I lost a football bet to a school friend and as payment had to attend my first Square Dance at the ripe old age of 15. I have now been Club Calling for 48 / 49 years depending on if you start the count from start of beginners or Club. I'm actually starting my count from the end of the first year of Club Calling which will have me enjoying my 50th year in 2018 along with two very dear Calling buddies Steve Turner and Nev McLachlan.
My journey has given me the opportunity to meet some of the nicest people in the world and I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to guest Call all over Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Malaysia and Mauritius. I called at my first club Sundowners from the night it started until it eventually closed some 38 years later and have been the Caller at my current club Happy Wanderers for the last 39 years. One small interesting point is that I only went to Happy Wanderers to fill in for one week until they found a permanent Caller 39 years ago. If that's not the longest One Night Show in history I would be very surprised. He he..
I've been Best Man, Grooms Man, Godfather, MC and Pallbearer and Elegy reader so many times, been asked to sing the National Anthem a couple of times and am absolutely delighted to be called Uncle Kev by so many people in this wonderful Square Dance world I find the whole journey absolutely flattering. I really can't thank you all enough.
I started this little Bio by saying I lost a Bet. I sure hope every losing bet I ever have is as wonderful an experience as this one has been.