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Category Archives: Updates from the Office

Kicking Off Plans for SW Conference

by Linda Henry, CDSS Outreach Manager Plans are afoot for creating a leadership conference for the Southwest United States! An email recently went out to all CDSS group affiliates in the SW and others we know are interested. The message invited 80 people to participate in a phone meeting about preliminary plans. If you didn’t […]

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Visit to Japan

by Rima Dael, Executive Director Happy New Year and a warm hello from all of us in the CDSS office. Thank you for your passionate support in helping us end the 2012 fiscal year brilliantly! We are busy placing finishing touches on our budget for 2013. This Friday I will be traveling to attend the […]

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CDSS featured in the Valley Gives thank you video!

Valley Gives has posted a thank you video on their website, and it prominently features CDSS! Take a look and you’ll catch us singing outside Thornes Marketplace in Northampton and dancing at Mama Iguana’s restaurant in Springfield (at the wrap up event)! Valley Gives Thank You

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CDSS Sings!

by Caroline Batson, Promotion & Periodicals Director As you may know, CDSS is joining in a regional e-philanthropy event next week on 12.12.12. We invite you to support our work with a special gift that day (or you can schedule a donation anytime between now and then). Since not everyone who’ll be giving that day […]

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A Festive Celebration for George Fogg

It was a lovely afternoon in Payson Church in Belmont, MA, for the CDSS Celebration of George Fogg’s Lifetime Contribution Award. Everyone had a George story to share…now I have one too. The afternoon started a little rainy, but as the speakers spoke about George, about his support, encouragement and welcoming demeanor to jump in […]

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Square Dance History Project Launches New Website

by David Millstone A group of square dance enthusiasts has launched a digital library and website that takes a broad look at square dancing now as well as the historical antecedents of today’s squares. Please share this news and the link with others who might be interested! The project’s primary focus is to collect good […]

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Bravo Brad—part two with video highlights!

by Rima Dael, Executive Director As promised, I said I’d follow up with another blog on the Bravo Brad event from the end of August with a video montage and thoughts from others. Here is the link to the video! Thoughts from others… David Millstone, CDSS Board President “Bravo Brad!” brought a series of CDSS […]

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Rima & Robin’s DC Adventures, continued

by Robin Hayden, CDSS Director of Development, Friday, August 10, 2012 (see Rima’s blog about Thursday’s trip) Our day began with a metro ride into DC with our hostess, Stephanie Smith, an archivist at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Stephanie gave us a tour of the Center for Folklife offices, including a […]

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Rima at Camp—part 7: Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge

A series of summer blogs by CDSS Executive Director Rima Dael: Hello from Timber Ridge! Our first full day at camp greeted us with cool weather. I had a lovely morning chatting and dancing with caller Ralph Sweet. I dropped into Gaye Fifer’s “Young Leader Course” session this morning and I helped Abby Ladin teach […]

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20 tables of 8 Celebration at Pinewoods

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has been to a CDSS session at Pinewoods in the last 20 years, that the camp is a special place for me and my family. Meg, Ruth, Sam and I were all at the recent celebration of the rebuilt kitchen: “Twenty Tables of Eight.” It was […]

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