I hope all of you are healthy and doing well. The TBDC board met and voted to restart club dances in August. You can check your membership status at the Current Members or the Member Roster posts.
In September we held our Annual Meeting & Dance. At the meeting we lacked a quorum so we did not elect board members to fill out existing vacancies. Under the rules dictated by our Constitution and Bylaws, the existing board met and the members voted to accept the Nomination Committee recommendation. Margie Kingsley and Roy Victory were appointed to fill one year terms on the board. Margie was then elected to serve on the Executive Committee as our club Secretary. We are excited to have these two new board members. They are enthusiastic club members, dedicated dancers, and they will be great assets to our club!
Our upcoming dances are scheduled for :
These dances are scheduled to be held 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at The Dance Studio. We expect our attendance will remain small for a while and the studio has given us permission to meet there while we are still dealing with the limitations presented by the pandemic.
The board has voted to maintain our mask mandate for a while longer. We know this is not anyone's favorite situation. The decision was made because we have both young and older members, and both those groups now appear to be particularly vulnerable to the Delta variant. We want all members who wish to participate, to feel safe enough to do so. Mask wearing is a small way we may help protect each other while enjoying being together again. We will continue to reassess this policy at board meetings. We are grateful for your patience as we continue to deal with high covid numbers in our state.
In March of 2020, when we froze the club membership and suspended all club activities, it never occurred to us that we'd have such a long hiatus! Recently, on August 8th, the board met and decided to restart club activity. We did this even knowing that we are seeing high numbers of COVID-19 cases in our state. Our hope is that every club member will be cautious and thoughtful when considering whether or not to return to dance.
Some of us are vaccinated while some of us are not. The board has decided to request that all members, vaccinated or not, remain masked when participating in TBDC dances and other activities. None of us like wearing masks and we are sure none of you do, but it is the only way we can get together and minimize possible spread. We know that this does not provide full protection so we ask each member to consider your own personal situation before choosing to participate.
For now we have no TBDC sponsored classes, but The Dance Studio is offering a Monday night newcomer class for $5. If you or a friend are interested, you may give that a try. On Tuesday the Studio is offering an intermediate West Coast Swing class that currently has a reduced rate for TBDC members. Those with TBDC memberships can participate in this class for $5. All others pay $10.
Remember, if your membership was current in March 2020 you are still a member and we are now restarting the calendar. Check the Member Roster for the month your membership is due.
A dance is scheduled for October 16, 2021, 6:30 - 9:00, at The Dance Studio.There will be snacks, and water will be provided. We require masks for all attendees and masks need to stay on. This is both a requirement for all who use the studio and a requirement that the board has decided upon, in order for us to resume dances. Please do not come if you believe you are ill or if you know you've been exposed to COVID. We want to be sensitive to all our members.
Roy Victory and Margie Kingsley have been elected to fill the open slots on the TBDC board. They will each serve a one year term.
I've missed you all and hope you are well. Please be cautious when you consider if this is the right time for you to resume activities with TBDC. I know all our family and health situations are not the same, so we are trying hard to be sensitive to all the challenges and concerns that our individual members face. Eventually we will get back to our normal dance routines, but we are trying to take baby steps now.
I hope all of you are safe and doing well. This isolation is difficult. I find it so hard that we are currently unable to be physically present with our family and friends.
I know some of you have had major life events, and that you have not had the comfort that close friends and family could have provided. I am sorry and hope you had support through whatever means was possible. I know others had lovely family events, like birthdays and new babies, and you have been unable to celebrate as you wished. That is a source of great sadness, and I am sorry. Some of our members are suddenly out of work. I know that's an extra source of concern and added stress. I'm sorry for that, too.
I hope we'll soon see a positive payoff for what we've been doing to keep ourselves and others healthy. I'm eager for the time when we can again move freely, be physically present with each other, and be together dancing.
Some club members are working and providing essential services. Thank you for doing what you can to take care of us all. Some of you are sewing masks for friends, family, medical personnel and law enforcement officers. Thank you all, for all the ways you are trying to help friends, family, and our community during this difficult time.
Today I spoke with TBDC member, Kathleen Conley. She is one of those making masks for those of us who need occasional coverage, but who do not require the use of an N95. She says she currently has a good supply of the necessary materials. She is running low on elastic so she may only be producing ones with ties, but a mask with ties will give you the same coverage as one with elastic. If you do not have a mask, and you would like one, let meknow. Kathleen says she'll make you a mask. Thank you, Kathleen!
I want us all to come through this together! I miss you all and hope to see you soon.