Katydids Square Dance Club
Our club caller is Jim Osborne
Past callers were Ed Sanders (1961-1962), Kenny Steen (1962-1978), Bill Davis (1978-1995), Harold Fleeman (1995-2005), and Jim Osborne (2005-2023).
Come back to 1961 and a square dance club called the Twirling Sands. Named after the club caller Ed Sanders, the club met on Thursday nights. Several members were having difficulty attending on a regular basis, so they decided to form a Friday night club.
The group looked around for a place to dance. The clubhouse at Bowers Park in Santa Clara was available on Friday nights. One of the Twirling Sands' founders and members, Kenny Steen, had recently graduated from callers' school and had started calling at area dances. Soon he was recruited to call. They elected a slate of officers, held their first class of seven squares and were on their way to official clubdom. After the class graduated and another slate of officers was elected, the members decided to make it "legal" with a club name and logo. How does Moonlighter, Crazy Crickets or Cute Cats sound?
Picture this: a warm summer night, sitting in the park, folks discussing possible club names and suddenly a shrill scream! Lorraine Willes with the "never-out-of-place" hairdo jumped up and was frantically pulling at her hair. A huge insect had fallen from the tree into her hair. "Katydid" was the scream and a club name was born.
1961 is when the group started dancing. 1962 is the official date of the club's formation when the bylaws was adopted, a club name and logo were selected and the club was registered with "official" square dancing organizations.