History of SDCANC

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The Square Dance Callers’ Association of Northern California (SDCANC) was formed February 20, 1949, with 14 charter members. Its initial stated goals were:

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  1. To foster & encourage American Square and Round Dancing.
  2. To encourage use of live callers & music for Square Dancing.
  3. To standardize definitions of calls and terms.
  4. To provide a directory of callers.
  5. To exchange calls & ideas.
  6. To develop new callers.
  7. To provide members an information service covering music, equip. & facilities.
  8. To devise & publish a code of ethics for callers, to which all members of the Association must subscribe.

Membership in the Association grew rapidly – some of our past rosters show well over 100 members, making it difficult to hold meetings of the entire membership. To alleviate this, chapters were formed in outlying areas such as (initially) Monterey Bay, Stockton and Santa Rosa. Over the years, some of these chapters became separate Associations in their own right.

Jack McKay’s statementConcerns arose that the Association was intended to be a union of callers and a commercial enterprise. President Jack McKay wrote publicly in October of 1950 to curb those concerns, saying that “(1) The association is NOT a closed group. It is open to all of those who are genuinely interested in teaching, or calling squares to groups, for pleasure, or for business, or both. (2) The Callers’ Association is NOT a union. We have no set fees, no minimum or maximum charges for calling. Fees, if any, are determined by the individual callers.” He further stated that callers were not paid for participating in Assocation “jamborees,” and that admission charges were used to pay for live musicians, hall rental, and other “simple expenses.” (See picture at left.)

Our scrapbooks show programs from frequent Association “jamborees” through the 1950s and 1960s with live music and up to 15 callers participating. The Association also held weekend “institutes” (what we today would call “seminars”) with instruction by well-known traveling callers of the day.

The scrapbooks also show a history of working together with the Northern California Square Dancers’ Association (NCSDA), with frequent participation by SDCANC members in the annual NCSDA Anniversary celebration and the Golden State Roundup.

While SDCANC membership began to fall off in the 1980s, we still have over 20 members on the roster, including some newer callers still learning their craft. We remain open to anyone who calls or is interested in calling, and our members stand ready to assist anyone who is so interested.

Most of the pictures below are thumbnails; you can see the full-size picture by clicking on the thumbnail. If you hover your mouse over the 1952 Executive Committee, you’ll see a key to the people in the picture.


PAST PRESIDENTS
(Life Members - inactive, except where noted)

1949
McKay, Jack
1950
Bischoff, Erwin
1951
Sankey, Jack
1952
Balch, Jay
1953
Samuels, Ken
1954
Graham, Ruth
1955
Viery, Cliff
1956
Gorhanson, E. V.
1957
Ward, Eugene
1958
Dunn, Mark
1959
Strong, John
1960
Page, Bob
1961
Pyle, Keith
1962
Deas, Bill
1963
Anderson, Don
1964
Cook, Lou
1965
Sparks, Sparky
1966
Shotwell, Don
1967
Black, Don
1968
Dreier, George
1969
Keist, Chuck
1970
Milroy, Ken
1971
Kadish, Joel
1972-3
Ferrario, Ed
1974
Strong, John
1975
Stringer, Bill
1976
Moglia, Nonie
1977
Petri, Jack
1978
Adams, Milt
1979
Carroll, Bill
1980
Kadish, Joel
1981
Wright, Arlen
1982
Houck, Dale
Life Membership for Past Presidents discontinued in 1983
1983
Mosier, Terry
1984
Wolkins, Bud
1985
Hobaugh, Dave
1986
Elling, Bob
1987
Hanzel, Bill
1988-9
Goldberg, Ben
1990
Mosier, Terry
1991-2
Mansfield, Richard
1993-4
Swerer, Bert
1995-6
Kendall, Gary
1997-8
Amell, Mike
1999-2000
Culligan, Darlene
2001-2
Henerlau, Eric
2003-4
Silverstein, Jerry
2005-6
Janssen, Wayne
2007-10
Myers, Steve
2011-13
Silver, Bill
2014-16
Johnstone, Lawrence

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