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President Message from Marianne

Dancers have been working hard on so many fronts – Club, Dangle Dances, State & National Conventions and of course – Family. We have so many blessings in our lives – it is always good to share with others. Thank you for the prayers for my mother, Rosemary.
We have a busy year and I hope more dancers step up and contribute some time to an event coming up – whether at your club, volunteering as a Rep for your club to the federation(4 are needed) or helping at a square dance event. Please donate some time but remember Family and Work do come first.

Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation
Federation Update – June 2016
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Anyone wishing to get their club article and updated club calendar in the July – December SQUARE NOTES, please email the info to:
 Square Notes
Sue & Gregg Bensman
8314 Coghill Ln.
Cincinnati, OH 45239
(513) 741-7349
Deadline June 5, 2016 for July – December 2016
December 1, 2016 for January – June 2017

Cards of Sympathy, Get Well or Thinking of You
Do you know of any dancer that has passed away, had surgery, is sick or injured, or needs some words of encouragement – Let us know!
Send Name, Address, Club affiliation and Health issue to:
Russell DeMaris, Corresponding Secretary
1539 E. Meadowbrook Dr. 

Loveland, Ohio 45140

Clubs please check your listings at
to make sure your club information is up to date.
Check the links on the calendar, also.

Wonderful happenings so far this year!
1. Excellent Pre-Convention Event – 66th National Convention
Lots of dancers and leaders working together.
2. 2016 – 2017 SONKSDF Officer Elections
Marianne C. Jackson, President
Howard Ploegsma, Vice President
Dick & Jane Jones, Treasurer
Russell DeMaris, Corresponding Secretary
Jackie Smith, Recording Secretary
3. 2016 Honor Couple – Dick & Jane Jones, Skirts & Shirts
for outstanding service to our dance community.
Each club will honor them with one free dance. They will present the club with a coupon and we hope you will announce they are in attendance.
4. The Ohio Dance Convention in Columbus.
Lots of fun dancing and educational sessions.
Next year due to The National Convention, Ohio will only hold a one day event in Akron to honor our Honor Couples and Persons.
Thanks to Jackie Smith for providing the Gift Basket from the Federation.
5. The May Honor Dance
So much fun honoring Jane & Dick Jones and
seeing so many Past Honor Couples and Persons.
Thanks to Suzanne & Bill Cheney, Ben & Donna Schinkel, Howard Ploegsma, Barry & Peggy Carney, Sharon Murphy, Gene & Ginny Record, Jack & Sherry Pladdys, Carl Schappacher & Kathy Skinner for all your help.
6. Federation Potluck Picnic & Ronald McDonald Fundraiser
Sunday, July 17, 2016…The Hayloft Barn…3:00pm
All dancers and students are welcome.
Please sign up at your club – so we have a count for chicken.
For More information:
Barry & Peggy Carney
853 Center Street
Milford, OH 45150
(513) 831-1519
7. Federation Benefit Dance for the 66th National Convention
Sunday, September 18, 2016…Hayloft…3:00pm
Plus Level Dance…all are welcome.
Please bring snacks to share.
Dick and Jane Jones
(859) 581-5811


President’s Message from Marianne

marianne-042015March is coming up fast for our Pre-Convention Dance in Cincinnati. Dancers from around the country will come and check out some of our sights and sounds of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. The 66th National Dance Committee has been working behind the scenes to prepare for our upcoming convention in 2017. Volunteers are still needed – even if it is only on the days of the convention. Hope to see you at the Pre-Convention Dance on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016.

New SONKSDF Officers will be sworn in on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Remaining officers are Marianne C. Jackson, President, Howard Ploegsma, Vice President, Russell DeMaris, Corresponding Secretary, Dick and Jane Jones, Treasurer and Jackie Smith as Recording Secretary. Ending her time as Corresponding Secretary is Marianne King. She has given so much of her time(years & years) as an officer – There is no way to properly thank her for volunteering her time after being president for five years. We especially want to thank Gordon King for sharing her. To all the trustees who are able to attend meetings on Sunday when you could be with family or friends – I THANK YOU for supporting the continuation of our activity.

Classes are moving along and it is our job as angels and dancers to keep the FUN in dancing. There are time when there are disagreements but let us leave it outside the dance hall. Have Fun, Share Fellowship and be there for those dancers needing prayer.

We need to work harder promoting our WONDERFUL ACTIVITY. Does your club have a web page, a FACEBOOK page, signs or flyers out in the community? We have lots of couples having 50, 60 and more anniversaries. Share the good news. Help us update our website at Share club news on DANCE NEWS –

Contact Russel DeMaris, Corresponding Secretary when a dancer or family member needs a card or note for Illness, Surgery, Death or Thinking of You. Send to

Flower Power Dance Dates have been posted on Dance News and we will add the form to our web site – Any changes please let us know. Be creative with our Flower Power Them and be thinking about what our 2017 theme will be.

Have a WONDERFUL YEAR because we batten down the hatches for an exciting convention next year- 2017. Don’t forget our own state convention in May in Columbus.

Happy Dancing, Marianne C. Jackson, President
The Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dance Federation
Email: ….Telephone: 513-413-9713

President’s Message

The Ohio Buckeye Dance Convention in Aurora, Ohio was Fun – Dancing, Education sessions, Fashion Show, Honor Couples/Singles Recognitions and a Preview of the next convention in Columbus.

New dancers from beginner classes to Advance classes are graduating. Make them feel welcome at your clubs.

Our first Dangle Dance occurred on Opening Day for the Reds at Unicorners Square Dance Club. A dance floor full of Red and White looked great. This month kicks into gear the rest of our summer dances. Be creative and “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”. “Ball” can mean lots of different things to different people – Little League, All Star, Football, Golf Ball, Tennis Ball…

WE NEED YOU! It is time to rally and work together to promote the fun we have…Spread the word. We need your help to update The Website(, Square Notes articles/Ads/Club Information and continue getting club information out via Dance News.

Marianne C. Jackson, President

The Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dance Federation

Email:….Telephone: 513-413-9713