Welcome to NORTEX

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First of all, we want to congratulate all the new dancers and clubs who have worked so diligently to “Live Lively”.  We have attended many graduations recently and each one has been enthusiastic and different.   For those clubs still to graduate their new dancers, please have a chairman for graduation activities to keep the time moving with games and fun.  Please include your caller in the planning.

We have been asked what the ARTS organization is. The Alliance for Round, Traditional and Square-Dance (ARTS) is an entity that was formed as a coalition of organizations representing diverse groups making up the “Greater American Folk Dance”.  Its purpose is to educate the public and promote an improved understanding and image of the multiple forms of their historical dance activities.

We have three days this month of great importance.  The National Day of Prayer is May 7th and calls on all people of different faiths to pray for the nation and its leaders.  We are able to pray publicly because of the sacrifices of our military men and women who we remember on Memorial Day, May 25th.  Take part in your local parades and ceremonies to show our appreciation.  Also, we celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10th. In 1908, Anna Jarvis arranged a service in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. The church has now become the International Mother’s Day Shrine and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.  My perfect Mother’s Day is spending time with the grandchildren.

Thank you to everyone who took time to attend the April Quarterly Meeting.  This is your organization and delegates are responsible for the business that must be decided at each meeting.  We appreciate each and everyone of you.

Next month you will be treated to the NORTEX Installation FREE Dance on June7th.  Mike Bramlett and Christine Hixson will entertain us for our dancing pleasure.  Please make plans to attend.

Ray & Vicki