Dancing Makes You Smarter

The New England Journal of Medicine published a report on the effects of recreational activities on mental acuity on aging.  This 21 year study concluded that dancing frequently was the greatest risk reduction (against dementia) of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.  Although the study’s focus was ballroom dancing, the conclusion was “do the kinds of dance where you must make as many split-second decisions as possible. That’s the key to maintaining true intelligence”.

Thank you Sharon!

Sharon has stepped down as our club’s president and I would like to say how much we have enjoyed working with her for the past two years.  Being a president of a new club is not an easy job and many times it is rather a thankless one.

Sharon came into the job with no experience working on a square dance club executive and never hesitated to ask advice when she needed it; she brought new ideas to the club; used her experience as a tour director to create a friendly atmosphere and laid the foundation for building up the club.

I don’t think people realize the hours and hours she has put into it; she responded to peoples’ concerns, worked with the church to ensure there were no problems and was willing to listen to those who phoned her at all times with their concerns, complaints, etc.  She opened her home for our executive meetings (and laid on a feast!) and stepped in to do other executive jobs when needed.

So both personally and on behalf of the club, a BIG thanks to you Sharon.  We are glad that you will still be with the executive as past-president for the next year.

Howard and Jean Lander

Spring News has bloomed!

This just in – our Spring Newsletter!  Please read it to catch up on all the news.

Next week, April 2, will be our Crazy Hat Day!  Please try to come out for this fun day!   We hope on this day to have a representative from “Our Space” join us to receive our donation of $450.  This was raised selling used square dance clothing.  If you wish to dress up next week, please do so.

Some people have asked why we sell square dancing clothing when we have a “casual dress” policy at our club.  We believe that people can wear whatever they like, casual or square dance attire.  We declare a casual dress policy so no one feels pressured to “dress up”. When our dancers go out to other clubs or special dances it is expected that those dancing as women will wear a skirt – if you like wearing crinolines go ahead and dress the part.  If not, just wear any skirt or dress you like to wear!  Men are expected to wear long sleeved shirts at outside dances.  (Those ladies dancing as men can wear skirts or pants – another advantage of dancing as a man!!). There have been surveys and studies conducted regarding recruitment and attracting people to join square dancing and the conclusion is that casual dress is better way to go.

I would appreciate your opinion to help us do our job as publicity co-ordinators.

Howard and Jean Lander

Site clean up

We’ve updated a few things on the site this week including removing the About page (which had some  information that was already on the Our Club page) and put the Newsletters page on the main menu bar.
The resource page was cleaned up to remove some old information and the calendar was updated too, removing some old information and adding Crazy Hat Day to the April 2nd dance.  Wear a crazy hat – earn a dangle!
Lastly, we want to draw your attention to the Executive page.  It can be found under the Our Club page and it lists the club executive as well as provides links to the Bylaws and the draft minutes of the annual general meeting held May 2011.
Please let us know if there is anything else you’d like to see changed, updated or added to the site!