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                                   President’s Message                           

With Autumn on it's way, let's all "Fall Into Dancing!" Let's especially remember this because this year
is the 50th Anniversary of USA Dance. Also, National Ballroom Week is approaching - September 18-27. 
With this in mind, we will be celebrating by having a Pot Luck on our September 9th USADance at

Rhapsody Ballroom
. So, bring your best covered  dish to share. YUM!
21st Mid Summer Classic Competition held at Rhapsody Ballroom and sponsored by our Southern Star Chapter,
was held on July 25th. It was quite a success, even though Mother Nature challenged us with her stormy and soggy
weather! We had twenty four Amateur couples competing. What an abundance of talent we had!! A special thank you
goes out to
Michael and Beth Nolan who have organized this competition for the past sixteen years. They have
decided to retire this year.  What a first-rate job they have done!  Michael Nolan, along with
Mike and Peg Johnston
were all gracious enough to donate their MC and DJ/Music fees back to our chapter. Our chapter thanks them for
their donation as this will help towards keeping our Youth Program in operation! Thank you to
Richard and Laurie
for the use of the beautiful Rhapsody Ballroom for our event! Thank you also to all the competitors for their
talent and time, and to all the spectators who came and cheered us on! Thank you to the judges, DJ's, MC
and, of course to the many volunteers. This event truly requires teamwork, and we couldn't have done it without
everyone's help! 
We had two stupendous USA Dances in July and August, which were both fun-filled and well attended. Don't
forget to show up
every Wednesday for our open social dances held at Rhapsody Ballroom.  In July, we had the
pleasure of watching
Paul Swaine and a few of his students perform for us.  It's always fantastic to have them
visit our monthly dance! In August, we had the honor of watching
Hector Quiles and a few of his talented students 
entertain us. His creative choreography is always superb to watch!
Keep wearing your gold star pins to show others that you are a proud member of the Southern Star Chapter. 
Please see
Peg Johnston
if you don't have yours yet, or if you need to renew your dues so that you can get one. 
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!"