with the Scroll of Honor 2010
Scottish Country Dance is the social dancing of
Scotland. It combines the grace of ballet footwork with the
figures of modern progressive social dance. The
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), founded in Glasgow in
1923, is an international organization dedicated to the
preservation and practice of the country dances of Scotland.
Currently, the RSCDS has over 20,000 members in over 160 branches
and 500 affiliated groups around the world.
a) To preserve and further the practice of
traditional Scottish Country Dances.
music relating to Scottish Country Dancing and in particular to publish descriptions of Scottish
Country Dances with music and diagrams in simple form and at
moderate price to participants.
b) To promote and encourage the formation of Branches.
c) To provide, or assist in providing, special education or
instruction in the practice of Scottish Country Dances.
d) To promote/publish
e) To collect books, manuscripts, illustrations and other
memorabilia relating to Scottish Country Dancing and to the Society.
Seattle Branch, RSCDS
The Branch is a not-for-profit corporation of the
State of Washington. All members of the Branch are members of the
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, 12 Coates Crescent,
Edinburgh, Scotland. The Branch teaches weekly classes in several
locations in the Seattle area. We gather for monthly social
dances, hold dance workshops, and give dance demonstrations at community
Society's Scroll of Honor
outstanding contribution to the preservation of Scottish
Country Dancing, Elinor Vandegrift received recognition
from the Society for the year 2007. She has been
one of our Northwest teachers for many years.
In 2010 Irene Paterson also received this excellence
award for her contributions. Thanks to both
In the spring of 1963, two teachers from
Scotland, Ian Munro and
Mairi MacRae, began a Scottish Country
Dance class at Montlake Fieldhouse. The group grew and in 1965
formed The Seattle and District Scottish Country Dance Club.
Steve and Iris Woodruff obtained teaching certificates, and Noel
Lillie joined the group about 1969. We had workshops with
out-of-town teachers, and an annual dance every June with
visitors from Canada and points south. In 1973 there was a
membership slump and we danced in the Woodruffs' basement. The
first Fort Worden Weekend Workshop was held in September, 1974.
In 1976, Elinor Vandegrift joined the group as another teacher.
In 1978, the first May Ball was held at the Mountaineer's Club.
We became a Branch of the RSCDS in September 1978. [from Happy
Birthday to Us! by Nancy Covert, Bob and Kathy Bannister. The Puget Scot, Sept. 1988]
that time we have expanded our teaching staff and added several classes in
greater Puget Sound at locations that work for our participants. Ft.
Worden Workshop, which happens annually in September, continues to be a
vibrant event, drawing participants from the Northwest, and across the
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Organization of the
The Branch is run by a Board, consisting of the
Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Teacher Coordinator, and
several Class Representatives (Class Reps.). They meet regularly
(typically half a dozen times a year) to conduct the business of
the Branch. The Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are
elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in May and have terms
of 1 year. The Teacher Coordinator is selected by the Board;
Class Reps. are elected by their respective classes.
board meetings. Motivates
people to help in committees. Facilitates
running of Branch.
- Arranges locations for dances and
events. Runs certain events.
Secretary - Records minutes of board meetings
and the AGM. Handles Branch correspondence.
Treasurer - Collects money, pays expenses, keeps
accounts, monitors progress against budget.
Teacher Coordinator - Communicates between board
and teachers committee.
Class Representatives - Take attendance at
classes and collect money, distribute publications, sells dance
pass and memberships. Inform classes of what is going on in the
Branch. Communicate class concerns to board.
Previous Chair - Helps provides continuity.
Non-voting member of
In addition to the Board, there are several
committees. Typically a committee has a chair and 2 or 3 other
members, although some, like Ft. Worden, or the Workshop
committee, have several members with their own division of
duties. Here is a list of the committees with a brief
Matches teachers to classes. Recommends
program of dances. Run teacher's workshop.
Finds people to run for Board offices.
Organizes and stores sound equipment for classes
and parties. Maintains inventory of Branch possessions.
Contacts bands to provide music for
dances, enhances dancer awareness and appreciation of
Organizes the Seattle branch May Ball.
Puts on workshops
other than Fort Worden.
Special Events -
Arranges other events (e.g., dance
demonstrations, dance on ferry, trips to out of town
dances) in the community, promoting dancing.
Arranges punch, tea & coffee for
parties and other events and helps to coordinate snacks selections.
Maintains membership records. Attracts
new members and reminds people to renew memberships.
Publicizes events and classes to members
and Puget Sound people.
Publishes The Puget
Scot. Solicits articles about dance, Scottish events,
Web Site -
Maintains the branch web site.
Develops and runs silent auctions,
raffles and other fund-raising activities.
Audits accounts and inventory of
Treasurer, Equipment, etc., and reports to membership annually.
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