• Square/Round Dance News

    From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sun Jul 28 20:56:50 2019
    Several square dancing related items:

    1) I have set up a Twitter account for the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation -- search for ASSDF -- and look for the logo that says
    "give a hug -- yellow rock". The accoumt will tweet last minute dance
    changes, etc. for clubs with the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF).

    2) I'm going to soon possibly take over as Editor of "The Modern Square".
    While publication of the print edition may be terminated with the
    November, 2019 issue...the e-Edition (which will be downloadable from
    the ASSDF website, and still available free of charge), will likely remain...but still only published in February, May, August, and
    November. With barely over dozen clubs left in Arkansas, it makes no
    sense to try to do a monthly publication. The print edition is likely
    going to be terminated, because we're down to only 40 print subscriptions,
    and the cost of postage and printing for one issue, is likely more than
    the money paid for those subscriptions. At the declining rate of the
    renewals, we may not even have 20 print subscriptions to start 2020. To
    me, it's not economically feasible to continue the print edition.

    3) Since I was unable to take a much needed and well deserved train
    trip to New Mexico this fall, because of costs with storm damage from
    June, I hired Zooma Web Design out of Colorado, to help me get a fancy
    version of the ASSDF website. Links to the Facebook and Twitter feeds,
    as well as the original version, will remain online. I hope to have this
    site up sometime this fall.

    4) As far as I can tell, everything currently on the ASSDF website, with Special Dances, Clubs, Callers/Cuers, etc. is CORRECT -- if you see
    anything that's skewed, please contact me, so I can fix the errors. Once
    I take over the Editor's duties, and I synchronize the data between the
    website and the publication, if data is STILL WRONG, then it is the FAULT
    of the callers, cuers, club contacts, club officers, etc., who FAILED to
    notify me of such.

    I realize I'm doing far more OFF the square dance floor than on it (I am
    a member of, and Reporter for the Maverick Mixers club in Little Rock, Arkansas), but I'm content to work behind the scenes.

    Daryl Stout, Arkansas State Square Dance Federation, www.theassdf.org
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Jan 23 16:56:05 2020
    A few square dancing related items:

    1) The print edition of the February, 2020 issue of The Modern Square
    arrived in my Post Office Box today. It should be in subscribers
    mailboxes shortly. A computer crash at Arkansas printing earlier this
    month was to blame for the delay.

    2) As noted, I'm working on the March, 2020 issue of The Modern Square.
    I only have 3 club reports and 3 ads right now. With my having to have
    surgery on Feb. 7, the deadline to get items to me is Feb. 5, as I'll
    finish preparing it, and send it off on Feb. 6. I likely won't be doing
    much for a few days after the surgery. Work on the April, 2020 issue
    will start in late February, 2020. If you have a question with your
    print subscription or e-Edition subscription, please contact me via
    information in the publication, or on the ASSDF websites (either at www.theassdf.org or www.arkansassquaredance.com -- search for the
    "officers" link).

    3) For those who "early birded" their registration to the 70th National
    Square Dance Convention in Jackson, Mississippi (set for June 23-26,
    2021), before the end of 2019, the "early bird packages" have been
    mailed out. It contains the following items:

    A) A full registration form, where you sign up for things like a Program
    Book with daily schedules, a round dance syllabus, a sew and save book,
    a cookbook, the Wednesday night dinner and/or show Special Event, a Bus
    Pass, if you prefer a magnet for the badge instead of a pin (pins on the
    badge are free, the magnet costs $2), RV and/or housing registrations,
    what hall(s) you'll spend the most time in, and to note if you're a
    caller, cuer, or leader, and will be "on the program".

    When filling out the full registration form, if you have "early birded",
    you do NOT have to put an amount in the slot for the "badges" for
    yourself, or others who have "early birded" under the same registration
    number.

    The non-early bird fee is $60 per person, for those who have not yet registered, and it will increase to $75 per person as of May 1, 2021.
    For Youth born after June 26, 2003, the fee is $30 per person. and
    that will increase to $37.50 per person as of May 1, 2021. If there
    are changes or cancellations, after the initial registration, a $10
    fee applies. Children born after June 26, 2016 will be admitted free.
    The Bus Pass fee increases to $60 after April 30, 2021 and the Program
    Book fee increases to $20 after April, 30, 2021.

    Registrations received after April 30, 2021, will receive an email
    confirmation only...and after that date, there will be no refunds
    for cancellations. Mail-in registrations should be sent in by June 5, 2021...with emailed registrations sent no later than June 12, 2021.

    For hotel registrations, an online direct registration will be
    available after March 1, 2020...and these must be reserved by May 15,
    2021, to ensure the NSDC room rates. Hotels range from 2/10 of a file
    away from the Convention Center, to 9 miles away. Hotels must be
    guaranteed with a credit/debit card, and a $3.50 non-refundable
    processing fee. You can go ahead and mail in the long registration
    form once you have it.

    Some hotels will require a one nights advance deposit, with the balance
    paid upon checkin...and some hotels will require a parking fee.

    Ensure that the expiration date on the credit/debit card is AFTER
    July, 2021. You will receive a hotel confirmation, via email or mail,
    after March 1, 2021. If the room is cancelled less than 72 hours before arrival, a one night room/tax fee will be charged. If you must leave
    early, unless you notify the 70th NSDC Housing Committee 72 hours in
    advance, you will be charged an early departure fee. As noted above, a
    Bus Pass is available for purchase, if needed (I strongly recommended
    it, to save walking, and in case of bad weather).

    B) A Pre-Convention form if you plan to attend, along with hotel
    registration for the Pre-Convention (activities for these are from
    March 25-28, 2020, with a dance on Saturday night, March 28).

    C) Brochure and Registration form for available tours.

    D) Flier for the Wednesday evening Special Event Dinner and/or Show.

    E) Flier for a Post Convention Cruise from New Orleans to the Eastern
    Bahamas and return.

    Further information on transportation will be provided on the 70th
    NSDC website as soon as possible. Jackson is served by Amtrak passenger
    train (The City Of New Orleans)...as well as several airlines...and you
    can also drive there. Amtrak will take reservations no earlier than
    11 months prior to departure. Be advised that Sleeping Car space sells
    out fast!!

    Lastly, Convention badges will be REQUIRED for entrance to ALL
    Convention activities. Dressy casual attire is allowed until 6pm;
    but PROPER SQUARE DANCE ATTIRE IS REQUIRED after 6pm for all dancers.
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Jan 30 20:29:55 2020
    I decided to skip the Blue Belles And Beaus Amateur Night Dance on
    Jan. 30, 2020, for several reasons...only 1 square dance related.

    I would have loved to have gone to the dance to "call a tip" (I did
    some amateur calling years ago, and it's not as easy as it looks), but
    these reasons made me feel it was prudent to stay home.

    1) I must've turned my left foot the wrong way, as it has bothered me
    much of the day, making it hard to walk. Cold temperatures, making the arthritis hurt more, hasn't helped much, either. I use a cane daily,
    but have both a walker and a wheelchair on standby...and they may be
    an eventuality. This is why I like to "work behind the scenes", off
    the dance floor. Dancing is good for me, so my legs don't lock up, but
    I was too uneasy to try to dance.

    2) In preparation for urinary bladder stone surgery next week, I had to
    get a blood draw at Arkansas Urology, to check my "metabolic panel", to
    make sure my kidneys were working OK...and to check the testosterone
    levels.

    The pre-surgery cardiac checks at my cardiologist and at Arkansas Urology
    all passed with flying colors. Each feel that the angina (chest pain)
    that I've been dealing with, is caused by "acid reflux". I'm waiting to
    hear back from my gastrointerologist on a possible "upper GI" procedure. Another good sign that my heart is good, is that I do NOT get short of
    breath when I square dance. I do get "warm" from moving around, but the
    men have to wear long sleeved shirts, so women don't have to touch their
    hairy, sweaty arms.

    I'm not due for another colonoscopy until April, 2021. The only "prep
    work" for the upper GI and bladder stone surgery (to be done on separate
    days) will be nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before
    the procedures.

    Obviously, the prep for a colonoscopy is literally "a pain in the butt"
    (pun intended)...but with colon cancer being the second greatest killer
    right behind (no pun intended) heart disease and breast cancer (but it's
    one of the most preventable), I want to be proactive. They have found
    polyps several times, but they were all benign. I'd like to keep it that
    way.

    I will have to obtain a driver, as I won't be able to drive home after
    the procedure, due to grogginess from sedation. Unfortunately, with the
    death of my Mom last August (my Dad and my wife died 13 years ago), and
    my brother being in worse physical shape than I am, after a freak
    motorcycle wreck 3 months after my wife died, that nearly killed him,
    it can be hard to get a driver...he and I are "the last of our line".

    He has been divorced 3 times (the women "took him to the cleaners");
    then I've been widowed once, and never remarried. Neither of us had any
    kids, which probably would've helped as a driver; but, that's a moot
    point now.

    For men, things like "Low-T", "E.D", and "BPH" are common as they get
    older.

    Low Testosterone, if left untreated, can cause or aggravate both diabetes
    and cardiovascular (heart and lung) issues. Erectile dysfunction (you
    could possibly term it as "male menopause") can be detrimental to a man's
    love life. And, an enlarged prostate can become a medical emergency, if
    it blocks the flow of urine out of the bladder. Medical treatments are available for all 3 conditions. Of note, BPH by itself does not cause
    prostate cancer, but other things could cause that to develop.

    But, when they drew the blood, my veins (as they usually do), popped
    and rolled over, rending the blood draws (even with the "butterfly") useless...and it was quite painful as a result. They have apparently
    stuck me in the crook of my elbows so many times for blood draws over
    the years, that scar tissue has formed over a wide area; making it
    nearly impossible to do a blood draw.

    As a result, my left arm was throbbing for quite awhile afterwards...and
    I thought it could slow my reaction time if something happened while driving...never mind if contact was made there during dancing. I didn't
    feel I was in danger of bleeding again, but I could've gotten a nasty
    bruise. Plus, with it being just over a week before surgery, my only
    pain medicine from now until 2 days after surgery, are Tylenol Gelcaps; ibuprofen or anything else, is OUT...because they can be blood thinners.

    3) Weather wise, fog was forecast to form after dark, along with a
    chance of rain. With the restricted visibility, I thought it best to
    stay home. Also, when rain first falls, it brings up oil on asphalt
    pavement, making it like driving on a sheet of ice. You can NOT stop
    as fast on a wet, snowy, or icy pavement, as you can on dry pavement.

    4) I didn't rest well last night (the only time I get good sleep is
    when I'm sedated for surgery), and as a result, I felt too tired to
    make the drive. Had the dance been in the Little Rock area, I might
    have made the drive.

    5) Road construction. The joke is that "there are 2 seasons on the road...winter and construction". It's harder to see at night, so one
    has to be careful driving. It's not my driving I worry about, but
    everyone else's. In many areas, I don't know why they even have "speed
    limit" signs...no one seems to obey them.

    6) The one "square dance reason" was that if I was to be a caller, I
    would have to give up my officer positions...and right now, I enjoy
    doing those more. It had NOTHING to do with the dancers, the club,
    or the caller (who I love to dance to).

    As the ECMA (Emergency Call For Medical Aid) notes, you have to
    "pace yourself". I have been at dances where dancers overdid it,
    or in some cases, had a heart attack, and "died with their boots
    on". If you don't have your health, you have nothing. I used to
    be able to dance every tip, for several hours, without any kind of
    a break...but not so much now.

    With the surgery coming up, as well as the deadline for "The Modern
    Square", I'm working to have the March, 2020 issue emailed out for
    the e-Edition, and sent to the printer on the print edition, one
    day after the deadline of Feb. 5 -- so, it'd be in email boxes on
    Feb. 6 -- and possibly in mailboxes by Valentines Day. I am not going
    to feel like doing much with the computer for a few days after the
    surgery. Work on the April, 2020 issue will start around Feb. 20.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    http://www.theassdf.org OR http://www.arkansassquaredance.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sat Feb 15 22:03:29 2020
    From Amika Becker...

    Seven Reasons To Try Square Dancing in 2020

    In a time when people find connecting with others a challenge, square
    dance could be the answer. It can make a comeback in a more vital way
    than ever.

    Here are seven reasons why learning to square dance might be the
    unexpected path to new friends and adventures.

    * Brings people together: Square dance (SD) is social networking IRL
    (in real life). Beginning SD lessons offer the time to get to know
    fellow dancers and become friends.

    * Brain-building: Teamwork with other dancers in your square will keep
    your mind sharp, focused and challenged - no matter your age.

    * Like a game: SD is like building something. It's puzzle-solving and
    fixing things with a team of people working together.

    * Good for step-counters: In one evening of square dancing, you might
    walk three to five miles. Moderate, low-impact heart-healthy movement.

    * Fine for "two left feet" folks: It's walking in time to music. As
    long as you know your right from your left, you don't need to be a
    fancy stepper to win at square dance.

    * All kinds of music: You will dance to just about any song with a
    good beat and brisk pace, including tunes by the Oak Ridge Boys,
    Beatles, Garth Brooks, and more.

    * Inclusive: No need for a partner in today's square dance. You'll
    find plenty of experienced dancers ready to dance with you.
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sat Feb 22 18:35:57 2020
    The print edition of the March, 2020 issue of "The Modern Square", the monthly publication of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation, was
    mailed from the printer on Feb. 20 -- I received my copy on Feb. 22.

    I will send out the April, 2020 issue on March 6, due to a schedule
    conflict on March 7...and I will confirm with the printer that they got
    the data.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Tue Feb 25 00:46:28 2020
    It is with deep regret that I report the passing of long time
    Arkansas square and round dancer, John Sides. John had danced at
    least through A-2 over the years, and had danced with several
    clubs.

    From what I understand, there won't be a funeral in Little Rock,
    but the body will go to Missouri for burial. No other details are
    known at this time. Condolences, thoughts, and prayers to his
    family.

    On a happier note, details are now out for the ASSDF Spring
    Meetings and Dance. All activities will be held on Saturday, May
    2, 2020, at the Doubletree By Hilton, 4813 Central Avenue, in
    Hot Springs, Arkansas, adjancent to Lake Hamilton.

    The schedule is as follows:

    12 Noon to 1pm - ASSDF Board Meeting
    1pm to 2:30pm - ASSDF Delegates Meeting
    2:30pm to 5:30pm - Callers Meeting
    7pm to 10pm - Evening Dance

    The evening dance will be the Levi's And Lace 2020 Maypole
    Dance, plus their Subscription Dance. Admission will be $10
    per person or $20 per couple. This will allow individuals
    to purchase or extend their Modern Square print subscription
    by 6 months...or for couples to purchase or extend same for
    1 year.

    Callers at the dance will be Phil Moorehouse, Gene Gancarczyk,
    and Charlie Robertson. The dance floor will be great to dance on.

    Right now, we have 61 print subscriptions...which is remarkable,
    considering prior to the Delegates Meeting at the 2019 ASSDF Fall
    Festival, that count was down to 24. However, the biggest expense
    of the ASSDF is the printing and postage for The Modern Square.

    While the ASSDF has made several changes to the print edition,
    including making the entire publication black and white, paying
    First Class Postage, and reducing the size of the print edition,
    we can't print and mail it for free.

    Currently, the majority of print subscriptions expire in February
    and November, with others scattered through the year. The cost of
    the print subscription is $20 per year. This is for those who want
    a hard copy...or for those who don't have, can't get, or don't want,
    a computer or internet access. We have to be able to keep paying for
    it, or it'll go from monthly back to quarterly, or it'll cease
    publication.

    The e-Edition is free, and it has the following advantages over
    the print edition:

    1) All pictures submitted are in COLOR.

    2) All emails and links are clickable.

    3) It's sent out via email at least 2 weeks prior to receipt of
    the print edition.

    To get an e-Edition subscription, you must send an email to
    assdfmodernsquare at gmail dot com -- so we know it's a valid
    email address.

    If your email address for the e-Edition, or your mailing address
    changes for the print edition, please notify the Editor and the
    Circulation Chairman, as your subscriptions will be suspended if
    they bounce as undeliverable. If your personal information as a
    caller or cuer...or your contact plus regular and special dance
    info for your club has changed, please contact the Editor and the
    Webmaster, so it can be corrected.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Tue Feb 25 17:21:58 2020

    Here is an UPDATE on the ASSDF Spring Meeting and the Levi's
    And Dance Maypole Dance, and Subscription Dance, to be held on
    Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the Doubletree By Hilton, 4813 Central
    Avenue, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, adjacent to Lake Hamilton.

    The REVISED schedule is as follows (times for the delegates
    meeting and callers meeting were modified and switched).

    12:30pm to 1:30pm - ASSDF Board Meeting (ASSDF Officers)
    2:00pm to 5:00pm - Callers Meeting And Workshop
    5:30pm to 6:30pm - Delegates Meeting
    7pm to 10pm - Evening Dance

    The evening dance will be the Levi's And Lace 2020 Maypole
    Dance, plus their Subscription Dance. Admission will be $10
    per person or $20 per couple. This will allow individuals
    to purchase or extend their Modern Square print subscription
    by 6 months...or for couples to purchase or extend same for
    1 year.

    Callers at the dance will be Phil Moorehouse, Gene Gancarczyk,
    and Charlie Robertson. The dance floor will be great to dance on.

    You can download a printable flyer, in PDF format, at:

    http://www.theassdf.org/maypol20.pdf

    Right now, we have 61 print subscriptions...which is remarkable,
    considering prior to the Delegates Meeting at the 2019 ASSDF Fall
    Festival, that count was down to 24. However, the biggest expense
    of the ASSDF is the printing and postage for The Modern Square.

    While the ASSDF has made several changes to the print edition,
    including making the entire publication black and white, paying
    First Class Postage, and reducing the size of the print edition,
    we can't print and mail it for free.

    Currently, the majority of print subscriptions expire in February
    and November, with others scattered through the year. The cost of
    the print subscription is $20 per year. This is for those who want
    a hard copy...or for those who don't have, can't get, or don't want,
    a computer or internet access. We have to be able to keep paying for
    it, or it'll go from monthly back to quarterly, or it'll cease
    publication.

    The e-Edition is free, and it has the following advantages over
    the print edition:

    1) All pictures submitted are in COLOR.

    2) All emails and links are clickable.

    3) It's sent out via email at least 2 weeks prior to receipt of
    the print edition.

    To get an e-Edition subscription, you must send an email to
    assdfmodernsquare at gmail dot com -- so we know it's a valid
    email address.

    If your email address for the e-Edition, or your mailing address
    changes for the print edition, please notify the Editor and the
    Circulation Chairman, as your subscriptions will be suspended if
    they bounce as undeliverable. If your personal information as a
    caller or cuer...or your contact plus regular and special dance
    info for your club has changed, please contact the Editor and the
    Webmaster, so it can be corrected.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Tue Apr 14 06:11:34 2020
    Due to the CoronaVirus (COVID-19), many square and round dance clubs
    have SHUT DOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, and many special dances and
    festivals have been CANCELLED, or POSTPONED. These include the
    following:

    1) The Arkansas State Square Dance Federation Spring Meeting and Dance, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020...has been POSTPONED to Saturday, August 1, 2020. It will still be held at the Doubletree By
    Hilton in Hot Springs, at 4813 Central Avenue, on Lake Hamilton. Those
    who had reservations prior to June 30, can cancel or change their room reservations without charge, no later than 24 hours before their arrival.

    2) The 69th National Square Dance Convention (NSDC), that was scheduled
    to be in Spokane, Washington, June 17-20, 2020, has been CANCELLED. The
    file NSDCCNCL.PDF in the Square And Round Dance Files area, is a
    screenshot taken from the National Executive Committee Website (www.nsdcnec.com). From there, you can click on the links for these
    future conventions, to register for them.

    2021 - Jackson, Mississippi
    2022 - Evansville, Indiana
    2023 - Mobile, Alabama

    This is the first time in its history that the National Square Dance Convention has been cancelled...but the health risks, and numerous
    laws prohibiting large gatherings, were too much to overcome.

    As of now, I am planning to attend the 2021 NSDC in Jackson...but,
    due to health and financial issues (I'm to have hernia surgery as soon
    as COVID-19 concerns ease up significantly), the 2021 NSDC will be my
    last NSDC that I travel to. I will be out of commission for 2 to 4 weeks
    after the surgery.

    PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU TRAVEL. I personally don't expect a return to
    any sense of normalcy (at least in Arkansas), until possibly August,
    2020.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    www.arkansassquaredance.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sun May 31 18:03:01 2020
    From the squareupfashions.com website

    PRICE DROP! FACE MASKS!

    Small Masks only $10.00
    Large and XXL Masks Only $14.99.

    Each face mask has 2 layers, with the middle layer being made of 100%
    tightly woven polyester lining fabric to reduce the spread of germs.

    Washable & Reusable
    2 Layers of Protection
    Polyester Cotton Blend Fabric
    Made in The USA

    As a note, I have 6 of the XXL American Flag masks, and they are
    very comfortable. Plus, the 3XL square dance shirts that I need cost
    $30 and up. So, the masks are cheaper than the shirts!!

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Fri Jun 12 10:59:53 2020
    The e-Edition of the July, 2020 issue of The Modern Square, the
    monthly publication of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    (ASSDF) is now available on the respective websites, and in the
    respective files area on The Thunderbolt BBS.

    Websites:

    www.theassdf.org/backmsqr.htm

    www.arkansassquaredance.com/modern-square-internet-listings

    Just scroll down the pages to the desired files. An appropriate
    PDF reader is required to view or print the files.

    The print edition has been sent to Arkansas Printing in Pine Bluff.
    I will advise when that has been mailed out to subscribers.

    Work on the August, 2020 edition will start on June 19, 2020.

    Note that some clubs are slowly resuming dancing, even though
    COVID-19 is still very much a part of our lives...but the decision
    to dance is at the discretion of the particular club. While masks
    and gloves are strongly recommended, if you're leery of getting out,
    or feel the least bit ill, PLEASE STAY HOME. If you plan to go to a
    dance, PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU TRAVEL!!

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Wed Jun 24 19:34:46 2020
    The print edition of the July, 2020 issue of The Modern Square, the
    monthly publication of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    (ASSDF) was mailed out from the printer, Arkansas Printing, in Pine
    Bluff, on June 23, 2020. It should be in subscribers mailboxes by
    the end of the month.

    The e-Edition was previously released on June 11, 2020, and it's
    available on the respective websites, and in the respective files
    area on The Thunderbolt BBS.

    Websites:

    www.theassdf.org/backmsqr.htm

    www.arkansassquaredance.com/modern-square-internet-listings

    Just scroll down the pages to the desired files. An appropriate
    PDF reader is required to view or print the files.

    Work on the August, 2020 issue is in progress...the deadline for
    items to be submitted, is July 10, 2020.

    Note that some clubs are slowly resuming dancing, even though
    COVID-19 is still very much a part of our lives...but the decision
    to dance is at the discretion of the particular club. While masks
    and gloves are strongly recommended, if you're leery of getting out,
    or feel the least bit ill, PLEASE STAY HOME. If you plan to go to a
    dance, PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU TRAVEL!!

    Lastly, I have updated both websites with information for the
    following upcoming National Square Dance Conventions:

    2021 - Jackson, Mississippi
    2022 - Evansville, Indiana
    2023 - Mobile, Alabama
    2024 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    A PDF viewer is required to view the information files noted.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Mon Jun 29 21:25:59 2020
    From Velma Doyle, of Single Square Dancers USA

    Word was just received about the passing of Harry Packer last night.

    He is the co-owner of SuzieQ Creations, and the husband of Caller
    Susan Elaine Packer. Her brother, Bob Adams, said Susan Elaine is
    in shock right now. Of course, at this time, arrangements have not
    been made.

    He also stated that Susan Elaine needs help, as she has no family or
    friends in Florida. Bob is in Texas, and can't get there until next
    week sometime. He is working on having a GoFundMe page established
    to raise money for the funeral expenses. As updates are received,
    they will be forwarded.

    If you would like to send cards, her address is 740 S. Hampton,
    Orlando, Florida 32803-6518.

    Condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sun Jul 12 21:06:24 2020
    The ASSDF Delegates Meeting and Subscription Dance, set for Saturday,
    August 1, 2020, at the Doubletree Hilton in Hot Springs, on Central Avenue...has been POSTPONED to May 1, 2021. The rest of the info is
    the same. An updated flier and info will be on the websites of the
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation sometime on July 13, 2020.

    Daryl Stout, Webmaster, ASSDF
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Mon Aug 3 13:29:40 2020
    The Star Steppers Labor Day Dance, that was set for Monday, Sept. 7,
    2020, at the White Hall Community Center, with Jet Roberts as the
    caller, has been CANCELLED, due to COVID-19. They hope to reschedule
    for Sept. 6, 2021.

    Very few clubs in Arkansas and adjacent states are dancing...please
    CALL BEFORE YOU TRAVEL. Note that in Arkansas, and in other areas,
    masks are required in public. If you are leery of getting out, or if
    you don't feel well, please stay home.

    A decision will be made by mid-September, whether or not the 2020
    ASSDF Fall Festival in Texarkana, Oct. 8-10, 2020, will have to be
    cancelled.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Circulation Chairman, Webmaster
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sun Sep 6 10:56:33 2020
    Due to both COVID-19 and financial issues, the Arkansas State Square
    Dance Federation (ASSDF) Executive Board voted in a Virtual Meeting via
    Zoom on Sep. 5, 2020, to POSTPONE the 2020 ASSDF Fall Festival, that was
    to be in Texarkana, Oct. 8-10, 2020.

    The reasons were:

    1) COVID-19 -- Unfortunately, one can NOT social distance and square
    dance without some kind of protection (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, temperature checks). Plus, if the state will not approve the large
    venue activity, it can not be held, without the organization getting
    into trouble with the law, possibly facing expensive fines. Most of
    the dancers are in the vulnerable age group to contract COVID-19, and
    it's rumored this winter will be a bad flu season as well.

    2) Financial -- It was feared that most dancers would stay away, due
    to COVID-19 issues, and the organization would need at least 9 squares
    Friday and Saturday night, just to break even. The hall rent for the 2
    nights would've cost the ASSDF quite a bit of money, not to mention the
    other expenses.

    That would leave significantly less money in the ASSDF Treasury for
    the printing and mailing expenses for The Modern Square, the monthly publication of the ASSDF. With the average for every 10 Reminder Cards
    being sent out (on renewal), only 2 renew...we likely would go below
    25 subsciptions by early 2021. We were at that point in late 2019.

    There was a push for subscriptions at the 2019 ASSDF Fall Festival
    in October, 2019...and at The Three Amigos Dance in January, 2020.
    Right now, a large amount of print subscriptions expire in both
    November and February. Yet, except for myself and ASSDF President
    Ted Hofmeister, no one is taking out ads, and the print subscription
    can NOT survive without such. The ASSDF will eventually have to decide
    on ending the print edition, especially if they run out of money to
    print and mail it.

    Some folks don't have, can't get, or don't want, a computer or
    internet access...and unfortunately, these will be left in the cold,
    once the print edition ends...although the e-Edition will continue.

    While dances are scheduled for early 2021, if a bad winter storm,
    or a resurgence of COVID-19 cases occurs, folks won't be able to
    go to the dance to renew or sign up for a print subscription. If
    you would've told me a year ago about all the COVID-19 fallout, I
    would've said you were nuts...but would be eating salted crow and
    humble pie today.

    A Virtual Delegates Meeting is planned for Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020,
    at 11:30am Central Time...details on that will follow as soon as
    possible.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Circulation Chairman, Webmaster
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sat Oct 31 09:35:44 2020
    Due to a large amount of items to be printed for the upcoming US
    Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020...printing of the November,
    2020 issue of "The Modern Square", the monthly publication of the
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation, was DELAYED. I talked to
    Mark Pearce of Arkansas Printing on Oct. 30, 2020...and he apologized
    for the delay...but said the December, 2020 issue should go out on
    time.

    Speaking of which, work on the December, 2020 issue (e-Edition and
    print edition) is in progress. The deadline for items for it will be
    November 14, 2020. I will send out the e-Edition on Nov. 15, 2020,
    and the print edition to Arkansas Printing the same day. Items can
    be emailed to assdfmodernsquare at gmail dot com or mailed to Daryl
    Stout, P.O. Box 55655, Little Rock, AR 72215 -- please do NOT wait
    until the last minute to send the items...because if they aren't in
    that email or the Post Office Box by November 14, 2020...they will
    NOT run. Without things like club reports...or photos with the
    e-Edition extras, the issues are awfully small.

    If you submit an ad, payment for such should go to Treasurer Sheila
    Gesing, 9760 Grant 7, Sheridan, AR 72150 -- ad copy should come to
    the Editor, as noted above. Note that if ad payment was not sent in,
    the ad will NOT run. Be sure the check is made to ASSDF for the
    proper amount, and signed...as if the check is not made out right, or
    if it's not signed, the bank won't take it...and you've basically
    wasted tand the ASSDF, plus money for extra envelopes and postage.

    Please do NOT send payments to the Editor, or any other ASSDF
    officer. Otherwise, it will likely be sent back to you by ASSDF
    President Ted Hofmeister. Only the ASSDF Treasurer has any business
    handling money for the ASSDF.

    There are still at least a dozen print subscriptions which expired
    with the November, 2020 issue...and unless I get word from Treasurer
    Sheila Gesing that these have renewed by Nov. 14, 2020...they will NOT
    receive any further copies of the print edition, unless they renew.
    Also, nearly 30 print subscriptions expire with January and February combined...and if only 10% of that total renew, combined with no new
    renewals from November expirations, we will have under 2 dozen print subscriptions, about what we had in October, 2019.

    Effective with the January, 2021 issue, the following items will
    no longer be in the print edition...but they will be in the e-Edition:

    1) Club Directory.

    2) Caller and Cuer Directory.

    3) Information and Registration forms for the National Square Dance
    Convention (these were removed as of the November, 2020 issue, due
    to page issues...and for it being hard to read).

    4) Social Media Sites (Facebook) for callers, cuers, and clubs.

    5) Websites for callers, cuers, clubs, and organizations.

    6) Information on the e-Edition.

    The print edition is already in black and white, printed two pages
    per piece of paper, on both sides, and folded in half. As an example,
    at present, the "work copy" for the January, 2021 issue will have only
    12 pages...the equivalent of 3 sheets of paper per subscriber. That
    saves on the cost of postage and printing...which means that the ASSDF
    isn't forced to end the print edition sooner more than later, due to a
    lack of funds.

    As a side note, having worked in silkscreen printing from 1986 to
    2004 (when declining health forced my resignation), with "political
    season", every print shop (silkscreen and otherwise), broadcast media
    station (radio and TV), print publication (newspaper, etc.) would be
    slammed with political ads...but those were also very profitable and
    busy times for the businesses. Aside from the candidates who lose on
    Election Day, these will be the only ones mourning the end of the ads.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Circulation Chairman, Webmaster
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Wed Nov 4 21:46:00 2020
    For those planning to take the Post Convention Cruise following the
    70th National Square Dance Convention in Jackson, Mississippi...there
    has been a price increase, due to the cruise line increasing the taxes.
    The PDF fliter on the ASSDF website has been updated for it.

    Also, after the first of the year, while the long registration form
    will not change in regards to pricing or hotels/housing, the room
    blocks will likely be adjusted in size. One must be registered for the
    National Square Dance Convention before they can request housing. In
    short, if you wait too long to register, you may end up getting a
    different hotel than the one you wanted. With some hotels, there is
    a parking fee, and a one night deposit required in advance.

    Purchase of both a Program Book and a Bus Pass are strongly
    recommended...as the Daily Schedules are available ONLY to those
    purchasing a Program Book in advance.

    Note that costs for registration, bus passes, and other items, WILL
    INCREASE on May 1, 2021...and as of that date, there is NO REFUND
    FOR CANCELLATIONS.

    Several PDF files are on the ASSDF website under the link INFO ON
    70TH NSDC -- including:

    1) Long Registration Form

    2) Welcome To Mississippi

    3) Wednesday Night Special Event (cost for show only, or for dinner
    and show)

    4) Tour Information

    5) Friday Keynote Speech

    6) Saturday Fashion Show

    7) Post Convention Cruise

    8) Available issues of National Squares Online

    I will be traveling there by Amtrak Passenger Train. However, due
    to scheduling, I won't get there in time for the Wednesday night
    Special Event.

    I am planning to work the table of the Arkansas State Square Dance
    Federation (ASSDF) in the Showcase Of Ideas on Thursday, Friday, and
    Saturday. Note that the Showcase Of Ideas CLOSES at 5pm on Saturday.

    At this time, I don't know how much dancing I will do. But, this
    will be my last big trip outside of Arkansas.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Circulation Chairman, Webmaster
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Mon Nov 16 18:43:33 2020
    The December, 2020 issue of The Modern Square, the monthly publication
    of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF) is released today,
    Nov. 16, 2020. The e-Edition was sent to subscribers emails earlier
    today, and Arkansas Printing in Pine Bluff has received the print
    edition copy. It should be in subscribers mailboxes by Thanksgiving.

    I've begun preliminary work on the January, 2021 issue, with these
    changes:

    1) In the print edition, MOVING of the following information to the
    e-Edition (the majority of these items did not change each month; and
    the items had to be moved to cut costs):

    A) Club, caller, and cuer websites, plus Facebook pages.

    B) Dance and Contact Information on clubs, callers, and cuers..

    C) Information on the National Square Dance Convention (except for a
    website link in the Special Dances section).

    These REMAIN in the e-Edition, and are available on the website
    (noted at the bottom of this message, at the appropriate link). Folks
    can also contact one of the ASSDF Officers for the information, if need
    be.

    2) Addition of fliers for the 2021 ASSDF Fall Festival...for the
    registration for Friday and Saturday and camping/lodging info...
    plus info on the Trail-End Dance Thursday night. These will be
    placed on the website just after the first of the year, in PDF
    format. I am waiting on approval on the artwork from the ASSDF
    Board, and from the Fall Festival Chairpersons.

    3) Since this is the last year for the Single Square Dancers USA
    (SSDUSA) organization, as a former member, I'm paying the ad cost
    for their fliers for the January through August 2021 issues. The
    final Dance-A-Rama will be in Des Moines, Iowa September 3-5, 2021.

    It would cost me far more to travel there, and for both food and lodging...than it'd be for the ad...plus, it'd be very hard on me
    physically, travel wise...especially with COVID-19 issues. With a
    lack of support and members lately, the organization will DISBAND
    after their 50th Dance-A-Rama.

    4) Depending on the outcome of a vote by the ASSDF Executive Board
    in a planned Zoom Meeting in early December, lower prices for ads
    in the publication, and possibly a nominal yearly fee for the
    e-Edition and related expenses.

    Yet, there is opposition to any kind of fee (no matter how small)...
    but it seems that "folks want something for nothing". I am working
    on a column for these new rates, but can do nothing on that until
    after the Board Meeting.

    The truth is that the number of print edition subscribers continues
    to decrease, as well as a lack of new/renewal subscriptions and ads.
    Had ASSDF President Ted Hofmeister, and yours truly not been taking
    out ads in the previous months this year, the print edition would
    likely be "on its last legs" right now.

    Costs of postage and printing continue to increase, plus the fees
    for webhosting and the website come due in August (all websites have
    to pay these fees...plus web design fees, if applicable, and these can
    be rather expensive). In time, that will drain the treasury, where the
    ASSDF may have to consider:

    A) An increase in the cost, or reduction in frequency, of the print subscription. That would likely turn away subscribers from either
    subscribing or renewing.

    B) Eliminate the print subscription entirely...especially if it's
    costing substantially more to print and mail it, and little or no
    new money is coming in for subscriptions (new or renewal) or ads.

    That would be unfair to those who either want a hard copy...or who
    can't get, don't have, or don't want, a computer or internet access.
    Portions of Arkansas have little or no internet or cellphone coverage.

    The only benefits of discontinuing the print edition would be no
    more postage or printing costs....and the e-Edition could have its
    deadline as "the last Friday of the month".

    While it was voted on at a Delegates Meeting a few years ago that
    "fees for The Modern Square were non-refundable", the ASSDF Board
    would have to approve a change in that.

    C) Charging a nominal fee for the e-Edition. But, if we can't pay
    the fees for the website or webhosting, the e-Edition and websites
    will disappear as well.

    D) Lack of new revenue could mean we could not pay for a hall for
    a place to hold the Fall Festival or the Spring Dance.

    This would result in the worst case scenario for the organization...as
    with no print or e-Edition or website, that means no way to communicate
    with members...and to those outside of the state who may be looking to
    move to Arkansas, or are passing through on the way to another dance or
    event. And, with no money for festivals, it means no more dances...and
    would mean the end of the organization.

    We do NOT want it to get to this point...but with any organization,
    if members aren't going to support it, the officers are just wasting
    their time. I know folks don't want to hear this, and will likely accuse
    me of being "overly negative". But, as Robert Heinlein noted, TANSTAFFL;
    "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch".

    It's basically a matter of mathematics...and I'll use the illustration
    things like restaurant or store items. If someone isn't there to replace
    and replenish things that are purchased or removed (like a food buffet);
    sooner or later, they will run out of those things, and the entity will
    be shut down.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Circulation Chairman, Webmaster, ASSDF https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Nov 19 23:47:52 2020
    I received the print copy of the December, 2020 issue of The Modern
    Square today, Nov. 19, 2020. The e-Edition was released earlier this
    week on Nov. 16, 2020.

    The Modern Square is the monthly publication of the Arkansas State
    Square Dance Federation (ASSDF).

    As noted in a previous message, I've begun preliminary work on the
    January, 2021 issue, with these changes:

    1) In the print edition, MOVING of the following information to the
    e-Edition (the majority of these items did not change each month; and
    the items had to be moved to cut costs):

    A) Club, caller, and cuer websites, plus Facebook pages.

    B) Dance and Contact Information on clubs, callers, and cuers..

    C) Information on the National Square Dance Convention (except for a
    website link in the Special Dances section).

    These REMAIN in the e-Edition, and are available on the website
    (noted at the bottom of this message, at the appropriate link). Folks
    can also contact one of the ASSDF Officers for the information, if
    need be.

    2) Addition of fliers for the 2021 ASSDF Fall Festival...for the
    registration for Friday and Saturday and camping/lodging info...
    plus info on the Trail-End Dance Thursday night. These will be
    placed on the website just after the first of the year, in PDF
    format. I am waiting on approval on the artwork from the ASSDF
    Board, and from the Fall Festival Chairpersons.

    3) Since this is the last year for the Single Square Dancers USA
    (SSDUSA) organization, as a former member, I'm paying the ad cost
    for their fliers for the January through August 2021 issues. The
    final Dance-A-Rama will be in Des Moines, Iowa September 3-5, 2021.

    It would cost me far more to travel there, and for both food and lodging...than it'd be for the ad...plus, it'd be very hard on me
    physically, travel wise...especially with COVID-19 issues. With a
    lack of support and members lately, the organization will DISBAND
    after their 50th Dance-A-Rama.

    4) Depending on the outcome of a vote by the ASSDF Executive Board
    in a planned Zoom Meeting in early December, lower prices for ads
    in the publication, and possibly a nominal yearly fee for the
    e-Edition and related expenses.

    Yet, there is opposition to any kind of fee (no matter how small)...
    but it seems that "folks want something for nothing". I am working
    on a column for these new rates, but can do nothing on that until
    after the Board Meeting.

    The truth is that the number of print edition subscribers continues
    to decrease, as well as a lack of new/renewal subscriptions and ads.
    Had ASSDF President Ted Hofmeister, and yours truly not been taking
    out ads in the previous months this year, the print edition would
    likely be "on its last legs" right now.

    Costs of postage and printing continue to increase, plus the fees
    for webhosting and the website come due in August (all websites have
    to pay these fees...plus web design fees, if applicable, and these can
    be rather expensive). In time, that will drain the treasury, where the
    ASSDF may have to consider:

    A) An increase in the cost, or reduction in frequency, of the print subscription. That would likely turn away subscribers from either
    subscribing or renewing.

    B) Eliminate the print subscription entirely...especially if it's
    costing substantially more to print and mail it, and little or no
    new money is coming in for subscriptions (new or renewal) or ads.
    This is especially true if proposed reduced ad prices don't generate
    any new ads.

    Discontinuing the print edition would be unfair to those who either
    want a hard copy...or who can't get, don't have, or don't want, a
    computer or internet access. Portions of Arkansas have little or no
    internet or cellphone coverage...and if one doesn't have a landline
    analog phone, or amateur radio, they're not going to be able to
    communicate with their fellow Arkansan. These folks are truly, "in
    the boonies".

    The only benefits of discontinuing the print edition would be no
    more postage or printing costs....and the e-Edition could have its
    deadline as "the last Friday of the month"...as long as I'm the
    Editor...but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

    While it was voted on at a Delegates Meeting a few years ago that
    "fees for The Modern Square were non-refundable", the ASSDF Board
    would have to approve a change in that.

    C) Charging a nominal fee for the e-Edition. But, if we can't pay
    the fees for the website or webhosting, the e-Edition and website
    will disappear as well. However, I can maintain the original "low
    graphics site", as I have more space to store PDF files (including
    back issues of the e-Edition of The Modern Square) there.

    D) Lack of new revenue could mean we could not pay for a hall for
    a place to hold the Fall Festival or the Spring Dance.

    This would result in the worst case scenario for the organization...as
    with no print or e-Edition or website, that means no way to communicate
    with members...and to those outside of the state who may be looking to
    move to Arkansas, or are passing through on the way to another dance or
    event. And, with no money for festivals, it means no more dances...and
    would mean the end of the organization.

    We do NOT want it to get to this point...but with any organization,
    if members aren't going to support it, the officers are just wasting
    their time. I know folks don't want to hear this, and will likely accuse
    me of being "overly negative". But, as Robert Heinlein noted, TANSTAFFL;
    "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch".

    It's basically a matter of mathematics...and I'll use the illustration
    things like restaurant or store items. If someone isn't there to replace
    and replenish things that are purchased or removed (like a food buffet);
    sooner or later, they will run out of those things, and the entity will
    be shut down.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Circulation Chairman, Webmaster, ASSDF https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sun Jan 17 06:47:17 2021
    The print edition and e-Edition of the February, 2021 issue of
    The Modern Square, the monthly publication of the Arkansas State
    Square Dance Federation (ASSDF), are released today, Jan. 17, 2021.

    You may go to https://www.arkansassquaredance.com -- then click on
    MORE -- and look for the link that notes "The Modern Square". Scroll
    down the page, then click on "February 2021 e-Edition" to download it.
    You will need an appropriate PDF viewer to view/print the file.

    Due to some receipients bouncing the email back due to the URL in
    the message or the attached file, I had to spell it out in the email
    blast, as these subscribers ISP spam filters were flagging the message
    as such. If their ISP spam filters still flag it, I don't know what
    can be done.

    My apologies for the December, 2020 issue being sent out recently,
    instead of the January, 2021 issue...it was due to a file error at
    my end. I have combined club reports for January and February into
    this issue.

    I will confirm with Arkansas Printing on Monday that they received
    the file, and that it is the right one. I hope it'll be in mailboxes
    by the first of February.

    We are down to 48 print subscriptions for The Modern Square, and
    ASSDF President Ted Hofmeister has said that if we drop below 40
    print subscriptions, the print edition will be discontinued. As of
    Jan. 17, 2021, there are still 13 print subscriptions that expire
    with the February, 2021 issue...and if these do not renew by Feb. 14,
    2021, then the March, 2021 issue will be the last one for the print
    edition.

    If that occurs, shortly after that point, refunds will be sent out
    by ASSDF Treasurer Sheila Gesing to those print edition subscribers
    who had remaining print subscription issues from April, 2021 on. Any
    issues from March, 2021 or before will NOT receive refunds. The amount
    of the refund will be pro-rated per issue, based on the number of issues remaining on their subscription.

    Because of print edition costs, the size of the print edition has
    been capped at 16 pages. If we have to go over that, it costs the
    ASSDF extra money. Also, to cover the cost of webhosting, the domain
    fee, and for security features to protect the site from malware, there
    are smaller costs by comparison for the e-Edition ads. At the present
    time, there is no charge for an e-Edition subscription. You can get
    one free of charge by sending an email with your name and email address
    to the email address at the bottom of this message.

    As for ads, effective immediately, the ad prices for The Modern
    Square, no matter the size of the ad, are as follows:

    Print Edition: $35
    E-Edition: $ 5

    If you want an ad in BOTH the print and e-Edition, the cost is $40
    per ad insertion. ADVANCE PAYMENT IS REQUIRED, with a check payable
    to ASSSDF for the proper amount (be sure that it is signed), and then
    mail it to Sheila Gesing, 9760 Grant 7, Sheridan, AR 72150

    Copy (text) and photos for ads should be sent to the Editor via
    email to assdfmodernsquare at gmail dot com -- this is the same
    address for club reports or other items. The deadline is the 14th
    of the month, preceding the month of issue.

    If we end up going to e-Edition ONLY, as Editor, I am considering
    changing the deadline to something like the 26th of the month. This
    would mean that it'd be released on the 28th of the month, prior to
    the month of issue...as all months have 28 days.

    Contact information for the ASSDF Officers is in The Modern Square,
    and on the website, noted below.

    Please notify the Editor if your mailing address changes for the
    print edition, or if your email address changes for the e-Edition.
    If either bounce back as undeliverable, your subscription(s) will be
    suspended, until you contact me with the updated information. Also,
    please notify the Editor if any information for you as a caller or
    a cuer...or for your club...is wrong...so that it can be corrected.

    Note that with COVID-19 still being widespread, many clubs remain
    dark. If I remember right, only 6 ASSDF clubs are dancing at this time.
    Some do require masks, while others leave it up to individual dancers
    to decide on that. Temperatures are taken at the door...if you have a
    fever, you will NOT be allowed to dance.

    Note that if weather is an issue...whether snow and ice, or severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, flooding rain, large hail, and damaging winds...you may wish to stay home.

    Snowy and icy roads are extremely dangerous...and flooded roads could
    be washed out. NEVER drive through or walk across flooded areas. It only
    takes 6 inches of moving water to sweep a person off their feet, and
    only 1 foot of water to sweep a vehicle off the road. Your fate will
    likely be death by drowning. If you end up being rescued, you may end
    up being billed by the emergency services personnel, especially if
    there were signs noting "Road Unsafe When Under Water".

    Road conditions (including construction zones and traffic flow), for
    Arkansas can be found at https://www.idrivearkansas.com -- an app is
    also available for the smartphone.

    Lastly, PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU TRAVEL...to verify that the club is
    still dancing that night, and for any COVID-19 precautions. If weather
    is an issue...or if you don't feel well, or are leery of getting out
    among other people, please stay home!!

    Currently in Arkansas, those who are front line healthcare workers
    (medical personnel, etc.), those living or working in nursing homes
    or those 70 years of age or older, are eligible to get the COVID-19
    shots (likely available in 2 doses, taken a month apart). If you live
    in central Arkansas, and meet the above 3 requirements, you can call
    CHI St. Vincent ta 501-552-6843, to get on the schedule. Several area pharmacies are offering the injections as well.

    Those who don't meet these requirements will have to wait until later
    in the year, when their respective "age group" opens up to receive the
    shots. Hopefully, that will get us back to some sort of normalcy, for
    what it's worth.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Circulation Chairman, Webmaster, ASSDF https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Feb 11 12:36:57 2021
    The NEW redesigned website and logo for the Arkansas State Square
    Dance Federation (ASSDF)...designed by Ben Schoenkase, is now ONLINE
    at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com -- it's easier to navigate
    and get information for. The one thing I have not yet been able to
    get working is the Google Events Calendar.

    An ice storm affected much of Arkansas Feb. 10-11, with freezing
    rain causing icy roads and power outages. Many clubs have decided
    to CANCEL upcoming dances because of the weather...including my home
    club, the Maverick Mixers, in Little Rock...who will NOT be dancing
    this Saturday, Feb. 13.

    Please call before you travel to be sure the club is dancing, and
    to check for any COVID-19 requirements. Also, for weather issues,
    there are 2 sites to check:

    1) https://www.idrivearkansas.com -- provided by the Arkansas
    Department Of Transportation (ARDOT), you can get indications
    of traffic flows, construction zones, road conditions, closed
    roads, incidents (wrecks), and more.

    2) https://www.weather.gov/lzk -- the website for the National
    Weather Service in Little Rock. At a glance, you can see all
    current watches, warnings, and advisories for Arkansas. If you
    click on the map, you'll get a point forecast for that area,
    with links to any watches, warnings, and advisories.

    Some forecast models are showing 2 consecutive snow storms
    the week of Feb. 14-20...and accumulations could be moderate
    to heavy. On top of icy roads, that'll make travel conditions
    even worse. A bit milder weather (I use the term loosely) may
    not arrive until the week of Feb. 21 -- Severe Weather Awareness
    Week, prior to the start of the spring tornado season, which can
    be just as bad.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Circulation Chairman, Webmaster, ASSDF https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - tbolt.synchro.net
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sat Feb 20 08:50:21 2021
    The NEW redesigned website and logo for the Arkansas State Square
    Dance Federation (ASSDF)...designed by Ben Schoenkase, is now ONLINE
    at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com -- it's easier to navigate
    and get information for.

    I finally got the Google Events Calendar working...it's available
    from the Upcoming Events page. On the calendar, if there are "events",
    there will be a plus sign, followed by a number. Click on that to see
    the scheduled event(s). The information is current to the best of my
    knowledge, but last minute changes or cancellations can still occur.

    Note that Arkansas is still recovering from 2 back to back snow
    storms, that brought a combined total from 1 1/2 to 2 feet of snow
    along the Interstate 30 corridor from Texarkana to just northeast
    of Little Rock. What snow and ice melts during the day, is likely
    refreezing to black ice overnight. Also, areas of Freezing Fog are
    developing, depositing a thin layer of ice on roads...especially on
    bridges and overpasses. While a slow warming trend has begun, it's
    going to take some time to melt off all that snow and ice. As a
    result, if you are traveling, please use extreme caution...and have
    a winter weather survival kit on board, in case you become stranded.

    Please call before you travel to be sure the club is dancing, and
    to check for any COVID-19 requirements. Also, for weather issues,
    there are 2 sites to check:

    1) https://www.idrivearkansas.com -- provided by the Arkansas
    Department Of Transportation (ARDOT), you can get indications
    of traffic flows, construction zones, road conditions, closed
    roads, incidents (wrecks), and more.

    2) https://www.weather.gov/lzk -- the website for the National
    Weather Service in Little Rock. At a glance, you can see all
    current watches, warnings, and advisories for Arkansas. If you
    click on the map, you'll get a point forecast for that area,
    with links to any watches, warnings, and advisories.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Circulation Chairman, Webmaster, ASSDF https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - tbolt.synchro.net
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Mon Mar 15 14:43:07 2021
    The April, 2021 issue of The Modern Square, the monthly publication
    of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF), is released
    today, March 15, 2021.

    The print edition has been received by Arkansas Printing, and the
    e-Edition is available on the ASSDF website, which is located at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com

    From there, click on RESOURCES, and DOWNLOAD THE MODERN SQUARE to
    get the latest issue. A PDF viewer is required to view/print it.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - tbolt.synchro.net
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Wed Apr 14 21:38:40 2021
    The May, 2021 issue of The Modern Square, the monthly publication
    of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF), is released
    today, April 14, 2021. Because of a threat of thunderstorms the next
    few days, and because of an early wake-up call for me, I've decided
    to release it now...plus, I was "out of room" for items for the print
    edition in the current issue.

    The print edition has been sent to Arkansas Printing, and the
    e-Edition is available on the ASSDF website, which is located at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com -- from there, click on RESOURCES,
    and DOWNLOAD THE MODERN SQUARE to get to the page where issues of The
    Modern Square are located...just click on the desired link.

    For non-subscribers of the print edition, a PDF file of the back
    issue from March, 2021 is available at the appropriate link. This
    "delay" prevents non-subscribers from getting the current print
    edition in a timely manner...compared to those who are paying $20
    per year for it. Those who have a current print subscription should
    receive their copy in their mailboxes by April 29, 2021.

    Please see my column in the latest issue for more information.
    Due to various issues, I will NOT be able to make the ASSDF Delegates
    Meeting and Dance in Hot Springs on May 1, 2021. I've sent a PDF file
    to ASSDF President Ted Hofmeister to discuss in my absence.

    Work on the June, 2021 issue will start around May 10, 2021. I
    will need any items for that issue no later than 6pm Central Time
    on May 14, 2021, to be included in there. The 6pm Central Time is
    because of commitments via another hobby, amateur radio, during the
    evening hours.

    Conversely, payment for any ads must be received by ASSDF Treasurer
    Sheila Gesing, or the ads will not run.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - tbolt.synchro.net
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sun Jun 13 17:10:41 2021
    There is an email scam making the rounds, with the addressee name
    of Ted and Tonia...for Ted and Tonia Hofmeister, current president
    of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation. The fraudulent email,
    from GMail, starts with "president", then has numbers after it.

    THIS IS A SCAM, and NOT from Ted or Tonia!! The person will try
    to get you to purchase a large amount of iTunes cards ($500), and
    send them the info on the cards, and promising reimbursement. Others
    have verified that they have received a similar email, and that it's
    a scam!!

    Ted and Tonia's email are listed in The Modern Square, and on the
    ASSDF website at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com -- and they would
    never send out an email like this.

    If you receive a scam as noted above...delete it, and put the address
    in your spam filter to block it. Any email asking you to buy something
    for them, or saying you've won a lottery, etc., is fraudulent from the
    word GO.

    As for The Modern Square, I'm planning to release the July, 2021
    issue (e-Edition) on Tuesday, July 15...and send the print edition
    to the printer. I'm still waiting on the stragglers on the various
    club reports...and at present, I have no photos for this month's
    e-Edition. I've had trouble with Facebook lately, so I can't just
    go to a club's page and grab pictures.

    ASSDF Member Clubs who have info or photos should email them to assdfmodernsquare at gmail dot com

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Tue Jun 15 15:43:17 2021
    The July, 2021 issue of The Modern Square, the monthly publication of
    the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF) is released today,
    June 15, 2021, for the e-Edition. It's available on the ASSDF website
    at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square. You'll need
    a PDF viewer to view it.

    I've sent the print edition to Arkansas Printing, and hopefully, it'll
    be in subscribers mailboxes by July 1.

    A few items to note in the publication this month:

    1) President Ted and Tonia Hofmeister address the need for insurance
    with the dancers and the square dance clubs. As litigious as society
    is today...having the insurance protects a club, its members, and
    dancers, and ultimately, the ASSDF, from financial loss, if an
    incident occurs. Basically, the small yearly cost per member is a
    bargain for the piece of mind that it provides. If you're a member
    of more than one ASSDF member club, you only have to be insured with
    one of them. Please contact either Ted Hofmeister or Sheila Gesing
    if you have any questions.

    2) As per previous messages, there is an email scam, posing as being
    from President Ted and Tonia Hofmeister. Please see the Editor's
    Report for more information.

    3) The Levi's And Lace will be at a NEW LOCATION, on the 2nd and 4th
    Fridays of each month from 7pm to 9pm, at Lake Hamilton Cumberland
    Presbyterian Church, 2891 Airport Road, in Hot Springs. Please contact
    Ted and Phyllis Keeney at 501-991-3292, for directions and more
    information.

    4) The Twirling Lariats will be DARK on July 2, to encourage dancers
    to support The Three Amigos Dance at Crosspointe Church in Bryant on
    July 3. Also, the Pioneers will be DARK on July 5, for the Independence
    Day holiday. Other clubs may have last minute changes or cancellations;
    so, please call before you travel, to avoid a wasted trip. Of the ASSDF
    Member Clubs, 5 are not dancing at this time. Again, if your club changes
    its status, day, time, or location, please let me know.

    As a side note, the Bluebird Squares will dance this Saturday at their
    regular time at the Saline County Fairgrounds. Contact Carolyn Birdsong
    at (501) 813-7239 for directions and information.

    5) The Sheridan Swinging Jackets are planning to start lessons for new
    dancers on July 13. Please see the flier in the print and e-Edition,
    and on the ASSDF website for more information.

    6) A Happy Golden Wedding Anniversary goes to longtime dancers Bob and
    Judy Mullins. A special event ad is in the print and e-Edition with more information. All dancers are invited to attend, but please RSVP by July
    15.

    On the ASSDF website (URL noted below), I had to delete the separate
    locations for the Twirling Lariats and Maverick Mixers from the website map...then create a combined one with the club and contact information. Amazingly, it allowed me to do so. So to my knowledge, all clubs should
    be listed on the ASSDF website map.

    If ANY of the info on the website, or The Modern Square, for clubs,
    callers, or cuers, is in error, please reply to this email (address
    below) as soon as possible, so I can get it corrected; because if you
    don't tell me the info is wrong, there's no way that I'm going to know.

    Work on the August, 2021 issue will start shortly after The Three Amigos
    Dance on July 3. I wish safe journey to all traveling to the National
    Square Dance Convention in Jackson, Mississippi next week.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Jun 17 11:39:09 2021
    From Paul Chernell, Twirling Funtimers Square And Round Dance Club:

    We had a club meeting, and decided that the Twirling Funtimers Square
    and Round Dance Club will resume dancing on Wednesday evenings from
    7-9 p.m., with pre-Rounds from 6:30-7 p.m., beginning on July 7th, 2021.

    We have moved from our old Mountain Home location to the city of Lakeview, Arkansas, in the Loyd Travis Municipal Building, located at 14 Skyles Lane, right across the road from the big yellow Beaman Realty sign (on the corner
    of AR-178 and Surrey Lane).

    Our callers are Donna Gellenbeck and Ken Jarman, and our Cuer is Marge Sherrill.

    Our fee is $5.00 for regular dances, and $7.00 for special dances.

    The latest information is posted on our website at: facebook.com/twirlingfuntimers

    **

    The Arkansas State Square Dance Federation website, located at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com has been updated with these
    changes.

    Also, I'm working on a PDF file with the URL's of Facebook pages,
    and websites for callers, cuers, and clubs. This will be placed on
    the website as soon as possible.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Jul 15 14:26:02 2021
    The August, 2021 e-Edition of The Modern Square, the monthly publication
    of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF), is relased today,
    July 15, 2021...and is available at the ASSDF website, which is located at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square

    All available e-Editions are available with the appropriate link, with
    a print edition from 2 months ago (June, 2021) on the site. All the files
    are in PDF format, and require an appropriate reader to view.

    The print edition subscription is $20 per year, while the e-Edition is
    free. A subscription form is in the print and e-Edition. The "2 month
    delay" in the print edition keeps non-subscribers from getting the
    current issue in a timely manner, while others are paying $20 per year.

    The August, 2021 e-Edition is 68 pages, with a large amount of photos;
    the smaller print edition is only 16 pages. It should be in subscribers mailboxes by the end of July.

    Work on the September, 2021 issue will start around August 10, 2021; with
    the deadline for items on August 14, 2021.

    If you'd like to get an e-Edition subscription, please send an email to
    the address noted below.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sun Aug 1 23:43:11 2021
    My apologies for the delay in posting of several items to the various
    square dance ehoes in recent days.

    Last Thursday, I got an uncomfortable feeling between my throat and
    my heart, as if I was about to vomit...but I wasn't nauseated or short
    of breath...and I didn't have the "classic heart attack symptoms" of
    pain in the jaw, or down the arms. But, I went ahead and called 911,
    with the Little Rock Fire Department, and the Metropolitan Emergency
    Medical Services (MEMS) Ambulance, responding in short order.

    I was ambulatory to St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock, where
    my heart rate was racing along at 155!! It had never been above 105
    as I could recall. They hooked me up to an intravenous feed of saline
    (for fluid), and to a medication to slow the heart rate down. The
    latter only worked temporarily, so they added an intraveneous drip
    of a solution to lower the heart rate...and was admitted to the
    cardiac ward. While there, somebody set off the fire alarm in
    another area of the hospital...and there were 2 instances of the
    "Rapid Response Team" with a "Code Blue"...one was in the Cardiac
    Care Unit. I don't know if either of those patients survived.

    I was basically diagnosed with atrial flutter, a cousin to atrial fibrillation. Left untreated, both can lead to a fatal stroke or heart attack...but, it appears that I caught it early enough...so I can stay
    off the Silent Keys page for awhile. The medicine got it down into the
    upper 50s, but stabilized it in the mid 70's. One ham quipped "it's
    like golf...a score of 65 is better than 155" (hi hi).

    It took several hours before they got me to my room, and I thought
    I was going to need heart surgery. As it turned out, I didn't need it
    (i.e. a pacemaker implant)...at least not yet. However, I have two
    follow-up medical appointments this week...a telemedicine conference
    with my primary care physician on Tuesday...then I see my cardiologist
    on Wednesday. He will then decide if I need additional surgery, which
    would obviously require hospitalization.

    Because of a threat of thunderstorms that was forecast in central
    Arkansas on Sunday, US Time (today at this typing), and not knowing
    when I'd get to come home, I unplugged everything, and shut down the
    BBS, before the ambulance arrived. If I have to undergo heart surgery,
    the BBS will be temporarily offline again...but I won't know much else
    until after I see my cardiologist on Wednesday...and I'll post another
    update as soon as I know something.

    They have put me on a blood thinner, and a medicine to slow the
    heart rate, and lower the blood pressure (which wasn't too bad,
    although the heart rate was). I have no idea what caused it. The
    original blood pressure medicine I was on, has been discontinued.

    It was warm in the Emergency Room, and in my room, that I felt like
    I had a fever (I had a slight one at 99.4). But, I ended up getting
    a much needed sponge bath before sunrise Sunday morning (they were
    short staffed), and another one before discharge, to get all the sticky
    sensor adhesives off of me. A female nurse did the first bath, with a
    male nurse doing the second one. Nudity means nothing to the medical
    folks, so I didn't mind them seeing me naked. Besides, I view them as
    being there to save my butt, and not kiss it.

    The female nurse that originally was supposed to bathe me, ended up
    (from what I understand) having to deal with a "Code Brown"...the
    patient defecated in the bed...you can imagine what a mess that was!!
    At least I was able to make it to the toilet in the room...and at
    least I didn't have to worry about a catheter or an enema. Basically,
    in the hospital, they ask you about "The Three P's" -- peeing, pooping,
    and procreation. The bottom line is that "if you don't take care of
    your health, you are sure to be sorry...and may not live to tell about
    it".

    They did do a COVID-19 nasal swab...thankfully, I was negative, but
    many central Arkansas area hospitals are filling up with folks with
    the Delta Variant of COVID-19...and many of those aren't vaccinated.
    For the record, I got both my shots this past April. But, even the
    hospital elevators were segregated, whether you had COVID-19 or not.
    My heart goes out to the first responders, who have to deal with this
    risk every day.

    I was not on Lasix...at least not to my knowledge. However, my bladder
    and kidneys were in overdrive, as if I was!! I will say that the portable
    male bedside urinal is a JOKE!! You end up getting more urine on the bed
    than in the bottle. But, at least I didn't need a catheter (they told me
    that since those are also a risk for infection, they don't use those
    unless absolutely necessary). And, at least my colon didn't shut down,
    either. The main food at lunch and dinner was grilled chicken...so, I
    wasn't cannibalistic (eating ham (hi hi)). Hopefully, just some medicine
    and dietary modifications will be all that's necessary.

    I'm reminded of the joke that Tom Mullica, who did a show in tribute
    to the late Red Skelton, up in Branson a few years ago...you thought
    that Red had come back from the dead!! Anyway, he found out that there
    was a group of nurses in the audience, and he was overjoyed!! He said
    "I'm so glad all of you are here today!! I've been dying to ask this question!!". The hall gets silent, and he looks at the nurses...and
    inquires "Have we had our bowel movement today??!!" The nurses were as
    red as tomatoes, and the entire room was roaring in raucous laughter!!
    (hi hi).

    I am hoping that if I have to get a pacemaker, that it will not affect
    my being around computers, ham radio, or the microwave oven (which is
    the only way I cook things)...let alone my ability to drive. But, if
    those occur, it will basically cut me off from the outside world, as
    all my hobbies would go by the boards...the BBS, ham radio, and square dancing...even though most of what I do in the latter is behind the
    scenes, and off the dance floor.

    A friend of mine (he and his lady friend/significant other, have a
    spoiled rotten dachshund)...has one of the newer pacemakers, that
    apparently aren't affected by things like computers, ham radio,
    microwave ovens, etc. -- and that one can use the Wi-Fi to transmit
    data to the heart clinic.

    My late Mom died of congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation
    three weeks shy of her 93rd birthday nearly 2 years ago. To my knowledge,
    I don't have congestive heart failure, but I hope to more after I see
    the cardiologist on Wednesday.

    I talked to several hams who have the same thing that I do, and also
    take similar medicines, so their feedback was greatly appreciated. For
    those of you who pray, I covet any thoughts and prayers. I'd like to
    stay on this side of the grass for awhile yet.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sun Aug 8 23:26:21 2021
    The deadline for items for "The Modern Square", Arkansas' monthly
    publication on square and round dancing in the state, published by
    the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation, is normally the 14th of
    the month, preceding the month of issue.

    However, when the 14th falls on a weekend, that means a slight
    extension, because Arkansas Printing is closed on the weekend. I
    then try to send in the data for the print edition, plus release
    the e-Edition, on the first business day after the 14th.

    So, if items are to me by 6pm Central Time the day before the first
    business day after that, I will accept the items. But, if they arrive
    after that time, they will have to wait until the next issue.

    Items included are club reports, fliers, ads, updates on clubs
    and when they dance, updates for callers and cuers, and photos for
    the e-Edition. While updates for e-Edition subscribers can be sent
    out in an email blast, those without email don't have this luxury.

    I'm doing minimal editing, mainly for grammatical issues, and if
    I need to conserve space in the print edition. The print edition
    must be in a set of pages of 4 (i.e. 12, 16, 20, 24, etc.). The
    ASSDF's goal is to keep the print edition at 16 pages or less. Note
    that there is no such limitation for the e-Edition, and the items
    will be published "as is". Also, with the e-Edition, the Special
    Events Calendar will list dates and links to square and round dance
    festivals around the country...but these are NOT listed in the print
    edition.

    Due to the ever increasing cost of postage and printing, as well as
    for the website hosting and related costs, the prices are the same for
    an ad, flier, etc., no matter what the size desired. For the print
    edition, it's $35, since it's done on a monthly basis. For the
    e-Edition, it's only $5...but that cost goes toward the website
    hosting fees, which include the website hosting, domain, data
    backup, and security fees, which are paid on a yearly basis.

    Also, with fliers or ads, payment for such (check or money order
    payable to ASSDF), must be received by the Treasurer by the 14th
    of the month, preceding the month of issue, regardless of when it
    falls. For these ads and fliers, if I haven't received word that
    payment has been received, then the ad or flier will not run in that
    issue.

    There are quite a few people who don't have, can't get, or don't
    want a computer or internet access...and some parts of Arkansas are
    so rural, that cellphone and internet service are only "a pipe
    dream", and landline service can be rather expensive and spotty.

    Indeed, even with amateur radio, which promotes itself as the mode
    of communication "When All Else Fails", some areas are so isolated,
    that the ham radio operators have to operate what's known as "simplex",
    as they can't hit the repeaters from where they're located. And, these
    "hams" provide communications to various "public service events", to
    alert medical staff should an event participant need assistance.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at the email noted below.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Mon Aug 16 14:00:10 2021
    The September, 2021 issue of "The Modern Square", Arkansas' monthly
    square and round dance publication, is released today, August 15, 2021.
    The reason there was a bit of a delay was because the deadline, the
    14th of the month before the month of issue, fell on a weekend. When I
    send the data for the print edition to the printer, I want to be sure
    that they received it the same day I sent it...and I then send out the e-Edition the same day. Unfortunately, I lost internet last evening
    (Aug. 15), so I couldn't make the posting on this until today).

    I've placed the new release on the ASSDF website (the URL is noted
    below). Once there, click on RESOURCES, then click on DOWNLOAD THE
    MODERN SQUARE. I have also updated a previous print edition to the
    website...it is now the edition that was released for July, 2021. The
    "two month delay" prevents non-subscribers from getting it in a timely
    manner. Unlike the e-Edition, which is free, the print edition is $20
    a year. And, unlike the e-Edition, only one month of a previous print
    edition is available on the ASSDF website. You will need a PDF viewer
    to view/print the PDF files.

    With being recently diagnosed as "a heart patient" (with atrial
    flutter), I'm limited in what I can do on the dance floor. At the
    dances I can attend, I "work the table", to answer questions about
    The Modern Square (including print and e-Edition subscriptions), and
    the ASSDF website. However, I prefer working "behind the scenes", as
    you can always get dancers...you can't always get workers. I am on
    medication, and see my cardiologist next week. At this time, I don't
    know whether or not I'll need pacemaker or other surgery.

    Work on the October, 2021 issue, which will focus on the ASSDF Fall
    Festival in Texarkana...will begin around September 10, 2021. The
    deadline for items for that issue will be September 14, 2021.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at the email noted below.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Tue Aug 24 10:21:47 2021
    I received the print edition of the September, 2021 issue of "The
    Modern Square", Arkansas monthly square and round dance publication,
    in my Post Office Box on Monday, August 23. The e-Edition was released
    back on Aug. 17, 2021.

    Work on the October, 2021 issue, which will focus on the ASSDF Fall
    Festival in Texarkana...will begin around September 10, 2021. The
    deadline for items for that issue will be September 14, 2021.

    I am planning to have a schedule of the Fall Festival activities for
    Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9, in there. While the fliers
    for the Trail-End Dance on Thursday, October 7, and the main Fall
    Festival Registration form for Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9,
    will be in there...note that the Advance Registration Deadline is on
    September 30, 2021. As of Oct. 1, the lodging prices go back to their
    regular costs, and it'll cost more to attend the weekend...either for
    both days, or just for Friday or Saturday only. The Trail-End Dance on
    Thursday is a separate admission, payable at the door.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at the email noted below.
    Due to health and financial issues, I regretfully will not be at the
    dance.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Wed Sep 15 12:41:52 2021
    The October, 2021 issue of The Modern Square, the monthly publication
    of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF) is released today, September 15, 2021, and it has been placed on the ASSDF website at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com under RESOURCES and "Download The
    Modern Square". The print edition has been sent to the printer, and the
    August, 2021 print edition copy is now on the website for download...it replaces the July, 2021 print edition copy. The "delay" is to keep the non-subscribers from getting it in a timely manner.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at the email noted below.
    Due to health and financial issues, I regretfully will not be at the
    ASSDF Fall Festival in Texarkana from October 7-9, 2021.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Fri Sep 24 09:27:25 2021
    The October, 2021 issue of The Modern Square, the monthly publication
    of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF) was released back
    on September 15, 2021, and it was been placed on the ASSDF website at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com under RESOURCES and "Download The
    Modern Square".

    The print edition arrived in my Post Office Box this morning, so it
    should be in subscribers mailboxes shortly. The August, 2021 print edition
    copy is now on the website for download...it replaces the July, 2021 print edition copy. The "delay" is to keep the non-subscribers from getting it
    in a timely manner.

    Also, the September, 2021 issue of National Squares Online, published
    by the National Executive Committee, in the interest of the upcoming
    National Square Dance Convention, is now online. Go to www.nsdcnec.com -
    click on National Squares Online, and then click on the desired link.
    This has info on the 71st National Square Dance Convention in Evansville, Indiana, in June, 2022.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at the email noted below.
    Due to health and financial issues, I regretfully will not be at the
    ASSDF Fall Festival in Texarkana from October 7-9, 2021.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Tue Sep 28 08:03:41 2021
    Dear Dancers,

    The SSDUSA Board recognizes that there are many dance leaders who have contributed their time and effort to putting on our annual Dance-A-Rama festivals, keeping our Single Square Dancers USA organization functioning
    over the past fifty years, and/or helping to promote and support singles-friendly/solo-friendly dancing across our nation. We would also
    welcome photos of the leaders you wish to recognize.

    We invite you, the dancers who have attended our Dance-A-Rama festivals,
    to compose and send us tributes to dance leaders that you believe deserve
    to be recognized. As space allows, we will put these tributes in our
    final SSDUSA Intercom publication which we plan to send out in November.
    You may submit tributes and also reminiscences from past Dance-A-Rama festivals, sending them to Ailene Picheco by email at apicheco@att.net
    or by mail at 345 Hula Circle, Merritt Island, FL 32952.

    Thank you,
    Velma Doyle
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Oct 14 19:57:08 2021
    A few items concerning the release of the e-Edition of the November,
    2021 issue of "The Modern Square", the monthly publication of the
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF):

    1) Even though today (the 14th of the month) would normally be the
    deadline for items for the next issue...the release date will be
    DELAYED until sometime Sunday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2021, for the
    following reasons:

    A) Thunderstorms are forecast here overnight into Friday evening, so
    that means no computer work at all, including checking the Editor's
    Email. I don't want a renegade lightning strike taking out both of
    my computers (item C below). Some storms rolled through earlier, and
    more are forecast to develop within the hour. So, I'm trying to finish
    what BBS related tasks I can before shutting everything down for the
    night and Friday.

    B) Another hobby that I do, amateur radio, has me doing traffic nets on
    both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. As a side note, there are "dancing hams"...and at one event 25 years ago, I used amateur radio to save the
    life of our shuttle bus driver...telling the dancers "this is what
    ham radio operators prepare for...emergency communications". The reason
    it's noted as "amateur radio" is that per Federal Law (Title 47 of the
    Code Of Federal Regulations, Part 97), with very rare exceptions, we are prohibited from accepting money or compensation for our services.

    C) I have to do a much needed backup on the BBS (desktop) computer,
    and my laptop computer (the latter where I do my ham radio traffic
    net applications), on Saturday morning. This way, I can recover data
    in the event of a crash or system failure. Recently, on my laptop
    computer (item B above), I had to reinstall Windows 10 64-bit, to
    rebuild the registry, as it had gotten severely corrupted.

    D) I will be attending a local square dance on Saturday evening. Representatives from 501 Life Magazine, a publication covering 11
    counties in central Arkansas, will be at the dance at the Saline
    County Fairgrounds, for the Bluebird Squares club, doing a story.

    I also have notified the Arkansas Department Of Parks And Tourism
    on that. One dancer had told me that the website for the Arkansas
    Department Of Parks And Tourism had the former URL for the site
    (theassdf.org -- that domain has since expired). The correct web
    domain is arkansassquaredance.com

    The dancer apparently gave me the wrong website organization, or
    I mis-dialed the number, as I got a telemarketer/scammer instead.
    Thankfully, I got disconnected, and they didn't get any of my personal
    payment information. I sent a reply email to the Arkansas Department
    Of Parks And Tourism, telling about the ASSDF, and a brief history of
    square and round dancing in Arkansas. Weather permitting, I will call
    them on Friday, to provide additional information.

    So, the "delay" will allow me to get additional news items and
    photos (the latter for the e-Edition).

    2) With a large amount of pictures in the e-Edition (at least 150
    total, possibly more) from several dances, including:

    A) Bluebird Squares Spaghetti Dinner And Dance, Benton

    B) Maverick Mixers 50's/Subscription Dance, Little Rock

    C) ASSDF Fall Festival, Texarkana

    D) Bluebird Squares 501 Life Magazine Dance, Benton

    The abundance of photos has made the e-Edition (in PDF format)
    for November, 2021, at least 30 megabytes in size. Since some ISP's
    have restrictions on the size of file attachments, I likely will NOT
    be able to attach the file to the email blast message that I will
    send out, once it is released. Instead, I likely will provide the
    URL for such, once I upload the file, and update the website.

    While the print edition is $20 per year (some dancers want a
    "hard copy", but some don't have, can't get, or don't want, a
    computer, cellphone, email, or internet access), the e-Edition
    is free of charge. You can get on the email list for it (plus
    updates on square and round dancing in Arkansas), by sending an
    email to assdfmodernsquare at gmail dot com -- with your name,
    and letting me know you want the e-Edition. Back issues of the
    e-Edition are in their own file area on The Thunderbolt BBS.

    Sorry for any inconvenience caused by the "delay". My goal is
    normally to release the e-Edition on the 15th of the month, prior
    to the month of issue...and to send the print edition data to the
    printer...so it can be printed, mailed, and delivered by the 1st
    of the month of issue. But, extenuating circumstances this month,
    are the reason for the delay.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Fri Oct 15 05:22:08 2021
    Update on the November, 2021 issue of The Modern Square:

    While the November, 2021 issue will NOT be released until Sunday, Oct.
    17 (due to weather and other issues), I've decided that because of the
    large size of this months e-Edition, instead of sending out a PDF of
    the print file, I've made a SEPARATE FILE, with just the pictures
    submitted.

    This separate file will be available via the ASSDF website ONLY, and
    will NOT go out in an email blast. This will be the case from now on,
    and be whether 1 or 100+ pictures are submitted. If no pictures are sent
    in, then no file will be prepared or created for that particular month.

    To obtain the file, you will have to go to the page on the ASSDF website
    with The Modern Square:

    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square

    and click on the desired link. The remainder of the e-Edition will
    remain as it is...with links to the various websites, and the email
    addresses, all clickable.

    As for the print edition, since we have restrictions on the number
    of pages, depending on the amount of content submitted (ads, club
    reports, etc.), some items may need to be cut. Right now, I only have
    two club reports, and are expecting maybe two more.

    Basically, either the other clubs have no news to contribute, or no
    one wants to send in a report. Either way, no one outside their club
    will know what is going on. Three clubs are still dark (not dancing),
    due to COVID-19 issues, so I'm not expecting anything from them.

    However, if what I get from the other 2 club reports doesn't bring
    me to the needed page requirement, then items on the Special Events
    Calendar in the print edition will have to be REMOVED...or it may be
    REDUCED to a 2 to 3 month time frame only.

    I can't wait forever for folks to send stuff in, and I can't force
    them to do so. I'm hoping in future months that I don't have to enact
    a deadline extension...never mind the fact that the Postal Service is
    now taking a minimum of 5 days to deliver First Class Mail.

    If I can get back to the FIRM DEADLINE of the 14th of the month,
    before the month of issue, I would prefer that. Items that miss the
    deadline will have to wait until the next issue...whether folks like
    it or not. Or, they can get someone else to do their club report; or
    they just won't have anything in the publication.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sun Oct 17 20:09:36 2021
    The November, 2021, issue of "The Modern Square", the monthly publication
    of the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF), is released today,
    Oct. 17, 2021. Weather and computer issues were the reason for the delay.

    The publication is now available on the ASSDF website, which is located
    at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square

    Due to an unusually large amount of pictures submitted with this issue
    (it's rare I get 1 to 2 dozen photos), I had to create 3 separate PDF
    files, that are available at the same URL noted above. These include:

    1) The 2021 ASSDF Fall Festival in Texarkana, Oct. 7-9, 2021.

    2) The Maverick Mixers 50's and Subscription Dance on Sept. 25, 2021.

    3) The Bluebird Squares Spaghetti Dinner and Dance on Sept. 18, 2021,
    and the Bluebird Squares 501 Life Dance on Oct. 16, 2021.

    Just click on the desired link(s) for the file(s)...note that all
    of these can be quite large.

    The back issue of the print edition is now online for the September,
    2021 issue. This "delay" keeps non-subscribers from getting the current
    print edition in a timely manner, while others are paying $20 per year.

    I've also set up a section on the NEW DANCERS page of the ASSDF website,
    for clubs who are planning to, or currently doing lessons. Please check
    with the contact person noted, to be sure the class is still scheduled.

    And, please call before you travel, in case of last minute changes or cancellations. If you're not feeling well on a dance night, or if bad
    weather is an issue, please stay home.

    Work on the December, 2021 issue will start around Nov. 8, 2021, with
    the deadline for it on Nov. 14, 2021.

    If you have any questions, please send an email to assdfmodernsquare
    at gmail dot com -- I'll reply as soon as possible.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Tue Nov 9 17:31:27 2021
    I checked with Mark Pearce of Arkansas Printing in Pine Bluff today
    (Nov. 9, 2021) as I had not yet seen the print edition of the November,
    2021 issue of "The Modern Square", the monthly publication of the
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF). I had originally emailed
    it and its database to the printer on Oct. 17, 2021.

    Their email and internet client out of Little Rock had a major platform change, which diverted a large amount of email, files, etc. to a rarely
    used account...and it was just discovered upon research today. The ASSDF
    was NOT the only organization affected by this change.

    Since it is well into the month of November, and considering that it
    takes 5 to 10 days to print, mail, and deliver an issue, I told them to
    not worry about preparing the November, 2021 print edition.

    I have sent an email to ASSDF Presidents Ted and Tonia Hofmeister,
    and to ASSDF Treasurers Rick and Sheila Gesing, to find out the next
    steps...as I have to do several things, including:

    1) Sending out a an email blast, and a note on the Twitter feed about
    what happened.

    2) Extending everyone's print subscription one month.

    3) Combining reports for the December, 2021 issue (does that include
    club reports and officer reports??).

    4) Placing the PDF of the November, 2021 print edition on the website
    (since it won't be printed or mailed) earlier than usual (normally, I
    would wait until mid-December to do that)...but folks who don't have
    email, a computer, or internet access, won't be able to get it...never
    mind not being able to print a copy.

    So Ted, Tonia, Rick, and Sheila, have to advise me on what to put in
    the email blast, on Twitter, and possibly the ASSDF website as well.

    In that regard, this means a lot of unanticipated extra work for me
    as Editor, Webmaster, and Circulation Chairman. However, after tonight
    (Nov. 9, 2021), I will likely NOT be able to check email until late
    this week or during the upcoming weekend...let alone do this work,
    because of two items:

    A) Entergy Arkansas is to do work in the area on their power lines,
    so I will not have power or internet for a few hours on Nov. 10.

    B) Thunderstorms move in that evening, and are forecast to last well
    into Thursday. So, I will have the computers (both for the BBS, and
    for the ham radio and square dance items) turned off and unplugged.

    The e-Edition for the November, 2021 issue is already available on the
    ASSDF website, at: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square

    I will post an updated message once I hear from the ASSDF officers.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Nov 11 05:15:48 2021
    Two things of "square dance news":

    1) I've updated the subscriber database for the print edition of "The
    Modern Square", the monthly publication of the Arkansas State Square
    Dance Federation (ASSDF)...to extend everyone's print subscription
    expiration by one (1) month.

    Due to major platform upgrade issues with the company that provides
    internet and email to Arkansas Printing (who prints the publication),
    the November, 2021 issue will NOT be printed. Instead, club reports
    that were in it will be MERGED into the December, 2021 issue. The
    deadline for items for that is Sunday, November 14, 2021. I plan to
    release the e-Edition to the ASSDF website (URL noted below) on Monday, November 15, 2021...and send the print edition data files to Arkansas Printing...who says they can print and mail that issue next week.

    The e-Edition for the November, 2021 issue is already available on the
    ASSDF website, at: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square

    A PDF of the November, 2021 print edition, will be placed at the URL
    noted above on December 15, 2021...when the January, 2022 issue of the publication is released. This "delay" prevents non-subscribers from
    acquiring the print edition for nothing, while subscribers are paying
    $20 per year for it.

    Note that a merging of club report data is NOT REQUIRED for the
    e-Edition. The e-Edition is free of charge, while the print edition
    is $20 per year.

    One can get a free subscription to the e-Edition by sending an email
    request with their name and email to assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com -- for
    the print edition, send a check for $20, payable to ASSDF, to Sheila
    Gesing, 9760 Grant 7, Sheridan, AR 72150 -- please note "Modern Square
    Print Subscription" in the memo line on the check.

    The differences between the print edition and e-Edition are:

    A) All pictures (unless blurred or duplicates) submitted to the Editor
    are published in color in the e-Edition. No pictures are published in
    the print edition. If a rather large number of pictures is submitted
    (as was the case for the November, 2021 issue), separate files will be
    placed on the ASSDF website (the URL is noted above).

    B) Website festival and email links are clickable in the e-Edition.
    There are no such clickable links in the print edition.

    C) The e-Edition is free of charge; the print edition is $20 per year.

    D) The e-Edition is available via email, and on the ASSDF website (URL
    noted above) around 2 weeks before the print edition arrives in
    subscriber's mailboxes.

    2) The final issue of the Intercom, the newsletter for the now former organization of Single Square Dancers USA (SSDUSA) was received via
    email yesterday.

    Due to a lack of people wanting to serve as officers, and groups to
    host the Labor Day Dance-A-Ramas, the organization disbanded after the
    2021 Dance-A-Rama, that was held in Iowa. But, I'm placing the file
    online for "posterity". The organization was originally started over
    50 years ago by Joe Ellis, for square dancers who were single (they had
    never married, or were either divorced or widowed)...for dances designed
    for them...although married couples were welcome at the SSDUSA dances.

    With either Intercom or The Modern Square, a PDF viewer is required.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Sat Nov 13 09:42:43 2021
    The ASSDF Officers are currently in the brain storming phase for the
    2022 Fall Festival in Clinton Arkansas October 7-8, 2022.

    In the past, we have received feedback that dancers would like to see
    more workshops Friday and Saturday afternoon. Some of the workshops
    previously suggested were clogging lessons, line dance lessons, and
    caller training.

    The question is are there any other workshops you would like to see??
    If so, now is the time to let us know.

    Please respond to this message with your suggestions, or contact an
    ASSDF officer (emails are in the e-Edition) to provide your feedback.

    Thanks for your assistance in making the 2022 Fall Festival the best
    it can be.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Mon Nov 15 00:58:00 2021
    The December, 2021 issue of The Modern Square has been released, and it's
    now available at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square

    The print edition has been sent to the printer, and I will verify with
    them sometime later today, that they have received it.

    The "back issue" of the print edition on the website is for October, 2021.
    This "delay" keeps non-subscribers from getting the current issue in a
    timely manner, while subscribers are paying $20 a year for it.

    Work on the January, 2022 issue will start in early December, 2021; with
    the deadline for that on Dec. 14, 2021.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Tue Dec 14 22:32:40 2021
    The January, 2022 issue of The Modern Square has been released, and it's
    now available at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square

    The print edition has been sent to the printer, and I will verify with
    them sometime later today, that they have received it.

    The "back issue" of the print edition on the website is for November, 2021. This "delay" keeps non-subscribers from getting the current issue in a
    timely manner, while subscribers are paying $20 a year for it.

    Work on the February, 2022 issue will start in early January, 2022; with
    the deadline for that on Jan. 14, 2022.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Jan 6 21:47:48 2022
    I've added several special dance fliers to the website of the Arkansas
    State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF), all in PDF format. These are:

    1) Heber Springers Valentines Dance, Friday, Feb. 12.
    Caller: Phil Moorehouse

    2) Twirling Lariats Valentines Dance, Monday, Feb. 14.
    Caller: Jet Roberts

    3) The Three Amigos Spirit Of America Dance, Saturday, July 2.
    Callers: Joey Duhamel, Phil Moorehouse, and Gene Gancarczyk

    4) ASSDF Fall Festival Trail-End Dance and Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 6.
    Callers: Roy Hestand, with Arkansas' Callers And Cuers

    5) ASSDF Fall Festival, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8.
    Friday Night Caller: Tim Tyl
    Saturday Night Caller: Phil Moorehouse, Naaman Moorehouse, Sr., and
    Brooke Moorehouse

    I am working on the February, 2022 issue...the deadline for items for
    that is Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at 9pm Central Time. I plan to release
    the print copy to Arkansas Printing over the weekend (they won't get
    it until Monday, Jan. 17), and the e-Edition to subscribers on Saturday,
    Jan. 15. The print edition subscription is $20 per year, while folks can
    get a free e-Edition by sending an email with their name and email
    address to assdfmodernsquare at gmail dot com

    Back issues of The Modern Square are available at:

    https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman
    Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
    Website: https://www.arkansassquaredance.com
    Email: assdfmodernsquare@gmail.com
    ---
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas
  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Fri Jan 14 23:02:00 2022
    Due to winter weather potential this weekend, along with the potential
    for power outages, I have RELEASED the February, 2022 issue of The
    Modern Square today, Jan. 14, 2022. It is now available on the website
    of the Arkansas State Squre Dance Federation, which is located at https://www.arkansassquaredance.com/the-modern-square

    The back print edition is the December, 2021 issue, and the November,
    2021 back print edition has been removed. This 2 month delay in the
    release of the print edition prevents non-subscribers from getting
    access to the current issue in a timely manner.

    I have emailed the print copy to Arkansas Printing, and they should
    start work on it on Monday, January 17...and hopefully, it'll be in
    subscribers mailboxes by the end of the month.

    Work on the March, 2022 issue will start just before the Twirling
    Lariats Valentine's Day Special on Feb. 14, which will be the deadline
    for the March, 2022 issue.

    I have uploaded the file msqr0222.pdf to its appropriate file area
    on The Thunderbolt BBS.

    Daryl Stout, Editor, Webmaster, Circulation Chairman, ASSDF
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    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas