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'''Location:''' [[Palo Alto]], CA USA
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'''Location:''' [[Palo Alto]], [[CA]], [[USA]]
  
'''Started:''' 1985
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'''Web Site:''' [http://www.reelers.org http://www.reelers.org]
  
'''History:''' Started by [[Marilyn Martinyak]] and [[Pat Dixon]] as an alternative to the gay square dance clubs located an hour away in San Francisco. Due to its location, the club is well-known as a "geek repository", boasting members employed by Adobe, Sun, Google, and Yahoo.
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'''Started:''' [[1985]]
  
'''Classes:''' A combined Mainstream-Plus class is taught once yearly, generally starting in late August or early September, and finishing up the following April or May.
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'''Admitted to IAGSDC:''' 22 Aug [[1986]] as Full Member
  
'''Club Caller[s]:''' [[Rich Reel]]
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'''Status:''' Active
  
'''Levels:''' [[Plus]], [[Advanced]], [[C1]]
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'''History:''' Started by [[Marilyn Martinyak]] and [[Pat Dixon]] as an alternative to the gay square dance clubs located an hour away in San Francisco. Due to its location, the club is well-known as a "geek repository", boasting members employed by Adobe, Sun, Google, and Yahoo.<BR>
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:''From the Program Book of the 3rd IAGSDC [[Convention]], held in [[San Francisco]] in [[1986]]:''<BR>
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:El Camino Reelers (ECR) was founded by two members of Western Star Dancers,Patricia Dixon and Marilyn Martinyak. Planning took place throughout the summer of 1985 and included a great deal of help and encouragement from Western Star. Our first class began in September followed by another class in January 1986.
  
'''Dance Location[s]:''' St. Andrews Methodist Church / 4111 Alma Street / Palo Alto, CA  [http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&client=firefox-a&q=4111+alma+street,+palo+alto&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=4111+Alma+St,+Palo+Alto,+Santa+Clara,+California+94306&gl=us&ei=uSxyS9-TD4H9nAe4rPyMCw&ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA&z=16 (map)]
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'''Classes:''' A combined Mainstream-Plus class is taught once yearly, generally starting in late August or early September, and finishing up the following April or May.  Advanced classes are taught periodically. ECR graduated its first Challenge (C1) class in June, 2013.
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'''Club Caller[s]:''' [[Rich Reel]], [[Dave Decot]], [[Kurt Gollhardt]]
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'''Past Club Caller[s]:''' [[Bill Hanzel]], [[Mike Luna]], [[Vicki Woods]], [[Harlan Kerr]], [[Andy Shore]]
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'''Levels:''' [[Plus]], [[Advanced]], [[Challenge-1]]
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'''Dance Location[s]:''' St. Andrews United Methodist Church / 4111 Alma Street / Palo Alto, CA  [http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&client=firefox-a&q=4111+alma+street,+palo+alto&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=4111+Alma+St,+Palo+Alto,+Santa+Clara,+California+94306&gl=us&ei=uSxyS9-TD4H9nAe4rPyMCw&ved=0CAgQ8gEwAA&z=16 (map)]
  
 
'''Fly-Ins Hosted:'''
 
'''Fly-Ins Hosted:'''
*"Slide Thru Silicon Valley: ECR@25”, April 2-4, 2009 in San Jose, CA
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*"[[Slide Thru Silicon Valley]]" June 30 - July 3, [[1995]]
*"Stetsons To Jetsons", January 7-9, 2000 in Palo Alto, CA
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:Cubberley Community Center, [[Palo Alto]], CA--[[Callers]]: [[Mike Jacobs]], [[Andy Shore]], [[Deborah Parnell]], [[John Sybalsky]]
*"Shakedown Along The Fault", October 3-5, 1997 in Redwood City, CA ([[West Coast A&C]] Weekend)
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*"[[Shakedown Along The Fault]]" ([[West Coast A&C]] Weekend) October 3-5, [[1997]]
*“Download the Boat” (Date and location needed)
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:Mount Alverno Confrence Center, [[Redwood City]], CA--[[Callers]]: [[Vic Ceder]], [[Kiyoshi Kikuchi]], [[John Sybalsky]], [[Anne Uebelacker]], [[Rob French]], and [[CJ Smith]]
*“Summer of Love” (Date and location needed)
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*"[[Slide Thru Silicon Valley: From Stetsons To Jetsons]]" January 7-9, [[2000]]
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:St. Andrews Methodist Church and Cubberley Community Center, [[Palo Alto]], CA--[[Callers]]: [[Vic Ceder]] and [[Andy Finch]]
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*“[[Slide Thru Silicon Valley: The Summer of Love]]” July 5-7, [[2001]]
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:Palo Alto High School, [[Palo Alto]], CA--[[Callers]]: [[Anne Uebelacker]] and [[Neil Heather]]
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*“[[Download the Boat]]” September 6, 7, 8, [[2002]]
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:Cupertino High School, [[Cupertino]], CA--[[Callers]]: [[Vic Ceder]] and [[Michael Kellogg]]
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*"[[Slide Thru Silicon Valley: ECR@25]]” April 2-4, [[2010]]
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:Holiday Inn, [[San Jose]], CA--[[Callers]]: [[Sandie Bryant]], [[Michael Kellogg]], [[Andy Shore]], [[Rich Reel]], [[Harlan Kerr]]
  
 
'''Conventions Hosted:'''
 
'''Conventions Hosted:'''
*2005: "Star Thru the Silicon Galaxy", July 1-4, 2005 in Santa Clara, CA (Santa Clara Marriott)
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*[[1996]]: "[[Stars, Thars and Cable Cars]]", July 3-6, 1996 in San Francisco, CA (Embarcadero Hyatt) (Co-hosted with [[Foggy City Dancers]] and [[Western Star Dancers]])
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*[[2005]]: "[[Star Thru The Silicon Galaxy]]", July 1-4, 2005 in Santa Clara, CA (Santa Clara Marriott)
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*[[2013]]: "[[Weave Your Heart in San Francisco]]", July 4-7, 2013 in San Francisco, CA (SF Marriott Marquis) (Co-hosted with other Bay Area clubs)
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'''Notables:'''
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*[[Marilyn Martinyak]], [[IAGSDC]] Chair, ??-??
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*[[Mary Rorabaugh]], [[IAGSDC]] Treasurer 1991-2?
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*[[Randy Clarke]], [[IAGSDC]] Vice Chair, 1994-5
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*[[Andy Shore]], [[Gay Callers Association]] President, ??-??
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*[[Mary Gold]], [[Alotta Gelotta]], and [[Patsy Sue Veneer]], [[Honky Tonk Queen]], [http://www.iagsdc.org/main/awards/page/queendetail.php?selyear=2001 2001]
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*[[Andy Shore]], [[Golden Boot Award]] [[Golden Boot 2002]]
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*[[Gypsum Rock Lee]], [[Honky Tonk Queen]], [http://www.iagsdc.org/main/awards/page/queendetail.php?selyear=2003 2003]
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*[[Julie Dubbs]], ECR club administrator - 19??, named plaintiff in landmark gay rights case [http://openjurist.org/866/f2d/1114]
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'''Stories:'''
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*[[Early ECR]] by [[Bob Kanefsky]]
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*[[An Uninvited Guest]] by [[Kim Harris]]
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'''Videos:'''
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On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM, Ed Wilson <edwilson@cruzio.com> wrote:
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''A couple of years ago, a group of El Camino Reelers had the opportunity to dance on “Square Dance Live”, a program on that airs on several local community cable channels.  The caller was Mike Luna, one of ECR’s earliest callers.  Mike produces the show with his buddy Charlie Class, the announcer.  They recorded us for two segments, close to an hour altogether.  For us it was totally unscripted; we just went in and did it.''
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''We were promised copies of the show and they finally arrived this week.  Fooling around with the DVD this morning, I decided to see if I could take one singing call and upload it to YouTube at ''[http://youtu.be/7HM8FUUzN_8 http://youtu.be/7HM8FUUzN_8]. 
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'''Spin-Off Clubs:'''
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*[[Sequoia Ocean Waves]] co-founded by ECR member [[Lyn Platten]]
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*[[Santa Cruz Squares]] founded by ECR member [[Neil Heather]]

Latest revision as of 17:48, 1 October 2018

Ecr-logo.gif

Location: Palo Alto, CA, USA

Web Site: http://www.reelers.org

Started: 1985

Admitted to IAGSDC: 22 Aug 1986 as Full Member

Status: Active

History: Started by Marilyn Martinyak and Pat Dixon as an alternative to the gay square dance clubs located an hour away in San Francisco. Due to its location, the club is well-known as a "geek repository", boasting members employed by Adobe, Sun, Google, and Yahoo.

From the Program Book of the 3rd IAGSDC Convention, held in San Francisco in 1986:
El Camino Reelers (ECR) was founded by two members of Western Star Dancers,Patricia Dixon and Marilyn Martinyak. Planning took place throughout the summer of 1985 and included a great deal of help and encouragement from Western Star. Our first class began in September followed by another class in January 1986.

Classes: A combined Mainstream-Plus class is taught once yearly, generally starting in late August or early September, and finishing up the following April or May. Advanced classes are taught periodically. ECR graduated its first Challenge (C1) class in June, 2013.

Club Caller[s]: Rich Reel, Dave Decot, Kurt Gollhardt

Past Club Caller[s]: Bill Hanzel, Mike Luna, Vicki Woods, Harlan Kerr, Andy Shore

Levels: Plus, Advanced, Challenge-1

Dance Location[s]: St. Andrews United Methodist Church / 4111 Alma Street / Palo Alto, CA (map)

Fly-Ins Hosted:

Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto, CA--Callers: Mike Jacobs, Andy Shore, Deborah Parnell, John Sybalsky
Mount Alverno Confrence Center, Redwood City, CA--Callers: Vic Ceder, Kiyoshi Kikuchi, John Sybalsky, Anne Uebelacker, Rob French, and CJ Smith
St. Andrews Methodist Church and Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto, CA--Callers: Vic Ceder and Andy Finch
Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA--Callers: Anne Uebelacker and Neil Heather
Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA--Callers: Vic Ceder and Michael Kellogg
Holiday Inn, San Jose, CA--Callers: Sandie Bryant, Michael Kellogg, Andy Shore, Rich Reel, Harlan Kerr

Conventions Hosted:

Notables:

Stories:

Videos:

On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM, Ed Wilson <edwilson@cruzio.com> wrote:

A couple of years ago, a group of El Camino Reelers had the opportunity to dance on “Square Dance Live”, a program on that airs on several local community cable channels. The caller was Mike Luna, one of ECR’s earliest callers. Mike produces the show with his buddy Charlie Class, the announcer. They recorded us for two segments, close to an hour altogether. For us it was totally unscripted; we just went in and did it.

We were promised copies of the show and they finally arrived this week. Fooling around with the DVD this morning, I decided to see if I could take one singing call and upload it to YouTube at http://youtu.be/7HM8FUUzN_8.

Spin-Off Clubs: