The Big O's Square Dance Club was the creation of organizer Delia Wiseman who
wanted a club in which she and her son Eddie could call together. She started
lessons in Olathe in 1976. The club was federated shortly after in 1977. Jim and
Lucy Wilson and John and Carole Griffin were charter members and have kept the
club strong since with the help of many others.
By the end of the 1978-79 season, the Big O's membership hit 62 members. With
the passing of Delia in 1984, Eddie called for a year solo. He wanted a partner
caller, and Jay Holgram filled the position for ten years. When both men wanted
to retire, Roberta Renicker took over as caller. At about this time, round
dancing was introduced to the club. Later when line dancing gained in
popularity, the Big O's were lucky to have Ray and Cheryl Lemon as members. Ray
became the club's cuer and did a great job.
In 1997, the Big O's membership reached 93. It was at that time that the club
celebrated its 20 years with an anniversary dance, following it up ten years
later with a 30th anniversary dance.
In 2000, Roberta Renicker resigned due to a job transfer. At the same time, the
Arrowhead Squares disbanded. In turn, the Big O's welcomed six couples and their
caller, Gene Arnott, to the club. Arnott managed calling duties for a while
until the Big O's opted for guest callers. That arrangement has worked well, as
the club has enjoyed a variety of guest callers since.
Fun club activities in addition to square dancing have included going to
members' farms for hay rides, Christmas parties at the Wilson household,
baseball games (this year it will be the T-Bones), New Theatre, picnics, and
ballroom dancing at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park.
The club has actively participated in banner stealing and Vigorous Visitors for
many years. The Big O's welcome you to come by for some fun.
For further information, please contact Helen and David Firestone, 816.415.9608.