At the time that I am writing this article, I am also planning the food for a group of 200 people at my church – and they are very special people, so I want the meal to be special. And who are these people? The veterans who are members. There will be a program showing our appreciation of past actions, music commemorating the various branches of service, an honor guard showing respect for those who served, and information concerning those special trips some of our veterans have made to Washington. It will be an encouraging night kicked off with a good dinner. And the best part is, I say I am planning the food for the event – but many people are furnishing the dishes that we are serving. I have had no problem coming up with the dishes we need and the servers that will be waiting on our honored guests. I can’t tell you the number of people who have said that they will be with me for the whole day of cooking and preparation – an even someone insisting on doing all the dishes. Why? And appreciation for a job well done.
When I was driving home from the grocery and gazed at the quiet neighborhoods in this little part of the country, I am moved by the people who have fought for our freedoms – freedom that includes our lifestyle, our opinions, our voice, and more. In recent years there was a terrific movie entitled Unbroken which has been followed by another about the same prisoner of war. It certainly has raised my consciousness on everything that our servicemen have put and are putting on the line for us – for our freedom and safety.
And this also makes me think of the first responders who are on call for the tragedies of destructive hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, and more. We all have to bravely face the hardships of life, but we certainly have been blessed by those who are willing to put safety and comfort aside to help others in need. Yes, I do love the song, “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.” And yes, I will not forget those who have shown the truth of this situation. Thank you for all you do.
Our classes are right on target now with the students moving right along under Bob Daye’s patient eyes. We are working with eight students every Monday night from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the Evans Senior Center in Grove City. Those club members who are “Angel-ing” get such a kick out of helping those who are just starting. It is great to see where we all started and then help to move others along – and if the truth be told, to review some of those moves that are troublesome to us. Yes, we all have that one call that we were so proud the day we conquered it – as well as that one move that causes us to “goof up.” That’s important so we all learn to laugh along with each other as we move along and get more experience. We can’t wait to see all the new students as they are preparing for a formal dance.
We enjoyed our October dances with caller Jimmy Robison and cuer Dave Blaskis and with caller Travis Cook and cuer Chuck Berry. That first dance was a great success and the second one is always fun with the parade of costumes. Sorry, I can’t predict our winners, but if this year is like our others, there were some very creative characters around.
This month, be sure to plan on coming to our two dances. On November 10th, caller Dave Stuthard and cuer Mark Johnson will lead us in our tribute to the veterans’ at our Veterans Dance. On November 24th. we will hear caller Tom Strickland and cuer Chuck Berry who never fail to entertain us with a great dance program. Also, be sure to put our December dances on your calendar. On the 8th, we have our first Hi-Lo Dance, a Christmas Dance, with callers Bob Daye and Jason Raleigh along with cuer Dave Blaskis. Then, we will have a pre-New Year’s Dance with callers Mark Patterson and Wes Dyer with cuer Chuck Berry. This will be a two-hall dance featuring Plus and Advanced dancing along with rounds. Come and join us for all of these. We look forward to seeing you. Check out more about our future dances on the schedule on our website: www.grovecitywesternsquares.com.
Please remember all those who are having any health issues. Also, we ask for safe travel for some of our snow birds who are getting ready to go to warmer climates or will go after Christmas.
Keep those who have so recently had home destroyed or damaged beyond belief in your thoughts. Some lost homes, livelihood, and family. We are a resilient society, but we all need to support one another.
Be careful this Fall. We hope that all of you have a fabulous Thanksgiving with friends and family. We look forward to seeing you in a square.