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CENTER STAGE with Jean Krupa

Welcome to CENTER STAGE with Jean Krupa
by Marta Pascale

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Jean Krupa is District 9 (Florida) Volunteer of the Year for 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jean is a founding member of our chapter which will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in September 2013. In that time, Jean has served as president, newsletter editor, treasurer, outreach participant, webmaster, Florida Coordinator and National Social Dance Vice President.

Jean currently serves as our chapter's Treasurer. In addition to her demanding duties as Treasurer of a large chapter (we are 280 strong at this time), she:
* continues to serve as our chapter's webmaster assuring that our website is accurate and up-to-date and constantly improving to meet the needs of our members and visitors to our site
* contributes to, and monitors, our monthly newsletter again assuring that information is accurate and that the newsletter is informative and entertaining
* participates in our Outreach activities, such as The Mall Ball and the City of Daytona Beach Health Fair
* creates flyers, brochures, and even a looping infomercial featuring our chapter for the City of Daytona Beach Health Fair to promote our chapter to our members and potential members
* assists with our special events, such as Family Night, The Mall Ball, and the Wounded Warrior Appreciation Ball, including silent auction, which raised $2450 for the Hope for the Warriors charity
* volunteers her time as our DJ when the need arises
* selects the music for our special events such as The Mall Ball
* works the door at our dances when the need arises
* serves as chapter and USA Dance event photographer as needed
* assists at our beginning lessons as needed
* Jean does whatever is needed whenever it is needed to assure that our chapter is effective, successful and constantly improving.

Jean has offered suggestions, and assisted with implementation, resulting in increased membership to our chapter (from 195 in September 2010 to 280 at present), such as:
* enhancing the benefits of new membership to our chapter with free dance lessons
* offering chapter-sponsored beginning dance lessons

Jean suggested, coordinated and assisted with our first Wounded Warrior Appreciation Ball, a very time-consuming event, which included a silent auction and raised $2450 for this charity.

Jean plans and coordinates:
* the Florida Sebring Social, an annual social dance weekend for members of USA Dance, which includes dance workshops
* the Florida DanceSpree, an annual USA Dance event which includes dance workshops and the Florida Presidents meeting
* the National USA Dance cruises, the first in November 2010 was a resounding success with 400 in attendance; the second is soon to occur in early December 2011with 250 attending

Jean offers a 10% discount at Heavenly Skin, her skin care business, to current members of our chapter.

Jean's influence, for almost 20 years now, on our local chapter, the chapters in Florida, and at the National level deserve to be recognized. She is worthy of the distinction USA Dance District 9 (Florida) Volunteer of the Year for 2011! Congratulations, Jean!