The 2019 Burns Supper was highly enjoyable. Special thanks to Jennifer Shearman and her team for orchestrating the event. Drum Cavers (dinner MC) and Mary Murray (dance MC) did an outstanding job and the speeches were excellent. The demonstration team, led by Kay Sutherland, provided superb entertainment before the dancing commenced and at the break.
The 55th Gleneagles Ball was another outstanding event. We danced to a wonderful programme devised by Simon Scott - who also did a masterful job briefing the dances. The Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra was once again in very fine form as was our piper Mike Chisholm. The ballroom was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the dinner and dessert buffet was delicious.
A big thank you goes to all of dancers who attended - from the lower mainland clubs, the out of town guests and the young dancers from the Dunvegan dance academy in Maple Ridge.
The Gleneagles ball committee deserves our heartfelt thanks for organizing this major event. Thank you Adrienne, Gillian, Susan, Heather, Maggie, Pat and Mike for all of your efforts in making the annual ball such a highlight.
The Gleneagles fall dance was once again a memorable and highly enjoyable event. This was the first time we’ve had an afternoon tea dance and it was very well attended – in spite of the beautiful weather outside. Thanks to everyone for coming out with special mention to Pat Johnson’s youth group, and to our new club members Negar and Nickey for braving the dance floor with such enthusiasm.
A succesful event like this doesn’t happen without a good deal of hard work. Heather and her team did a masterful job and made it look almost easy. Thanks to everyone who contributed by bringing food, organizing the kitchen, selling tickets, setting up the sound system, tables and chairs, printing the beautiful program posters and of course dancing. A photographer from the North Shore News attended the event this year (thank you Susan) so look for pictures in an upcoming issue.
As always, the great work that Simon and Louise do in briefing the dances is much appreciated.
We had an excellent turnout on Welcome night. The 9 newcomers were very enthusiastic and showed great aptitude for Scottish Country Dancing. Thanks to Louise for providing excellent instruction and to all the experienced dancers who came out to help kick off our dance season.
As always, the barbecue was a terrific success and we thank May and Ian Loudon for hosting us once again in their lovely garden.
Special thanks go to Helene and Douglas for organizing the event and to all those helped make it a success. The barbeque team (Norm, Robert, Shirley, Drum and Pat) did an exceptional job and deserve a special mention.
Here are some of the barbeque highlights.
Auctioneer Simon did a great job and the auction raised $1,300 for Club funds. Successful bidders were Frankie (Whistler Chalet), Douglas and Helene (Vintage Daimler ride and picnic), Doug and Gillian (Murder Mystery Night), Norm and Susan (McKenzie MacCallum Wine). Special thanks to all who donated the auction items – Ursel, Simon, Mike and Barbara, Keith and Norma.
JOHN FREELAND MEMORIAL CROQUET TOURNAMENT
Congratulations to Gillian Muir for her championship run this year. In addition to the impressive cup and a mini croquet set, Gillian received a large bottle of single malt scotch. Susan Haug was once again the runner up and will retain custody of the Gleneagles Mallet of Honour
PRESENTATION TO NORM HAUG
Norm Haug was presented with a Beach House restaurant gift certificate in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the club over the past three years. Thank you Norm.
FLYERS AND BUSINESS CARDS
The club has prepared a promotional flyer to advertise our club and to promote Scottish country dancing. If you know of individuals or groups who may be interested in our club please contact Simon or Douglas to obtain copies.
Rose was inspired to devise this dance by her trip to the Zillertal (a region in the Austrian Tirol) last August. The Zillertal begins at village Strass and ends at the village Mayrhofen with the Glorious Hintertüx. There is a promenade that goes from village to village. Rose's dance captures the hiking, jogging, cycling and social activity that the Zillertal is famous for.
Watch the dance being expertly performed by the Tuesday challenge class.
Norm Haug is stepping down as executive committee chair. Norm has provided outstanding leadership for our club over the past 3 years. Thank you Norm.
The 2018 executive commitee is as follows.
Chair Douglas Nelson
Vice-Chair Susan Haug
Treasurer Simon Scott
Secretary Margaret Doughty
Membership Secretary Ursel Brown
Social Convenor Heather Fawkes
Monday Rep Gillian Muir
Tuesday Rep Mike Nichols
Wednesday Rep Susan Haug
Teacher Co-ordinator Simon Scott
Teacher Louise Murphy
Ball Co-ordinator Adrienne Salvail-Lopez
Gillian Muir and Susan Haug made gift presentations to Louise and Simon to show our gratitude for their outstanding teaching performance.
The Heather Ball was well attended and a great success. There were over 140 attendees including 40 out of towners. Gleneagles was well represented at the event with approximately 20 attendees.
Special thanks to Gail Urquhart and her team for making it happen. Ruth Jappy did a masterful job as MC and the music from Muriel Johnstone, Ian Robertson and Judi Nicolson was outstanding.
The 2018 Burns Supper was highly enjoyable. Special thanks to Sally and Sandy Marshall for masterminding the event.
Several Gleneagles members played important roles in the evenings success including Simon (dinner MC), Rose (greeter) and Drum (posters and colour party). The demonstration team, led by Kay Sutherland, provided superb entertainment before the dancing commenced and at the break. You can watch Helene, Louise and Mike in the 'Canada 150' dance video below.
'Canada 150' by the Vancouver Demonstration team. Thanks to Ruth Burns for this great video.
The Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance is a very significant annual Remembrance Day event of the Vancouver branch. This year Gleneagles was the host club. Special thanks to Event Manager Susan Haug and her team for making the event a big success. Approximately 180 dancers attended and $2,700 was raised for the charity "Doctors without Borders".
Lady Aberdeen, as she became in 1877, when marrying Lord Aberdeen, the 6th Earl and 1st Marquess of Aberdeen, was certainly a most significant figure of her time.