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USDA NEWS Volume XXII, Issue 1, Jan—Mar 2011 Square Dance - The NATIONAL FOLK DANCE
The Newsletter of the Worlds Largest Square Dance Organization
It’s A New Year With New
New Year’s Resolutions!
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Inside this issue: Dancers Insurance Program
59th Kansas State Convention 25-26 ARE YOU DANCING UNINSURED?
Accidental medical insurance for dancers and Liability insurance for your Club.
59th Minnesota State Convention 22
For additional information contact the USDA NATIONAL
Achieving Greatness 27 INSURANCE COORDINATOR
Are You Dancing Uninsured 10 Pat Inglis
Convention Schedule 29-30 P.O. Box 22
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(404) 298-6148 or Fax: (404) 298-6149
Dancers Travel Web Site 14
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Editor’s Notes 3
Insurance Coordinator Notes 11
USDA has produced quality club lead-
Memorial, Charlie Holley 6
ership and educational materials for
Memorial, Red Null 21 use by dancers and leaders to promote
OZZIE Awards 6 and perpetuate the dance activity.
Individuals may order up to a maxi-
Presidents Message 3
mum of 10 copies of each Tri-fold In-
SQ DN Class coordinator Guidelines 12 formation Sheet and up to a maximum
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let at no charge. Additional copies of
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EDITORS NOTES: PRESIDENTS MESSAGE:
“SUCCESS” is the realization of
As new officers are elected, please remember to
notify us to change the recipient of the free issue that
is mailed to affiliate presidents and USDA delegates. “Failure to plan is planning to Fail”
If you would like to continue receiving the magazine, Authors Unknown
please complete the subscription form on page 31 to
remain on the mailing list. We don’t know who made those profound state-
ments, but they are both so true.
USDA NEWS is an inexpensive way to advertise
your state event nationwide. We accept ads and Does your club have a “Planning” meeting before
flyers in camera-ready format if mailed and in MS starting a class??
Word or Adobe format. Advertising rates are:
Half Page $15.00, Full Page (one side) $25.00 and
Does your club depend solely on the caller to
Two Page flyer $35.00. Make your check payable to
USDA. If sending ad electronically Via Email, please
keep your class interested in square dancing??
send copy of ad with check. Deadline dates are
March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. There are many successful clubs around the
USA, and the one thing these clubs have
It is the age-old editor’s struggle – what to put in in common is a “PLAN”.
when you have exhausted your supply of articles and
information. The United Square Dancers of America have
several booklets and tri-folds to guide your clubs
Share what is going on in your club, federation & or- in their efforts to energize and build Square and
ganization with others. Send your articles to us via Round dance organizations.
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org and pictures are
There are 34 different tri-folds for everything from
A big Thanks to those that contributed articles for this ”Recruiting New Dancers” to flyers about the
issue. USDA Insurance. There are 11 Pamphlets/
Booklets on subjects of interest to you and your
What would you like to see in USDA NEWS that we club. They are yours for the asking.
are not covering? Send suggestions to us for consid-
eration. We Invite you to :
See You in Square!
Alitia & John Becker
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IN MEMORY OF Charles (Charlie) Holley
Charles Ellis Holley, age 72, went home to his Lord and Savior
after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. Charlie
loved the Lord and was an active member of Frazer United
Methodist Church. He passed away on September 24, 2010.
He is survived by his wife, Kitty Holley, with whom he shared
many happy years square dancing and traveling. He is also sur-
vived by his son, Charles E. Holley, Jr. of Florence, South Caro-
lina, his daughters, Melinda Brown of Fort Worth, Texas, and
Brooke Crawford of Alpharetta, Georgia, Kitty’s children, Kay
Dickey and Mike Maxey, his grandchildren, Destiny Brown, Dal-
ton Brown, Christina Crawford, Scott Crawford, sisters Frances
Boozer and Betty Crosby and several nieces, nephews and
step great-grandchildren that he loved very much. Charlie loved
and was active in square dancing and served as President and
Central Region Vice President of The United Square Dancers of
America, President of the Alabama Square Dance Association
and President of the Montgomery Area Square Dance Associa-
tion. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers were members of the
Beaux and Belles Square Dance Club.
To Charlie’s children and grandchildren, USDA and the Square Dance World says
Thank You for sharing him with us.
SQUARE DANCE MUSIC AWARDS
In case you are not yet aware, there are to be an awards ceremony for the OZZIE
Awards recognizing Square Dance Music. The OZZIE Awards were named after Bob
They are currently identifying the top eight nominees in 20 different categories of
favorite singing calls, callers, etc.
They currently have a website http://www.musicforcallers.com/ that dancers and
callers will be able to vote for our favorites. The deadline for voting is March 15, 2011,
so there is still time to make everyone aware.
Check it Out Today
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LEADERS and CLUBS—Email: email@example.com to have your info included in the site.
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EVENTS IN THE EASTERN REGION
Mike & Pat Matsko, USDA Eastern Region VP
It is hard to imagine that the year of 2010 is nearing it's end. With Thanksgiving behind us, we are fast ap-
proaching Christmas. And then within another week, we will be welcoming the New Year. We hope you had a
great Thanksgiving. Wish you a joyous and Merry Christmas, and that you will have a happy and prosperous
For the coming year of 2011, we are planning to schedule visits to our regional affiliates. We are anxious to
attend their special events and to have the opportunity to meet more of our dancers and leaders. We ask that
our affiliates contact and inform us of your special events.
Hope to see you in 2011!
EVENTS IN THE CENTRAL REGION
Bill Shepard & Dot Bolton, USDA Central Region VP
On May 2, 2010 there was a flood in Nashville, TN and surrounding towns which affected a few of the square
dancers in our region. Some lost everything and some had a lot of damage. On July 11 three of the local
clubs, Barnlofters, Flat Rock Squares, and Happy Squares, along with the Nashville Area Callers Association
held a benefit dance and a silent auction. Over $3,000 was raised for the square dance families who were
affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families as they rebuild.
We attended the Tennessee State convention on August 5, 6 & 7, 2010 that was held in Gatlinburg, TN, the
Alabama State Convention on Aug. 27-28 that was held in Pell City, AL. We were pleased to see John and
Alitia Becker at these conventions. We also attended the Georgia State Convention on Sept. 17-18 in Macon,
GA, the Kentucky Federation Convention on Sept. 24-25 in Somerset, KY, the Chattanooga Choo Choo
Dance Oct. 1-2 in Chattanooga, TN, the Indiana State Convention in Muncie, IN on Oct. 15-16, and the Tam-
many Twirlers Convention in Slidell, LA on Nov. 5-6. We enjoyed all the dances and appreciated the hospital-
ity extended to us.
At the Kentucky Federation Convention we had a meeting with the Federation and made a presentation about
the benefits of being a member of United Square Dancers of America. They voted to join USDA and filled out
an application for membership in USDA. All of their paperwork seemed to be complete, so we accepted them
as temporary members and will present their application for membership to the Board of Directors at the An-
nual Meeting in June in Detroit.
On September 25th while we were at the Kentucky Federation Convention, Charlie Holley passed away after
a lengthy battle with heart problems and cancer. Our condolences go to Kitty Holley and his other family
members. Charlie was very active in square dancing and promoted it every chance he could. Charlie is Past
President of USDA and the Alabama Square & Round Dance Association. Charlie has held many positions in
the local, state, and national organizations. Charlie will be missed by friends and relatives and at the USDA
Make plans to attend some of the upcoming specials in the Central Region. The South Carolina State Con-
vention on January 28-29, 2011 in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Mississippi Sweetheart Festival on March 11-12, in
Jacksons, MS, the Ohio Convention in Dayton on May 6-7, the 50th Derby Festival in Shepherdsville, KY on
May 19-21, and the Florida State Convention in Lakeland, FL on May 27-29, 2011.
We are planning to attend many of these specials. If you have a special in your area and would like us to at-
tend and set up our USDA square dance material, please let us know and we will do our best to be there.
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USDA PUBLICATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
USDA has produced quality club leadership and educational materials for use by dancers and
leaders to promote and perpetuate the dance activity. Individuals may order up to a maximum of 10
copies of each Tri-fold Information Sheet and up to a maximum of 2 copies of each Pamphlet or
Booklet at no charge. Additional copies of Pamphlets are $.50 each and Booklets are $1.00 each.
Please make check payable to USDA. You can also order or print copies from the web at
www.usda.org. USDA materials are not copyrighted and duplication for club and organization use is
permitted and encouraged.
TRI-FOLD INFORMATION SHEETS (single sheets, printed both sides, tri-fold)
NO. SUBJECT NO. SUBJECT
___ IS-001 Recruiting New Dancers ___ IS-053 Secretary Responsibilities
___ IS-002 Retaining Dancers ___ IS-054 Club Treasurer Responsibilities
___ IS-003 New Dancer’s Questions ___ IS-056 Club Delegate Responsibilities
___ IS-010 Club Incorporation ___ IS-057 Club Member Responsibilities
___ IS-018 Square Dance Attire ___ IS-058 Club Caller Responsibilities
___ IS-020 Square Dance Organizations ___ IS-059 Installation of Officers
___ IS-021 USDA Handicapable Program ___ IS-065 Parli Pro, How to Conduct a Meeting
___ IS-022 Information on Wheelchair & ___ IS-066 Dancers Code of Ethics & Conduct
Handicapable Dancing ___ IS-072 What Is USDA?
___IS-023 Class Graduation ___ Y03 USDA Youth Program
___IS-025 Club Newsletters ___ Y04 USDA Youth Scholarship Application
___IS-028 Club Specials ___ Y05 Youth Competition Dancing Information
___ IS-040 Club Checklist ___ Insurance USDA Dancer Insurance Info
___ IS-041 Dancers Internet Communication ___ Scrip Card, Free Discount Prescription Plan
Network (Email Tree) (includes Prescription Discount Cards)
___ IS-045 Master of Ceremonies ___ Traveler, USA Traveler Program
___ IS-047 Square Dance Floats ___ Youth Lesson Training DVD
___ IS-050 Club President Responsibilities ___ USDA News Subscription &
___ IS-051 Vice President Responsibilities Publications Order Form
___ IS-052 Past President Responsibilities
PAMPHLETS & BOOKLETS (Pamphlets 5 1/2 X 8 1/2; Booklets 8 1/2 X 11)
___ P-010 Club Incorporation ___ B-018 Square Dance Attire
___ P-023 Class Graduation ___ B-028 Club Specials
___ P-025 Club Newsletters ___ B-071 Games, Gimmicks, Skits
___ P-047 Henzel Plan for Sq/Dn Recruitment ___ B-074 A Club Guide to Successful Lessons
___ P-070 Club Erosion ___ B-075 Recruiting & Keeping New Dancers
___ B-Y02 Take the Youthful Step
MAIL TO: Len & Connie Houle
32 First Ave
Westfield, MA 01085
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ARE YOU DANCING UNINSURED
Every square dance organization What is covered: Accidental bod-
needs General Liability and Acci- ACCIDENT AND MEDICAL ily injury sustained by an insured
dent Medical Expense coverage INSURANCE person while participating in danc-
while conducting and sponsoring ing activities sponsored and su-
dance activities. As closely as Limits of coverage: $10,000 pervised by a recognized club or
safety rules are followed, acci- Usual and Customary Accident organization.
dents can and will happen. This Medical Expense, including Dental
insurance program, especially de- $10,000, Accidental Death Benefit Period of coverage: The insur-
signed for USDA dance groups, $10,000, Accidental Dismember- ance year is January 1 through
provides Accident Medical insur- ment Benefit (loss of both hands, December 31. Coverage becomes
ance, which helps protect club both feet, sight of both eyes, or effective for individual clubs under
members from financial loss due any combination thereof), $5,000 the policy on the day the applica-
to a covered accidental bodily in- Accidental Dismemberment Bene- tion and premium for insurance is
jury, and Liability insurance, which fit (loss of one hand, one foot, received by the USDA National
protects the club and its members sight of one eye). Insurance Coordinator. There is
and association officials from fi- no pro-rate provision. This is nec-
nancial loss due to unforeseen Note: Coverage is excess to any essary due to the large adminis-
incidents which may develop into other valid and collectible medical trative expense of maintaining dif-
litigation against members and insurance covering the same acci- ferent policy dates.
dance organizations. dent. Coverage provided for cov-
ered medical expenses incurred
LIABILITY INSURANCE within 52 weeks of the accident up
to $10,000 for all eligible expenses
as stated in the Policy. Square Dancers
Limits of protection: $1,000,000 Insurance Program
combined single limit of liability for is endorsed by
bodily injury and property damage Who is covered: Club members
United Square Dancers
per occurrence (subject to a $100 will be insured while participating
property damage deductible per in any regularly scheduled and
claim) while participating in sched- sponsored dancing activity world-
uled and sponsored dancing ac- wide, including group travel (10 or Serviced by
tivities. $100,000 limit for damage more club members) in a vehicle USDA National Insurance
to premises rented to you. commercially licensed for trans- Coordinator
portation of passengers and oper- Pat Inglis
Who is covered: The club and its ated by a person holding a valid PO Box 22
members while participating in operators license for such vehicle, Tucker, GA 30085-0022
club or organization sponsored while being transported to or from Phone (404) 298-6148
and supervised dancing activities. a covered dancing activity. Fax: (404) 298-6149
Liability coverage applies in the Email:
United States, its territories or pos- firstname.lastname@example.org
sessions, and Canada.
ACCIDENTS CAN AND DO OCCUR
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USDA INSURANCE COORDINATORS NOTES
2011 enrollments are continuing to come to me in large quantities. Many of the
chairmen have read the letter I sent out with the enrollment forms and follow the direc-
tions exactly. Others do not seem to know that I need two copies of everything you
send me! When I have to make copies or corrections to your forms, this greatly re-
duces the promptness of getting your enrollments to the insurance company for proc-
This may not seem that important when you are sending me items but think of how
long it takes when I have to copy hundreds of pages of information. It is very time
consuming and delays the processing time on your enrollments So, please, let me
emphasize the following; do not use any abbreviations for your club name or federa-
tion name; be sure that forms submitted are accurate and legible and roster form
signed at the bottom indicating compliance to the 100% enrolled rule. AND send me
two copies to reduce my copying time.
Chairmen have already begun to call me needing their 2011 certificates. As much
as I would like to be able to generate these certificates, I cannot do anymore than
what I am doing. It is obvious that enrollments need to begin earlier than it has for the
past two years. Needless to say, information for enrollment cannot be started for the
new year until a fee is established with Markel. The fee is based on our accident and
liability rate for the year so most of the year has to pass before it can be figured. I
want to encourage you to not delay in getting the information to your clubs and asking
them to move quickly to get the information back to you. Remember you do not have
to have all your clubs in before submitting to me. You can submit them one at a time
to speed up the process.
Enough said on the subject; if you need more information call me and we will dis-
cuss over the phone or in an e-mail if you prefer. I am available to provide service for
your clubs but your help in following the directions will help me, too.
An insurance seminar is planned for the nationals in Michigan in June 2011; if there
is a topic you would like to have discussed, let me know. Any suggestions you make
would be greatly appreciated and help me to know what is needed for structuring the
USDA Insurance Coordinator
P. O. Box 22
Tucker, GA 30085-0022
Web page: http://www.usda.org then programs then Insurance
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SQUARE DANCE CLASS COORDINATOR
DEFINITION OF POSITION: Responsible for the planning, administering and reporting of all the activities in-
volved with the training of the attendees at the weekly square dance class held annually.
NIGHT OF CLASS RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Open and set up class facility at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of each class
2. Prepare and enlist attendees or Angels to provide refreshments on a weekly basis
3. Welcome members and guests as they arrive
4. Maintain class and club attendance records nightly, report to be made monthly at board meeting
5. Announce upcoming events: club, local and state festivals, conventions, related activities
6. Provide literature covering all aspects of the Square Dance hobby
7. Issue and collect student badges nightly
8. Bid farewell to members and guests as they depart
9. Assist in the clean-up of the facility at the end of the class or sponsored activity
10. Secure building after checking security, cleanliness, lights, air condition/heating is off, etc.
11. Coordinate joint area class dance (if one is sponsored/held locally)
WEEKLY PREPARATION RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Assure/confirm refreshments are made available for the class
2. Call club members (Angels) to ensure all students are dancing every tip
3. Call absentees and give encouragement to attend all sessions
4. Report weekly to the club on class activities and invite participation of club members and the regular
5. Advise club treasurer in advance of any date the class facility is not being used as planned
6. Maintain supplies for classes
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Report student number/attendees and any needs of the class to the board on a monthly basis
2. Report/request/obtain approval from board prior to any special activities being planned or announced
3. Provide receipts for any approved purchases for reimbursement each month at board meetings
END OF CLASS PREPARATION RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Encourage maximum club participation in the last 6 weeks of class to give the students a feeling of
being welcome and belonging to the club. This also permits the club members to become acquainted
with the students.
2. Invite the students to join the club. Have the membership chairman attend the last 4 weeks of classes.
3. Prepare and draft the final class plan and present it to the board for approval
4. Purchase necessary supplies for graduation ceremony
These guidelines were drafted for the purpose of helping the person who would be the square dance class coordinator to have a
better understanding of how to run a successful class for the Valley Single Squares club in Mesa, Arizona. Our association (Grand
Canyon Square Dance Association) doesn’t offer any leadership training for the clubs. Some of these ideas might be helpful to other
clubs, so feel free to publish these if you wish.
We use the booklet “A Club Guide to Successful Lessons” in our class instruction and I think it’s the very best guide that we
could have. “Recruiting and Keeping New Dancers” booklet is also our companion, a great asset in being able to help us keep the
people that we have taught to square dance active in our club.
Valley Single Squares, Mesa, Arizona
President & Coordinators, Brenda, Dorotha and Peggy
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The Dancer’s Online
Travel Web Site
Turn your Vacations & Dance
Travel into Donations
Book your personal and business and
dance travel on our new travel website,
Every time you do, Alliance of Rounds
Traditional and Square Dance (ARTS)
will receive a portion of the travel com-
You get the same low rates offered by
other travel websites while helping to
raise funds for ARTS
Book your travel to the 60th NSDC in
Book Golf Tee Times, Get Event Tick- Detroit, MI and support dancing at the
ets Send flowers, Site Seeing Activities same time.
Logon to www.arts-dancetravel.com
60th National Square Dance Convention®
June 22, 23, 24, & 25, 2011
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SQUARE DANCE CONVENTION
JUNE 22—25 2011
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SQUARE DANCE CONVENTION
JUNE 22—25 2011
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62nd National Square Dance Convention®
To Be Held In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma June 26, 27, 28, & 29, 2013
This form and registration rate is void after March 3, 2012
Register now for the 62nd National Square Dance Convention® in 2013 come to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Registering early not
only helps defray early preparation cost it also gives you free admittance into the Saturday evening dance at our Pre-Convention Feb.
29-March 3, 2012. Please complete the form below and send it along with your check payable to:
62nd National Square Dance Convention® Registration #____________
516 SW 103rd Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73139-5523
Please Print Clearly! Thank you for your support
Paid (U.S. CURRENCY ONLY) __________ # Attending @ $40.00 each $ __________________ Check # ________
Credit Card: MasterCard □ Visa □ # ______________________Expiration Date:_____/_____
Name on Card: _________________________________ 3 Digit Security Code _________
One Last Name Only: ______________________First Name: His:__________________ Hers:__________________
Children: ____________________ _____________________ ____________________
Address: ________________________________________ Telephone ( ) ______________ -
City: _________________________________State:__________ Zip: ____________-___________
Nation: ___________________________Email: ______________________________________
If you are a caller/cuer/etc, please check whichever applies:
Caller: □MS □ Plus □ Advanced □ Challenge Cuer: □Rounds □ Contra □Clogging □Country Line
PROPER SQUARE DANCE ATTIRE IS REQUIRED AT ALL NATIONAL CONVENTIONS ACTIVITIES! Revised 7/09
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IN MEMORY OF Red Null
Red Null passed away October 12, 2010 in Meridian, ID. A
memorial was held in Meridian with Services in Memphis, TN.
Red and Reva served as USDA Secretary 1989-90 and
USDA Western Region Vice President 1990-93.
They were President of Santa Clara Valley Square Dance
Association and Associated Square Dancers of Superior, CA
as well as President of the State Council. They were also
past Convention Chairman.
To Red’s children and grandchildren, USDA and the Square
Dance World says Thank You for sharing him with us
Don Hunger Awarded Circle of Service
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USDA YOUTH DANCERS
Did everyone have fun at the 59th National Square Dance Convention in Louisville? We sure did, and
we met so many new and wonderful people while we were there! Great to see so much support at the USDA
Annual Meeting! It was such a pleasure to be able to present our Founders’ Memorial Youth Fund Scholar-
ship to Alyssa Sawyer via her grandparents, Roy & Janet Bellcoff, who read a letter from Alyssa who was un-
able to attend. Congratulations to all! Don’t forget that the application deadline for the USDA Founders Me-
morial Youth Fund Scholarship is February 1st. Applicants should give themselves time to secure the proper
letters of recommendation and nomination, so plan ahead.
Speaking of the 59th National Square Dance Convention, we had one of the most popular After Parties
around when we hosted the Friday night Youth/Family After Party. Special thanks to the following callers who
shared their time and fabulous talents to support our party -- Lottie Ainsworth, Andy Allemao, Scot Byars,
Deborah Carroll Jones, Randy Dougherty, Jim & Betty Fox, Patty Greene, Jon Jones, Hunter Keller, Tim Mar-
riner, Bear Miller, Tom Miller and Tony Oxendine. It was especially exciting to see youth talent like Trevor
Goucher, Samuel Mestel, Christina and Catherine Moreland, Justin Russell and Noah Siegman get a chance
to show off the future of square dancing by calling tips during the after party along with the “pros”. Keeping
the show moving were our MC’s Christina Moreland, Justin Russell and Hunter Keller. Hey – Were do it again
in Detroit at the 60 NSDC!!! Don’t Miss it. Look for details in the April/June issue.
Another big event at the National Convention was the second Youth Competition. First place in the
competition went to a group of dancers who dubbed themselves the “Southern Stars” – Erica Johnson & Mark
Johnson, Fairfield, OH; Michael Butler, Walton, KY; Chelsea Falk, Aurora, CO; Lexie Lathrop, Dacono, CO;
Dustin Bradley, Lemont, IL; Garrett Mestel – New Albany, IN, and Helen Butler, Walton, KY. Second place
went to a group called “Dancin’ Wolves” that included James Armstrong, Midwest City, OK; Candace Miller,
Chest Springs, PA; Samuel Mestel, New Albany, IN; Carrie Wiggins, Harker Springs, TX; Jon Michael Osteen
& Matthew Osteen, Dale, TX; Alyssa Heffron, San Diego, CA; and Torie Lathrop, Dacono, CO. The final
team, put together at the last minute, became the “Froggers” and included Amanda Martin, Mount Pleasant,
SC; Lydia Morrow, Lawrence, KS; Lynnea Johnson, Hesston, KS; Julianna Butler, Walton, KY; Brair Cam-
bron, Piedmont, OK; Caitlyn Thai, Cincinnati, OH; Sadie Chaney, Cincinnati, OH; and Caitlyn Ramsey, Hiram,
OH. Truly a cross-section of the country and a great way to make new friends. Congratulations to all who par-
ticipated! Hope to see you on the dance floor in Detroit at the 60th NSDC.
More recently we had the chance to attend a Green Caller dance hosted by the Vaca Valley Ramblers
in Vacaville, CA. It was so great to see 3 youth dancers testing their chops as callers, and the best part was
they all did a really super job! We all need to work harder to encourage new callers in general, and especially
youth callers and dancers – they truly are our future. If you have exciting news about youth dancers in your
area, please share them with us … either by email or on our USDA Facebook page … we want to hear from
Don’t forget that USDA offers a wealth of information to square dancers. Most of you reading this news-
letter are experienced square dancers, but I’m sure you also know people who would like to learn to dance.
In particular, youth groups, school programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, or homeschoolers who would like to learn to
square dance but just can’t afford the services of a caller to teach them. Let USDA help! Our Square Dance
Training DVD or VHS tapes are available free of charge to interested groups … just contact us at
USDA.email@example.com and we’ll send a copy right out to you.
Until next time …
Bonnie Abramson & Bob Kamuf
USDA Youth Advisors
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USDA Founders Memorial Youth Scholarship
Deadline .................. On or before February 1, 2011
2010 USDA Founders Memorial Youth Fund Scholarship
To qualify for the $1000.00 Scholarship:
Must be a high school senior or college freshman
Have a record of volunteer service with square dancing.
Have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.
Be an active square dancer.
Be committed to promotion and perpetuation of square dancing.
Completed application and essay on or before February, 1
Sponsored by a USDA Affiliate Organization
Application signed by USDA Affiliate Organization President.
Please help us notify Youth Dancers in your area!!
Application may be printed from www.usda.org
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Achieving Greatness: The Value of Association
By Don Yaeger
Association leaders and corporate executives have long recognized that great lessons – lessons in leadership, team building,
handling adversity, and managing success – can be learned from their peers in the world of sports.
This explains why some of the most sought after public speakers at corporate events are sports greats – Miami Heat Presi-
dent Pat Riley, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyewski, former Pittsburgh Steeler running back Rock Bleier and former LSU basketball
coach Dale Brown are among the most popular speakers on the circuit. The lessons they teach and exhibit in their world translate
perfectly into yours.
In my 20-plus years as a writer for Sports Illustrated and author of more than a dozen books, I have been blessed to spend
hours interviewing great winners like Riley, Krzyewski, basketball legend Michael Jordan and Hall of Fame running back Walter
Some of the best lessons I have learned, however, have come at the foot of the greatest winner of them all, the late John
Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach and winner of unprecedented 10 NCAA championships. Wooden also was an oft-tapped
corporate consultant on the subject of leadership.
Before Wooden’s passing, I often traveled to Los Angeles to talk with him about Greatness and the traits of those who have
achieved it. One characteristic he was passionate about was that the truly “great” understand that value of association. They know
they can only become great if they surround themselves with others who are headed in that direction.
Just a couple of years ago, the then 97-year-old Wooden, his mind sharp as any 30-year-old I had met, got a twinkle in his
eyes when told me he had a story to share, one I would enjoy sharing with others.
“Many people, when they ask me about coaching great players, always ask me about my two most famous centers, Lew Al-
cindor (who became Kareem Abdul-Jabaar) and Bill Walton,” the coach said, “But one of the greatest I have ever coached is a player
many wouldn’t suspect. It was Swen Nater.”
I think Coach enjoyed the look of surprise on my face. I remembered Nater, but just barely. What I remembered was that he
was cut from his high school basketball team as because, even at 6-foot-11, he was too clumsy to offer the team any value. He didn’t
give up, though, and several years later made a community college team. He became talented enough that several four-year colleges
offered him scholarships.
At the time, UCLA and Wooden were in the middle of one of the most spectacular runs in all of sports, winning seven of eight
national championships. Alcindor had graduated, but Wooden had a new center, Walton, who he thought might be even better.
Nater’s community college coach asked Wooden to consider his player. “I was told he could, at the very least, be a great
practice opponent for Walton,” Wooden recalled. “So I spoke with Swen. I was honest. I told him he could go to a small school and
play all the minutes he wanted, or he could come to UCLA, where he likely would never start a game, but where he could play against
the best center in the country every day. That’s the best I could offer him.”
Nater didn’t flinch. He accepted the opportunity and, as Wooden had promised, he didn’t start a single game at UCLA.
“Swen understood that to become the best he needed to associate himself with the best he could find,” Wooden said. “There
was no better than Bill Walton.” Or John Wooden.
When his three years at UCLA were complete, Nater had been part of a team that won a record-breaking 88 straight games
and had played for three more national championships – all as Walton’s backup.
Nater then made history when he became the first player selected in the first round of the professional basketball draft without
ever starting a college game. He played 12 years professionally and now is a senior executive in the corporate offices of COSTCO.
His career “is absolutely and directly the result of having made the decision to associate myself with folks who were the very best,”
Nater told me. “I learned that you are who you associate yourself with.”
Coach Wooden was succinct: “Mark these words…You will never out-perform your inner circle. If you want to achieve more,
the first thing you should do is improve your inner circle.”
At its core, that is exactly why associations hold annual events. Those conventions are a member’s opportunity to improve his
or her inner circle, to learn and associate with the very best.
Like Swen Nater, I hope that each of you have identified those in your profession from whom you could learn, those who
share your passion for greatness. Then, while attending your state or national conferences, introduce yourself, spend
time asking and learning what it is they do that makes them successful. These lessons are often transferable.
Then take the lessons home with you. Make your aspirations known to your staff and your membership because
they want to associate themselves with greatness, too. You’ll be amazed by what you can achieve when you surround
yourselves with those headed in the same direction.
At each of these steps you’ll understand why John Wooden agreed that the value of association is one of the
most significant traits of greatness.
Don Yaeger is a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, New York Times best-selling author and longtime
associate editor of Sports Illustrated. He speaks on the subject of Greatness, taking lessons from the world of sports
and translating them to business and professional audiences. He can be reached through his Web site:
USDA NEWS Volume XXII, Issue 1, Jan—Mar 2011 Page 28
HONORING THE MILITARY
The 39th Annual Georgia State Square Dance Convention has been dedicated for many years as
support to the military that make it possible for all to have the
freedom to enjoy fun, fellowship and dancing. This year, how-
ever, there was something a little different.
The convention, which always runs the third weekend in Sep-
tember, was under the direction of President Ben and Lulline
Cotton and Ralph and Judie Gill, Convention Chairmen. They
specifically set aside Friday evening to honor all military, vet-
erans and those still serving with a special “Grand March of
The flag bearers, Johnny Jolly and Ronnie Shelnutt, of
Crossfire Squares, led the “Grand March” of military onto the
dance floor. Bob Morrison, a square dance caller, gave a
“Thank You to the Troops” followed by Vance Donaldson with
the Invocation. All of those opening the program are veterans and have served their country.
While the convention brought roughly 1,000 dancers to Macon for the annual event, there were
about 300 in the “Veterans Grand March”. Those marching in and those in the stands, dressed in
red, white and blue were cheering and waving hand-held flags. The flags, generously donated by
Woodmen of the World Insurance Company, certainly did add an emotional touch to the evening
and the grand march honoring the military.
Square dancing is done all over the world and is called in English thanks to the service men and
women who carried it with them to share with others. Foreign dancers may not speak any English,
but they do understand their square dance calls in English, no matter what country you dance in.
Our next convention is the big “40” Birthday Bash and we will be planning special things for that one.
Why not be with us on September 15-17, 2011 to kick up your heels and twirl your partner. Join us
to see what we come up with in addition to a “good time”.
If you are not a square dancer, you should at least try it once to find out the fun they have and why
they are always smiling.
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Send the USDA News Editor your State/Association Convention Date(s) and they will be listed.
Brief highlights of State/Association Conventions (past or future) are also printed at no charge.
JANUARY 2011 MAY 2011
28-29 36th Annual South Carolina Square and 6-7 51st Ohio Dance Convention
Round Dance Convention, Springmaid Beach Dayton Convention Center, 22 E Fifth St.
Resort and Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, Dayton, OH, Info: 937-233-7180
South Carolina email: firstname.lastname@example.org or,
17-19 52nd WASCA Square & Round Dance 13-14 Utah State Square Dance Festival
Festival, Hilton Mark Center Hotel, Info: email@example.com or
Alexandria, VA, 801-529-4128
Or www.wascaclubs.com 19-21 23rd State Virginia Square Dance & Round
Dance Convention, Hampton, VA
25-26 58th Alabama Jubilee "Happy Trails" Info: 540-636-2323 or
Pell City Civic Center, 2801 Stemley Bridge firstname.lastname@example.org
Road, Pell City, AL 35128
www.alabamasquaredance.com 19-21 50th Derby City Festival, Paroquet Springs
Conference Center, Shepherdsville, KY
25-26 59th Heart of America Federation Convention Info: 270-982-5628 or
Hall McCarter School, 5000 NW Valley View Raymond.email@example.com
Rd, Blue Springs, MO
www.feddance.wesquaredance.com 22-25 64th New Mexico Square & Round Dance
Festival, Ruidoso Middle School,
APRIL 2011 Ruidoso, NM
1-2 63rd Annual St Louis Jamboree Info: www.festival.nmsrda.org
St. Ann Community Center, St. Ann, MO.
Info:www.StLouis.SquaredanceMissouri.com 27-29 57th Florida State Square and Round Dance
Convention, Lakeland Center, Lakeland, FL
8-10 51st California State Square Dance Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-734-5295
Convention, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.
Info: 619-222-0445 or 27-29 58th Golden State Round Up
email@example.com San Ramon Marriott, 2600 Bishop Dr,
San Ramon, CA
8-9 49th Annual Iowa State Square & Round Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance Convention, Marriott Hotel 1200
Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA JUNE 2011
Info: email@example.com 3-4 59th KansasState Square Dance
Convention, Bicentennial Center
17-20 CALLERLAB Convention, Las Vegas Salina, KS
Info: www.callerlab.org info: www.kansassquaredance.com
29-30 53rd New England Square and Round 10-12 59th Minnesota State Square and Round
Dance Convention, Biddeford, ME Dance Convention, Mayo Civic Center
Info: www.nesrdc.org Rochester, Minnesota
29-30 59th North Dakota Square and Round
Dance Convention, Sons of Norway, 722 22-25 60th National Square Dance Convention®
2nd Ave N, Fargo, ND, Detroit, MI
Info: www.prairiesquares.com Info: www.60nsdc.com
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CONVENTION SCHEDULE, Continued
JULY 2011 19-21 8th Annual Pennsylvania Square and Round
1-4 28th Annual International Assoc of Gay Dance Federation, Radisson Hotel Pittsburgh
Square Dance Clubs (IAGSDC) (Greentree), 101 Radisson Drive, Pittsburgh,
Convention, Atlanta, GA PA 15205. Info: 412-531-0458
22-23 3rd Annual Freedom Weekend 21-23 52nd Missouri State Square ‘n Round Dance
Albuquerque Square Dance Center Festival, Black River Coliseum,
Albuquerque, NM Popular Bluff, MO
Info: Richard Lane - 505-771-3456 www.squaredancemissouri.com/Flyers/
AUGUST 2011 JUNE 2012
4-6 Tennessee State Square & Round Dance 27-30 61st National Square Dance Convention®
Convention, Gatlinburg, TN Spokane, WA
Info 865-947-3238 Info: www.61nsdc.com
5-7 52nd Wisconsin Square & Round Dance
Convention, De Forest High School
De Forest, WI
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