Welcome to 2014 at Jaybee Square Wheelers
Halloween was a very black night! There seemed to be a lot of ghoulies and ghosties wandering around – even a complete skeleton of a boy! Congratulations to Matthew, who won the jackpot and went home with $70! I think he had spent the money before he arrived home!
Some of the group posing for the camera!
The legs were pretty amazing.
5 lovely ladies – Laurina, Tegan, Emily, Gwen and Pat.
.. and their legs!
Laurina’s legs on stage!
John and a ghoul with a wounded hand!
John doesn’t seem too bothered that the ghoul has now lost his hand!
Still chasing that hand!
Tegan showing her usual style and flair
I certainly wouldn’t like to meet these two on a dark night!
Hmm – dancing with a skeleton – a new high!
Tegan looking after Nicolas so his mum can dance.
The infamous father/daughter combination of Michelle and Ross keeping any eye on the door.
Yup – it must be fun not knowing who the skeleton belongs to!
It made for a fun night of dancing, not knowing quite who was in your square!
It was a busy month for Jaybees, with two theme nights and the return of Mike and Lorraine. Not to mention the brilliant night that Brian Hotchkies hosted for us before he wandered down to Bairnsdale for the first of many years of calling in Gippsland, instead of at Kelly Country.
Mike doing a Howard impersonation! So unkind! Sorry, Howard!
Mike Davey and Brian Hotchkies enjoying their night together.
Mike and Lorraine – having a bit of fun with Brian Hotchkies
No, Brian was not on his knees!! But I think Mike was taking advantage of his position somewhat!
All the flloor was up doing the progressive squares.
The dancers always enjoy their evening with Brian Hotchkies
Dancing to Brian Hotchkies
Many, many thanks to Laurina Collyer, Philip Aslanidis and Peter Humphries for taking such good care of the club while Mike and Lorraine were off gallivanting around the UK. It is great for the dancers to have variety of callers.
It looks like serious business, this square dancing!
Jane and Wayne in the promenade.
Victoria in her very pretty dressed set outfit. Congratulations to Wendy MacLean for doing such a good job of it.
A perfect shot of a perfect pass through!
Mike and Lorraine headed off for 6 weeks to France, United Kingdom and Dubai, so we had a farewell party at the Learner’s Hall and then left our new dancers in the more-than-capable hands of Laurina Collyer.
Our learner dancers going through their paces.
The supper table was groaning as usual. What is it with square dancers and food???
Our angels are working with the new dancers and they are flying along.
It was a tropical colour theme – and man those grass skirts look good!
Helena and Morgan – two of our invaluable angels.
Mike Davey is just being silly!! I think Lorraine is worried he might bring the other leg up – then we would be in biig trouble!
This is the first time the new dancers have seen us with square dance skirts and petticoats – a bit of a culture shock!
It is all going so smoothly!
Laurina and Chris Park – yes, Chris does tropical very well, particularly with his socks!
Julie and Bev comparing leis
Gail and Lee, looking very colourful.
Emily and Adrian, showing us how it’s done.
Quite a variety of costumes this evening!
Arthur Rogerson with Lorraine and Mike Davey.
Got to have at least one photo of the young ones in a playful mood! Adrian, Victoria and Joshua.
August is our Mid-year Social. This year the theme was ‘In the Jungle’. People came in all kinds of jungle gear and indulged in some (non alcoholic) ‘Jungle Juice’ prepared by Laurina Lion. The hall was decorated with twinkly lights and lots of pictures of jungle animals – congratulations to Laurina for making them.
Arthur Rogerson is growling at the unknown Lion (James??)
Alan and Bev with Clive.
Clive and Jenny contemplating another bottle! Lucky they are non-alcoholic!
Emilie is back! Yes, she has returned to us for a while to study at Swinburne. Wendy, Julie and Nicolas are catching up on news with her.
Elaine, Emily and baby Lucas, dressed for the jungle. Lucas is now running across the floor, so we have to be fast to tackle that little brown bear!
As you see, Kelvin loves having his photo taken! Kelvin and Pat at the Social night.
Ken Russell and Susan May with an unknown tiger (could be Robyn, but I’m not giving it away!)
I’m sure that look on Don Moxey’s face has something to do with him considering his next bit of mischief!
Pam Hutton with Matthew and Geoff.
John and Philomena showing us how it’s done on the dance floor.
Tiger onesies – greeaat idea! Philomena and John Van Delft in theme.
Wendy McKenzie and Bob Lane dressed up for the Jungle
Peter and Clive talking about supper and leis
Christmas in July is just a great excuse to wear our Christmas outfits more often! Even better – we get to eat lots of supper! It was a fabulous night and we even got to hear about Grandma getting run over by a reindeer!
Bob, Colleen, David and Bev enjoying supper!
Yes, what can I say – it was a set up, but it was so much fun! They were enjoying Cheryl’s cake so much!
Wayne and Colin messing around – at least I hope they were messing around!
Adrian and Laurina not looking too impressed with Victoria!
A very bright supper table – just what was needed on such a cold, windy, wet night.
Lucas taking over the announcements! Alan and Ross didn’t have a hope!
Julie with Graham and Jan Robertson.
Lucas and Emily with Julie and Nicolas – comparing notes on child rearing! Both boys love to watch the dancing and bob along to the music.
Chris Park having a chat with Don McGilvery
Aylene and Gary chatting with Helena
July is when we celebrate American Independence Day. This year we had it halfway between American Independence Day and Bastille Day – not hard for the dancers, since the colours are still red, white and blue. It was, however, quite hard for the Caller who has a million American songs, but only a couple of French songs! Never mind, we got away with lots of French sounds instead!
Photo bombing seemed to be the order of the evening. Here Victoria launches an attack on Di, Jonathan and Adeline
Rylan is also a photo bomber – here showing Jane, Wendy, Lorraine and Colleen how it is done. He doesn’t know that Ross is already an expert in the art!
Zoe, Wendy’s grand daughter, is happy to play with Payton.
Zoe is checking that it is OK to eat some of this fantastic supper – with Heather Jennings and Arthur Rogerson.
David and Bev Love with Kay Wood in their French and American outfits.
This generation just can’t leave their phones alone! Nicolas will soon be texting to get his Mum’s attention.
A meeting of two cultures – Don representing the French and Mike with his American shirt.
Looks like Rylan has never seen such a spread before – just thanking his stars that he decided to come along with mum, Carmen, today.
June was the time for the Amateur Callers to have a go up on stage. We had a great turnout and it was amazing to watch them perform. Laurina and Mike had to take a back seat to all this talent.
Congratulations to our Amateur Callers – you did a fine job. Kevin Leydon, Lesley Collyer, James Fellows, Michelle MacLean, Tegan Park and Chris Park
Tegan Park is looking completely unruffled. I wish I had her confidence. It must be nerve wracking to be up on stage like that.
Michelle MacLean knows all about Moon Dancing!
Lesley Collyer, looking nervous. She did a great job and we hope to see her back again next year.
Kevin Leydon has obviously inherited his grandfather’s genes! He did a great rendition of Play Me Some Rag.
James Fellows has quite a knack with Ghost Riders in the Sky
Chris was a bit ambitious with some interesting choreography, but the dancers got through it very well.
Chris and Tegan Park did a duet of El Paso City.
Our Gospel night was well attended, with a huge amount of baked potatoes consumed. It was a pretty interesting evening with 4 boys under 2 in attendance. Isn’t it great to see all our young dancers bring their babies along. Congratulations to Ross for receiving his Service Award Trophy. He works so hard that he often forgets to get up and dance during the evening. Lucky Wendy is there to drag him away from the table.
Ross’ family came to see him get his award. Here he is with Kevin Leydon, Wendy, Matt and Julie, plus his grandchildren, Tyler, Wyatt and Nicolas
Alan Bennie awarded Ross his Service Award. He will now be able to tell if he is going to get wet when he plays golf!
Congratulations to Lucas on his first birthday. Grandma Elaine made a spectacular cake for him – can’t wait for next year!
Lucas is now officially a member of Jaybees. He now has his own badge.
John and Victoria having a chat over baked potatoes.
We had four babies under 2 attend the dance. Can’t wait for a few more years when they will be able to dance – 4 boys!!
We invited some of our dressed set people who were at Canberra to show the rest of the Club what they wore – it was a spectacular sight – congratulations again to Wendy for making all the outfits.
Victoria – showing her colourful dress, matched with an equally colourful cardigan.
All the team that were able to get to Jaybees on Tuesday
Don and Gwen Moxey – counting the money!
We had two surprise visits on May 20th – both Mike Seastrom and Ralf Mueller Zimmerman visited the club! Luckily Mike is good natured because Ralf got a huge welcome – it was a complete surprise, so everyone was very excited. Ralf brought his mother with him all the way from Germany, just to join us for our 30th birthday celebrations.
Gudrun is given a Jaybee visitor’s badge. Welcome, Gudrun.
Wendy volunteered to pin the visitors badges on Mike and Kathy. Hmmm – she had waay too much fun doing it!
Mike Seastrom joined in the round up along with all the other dancers – Jane showed him how to promenade the Australian way.
My goodness, even Lorraine got a dance to Mike Seastrom’s calling – it looks like fun.
Mike Davey is getting ready to sing happy birthday to Ralf, Bob and Mike!
Yup, it’s official! Sitting on the door is very boring! Adrian and Tegan showing how it’s done!
Glenys Stewart thinks I won’t put this on the web! Oh man, I am going to be in so much trouble when she sees it!
Roger Lloyd had interviewed Mike via Skype, so it was a pleasure for him to meet Mike and his sister, Kathy.
We welcome Robyn to Jaybees – she now has her official badge.
May is a good month for Tim Tams and hot chocolate – even though the weather is still quite mild, we believe that any time is a good time for chocolate!
Linda and Brian Wilson enjoying the moment.
Pat, Aylene and Lee eyeing off the last dark chocolate Tim Tam – how many calories do you think??
Mike and Greig discussing the merits of hot chocolate.
Elaine is reminding Lucas that he is too small to eat Tim Tams. You can see that he is impressed!
This is our big month – we are celebrating our 30th birthday. Yes, 30 years of Jaybees. It started in 1984 with Jack Burgess, who took over Graeme Braydon’s Club in St Kilda and then moved a few times and eventually renamed the Club to Jaybees. To celebrate, we invited past members to join present members for an afternoon tea at one of the halls that we danced at – back in the old days! It was so much fun to catch up with old friends.
Past and Present Presidents with their wives. Alan and Bev Brown with Bev and Alan Bennie!
Shirley explained that the club started and was supported by Margaret, Graeme, Alan and Bev
Mike encouraging his mother-in-law to keep the speech short! Advice that fell on deaf ears!
Theo is showing that he is still young at heart!
There is no photo without Ross doing his flash!
Some of the group that attended the afternoon tea.
Some of the group
Some of the group that attended the afternoon tea.
Carol Kennard with Kelvin Thomas and Ngaire Button.
Old friends gathering – Cheryl Griffin, Wendy MacLean, Lyn Barfoot and Ngaire Button.
Cindy, Kevin and Laurina were amused by the speeches.
Glenys chatting with Gwen and Geoff Wolfe
Margaret Bower with Cheryl Mackay and Shirley Burgess
Phil Lineham with Karen Winch
Current and past presidents with our Caller and Cuer. We missed Brian Wilson and Peter Stride
Ron Battersby chatting with Allan Peacock
Betty with her daughter, Cheryl
Theo with Don and Chris
In April a huge contingent of Jaybee dancers made their way to Canberra for the National Convention. It was a very happy convention, with lots of catching up with interstate and local friends.
- Our group on the final night of the convention
Lesley and Colin – congratulating Laurina on her fantastic calling
Di and Jonathan having a chat with Bev, Alan and Lesley
Di, Natalie, Wendy and Laurina having a chat
Laurina got a call on Sunday night – this is the crowd she was singing to – enough to make anyone nervous, but she just sailed through it – as usual
Laurina showing off her new tattoo.
Yes, it is true, nurses bring out the romantic in everyone – tango anyone?
Mike with his girls!
Wendy with her two lovely step daughters – Michelle and Elizabeth MacLean
Chris – like Father, like son – also in Star Trek theme!
I think Adrian is trying to explain to his mother about Spock and Star Trek – good luck with that, Adrian!
Tegan, Adrian, Joanne and Chris Park showing how families can play together
A rare sight – Wendy and Ross with 4 of their 6 children in one place at one time!
Maria and Graham in their stunning blue outfit – made by Wendy, of course!
Our young dancers in their multi coloured outfits.
A mixture of Bendigo’s Modern Squares with Philip Aslanidis and Jaybee Squares dancers
Wendy made this outfit for the ‘older dancers’ – very flattering!
The theme was colour and this dress set stood out in the crowd. Fantastic!
As many of our dressed sets dancers as we could get in the space!
Easter is always a popular time of year – the Hot Cross Buns come from Bakers Delight. Thanks to Bob Warren Smith for organising them for us. They are very tasty and fresh – we go through dozens of them after some serious dancing!
Square dancing is always fun.
Alan, Wendy and Ross welcoming our visitor from the UK
Cheryl, showing how it’s done.
Coffee Corner is a popular place at the middle of the evening. Time for a coffee and chat before getting back to the dancing.
There were not many buns left at the end of the evening.
Enjoying the wonderful Easter buns.
James and Lesley having a chat before heading off home
March is a busy month at Jaybees – we have pancakes, go to a Convention and have our AGM. This year it was quite long as there was a bit of business to transact with the new Model Rules. We said goodbye to Wendy MacLean as our President after 6 years and welcomed Alan Bennie to the Chair. The rest of the Committee remained the same – all determined to support Alan as our new Pres. Welcome back to: Robyn, James, Don, Adrian, Chris, Minnetta, Bev, Wendy, Ross, John and Laurina.
Ross MacLean works tirelessly for Jaybees. He usually sits at the front desk and organises Tattslotto or takes money for upcoming functions. Behind the scenes he is always working for the club. He was given a Service Award for all this – and for putting up with Wendy as President!!!
Some of our Committee for 2014/15. We were missing John and Wendy
Congratulations to Don Moxey – one of our new Life Members
Wendy awarded the Jaybee Trophy to Don Jennings for his unfailing support and encouragement of her during her term as President. A very well deserved Award. Congratulations, Don
Congratulations to Max Thiele for Life Membership. Max has worked tirelessly for the Club for many years, nurturing our finances and keeping us honest!
Ah, yes. It was St Patrick’s Day too – and we had to do the obligatory ‘Donegal’
It seems to be a popular time of year for birthdays. Best wishes to Stan, Suzie, Joanne, Bev, John and Linda – don’t worry about Adrian!
March is the State Convention. This year it was in Shepparton.
Jaybee Squares at the State Convention in Shepparton.
Mike showing us how to milk a cow – I think he was looking to pump the tail – you can always tell a city kid!
Mike Davey and Howard Cockburn, going back to the farm.
Mike Davey calling with Janice Alexander on the back to the farm night.
The MacLean/Leydon family – Michelle, Ross, Elizabeth with Kevin
Laurina and Carmen in their dressed set outfits, with gold petticoats.
Emily Fry with her partner, Matthew.
The striped set. Di, Jonathan, Emily, Matthew, Ross, Laurina and Kevin with our Caller, Mike Davey
The Modern Squares / Jaybee Squares dressed set – Victoria, Philip, Natalie, Darcy, Elizabeth, Charlie, Carmen and Wayne. Congratulations to Wendy for making their outfits.
Carmen and Wayne in their colourful dressed set outfits.
Both the dressed sets put in by Jaybee Square Wheelers, with Modern Squares. Congratulations to all of you – you looked fabulous and danced really well. Thanks to Wendy for co-ordinating everything.
Two sisters – Michelle and Elizabeth MacLean.
Ray Lilly – our local vet, checking out Farmer Wood’s cow!
Suzie and Stan showing their themed outfits.
Patricia and Ron in very nice matching outfits.
Pam and Geoff sharing a smile while they wait to start round dancing.
Dancing on the floor
Minnetta and Don. Check out Minnetta/s tail.
Maya, looking gorgeous as usual
Cheryl and a strange looking chicken – wonder if Dennis knows anything about this?
Emily and Victoria
Laurina and Emily
Elaine sharing a round dance with Marcel
February has been a busy month with our Family and Friends starting the month off. Despite rather warm temperatures, we got a lot of interest from people and the night went by really quickly, with lots of laughter and chatter.
We started our new beginner classes the Thursday following that and have been taking in new dancers every Thursday this month. Again, there has been a lot of interest and we are ready to start teaching in earnest.
It was a fun night – for all ages.
Victoria brought her brother and her friends so they could see what she does every week.
Emily and Lucas came along to enjoy the evening. He is now 8 months old – where did the time go?
Laurina gave the experienced dancers a good call to show how it is done!
Julie brought baby Nicolas to visit for the evening. We have enough boys for the future with Julie’s three and Emily’s one – now for some girls!
We had some visitors from the other side of town to help out on the day – many thanks to you.
February is a ‘loving’ month and we celebrated St Valentine’s Day with love songs and dedications. I must admit “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” doesn’t come easily to mind when I think of St Valentine’s, but it obviously did to someone!
What do you do when you are the tallest person in the room, dancing with one of the shorter ones? Adrian has worked it out!
Enjoying the moment – Sandra with Dennis.
Dennis and Cheryl McKay, showing us how it should be done.
Pete, one of our new dancers, going through his paces. He picked it up really quickly.
A lovely red and white night. I am not sure what is going on, but they can’t seem to stop laughing!
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil! Our three monkeys – Adrian, John and Michelle, who just couldn’t stop laughing!
We also had fun with pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Many thanks to the committee who slaved away in the kitchen to make enough for everyone. Believe me, that is no mean feat! We had 3 electric frypans and three gas burners going for more than an hour to ensure that there were sufficient pancakes for everyone. Lucky Ralf wasn’t here this year, or we would still be cooking! (We really miss you, Ralf!).
Payton and Lucas are getting to know each other – not sure that Lucas is that impressed!
Yup, it certainly looks like Payton is checking to see if Lucas left any food on his mouth, or his shirt!
Yuck! He licked me! And all Emily could do was laugh! Payton is wondering what all the fuss is about!
Slaving away over a hot fry pan. I don’t even cook at home, but I was doing my best (actually they were not nearly as good as some of the other, more professional looking pancakes!).
Our kitchen ladies – Robyn, Laurina, Lorraine, Bev and Minnetta. Man it was hot in that kitchen!
Arthur, showing off his wonderful waffles. The went very quickly indeed – in fact, I didn’t even see them go!
So far, we have braved 40 degree temperatures to dance with the Whitehorse dancers on their annual visit to Jaybees. Thank goodness we were at Pinewood Hall, which has air conditioning!
So I said to Mike and Janice – can I take your photo? A simple question – but just look at their faces!
Of course you can, they said. . . and then they both giggled.
How about this? said Mike?
Or this? said Janice
Really – why do I bother??? Just as aside – note where their belts are – and then look where their heads are!!!
It was definitely the sort of evening where dress codes are relaxed. Shorts are definitely the way to go!
We sweltered – but we were there! The reward was a huge amount of wine and cheese for supper – that was very welcome!