March 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter

Dear Dancers,

I’m checking in on your progress to see if you have signed up for the Electronic Newsletter. Being on someone’s email list will go away in the near future.  So, if you have not already done so, please go to , click “Links,” and select “Electronic Notifications.” Here, you can sign up for text messages in the pink section; and sign up for club Newsletter(s) in the blue section.  The text messaging was VERY helpful the week of January28 when so many dances and lessons were cancelled due to the weather.

Election of Officers is coming very soon.  Our By-Laws require us to announce the slate of nominees for office at two regular club dances prior to the election date.  The nomination process is open to the membership.  If you are interested in serving the club or want to nominate someone, please tell a Board Member.  Please have that person’s consent to nominate them.  We have one open position: Media Chair, and would welcome nominees for that position as well.  Jamie Collier has informed me that she is willing to serve as Treasurer.

The slate of officers was announced at the January 25th Dance and will occur again at the February 22nd dance.  Voting will take place at the March 22nd dance.  We will meet at 6:15 pm for a potluck dinner at the Gahanna Community Congregational Church, with our annual meeting to follow.  Please mark your calendars for this event.

So far, nominations for board positions are:

President: Lynn LeMasterHospitality Chair:Mike Idle
Past President:OpenCouncil Rep:Dave Van Dyk
Vice President:Sue WilliamsBanner Chair:Paulette Henry
Secretary:Mary BaileyMedia Chair:Open
Treasurer:Jamie Collier

March 22, 2019 is our Signs of Spring Dance.  Dan Austen is calling and Linda Warren is cueing. We will find Spring!!

Don’t forget our February 22nd Dance is our Free New Dancer Dance! COCDC is sponsoring this event.  Gary Kincade is calling and Chuck Berry is cueing.  We are having a Cherry cook-off! Bring your favorite cherry dish. Cherry pie, cherry tarts, cherry cheese cake, cherry jello, cherry pork chops, cherry chicken salad…. You get the idea!!  Come taste and vote for your favorite recipe; we will award two prizes.

And with that, it’s time to say…… get out and DANCE!!

Lynn LeMaster

Wish these dancers a Happy Birthday when you see them in a square!
March 5Ray MooreMarch 19Addy Renz
March 6Margie HarrisMarch 28Mike Idle
March 8Marquell SegelkenMarch 28Lynn LeMaster
March 17Hazelene HarrisonMarch 29Terry Stout

Tuesday, March 5New Dancer Workshop, Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road, Columbus, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Caller/Instructor, Ed Laudenschlager.
Sunday, March 10COCDC Honoree Dance, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Eastpointe Christian Church, 745 N. Waggoner Rd., Blacklick. Caller: Roger Steele, Cuer: Phyllis Burdette.  Come thank Central Ohio’s honorees, have a great dance and learn who will be the Honoree for 2019.
Monday, March 11BADS Board Meeting at Donato’s, 377 Granville St, Gahanna, 7:00 p.m. (6:30 to eat and review minutes)
Tuesday, March 12New Dancer Workshop, Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road, Columbus, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Caller/Instructor, Ed Laudenschlager.
Sunday, March 17Hashing It Up Workshop, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Avenue, 1 block south of North Broadway and High Streets, Columbus.  Any or all of Ramona Willis, Larry Lim, Jaye Fitch, Dave Van Dyk, & Velma Doyle calling mostly Mainstream.  Free!  Come support our newest callers and get some extra dance time.
Tuesday, March 19New Dancer Workshop, Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road, Columbus, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Caller/Instructor, Ed Laudenschlager.
Friday, March 22BADS “Signs of Spring?” Dance and Annual Membership Meeting!  Potluck dinner begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by the meeting.  Please see Lynn’s President’s Message for details.  The dance will be from 8:00 – 10:30 p.m. (Early Rounds at 7:30 p.m.)  Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna. Caller: Dan Austen, Cuer: Linda Warren.
Tuesday, March 26New Dancer Workshop, Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road, Columbus, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Caller/Instructor, Ed Laudenschlager.
Our membership still holds at 36 members. We are still working on a Supplemental Roster.

We had a very nice time on January 25th with our Baked Potato Bar and Dance.  Thank you, Sue Williams and Cheryl Van Dyk, for baking and bringing the potatoes.  We had 18 guests and 16 members come to eat and dance to Ed Laudenschlager and Mark Johnson. There were four squares on the floor all evening.  Fun dancing everyone!

We cancelled class on January 29, due to the extreme weather conditions.  Our New Dancers are enjoying the move into the Plus Calls.  We are getting enough Angels now for two squares.  Thank you all, for coming out during these cold, winter months!!
Bucks and Does Singles has the opportunity to work together with Orbiting Squares at their Hi-Lo Dance & Recycle Sale on April 5th. The clothing being sold is jointly owned by the two clubs, and proceeds from the sale will be divided between the clubs. The sale itself will be from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Help is needed with set up starting at 6:15 PM. We also will need help with tear down.
March 8, 2019Dixie Squares – Fredericktown Board Office, 117 Columbus Rd.  Caller – Dick Mackey; Cuer – Phyllis Burdette. Early rounds at 7:30; squares at 8 PM
March 16, 2019Hicks & Chicks – Park Ave Elementary School, 335 Park Ave, Mt. Gilead.  Caller – Tom Davis; Cuer – Phyllis Burdette.  Early rounds at 7:30, squares at 8 PM
March 31, 2019Orbiting Squares – Spring Special – Gahanna Church, 470 Havens Corner Rd.  Caller – Mark Patterson; Cuer – Phyllis Burdette.  No early rounds.  2-5 PM
April 28, 2019Maple Leaf – Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 309 W Broadway, Granville. Caller – Tom Poe. 5 – 7 PM
May 19, 2019Friendly Ties – Fiesta Dance – Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr.  Caller – Jason Raleigh & Pam Courts; Cuer – Chuck Berry.  Squares 4 – 8:30 PM
Remember that by participating in banner activities you are ultimately helping your club as well as the club you are raiding.  Also, for every 5 raids that you participate in, you will receive a dangle
By Velma Doyle
We’re Alabama Bound!  It’s exciting that SSDUSA is going where we have never gone before!  Our 49th Dance-A-Rama (DAR) on Labor Day weekend will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham–The Wynfrey Hotel. The hotel is actually in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham.  The featured callers are Silver Eagle Recording Artists: Joe (Little Joe) Goins – TN, Tom Davis – OH, Greg Hatmaker – TN, and Gene Aldridge – TN. The cuers will be Robbie Carrington – TN and Diane Martin-Hamilton – AL, and they will also lead some line dances. Our Trail In dance is on Thursday evening, August 29th, at the host hotel. The DAR itself is August 30 to September 1, 2019.

We hope you will plan to join us in Alabama and that you will invite all of your dance friends to join you there.  We need your help to get the word out about all the fun we have.  Just look at what we have to offer!  We have a great line up of callers and cuers.  There will be four different halls and none of the dancing will be on carpet.  There will be square dancing programmed for you whether you dance Mainstream, Plus, DBD, A1 or A2. There will be rounds from levels II through V or VI. Also, there will be line dancing. All of the halls are on the same level, and if you stay at the host hotel, you will be close to the action.

Our registration forms are available on our flyer table. Also you can go to to obtain a form. All square and round dancers are welcome! Be sure to mark your calendars now for the 49th Dance-A-Rama on Labor Day weekend! See you in Alabama!

Don’t miss the fun! Sign up now for the 59th Ohio Dance Convention which is May 3-5, 2019 at the Bertram Inn & Conference Center, 600 North Aurora Rd, Aurora, OH 44202. The theme is “Dance to the Moon and Back”. There will be many callers, cuers and dance leaders and all levels of dancing, plus opportunities for shopping. On Thursday evening, there is a choice of two different Trail In dances at the Bertram that have separate sponsors. The Trail In Round Dance features Richard & Ella Reinhard, Chuck & Shirley Berry, Sandy & Frank Hartzell and Amy Riehl from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. The Square & Round Dance Trail In Dance has callers Ken Burke, Tom Davis, Tom Strickland and John Ramsey and cuer Phyllis & Doug Burdette from 7:00 to 10:30 PM. (The admission for each Trail In dance is $8.00. If you want to go back and forth between the two, it will cost you $16.00 per person.) A Solo Meet and Greet is scheduled from 3 to 5 PM on Friday. On Friday a Round Dance Clinic is scheduled featuring Frank and Sandy Hartzel, with BOLERO III / IV taught from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and WALTZ III / IV taught from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. For more information, pick up a flyer from our flyer table or go to

(This article was inadvertently left out of last month’s newsletter.  We apologize if this is “old news.”)

The Central Ohio Corporation of Dance Clubs (Council) held its regular meeting on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  Some of the main points discussed were:

·        Council is distributing legal language that clubs can use to notify dancers that their picture may be taken and used in promotional materials, etc.

·        Council needs more donations of clothing for the Pre-Snowball Workshop, especially ladies’ clothing.

·        Council wants to encourage clubs to promote new dancer dances, including the Pre-Snowball Workshop, by announcing them, organizing carpools, etc.

·        Council is planning to resume sales of T-shirts this spring.  Suggestions for new designs are welcome.

·        The Honoree Dance will take place March 10.

·        Toys for Tots will be held on December 8, 2019.  Council will accept suggestions for other charities this dance could promote.

·        Council is considering sponsoring another State Convention in 2023.

·        Clubs are reminded to send names of new members to Council, along with their USDA insurance premiums, as soon as possible.

·        Old Business:

·        Council has a new committee to consider ways to stagger start times for beginner lessons so that lessons can start all year long.

·        The old web site is being retired in favor of the new site.  The old site will be redirected to the new one soon.  It was suggested that Council keep the old domain name until it expires in 2021.

·        Little Brown Jugs raised $4,659 for Grace Clinic at their charity dance.

·        New Business:

·        Ray Owens gave a presentation on his website activities over the past 10 months, and ways that Council and clubs can use the new sites, e.g., to send newsletters and e-mails to their members as well as text messages in case of such emergencies as weather cancellations.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:21 p.m.

By Mike Idle
Hi Everyone,

Can y’all believe this crazy weather?! Sun, rain, sleet, snow and ice all within 24 hours.  We must live in Ohio.

We appreciate everyone who comes out to dance, donates delicious food, help set up and clean up. It does take a village to have a successful dance.

Can’t wait to see all of you at our Cherry Cook off dance this Friday. Bring your best cherry creation & your dancing shoes. Drive safe and I’ll see you in a square.