The Frontier Twirlers were formed in 1976, graduating the first class in May of that year. There was to be a bicentennial celebration at Osawatomie in June, 1976. Square dancing was to be part of the program. With that goal in mind, square dance lessons were started in January, 1976, with Bill Abbott and his taw, Jerry, as the instructors. Sixteen couples and one single man completed the class and participated in the bicentennial celebration. Bill Abbott, Karl Edwards, Harry Husted and Pat Patterson were the callers at the celebration dance held on June 24, 1976.
A square dance club was formed and Bill and Jerry helped us select our name, Frontier Twirlers. They also taught some round dance lessons. Under their direction, the club joined KSDAand the Heart of America Federation in 1977. Dances were held at the Osawatomie City Auditorium, where we dance now. Bill and Jerry continued as our caller and taw until June, 1983. We are privileged to have two couples from the original class dancing with the Frontier Twirlers at this time. Those charter members are Don and Doris Davis and Jerry and Reita Wooddall. Both of these couples have been very active, serving as officers of the club, and attending state and national conventions in addition to regularly visiting other area clubs.
Bill Roles and his wife, Jan, became our caller and taw in September, 1983, and they have continued in that capacity to the present time. Sandy Mount was our line dance cuer from 1998 to 2001. Ray Lemon, with his wife, Cheryl, is the line dance cuer at this time.
The Frontier Twirlers began sponsoring the annual Kansas Day Dance at Sunflower School in Paola in January, 1981. This special event is held on the fourth Saturday in January and is always well-attended by other clubs in the area.
In October each year, we sponsor a Cancer Benefit Dance. The club matches all donations made at the door and contributes that amount to the American Cancer Society.
The Frontier Twirlers participate in banner stealing with Heart of America Clubs and also with clubs from the Northeast Kansas Square Dance Association.
We like to do exhibitions and demonstrations whenever we are invited to promote square dancing. We have danced at nursing homes, churches, schools and county fairs. We have helped teach square dancing to 4-H members, danced on floats in local parades, participated in national, state, and district dances, and attended caller's festivals.
One hundred percent of the Frontier Twirlers members are registered for the National Square Dance Convention to be held in Wichita in June, 2008. Several members attended the pre-convention dance in Wichita in March, 2007.
In May 2013 Bill Roles retired from calling. We gave him a retirement party for his 30 years of service with the club and 50+ years of calling. During that season Wade Morrow taught lessons for us and became our Full time club caller for the next Dance season.
For the 2013-14 dance season we will be changing our dance time to 7:30 - 10:00 and adding round dancing with prerounds starting at 7:00 to our dance program. Wade & Laura Morrow are the caller and Taw. Rounds will be cued by either: Pam Young or Stash Tosio. Wade & Laura will be starting a new set of lessons in September for us.