2013 Photos

Welcome to Jaybee Square Wheelers

Square Dance Club

This is what we have been doing so far in 2013 ….

Our Christmas Dinner Dance was a huge success, as usual.  It is the most popular night of the year, in my opinion.  This year we were very fortunate to have Liam Marziano to sing for us before the evening started.  He is Bev and David Love’s grandson and is just packed with talent.  He has performed at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Town Hall and at Monash University, so far, and he is not out of school yet.  I am sure we will be saying “I knew Liam when …”

Liam Marziano

Liam Marziano. He play clarinet, is a black belt in taekwondo and is part of a hip hop crew – oh and he can sing! Is there anything he can’t do?

There is nothing like the wonder of children at Christmas.  We were lucky enough to have Gabriella, Matthew and baby Lucas with us.  They had a great time and got involved in the dancing – well, Gabriella and Matthew did – Lucas is still just a little too small!  Maybe next year ….

Gabriella and Carmen

Round Dancing – I can do that, can’t I, Mum?

Matthew

Matthew – too cool!

Lucas and Elaine

Baby Lucas with Grandma Elaine

Carols

Gabriella loved the carol singing. She got as close to the stage as possible so she wouldn’t miss a thing!

The ‘Vandervalks’ had been rehearsing for the past two months, but when they got on stage, the excitement took over!  The audience went wild!  Thanks to our shy and retiring men – Chris, Bob, Morgan, Don, Don, Ron, Brian, Dennis.

The Vandervalks

The Vandervalks! Taking a bow at the end of the show to wild applause from the crowd!

The Vandervalks

More wild applause – this time it seemed to just come from the ladies – not sure why?!!!

Wayne and Ronnie

It’s great to have time to socialise – Wayne and Ronnie having a chinwag.

Bob and Kay Woods

Bob and Kay – not sure what Bob was thinking, but Kay was having none of it!

Philomena and John

Philomena and a rather strange man who says he is her husband ….

Arthur and Liz

Liz and Arthur – no, it’s not next week’s race at Flemington – it’s the quiz!

Linda is making sure there is enough champagne for her ... to share, of course!

Linda is making sure there is enough champagne for her … to share, of course!

Ray and June - still holding hands after all those years married. It warms your heart.

Ray and June – still holding hands after all those years married. It warms your heart.

Jonathan and Di

Jonathan and Di sharing a quick cuddle

MIchelle, Tegan, Elaine

MIchelle, Tegan and Elaine having a chat.

Victoria, Adrian and Emily - hoping I will go away soon, so they can finish their excellent dinner.

Victoria, Adrian and Emily – hoping I will go away soon, so they can finish their excellent dinner.

Happy Table

Mike’s table of dancers – Coral, Barry, Maria, Graham, Minnetta, Don, Ian, Margarida

Laurina

Dancing to Laurina’s excellent calling

Dancing to Mike's calling

Dancing to Mike’s calling

Another happy table

Another happy table – David, Glenys, Ray, Wendy, Bob, Sandra, Bob, Max and Colleen

Arthur is having fun with two ladies to entertain.  With Graeme, Jan, Wayne and Carmen

Arthur is having fun with Liz and Jane to entertain. Also with Graeme, Jan, Wayne and Carmen

During November and December, a select group of brave men got together to organise the entertainment for the Christmas party.  They had a lot of fun putting the act together.  Many thanks to all 8 of them for being such good sports!

The Line Up - I had a lot of explaining to do to the neighbours!

The Line Up – I had a lot of explaining to do to the neighbours!

Our brave dancers!

Our brave team – Brian, Don, Ronnie, Dennis, Bob in the back. Chris, Morgan and Don sitting down

So - you swish your coat like this?

So – you swish your coat like this?

December is the month for parties!  We had our last Club night for 2013 on Tuesday 10 December.  It was a great festive night, with quite a few visitors and lots of red and green.  We even had a visit from Santa and his little Elf.

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Mike is trying to sing happy birthday to Greig, Minnetta, Wayne, Bob and Bob, but I think Wayne is changing the order!

1312 JB LN Bob Wendy

Round dancing with style – Wendy and Bob

1312 JB LN Callers Cuers

Thanks to Howard, Pat, Mike, Coral and Laurina for their excellent calling and cueing.

1312 JB LN Collyer OBrien

Lesley and Colin Collyer sharing a joke with Morgan and Helena O’Brien

1312 JB LN Fry

Santa is enjoying a moment with Emily, Lucas and Elaine. Lucas is checking that Mum is staying close while the strange man in the long white beard is hugging him!

1312 JB LN Lucas

Lucas, sitting in his pram, watching the dancing. He will be an expert before he is two at this rate!

1312 JB LN Howard

Thanks to Howard for sharing the night with us.

1312 JB LN Mike Howard

Mike and Howard giving us a Christmas duet.

1312 JB LN Mike Laurina

Mike and Laurina sharing a duet

1312 JB LN Cheryl 1312 JB LN Dancers 1312 JB LN Dancing 1312 JB LN Mike dancing

Santa and his friends

Santa and his friends

1312 JB LN Supper

Supper at Jaybee Square Wheelers.

In November, we invited Hippies to dance with us – the Flower Power theme brought a lot of interesting costumes out of retirement.

Adrian, Laurina, Victoria, Tegan

Adrian, Laurina, Victoria and Tegan enjoying a hippie supper

Bob and Kaye

Bob and Kaye Woods.

Tegan Park, having a chat with Gary Dubski

Tegan Park, having a chat with Gary Dubski

Glenys and Ray Stewart

Glenys and Ray Stewart

Morgan and Helena

Morgan and Helena

Natalie, Mike, Brian

Natalie and Brian visited and showed Mike a photo of a dress set from the early 1990’s. My goodness, Wendy looking just like Julie looks now!

An unrecognisable Minnetta and Don McGilvery.

An unrecognisable Minnetta and Don McGilvery.

Don Moxey enjoying the moment with Linda and Gwen

Don Moxey enjoying the moment with Linda and Gwen

Lee and Peter - Hippie Power!

Lee and Peter – Hippie Power!

Chris showing off his interesting T-shirt to Aylene.  It is certainly the long and the short of it!!!

Chris showing off his interesting T-shirt to Aylene. It is certainly the long and the short of it!!!

Brian, Chris and Mike - Brian is very scared to bend over - it seems the trousers have shrunk in the wardrobe!

Brian, Chris and Mike – Brian is very scared to bend over – it seems the trousers have shrunk in the wardrobe!

October is Halloween.  We love Halloween!  It is so much fun to dress up!

Jaybee Squares Halloween

The spooky group.

Mike Davey

Scary Mike – with a green frog on his head!

Mike Davey and Wendy MacLean

Mike and Wendy.

Mike Davey, Annette and Robert Hagan

Mike with Annette and Robert Hagan

Everyone got into the theme of the night.

Everyone got into the theme of the night.

The Young ones, having fun

The Young ones, having fun

Victoria

Victoria has a most unusual outfit, with an orange hat – it is not easy to dance in though!

Glenys Stewart and Bev Love

Glenys and Bev enjoying a quick cuppa and an orange chat!

Graham

Graham – in his hat and tail!

Supper - halloween style.

Supper – halloween style.

THe Park family

THe Park family

Spooky cupcakes, made by Tegan Park.

Spooky cupcakes, made by Tegan Park.

Laurina and Carmen

Laurina and Carmen

Mike, Don, Glenys, Patricia

Happy birthday to Glenys and Patricia. Mike and Don join in the singing.

October is the month when we have Brian Hotchkies visit Jaybees on his way to Kelly Country.  It is always a good night.  This year we had more than nine squares, which means we are able to do Progressive Squares.  Even our new graduates had fun with this and were able to pick it up really quickly.  Once again, thanks to Brian for dropping in on us.

Mike Davey and Brian Hotchkies

A candid shot of Mike and Brian working out what to call together

 

Mike Davey and Brian Hotchkies

Now they have spotted the camera and are hamming it up!

 

Mike Davey and Brian Hotchkies

Really, it is worse than working with children!

Mike Davey and Brian Hotchkies

Little do they know that I will get my revenge and put the photos up on our web page. Let’s hope not too many people read it!

Violet and Chris

Violet and Chris travelled down from NSW to dance with us.

Pat Saunder

Pat Saunder cued the Rounds before Brian started the Squares.

Lorraine Davey

The photographer caught! I should never have put the camera down!

Laurina Collyer

Laurina did a great job of the hoedown. She kept the dancers moving and resolved to home every time. She is a star!

Ross, Don and Heather

Ross, Don and Heather didn’t get to dance too much – they were too busy on the door. Thanks for doing that for us.

Brian Hotckkies dancing

Brian joining the dancers on the floor while Laurina took the stage.

 

Brian and a short version of Mike!

Brian and a short version of Mike!

September is when Footy Fever takes a hold, but we like to cater for all tastes – so we have a Sports Night (with pies of course!).

 

Rosemary and Brad were visiting from Sapphire Squares - Dennis was assuring them that we don't do this every week - at least, I hope that is what he was saying!

Rosemary and Brad were visiting from Sapphire Squares – Dennis was assuring them that we don’t do this every week – at least, I hope that is what he was saying!

Kelvin and Mary, chatting with Ross Bower who dropped in to visit.

Kelvin and Mary, chatting with Ross Bower who dropped in to visit.

It is not my job to comment - I just report!

It is not my job to comment – I just report!

Jan and Graeme are matching Golfers!  Ready for the Tee!

Jan and Graeme are matching Golfers! Ready for the Tee!

Yes, it is the elusive Roger Lloyd dancing at Jaybees.  NIce to see you, Roger.

Yes, it is the elusive Roger Lloyd dancing at Jaybees. NIce to see you, Roger.

We welcomed our new graduates to the Club. - Lee, Victoria, Peter, Dominique and Pauline.

We welcomed our new graduates to the Club. – Lee, Victoria, Peter, Dominique and Pauline.

 

Getting the group together is almost impossible, particularly when there is supper just behind them!

Getting the group together is almost impossible, particularly when there is supper just behind them!

There's always one in a crowd!

There’s always one in a crowd!

Thee was nothing left at the end of supper - not even a crumb!

Thee was nothing left at the end of supper – not even a crumb!

Supper is very popular amongst the young ones - Ralf, Adrian and Michelle are discussing pies.

Supper is very popular amongst the young ones – Ralf, Adrian and Michelle are discussing pies.

In September we finally got around to inviting all the four squares that were at the State Convention to show their outfits to the rest of the Club.  They were all much admired and Wendy was congratulated on sourcing the material, designing the outfits and making most of them.  She is quite tireless with her sewing – I understand she already has plans for next year’s National.

In their beautiful dressed set outfits (made by Wendy).  Tegan, Ralf and Laurina

In their beautiful dressed set outfits (made by Wendy). Tegan, Ralf and Laurina

Wendy and Jonathan teasing Ralf, Tegan and Laurina.

Wendy and Jonathan teasing Ralf, Tegan and Laurina.

Gary and Karen, looking dapper as always in an outfit that Wendy made for a previous dressed set.

Gary and Karen, looking dapper as always in an outfit that Wendy made for a previous dressed set.

September finally saw the graduation of our Learner Dancers.  Congratulations to Laurina, who took them through the whole program.  We are looking forward to seeing them get their badges at Club.

Our graduates on their last night.

Our graduates on their last night.

August 27 was Favourite Singing Calls.  One of our best nights in the year.  The dancers love the upbeat numbers, so the whole night runs on a high!  Mike comes home exhausted!

The milder weather and the promise of favourite singing calls brought the dancers back to the floor for the night.

The milder weather and the promise of favourite singing calls brought the dancers back to the floor for the night.

Finally, we manage to grab Max and Eileen Gray for a quick photo before they head home.  Max has to be up early to play golf.

Finally, we manage to grab Max and Eileen Gray for a quick photo before they head home. Max has to be up early to play golf.

Look at the swishing skirts as they dance to Mike's calling

Look at the swishing skirts as they dance to Mike’s calling

There were a lot of girls tonight.  We were thrilled to be visited by Kylie Bates (Mike's God-daughter), Mary Hiriart, from Warragul, and Julie Leydon.

There were a lot of girls tonight. We were thrilled to be visited by Kylie Bates (Mike’s God-daughter), Mary Hiriart, from Warragul, and Julie Leydon.

Ralf and Julie

Victoria is appalled! I wonder if Julie knows what he is doing?

So Julie is wondering what is going on?  I love the innocent look on Ralf's face!

So Julie is wondering what is going on? I love the innocent look on Ralf’s face!

Wendy and Ross

See the pleased look on Ross’s face. Yes, they are playing THAT SONG! Wendy really hates Elvira. Laurina sang it especially for her, but it didn’t appear to be very much appreciated. Ross is a very naughty boy!

It must be a different song - Wendy is looking happy again!  Hope Colin is ready to catch her!

It must be a different song – Wendy is looking happy again! Hope Colin is ready to catch her!

The Geelong State Convention was held over the weekend of 17 August.  There were only around 150 people there, of which Jaybees comprised about one third of the number!  I guess it is fair to say that we had a fantastic time!  There were also only 6 callers on the program of which Jaybees provided one third of the number!  And – there were only 6 cuers on the program of which one third were from Jaybees!  Not bad going eh?  Oh – and the Convenor of the Convention was James Fellows, a Jaybee dancer.  AND we provided 4 out of the 5 dressed sets!  What can I say?  It was a Jaybee Convention!  Congratulations to Laurina, Mike, Tony,  Coral and Pat for providing the entertainment.  Thanks to Wendy for making all the dressed sets – and not getting a divorce at the same time!  Go, Ross.

Mike worked out an interesting program that allowed all the Callers to shine – we really enjoyed the varying styles of all of them – thanks to Paula, Ralph, Darren, Laurina, Tony and Mike for supporting this function and helping to make it so successful.  Also thanks to the Cuers – Ella, Pat, Coral, Fiona, Carol and Adrian.

Jaybee Square Wheelers at the State Convention, 2013

Jaybee Square Wheelers at the State Convention, 2013

Adrian, Ralf and Kevin enjoying the moment! Check out baby Lucas - he is obviously not having as much fun as we thought!

Adrian, Ralf and Kevin enjoying the moment! Check out baby Lucas – he is obviously not having as much fun as we thought!

One of the dressed sets on the floor.  They all looked very colourful.

One of the dressed sets on the floor. They all looked very colourful.

Di and Jonathan with Elaine and Wayne.

Di and Jonathan with Elaine and Wayne.

Minnetta and Don with Bev and Alan in their dressed set outfits.

Minnetta and Don with Bev and Alan in their dressed set outfits.

 

No - it is not a lost contact lens!  They are trying to work out how to hold their feet - it's hard to see under the petticoats!

No – it is not a lost contact lens! They are trying to work out how to hold their feet – it’s hard to see under the petticoats!

The four different dresses that comprised our dressed sets. Notice they worked out what to do with their feet - ballet position 2???

The four different dresses that comprised our dressed sets. Notice they worked out what to do with their feet – ballet position 2???

Emily Fry with her beautiful baby boy, Lucas.  He really enjoyed the weekend - everyone made such a fuss of him!

Emily Fry with her beautiful baby boy, Lucas. He really enjoyed the weekend – everyone made such a fuss of him!

Mary Hiriart enjoying the dancing

Mary Hiriart enjoying the dancing

Wendy with Kevin and Lesley.

Wendy with Kevin and Lesley.

Stan having a chat with Lesley

Stan having a chat with Lesley

James and Robyn having a glamour moment!

James and Robyn having a glamour moment!

 

Ralf, Kevin, Victoria, Jonathan, Laurina and Darcy having fun at the Convention.

Ralf, Kevin, Victoria, Jonathan, Laurina and Darcy having fun at the Convention.

Jim, Di and Matthew having fun.

Jim, Di and Matthew having fun.

Graham and Maria showing how to twirl with style

Graham and Maria showing how to twirl with style

Laurina stole the show - her confidence on stage is remarkable for one so young.  She was the only Caller who didn't make a mistake - in either the hoedowns or singing calls that she did over the weekend.

Laurina stole the show – her confidence on stage is remarkable for one so young. She was the only Caller who didn’t make a mistake – in either the hoedowns or singing calls that she did over the weekend.

Ralf - we are surely going to miss you when you go back to Germany.

Ralf – we are surely going to miss you when you go back to Germany.

Wendy with Kevin and Lesley.

Wendy with Kevin and Lesley.

Jim and Alison Piper with James Fellows.  Alison hates having her photo taken - that's why I do it!!

Jim and Alison Piper with James Fellows. Alison hates having her photo taken – that’s why I do it!!

Once again, those boys are having fun!  Mike told them to go across and hug the opposite girl - that was a bit confronting!

Once again, those boys are having fun! Mike told them to go across and hug the opposite girl – that was a bit confronting!

All the four Jaybee Dressed sets.

All the four Jaybee Dressed sets.

In August  we celebrate ELVIS.  Yes, the King may have left us in August, but we will always hold him in our hearts.  There are so many Elvis songs that it is hard to know where to start.  Do you Love Me Tender, or will you Be My Teddy Bear?  Are you Moody Blue or Crying in the Chapel.  The evening finished with a magnificent supper.  Thanks to everyone for bringing a plate.  Particularly Colleen for her great sandwiches (again, I didn’t even get a sniff of one!) and Cheryl for two (yes – two) sponge cakes which don’t even get to the table before they are snaffled!  Arthur brought his famous Mars Bar Slice and Tegan brought her beautiful cupcakes – really, they are too nice to eat.

 

Some great dancing at our Elvis night.

Some great dancing at our Elvis night.

Colleen and Max doing a heel-toe polka.  You never know what you are going to do on Elvis night!

Colleen and Max doing a heel-toe polka. You never know what you are going to do on Elvis night!

Doing something special during Elvis night.  All I can see is that it involved some fancy footwork and some hand clapping!

Doing something special during Elvis night. All I can see is that it involved some fancy footwork and some hand clapping!

Mike is working the dancers very hard.

Mike is working the dancers very hard.

Birthdays!  Margarida, Elvis - uh, I mean, Arthur and Adrian doing his best to make Mike look short!

Birthdays! Margarida, Elvis – uh, I mean, Arthur and Adrian doing his best to make Mike look short!

Wyatt and TYler

Twins Wyatt and Tyler with their proud grandparents, Wendy and Ross

 

Saturday 3rd August was our annual Social Night.  This year the theme was “Saturday Night Fever”.  We had some amazing outfits – congratulations to everyone!  The hall was decorated with Disco outlines and twinkling lights.  Laurina made some ‘glow lights’ for each table.  We had more than 80 people dancing on the floor.  Disco, Nutbush, Macarena, Tennessee Wigwalk, Bosanova, square dancing – you name it, we danced it!  By 11pm we still had not worn out the crowd!  They were looking for more.  Thanks to the Jaybee Gees, (Ralf, Laurina, Emily and Adrian).  They did a great job.  Thanks also to John and Philomena for their dance – it was last danced at their wedding, two years ago, so I am impressed at how much they remembered.

Laurina and Victoria looking very seventies!  It was such a colourful decade!

Laurina and Victoria looking very seventies! It was such a colourful decade!

What a group!  Elaine, VIctoria, Emily, Tegan, Arthur (the Thorn amongst those roses), Laurina and Lesley

What a group! Elaine, VIctoria, Emily, Tegan, Arthur (the Thorn amongst those roses), Laurina and Lesley

The Park family in all their glory!  Joanne, Tegan (check out the legs - it's a shame short skirts are not fashionable any more) and Chris

The Park family in all their glory! Joanne, Tegan (check out the legs – it’s a shame short skirts are not fashionable any more) and Chris

 

Graeme and Jan bought some cupcakes from Laurina in support of the World Vision 40 Hour Famine

Graeme and Jan bought some cupcakes from Laurina in support of the World Vision 40 Hour Famine

The cupcakes were a hit - it's always nice to have a little sweet after pizza and the money went to a good cause.  Laurina made more than a 100 cupcakes.  I think she would be fairly over cupcakes by the time she finished.

The cupcakes were a hit – it’s always nice to have a little sweet after pizza and the money went to a good cause. Laurina made more than a 100 cupcakes. I think she would be fairly over cupcakes by the time she finished.

No evening is complete without the macarena

No evening is complete without the macarena

Ross showing Wendy his stylish moves.  I think she is wishing the ground would open up and swallow her!

Ross showing Wendy his stylish moves. I think she is wishing the ground would open up and swallow her!

Yeah, cool Man.  Mike sporting his mullett.  I guess he may have had one in the seventies!

Yeah, cool Man. Mike sporting his mullett. I guess he may have had one in the seventies!

Chris and Sue - Don't you love his Dr Who outfit!

Chris and Sue – Don’t you love his Dr Who outfit!

Proud ABBA grandparents!  Robert and Annette Hagan

Proud ABBA grandparents! Robert and Annette Hagan

Emily - yes, you have to look twice!  We didn't recognise her for a while!

Emily – yes, you have to look twice! We didn’t recognise her for a while!

Arthur dancing the light fantastic with Pauline.  I hope he kept away from her toes!

Arthur dancing the light fantastic with Pauline. I hope he kept away from her toes!

Wendy and Wayne chatting over cordial at our Saturday Night Fever

Wendy and Wayne chatting over cordial at our Saturday Night Fever

Sadly, the time has come!  Olsen has been recalled to Guide Dogs.  She is now 15 months old and ready to be assessed and, hopefully, start training to be a Guide Dog.  We have had her since June 2012 and she is very much loved by everyone at Jaybees.  We can’t wait to see what stunt she will pull during announcements or how loud she will ‘sing’ to drown out Mike.  Club nights just won’t be the same again!  Good luck, Olsen, we hope you will be the best you can be.

Olsen - Super Star

Olsen is going back to Guide Dogs. We wish her well and hope she will be the best Guide Dog ever. We will miss you, Olsen.

It was lovely to officially meet our newest dancer – Lucas Brian Troeller was born in May and he told his Mum, Emily, it was time to start dancing!  We can’t wait for him to start learning!  He will join Julie’s twins in the new class – now all we need are some baby girls please!  Seriously, congratulations to Emily and Stephan.  He is a beautiful boy and we know he will bring them lots of love and exciting moments.

We welcomed our newest dancer - Lucas Brian Troeller.  Mum, Emily, looks very happy and is back bouncing on the dance floor!  I think Mike would have been happy to hold Lucas all night.

We welcomed our newest dancer – Lucas Brian Troeller. Mum, Emily, looks very happy and is back bouncing on the dance floor! I think Mike would have been happy to hold Lucas all night.

July is our American Independence / Bastille Day.  Lucky they have the same colours on their flags!  So our hall and our dancers were all in red, white and blue.  Since the weather is always cold at this time of year, we combined the celebration with soup and – appropriately – crusty French bread sticks.  Very welcome!

Enjoying the soup

The Club always enjoys soup in the winter.

Enjoying soup

We had some crusty french bread to go with the soup – it turned out to be as popular as the soup. There was nothing left to take home!

 

Morgan and Helena

Morgan and Helena are looking very red, white and blue as befits the evening.

Alan, Jane and Bev

Alan and Bev are chatting with Jane – deciding which soup to taste next.

We had Christmas in July in June because we discovered we had no free Tuesdays in July – we are soooo busy here at Jaybees.  Anyway, it was lucky because we were able to have a visit from Frostie.  He says that his busiest months are December and July, so we were lucky to have him in June.  Thanks for visiting us, Frostie – hope to see you again next year.  Many thanks also to Di Welsford for taking the photos.

Frostie is showing the dancers some moves - don't you love Kay's boots!

Frostie is showing the dancers some moves – don’t you love Kay’s boots!

Dancing with Frostie

It looks more like a conga line than a Square!! Maybe Frostie is putting them off?

We enjoying visiting with Frostie at our Christmas party.

We enjoying visiting with Frostie at our Christmas party.

Minnetta gives Frostie an extra special cuddle.  I think he may be overheating!

Minnetta gives Frostie an extra special cuddle. I think he may be overheating!

Jonathan and Frostie

Jonathan and Frostie

Di, Frostie and Jonathan

Di, Frostie and Jonathan

Amateur Callers’ Night is always popular.  We had a good group of people willing and able to try out – with some ring-ins!  Congratulations to Chris, Tegan, Roger, Lesley, Ralf, Laurina Arena and Mike!

Our Amateur Callers with Mike.

Our Amateur Callers with Mike.

Wendy and Adrian just have to be part of it!!

Wendy and Adrian just have to be part of it!!
Tegan, one of our Amateur Callers

Tegan, one of our Amateur Caller

Roger shows that he is no stranger to a microphone

Roger shows that he is no stranger to a microphone

1306 JB Am Callers Ralf Face

Laurina Arena doing Elvira!

Laurina Arena doing Elvira!

Chris Park - Amateur Caller.  We would like to see him call a lot more.

Chris Park – Amateur Caller. We would like to see him call a lot more.

Chris and Tegan did a duet together - very nicely called.

Chris and Tegan did a duet together – very nicely called.

Brian - again doing both parts, without Linda

Brian – again doing both parts, without Linda

 

Dancing to Lesley's calling

Dancing to Lesley’s calling

1306 JB Am Callers Lorraine

Dancing to Laurina Arena!

Dancing to Laurina Arena!

Lorraine enjoying the dancing - Yes, it's not often you see me in a photo!

Lorraine enjoying the dancing – Yes, it’s not often you see me in a photo!

 

The Men's Square

The Men’s Square

The Men's Square

The Men’s Square

Yes, we had too many men and not enough women, so we had a square of 8 men!

Yes, we had too many men and not enough women, so we had a square of 8 men!

Don, Dennis, Brian and Don

Don, Dennis, Brian and Don

Mike with Laurina Arena

Mike with Laurina Arena

Ralf and Adrian having a chat

Ralf and Adrian having a chat

Laurina, our videographer for the evening

Laurina, our videographer for the evening

The Gosford National showcased three of Jaybees Dressed Sets.  Wendy went for a Japanese theme, after visiting Tokyo Squares last October.  All of the sets were amazing and congratulations to Wendy for designing and making most of the outfits.  I don’t know where she finds the time!

1304 Dressed Sets dancing 1304 Gosford Bev and Alan 1304 Gosford Chris Emily Tony1304 Gosford Di and Jonathan 1304 Gosford Coral  1304 Gosford Di and Wayne 1304 Gosford Dressed Sets 2 1304 Gosford Dressed Sets black 1304 Gosford Dressed Sets Laurina 1304 Gosford Elaine and Wayne 1304 Gosford Emily and Elaine 1304 Gosford Emily and Laurina 1304 Gosford Emily and Ralf 1304 Gosford Jaybee Group lg 1304 Gosford Jaybee Group 1304 Gosford Joanne and Chris 1304 Gosford Laurina, Emily, Tegan, Michelle 1304 Gosford Lesley and Kurt 1304 Gosford Mike and Froggatts 1304 Gosford Mike and Lorraine 1304 Gosford Mike Elaine James McGilvery 1304 Gosford Mike 1304 Gosford Minnetta & Don 1304 Gosford Parks 1304 Gosford Peacock Set 1304 Gosford Robyn and James 1304 Gosford Tegan and Darcy 1304 Gosford wave

The Young Ones in their dressed set outfits

The Young Ones in their dressed set outfits

1304Gosford Don & Minnetta 1304 Gosford Wendy, Michelle, Elizabeth

Rather than just celebrate St Patrick’s Day, we decided to have a full Irish night.  There was a fair amount of orange and green on show.  Mike got hold of some great Irish music for his hoedowns, and, of course, we had to have Donegal!

Robyn and James

Both orange and green! Robyn and James round dancing.

Hogans and Jennings

Margarida and Ian Hogan and Heather and Don Jennings round dancing. You can tell they are round dancing – look, no smiles!!

Ian and Margarida

It must be love – see how they look at each other! Ian and Margarida Hogan showing us how to keep a marriage alive by dancing together.

Don, Rosemary, Brad and Wendy

We welcomed Rosemary and Brad, who came all the way from Sapphire Squares in Merimbula just to dance with us – oh, and maybe they visited family at the same time! Welcome – we hope to see you again soon.

Ross and John

Ross and John working away, collecting and sorting the money and Tattslotto – ah the life of an accountant is never dull!

Linda and Brian Wilson

We are blessed with so many happy couples here at Jaybees. Linda and Brian Wilson – smiling and hugging each other, as always.

Mary Hiriat and Ross MacLean

We welcomed Mary Hiriat back to Jaybees. Mary comes from the country, so she doesn’t visit us nearly as often as we would like. It’s great to see you, Mary.

 

Mary and Chris

Mary and Chris round dancing. Note the deep concentration on their faces!

Wendy and Mike

Hmmm – seems to be a bit of a ‘friendly’ night – Wendy is obviously having a deep and meaningful conversation with my husband. Hey – hands off the merchandise!

Jonathan and Wayne

Oh no, it must be catching! Now Jonathan and Wayne have got the ‘friendly’ bug – settle down boys, or people will talk!

Kevin, Adrian, Ralf

Well, from one extreme to another! Looks like these three haven’t got the friendly bug – or even the happy bug!! Kevin, Adrian and Ralf – our three resident enforcers – so, who wants to dance??

MIke, Annette, Robert and Arthur

MIke, Annette, Robert and Arthur in their green Irish outfits.

Helena and Morgan

Helena and Morgan O’Brien – The only true Irish people in the room! Helena and Morgan – one is from Northern Ireland and the other from Southern Ireland.

Group left

Trying to get a group photo that I could ‘stitch’ together! I need more practice!

Group centre

… they kept moving!

Group right

OK – own up, who keeps moving and putting their hands in the air! I am laying bets it is Dennis, our resident menace! And why does Chris have orange socks – he usually colour coordinates his socks with his shirt. It must be in honour of the Irish.

Group

Okay – I give up – they just don’t want to take this seriously!! Wonder if Mike will manage to get Linda up off the floor?? Stay tuned!

Bob Woods

And, in closing for Irish NIght, I couldn’t resist this photo of Bob Woods! I’m not going to say another word!

Our AGM was sooo hot that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves!  We started dancing with three squares and decided to reduce the number of pizzas we had ordered for supper.  But then … by about 9pm, everyone came trickling in wearing shorts and T-shirts.  We ended up with 46 people for the AGM – what a fantastic turnout.  Thank you very much for your continuing support. We really are one big family in square dancing.

Mike Davey with Arthur Rogerson and Wendy MacLean

Mike and Wendy are congratulating Arthur on achieving the President’s Trophy for 2013. Arthur is a constant shining presence in our square dancing. He truly deserves the Award.

 

Preparing for the AGM

As you see, unusual amounts of hairy legs on display. It was wonderful to see so many people come out to attend the AGM.

Our Committee

This is our Committee for 2013. Wendy is President, with Ross, Minnetta, James, Robyn, John, Alan, Bev, Chris, Laurina, Adrian and Don Moxey – our retiring Public Officer. Oh, and, of course, Olsen the Wonder Dog and Mike the Wonder Caller. We were missing Don Jennings, who was on holiday.

Plenty of Pizza

There was plenty of pizza to go around, thanks to the people at Monash Pizza, who make the best pizzas! Ralf and Adrian are just debating the merits of the Margarita against the one with the lot!

Arthur and John

John is congratulating Arthur on his award while they munch on pizza.

Pat, Glenys, Ray, Shirley, BIll

Unusually casual for a square dance night! Pat Saunder, our Cuer, with Ray and Glenys Stewart and Shirley and Bill Blake, who drove all the way from Hallam just to attend the meeting… well, Glenys said that Ray didn’t want to miss out on the pizza, but we know better!!

Dennis, Max, Chris and Ross

Dennis, Max, Chris and Ross are wondering if the paparazzi will ever go away, while Stan beavers away in the background, clearing up the chairs and sweeping the floor.

Greig and Ray

Greig and Ray are just debating whether to have another piece of pizza, before it disappears. Square Dancers don’t believe in leaving any food behind!

Eileen and Glenys

Two of my favourite people having a laugh – Eileen Gray and Glenys Stewart.

Helena, Don, Morgan

You know they say “is Don is Good”. Well, we don’t see it quite that way here at Jaybees! Helena and Morgan are trying hard to smile for the camera, but is it quite difficult with that naughty Don teasing them!

 

Valentine’s Day – love songs and dedications. This is always a popular night, with so many dedications that it is hard to fit them all in.

MIchelle, Gwen, Wendy, Bev and Wendy

MIchelle, Gwen, Wendy, Bev and Wendy make a colourful splash in their Valentine’s colours.

 

Bob, Wendy, Michelle, Bev and Alan

Bob, Wendy, Michelle, Bev and Alan are the first to arrive, so they can get organised and not miss a single dance.

Adrian, Tegan, Joanne and Chris Park

The Park family arrived in serious colours. Adrian has roses on his shirt, so he assures me that he really is in theme!

 

Lesley and Colin Collyer

Lesley and Colin had a bit of a rock’n’roll session at the end of the dance. Square Dance music is just good dancing music, no matter what the style.

Tegan and Rolf

Rolf thought it would be great to enhance his outfit with Tegan’s headband. Trouble was, he liked it so much that he kept it!

Square dancing

It is a bright, happy night because so many dancers wear the traditional Valentine’s colours.

Mike and Olsen

Olsen wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about, but she kept a firm hold of her toy bone, just in case! Our Caller, Mike Davey, gets down to her level!

Park Family Legwear

It is always fun to check out the footwear of our dancers. The Park family were happy to oblige!

We had a Hawaiian Night, which happened to clash with Shrove Tuesday, so we were making pancakes wearing little more than grass skirts…. but don’t worry, we didn’t set light to our costumes.

Elaine and Wayne

Elaine and Wayne got right in the spirit of the theme. Bright sunny colours and leis. Luckily the weather was working in our favour and it was a warm night – perfect for short sleeves.

 

Hawaiian Supper

A team of chefs spent about an hour slaving over electric frypans to ensure that there were enough pancakes for everyone. Thanks to Robyn, Bev, Laurina, Tegan, Minnetta, Wendy and everyone else who either brought mixture of cooked. There was nothing left, so it must have been tasty.

 

Don Jennings and Don McGilvery

Two of our Dons compared notes on where they bought their leis. Was it in Hawaii? … or the $2 Shop???

Mike and the Trainees

Mike is teaching his Trainees everything he knows! It is taking a while – I’m sure you can see why!

Maya and Ray

Yes, we did do some dancing as well as eating!

 

Sandra, Bob, Wendy, Bev, David, Bob

The best part of supper is that it gives us a chance to chat, without having to leap up and dance all the time. Here are Sandra, Bob, Wendy, Bev, David and Bob discussing how Bev and David have won yet another raffle!

 

Chris, Mike and Alan

Suddenly I am feeling quite short – so which is the taller – Chris, Mike or Alan?

 

Julie and Tyler

We had a visit from Julie, who brought Matt, Tyler and Wyatt to visit.

 

Wyatt

Wyatt

Bev and Heather

Bev and Heather agree that Pancake Night is very popular.

Lesley, Bob and Wendy

Bob is definitely the thorn between two roses! He looks like he is at a tennis match as Lesley and Wendy talk across him!

Australia Day was celebrated in style.  We had many patriotic dancers and some okkers!  It takes all kinds to make up this wonderful country.  Everyone brought a plate of supper – yes, we do enjoy our food after a long night of dancing!John's Hat

 

John and James

John and James, having a serious discussion about the new rules of incorporation – heavy stuff for a dance night, but that is what happens when you are on the committee!

 

Square Dancing - Melbourne, Australia

Helena is looking very relaxed and having fun. We do love square dancing!

Teagan

Joanne made skirts for herself and Teagan and made shirts for Chris and Adrian. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend the dance, so Teagan had to strut her stuff for both of them.

Square Dancing at Jaybee Squares

Some serious square dancing happening.

Annette, Robert, Cheryl

Annette and Cheryl, in their red white and blue, with Robert in the middle in his green and gold – all our colours!
Glenys and Ray Stewart

Glenys and Ray are in true Aussie colours – having a break in coffee corner.

Geoff

I am not sure what the square was doing, but Geoff was laughing so much, he lost his place!

Jonathan and Laurina

Hmm – Jonathon gets around – here he is spinning Laurina.

Wendy, visitor, Don and Mike

We welcomed a visitor who came all the way from Germany.

Don, Bev and Wendy

Bev scooped the Tatts pool last week – she had both numbers! This week she won again – so Dennis made her a special award. Now all we need is her to draw her number out of the Members’ Box!

Jonathan and Emily

Ah yes, that is the way to do a Grand Slide – Jonathon and Emily doing their tricks!

Emily, Adrian

Sedate promenading – it is rare to see with the young ones!

Rolf and Wendy

Some fancy dancing from Rolf and Wendy – looks a little like an arm wrestle

The supper table

The supper table, shortly after it was brought out!

Wayne, Michael, Sonya and Jane

Wayne, Michael, Sonya and Jane are catching up over some supper.

Brian and Linda

Brian and Linda Wilson were on the door, so they spent a lot of the evening laughing at the antics of the dancers!

Colin with Bob and Wendy

Some people are just out to cause mischief! There was poor Bob, minding his own business, talking to Wendy, when, out of the blue, comes Colin!

Jonathan, Emily, Adrian, Laurina and Rolf

The young ones are spending quality time together! – Jonathan, Emily, Adrian, Laurina and Rolf.

 

Morgan and Mike

Morgan and Mike are just discussing the merits of Cheryl’s sponge. Mike snaffles a piece as soon as the tables come out, otherwise there is nothing left – not even a crumb. Cheryl’s cakes have a reputation!

Our first night back was not as hot as usual.  We welcomed the Whitehorse dancers, with Janice Alexander and her husband, Des.  Mike and Janice did some duets together, which is always fun for the dancers.  We provided wine and cheese, which helped us to spend time socialising and catching up on news.

Janice Alexander and Mike Davey

We welcomed Janice to the stage, with Mike and Olsen. Looks like we may need a bigger stage if Olsen continues to grow!

 

Rolf and Di

The skirts were really swishing as Mike and Janice entertained us.