President’s Message . . .

 We hope each of you are healthy and doing well during this challenging time. Some clubs are slowly returning to dancing and navigating through the new “normal”, but most clubs are still closed.  This can be due to facility closures or membership uncomfortable to return to dancing at this time.

 Included in this edition of the Dixie Crier,

  • The USDA Insurance COVID-19 Insurance policy and coverage.
  • On Friday, June 26, 2020, the Georgia Legislature passed a broad COVID-19 immunities bill that applies to health care providers and other business entities in the State of Georgia (Georgia SB 359). The Legislation amends Georgia torts law to provide immunities from liabilities regarding COVID-19 and to provide assumption of risk presumptions as a defense to tort claims alleging the plaintiff contracted COVID-19 because negligence by a health facility or worker, or other businesses.

 As we move through the year, we are notified of more conventions or festivals being cancelled.  Although this news is very disappointing to many, those in charge of these events have been faced with many difficult decisions and challenges.  Many facilities and contracts have cancellation clauses with dates to activate or you are responsible for the contracted amount.  Please continue to support these leaders and events. The one thing we know about square dancers is they are dedicated and very generous. 

 We must continue to be patient and allow this virus to run its course.  When we resume dancing please protect yourself and those around you.  Wear clean clothing to dance, wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer between Tips, respect others and don’t attend a dance or event if you are sick or don’t feel well. Many dancers will continue to wear masks and that’s ok – remember be kind.  Life as we knew it has changed and may take some time before we feel conformable being in large groups.

Georgia State ConventionSeptember 18 – 19, 2020 CANCELLED!!

After much discussion, the GSSDA Board voted to cancel the 2020 Georgia State Convention and Thursday Trail End Dance. The decision to cancel was difficult, many factors were considered but most importantly the health and safety of our Dancers and Dance Leaders. If you have registered for the 2020 Georgia State Convention, we will gladly replace your 2020 ribbon for a 2021 ribbon. However, if you desire a refund, please email or call Angie McClure 678-956-0287. 

 Thank you to our wonderful Dance Leaders and volunteers that help to make the Georgia State Convention successful each year. 

Please make plans to join us for our 50th Anniversary Georgia State Convention, September 17-18, 2021 in Gainesville Georgia.  We look forward to seeing you in a square soon! 

 All our best… Louis & Angie McClure, GSSDA Presidents