This couple started square dancing in 1998 and graduated from Basic and Mainstream in 1999 with Country Cousins. They continued on with the plus program and graduated in 2001 with the Miramichi Plus Tippers Square Dance Club all under the direction of Bruce and Donna Russell of Williamstown, NB.
As founding members of our Club, they have served on all positions of the executive. He has been vice-president for six years, president for two, secretary for five, and treasurer since 2015. She has served as treasurer for four years, social convener for six years and is presently serving as president since 2016.
They have worked to promote our Club by doing demonstrations at Miramichi Hospital, Legacéville Summer Fun Days, Néguac Senior’s Centre, Chatham Nursing Home, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Irish Days, St. Andrew’s Elementary School Grandparents Day Celebrations, Miramichi Folklore Club as well as many other functions. They also danced at the Lion’s Club in Miramichi to assist the Seniors to get their Club started and at the River Weavers Square Dance Club–the newest Square Dance Club for Miramichi. They have been dancing as angels to assist all new dancers in our Club throughout the years. Presently, they are acting as angels for the Miramichi Plus Tippers as well.
They supported other Dance Clubs by attending dances in Dalhousie, Saint John, Moncton, Oromocto, Sackville, Fredericton and Sussex. They have attended many Terry Fox dances in Penfield and donated things for the sale table as well as helped with fund raisings locally for this event.
They attended a number of National Conventions: Canadian National Square and Round Dance Convention in Saint John, New Brunswick in July 2002; National Convention in Montreal, Quebec in July 2006; National Convention in London, Ontario in July 2008; National Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2010 and the National Convention in Ottawa, Ontario in 2014. They attended many MCCA Conventions in both Saint John and Fredericton, New Brunswick as well as Halifax, Truro and Wolfville, Nova Scotia and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
They take care of our Dance Hall and make sure the snow is cleared from the step in winter and the grass is cut in spring and fall to make parking easier. The hall is always warm and ready to greet the dancers during the cold winter months.
They host dinners and hold music nights, in their home for all dancers. They make sure we have candy and good drinking ice water at our hall when the kitchen is closed for the winter months.
Their contribution to our Club is above and beyond what anyone could expect. When we put on entertainment for special theme dances they are both willing to take part. She donates prizes from her pantry like homemade jams, preserves, jellies and salsa for prizes. They are always willing to help with the decorating of our hall. She cooks a turkey or ham every year for our Christmas party. Both of them have been instrumental in organizing our apple pie making fund raising that have kept our club in the black and operational. Without this important yearly event, we would not be able to continue to operate.
Their participation in our Club makes it the success that it is. Their willingness to help everyone feel welcome and ensure everyone has a great time at our dance is invaluable.
It is our great pleasure to present Charles and Marion Green One of the 2017 Distinguished Service Award and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our activity as a whole.