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By host on 5/2/2018 5:35 PM
by Jim Mayo, Hampstead, NH Since our activity reached its peak of popularity more than 30 years ago we have moved away from what made us so popular. In 1980 New England had more than 450 clubs. Today the EDSARDA Directory lists about 30. Clearly we are doing something wrong. Many have blamed the decline on social change and that may account for some – and maybe a lot – of it. But, I would like to suggest also that we have changed our activity in ways that make us less appealing than when we were so popular.

It took me a long time to realize and accept that choreography was not the most appealing thing about modern square dancing. I did, however, finally come to understand that sociability and friendship were even more important in the success of a club than the caller. If you talk with nearly any long-time dancer today they will almost certainly tell you that most of their friends are dancers. They can probably tell you what club they started with and most will tell you when they served as an officer...
By host on 3/28/2012 2:12 PM
 Jet... et al,

Since retirement, we have often found ourselves waving hands high into the sky declaring, “we’ll help, what do you need???” Well, our naivety soon led us into a working world of volunteerism. We would ask each other, “hey, what happened to retirement?” Where have the golf clubs and snow skis gone? What about all those yet to board cruises to far away shores littered with bikini clad hotties? What about lazing with a book in one hand and a fishing pole in the other? HEY! Where have all these “golden age” things gone? Volunteering isn’t on the cover of AARP magazine...yawning is!

So...after finding ourselves plugged into all sorts of service organizations and waving our hands so very high, Ade offered a few suggestions to avoid responsibilities. She said, “the next time we attend a meeting and they ask for volunteers...sit on your hands.” “Keep them tucked deep beneath your ass, warm and away from peering not bring them up for anything.” “Sit on them, surely someone else will feel guilty and uneasy...causing them to wave the hand of help.” Thanks to Ade’s suggestion, avoidance has become a bit of a virtue for us.

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