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1 Official Publication of the (MWDCHDPS) Metropolitan Washington, D. C. Hand Dance Preservation Society D.C. Hand Dance Club Celebrates 23 Years! Est Not For Profit, Not For Power, Just For Dancing Every Hour January-February 2017 Ringing in the new year! Happy New Year D.C. Hand Dance Club! Keep warm and keep dancing!! Mitten Dance - General Membership Meeting January 21, Our Winter Dance will take place on Saturday, January 21 at the Knights of Columbus. Please come early and don t forget to bring NEW mittens/gloves and outer wear with you as we, once again, help to warm those in need this winter. There will be a dance lesson from 6:45-7:30 p.m. A general membership meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dance to your hearts delight! Valentine s Dance: Feb 11, 2017: The Valentine s Dance will be held at Knights of Columbus on Saturday, February 11. Food will be served. Come have your picture taken at the picture booth! Mad Hatter creates March Madness! MEET ME AT THE BEACH (MMATB): March 8-12, 2017: Wednesday - MMATB will once again be held at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD. The Clarion Hotel presents Bryan Clark every Wednesday, we are adding our DJ Norm during Bryan s break and from 9-11 p.m.! In order to get your VIP seating you need a weekend pass and dinner reservations. Call Pam Vann at or make a note on your reservation form. Thursday - Welcome Mixer in the Horizon Restaurant. Meet & Greet, Bingo & Fun!! 6:30-10:30 p.m. Private party in the hotel ballroom with light fare for those with MMATB weekend passes ONLY. Western Style Dress - theme for the evening. Friday and Saturday Activities: Various dance workshops; open dancing throughout the day and evening; our open Hospitality Suite. Friday evening pasta bar, with chicken, in the ballroom 7:00-8:00 p.m. Inside this issue: Don t forget to book your room! The Clarion Hotel has a special room rate of $99 for Friday and Saturday and a very special rate for Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday night of $ These rates are guaranteed until February 1, You must contact the hotel directly at (410) and tell them you are with the DC Hand Dance Club. Reservations not made through the hotel will not apply toward our required nights. **See the flyer and form on page 6 and 7. CLUB MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL Remember: 2017 membership is due January 1, You will continue to get the s until February 1, 2017 but you need to renew at or before the January dance or be charged non-member fees. There will be renewal forms at the dance, also the membership renewal form can be found on page 4 of this newsletter. If you have requested a paper copy of the newsletter to be mailed to you, you must send in your selection and $15 yearly payment for this, along with your renewal form or your copies of 1 the newsletter 2017/ January will - February end after Newsletter this copy. Frontline News 1 From the President 2 Supporting Your Club 2 Upcoming Events 3 Club Apparel 4 Membership Renewal 4 Birthdays/Spotlight 5 MMATB Flyer 6 MMATB Registration 7 Club Dance Photos 8 Photos and Misc. 9 DJ/DI Calendar 10 Sunshine Report 11 Treasurer s Report 11

2 From the President Happy New Year! Happy New Year to all our members, their families, and friends. We have lost many members, family members, and friends in Let us remember to enjoy and appreciate everyone in all that we do. We have great opportunities to enjoy one of the many things that we love which is dancing. Let us not take that for granted. Your board is working hard to continue our dancing venues, our monthly dances, and we are gearing up for Meet Me At The Beach. Know that your board of directors does none of this on their own, we always need your help! So, talk to any board member, the club, or call me directly ( ). Your future help is greatly appreciated. This year, 2017, is an election year for our club. Remember, if you are not a member of the DC Hand Dance Club by March 1, 2017, according to our bylaws, you may not vote in this election nor run for office. So, if you have not done so already, renew your membership! The Nominating Committee will be formed after Meet Me At The Beach. They will handle our nominations in June and our election in August. This year our theme for Meet Me At the Beach is March Madness, Mad Hatter! The Adult version of Alice in Wonderland, do your research! Many fun events, games, and a special Chinese Auction is planned for your enjoyment. Meet You On the Dance Floor! Pam Vann Supporting Your Club Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer. (Allen Klein) PLEASE Consider Volunteering If you would like to help with any of the many tasks involved in managing our club s weekly venues, monthly dances, or special events, please contact Phyllis Crutchfield-decorations; Roy- Food; Anthony-Front door; Linda-50/50. Recognizing Members Who Have Volunteered Special thanks go to our regular board and committee chairs/members who help at EVERY dance event. Also, special thanks go to the following people who recently volunteered: November 5 Halloween/Toys for Tots Dance: Room Set-up: Gene & Carolyn Sandros, Larry & Janice Peters, Kathy K, Keith & Loretta Schell & Phyllis Crutchfield Front Door & 50/50: Chareth Gunn, Ron Carroll, Debbie Thomson, Linda Trader & Joe Miante Food/Snack/Cakes: Joe Miante & Linda Trader Clean-up: Gene & Carolyn Sandros, Larry & Janice Peters, Linda Trader, Kathy K & Phyllis Crutchfield Collecting Toys for Tots: Jack Flood (retired Marine) December 10 Holiday Dinner Dance: Room Set-up: Gene & Carolyn Sandros, Larry and Janice Peters, Kathy K Carroll & Phyllis Crutchfield Front Door & 50/50: Ron Carroll, Kathy K Carroll, Lindsey Sturdivant & Dave McGuire Membership table: Chareth Gunn Food/Snacks: Catering by Anthony Yancey and staff Clean-up: Gene & Carolyn Sandros, Larry & Janice Peters, Kathy K Carroll & Phyllis Crutchfield Thank you all very much for your help. We could not have done it without you. MMATB Volunteers Needed We are looking for volunteers to serve on one or more committees for MMATB. Please contact Pam Vann at Look for a box like this or with flowers that will denote notes or announcements from our members. We would like to put here good things that are happening to our members. This is an extension of our Sunshine Report. Please send notes by to Lindsey at: or Linda at: Thank you!! THE FIRST WEALTH IS HEALTH. ~ RALPH WALDO EMERSON / January - February Newsletter

3 Schedule Of Upcoming Events 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 Knights of Columbus Boswell Hall, Bowie, MD Mitten Dance Saturday, February 11, 2017 Knights of Columbus Boswell Hall, Bowie, MD Valentine Dance Wednesday-Sunday, March 8-12, 2017 Clarion Hotel Ocean City, MD Meet Me At The Beach Saturday, March 29, 2017 Knights of Columbus Boswell Hall, Bowie, MD All monthly Saturday night dances are from 8 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., with advanced lessons at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted! D. C. Hand Dance Club Board of Directors and Committee Chairpersons President Pam Vann 1st. Vice President Ron Carroll 2nd Vice President Roy Rodey Treasurer Anthony Yancey Secretary Linda Trader Directors Phyllis Crutchfield; Lindsey Dove Sturdivant Membership Chairperson Joe Miante Hotline Kathy Carroll Sunshine Committee Lindsey Dove Sturdivant Certified Dance Instructors Louise Pyles, Betty Bunch Garcia, Sondra Riley, Pam Vann, Buzz Payne, Jerry Hart, Phil & Diane Engstrom & Joyce Fitzgerald-Mehl Photography Gene Sandros, Angie Roberts Advertising Lindsey Dove Sturdivant Apparel Shirley Mostow Decorations Phyllis Crutchfield Website Pam Vann Historian Gene Sandros Newsletter (Editor) Linda Trader, (Contributors) Nancy Roussell (Spotlight), Pam Vann, (Proof Readers) Angie Roberts & Pam Vann Club Contact Information Hotline: Website: Details and Directions to Dancing Fun!!!!! DC Hand Dance Club Venues TUESDAYS ALIBI S BAR & GRILL No Cover. Hand Dance Lessons by Sondra Riley or Jerry Hart 6:30-7 p.m., Music 7-10 p.m Elizabeth Rd., Pasadena, MD, From Route 100 East, turn left onto Magothy Bridge Rd. (it becomes Hogneck Rd.), go to second light, turn left onto Ft. Smallwood Rd., the first right is Elizabeth Rd. Lots of parking behind the building, and there is a back entrance. WEDNESDAYS Union Jack s (DCHDC Venue) $5 cover, Hand Dance Lessons by Louise Pyles 6-7 p.m., Music 7-9:30 p.m., 2072 Somerville Road, Annapolis, MD Next to Annapolis Town Center Phone: (410) (Full dinner menu available) Extra parking available in parking garage across the street. ==================================================================== DCHDC MONTHLY DANCE (see left column for dates and locations) 8 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Free Intermediate Hand Dance lessons 7 p.m., Admission: $10 members; $15 non-members Knights of Columbus /Boswell Hall 6111 Columbian Way Bowie, Maryland From the North: Take Rt. 3, Crain Hwy south. After Rt. 450, turn left at the Crossover by Forest Dr., continue straight across Rt. 3 to Rt. 976 Columbian Way. The hall will be on your right. From 495 beltway take exit 19 to Rt. 50 East (John Hanson Hwy). Take exit 13A and take Rt. 3 North, turn right on Rt. 976 Columbian Way. The hall will be on your right. Other Places to Dance / Not DC Hand Dance Club Venues Thursdays: PERRY S RESTAURANT, Music 6:30 to 10:00 by Dr. Jay, No Cover, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD The Bag Lady Custom Shoe Bags Carol Cross / January - February Newsletter

4 CLUB APPAREL Check out the latest club apparel at: For information about club apparel, contact Shirley Mostow at: or Club Membership Renewal 2017 D.C. Hand Dance Club Membership Application/Renewal Name-1 Date Street Apt. # City State Zip Phone (Home) (Cell) (Work) Address Birthday (Mo/Day) Name-2 Date Phone (Home) (Cell) (Work) Address Birthday (Mo/Day) New Member Renewal Changed Information Our Newsletter is published every 2 months with notification by and access via our website.. If you prefer to have it mailed there is an additional annual fee of $15.00 per household. Membership Fee(s) $15.00 (each) Newsletter Mailing $15.00 (if applicable) Total: Please remit payment per membership to: DC Hand Dance Club, 103 Coronet Drive, Linthicum Heights, MD Submitting this form grants DCHDC permission to use any photos that may be taken of you in our Club s media, i.e. the web page and newsletter / January - February Newsletter

5 January Birthdays Phillip Ates 01/02 Kumi Kinoshita 01/03 Mike Botto 01/04 Judy McDaniel 01/04 Cheryl Morgan 01/04 Bob Green 01/05 Linda S. Hilwig 01/06 Harvey S. Myers, Jr. 01/07 Ranleigh Payne 01/10 Rebecca Braciszweski 01/12 Lary Fitzgerald 01/13 Wayne Coryell 01/14 Charlene Dine 01/14 Gay Rodey 01/14 Richard White 01/14 Mary Wilson 01/14 Nelson Cross 01/15 Charlie Owen 01/15 Mario M. Salas 01/16 Nelson (Lee) Vann 01/16 Buzz Payne 01/17 Jim Ashen 01/20 Carl Bonaventura 01/22 Peggy Messina 01/24 William G. Fitzpatrick 01/25 Ellen Heath 01/25 Cathy Milchenski 01/25 James Pearce 01/27 Jean Collins 01/28 Bera Arnn 01/29 Mike Bahorsky 01/30 Jerry Hart 01/31 Frank Phelan 01/31 Stan Sarro 01/31 February Birthdays Dahlia Hiesch 02/01 Ralph Kissinger 02/02 Bobby Hangliter 02/03 Pam Thorne 02/04 Mary Nichols 02/05 Lindsey Dove-Sturdivant 02/05 Andy Chappelear 02/06 Shirley Mostow 02/07 Linda Bogard 02/12 Mary Anne Frye 02/12 James D. Handley 02/12 Mollyanne Margolis 02/13 Nancy Campbell 02/14 Pat Fitzgerald 02/16 Marie Hart 02/18 Susan Young 02/19 Kathy Wheeler 02/21 Barney Kapraun 02/23 Aliki Nearing 02/25 Dave McGuire 02/27 Sherri Wildoner 02/27 Cecelia Astlin 02/28 Sandra Haywood 02/28 If you notice that I have missed anyone s birthday, please me at: and I will put them in the following issue. Spotlight! On Gay & Roy Rodey By Nancy Sabella-Roussell If relationships are the key to happiness, then Gay & Roy Rodey are living a wonderful life. Now in their 15 th year of marriage, they met while dancing at Coconuts in Crofton, MD. Because each had prior marriages that ended in divorce, they claim they were not looking for or expecting another marriage. However, when Roy spotted Gay on the dance floor one night, he took a chance that she could follow his Baltimorean style of hand dance that was popular at teen clubs in Severna Park and seen on the Buddy Dean Show. Gay began dancing at 6 th grade teen club, growing up in Forest Heights, MD; drew her influence from the Milt Grant Show seen on Washington, DC area TV. She continued dancing throughout her first marriage and was introduced to DCHDC by friend Judy Martin, and says she s been a steady customer ever since. Professionally, Gay worked for a Federal judge at the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, DC and has enjoyed retirement since Roy retired in 2009 from IBEW as a Master Electrician. Following their first dance, the couple spent more time together, took some dance lessons from Louise Pyles and love blossomed. After what Gay describes as an exciting 14-month courtship, they treated themselves to a big wedding, with a very handsome wedding party of children and siblings as attendants. Now their blended family consists of three great grandchildren, 11 grandchildren and 8 children (one of Roy s sons is now deceased) spanning the globe from Georgia, Colorado, Virginia Beach and Crofton, MD, in the U.S. to London, England. This distance makes family reunions challenging, but Gay celebrated a milestone birthday this year (she s not saying which one) and the family was able to celebrate together in Florida during the summer. Holidays are a special time for a big family and the 2016 season was no exception. With young children and teens in the family, Gay and Roy are busy shopping and mailing lots of love, dresses, dolls, archery sets and gymnastic mats among other items. They are also celebrating their 11- year-old grandson s appearance in 31 performances of the Fords Theater production of A Christmas Carol. Gay says with pride that she plans to attend the production at least three times. In addition to sharing some of their dance turns at the last Meet Me at the Beach, Roy is serving his second year as the DCHDC 2nd Vice President. This provides an opportunity to meet more people and he says they are happy to give back to a group that has meant so much to them both. For example, in the aftermath of a recent serious auto accident that totaled their car, they were moved by phone calls and generous offers of assistance from so many club members. Gay calls the club a real family. You can find Gay and Roy dancing 2 to 3 times weekly most often at Alibis, Dockside, Union Jacks and occasionally Perry s. They also attend the monthly club dances and travel to the annual Meet Me at the Beach event in Ocean City, MD. They have participated in several Richmond Shag Club events and enjoy the variety of dancing with other groups. Their next dance challenge is to learn Salsa for visits to Cancun, Mexico. From Gay & Roy: Happy Holidays & Keep on Dancing! / January - February Newsletter

6 Est Meet Me At The Beach March 8-12, 2017 Ocean City, Maryland Where: Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel, Ocean City, MD (10100 Coastal Hwy, 101 st Street and the Ocean) When: March 8-12, 2017 Ticket Sales Begin: January 1, Tickets are non-refundable after February 15, Available Ticket Options: Option 1: $55 Club Members / $65 Non-Club Members for CLARION HOTEL GUESTS ONLY-- Weekend pass for all events. Option 1a : Meal Tickets for Clarion Hotel Guest Only: $71 includes 1 dinner & 2 breakfast tickets (An $86 value ) tax and gratuity included. Meal Tickets are optional. Option 2: $70 Club Members / $80 Non-Club Members Includes a weekend pass for all events. Option 3: $40 for Club Members and $45 for non-club Members Includes a 1-day pass for all events on Friday. Option 4: $40 for Club Members and $45 for non-club Members Includes a 1-day pass for all events on Saturday. Wednesday Dinner & Dancing: In the Clarion Hotel Lounge Our DJ Stormin Norman & Discounted Dinners. The Clarion Hotel Presents the Bryan Clark Show every Wednesday: Bryan Clark performs 6-9 p.m.. For this week; our DJ plays between sets & again from 9-11p.m. VIP seating around the dance floor requires a Weekend Pass for MMATB & Dinner reservations. Thursday Events: 3-5 p.m. Welcome Mixer in the Horizon Restaurant. Meet & Greet, Bingo & Fun!! 6:30-10:30 p.m. Private party in the hotel ballroom with light fare for those with MMATB weekend passes ONLY. Western Style Dress - theme for the evening. After 8 p.m. the public is invited to join us for a $5.00 cover. Friday and Saturday Activities: Various dance workshops; open dancing throughout the day and evening; our open Hospitality Suite. Friday evening pasta bar with chicken in the ballroom 7:00-8:00 p.m. Note: Theme for Friday & Saturday night dance MARCH MADDNESS MAD HATTER!! Reservation form: The reservation/liability form is on the Club s website and in the Jan-Feb 2016 newsletter. Mail form & check payable to the DC Hand Dance Club to: Linda Trader, 103 Coronet Drive, Linthicum Heights, MD Table Reservations: Tables will be assigned for the Friday and Saturday evening dances, each table accommodates 10 people. To reserve a table, submit your 10 reservation forms, along with your check(s) to Linda Trader at the above address. If you do not have a full table, send in your reservations and you will be assigned to a table, every effort will be made to sit you with your friends. All tables and seats will be first-come-first-served. Pam Vann will handle table reservations. Hotel Room Reservations: Don t forget to book your room! The Clarion Hotel has a special room rate of $99 for Friday and Saturday and a very special rate for Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday night of $ These rates are guaranteed until February 1, You must contact the hotel directly at (410) and tell them you are with the DC Hand Dance Club. Reservations not made through the hotel will not apply toward our required nights. For updates to this event, please check our Club s website at If you have any questions, call Pam Vann at or call Linda Trader at ; or the club at / January - February Newsletter

7 Meet Me At The Beach Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Ocean City, Maryland Est March 8-12, 2017 RESERVATION FORM (This one form can be used by Singles or Couples) Name (Print): Member: Yes / No Name (Print): Member: Yes / No Phone: Phone: Address: Option 1: $55 Club Members / $65 Non-Club Members For CLARION HOTEL GUESTS ONLY Weekend pass for all events. Option 1a: Meal Tickets for Clarion Hotel Guest Only- $71 includes 1 dinner & 2 breakfast tickets (An $86 value ) tax and gratuity included. Meal Tickets are optional. Option 2: $70 Club Members / $80 Non-Club Members Includes a weekend pass for all events. Option 3: $40 for Club Members and $45 for non-club Members Includes a 1-day pass for all events on Friday. Option 4: $40 for Club Members and $45 for non-club Members Includes a 1-day pass for all events on Saturday. Tickets are non-refundable after Feb. 15, Fill in the Option of your choice:. If you chose Option 1, Options 1a is available to you. You must provide your Clarion hotel confirmation number for Option 1:. I/we want VIP seating for Wednesday evening. Yes No Send in your reservations to Linda Trader, 103 Coronet Drive, Linthicum Heights, MD If you have any questions, call Linda Trader at or Pam Vann at Mail you reservation forms along with your check made payable to the D.C. Hand Dance Club. Don t forget to book your room! The Clarion Hotel has a special room rate of $99 per night plus tax for Friday and Saturday and a special rate for Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday night of $75.00 per night plus tax. These rates are guaranteed until February 1, YOU MUST Contact the Hotel DIRECTLY at (410) and tell them you are with the DC Hand Dance Club. RELEASE OF LIABILITY In consideration of the acceptance of my/our reservation to attend or participate in the activities sponsored by the D. C. Hand Dance Club, Inc. at the 2017 Meet Me At The Beach event to be held at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau, Ocean City, Maryland, March 8-12, 2017, I/we the undersigned (hereinafter referred to as Releasors ) for myself/ourselves, my/our heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, hereby release, waive and discharge D. C. Hand Dance Club, Inc., its officers and directors (hereinafter referred to as Releasees ), from all claims of damages for personal injury, death, or loss or damage to property, whether caused by the negligence of Releasees or otherwise, arising out of Releasors attendance or participation in any activity sponsored by D. C. Hand Dance Club, Inc. at the 2017 Meet Me At The Beach event. Releasors further assume all responsibility for and all risks of bodily injury, death, or loss or damage to property, that may occur to Releasors while Releasors are attending or participating in any activity sponsored by D. C. Hand Dance Club, Inc. at the 2017 Meet Me At The Beach event. Releasors further agree to indemnify Releasees and hold them harmless, from any loss or damage they may incur resulting from the negligence of Releasors while attending or participating in any activity sponsored by D. C. Hand Dance Club, Inc. at its 2017 Meet Me At The Beach event. The provisions of this Release shall be construed according to the law of the State of Maryland and, if any provision herein is held to be invalid, it shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions. Signature Signature Print Name Print Name Date: / January - February Newsletter

8 Halloween/Toys for Tots Dance, Nov 5, 2016 Toys for Tots Certificate Presentation! Costume Winners! NOTES FROM AND ABOUT OUR MEMBERS Louise Pyles was inducted into the National Living Legends of Dance! She was honored on November 12, Louise was extremely instrumental in the creation of the DC Hand Dance Club in Louise is in the DC Hand Dance Hall of Fame. Note from: Linda Trader I would like to thank everyone for the cards and calls during my recovery from hip replacement surgery. I am looking forward to being able to dance again in a few months / January - February Newsletter

9 Christmas Dinner & Dance December 10, 2016 Food catered by Anthony!! For Sale: Cemetery Lot I have a cemetery lot in Suitland, Maryland that sold for $3, I m selling it for $2, Please contact Jean at to inquire about it. Thank you! Halloween Contest Winners: First Place Gladys & Tyrone from Laughin TV Show Janice and Larry Peters Catering Designed with Your Menu In Mind Second Place Mary Poppins & Chimney Sweep Anthony A. Yancey Owner / Chef Karen degraffenreid & Tony Munafo Cell: Home: Third Place The Blues Brothers * Weddings * Birthdays * Anniversaries * Corporate Events * Indoor/Outdoor Events * Private Parties * Family Reunions / January - February Newsletter Nancy & Merv Roussell

10 January-February 2017 Sun M Tue W T Fri Sat 1 New Year s Day 2 3 Alibi s DJ-Buddman DI-Sondra Reilly 4 Union Jack s DJ Ron Carroll DI Louise Pyles Alibi s DJ-Ron Carroll 11 Union Jack s DJ Dr Jay DI Louise Pyles Alibi s DJ-Dr Jay 18 Union Jack s DJ Warren Rye DI Louise Pyles Knights of Columbus DJ Buddman DI TBA Mitten Dance Alibi s DJ-Kathy K 25 Union Jack s DJ Buddman DI- Louise Pyles Alibi s DJ-Warren Rye 1 Union Jack s DJ Ron Carroll DI Louise Pyles Alibi s DJ-Dr Jay Alibi s DJ-Ron Carroll 8 Union Jack s DJ Warren Rye DI- Louise Pyles 15 Union Jack s DJ Buddman DI- Louise Pyles Knights of Columbus DJ Kathy K DI TBA Valentine Dance Alibi s DJ-Buddman 22 Union Jack s DJ Dr Jay DI- Louise Pyles Alibi s DJ-Kathy K DJ- (DeeJay) or DI-Dance Instructor are subject to change * * SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITH- OUT NOTICE!! / January - February Newsletter