Florida Federation of Square Dancers
President's Message

October will bring “Costume Square Dances”.  What a great way to have a “Class Graduation” or “Half way Dance” for your class students.  Make it a dance with tips dancing nothing but what they have learned so far, planning this event will give them a welcoming feeling and give you a reason to have a celebration that will relax the students to see that they can dance and have fun!
It is amazing, the internet, especially when you move and all your publications subscriptions have to catch up to your new address. I went to the United Square Dancers website and read the latest publication they have posted at their website and saw that the USDA are included in the Amazon “charity fund raising” at https://smile.amazon.com .  Please if you are an internet shopper and enjoy shopping at Amazon utilize the Amazon Charity Selection to support the United Square Dancers of America. Same website just add a “smile.amazon.com”.
I hope to see you at our upcoming Florida Federation of Square Dancers meeting being held in conjunction with the “Annual Northwest Association Round Up” on Sunday, October 27 at the host hotel; Comfort Inn & Suites, 137  Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL at 9:00 am.  Please utilize the Florida Federation of Square Dancers website:  www.floridasquaredance.com for information and flyers for upcoming dances advertised on the “Calendar of Events”.  Clubs please utilize the Florida Federation of Square Dancers website “Calendar of Events” to promote your special dances.  Many dancers utilize the website to find clubs dancing in your area.  We have a great organized website that offers information to you and we hope you will utilized the website.
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 link it to your cellphone and be able to see who is ring the bell or hanging around your home while you are in or away from your home. 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.
I hope you have the opportunity to find some great dancing this fall! I would like to give our Publication Editors a hug for all the work they do…so if you see a Publication Editor or Website Master give them a hug and a smile and a BIG THANK YOU for all they do to keep our dancers informed!

Cheryl Miller, President
(850)533-7168; pe.miller@outlook.com

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