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Council of Dancers Meeting Sun April 28

Planning Together for our Future

We need your to help plan for the future of EOSARDA. Please plan to attend the Council of Dancers meeting on Sunday, April 28. All member clubs are entitled to send 2 voting delegates and as many non-voting delegates as may wish to attend.

Four, possibly 5, of the current 11 Directors may not be returning to the Board next year. If the Board is to continue to carry out its current duties and responsibilities, it is imperative that they be replaced.

No EOSARDA means...
- No reimbursements for recruiting costs
- No reimbursements for caller/cuer training
- No Square Time
- No use of EOSARDA’s Not for Profit Number
- No centralized dancer registration process
- No Regional Dances

Please attend
Sunday, April 28, 2019
St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall
425 Center St. at Dibble, Prescott, Ont
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Swing Into Spring 2019

Have You Registered Yet?

Swing into Spring 2019 is almost upon us! Will you be there? There is still time to get your registration in. You can also pay at the door.

Plan to attend. Two great callers, Bill Harrison and Ken Ritucci, will provide a lot great fun and dancing, and Cuers JL & Linda Pelton will entertain you in the round dance hall.

Please note that we are currently having difficulties with the Interac e-Transfer option when going through the SISTreasurer@eodance.ca email. If you wish to pay by Interac e-Transfer, please send it directly to our Treasurer, Wendy at wendyv@sympatico.ca.

See you soon!

Swing into Spring Organizing Committee

New April issue of Square Time

Latest Issue of Square Time is available

The latest (April) issue of Square Time is out. Pick up your copy at your club or view it online.

Successful Frosty Fling 2019

Frosty Fling Exceeds Expectations

Somehow "Scattered Flurries" became a heavy "dump" of snow on Saturday that had some organizers and dancers wondering if the dance should be cancelled. It was a very bad day for driving as evidenced by seeing some cars in the ditch on the way into Ottawa.

But after it was all over, and the dust (er, snow) settled we got this from the president: "Holy snappin'! We made more money on a "free" dance than we did on Harvest Hop !"

But it wasn't about the money ... it was about the ATTENDANCE! We were elated to see that 34 new dancers attended the dance — and this was in spite of the bad weather. By all accounts, the dance was totally enjoyed by all of them.

Although the new dancers got in for free, 80 dancers paid to attend. We had many Plus, Advance and even Challenge dancers show up to help at the tables, dance and be angels. Thank you so much for your support of our new dancers.

Despite the weather we had GREAT representation from out of town locations such as Pembroke, Cornwall, Prescott, Kemptville, Carleton Place and other remote areas. Pembroke, with perhaps the longest travel distance, showed up with 18 dancers and Cornwall, with 7.

Seaway Valley website now part of eoDance

Seaway Valley website now part of eoDance

SVSRDA (Seaway Valley Square and Round Dance Association) has adopted eoDance.ca as their official website as a replacement for their previous site.

EOSARDA (Eastern Ontario Square and Round Dance Association) adopted eoDance.ca several years ago in a similar fashion when it was looking to replace its former website.

Now there's only one site needed with information on Clubs, Callers, Cuers and Events. This will make the information easier to find and keep updated. Information that is specific to EOSARDA or SVSRDA can be found under the “Associations” menu while the rest of the common information is linked under the main menus in eoDance as it always has been.

Square Dancing in Schools

Square Dancing in Schools

For a long time now, callers have been involved with local schools and showing students how much fun square dancing is -- of course, edging out English, History and Geography might not be that hard a sell and spending time in the gym easily beats out sitting in a class behind a desk most times.

Check out the schools and programs that we know about.  Some have been doing it for 30 or more years and are still going strong.




Keep Flyer Sizes Small

Be aware of the size of your flyer

Here is some information for anyone creating a PDF or JPG file or flyer that is going to be posted on any website. When it comes to EOSARDA, this will typically be a flyer for an event for your club that you may wish to have posted on the web calendar on the eoDance website or that you want sent out as an EOSARDA Bulletin.

The sizes of some files submitted are very much larger than they neeed to be. This
- takes up space on our servers,
- makes the flyer slow to open, and
- will use/cost more bandwidth for those using a mobile device.

You need to be aware of the size of the files that you are asking people to post. There are many Free On-Line tools available that will easily compress and reduce the size of your file before you submit it and make it 3 to 5 times smaller.

Check out the eoDance Submit an Event page for more information on identifying the size of your file and for some links to a few on-line sites that can reduce your file size easily.

Social Networking

Social Networking

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