The Portland Swing Dance Club presents Swing Blizzard Workshops with US Open Champions Kyle and Sarah on January 9-11, 2015!
The Portland Swing Dance Club presents Swing Blizzard Workshops with US Open Champions Kyle and Sarah on January 9-11, 2015!
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.
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.
Proposed Revision and Amendment to Article 11 Compensations or Recompense:
Article 11, Section 11.03 currently reads:
11.03 If the reimbursement for services or expenses is to a member of the Board of Directors, that member shall not be allowed to vote on its approval.
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
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.
Proposed Amendments and/or Revisions to Article 6
Article 6, Section 6.06 currently reads:
6.06 Any member who does not renew his/her membership by January 1st is considered past due. However a one (1) month grace period will be allowed before a member loses his/her privileges and “good standing”. 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. The new member may retain his/her old membership number if he/she renews within the current year, 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 at no fault of the member shall be brought before the Board of Directors for approval at their next meeting.
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.
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.
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
No statement provided.
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.
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.
Excerpt from Portland Swing Dance Club’s bylaws
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:
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.
PSDC 2014 Nominations Chair
PSDC 2006-2007 President
PSDC 2004 Newsletter Editor
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!
The Sesame Dance Club has Jenica and Eric Zimmer teaching and dancing West Coast Swing at Sesame dance on April 18, 2014. Their one hour West Coast Swing lesson starts at 7:30 pm at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Avenue, Portland OR. General social dancing starts at 8:30 pm. Their performance is at 9:45 pm. There will be plenty of West Coast Swing music during the evening.
Join the Portland Swing Dance Club for a workshop weekend with Manny Viarrial on March 8th and 9th! Schedule, pricing, and online registration»
Bridge Town Swing is less than a month away! See the preliminary schedule and plan out your fun weekend!
As is our custom, the Portland Swing Dance Club is sponsoring the Swing Room at the Portland Dance Festival. This year’s overall theme is “Down on the Farm” and the Swing Room will be going for a funky, vintage Barn Dance theme.
Thursday, July 11th @ 6pm
What we already have:
Items we need:
Think a big enough scale to make an impact because too many tiny objects just look like junk, while items big enough to notice look like a well-decorated set.
Please contact Kristy Brehm if you able to help out.
Sizzling Summer Swing is this weekend! Portland Swing Dance Club is sponsoring US Open Champion Nicholas King for a weekend of Workshops and dancing!
Start with a great foundation to one of the most versatile and exciting social dance styles with PSDC’s newcomer workshops. We have five workshops, a practice session, and a dance to introduce you to west coast swing. Give your spring a swing!
The Portland Swing Dance Club presents Swing Blizzard Workshops with US Open Champion and Hall of Famer Barry Jones January 12th & 13th, 2013! Join us for a weekend of workshops and our Second Saturday Swing!
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all competitors for a fun and exciting show.
Want to register in advance for your competitions? If you have already purchased your three-day event pass, you may also pay for your competitions online by September 13th. We are only accepting cash and checks at the event, so this is the way to go if you prefer to use a credit/debit card.
Plan to stop by the contest registration desk to pick up your bib number before 6pm on Friday or get it at your first contestants’ meeting of the weekend, and remember to attend all applicable contestants’ meetings.
Competitors must have a weekend pass. No exceptions.
Are you planning to compete at BridgeTown Swing? We’ve posted the 2012 competition rules for your reference. Be sure to buy your weekend pass so you are eligible to participate in all the great competitions, including the new 3-For-All Strictly Swing!
BridgeTown Swing is less than three months away! Join us for another fantastic weekend of workshops, competitions, and social dancing in a new location, the Red Lion on the River in Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon — the beautiful ballroom overlooks the Columbia River!
Have you signed up to sizzle up your swing next weekend? Join us for a special weekend with Samantha Buckwalter for workshops and dancing!
April 27th & 28th – Come learn the most versatile and dynamic partner dance at the Portland Swing Dance Club’s newcomer workshops. We’ve got a great weekend planned to get you up and dancing in no time.
The new Jan/Feb 2012 PSDC newsletter has been completed and ready for your reading enjoyment!
This is the first newsletter in nearly 2 years, so we have included articles covering board activities for the past year. You will also see some familiar features of past newsletters as well as new articles and information. Also included in this first issue is a color pictorial of last year’s PSDC events and dances.
Start 2012 with a blizzard of dancing and workshops January 28 and 29th with our guests Nick Jay and Joanna Meinl!
Already planning your outfit for competitions at Bridge Town Swing? If you want to pay by credit card, please pre-register for your competitions online before September 23!
Start planning your awesome weekend at Bridge Town Swing with the preliminary event schedule!
We’re only three months away from the biggest WCS party in Portland! Bridge Town Swing is bringing in top talent to teach workshops, showcase inspirational competition dancing, and take your dancing to the next level. Make sure to reserve your spot and don’t miss out dancing with the stars of Bridge Town Swing!
PSDC invites champion Patty Vo to Portland, June 11th and 12th, for ladies styling, movement, and technique workshops with champion Patty Vo! Guys are welcome too!
For Friday and Saturday, March 25th & 26th, 2011, the Portland Swing Dance Club is hosting its annual Newcomers’ West Coast Swing Workshops! Join us for a value-packed weekend introducing one of the most exciting modern swing styles.
Conveniently pay for Swing Blizzard 2011 and PSDC membership online! It’ll save you from bringing out your checkbook and get your spot at the weekend with Ben and Patty.
Mark your calendars for the weekend of January 22nd and 23rd for Swing Blizzard 2011 with Ben Morris and Patty Vo!
Seattle Swing Dance Club is hosting Christopher Hussey for a series of workshops and private lessons this weekend.
Dear PSDC members,
It’s a wonderful thing to have lots of members—342 as I write this—but such large numbers mean that many of you are “occasional attenders” rather than “regulars.” What’s great about that, in my mind, is that a much wider variety of people with lives full of many interesting hobbies and passions are trying West Coast Swing and including PSDC dances in their weekend plans. We’re getting many newcomers and beginners which is what any dance community needs to thrive. However, the downside, of course, is that it is harder to get to know each of you as individuals (something that has always been my favorite part this club) and it is a challenge to draw you into seeing club membership as an opportunity to contribute a little bit of your time to help at the door, provide refreshments, take photos, work on a committee, volunteer for BridgeTown or Swing Blizzard, attend monthly Board meetings, or serve on the Board, etc. These things also need to happen if we are to continue to thrive. It also means that sometimes many of you are not aware of how and why some things at PSDC happen the way that they do. Keeping so many new (and seasoned) members up to speed on PSDC’s history and encouraging them to be a part of creating its future is a bit like wrangling cats! On the face of it, that’s OK, because, from the Board’s point of view, setting the stage so that members regularly enjoy themselves at a dance with few to no noticeable problems is our number one priority. However, when something isn’t going smoothly, it might be helpful share some nuts and bolts with you so you know what happened or why the Club operates as it does.
One of those “not-so-smooth” times occurred at the 4th Saturday dance in September at Norse Hall. PSDC has an agreement with Norse Hall to rent the “best available space” for around $335 a month. We usually get the downstairs for that price plus $50 for the bar which is a bargain for a venue that size, BUT the Norse Hall does have the option to bump us to the Lodge Room upstairs if they need the first floor for Grieg Lodge activities or a singular event such as a wedding reception that allows them to change a MUCH larger rental fee. Norse Hall appreciates our consistent business, but, clearly, being able to book their venue on one of our Saturdays for a high-dollar event helps their bottom line and indirectly helps us if it enables them to continue to offer us the space at our much-lower-than-market-value rate the rest of the year. PSDC agreed with compromise with the stipulation that Ray would let us know via email when we would be moved upstairs so that we could inform the PSDC membership in advance, as we know that some of you will choose not to attend when we are in the Lodge Room. For the most part, this agreement has worked, but, last month, that key piece of information was not conveyed to the Board until we arrived at Norse that evening and saw that the downstairs was full of wedding attendees. The communication breakdown left us scrambling to adjust our dance set-up—my apologies that the beginner’s lesson was held in the anteroom to the ladies’ lounge and that we did not have any fans set up to deal with the heat we usually expect to encounter when we go upstairs—and gave us no time to announce tothe membership that we would be upstairs. We were unhappy about it, and those of you who were also unhappy about it certainly let us know! The Board has also let Ray know that, although we will continue to work with Norse and move upstairs when needed, we MUST be notified well in advance. We believe in the good faith of the folks at Norse Hall, that the lack of timely communication was an unintentional oversight, and that they will do a much better job by us in the future so that we can do a much better job by you. The one upside is that, despite the warm conditions, those who decided to stay had a lot of fun because the intimacy of the room and the openness of the seating make it easier to strike up conversations and grab partners. Call me an optimist—it’s a characteristic of the counseling profession—but I choose to cope with what’s thrown at us, learn what’s needed to improve things in the future, roll with the things I can’t change in the present moment, and enjoy what is working now.
The other venue question or issue that tends to crop up is the big question of “Why Sunnyside?” Some of you love that we have a dance there because it’s close to where you live, is appropriate for all ages, has a large meeting space downstairs, and has a certain down-home, rustic charm and intimacy. Others complain that the place lacks ambiance and is too far out to drive to from where they live. In my 20′s, I spent my weekends clubbing in hip hotspots all over L.A. If you’d asked me then if I’d ever see myself spending a Saturday night at a Grange hallâ€¦but the place has grown on me in direct proportion to how much I have enjoyed the people I’ve met there. Who knew? For those of you who still have your doubts about Sunnyside, the Board is looking at the possibility of a temporary move to an air-conditioned space during the month of August. It was heatstroke hot at the Grange this August, which dropped attendance to an all-time low and brought much misery to those who did show up. We sure don’t want to put you through that again next year. Please keep an eye out for a membership survey or poll as we figure out our options and ask you to weigh in on what we should do on this one. I’d also like to add a real “biggie” to the plus column of our assessment of Sunnyside Grange when it comes to non-profit club economics: the rent on the Sunnyside Grange is cheap, and I mean really cheap, so cheap that 9 out of 10 times we make a modest profit at Sunnyside. That modest profit generally subsidizes our Norse Hall dances so that we stay “in the black” each month. Finally, because neither of these venues is a “studio,” renting space from Sunnyside Grange and Norse Hall helps PSDC remain a neutral supporter of West Coast Swing in Portland. While we sometimes need to rent space from a local studio for smaller events like Swing Blizzard, we generally strive to keep regular club dances in venues that welcome students and teachers from all of the studios and businesses in the greater Portland area dance community. PSDC is lucky to exist in a community that has a large variety of quality dance instruction and we encourage our membership to get out there and find the teacher and location that keeps them learning and fired-up about dancing.
Regular PSDC Board meetings are usually held at either 4:30 or 5pm before the 4th Saturday dance at Norse Hall unless there is a scheduling conflict that necessitates moving the meeting to the same time before the 2nd Saturday dance. Please feel free to attend these meetings and/or to call a Board member to confirm the meeting time. Also, if you would like to be formally added to the Board meeting agenda, please contact the President.
Finally, and I know this has been a long one, elections are upon us again. Please consider serving on the Board in 2011. New energy and bright ideas are always welcome, and, as many of you noticed, we had some vacancies as well as some “dropping of the ball” by members who were either unclear or unable to meet some of the meeting attendance or task responsibilities of their position. Some board positions require more time and commitment than others. All offer the rewards of community, a chance to support dance, and the opportunity to grow. Also, in regards to the Annual meeting, the Board heard you when you said you didn’t want to have the Annual Meeting and Election on Thanksgiving weekend. Please expect to see an important ballot measure asking your to approve changes in the wording of our bylaws that will allow the Board to select a different meeting date and timeline in those years that our 4th Saturday dance does coincide with Thanksgiving, along with candidate descriptions (there is still time for nominations from the floor at our October Norse Hall Dance this coming Saturday) and a ballot in your mail the first week of November. This year, the 4th Saturday dance and meeting is the weekend does fall on Thanksgiving weekend. Please get there early, enjoy some pizza, and know that there will be no lesson that night so that we can get down to business as soon as we reach a quorum. Food, dancing, a meeting, and more dancing— that’s the ticket!
So those were some behind-the-scenes issues that needed to be communicated more clearly. Thank you to those of you who are taking the time to read this epic message. Please know that the Board works to serve the membership and we want to hear from you when things are working and when they are not. See you next week and keep dancing!
2010 President, PSDC
A big thanks to Clark and Mary Wachsmuth for taking photos at Bridge Town Swing. You can see the full gallery of over 600 photos online now!