Proposed Changes to Metro Dance Club
At our August dance, we asked for suggestions to keep Metro going into the next decade. Thanks to your great suggestions, I feel we will be able to keep Metro going for several years. We have some immediate changes and are working on many more to ensure continued support and growth.
First, we received many suggestions on possible less expensive venues. We contacted most and also had a discussion with Swingtime. They have come up with a solution to lower the costs and still keep Swingtime and Saturday night. This would mean shortening the dance by 30 minutes from 8 to10:30 and would lower the cost by $200 a month. They are willing to rewrite our contract and lowering our costs starting in September. This will save us $600 this year.
Second, we will have to speak to our bands to see if they can lower their costs since they will be playing 30 minutes less. However, we have contracts with them for this year so we may not be able to lower band costs this year but will for next year.
Third, we are changing our dress code. No more summer and winter dress. All dances with the exception of our Black and White Ball will be dressy casual. No Jeans/No Tee Shirts. Men need to wear collared shirts. We feel this many encourage the younger dances who don’t already have the formal/fancy clothes that the older crowd has acquired. We have not decided on our December dance and that may be formal as well.
Fourth, we will be alternating with DJ and Bands. In order to ensure we have sufficient funds to hire them. We are starting a new program –Sponsorship.
Fifth, the majority of the responses indicated they would be happy to increase membership and/or admittance fees. Rather than increasing the membership and admittance across the board, we have come up with a sponsorship plan as follows. We would need the sponsorship to be paid by November 1, 2018 in order to better plan and budget.
Fred and Ginger Sponsor – $1000.00. This will include two memberships and admission to all 12 dances for two people with no additional costs. Sponsor will be acknowledged at the beginning of the dance and name will be displayed. You can pick your band (with board approval) and/or month. Celebrate an anniversary, birthday, etc.
Dancing on the Table Sponsor – $500. This is designed to get a group of people an opportunity to help pay for the band. Most people have a group of people they sit with each month. All could “chip” in and pay most of the cost of the band. This sponsor will be acknowledged at the dance. This does not include membership or admission to any dances.
Strike Up The Band –Any amount. Single donations earmarked for payment for music.
We have more plans to increase membership and encourage younger dancers and are working on getting these solidified.
I think we are off to a good start and am confident we can keep Metro alive and well for years to come.
Obituary for Robert Usseglio
After a brave battle with cancer, Robert James Usseglio passed away on September 18, 2018, at the age of 80.
Robert (Bob) was born on November 19, 1937 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He attended Winthrop High School where he served as Class President, and in 2010 was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Boston College and Rollins (on a baseball scholarship), and then graduated from dental school at Tufts University. Robert joined the U. S. Air Force in 1963. He proudly served as a dentist for 25 years and retired at Carswell AFB as a full colonel in September of 1988. While in the Air Force, he received the Vietnam Service Medal and many other awards of distinction.
Bob excelled in everything he did. He was passionate about baseball, the piano, woodworking and landscaping. Bob was an avid golfer and an excellent ballroom dancer. He was a member of several ballroom dance groups in the Metroplex. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for 30 years. Bob Usseglio touched the lives of many people and will be surely missed.
He is survived by his loving companion, Glenda Brooks, his three daughters, Jann Bultman, Theresa Pearson (Bill), Donna Schueren (Mark), and his 6 grandchildren, Kelsey O’Neal, Kristina Pearson, Trevor Schueren, Lauren McKinney, Billy Pearson and Jason Schueren. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Helen L. Usseglio, and his five nieces and nephews.
There will be a viewing and visitation with the family from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd at Wade Family Funeral Home located at 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Texas, 76013. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the same location on Thursday, October 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Wade Family Funeral Home
We celebrate the 2018 Metro Board Members!
Denise Clark, President; Marian Woods, 1st Vice President; Dave Moore, 2nd Vice President; Sharon Reynolds, 3rd Vice President; Delores McCown, Treasurer; Barbara Pardo, Assistant Treasurer; Carolyn Hussey, Recording Secretary; and Peggy Parrot as Parliamentarian.
You can help Metro remain a top dance club.
Join/renew your membership.
Invite your friends to join.
Attend as often as you can.
We are in need of greeters at the dances and we are currently looking for a volunteer to create and distribute our Metro Club Newsletter and Flyers. If you would like to help the club with these tasks please contact Denise Clark at 817-706-4669.
Thank you for bringing snacks to our dances! You have been doing a great job and are greatly appreciated!
Do you know that you can reserve a table? It’s easy … click here.