Well, we’ve survived a terrific Florida State Convention and a really, really
fun National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia and we’ve just passed the halfway
mark though the calendar.
I would like to welcome our many new dancers that have recently graduated
from their Square or Round dancing classes. Remember to share your publications
with the new dancers and encourage them to subscribe to your local square &
round dance publications (Panhandle Press, Grapevine Magazine, Keepin’ Posted,
and West Coast dancer blog (DANCERgram) and our Florida State printed
publication (Bow & Swing). There is even a national printed publication
(American Square Dance).
Just as communication is important to our beloved Square & Round Dance
activity, we also need everyone’s help to manage the activity and keep all of
our Clubs, Associations, and even the Federation running. We need Club
representatives to attend meetings with their parent Associations and to bring
the information discussed at the Association meetings back to their clubs (even
if the club is a ‘Caller or Cuer-run’ club). All our Associations need to send
representatives to the Florida Federation of Square & Round Dancers meetings.
The delegates from the Associations should be sure to bring information back to
their respective Associations and share the information with all their clubs.
We need your delegates at the Federation upcoming meetings.
Also, of great importance is the management of our Clubs, Association, and
Federation. While we all love to dance, we need to keep our groups healthy and
vibrant by ensuring we have people running our organizations. Please volunteer
to help on your Club, Association or Federation levels. For any organization to
remain viable, we need an exchange of new ideas to help “shake out the cobwebs”.
The positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc. are
not very labor intensive. They (on average) require only a few hours per month.
Especially, since most of our meetings are arranged on a quarterly basis. Even
Caller-run clubs, should have periodic meetings to let all the dancers know
what’s going on in their areas.
I hope you are making your plans to join us at the 66th FSSRDC to be held in
Daytona Beach on February 21 & 22, 2020 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center.
Have you booked your hotel room? The Convention Host Hotel is the Homewood
Suites, 165 Bill France Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL. Square Dance Rate
is $99.00 + tax per night. Please see the convention website for more
information and make your plans now! www.floridasquaredance.com/convention
Dancers, purchase your 66th Florida State Convention Square & Round Dance
Convention “2020 The Power to See the Future”, to be held February 21-22, 2020
NOW!. We are excited the 66th Convention is going to take the dancers into
the “Future”! And the FUTURE is our YOUTH! So, the Convention
is offering a special promotion to encourage our families to bring our dancing
youth to the 2020 66th Florida State Convention….ANY YOUTH UNDER THE AGE OF 16
WILL GET IN FREE…Yes, FREE! If the youth attends the convention with a
parent, grandparent, etc., whom has purchased a ribbon to the 66th FSSRDC
Convention. The 66th Convention Chairmen are not setting a limit on the
number of youths that can attend with their family. Youth are the future
of square and round dancing and our adult dancers will lead the way for them to
join in the laughter, smiles and fun just dancing!
Purchase your Convention Polo Shirt (Ladies Purple & Men’s Navy) 1 for $25.00 or
2 for $45.00. Also, on sale are raffle tickets for a beautiful Quilt
sewn and donated by Diane & Jeff Hissong and a Ring Video Door Bell. These
both are a must have!! A doorbell that offers you security and you can see who
is ring the bell or if you are out shopping you can see what is happening in the
front of your home on your cell phone. This Raffle is worth the value of
purchasing your tickets; 3 tickets $5.00 or 7 tickets for $10.00. A quilt
that will add beauty to any room is 1 ticket for $1.00 or 6 tickets for $5.00.
Check with your Association Presidents or Ways & Means Chairman in your area.
Each Association has a photo flyer for the quilt raffle. You can also see the
quilt on the Federation website by visiting the Convention page.
The Convention Committee is collecting “pop top” can rings to be given to the
66th FSSRDC Co-Chairman Shannon Reid, whom is utilizing this activity for school
credits. Please save the pop tops from all cans and give them to a 66th
Convention Chairman or your Association President. Shannon will be
donating these pop tops to a Charity. And we as a square dance community will be
showing our support for our organization and community!
I hope you have the opportunity to find some great dancing this summer!
Cheryl Miller, President