We had a General Membership Meeting on 12 August at the Castro Community Meeting Room,  which was fairly well attended.  Good representation of club members, as well as observers from Western Star Dancers and Midnight Squares, for which I was grateful.  We discussed the current financial and membership state of the club, both of which are not horrible, but not good, neither, and then got down to business.  What do we want to be as a club?

From the discussion of the members present, there is no desire to disband the club.  Members want to continue to dance.  Several members expressed the opinion that we should hold a Plus and Advanced workshops for the fall season, and possibly a Zero-to-Plus class if we can get enough interest.  A committee of Paul Brown, Joe Iser, Harlan Kerr, and Steve Huggins has been formed to explore locations and our club’s program moving forward.

As an aside, Steve Huggins has found out that Monday nights at Forest Hill Christian Church is available, and I have directed him to hold on to it temporarily until we explore Castro locations.  Since Western Star Dancers was forced to move to Thursday nights, we are looking at either Mondays or Tuesdays for our dance nights.  Tuesday, though, would mean that we would lose Harlan as our regular caller, as he has a commitment calling with Diablo Dancers in Martinez.

We want to hear from you!  Feedback from members is vital to ensure survival, health, and growth of Foggy City Dancers.

George Gibson, who was a member of Foggy City Dancers, and served as Secretary and Treasurer, died after a valiant 9 month battle with pancreatic cancer on January 20th.  He also danced with Midnight Squares and Oaktown 8s.  He is survived by his partner, Sanford Dole.

The memorial service will be held at Saint Gregory of Nyssa, 500 DeHaro Street in Potrero Hill.

Please contact Michael Gitt for more information.  Michael is also seeking out photographs, both paper and electronic, for a memorial slideshow.  If you have any photographs of George, please send them to Michael ASAP.

Lee Griffiths arrived in Denver early to attend the caller school prior to the start of the convention weekend.

“Like most of the beginners, I’d gone there simply to find out if I might enjoy calling; I’d thought I might one day like to teach, and really considered equipping myself for that to be my main goal. Yet I came away totally enthused about calling anything and everything, as and when I find the opportunities and have developed enough to do so. The teaching staff quite simply inspired me with their passion, talent and commitment.

“Twenty-seven hours of classes in three days is quite an intense experience, the more so because you’re there precisely to be given as much feedback as you can get, to go away knowing what you’ll need to do to become a better, more experienced caller.

“Since Caller School, I’ve been very fortunate to have been offered a number of guest tips by other local callers. My goals are to really get into the nitty-gritty of sight calling the various programs (scary!) and slowly work up to being able to call my first full night. Fingers crossed!”

Angi enrolled in the FCD Plus course and was impressed enough by the group to apply for Foggy Citizenship.

“My friend, Duane Flohra, introduced me to square dancing; and I’m glad he did,” she explained. “Dancing gives us a chance to visit during the week—which is nice.

“I didn’t attend the convention. Maybe next year! I did go to a fly-in in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in May 2007. My family lives close by, and I was visiting the area to attend a cousin’s wedding. It was the first time that my family has seen me dance. It was a lot of fun, and I plan to do it again next year.

“I attended The Stumptown Stomp the last two years, and have had a blast. In fact, last year at Stumptown was when the calls jelled for me with Mainstream. I try to go to as many dances as possible in order to strengthen my dancing skills.

“I really enjoy dancing with Foggy City. You guys are the greatest!”