Concord, California Square Dance Club


In September 1956 three squares of dancers started square dance lessons with Elmer Radcliffe as caller/instructor and his taw Blanche.  Elmer was teaching a call named Slip the Clutch.  The squares kept breaking down and Elmer said "you are a bunch of Clutch Busters."  When they formed the club they adopted the name: Clutch Busters.

The first meeting of this new club was January 10, 1957.  An election of officers was held.  Gordon Saunders was elected President.

The club was sponsored by the Concord Leisure Services Department.  Their sponsorship allowed the use of the school multi-use room free of charge if the custodian was on duty during his regular working hours.

The newly elected officers (the Executive Board) prepared the Constitution and By-Laws which was read at the February 7, 1957 membership meeting and accepted.  The Constitution and By-Laws have had minor changes in wording and additions over the years to keep it current with club practices. 

The executive board meets the Wednesday prior to the first Thursday of the month.  The general membership meeting is the first Thursday of the month. 

The Clutch Busters newspaper, The Record, has been published monthly since 1960.  It was first printed on a duplicating machine and mailed to members.
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