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It was a brisk morning at 6AM when Lou Martino began setting up the music prior to the Diva Marathon May 7, 2017. Yes, it was a little brisk but a great day for the running of the 2017 Annual Diva Marathon. The Location of the OD Shag Club Dance Team to dance for the runners was to be at Hillside and 2nd Ave North in North Myrtle Beach.
The Diva Marathon is very well organized and it is the 4th invitation that the OD Shag Club Dance Team has been asked to participate in this event. Our point of contact is Katherine Stimson who is the owner of K Stimson Events, LLC. Out of Dallas, Texas. She is very professional when contacting and arranging this event.
The runners start promptly at 7AM with the first runner reaching our area around 7:20AM. The North Myrtle Beach Department assists with traffic at our location so there is no disruption to the runners.
At first there are just a few runners at the beginning, and then around 7:40AM there are literally 100’s of Diva’s lining the streets. You can see them from the length of 2nd Ave N heading East to Hillside. The runners range from babies being pushed in strollers to 80 years young. They are a happy group. Many of the runners as they pass our area show their appreciation to the OD Shag Club Dance Team for coming out to support them by giving our team a high five and many of the Diva’s do dance in the streets as they run by.
Not only did the OD Shag Club Dance Team provide the music, we also danced in the street to support the Runners. We even had the opportunity to teach a few of the runners how to shag, as well as dancing with many of the runners who already knew how to shag. Although, we had to wear jackets and non-dancing shoes since we danced on the pavement the OD Shag Club Dance Team did their thing and provided the entertainment for an energetic crowd.
After the race, many of the runners stopped by and acknowledged how appreciative they were that we were there to support them and did posed for pictures.
Thanks go out to those Dance Team members who participated in this event:
From left to right: Rich Jamiolkowski, John Setzer, Donna Williams, Lori Setzer, Burnie Williams, Cathy Jamiolkowski, Lou Martino, Bill Millman, Diane Millman, Linda Wilson, Barbara Hopper, Jim Palmieri, and Monica Palmieri.
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May 5th, the backroom of Fat Harold’s began to fill with excitement and anticipation as the OD Shag Club held its first New Member Social for 2017. A big shout out goes to all those who helped to make this social a great success. Snacks were provided by Faye Chowning, Wendy and Donnie Shultz, and the Food Committee. Also, special thanks to Tina Tomberlin and Monica Powell for checking in the membership as they arrived. A fun game of “Human Treasure Hunt” was introduced by Linda Campbell, where members had to search for someone who was on their list of 15 different activities, giving them an opportunity to break the ice and get to know each other. During the game, Lou Martino took pictures of the new members for the Year Book. Terry McCoy introduced the 2017 Board and also each Committee Chair had a chance to explain what their committee did for the club and solicit each new member’s help. Afterwards, the DJ playing for the night in the backroom began to play his music so that we could stay and dance for the remainder of our time.
Please make sure to find these members on the yearbook and help them to feel very welcomed at each of our parties.