Welcome to 2016
JAYBEE SQUARE WHEELERS
Our last function for the year is our Christmas party. It is a dinner dance, held at the Good Shepherd Hall. We always ask Gary Overton to cater, because he is the best in the business! This year we had more than 100 attending – close to our maximum! It was an awesome night. Thanks to Mike, Laurina, Pat and Coral for providing the entertainment and also to the Jaybee Performers for their two-square dance.
Bill and Shirley Blake chatting with Bev Love.
A happy square
Everyone having a great time with good food and drink.
Gail and Pat
Graham and Jan Robertson
Jenny and Clive Granger with John and Lynette Mitchell
The Wegmanns and Hogans relaxing between brackets
Our newer dancers – John and Helen at the dinner dance for the first time.
John Van Delft – our hardworking Treasurer.
Catching a bracket before they start dancing.
Julie McLeod brought her family along – they seemed to enjoy themselves even though they couldn’t dance.
The Morris family – complete with Warren.
It’s the end of the evening and time to take off the shoes to do the Nutbush.
Our esteemed Jaybee performers.
The three raffle prizes – congratulations to Lorraine Davey for winning first prize. Since Lorraine and Minnetta did the shopping, I hope she will enjoy the food!
Robyn brought James along for the evening.
The stage – looking fabulous. Thanks to all the volunteers for coming in during the afternoon to decorate and set out the tables.
Wendy chatting with Liz and Peter.
A happy table – Kaye and Bob Woods with Alexis and Neville Jarvis
Our last night of the year was great – we had close to eight squares of mainly Jaybee dancers keen to end the year on a high note. We had a visiting Caller – Howard Cockburn – so really the night had to be a blast – and it was. Hope you all have a great Christmas and we will see you in 2017.
Arthur and Don discussing Christmas plans
Birthdays over the holidays – Congratulations to Greig, Minnetta, Bob and Bob.
Thanks to our Callers and Cuer for giving us such a great night – Pat, Laurina, Mike, Julie and Howard.
Lots of reds and greens let you know it’s Christmas.
People we haven’t seen for a while – Dennis, Brenda and Patricia. Lovely to see you.
Bev, Alan with Annette and Robert and Chris getting in the Christmas spirit.
Many thanks to Howard Cockburn for visiting us on our last night.
Our new trainee Caller – Julie Leydon. She is going to be another great Caller.
Julie, Peter and Anna having a bit of a joke over supper.
Minnetta and Don letting Graham know he is in the wrong colour!
The Morris family made a lovely Christmas sign for our door. Thanks Keith, James and Beverley
Bev with Morgan and Helena singing happy birthday.
Really – even the oldies are focussed on their phones! Luckily Helen, John, Gail and Pat are ignoring Colin.
November was Fashions on the Field for Jaybees, with everyone coming in their finery, including some very elegant hats. We had a fashion parade – congratulations to our winners, Sonya and Don, who walked away with very handsome boxes of chocolates! The club provided chicken and champage, which created a very festive atmosphere.
Lesley and Colin dressed for the occasion.
Hats are always popular on the field and even at Jaybees. Gwen and Bev display theirs.
A happy table, having finished their chicken and champagne and ready to get back on the dance floor.
My goodness – those phones sure do get around! Matthew and Kloe clearly have nothing to say to each other.
Hmm – I think they are waiting for the good to arrive on the table.
Bob and Kay, looking very black and white.
In November we celebrated with bright colours and Mike put on lots of colourful music. It is amazing how different you feel when you wear colour.
Chris wanted us to be sure to know that he was even wearing orange coloured socks!
Gwen loves colour, so it wasn’t a hardship for her to dress brightly.
Lynette, Carmen and Chris looking very bright. Carmen even made her dress specially for the occasion – it looks great.
Gwen took a group of dancers on a walk around Parkville – it was very interesting. Gwen knows a lot about the area and she is very patient as we dawdle along.
Brian Hotchkies visited Jaybees in October before his annual trip to Bairnsdale. It is always nice to see Brian and our new dancers got the pleasure of doing progressive squares, which certainly made their eyes open wide!
Some of the dancers on the floor, waiting for Brian to set them going.
Brian and Mike doing a duet.
It is never fun copping door duty on a Brian night – Chris and Ron make the best of it.
They may be square dancers, but they are still young! Yup – we are sure they are texting to each other!
Sports Night is popular with the dancers – not because of Mike’s amazing calling and complete lack of anything sports related, but because of the pies at the end of the night! Congratulations to the Bulldogs on a great win.
Mike and Arthur enjoying the party pies after a hard night of dancing and calling.
Coach Mike, doing his thing.
Bob and Kaye are showing their footy preferences.
You are never too young to square dance – at least, that’s what Zoe thinks!
Our August Social took on a Disney theme, with some interesting costumes and an even more interesting rendition of Jaybees own Mickey Mouse Club March – never before seen and never to be repeated!!! Congratulations to Julie and Laurina for putting in so much work towards the night – it was a lot of fun.
Lee and Louise outside our ‘castle’
So, we have Ratatouille the rat with an indian princess (I think!). Well, it’s Phil and Elizabeth anyway!
Joanne, Chris and Joan looking across the castle to Tegan.
Sisters, Elizabeth and Michelle
Donald and Minnie, otherwise known as Don and Minnetta (very close, I know!).
John, Minnetta, Tegan and Joan
Newly weds – Natalie and Darcy Hoges. Lovely to see them come all the way down from Shepparton.
Arthur with his family. The girls did a great performance of Irish dancing.
New mum and Dad – Stephen and Korina with baby Keiara.
Alice in Wonderland – The Queen of Hearts with the mad hatter! Laurina and Lachie
A very impressive Mary Poppins with a pirate – Lesley and Colin Collyer
Ian and Margarida – the beautiful princess with her beau!
Congratulations to Jonathan and Di on their engagement.
Christmas in July is always popular
Red, white and blue night celebrated American Independence and Bastille Day. We try to keep the flavour as international as possible!
Dianne with Keith and James, enjoying the supper
Red, white and blue night was well celebrated by Kay, Bob and Chris
The 57th National Convention was held in Buderim, Queensland and it was well attended by Jaybee dancers.
The green dressed set – outfits all made by Wendy MacLean as usual. She is amazing.
The MacLeans with the McGilverys and Carmen and Gabrielle
Don and Minnetta having a chat with Mary, from Shepparton.
Carmen and Gabby. We hope that Gabby will come and learn to dance with us next year.
Mike, dressed to the theme (no, not a yobbo! an Aussie!) with Paul Bristow, visiting from England.
While we were enjoying the sunshine in Mooloolaba, Mr Don Moxey and ‘Tike’ (Mike’s evil twin) were entertaining the remaining club members at home!
Sometimes we need to be a little crazy – and crazy hair night brought out the crazies in us all!
Ian Becker with his daughter, Di Morris and Keith, Beverly and James
Gwen – looking as colourful as usual.
Mike, Laurina and Lachlan – I think that is supposed to be a mullett!
Adrian, Joanne, Chris and Teagan Park with their crazy hair
Jaybees celebrated our 32nd birthday with a huge dance featuring Mike, Laurina, Pat and Matthew Mills (from Queensland) along with local callers and cuers. Many thanks to all the people who came along to help make the dance so successful.
Jaybee dancers at our 32nd Birthday.
Wendy and Lorraine cutting the cake.
Dancers at Jaybees 32nd Birthday.
Emily with her new baby, Katlyn. Katlyn doesn’t like to be too far away from her mum, so they danced together.
Laurina, Mike and Matthew
Our President’s Award for 2016 – Chris Park, cutting the cake with our life members – Don, Wendy and Greig.
Tony and Christine Hooper dancing to the two callers
Mike and Matthew entertaining the dancers
Mitzi and John, showing their latest outfits. Mitzi is a very talented dressmaker.
Jaybee dancers with Howard and Brenda Cockburn.
Mike Davey, or Caller, with Guest Caller from Bundaberg, Queensland – Matthew Mills
A group of ladies from Jaybees went to see The Dressmaker Exhibition at Rippon Lea. There were 14 of us – and Mike! It was a great exhibition and well worth the visit. Good luck to Wendy, who was asked to make a few dresses in that style! We enjoyed a lunch in the local cafe, which was a wonderful lamb shank soup and we took the bus there and back, which was quite an experience for some of us! Particularly the Daveys, who came home around 3pm and caught the high school kids!
Our group outside Rippon Lea, which was changed to Dungatar for the Exhibition
The Rippon Lea group admiring Liam Hemsworth!
Mike admiring the fashion at Rippon Lea
Happy Birthday to young James Morris, who turned 7 this month.
Congratulations to Keiara for becoming a Jaybee member and having her own badge.
Korena graduated from the Learners this year and Keiara must have learned everything too, since she was there last year!
3rd May was a great night for the Chocoholics! It was Tim Tam and Hot Chocolate night – and Mike’s birthday, so we had a chocolate covered cake to celebrate!
Happy Birthday to Mike.
We welcomed our new graduates to Jaybees – Lynette and John Mitchell, Anne Symonds, Dylan Waters, Matt Symonds. Lachlan also joined Jaybees, although he learned to dance with Kevin Leydon (Junior).
We went back in time for the night, with Mike calling some old style figures and using old style music. It is a lot of fun and shows us how far the music has come from last century.
Alan and Bev Bennie – looking good together as always.
Goodness, it wasn’t even love songs and dedications! Lesley and Colin Collyer having a loving moment.
We are teaching new dancers at the beginning of the night and are lucky enough to have ‘angels’ to help them along. It is working really well.
We were delighted to welcome Chris and Linda Froggatt. They came to Melbourne for Howard’s 60th birthday and stayed to dance with us.
We welcomed interstate visitors to our club.
Jaybees had a good showing at the Wodonga State Convention. Our dressed sets stood out, as usual! Congratulations once again to Wendy Maclean for sourcing the material, designing the outfits and making them all. We would never look so good without her.
Jaybees at the Wodonga State Convention. We certainly looked good!
The Blue Set – it must have been the end of the evening! How can I tell?? Check Julie and Laurina’s feet!
Lesley with Lachlan and Laurina
Mike and Lorraine – in their ‘old time’ finery.
Wendy’s girls with Lachlan.
The Green set having some fun!
Laurina on stage – she is a very confident and accomplished Caller and MC.
Our Hot Cross Bun night was lots of fun and we all went home completely full of traditional and choc chip buns! Lucky it is only once a year – my waist line would not cope otherwise!
Carmen’s daughter, Gabrielle, came to visit. We will be teaching her next year, but I think she already knows most of the moves! Here she is catching up with Laurina, Stephen and Matt.
Supper – so many hot cross buns, so little time! Thanks to Bob Warren-Smith for organising the buns from Bakers’ Delight in Cheltenham. They are always very tasty and we don’t have any left by the end of the evening.
Our newest square dancer – Keiara – with proud Dad, Stephen. Keiara’s family are all dancing – her grandparents, aunts and uncles in addition to the adopted square dance family!
Our AGM was well attended, as usual. What was unusual was that we had more nominations than we had positions, so a couple of people did not get re-elected this year. It is wonderful to see so much interest in being part of Jaybees and we sincerely thank Adrian, James and Carmel for the work they put into our committee.
Congratulations to Chris Park for achieving the Jaybee President’s Award. Chris has worked tirelessly for the Club and is now our catering officer, as well as vice-president, so he makes sure that we always have coffee and biscuits.
Our new Committee: Minnetta, Wendy, Carmen, Lorraine, Bev, Robyn, Laurina, John, Ross, Colin, Alan (President) and Chris.
Faces we haven’t seen for a while – we welcomed back Shirley and Bill Blake.
Trouble is brewing!! Matt, Adrian, Matt and Dylan.
Alan and Chris – our President and Vice-President, surveying the debris of the supper!
Bev, Jane and Gwen catching up on news after the break.
Laurina with Lachlan and Julie
Linda Hancock, from New Zealand, chatting with Jim, Alison and Wendy
Ron Hancock, from New Zealand, with Glen, Emelie and Jonathan
We welcomed Janice, Des, Merryn and the Whitehorse dancers to our first night for 2016. The club provided wine and cheese for supper so we had a dance and a social evening with Whitehorse.