Florida Federation of Square Dancers
President's Message

Happy Father’s Day!  The month of June brings summer fun and travel plans.  For square and round dancers that means the 68th National Square Dance Convention to be held in Marietta, Georgia.  Florida is so lucky to have this year’s National Convention so close!  If you have never been to a National Convention, this is an opportunity you will enjoy!  Dancing to Callers and Cuers, who come together from throughout the USA, Canada and Germany (just to name a few).  This truly is a “National”.  I know you have read many articles and promotional materials regarding this upcoming event.  However, I would like to highlight the opportunity to not only dance but utilize some of the “Education” panels and seminars; Recruiting and retaining new dancers; Dancer safety; Marketing your club. You might want to attend a Leadership Certification Training Program, offered is Insurance; Shortening of lessons (to name a few many more are offered).   For the “So you want to be a Caller or Cuer”, yes they even have sessions to help with your goals!  So, join your friends and make some new friends at the upcoming 68th National Square Dance Convention to be held on June 26-29, 2019 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Centre and Renaissance Waverly Hotel, in beautiful Marietta, Georgia!  For more information regarding the upcoming National please visit their website at: https://www.68nsdc.com/index.html (Registration, Trail Thru Dances, Tours, Housing and so much more). 


Often you will hear someone talking about the United Square Dancers of America (USDA) this organization represents all states and works toward promoting and facilitating dancers with Dancer & Club Insurance, Educational materials and so much more.  Our Central Representative for the USDA is Tom & Tina Wilkins.  I would like to invite you to attend the USDA Annual Meeting to be held at the upcoming 68th NSDC on Wednesday June 26, before the 68th NSDC at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, 2450 Galleria Parkway, in Grand Ballroom 1 & 2.  Attending the meeting will be delegates from state organization throughout the USA.  Information is the best tool any person can have, so please take the opportunity to gain some information!


Dancers, I hope you have purchased your 66th Florida State Convention Square & Round Dance Convention “2020 The Power to See the Future”, to be held February 21-22, 2020.  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.   The 66th Convention does have a “Gold Star” button.  This button is your way of supporting the upcoming convention and when you wear your button we will thank you for your support by not asking you to purchase any raffle tickets!  Here is the catch….you have to wear the button everywhere you go!  Your name will be advertised on the 66th Convention website and in the Convention program book.  You will get into the 66th FSSRDC Trail In Dance at no charge!  You get all of this for just $25.00 per button.  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


Hope to see you at the 68th NSDC soon!
Cheryl Miller, President
(850)533-7168; pe.miller@outlook.com

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