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The Rainier Council of the Square and Folk Dance Federation of Washington encourages cooperation and coordination among the square and round dance clubs in Pierce County. Each club has two delegates to the council. The council publishes an informative booklet for new dancers (click here to see it), hosts some all-club dances, coordinates promotional activities (e.g., Puyallup Fair demonstrations and education booth, parade float, council website), gives recognition awards to deserving individuals, and represents the clubs of Rainier Council in meetings of the state federation. Council meetings are at the clubhouse of the San Souci Mobile Estates (on Puyallup's South Hill) at 7:30 pm on the first Monday (Sept. - June). Visitors are welcome. The address is 11209 - 127th St. E., Puyallup, WA 98374.

The 2020-2021 council officers are:
President:Marsha Sullivan
Vice President: Lu Simmons
Treasurer: Tom Tomlinson
Recording Secretary: Stephanie Schaewe
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Hargrove
Area Council State Delegate: Doug Schafer
Delegate to the State Nominating Committee: Lu Simmons

Rainier Council's formal name is "Rainier Council of the Square and Folk Dance Federation of Washington," as a Washington state nonprofit corporation. The IRS has recognized it as a tax-exempt nonprofit under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Click here for its IRS exemption letter.  For its Articles of Incorporation, click here. For its Bylaws, click here. The Council's regular policies and procedure are collected in a document called "Guidelines." Click here to download it.

As stated in its Articles of Incorporation, the Council's purposes are:
     (a) To promote the art and culture of American traditional and modern forms of dance, especially square dance, round dance, line dance, and clogging dance.
     (b) To promote education through various forms of teaching and demonstrations of square, round, line, and clogging dance through member dance organizations and to the general public.
     (c) To provide for the exchange of ideas and the distribution of educational information among member dance organizations, dancers, teachers, callers and cuers.
     (d) To participate in, with other area councils, and support the programs and activities of the Square and Folk Dance Federation of Washington, a Washington nonprofit corporation that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Council Awards; Kenn Trimble Award

The Kenn Trimble Award was established to honor a Rainier Council couple, single, or family who has done an outstanding job of promoting/supporting Square Dancing in our Council. The award (and recipient(s) badge) now is given at the Kenn Trimble Youth Fund Dance in February each year (previously given at the Spring Fesitival). It is not meant to be a prize for being the best at any one thing, but as recognition for a job well done and all the hard work keeping this great hobby of ours alive.  It takes more than one person as we all know. This award is to be kept with the recipient(s) for one year and then passed on to another deserving person or couple to be determined by the immediate past recipient of the award with help from your nominations. Please suggest deserving recipients, with supporting information, to the last recipient(s) of the award.

2019 Trimble Award to Sue (via Mikayla) & Greg Weber Past recipients include:
2000  Mark & Jennie Sebree
2001  Tom & Fay Tomlinson
2002  Joyce Sebree & Wayne Patton
2003  Chuck & Joan McLean
2004  Ted & Dee Mazetier
2005  Dave & Nina Pearcy
2006  Steve & JoAnn MacKay
2007  Al & Kathy Tokin
2008  Frank & Kathy Chase
2009  Carol Thompson
2010  Lynn Red
2011  Tony & Sharon Herman
2012  Lillian Davis
2013  Len & Jeanette Howe
2014  George & Linda McIvor
2015  Everett & Carolyn Colglazier
2016  Lorraine & John Rouse
2017  Everett & Virginia Lawrence
2018  Dave & Toni Vigus
2019  Jeff & Stephanie Schaewe
2020  Greg & Sue Weber (photo at right, Mikayla stood in for Sue who was ill)

Past Recipients of Trimble Award at the 2015 FestivalA special note from Kathy (Frank) Chase, Kenn’s daughter: Kenn Trimble was actively involved in square dancing for many, many years. He was President of State, Council and clubs throughout the years. He especially loved the kids. He was a big promoter for kids and square dancing. He was just a doer - anything that needed doing, he was there to help. And he was editor of Footnotes for about 13 years.

Because of his love and support for the youth in our activity, the fund which was established in 2005 to help with Youth Competition expenses was renamed the Kenn Trimble Youth Fund. Youth and teen clubs may submit receipts for reimbursement for expenses incurred during competition if there is a hardship.

Lynn Red presenting President's Award to Lane & Gayle Johnston

The President’s Award was established to honor a Rainier Council couple or individual for their outstanding support within the Council. The award was created in 2005 and was first named the Achievement Award. The President’s Award is awarded at the Spring Festival to the person(s) selected by the current President. The 2015 recipients, selected by President Lynn Red, are Lane & Gail Johnston.

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