COCDC News February 2018

COCDC News February 2018

Well it’s been a wild ride weather wise since Christmas but we have survived in spite of some cancellations of dances and our Council meeting on January 8, 2018; which was postponed until January 22nd. I personally like the snow and cold as long as I’m not driving in it. It’s so much prettier too than all this mud and rain we’re having now. And more fun for ice skating and snowman making!

Our Toys for Tots dance in December was a huge success! Thanks to Velma Doyle for heading it up and to the COCA callers for donating their time. Thanks to all of you that attended this dance and/or donated toys/money to support such a great charity. Thanks also to all of you that attended the Summer Fun dances and donated to the cause. Just the Summer Fun dances alone collected toys and $684! A huge thank you goes out to Terri Ross and her crew for coordinating the clothing sale. That sale alone collected $680! Thank you all that graciously donated your clothing. Without your donations this would not have been possible. Door sales and split-the-pot netted $272. So the grand total in cash donated was $1,636!! We also broke a record of amount of toys that were donated. There were so many it was too time consuming to count them all as we have done in years past. Thank you to Linda and Gary Jay for coordinating with the Gahanna Fire Department in coming to pick them up. They said they barely had room in the fire truck to put them all. The distribution of toys and money was handled a bit differently this year by the Firefighter organization. The local fire departments were allowed to keep what was collected to distribute within their local community unless it was requested to be sent to the Columbus Firefighters Toys for Tots. So the check from the Summer Fun dances went to the Columbus Firefighters and the money generated at the dance and toys collected all went to the Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN). We were very proud to be able to donate so much to the cause!

Now moving on to what’s ahead in the new year…

Even though the days are gloomy we still have lots of dancing to do in the winter months to keep us warm and fit. At this writing the Pre-Snowball workshop will have happened on January 27th. I’m sure it was a success with lots of used clothing to buy and good food to eat, and of course lots of fun dancing. Don’t forget about the Snowball Dance on Sunday, February 11th from 1:30-4:30 at Eastpointe Christian Church. This is a great opportunity for all the new/student dancers to get out for 3 hours of floor time, meeting new people, and perhaps dancing to callers they haven’t danced to yet. We thank the Central Ohio Callers Association for sponsoring this annual dance.

It sounds as though the New Dancer dances sponsored by the individual member clubs have been a success so far. Good crowds and lots of students which is what we like to see! Be sure to check the printed schedule and our website or the flyer with the listing of New Dancer dances and attend as many as possible to support those that are learning. We will have one or two per month through April.

At our meeting I passed out a new Recruitment Assessment Form to the clubs in attendance. I will also be sending out an electronic copy to each club representative. If your club had recruitment expenses reimbursed by Council we would like you to complete this form and send it back to me. We ask this so that we can get some perspective on how well your forms of recruitment worked, what your retention of students is at this point, and to share any new ideas of recruitment with other clubs.

We also completed our process of updating and approving the By-Laws and Constitution at our January meeting. I will be sending out copies of the new By-Laws and Constitution soon.

On Sunday, March 11th we will have our Honoree Dance at Eastpointe Christian Church from 1:30-4:30. Pat and Dick Liston work tirelessly to make this dance such a success. Please come out and support your club Honorees at this fun dance with Tom Davis calling and Chuck Berry cueing.

March also brings the Council Annual meeting on Monday, March 5th. This is a mandatory meeting for all representatives. We will be voting for Vice President and Treasurer and setting our budget for next year. We will also be discussing marketing strategies and Summer Fun dances for 2018. That being said, we are beginning the process of how to schedule the summer dances this year. We found that last year we had more than necessary. It was also suggested that we move the dances around throughout the summer and possibly have clubs sponsor a dance at their club dance location. They could choose their caller and day of the week they’d like to have the dance. Please discuss with your club members. If your club would like to have a summer fun dance please let me know by mid-February. The Marketing Committee will meet in February to make final decisions on the schedule. We will then make the decision on maximum amount COCDC will cover for reimbursement of expenses for these dances at our March meeting.

Finally, don’t forget to register for the Ohio State Convention being held here in Columbus on May 4th & 5th. There are also two Trail End dances on Thursday, May 3rd. One is for squares and one is for rounds. Our website has a link to the official Convention website or you can go directly to There’s much to do, including the dinner show. Everyone have a wonderful rest of the winter. Keep warm and be safe in your travels. Check in on those not fortunate enough to be able to get out anymore to enjoy dancing or perhaps those you haven’t seen in a while.

Pat Jones