Welcome to 2017
JAYBEE SQUARE WHEELERS
We went back to the dinner dance theme for our August Social and it was a huge success, with 80 Jaybee dancers in attendance. Many thanks to Graeme and Kat MacLean for cooking a wonderful roast meal for us, with plenty of leftover. The apple pie for dessert was also fabulous. They worked very hard and we really appreciated their efforts. Thanks also to Mike and Laurina for putting on a program that combined squares with line dancing, ballroom and rock’n’roll. There was enough for everyone to enjoy something.
The food was cooked and served by the MacLean family, led by Graeme and Kat, who are both qualified chefs – no wonder it was so good!
John, Helen, Bobby and Pat enjoyed the food.
The line dancing was led, with enthusiasm, by John, who is a line dancer teacher.
The hall looked great, with twinkly lights all around. Thanks to the committee who came early to set up the venue for the dancers.
Christmas in July once again proved popular with the dancers and there was plenty of red and green in the hall. The supper showed a few Christmas favourites, with shortbread being on the table.
It was good to see Wendy back on stage, making the announcements while Alan is swanning around the world. Thanks to Greig for doing the Tattslotto.
Even Christmas boots came out!
Our Christmas outfits! I think everyone wore something in theme.
Supper was, as always, very popular and a great way for people to have a chat without having to leap up and fill a square. It was great to see Cheryl and Dennis – her sponge cakes just literally flew off the tables.
Our Independence/Bastille Day turned out to be quite a surprise for Jaybee dancers when Chris Froggatt, from NSW and Howard Cockburn, from Werribee, arrived with Linda and Brenda to dance with us. Both Chris and Howard called some great numbers in the theme and they stayed to enjoy soup and bread with the dancers.
All the Callers and Cuers who entertained us for Independence Day – Mike Davey, Pat Saunder, Laurina Collyer, Chris Froggatt and Howard Cockburn. Thanks to all of you for a great night.
There was plenty of yummy soup, provided by the committee. Thanks to all those who made the soup and cleaned up afterwards. It is always appreciated.
Jaybees went on an excursion to Puffing Billy in June. We boarded the train at 6.30pm and headed up to Nobelius Station for a smorgasbord and dancing. The train brought us home at 11.30 after a very enjoyable few hours eating, talking and listening to music.
Waiting to board the train.
At Nobelius packing shed, transformed into a lovely dinner venue
We had some interesting ‘regal’ people dance on the Queen’s Birthday. The supper was great and provided the opportunity for people to talk and socialise.
Laurina was the Queen of Hearts and Mike decided he would be king for the day (if his wife let him!)
All the people who dressed up for the royal occasion
Our 33rd birthday happened in May. This year we had no feature callers, but Mike, Laurina and Pat were ably supported by Howard, Janice, Janet and Ralph.
Our Life members – Wendy, Greig, Don, Christine, and Barry with our President’s Award Recipient, Robyn, cutting the cake.
The Weise family ‘having a chat’ with Greig.
The Jaybee dancers who came to our birthday – what a massive show of support for our Club.
I think we should ask Judy, Mark, Wendy, Ross, Karina or Steve quite what they were doing?
April was a big month for Jaybees. We had the Australian National Convention in Bendigo. Wendy organised 5 dress sets from our Club and made 5 – 4 for Jaybees and one for Darcy’s Shepparton dancers. Many of Jaybees dancers were on the committee for the National and Mike was the Convenor, so it was very busy. In addition, we were pleased to welcome a group of 10 ladies from Taiwan who came over to visit and to attend the Convention.
Mike – very ’60’s! Believe it or not, he found the waistcoat in an op-shop! It had obviously been very lovingly crocheted.
Wendy and Ross – I didn’t realise Ross had so much hair!
Laurina on stage – making us proud as usual!
Steve and Korena – a really beautiful couple.
The whole motley collection of Jaybee dancers who attended the Convention. Alan reckons there were 65 Jaybees there – which makes 10% of the convention. Good going, guys!
Elaine Fry in her bright colours.
Carmen and Gabby looking very 60’s.
Easter is not Easter without Hot Cross Buns and Easter bonnets. We had a night of both – many thanks to Baker’s Delight in Cheltenham for giving us the buns – they all disappeared very quickly and were enjoyed by everyone. Congratulations to our Easter Bonnet Parade. You all looked fabulous.
We had a wonderful collection of Easter Bonnets on parade. Congratulations to all those who brought theirs along.
Easter buns need to be warmed and buttered if they are to taste great. Many thanks to Baker’s Delight in Cheltenham for so generously giving us the buns. They were great.
Gary Dubski with Gwen and Don Moxey – looking very Easter-ish.
Spot the unusual face – yes, Ralf came to visit with his friends Tim and Connie, all the way from Germany. Ralf got to call ‘Willenlos’ for us – but this time he didn’t ask us to sing along!
The lovely ladies from Taiwan, looking very bright in their yellow outfits. The trim is an aboriginal design that Wendy gave them last year. They did a great job of integrating it into their outfits.
We had one dressed set at the State Convention and they looked absolutely outstanding – Robyn, Lachlan, Helen, John, Lizzie, Kevin, Michelle and Matthew. Congratulations to Wendy for making the outfits.
March was a very busy month for Jaybee dancers. First we had the State Convention in Morwell, then the AGM at which we awarded dancers with certificates to acknowledge years of membership with the club.
Congratulations to Robyn Timmers for receiving the President’s Award from Alan Bennie.
Robyn has done so much for the Club – she makes sure we get halls when we want them, liaises with us and the Council, sends out letters and generally works constantly to make the club work perfectly behind the scenes.
Our Committee for the next year. We kept a lot of ‘old’ faces but added Greig, Don, Julie and Neville to the mix.
Waiting for the meeting to start. We always get a good turnout for the AGM.
Our longest running members – Bill Blake, Greig Wight, Shirley Blake and Bob Lane. More than 30 years with the Club.
Our next batch of ‘old’ dancers! 25 years! Congratulations to Brian and Linda Wilson, Ron and Chris Battersby, Wendy MacLean and Mike Davey.
20 years! Wendy McKenzie, Jonathan Griffiths, Pat Saunder, Ross MacLean, Annette and Robert Hagan
15 years – Minnetta and Don McGilvery, Bob and Sandra Warren-Smith, Michelle MacLean and Julie Leydon.
15 years of continuous membership of Jaybees – Alan and Bev Bennie, Lesley, Colin and Laurina Collyer, Bob and Kay Woods, James Fellows, Robyn Timmers, Gary Dubski and Carmel Sinclair
Despite the weather, January started really well and our Australia Day sausage sizzle was a great success, with quite a lot of sausages consumed – some even went back for seconds and thirds!
Our Caller, Mike Davey – seriously, I think he needs to rethink his wardrobe options!
We welcomed visitors from Mt Gambier.
The entry table – looking very Australian
Joanne, Minnetta and Alison enticing people to come and eat!
Australia Day dancers
Thanks to our cooks for doing such an excellent job with the sausages and not burning them!