakfast on Saturday was a 'Chuck
Wagon Special' prepared by those cow-pokes. Everything provided for us but
our grubbing tools!
Later Saturday morning, many of our members took part in
the Bull Roping contest. That was one mean bull but by the time he was
finally taken down by our feisty Miss Eileen, he was done through!
Saturday afternoon brought on some line-dancing led by
Dot Nimmons and an APD workshop presented by caller Ron Reardon.
Saturday evening our Western Barn Dance was led by the
'meanest, baddest, sweetest-voiced hombre around' - Ron Reardon. Our thanks
to Joanne and Ken Helton for filling in on rounds. We enjoyed dancing with
our Canadian friends and other residents of Olde Mill Stream.
(Thanks to our hosts and hostesses for helping with this
Western themed write-up!)