10. CLUB HISTORY

    In May 1986, Jess Lunsford and his wife Pat started a square dance class at the Bostonia Recreation Center. When the class graduated, they formed the Valley Twirlers as a 'Called Run Club". Since there were only two squares, they started another class immediately. At the same time Bud Auen, who was trying to learn to be a caller, was teaching some of the residents at the mobile home park in Spring Valley, where he lived, to square dance. Bud read about the Valley Twirlers new class and called Jess a
bout having his group join the class. Jess agreed to come to the park and call a dance and invite them to join the class. Most of them (about two squares) decided to join the new Valley Twirlers class. This second class now had five squares.
     For the first few years the Valley Twirlers was a caller-run club. During this time Bud served as acting president. In about 1989, Jess felt that the time had come for the members to take over the management of the club, and so a board was elected. Bud Auen, who moved to Missouri in August 1993, was the very first president. The first draft of the bylaws was prepared in about 1990 and the club joined the Back Country Square Dance Association. The club held their first Anniversary Dance in February 1991.
     Jess Lunsford the founder of the club was its first caller. With his Tennessee twang and way with a tune, proved to be a great drawing card in the East County, and very soon the club boasted 75 members. He continued to call and instruct classes until retiring and moving back to Tennessee on July 25, 1995.  Ron Nelson, a veteran caller with over 30 years of experience, was selected as the new caller of the Valley Twirlers, bring his own electric, creative calling style to the club. Ron started calling for the club on August 15, 1995, and continued to call for us until his business schedule made it necessary for him to curtail his calling. Ron called his last dance on September 13, 2000.  The Valley Twirlers were delighted (and very fortunate) to find their present man, Dick Neumann, who is a full time caller with over twenty years of experience. Dick brings his own  inimitable and very danceable style to our club, he called his first club dance for us on September 26, 2000.
    Dick Neumann called for us until May, 2004, when he under went surgery.  Ann Walker, a caller with over 17 years of experience agree to fill in foe Dick until he recovered.  But due to several post operation complications, Dick spent the next 3 years in hospitals and nursing homes.  So during this time, May 2004 to June 2008, Ann, who like to introduce herself as a "Call Girl", continued to fill in for Dick.  With her ability to call and cue, she kept the club going. When Dick was able, Ann turned the duties of club caller to him in June 2008.  Ron continued calling  for us until he pass a way in April 2016.  After auditioning several callers the Board selected Steve Moore as our new caller.  Steve has been calling for over 40 years,with almost 30 years as a full time caller.  Steve was welcomed as our caller at a special dance on May 31, 2016.

    Over the years the club has had several Round Dance cuer for our party nights. The following is a list of cuers we have had the fortune to have:
  • Jasen Lee - May 1997 to August 1998
  • Bob Granger - September 1998 to January 1999
  • Hal Chambers - February 1999 to May 2004
  • Ann Walker - June 2004 to December 2008
  • Bill Hale - January 2010 to August 2010
      

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