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 Seattle Branch is a nonprofit corporation in 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 greater Seattle area and gathers for monthly social
dances and special occasion events, holds dance workshops, and gives 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.
Birthday to Us! by Nancy Covert, Bob and Kathy Bannister. The Puget Scot, Sept. 1988]
2014 we will celebrate our Ruby Fort Worden Weekend Workshop
in September, which attracts friends from many other cities each
year. Our Branch continues to grow with many members of all ages
amongst us. We have
expanded our teaching staff and added several classes in
greater Puget Sound at locations that work for our participants. We
welcome all interested in Scottish dancing to join us.
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Organization of the
The Branch is run by an
elected Board, consisting of the
Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Members at Large. These
elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in May and have terms
of 1 year. An Instructor Coordinator and Membership Secretary are
appointed by the Chair and confirmed by the Board.
The immediate past Chair also sits on the Board
for one year following his or her term as Chair.
This team meets regularly (typically half a dozen times a year) to conduct the
business of the Branch.
Following are brief descriptions of the Board
positions. The detailed descriptions of each position can
be found in the
Branch Bylaws as Amended in May 2010, Section 4. They
are provided here for your reference.
Presides at board meetings. Appoints members to committees
and is an ex-officio member of each. Facilitates
running of Branch.
- Serves as chief officer in absence of Chairman. Arranges locations and
musicians for dances and events and oversees Burns event.
Secretary - Records minutes of board meetings
and the AGM. Handles Branch correspondence and coordinates communication with
Treasurer - Collects fees, pays expenses, keeps accounts,
monitors progress against budget and prepares annual budget for Board approval.
Instructor Coordinator - Communicates between Board and
teachers committee and chairs this committee.
2 Members at Large - Visit each class within the Branch (at
least once per season) and inform classes of what is going on in the
Branch. They communicate class concerns and individual information back to Board.
They provide additional help for Board operations. *
Previous Chair - Helps provides continuity for Branch
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
* The 2 Members at Large
descriptions are not available in detail in the current Branch
Bylaws. These positions were evolved from what were
originally called Class Representatives and have not been
formally added to the Branch Bylaw Descriptions.
Match teachers to classes. Recommend 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 sound possessions.
Contacts bands to provide music for
dances, enhances dancer awareness and appreciation of
Organizes the Seattle Branch Ball.
Puts on workshops
other than Fort Worden.
Special Events -
Arranges other events (e.g., dance
demonstrations, trips to out of town
dances as a group) in the community, promoting dancing.
Arranges punch, tea & coffee for
parties and other events and helps to coordinate snacks selections.
Maintains membership records. Enrolls
new members and processes new annual membership drive.
Publicizes events and classes to members and the public.
Publishes The Puget
Scot. Solicits articles about dance, Scottish events,
Web Site -
Maintains the branch web site.
Receives information from Board and committee persons and other branch
advocates to update calendar and special event details.
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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