Thanks to the following candidates for the PSDC 2015 Board of Directors. They are volunteering for vital positions to lead the Portland Swing Dance Club and continue to foster the growth of West Coast Swing in the Northwest.
Candidate for President
My name is Joe Broderick, and many of you have known me since I was a teen, when I first began attending PSDC dances 12 years ago. Growing up in the Portland WCS community I have witnessed both the ups and downs of our beloved swing dance club. Our club has been to the brink of bankruptcy and back, seen memberships highs of 450, to the lows of the 200’s, which we currently stand. This year was my first as a PSDC Board Member and I have been able to witness and learn what has and has not worked in fostering a successful and thriving WCS club. Our club is at a crossroads, and changes must be made to drive our membership back to a healthy level, increase transparency in our club and once again provide a fun and welcoming place that all ages & skill levels can come enjoy. As many of you know I have assembled a like-minded group of individuals to run together to affect positive change and growth on our club and community at large. We have high expectations and ambitious plans for next year and hope you all will join us! Thank you.
Community. Unity. Growth.
Candidate for Vice President
My name is Kristy Brehm. Over the past eight years, I’ve built a reputation and record of ethical service, responsive leadership, and meticulous financial responsibility in a variety of roles including: PSDC’s President (2009-11), Membership Director (2013), BridgeTown Swing Committee Member (2009-present), and Newsletter Editor (2008). When I first became President, our club had just come through several years of lackluster growth and diminished financial oversight. With the help of a stellar board, whose mission was responsible service to the membership before everything else, we conducted club business using a consensus model of leadership and communication. The results were powerful. We were able to retire the BridgeTown debt we’d inherited, create a “new” user-friendly BridgeTown that paid for itself, and institute rigorous 21st Century record-keeping procedures for all meetings and expenditures. I am also proud to say that we doubled our membership numbers (420+) to the highest level in club history! I am honored to support this slate and Joe Broderick’s Presidency by serving our club as Vice-President. It is very exciting to serve on a Board that simultaneously honors our past achievements, yet is dedicated to positive, dynamic, inclusive change. Community. Unity. Growth.
Candidate for Vice President
As the current Vice President it’s been my pleasure to serve on the 2014 PSDC Boards of Directors. This year I have placed my focus on our members by planning activities such as the summer picnic, potluck dinners, by reducing the dance admission price and by developing a curriculum for beginning level lessons at each dance. One of my goals for this year was to update our by-laws by adding definitions and clarification.
I believe in involving our members in the functions which is the reason many of you have received calls from me asking you to volunteer a little time to take admissions at the dances or to bring potluck food items. I have enjoyed donating my time and energy to PSDC and I will continue to encourage other members to do the same so the Portland Swing Dance Club will be the PREMIER West Coast Swing club in Oregon.
I look forward to making Portland Swing Dance Club dances vibrant and exciting for all of our members. I truly appreciate your trust and confidence in me and I hope you will give me your vote for Vice President in 2015.
Candidate for Secretary
My name is Emerald Beanland, and I am running for PSDC secretary. When I’m not dancing or waiting on my cat hand and foot, I manage a team of attorneys and researchers for a tax consulting company. This past year, I have also served on the PSDC board as the promotions director. I am running for the board again because I believe it’s important that we create and sustain a welcoming community. The PSDC should take the lead in creating an environment where all dancers are welcomed, encouraged, and celebrated. This way, we can grow a healthy and unified community that will keep Portland dancing (and, yes, keep it weird too) for years to come.
Candidate for Treasurer
I am an experienced corporate financial analyst that would like to give back to my beloved WCS community by providing accurate and transparent record keeping. Accountability, transparency and open channels of communication will help improve our swing community and address the needs of the members. Being treasurer allows me to creatively express myself while meeting great people that share that same passion.
Community. Unity. Growth.
Candidate for Membership Director
My name is Nomer Dumanon, and I am running to be your Membership Director. I have been a part of the swing dance community since 2010, so I am not as seasoned as others on the election slate, but that allows me to see things from a fresh perspective. While I feel that we have one of the most exciting, inviting communities in swing dance, there is great potential in making it an even more dynamic scene. My goal is to increase the membership to include those that share the love of dance to the Portland Swing Dance Club. One concept is important to remember: you, the members, fund all dances and workshop weekends and special events such as our summer barbeque. Because of this, sustaining a healthy membership base is imperative in keeping these events happening, which help our dancers grow in their dancing and socially. I would be honored to serve the members of the club to help foster community, unity and growth.
Candidate for Marketing and Promotions Director
In early 2013, my husband and I stayed temporarily in Portland. During this time, we had fun dancing and meeting people and joined PSDC. That short stay convinced us that Portland should be our new home for retirement, after living in Klamath Falls for many years. We moved here in September 2013. In January 2014 I was given the opportunity to run for Events Director, a vacant board position. Since my election I have spent many happy hours providing service to the club: hosting Manny for our workshop, planning and decorating for PDF, planning and preparing food for our picnic and luau, and helping at dances (including providing food, decorating and help with clean-up). As the Promotions Director, I will bring to the board my dedication to serve, time, a willingness to learn, a desire to represent the club members, past experience serving on non-profit boards, and my cooking/baking skills. For myself, I can’t imagine another hobby that provides the fun, exercise, social interaction and joy to enrich my retirement.
Candidate for Dance Director
My name is Chris On. I am a passionate individual that loves to dance. Although I haven’t been dancing as long as other people in the club, I have been to a lot of the weekly dances.
I want to contribute my time and energy into the club as a board member to drive changes and foster the club. I believe that I will bring a fresh perspective and drive into the club that will push it forward.
Dancing is my ‘nothing box’. That’s one of the reason why I love it so much. It is a time where I can walk onto the dance floor and drop everything from the outside world and dance. It is challenging as well as rewarding to progress into the dance.
Community. Unity. Growth
Candidate for Events Director
My name is Richard Titus. I’ve been in the WCS community for about four years now. When I joined this WCS community, I was greeted with open arms by many of the people that are now some of my closest friends. It is because of this that I want to join the board as the Event Director so I can bring the community closer together. My straight forward attitude is one of the things that make me a very trusting and honest person. I don’t hide my opinions and if I feel something would hurt our community, then I will do whatever I can to fix the issue. I’ve grown to love the WCS community and all the things that it provides to the people in it. I only hope to make it a better place for everyone if I get the chance to be on the board. Community. Unity. Growth.
Candidate for Facilities Director
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Candidate for Newsletter Editor and Historian
My name is Rosiee Thormahlen and I have been a part of the Portland West Coast Swing community for over three years. In just a short time, WCS has become and integral part of my life and the PSDC has played an important role in growing my love for this dance we all share. My two loves in life have always been dance and writing. I hope to combine those two as Newsletter Editor for the PSDC. My editorial history spans over 7 years, and I have written and edited work across all subject lines. Through the Newsletter Editor position in the PSDC, I hope to foster the joy that comes from dancing and spread the sense of community that we have built to both current members of the PSDC and those who have not yet discovered WCS. I am excited to work alongside the other dedicated, and motivated nominees to continue to build and nurture Portland dancing. Community. Unity. Growth.