2008 EVENTS SUMMARY
FROM JESSICA DENSMORE
SSRC COORDINATOR RETIRED
Our 2008 SSRC Events calendar averaged about one event per month and featured
several of our "regulars" not just dancing but planning and coordinating Events.
In February we visited Earlwood Care Center in Torrance. March - Downey Retirement
Center had us bring in Sally and her husband to feature Irish dancing. April -
Huntington Retirement Center had us doing a special birthday dance for some dear
retired Sisters; Cap'n Fun began coordinating Ruby's Diner Events in Redondo Beach
which lasted monthly through the end of the year to benefit the Good Shepherd Shelter
with gift certificates rewarded to students living there with their mothers. May saw us
dancing at the Downey Care Center (a different facility than Downey Retirement Center).
June - Heritage Rehab. Center in Torrance was planned and coordinated by Debbie .
Two Torrance Events, the Historical Society and Torrance High School, did not happen
as planned - however, John Apodaca was contacted by the City of Norwalk to recruit
swing dancers to perform during the annual Halloween parade.
Melissa, of the Fabulous Esquires, referred us to the Emeritus-in-Whittier Retirement
facility and we performed there in November for their Veteran's Day festivities. Scott
and John, Debbie and Rita planned and coordinated the December Christmas programs
at Downey Retirement Center, Earlwood Care Center, (our Huntington Retirement
Center was cancelled at the last minute) and Mary Crest Manor in Culver City.
Catherine "Cap'n Fun" and her "Elf" Emily, also collected gifts for the residents in several Torrance area facilities and delivered them personally to many who would not have had
any gifts for the holidays.
Our volunteer program has had much more involvement in planning and coordinating of
Events this year, and has resulted in much more variety for the dancing participants and
more involvement in our Southern CA communities. In light of the ongoing growth and
variety of the program I have asked Debbie Wastling, Rita Catanzarite, Scott Giordano
and John Apodaca to take over and continue the planning and coordinating of future
events. Catherine "Cap'n Fun" Sayre always seems to find "good deeds" to do and
I foresee her continuing to do so.
Thank you to all the dancers who have participated and helped me with this program
over the years, including not only dancing but coordinating, recruiting, narrating and
"special" features such as Irish dance and vocalists. When Mike Klug was no longer
able to work on the program back in 2003, we never dreamed it would grow into what
we have today. Our "scripts" always include interesting "swing trivia" and our music
includes jazz and swing from the '20s through the '60s. Dancers please note this
quote from recent volunteer Myron - "this is the easiest volunteer program I have
ever seen...I just show up and dance...". Please continue to show up and dance -
as our old friend Margie Kate would say - "Peace Through Lindy Hop".
PS ...and last but not least, a special thank-you to my
hubby Steve, who was often available to help with equipment
set-up and photography. Thank you, Honey...