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~ Past Presidents ~

~ LKING BACK ~
by Jan Meyer & Dennis Farrar

On October 18, 1988, the association started with a meeting of six clubs in the home of Bob & Jan Meyer. With the hope that it would be the beginning a regular communication between clubs in order to facilitate scheduling of special events, and help clubs with problems.

Those in attendance were:

Jan Meyer was appointed to take notes at the first meeting, and was our first Secretary.

The name, "Westside Square Dance Association" was originally being considered as the name because the organizers couldn't vision that they could get larger than the West Phoenix area. However, after overwhelming interest of the square dance community, the first By-laws were adopted February 11, 1989 under the name of the "Maricopa County Square Dance Association". The first officers were Roy Childress, President; Jim Carter, Vice President' Jan Meyer, Secretary; and John Arnold, Treasurer. Tom Scott Cowling designed the association logo. We still are still using the same design, except to reflect the name Grand Canyon Square Dance Association, which is due to clubs outside Maricopa County wanting to get involved. We became the GCSDA in November 1992.

The Purpose of the association was to:
Promote Square Dancing (advertising)  - Organizing demonstration etc. to improve efficiency - Sponsor Westside beginner dances to keep students dancing - Help troubled clubs - Share club operational ideas - Become active in community affairs - Sponsor area special events (square dance festivals) - Sponsor area social non-square dancing events - Re-start square dancing at the state fair - Obtaining group insurance rates for square dancers -0 Create a calendar of events for all area festivals, regular dances and special dances.

In the early days of the association, it was believed that support of the existing clubs and their dance schedules was utmost in importance. To raise funds to get stared one dance was held with Chris Vear as the caller, but after that a Spring Picnic with Phoenix area callers donating their time and a fall Roundup dance were the only two activities necessary to support the financial needs for the organization.

Over the years work was one with national organization of Legacy to help clubs in their organizational challenges. Contacts were made with the Tucson OPSDA (now SARDASA) group to try to unite the state efforts to create square dancing as the Arizona state dance. This effort was accomplished with the proclamation signed by then Governor, Rose Mofford, making Square Dancing the Arizona State dance in 1990.

The GCSDA has been a member of the United Square Dancers of America (USDA) since 1988, and supports our youth dancers by being "Frog Friendly". GCSDA has also sponsored, along with the Central Arizona Callers Association (CACA) the annual 24hour Labor of Love Dance-a-Thon for the benefit of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The GCSDA has evolved from its' being into what is known as "cyberspace" with its own Webpage through the efforts of Dennis Farrar.

Thanks to all who stepped up to contribute over these past years. A special thanks to all the dancers who have supported us. The GCSDA would not even exist if it were not for your support and belief.

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~ PAST PRESIDENTS ~
Name
Term
  Name
Term
      Dan Huggett 2003 - 2005
Maggie Russell-Navarro 2013 - Present   Maggie Russell-Navarro 2002 - 2003
John Eaton 2012 - 2013   Wayne See 2001 - 2002
Barb Haines 2010 - 2012   Maggie Russell-Navarro 1999 - 2001
Michael Doane 2009 - 2009   Nancy Kamber 1997 - 1999
Terry Paxton 2008 - 2009   Deá Leon 1994 - 1997
Charley Barber 2007 - 2008   Lyle Morrow (deceased) 1992 - 1994
Senda Casada 2007 - 2007   Jim Carter (deceased) 1990 - 1991
Colleen Centner 2005 - 2007   Roy Childress (deceased) 1988 - 1989

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