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                                   President’s Message                         

Happy 2016 Dancers! 

What better way to work off some of those holiday pounds we all gained from this last month with homemade
treats and holiday parties - so, 
Let's Get Dancing!!!! 
Calling all tech savvy dancers: We still need writers for our Chapter Newsletter and someone to take over as editor
eventually and we also need a Webmaster. If you are interested in helping out with these items, please let someone
on the board know. We'd truly appreciate it!!

It's time to turn over a new leaf with our Southern Star Chapter Board for the years 2016 and 2017. MANY MANY
THANKS go to these outgoing Board Members for their years on our board:
Stan Sheppard (Treasurer),
Jerry Dvorak (Member at Large), and Beth Nolan (Member at Large).  Also, Nikki Dvorak and  Mike Nolan will
be stepping down with their volunteer duties after many years. You will be missed on the Board, but I'm sure we'll
see you on the dance floor!  Returning to the Board are the following members:  Myself,
Tracey Zirfas (President),
Jackie Blount
(Vice President), Martha Hughes (Secretary), and Elaine Derby (Member at Large). Thanks for joining us
once again!!! And finally, WELCOME to our new Board members: 
Hyeyong Temlin (Treasurer), Nancy Egbert
(Member at Large), and Mandy B. (Member at Large). We're so happy to have you join us! We have a lot of
exciting new plans and ideas in store for our chapter, so stay tuned for upcoming details. We can always use
more volunteers too, just let us know what you would like to help out with!!!! 

If you have not renewed your Southern Star Chapter Membership, or you'd like to join our chapter, please
Peg Johnston (our Membership Coordinator)  for more details and an application. And don't forget to wear
your Gold Star pin with pride to show you are a chapter member! 
Our November dance was actually on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11th this year. So, our theme was a salute to
Veteran's and many dancers were wearing our patriotic red, white and blue colors to join in on the salute. 

Kevin Rios,
of Just Dance Studio in Lakeland, was our special Guest DJ while Mike and Peg were away enjoying
a cruise. Thanks for filling in once again Kevin - we were so excited to have you there! 
Yulia and Sergey Kopylov
and two of their students were the monthly featured showcase dancers. What a treat is always is to see their talent
and choreography on the dance floor. Yulia danced a snazzy little number with
Jim Drake and Sergey brought back 
an old favorite Jive/East Coast Swing routine with me - or "Charley" as he called me in this routine due to my
outfit.........more like Farrah Fawcett if you ask me! It's always fun to watch these routines! As an added feature,
Laurie Collett (Rhapsody Ballroom Owner) sang a tribute to all of the US Military branches. She asked each veteran
to stand up as their song was highlighted. What a special way to say thank you to all our dancing veteran's and
families of veteran's  -
THANK YOU for your service and for protecting our freedom!!!!!!!!!

Our December dance was a potluck/covered dish affair. WOW! Who knew we had dancers who could cook and
bake too??!! YUMO!  Also, as is tradition, we enjoyed two stirring performances by
Richard and Laurie Collett
(Rhapsody Ballroom Owners). They never cease to amaze us with their creativity on the dance floor - with the
music, costumes, and dancing choreography! Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances sidelined
Nikki and Jerry
this month, so amateur dance partners/competitors
Mike Johnston and I, stepped in to do a holiday Santa themed
East Coast Swing. It was fun and good practice for us as we get ready for the USADance Winter Frolic competition in
Coconut Creek, FL on Jan. 30th.  Wish us luck, or better yet, drive on over there to cheer us on!

Let's all look ahead to a Happy and Healthy 2016 with lots of fun dance experiences!  And always keep this in
mind:  "To be able to dance is both a joy & a privilege.  But to be able to dance among friends is truly a blessing!"