Jaybee Square Wheelers
We have started the month off with our annual Independence/Bastille Day celebrations. Red, white and blue are a great, colourful combination on cold nights. We welcomed some dancers from Whitehorse Club who were able to visit as Janice was on a school holiday break.
Mike and Lorraine returned from their 6 week holiday overseas. We celebrated with ice cream and lots of toppings. Many thanks to Laurina for covering while Mike was away. She is amazingly talented and I don’t think Mike was even missed!
We had a great fashion parade of dressed sets, past and present. I should add that most of them were made by Wendy MacLean. She is a marvel with a sewing machine and lots of glitter!
We celebrated 34 years of Jaybees – not a bad innings, I say! It was a fun dance, with visiting callers coming to join Mike and Laurina with the afternoon and evening. Thanks to Pat Saunder, who did the cueing for the rounds.
March is our AGM. We were lucky to keep our wonderful President, Alan Bennie, but sadly, we couldn’t persuade Robyn Timmers to stay on for another term as Secretary. Many, many thanks, Robyn for all the work you put into our club. We now welcome Minnetta McGilvery as the new Secretary. Thanks to Neville Jarvis for continuing as our Treasurer and Chris Park as Vice President. We said goodbye to Colin Collyer and Julie Leydon from the committee and welcomed John Ikin, Helen Mangion and Chris Smith as new members. It should be a great year with them working with the ongoing committee – Wendy and Ross MacLean, Bev Bennie, Don McGilvery and Greig Wight. Congratulations to Lorraine Davey for the President’s Award.
The State Convention was held in Horsham over the Labour Day weekend. It was in a school hall that had a terrific floor and excellent airconditioning, which was lucky with the temperature going up to 37 degrees! The theme was medieval, and the costumes on Sunday had to be seen to be believed!
St Patrick’s Day was a blaze of green and orange. We sang along to Irish songs and this time, Mike did ‘Four Leaf Clover’ twice in a row, without the hoedown in the middle, so everyone caught on and looked curiously at him! Yes – to be sure, to be sure! Luckily Morgan and Helena weren’t around to hear the Irish jokes! (No, seriously, Morgan, we didn’t crack any jokes at all!).
Pancake day was very early this year – so early, in fact, that it coincided with St Valentine’s Day. So we wore red, sang love songs and ate pancakes! Easily done!
Our Family and Friends night brought many people to the club. Laurina and Mike taught quite a few movements as the new dancers were very keen and picked it up very quickly. Many, many thanks to so many of our club members who came along to help and show the new people how much fun it is to square dance.
Our Australia Day barbecue once again hit the right note for dancers. We all love dressing ‘Aussie style’ and the sausages and bread are always welcome. Many thanks to Don and Minnetta for organising the supper.
Our first night back for 2018 was, surprisingly, not as hot as usual. Thanks to Janice Alexander and her family for coming along and dancing with us. It was a great way to start the year, particularly with a wine and cheese supper at the end!.
We were invited to dance at Bunnings on the 3 days of the Australia Day weekend. It was ferociously hot and we discovered that Bunnings at Notting Hill doesn’t have air conditioning! Happily we had a few people interested, so fingers crossed they come to our Family and Friends. Many thanks to our club members and other square dancers who came along to support us. It was great to see Paula and her children all dancing. Many thanks to Nathan, Andrew, Robbie, Doona who gave up their time to help Jaybee dancers.