It’s Time for…

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director

Quick, a CDSS Pop Quiz…what do the following people have in common?

George Fogg, Bob Dalsemer, Tom Kruskal, John Ramsay, Bob McQuillen, Chuck Ward, Tony Barrand, Margot Gunzenhauser, Dudley Laufman, Patrick Napier, Fried DeMetz Herman, Jack Langstaff, Larry Jennings, Helene Cornelius, Sue Salmons, Kate Van Winkle Keller, and Marshall Barron

Besides being uber-cool, the answer is: they are CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award recipients!

Dudley and Rima, June 2012; photo by Pat MacPherson

All of these great folks worked with CDSS for more than 20 years and have made exceptional contributions to the mission of our organization. The passion, creativity and joy these individuals have fostered is paramount to who we are. These awards are important to me simply because it is an opportunity to say thank you. It is a time to convey our gratitude for the hard work of helping us achieve our mission. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, dancing and working with some of our recipients and chatting about the legacies they created. I am humbled because I have much to learn from each lifetime award recipient. I look forward to our upcoming celebration of George Fogg in Boston this October. To learn more about George and other awardees, checkout the Lifetime Contribution Awards page on the website.

So we’re looking for recommendations for 2013! Do you know someone that has made a long term and exceptional contribution to the mission of CDSS? Has this contribution benefited more than one geographical area or generation? Has he or she worked in conjunction with CDSS for more than 20 years? If the answer is “yes” to all of these, then you may know a future recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award.

Examples of a significant contribution include: increasing the quality of what we do by inspiration, instruction or excellent example; bringing what we do to new communities; expanding the repertoire of dance, music and/or song through scholarship or original composition; working behind the scenes or enabling others to make these contributions.

Nominations for 2013 must be received by January 2, 2013. Send your recommendations to or to Awards Committee chair Mary Devlin, If you prefer snailmail, send information to Mary at 2230 SW Sunset Drive, Portland, OR 97239.

Your recommendation must include the name, address, phone number and email address of the person you are recommending as well as your own name and full contact information. NEW: Recommendations must be for living persons. Please include a one-page explanation of why the person deserves the award.

The Awards Committee will review recommendations in early January and submit a short list of nominees to the CDSS Governing Board for its decision.

I look forward to seeing the award recommendations come pouring in!!

Thanks, Rima