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October 16th, 2017

PSDC Annual Elections are Coming Up!

The Portland Swing Dance Club is run by a Board of Directors, which is made up of annually-elected volunteers who help foster the health and growth of West Coast Swing in Portland by organizing and coordinating PSDC dances and events.

We’d like to thank the following people for serving on the Board of Directors for 2017:

President
Larry Sanders
Vice President
Richard Greco
Secretary
Gwen Francy
Treasurer
Bob White
Events Director
Tim O’Brien
Dances Director
Carole Duttlinger
Membership Director
Sue Chinn
Promotions Director
Karen Greco
Facilities Director
Deb Hope, then Jon Johansen
Newsletter Editor
Sue Gray, then Kim Martin

In the last months of 2017, the PSDC members will be electing the Board of Directors for 2018. This is an important process for maintaining the integrity of the PSDC and its status as a registered Oregon nonprofit corporation with members.

Please watch this news page, your email, and our Facebook page for more information on the elections process and what your role as a PSDC member will be in those elections. We thank you for your support!

Please contact Sue Chinn if you are interested in running for the 2018 Board of Directors.


October 3rd, 2017

Please Complete the BridgeTown Swing 2017 Event Evaluation by 10/21

The BTS Committee needs your feedback on BridgeTown Swing 2017 to help us plan next year’s convention!

If you attended any portion of BridgeTown Swing 2017, please take a moment to fill out the event survey linked here: BTS 2017 Event Evaluation

Thank you in advance for completing this short but helpful questionnaire!

It will close for input at the end of the day on 10/21.


September 15th, 2017

Space Still Available for Winter Westie Weekend Oct. 14-15 with Soleman & Angei!

Winter Westie Weekend 2017 – workshops on October 14th and 15th with Soleman & Angei!

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Join our guest instructors from the Seattle area Soleman Krebs and Angei Kostoff for some great workshops on Saturday and Sunday, plus social dancing at our 2nd Saturday dance!

Location: Sunnyside Grange, 13130 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR

Weekend Cost: $40 for PSDC members and affiliate club members who pre-register (or $50 at the door if space allows); $60 for non-members.

Space is limited, so pre-register before it fills up!

Click here for more details and to pre-register.


September 15th, 2017

BridgeTown Swing 2017 is almost here! The last day to pre-register is Monday 9/18.

BridgeTown Swing 2017 is so close! Join us Sept. 21-24 for another amazing weekend of workshops, competitions, and social dancing at the beautiful Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Weekend passes include all social dancing and workshops from Thursday through Sunday!

  • Adult Weekend Pass: $150
  • Junior Weekend Pass: $60 (17 & under)

Seating will be general admission. All competitors must have a full weekend pass.

The last day to pre-register is Monday 9/18, but we will also have passes available at the above prices at the door.

Additionally, we will have day and evening passes available at the door.

  • Thursday night lesson/dance: PSDC members $5, general public $10
  • Friday all-day pass (1p Friday through 7a Saturday): $55
  • Friday evening pass (8p Friday through 7a Saturday): $25
  • Saturday all-day pass (10a Saturday through 7a Sunday): $55
  • Saturday evening pass (7p Saturday through 7a Sunday): $25
  • Sunday all-day pass (9:30a Sunday through 5p Sunday): $40
  • Sunday spectator/dance pass (1p Sunday through 5p Sunday): $25

All of our competitions, pro staff, and schedules are up on our website. We hope you join us for an amazing time!

See BTS details and registration »


September 5th, 2017

PSDC Participates in International West Coast Swing Flashmob

Twenty-two West Coast Swing dancers, most of whom are PSDC members, showed up on Sept. 2, 2017 at Director Park in downtown Portland to participate in the International West Coast Swing Flashmob 2017 which took place all over the world.

Check out Portland’s official video by Richard Greco on YouTube and all of our photos on Facebook.

Portland’s KGW Channel 8 was even there to cover the event!

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August 21st, 2017

Volunteer Opportunity: Nominations Committee Needed for Upcoming Elections

Have you wanted to give back to the WCS community but don’t have time for the full year commitment of a position on the PSDC board? We do have some short term positions!

In August, the club President appoints a Nominations Chairperson, and the Nominations Chairperson then selects at least two other club members to make up the Nominations Committee.

The Nominations Committee shall:

  • Promote member participation in our annual elections by encouraging members to both run for office and vote;
  • Present the duties and responsibilities of the elected offices to the membership, and verify the eligibility and acceptance of all nominees;
  • Present the list of nominees to the club members, and accept nominations from the floor for all positions at the scheduled October PSDC Club Dance (nominations will then be closed);
  • Become the Tellers’ Committee, which issues the ballots in advance and then collects and tabulates all votes at the Annual Membership Meeting in November (at least two members of the Tellers’ Committee must be present when opening and counting ballots).

While this committee plays a vital role in protecting the integrity of our nominations and elections processes, it is not a large commitment and only lasts a few months.

If you are interested in serving on the Nominations Committee, please contact President Larry Sanders at president@portlandswing.org (or use this link).


August 18th, 2017

Our 2017/2018 Progressive J&J Series is in Full Swing!

Our 2nd year of progressive Jack & Jills is underway with 4 different divisions (Newcomer, Novice, Int/Adv, and Masters), and contests are generally scheduled monthly at Sunnyside.

We are keeping them short and sweet so there is still plenty of time for social dancing.

See the link below for all the details, including the schedule and division descriptions!

About Our Jack & Jills


August 16th, 2017

Sign Up Now for Winter Westie Weekend 2017 with Soleman & Angei!

Winter Westie Weekend 2017 – workshops on October 14th and 15th with Soleman & Angei!

Join our guest instructors from the Seattle area Soleman Krebs and Angei Kostoff for some great workshops on Saturday and Sunday, plus social dancing at our 2nd Saturday dance!

Location: Sunnyside Grange, 13130 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR

Weekend Cost: $40 for PSDC members and affiliate club members who pre-register (or $50 at the door if space allows); $60 for non-members.

Space is limited, so register before it fills up!

Click here for more details and to register.


August 14th, 2017

BridgeTown 2017 Competition Rules Are Posted!

Are you competing at BridgeTown Swing 2017? We’ve posted the updated competition rules for your reference. We proudly continue to be de-gendered in all divisions!

If you would like to be considered for the Northwest Regional Award (a special award for Newcomer, Novice, and Intermediate dancers with the most points earned at this year’s BTS), please carefully read its rules to be certain you can qualify for it.

Just be sure you have a full weekend pass so you are eligible to participate in all the fun competitions. Early bird pass prices are available through 9/1, and then the cost goes up, so register now!

Download BridgeTown Swing 2017 Competition Rules PDF »


June 29th, 2017

Sign Up Now For Hot August Night 2017 – workshops on August 12th with Joy Davina!

Join guest instructor
Joy Davina for an afternoon of great workshops followed by social dancing at our 2nd Saturday dance!
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Location: Sunnyside Grange, 13130 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR

The cost for PSDC members is only $30 if you pre-register; it’s still a bargain for non-members at $50. Space is limited, so register before we fill up!

Click here to register and for more details.

June 12th, 2017

BridgeTown Swing 2017 Early-Bird Registration is OPEN!

BridgeTown Swing 2017 is rapidly approaching! Join us Sept. 21-24 for another fantastic weekend of workshops, competitions, and social dancing at the beautiful Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Early-Bird weekend passes are available at the reduced price of $125 through 9/1. After 9/1 it goes up to $150, so buy your pass soon!

All Stars, act fast! Through 9/1 the All Star weekend pass will only cost $80, after which it goes up to the regular price of $150.

We also have a special Junior (age 17 & under) weekend pass rate for just $60.

All of our comps, pro staff, and registration details are up on our website. There is even a preliminary schedule outline posted to assist with your travel plans. We hope you will join us for BTS 2017!

See BTS details and registration »


June 8th, 2017

Members Invited to Attend PSDC Board of Directors Meetings

Current PSDC members are always welcome to attend the club’s Board of Directors meetings, which are generally held monthly right before one of our Saturday dances (often on the 2nd Saturday at Sunnyside Grange). As part of our ongoing transparency initiative, we will now be including the upcoming meeting information with a link to the meeting’s agenda on our calendar page so you can easily see when the next meeting is and what topics we will cover.

“All Board of Directors meetings may be attended by any member of the PSDC in good standing, however only members of the Board of Directors shall make motions, second motions, or vote on motions.” (PSDC Bylaws Paragraph 8.07)

This is your club, so we need and value your input!


April 11th, 2017

Sign Up Now For Spring Swing – Workshops With Marcus Sterling on May 13

The Portland Swing Dance Club presents…
Spring Swing 2017 with Marcus Sterling
!

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Saturday May 13th – Don’t Miss Our PSDC Special Event!

Marcus Sterling will be our guest instructor Saturday, May 13th, for an afternoon of workshops, an evening of social dancing and an all-levels Jack-and-Jill competition.

The cost for PSDC members is only $30 if you pre-register; it’s still a bargain for non-members at $50. Space is limited, so register before we fill up! Click here for more details and to register.

Location
Sunnyside Grange
13130 SE Sunnyside Rd.
Clackamas, OR 97015

 


April 10th, 2017

Spring Workshop Day Coming Soon

Marcus Sterling will be our guest instructor on Saturday, May 13th, for an afternoon of workshops, an evening of social dancing and an all-levels Jack & Jill competition ($100 cash prize), so mark your calendars!

Date: Saturday, May 13th
Location: Sunnyside Grange, 13130 SE Sunnyside Road Clackamas OR 97015

Registration/Questions: Contact our PSDC Events Director at event@portlandswing.org to reserve your spot or if you have questions. An online registration link will be coming soon!


April 10th, 2017

Special Guest Instructors Ben McHenry and Cameo Cross Coming Soon!

Ben McHenry and Cameo Cross will be teaching the intermediate lesson at the PSDC Fourth Saturday Swing dance on April 22nd at Norse Hall. Come take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to learn West Coast Swing from two of the top swing dancers in the US. See our calendar for more details.


October 8th, 2016

Winter Westie Weekend 2016: Tickets On Sale NOW!

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Full schedule details can be found here: http://www.portlandswing.org/www2016/ 

Online Ticket sales are open to PSDC Members ONLY until Nov. 12th at the special early bird rate of only $55 for the entire weekend (Includes all 7 workshops and both dances!).


August 9th, 2016

Myles and Tessa’s Swing Literacy Development Method Training & Certification at BridgeTown Swing 2016

Teacher Training: Swing Literacy Development Method “Teaching Lab”
Are you already a WCS teacher or aspiring to be one?
Do you care to give your students a better learning experience?
Do ever feel “there must be a better way”?

Bridgetown Swing is proud to offer the SLDM Teaching Lab at this year’s event!

It is Part 2 of the SLDM Program (see below), open to anyone who has completed Part 1: Theory Module. To qualify for the Teaching Lab at Bridgetown, you must complete the Theory Module before Sept 22.

About the SLDM Teacher Education Program
A 3-part, comprehensive training program that is quickly becoming the gold standard of teaching WCS. Using the skill development approach universal to sports, the SLDM provides an organic, progressive syllabus that flips the traditional WCS teaching model upside down.

This is a game changer: New teachers build a solid and authentic foundation that will set them ahead of the game. Experienced teachers jubilantly renovate their programs and enjoy exponentially higher returns. Dancers achieve a deeper level of WCS competency, fun, and addiction.

The SLDM consists of 3 parts:
Part 1: Theory Module: 15-hour interactive online course: work at your own pace
Part 2: Teaching Lab: Access to regular live SLDM Teaching Labs
Part 3: Teaching Practicum: Guided assignments, like personal coaching on your teaching

More information and registration at www.swingliteracy.com


February 16th, 2016

Spring Swing 2016 with Kyle Redd and Sarah Vann Drake

Tickets and information for the event can be found here http://www.portlandswing.org/springswing2016/


November 29th, 2015

Winter Westie Weekend Details

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Please check out http://www.portlandswing.org/www2015/ for full details and to purchase your ticket today!


November 29th, 2015

PSDC 2015 Election Results

Results of 2015 PSDC Election

100% Reporting. Results Certified 11/28/15 by  Tellers’ Committee (E. Beanland, C. Titus, J. Beyerl)

25% Voter turnout (55 ballots cast of 221 eligible voters)

Results (Winner in bold)

President

Joe Broderick – 54 (98%)

Write-In – None

Vice President

Larry Sanders – 52 (95%)

Write-In – None

Secretary

Richard Greco – 55 (100%)

Treasurer

Bob White – 55 (100%)

Membership Director

Deb Hope – 55 (100%)

Dance Director

No Candidate Filed

Write-In

Babak Shakeri, Tim O’Brien, Glenna Cooke, Jimmy Ho, Victor Nolan, and Nomer Dumanon, all received a single write in vote.

Marketing and Promotions

Karen Greco – 55 (100%)

Event Director

Shana O’Brien – 54 (98%)

Facilities Director

Write-In:

Jennie Beyerl – 2 (4%)

Nomer Dumanon – 1 (2%)

Note: Ted Macy received 2 write in votes (4%) but the votes are disallowed per bylaw 3.07

Newsletter Editor and Historian

Kristy Brehm – 54 (98%)

 


October 29th, 2015

PSDC BOD 2016 Candidates

Thanks to the following candidates running for the PSDC 2016 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. (more…)


September 27th, 2015

Bridgetown Swing Event Evaluation!

If you attended Bridgetown Swing 2015 please take a moment to fill out the event survey.

 

Thank you!

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BTS_2015_WP


September 5th, 2015

BridgeTown 2015 Competition Rules Posted

Are you competing at BridgeTown Swing 2015? We’ve posted the competition rules for your reference. Be sure to you have a weekend pass so you are eligible to participate in all the great competitions!

Download BridgeTown Swing 2015 Competition Rules PDF »


July 28th, 2015

Winter Westie Tickets On Sale Now!

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Please check out http://www.portlandswing.org/www2015/ for full details and to purchase your ticket today!


November 23rd, 2014

PSDC 2014 Election Results

Results of 2014 PSDC Election

100% Reporting. Results Certified 11/22/14 by  Tellers’ Committee (D. Lim, J. Lim, G. Krolicki)

37% Voter turnout (88 ballots cast of 235 eligible voters)

Results (Winner in bold)

President

Joe Broderick – 76 (99%)

Write-In

Larry Sanders – 1 (1%)

Vice President

Kristy Brehm – 54 (64%)

Glenna Cooke – 30 (36%)

Secretary

Emerald Beanland – 78 (99%)

Write-In

Rhonda Shotts – 1 (1%)

Treasurer

Carla Titus – 76 (99%)

Write-In

Michael Terry – 1 (1%)

Membership Director

Nomer Dumanon – 79 (100%)

Dance Director

Chris On – 75 (99%)

Write-In

Gwen Francy – 1 (1%)

Marketing and Promotions

Donna Heyting – 80 (100%)

Event Director

Richard Titus – 75 (100%)

Facilities Director

Ted Macy – 75 (98%)

Write-In

Peter Bailey – 1 (1%)

Carlie Price – 1 (1%)

Newsletter Editor and Historian

Rosiee Thormahlen – 76 (100%)


 

Proposed Bylaw Revisions

Proposed Revision and Amendment to Article 3: Elected Officers and Board of Directors:

1) Article 3, Section 3.07 shall be added to the bylaws and read as follows:

3.07 Any Board of Director member who resigns during his or her term shall not be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors during the year following his or her resignation.

Yes – 57 (72%)

No – 22 (28%)

Proposed Revision and Amendment to Article 11 Compensations or Recompense:

Article 11, Section 11.03 shall be revised and read as follows:

11.03 If the reimbursement for services or expenses is to a member of the Board of Directors or a Committee, that member shall not be allowed to vote on its
approval.

Yes – 75 (96%)

No – 3 (4%)

Article 11, Section 11.04 shall be added to the bylaws and read as follows:

11.04 No Board of Directors or Committee Member may receive from PSDC or BridgeTown Swing monetary compensation exceeding $500.00 per annum during the term in which they serve.

Yes – 60 (78%)

No – 17 (22%)

Proposed Amendments and/or Revisions to Article 6

Article 6, Section 6.06 shall be revised and read as follows:

6.06 As of January 1, 2014, annual memberships extend for 12 months from the last day of the member’s initial membership month. Any member who does not renew his/her membership by the last day of their original membership month will be considered past due. However a one (1) month grace period will be allowed before a member loses his/her privileges and “good standing”. For example, if a person joins the PSDC in March their membership expires as of the last day of March of the next year. The one month grace period would extend through the last day of April of that year. If a member rejoins after the grace period, he/she is considered a “new” member, effective on the date of acceptance of the member’s application and dues and the membership will run for 12 months from the new date. The member may retain his/her old membership number if he/she renews within the grace period, but this is a courtesy and does not reflect continuous membership, nor does it ensure eligibility to run for office. Any loss of membership due to unusual circumstances or through no fault of the member shall be brought before the Board of Directors for consideration at their next meeting.

Yes – 60 (90%)

No – 7 (10%)

Article 6, Section 6.08 shall be added to the bylaws and read as follows:

6.08 No form of harassment will be tolerated; therefore, any person may be denied entry to, or expelled from, a PSDC function or event for behavior that is considered harassment. Harassment is to create an unpleasant or hostile atmosphere or situation especially by threatening, uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct.

Yes – 63 (93%)

No – 5 (7%)

 


November 10th, 2014

Swing Blizzard is Coming with Kyle and Sarah!

The Portland Swing Dance Club presents Swing Blizzard Workshops with US Open Champions Kyle and Sarah on January 9-11, 2015!

Get the early-bird discount pricing until November 30th!


October 28th, 2014

Proposed Changes to PSDC Bylaws

The revisions proposed below were passed by two-thirds majority of the board of directors, as stipulated in the PSDC bylaws. The revisions will be voted on by the membership at the annual meeting during the November Fourth Saturday Swing on November 22, 2014. (more…)


October 27th, 2014

PSDC 2015 Board of Director Candidates

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. (more…)


October 15th, 2014

Join the PSDC 2015 Board of Directors

The PSDC’s purpose is to promote West Coast Swing dancing and to provide for its preservation, perfection, growth and development in the community and elsewhere.

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Consider joining the 2015 board of directors to invest your talents, attitude, and energy toward the future of the Portland Swing Dance Club. We’re looking for self-motivated leaders to cultivate our community and host exciting events to continue the mission of the PSDC!

If you’re a recent college graduate or current college student, joining the board can give you volunteer experience in an area related to your upcoming career! This will get you a reference to stand out among other job applicants as well as experience in a team environment to develop your skills.

At the same time, if you’re looking for a different career, consider looking at the positions to find an area where you could learn new skills toward your next career. Or you could use skills that you don’t get to exercise in your current job to benefit the club.

A social dance is a 3-4 minute conversation, but to get to know your fellow dancers better, deepen relationships with your dance community by volunteering alongside and serving. If you’ve been looking to connect or find like-minded people for life-long friends, serving can help you connect with friendly dancers in our club.

With all that mind, here are the positions for the PSDC board of directors:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Director
  • Dance Director
  • Facilities Director
  • Promotions Director
  • Events Director
  • Newsletter Editor

If the board of directors positions are too much of a commitment in this season of your life, don’t dismiss the power of volunteering in a smaller capacity. The PSDC is run by volunteers, so please feel free to contact the board of directors if you have a little time and a lot of positive attitude to bring to the PSDC.

Feel free to contact me, the nominations chair, for questions or consideration as a PSDC 2015 board of directors candidate.

David Lim
PSDC 2014 Nominations Chair
PSDC 2006-2007 President
PSDC 2004 Newsletter Editor
PSDC Webmaster


August 28th, 2014

BTS Early Registration Ends After Labor Day!

Be sure to get your BridgeTown Swing tickets before the Labor Day holiday ends! You can buy tickets online anytime before prices go up next Tuesday!


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