Our Federation (SRDFNS) is made up of all modern square and round dance clubs in Nova Scotia who wish to join. It is the Provincial level of the tier of Square and Round Dance organizations. Thus it acts as the umbrella agency for the clubs and the regional associations within Nova Scotia and in turn funnels information and services to and from Nova Scotia to the Canadian Square and Round Dance Society.
Its main purposes are to facilitate provincial communication between clubs and dancers by publishing the Calendar of Events, Between Tips, and Tourist Brochure information; to organize provincial dances; to oversee the biennial Summer Festival; to collect funds and administer the membership roster for the National Society; and to attempt to assist clubs to find solutions to problems and thus better the activity for all.
The Federation business is run by an Executive comprising representative couples from each region (see below), plus couples with specific tasks such as President or Publications Officer. The main source of funds is the interest earned on the investment of the profits from the 3rd, 9th, and 17th Canadian National Conventions held in Halifax in 1982, 1994, and 2010, respectively. Yearly club dues provide an additional source of income covering the costs of printing and mailing the monthly publications.
Our Province of Nova Scotia is divided by the Provincial Government into six regions for recreational purposes. Each of
these regions has representation on the Executive of the Federation.
These regions are:
|Region Name||Description of Region by Counties|
|Fundy Region||Cumberland, Colchester, and Hants East|
|Valley Region||Annapolis, Kings, Digby, and Hants West|
|South Shore Region||Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, and Lunenburg|
|Highland Region||Pictou, Antigonish, and Guysborough|
|Cape Breton Region||Richmond, Inverness, Victoria, and Cape Breton|
The Square and Round Dance Federation of Nova Scotia was first registered as a society on 12 February 1968. At that time it was called Modern Square Dance Association of Nova Scotia.
The Memorandum of Association was as follows:
We, the several persons whose names, addresses and occupations are subscribed, desire to be formed into a society in pursuance of this memorandum of association.
Witness to the above signatures: A E Eisenhauer of Greenwood in the County of Kings.
Several name changes followed the original Certificate of Incorporation dated 12 Feb 1968. They were as follows:
The original Certificate of Incorporation with gold seal from the Registrar General's office, was missing for several years. In the official Federation files there was only a photocopy of the certificate. These files have been passed on from executive to executive over the years but some information has either been lost or was never saved. In 1993, during a review of the by-laws, some research was done into the origins of the Federation. Harold and Clara Redden obtained the names of some past presidents through phone calls since a lot of the early minutes are not in the official files.
In October of 1996, shortly after the Annual General Meeting, the original Certificate of Incorporation turned up. It was returned to us by Barbara Weagle, a dancer with the Fundy Squares. She and her husband had danced years earlier with the Heart of the Valley Twirlers in Nictaux in the same hall that the Fundy Dancers used in 1997. She said that when the club broke up, around 1971, the various pieces of memorabilia were divided up among the dancers, and she and her husband received the Certificate, which had been framed and hung on the wall. This hall, which was built by squre dancers, is presently (1997) owned by the Lions Club. She had carefully stored the framed certificate in a closet all these years, not really knowing what it was.
Thanks to Barbara, a little bit of ou0r Nova Scotia square dance heritage has been returned to the rightful owners.
The following is a list of the known presidents of the Federation and the dates of their terms.
|Paul & Dot Loeb||1969 - 1971?|
|Frank & Ann Polkinhorn||1971 - 1973?|
|Marshall Fleet||1972 or 73 - 1976|
|Lew & Terry Melanson, Amherst||1976 - 1979|
|Alex Ritchie, Dartmouth||1979 - 1981|
|Ron & Lillian Trites, Dartmouth||1981 - 1983|
|Gary & Dottie Welch, Porters Lake||1983 - 1985|
|Tom & Betty Dodge, Dartmouth||1985 - 1987|
|Harold & Clara Redden, Cambridge||1987 - 1989|
|Bill & Charlotte Potter, Liverpool||1989 - 1990|
|Harold & Clara Redden, Cambridge||1990 - 1991|
|Ken & Dolores Fox, Musquodoboit||1991 - 1993|
|Ralph & Barbara MacDonald, Lochaber||1993 - 1995|
|Neil & Jacinta Thibideau, Yarmouth||1995 - 1997|
|Ken & Dolores Fox, Musquodoboit||1997 - 1998|
|Ron & Lynn Estabrooks, Amherst||1998 - 2000|
|Bob & Inge Ruohoniemi, Ellershouse||2000 - 2003|
|Ron & Dot Connell, Dartmouth||2003 - 2004|
|Wayne & Dianne Burns, Mt. Uniacke||2004 - 2006|
|Ralph & Valerie Brown, Bridgewater||2006 - 2008|
|Ralph & Barb MacDonald, Goshen||2008 - 2012|
|Paul & Cathy Langille, Labelle||2012 -|