Ideal Club Atmosphere
Janet & Lysle Shields' NASRDS Page
How does a club obtain an ideal atmosphere?
Here are a few ideas that may help:
1.Have dance facility open and set up 30 minutes prior to dance. Start the dance on time.
|2.Club Banner and attractive bulletin board (or display table) should be set up prior to dance.|
|3.Club officers should greet members and visitors at the door as they arrive.|
|4.Club Officers and members should set an example of the "ideal" square dancer as to dress, promptness,|
|badge, enthusiasm and knowledge of the square dance community activities.|
|5.Recognize the special efforts of individual club members.|
|6.Recognize visiting dancers, VIPS, area and state officers.|
|7.Club members should dance with caller's taw, singles, new members and with as many guests as possible.|
|8.Club members make special effort to dance, converse and mingle with new members and visitors.|
|9.Club activities and functions involve all club members an not just a selected group.|
|10.Club activities are made to be fun and not work.|
|11.Publicize club, area and state functions and dance activities.|
|12.Assure club support of all club, area and state association functions.|
|13.Club is responsive to needs of dancers, caller and officers.|
|14.Avoid secrecy in any club function or activity. Avoid cliques.|
|15.Conduct leadership sessions for club members periodically.|
|16.Sponsor a special club party or activity periodically.|
|17.Sponsor visitations, charity work, promotions, exhibitions, etc.|
|18.Coordinate club activities and gimmicks with club caller.|
|19.Make every dance a "SPECIAL" dance and a "HAPPY MEMORY" for club
dancers and visitors.
It is rather easy to develop an "Ideal Club Atmosphere" with just a little thought and a little action.
GOD gave us two ends. One to think with and one to sit on.
It is a case of "heads" you win, "tails" you loose!
Make your Club an "Ideal" Club.
Non-Ideal Club Atmosphere
1. Don't attend meetings.
|2. If you do attend, come late.|
|3. When you attend, sit in the back and talk to the members next to you about the weather or fishing.|
|4. Never accept an office. It's much easier to criticize than to do something.|
|5. If the president asks for your opinion on a subject, just tell him/her you have nothing to say - and then|
|after the meetings, while leaving, tell everyone how things should have been done.|
|6. Hold back your dues as long as you possibly can, so as to give the treasurer and/or secretary|
|a bit of unnecessary work.|
|7. Start a whispering campaign about anything.|
|8. Never listen to announcements. This bucks up the speaker and enables them to make constant improvements.|
|9. Don't bother about getting new class/club members - let someone else do it. After all, there|
|are plenty of others who have time for that sort of thing.|
|10. In short, do nothing more than is absolutely necessary - but when other members roll up their sleeves|
|and do what needs doing, howl like mad about how the club is being run by the clique.|
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