Welcome to NORTEX


Dear Square Dance Family,

It is February! The month of the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and, this year, 29 days! Happy Leap Year!

Thank you to the nominating committee that met on January 19 to select a slate of officers for 2020-2021. Their report will be shared at the February 9 NORTEX Quarterly Business Meeting, and elections will take place at the April meeting. I appreciate those on this committee who so unselfishly gave of their time to serve the dancers of our association. A copy of their recommendations will be in the March Promenade.

Mark your calendars for the NORTEX Quarterly Business Meeting at Swingtime Center on February 9, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. There is much business to be considered and acted upon by the delegates. In addition to the Nominating Committee report, the 2020 Budget Chair and the 2020 Installation Chair will be presented for delegate approval. The 2020 Round-Up General Chairs will be making a report and announcing their theme! We will have a special presentation on the 2020-2021 Membership Renewal process that you won’t want to miss! Club presidents, please invite your club secretary, treasurer or whoever handles your club’s renewals to this meeting.

Immediately following the NORTEX meeting on February 9, we will have our second Informational Seminar. One topic will be student recruiting, which will be a table discussion by three clubs in our association. Please stay for this Informational Seminar and support these clubs sharing their processes with you. See more information in this Promenade.

The Area Vice Presidents and Club Presidents listing is in this issue, pages 15-17. Some clubs changed officers January 1 and February 1. Please note these changes in the listing. When your club has a change in club president, please let me know the new president’s name, address, telephone number, and email address so the NORTEX files can be updated.

I want to thank the talented NTCA members who kept our toes tapping and our hearts light all evening on January 26! Congratulations to Ray Savell, NTCA President, and his officers for being elected to serve another year. I also want to thank the dancers for attending and supporting NTCA and giving to support the benefit for Swingtime..

Many of our clubs are holding lessons at this time – beginning traditional mainstream, Club 50, and four or five Saturday format accelerated square dance lessons, as well as round dance and clogging lessons, and angels are always needed. Being an angel to students in lessons is so important. Angels are there to share the joy of dancing with these new dancers. It is so easy for students to become so concerned about doing everything perfectly that they miss the fun of it all. It will not be long until these new dancers will be on the dance floor at the dances. Please continue to help them with your encouragement and support.

When you focus on the good, the good gets better.

Yellow Rocks,

Debbie Anderson
NORTEX President