May is a very busy month with Mother’s Day, the Kentucky Derby, and the Indianapolis 500. And of course, we can’t forget Memorial Day. As always, we are thankful to those who have served our country to make our continued freedom possible. This puts us in mind of those who have served NORTEX. It takes all of us. Sure, the elected and appointed NORTEX officers are out there working for the organization, but clubs, dancers and NTCA members are right beside us. It is amazing to watch everyone being so generous with their time and efforts. As we celebrate the sacrifices, contributions and support of our mother’s and our military, we offer our appreciation of all of you for everything that you do to make dancing such a wonderful experience and so much fun.
As you remember the NORTEX Quarterly Business Meeting was held April 30, 2017 and new officers were elected for the 2017-2018 year. We offer our congratulations to this group of volunteers. We know that all the NORTEX members are so thankful for these dancers who have stepped up to take these important positions. There is no doubt in our minds that all NORTEX members will support this group in all that they do in the coming year. Don’t forget that we will have an Installation dance to welcome them to their new positions on June 4th. Ray and Vicki Spray, our Installation Dance chair, have a great event planned, so don’t miss it.
Everyone knows that dancing and our organization is changing every year. It’s a fact of life and we must all learn to change with the times and our environment. The Promenade is one of the more visible areas of these changes. We have to adapt our publication to use tools and methods that are more in line with today’s communications environment. We need to tailor our communications to use methods that new dancers would prefer. We need to make publication processes as simple as possible so our volunteers are not overwhelmed. The changes you may have noticed in the Promenade are to help us adapt to our changing environment. The planned changes, reviewed at the NORTEX meeting, will help us adapt. We know that change is uncomfortable, but we know that you will all help us move our Promenade and organization to the place that it needs to be for the future benefit of all dancers and the activity.
Round-Up will be October 21st. Our Round-Up Chair, Joe & Pat Cadenhead, and their committee members shared a sample of Round-Up attire at the April NORTEX Quarterly meeting. The kick-off dance will be July 9th and Round-Up Committee/NORTEX Officer visitations will follow that. Visitations will be scheduled by the Committee to help manage the visiting committee members and officers and to ensure that all clubs can be visited.
Our NORTEX Secretary, Bates and Sherry Richmond, have begun the club renewal process for all clubs and their members for the next year, July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. You should have sent your payments and membership lists by May 1st, but if not please do it as soon as possible.
Lessons – Lessons – Lessons, many of our clubs are about to complete lessons. Be sure to welcome all new students/dancers and give them a smile and a pat on the back when needed. Be sure to check the Promenade for a listing of where lessons are being held and check for new dancer dances. Thank you, to all the clubs for providing the chance for new students and new dancers to have floor time. Not only is this a chance to increase our dance community, but also for current dancers to be the BEST EVER Angel for your club. Keep up the good work with lessons.