After all these years, and we’re still saying “Thank you Betsy!”
I had vowed a couple of years ago to stop writing letters to the
editor, after my lover almost handed my head to me on a platter for being too
quick to criticize. However, this is one letter that I feel must be written, especially
The topic, is Betsy Gotta, and the subject is giving credit where
credit is due. Having just completed her Plus class, all I can say is that she
is one classy lady! All the way through the class I was constantly amazed at
her degree of patience and great professionalism. Not once did I see her lose
her composure, or appear irritated. I’m sure many would agree that many times
she would have been justified in being less patient.
Week, after week, Betsy Gotta stood up on that stage in front of a
wide range of multiple personalities with varying moods and different learning
abilities, and demonstrated what the word “professionalism” is all about. Every
student was treated with respect. Her humor was never cruel or at someone
else’s expense. Betsy didn’t stand up on that stage to prove how good she is or
to stroke her ego. She stood up there to teach. And, teach she did! The
enthusiasm and mastery of the class bears testament to her talent as both a
caller and a teacher.
Not once did I hear anyone say anything negative about Betsy,
which I think is unusual in a diverse group such as ours. Reason? In my opinion
there just wasn’t a reason to say anything except nice things about a great
I’m sure I speak for the vast major-ity, if not all, of the Plus class when I say, thank you Betsy — you were fabulous — just marvelous!
Read the August minutes. Join us for a Dance Party on September 10th from 7:00 – 9:00, with Howard Richman calling, at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (130 West 30th Street two blocks from the #1 subway station at 28th Street). Look for an enhanced e-blast coming the first week of the month starting in September. Volunteers needed for the Election Committee and to be delegate to the Northern New Jersey Square Dance Association.
Wait a minute . . . there were concerns about club unity when we only danced two levels?!?
In response to a letter received from a dissatisfied member,
there was a discussion regarding a growing separation between club members who
dance at different levels, (Mainstream/Plus), and how club unity could best be
encouraged. The Board felt that the new club night format – 2 Plus tips
interspersed among Mainstream tips was one way of discouraging the division.
The upcoming merge of class and club could also be an appropriate time to
encourage “lapsed” members to return to active membership.
Carl Bleiweiss presented to the board a few examples of possible club shirts which he had designed. He suggested that the club could purchase white tux shirts and suspenders and have club volunteer sew on fringe and appliques. A rough sketch of the proposed shirt is seen below. If you have any comments or suggestions please speak with Carl about them.
Don’t you just hate to look at past fee schedules!
The bad news is fees for regularly scheduled club events (club
nights and Friday’s A/C dances) are going up. The club’s continued financial
problems have made this necessary. The good news is, if you support a lot of
club activities, you won’t even notice it. Here’s how the new fee structure
(effective June 1st) will work:
Member admission rises to
$7 (from $6)
After you’ve come to seven
events, the eighth is free!
Non-member admission rises
Half-year membership renewals
will be available for only $15
If you have any comments or concerns on this new fee
structure, please speak to a member of the Board. Your input will be used when
we meet in July to set fees for the next teaching year.