We participate in the Greater Cincinnati Dance Federation Banner Raid program. The clubs that participate have a banner with their name and small replica of their club logo on it. We schedule a date to go to a club and take their banner (a "Raid"), then that club comes to one of our dances to "Retrieve" their banner. This program encourages groups of dancers from area clubs to visit each other. The benefits are many – getting to know other dancers, enjoying a variety of callers, increasing dance attendance….but mainly having fun. We keep track every time you attend a Banner Raid or Retrieval and you receive a dangle for every five you attend. You'll have a dangle with "10" on it before you know it. Every time you get a new one you can return the old one and it gets passed on to someone else.
May 2019 Report
The official banner raid report for May 2019 is as follows:
There were 3 banner raids since our last meeting.
- Thursday March 21 - Frontier Squares had 37 dancers at Venus & Mars' Wearin' of the Green Dance where we retrieved our banner.
- Sunday April 14 - Frontier Squares had 10 dancers at Gem City's Hallelujah Jubilee Dance where we retrieved our banner.
- Saturday April 27 - Frontier Squares had 8 dancers at Clinton County's Roaring 20s Dance where we retrieved our banner.
I have planned 1 banner raid in May and 2 for early June.
- Saturday May 25 - Skirts & Shirts' All That Jazz Dangle Dance with Pam Courts calling where we will be retrieving our banner.
- Thursday June 6 - Venus & Mars' All That Jazz Dangle Dance with Jack Pladdys calling where we will be stealing their banner.
- Friday June 14 - River Squares' All That Jazz Dangle Dance with Ken Roberts calling where we will be retrieving our banner.
River Squares is planning to raid Frontier Squares' Happy Birthday to All Dance on May 17.
Although I have yet to get confirmation, I've been told that Clinton County Squares & Venus & Mars will be banner raiding Frontier Squares' Picnic in the Park Dance on June 7.
There is still the possibility that Skirts & Shirts & Beechmont Squares will also be raiding the picnic, although I haven't heard final confirmation yet.
There have been 4 banner raids in 2019 so far and our average is 23 dancers.
Banner Raid Chairman