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That also started Bert calling for [[Foggy City Dancers]] quite regularly. One of the clubs in Oregon (this has to be [[Rosetown Ramblers]]) flew him up to do a dance in Oregon one year. For the Rose Parade?  So long ago, I don't remember.  He went there and I went to my nephew's wedding.  
 
That also started Bert calling for [[Foggy City Dancers]] quite regularly. One of the clubs in Oregon (this has to be [[Rosetown Ramblers]]) flew him up to do a dance in Oregon one year. For the Rose Parade?  So long ago, I don't remember.  He went there and I went to my nephew's wedding.  
 
We had made a lot of friends and business customers, we had lost a lot of them too with their passing.  It's funny, every few months [[Carlos Mosca]] pops into my thoughts, he was one of my favorite customers, whom was a friend. Not all customers are friends, but [[Ren Brown]], [[Carlos Mosca]], and [[Bill Whitefield]] were three very special people to me besides customers. [[Bill Whitefield]] would let Bert park in his driveway, then we'd schlep the stuff over to the [[Foggy City Dancers]] dance hall which wasn't far from where he lived. And I've still got [[James Ozanich]] and [[Ren Brown]] that I count as wonderful friends for over 30 years. I might not see them often, but there are right there in my heart. We made the right decision to help keep square dancing alive by calling for the clubs in San Francisco.
 
We had made a lot of friends and business customers, we had lost a lot of them too with their passing.  It's funny, every few months [[Carlos Mosca]] pops into my thoughts, he was one of my favorite customers, whom was a friend. Not all customers are friends, but [[Ren Brown]], [[Carlos Mosca]], and [[Bill Whitefield]] were three very special people to me besides customers. [[Bill Whitefield]] would let Bert park in his driveway, then we'd schlep the stuff over to the [[Foggy City Dancers]] dance hall which wasn't far from where he lived. And I've still got [[James Ozanich]] and [[Ren Brown]] that I count as wonderful friends for over 30 years. I might not see them often, but there are right there in my heart. We made the right decision to help keep square dancing alive by calling for the clubs in San Francisco.
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Latest revision as of 16:53, 31 October 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Website: http://www.westernstardancers.org/

Started: 1982

Admitted to IAGSDC:

Status: Active

History: A founding member of the IAGSDC. Founding members were Scott Carey, Ron Douglass, Agnes Smith, Roger Perry, and Dennis Ficken

The First Western Star Dancers by Russ King, Lifetime Member (Published in the The Western Star newsletter February 2005)
From the Program Book of the 1st IAGSDC Convention, held in Seattle in 1984:
Since March, 1982, Western Star Dancers has grown from its five founding members to both a club and class of over 150 square dancers. We are a non-competitive club which seeks to (1) promote square dancing as a national activity, (2) provide an identity for Mainstream dancers, and (3) provide and promote opportunities for Mainstream calling and instruction.
Although WSD is for dancing, it is our constant objective to achieve a harmonious balance bet ween satisfactory dance experiences and the general social needs of its members. Our stated policies are to: (1) promote fellowship within the group by square dance and other activities, (2) pursue a spirit of cooperation, support, and positive encouragement, (3) enhance the lifestyle of our members and their friends, and (4) encourage the sharing of responsibilities and duties by all members.
We teach the 68 Mainstream calls as currently defined by CallerLab. Our graduates are at the Mainstream program, and knowing the Mainstream calls enables us to comfortably dance not only at our own club but also at other clubs and square dance gatherings across the United States.
The monthly newsletter, The Western Star, is an integral part of WSD's communication with its members. In addition to articles of general interest, it announces special activities such as monthly dances featuring tips through the Plus program, a luncheon group formed to provide a social activity for those who work in the Financial District in San Fransisco, and pot-luck dinners and parties just for fun.

Classes:

Club Caller[s]: Bob Bellville (deceased), Rich Reel

Levels:

Dance Location[s]:

Fly-Ins Hosted:

Conventions Hosted:

Newsletters:

August 2009 June 2009 April 2009 February 2009
December 2008 October 2008 August 2008 June 2008 April 2008 February 2008
December 2007 October 2007 August 2007 June 2007 April 2007 February 2007
December 2006 October 2006 August 2006 June 2006 April 2006
December 2005 October 2005 August 2005 April 2005 February 2005

1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983

Calendar 1985-1986


Anna Damiani remembers: "I had an interesting start to square dancing. I started in 1986, in the basic class with Foggy City that began in May or June. During that time, it was leading up to the Gay Games being held in San Francisco [1], and every gay square dancer that could be roudned up was sought for the opening ceremonies. El Camino Reelers was looking to fill out a square for the ceremonies, and so Brenda Peuker asked Bill Whitefield if I could join, and I was selected to dance in the Gay Games opening ceremonies. I started practicing with El Camino Reelers, but a lot of the calls in the program were Mainstream, and as a newer dancer, I was only aboout a month into Basic, so I started taking not only tthe Foggy City class, but also the Western Star Dancers class, AND was practicing with El Camino Reelers all during the same period. So my public dance debute was at the Gay Games in San Francisco. It was fabulous, and then I got to dance at convention that same year, and danced the whole time at convention. At the SF convention, Paul Marcum gave a class level workshop for one square of people that were in Basic class."

Honorary Western Star Dancers badges given to Bert Swerer and Ronda Swerer

by Ronda Swerer, wife of caller Bert Swerer (1933-2018), who resides in the San Francisco Bay area.
In 1984 or 1985, not too long after Western Star Dancers started dancing, they were looking for callers to come to their club in San Francisco. Bert Swerer was asked if he would be one of the callers. It was something that we had to talk about. He was a local Bay Area caller, we owned BRS Square Dance Records & Engraving. At one of our local Square Dance Callers Association of Northern California (SDCANC) meetings, one of the local callers had said that no one should go help the gay clubs. Basically, they were on their own. So, we had to talk. We sold our records at the caller's meeting each month, we made a lot of the local caller's badges for their clubs. Did we want to jeopardize our business? Did we want to get blackballed? Did we want to help a club keep going? What was more important to us? Honestly, we didn't know. We talked about it on and off for about a week. One of the things that finally made up our mind was, James Ozanich. We knew him, his parents were in our club, he danced with us, he was a special friend. I asked Bert if he would call at a gay club if James was there and he said yes. So then I asked if he would call at a gay club if James wasn't there? And he finally said, why not! So we decided we wouldn't advertise it, but if we were "found out", then we'd deal with it then. Our first night for Bert calling at Western Star Dancers was wonderful. They gave me a bouquet of flowers, they wore arm bands so he'd know which person was the male dancers. It took some learning on his part with so many men dancing together. They ended up giving us Honorary Badges, which touched us very much. That also started Bert calling for Foggy City Dancers quite regularly. One of the clubs in Oregon (this has to be Rosetown Ramblers) flew him up to do a dance in Oregon one year. For the Rose Parade? So long ago, I don't remember. He went there and I went to my nephew's wedding. We had made a lot of friends and business customers, we had lost a lot of them too with their passing. It's funny, every few months Carlos Mosca pops into my thoughts, he was one of my favorite customers, whom was a friend. Not all customers are friends, but Ren Brown, Carlos Mosca, and Bill Whitefield were three very special people to me besides customers. Bill Whitefield would let Bert park in his driveway, then we'd schlep the stuff over to the Foggy City Dancers dance hall which wasn't far from where he lived. And I've still got James Ozanich and Ren Brown that I count as wonderful friends for over 30 years. I might not see them often, but there are right there in my heart. We made the right decision to help keep square dancing alive by calling for the clubs in San Francisco.

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Richard Clayberg, Henry Shernoff, Dan Druid, Ron Cohen, Steve Perry, Kurt Stutzman