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Presidents Message March 2012

Congratulations to the Greater Daytona Chapter #6026
District 9 Chapter of the Year 2011
Of the approximately 180 chapters of USA Dance in our nation, twenty-one of those chapters are in Florida giving Florida the unique distinction of being the only state that is a district of USA Dance.
The mission statement of USA Dance is 'to increase the quality and quantity of ballroom dancing in the United States' and that is what our chapter has done so successfully, increasing membership by nearly 40% in 2011, from 124 in December 2008 to 275 in December 2011, and implementing a successful community outreach beginner dance lesson program that served 439 dancers in the first year.
Attracting new members has been a goal of our chapter, for the purpose of bringing the joy and benefits (social, emotional, intellectual and physical) of dance to the public. Our chapter has a strong board that works as a team and supports the chapter in community outreach. We have performed at nursing homes to bring entertainment, elementary schools to encourage youth dancing, health fairs to promote the health benefits of dance and to raise community awareness, and participated in a Mall Ball to promote National Ballroom Dance Week with exhibitions by our members held in the center court at the local mall.
In addition, the chapter held a "Wounded Warrior Appreciation Ball™ " that included a silent auction which raised $2450 for this charity and, most recently, we participated in an Adopt a Hero project raising funds and personal items for 330 soldiers at the Wounded Warriors Unit at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Our chapter donates scholarships to our sister chapters' DanceSport competitions as well as the National Championship Competition.
Our chapter has established a good relationship with local dance instructors and dance studios that provide instructors for our semi-monthly dances, all of whom have allowed video-taping of their lessons so that participants may review the lessons via YouTube. In addition, we sponsor a weekly 'practice night' so that dancers may practice while assisting each other as needed.
Our chapter sponsors some "members only" events/incentives and provides a new member benefits package totaling $257, both of which have served to increase membership. We also have an incentive program for members to renew, which currently totals $79.
For these reasons, the Greater Daytona Chapter USA Dance #6026 is recognized as District 9 Chapter of the Year 2011. CONGRATULATIONS TO US ALL!