Dana Schirmer - Biography
Dana began square dancing in 4-H and belonged to a youth club before becoming a charter member of the Sunflower Steppers club in 1975. With the encouragement of Club Caller Bill and Jerry Abbott and friends, he started calling in 1977 and helped create the Shawnee Swingers singles club in 1978. He has called for various clubs in Kansas and currently calls for the Friendship Squares (Mainstream); Topeka Plus Squares (Plus); the Kansas City Plus Squares (Plus) and the Topeka Advanced Workshop group. Dana and Donna met in square dancing and were married in 1994.
He is a past CALLERLAB Board of Governors member and currently serves as the Executive Director of CALLERLAB. He is the Director for the Kaw Valley Callers School providing caller training sessions for newer caller. Dana has served several terms in various offices of the Kansas Square Dance Callers Association and the Northeast Kansas Callers Association.
Dana worked twenty five years for the Santa Fe Railway and retired in 1996 as Manager of Financial Reporting and Budgets. He then went to work for Heartland China, Inc. as Office Administrator and Controller. In 2000 he and Donna bought the company and operated it for four years. They sold the company in 2004. Donna now works for CALLERLAB. Dana has two daughters, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.