Baby it’s cold outside. We may be in the middle of winter, but this is the perfect time to get out there and dance. Time to break the winter doldrums and cabin fever. Don’t wait for Ground Hog Day. Make your own forecast for winter fun with your fellow dancers at your club and your favorite places to visit. The holidays are over and hopefully one of your goals for 2018 is to get going with your favorite activity. Dancing is good for the mind, body and soul. Tired of all the family gatherings? Time to get back with your dancing friends you call family.
Many of you have new graduates and new members. Now is the time to take them into the fold of your club and under your wing. Don’t let them stray from the fun and fellowship they have been introduced to. After all the work you have done recruiting and angeling them through lessons, the new members are precious and need to be nurtured. They are the future of your club. Take them to visitations and include them in the other activities that you do as a club besides dancing. Dance with them and remember what it was like to be new dancers.
Save the date for the Lessons Grant Benefit Dance following the NORTEX Quarterly Business Meeting on Sunday February 18, 4:30 until 6:30. This will be a repeat of last year’s “Crazy Cookie Dance”. Attendees will have a chance to vote on their favorite cookie with their donations to the Lessons Grant Fund, with the winning cookie baker being recognized with a gift card. Callers Bobby Willis and Ray Savell along with Cuer Jack von der Heide are donating their time to this worthy cause. We think a sustainable Lessons Grant program might be one of the keys to our clubs having a sustainable membership. If you’ve never been to a NORTEX Quarterly Business Meeting, come early and see how the business of the association takes place. Our Business meetings welcome all dancers, not just delegates.
The Nominating Committee for NORTEX Officers for 2018-2019 will be meeting on January 21, 2018. The proposed slate of officers for the ensuing year will be presented to the delegates at the February 18, 2018 Quarterly Business Meeting. Elections will take place at the April 2018 Quarterly Business Meeting, and of course, nominations can always be made from the floor.
We want to thank all the callers, cuers, angels, club officers and all dancers, as well as NORTEX officers and committee chairs. It is truly an honor to serve you, the dancers and clubs of NORTEX. We are looking forward to seeing you as we visit your clubs and special dances and continue to “Live to Dance and Dance to Live”.