Our activity has been enriched with the dedication and lifelong commitment to Square Dancing by Dick and Sue Leger.
Music has played an important part in their lives. They met while playing in their school band and later Sue played piano in her mother's square dance orchestra. Dick, who was the chauffeur, soon became interested in calling. Dick, the man with the guitar, has been calling since 1952 and was the club caller of the RHODY MERRYMAKERS for forty years.
It is not too surprising that a lace designer would become the choreographer of square dance material that has beauty and flow. Known internationally for his expertise in timing, he served as the chairman of the CALLERLAB Timing Committee for fourteen years.
Dick's talent and devotion to the square dance activity has been recognized many times. He was inducted into the "Sets In Order" Hall of Fame in 1978. He became a member of CALLERLAB in 1974 and received the Milestone Award in 1985. Dick and Sue were inducted into the Square Dance Foundation of New England Hall of Fame in 1994.
Dick has been a member of the Narragansett Callers Association since 1954 and has served as President, Vice- President and Treasurer. He has recorded on several square dance record labels including an educational series for use in schools on Kimpo Records.
Dick has held over fifty caller training schools and has also taught credit courses in Square, Round and Contra Dancing at Cortland College in New York for twenty years.
Dick and Sue, the parents of six children, have been active in their church in Warren and have been members of the church choir. Sue, a retired grammar school teacher, also taught Sunday School. She is a member of the DAR and has been a volunteer at the Bristol Animal Shelter.
They have held many Square Dance Weekends throughout the Northeast and have conducted tours to the Caribbean, Hawaii and several European Countries.
It gives the New England Square and Round Dance Cooperation Committee, acting on behalf of the Square Dancers of New England, great pleasure to present the Yankee Clipper Award to Dick and Sue Leger.
GIVEN AT BANGOR, MAINE APRIL 27, 1996