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San Mateo Road Runners Square Dance Club History

Club History

The San Mateo Road Runners started in Sept. 1968 and held their first meeting at the Terra Linda School in San Carlos.

Bob Kirkland was introduced as the club's first caller, and Harold Wilson was elected as the first President. The City of San Mateo did not have a Square Dance club and most of the club members at that time were not San Carlos residents. One month later the club's Secretary persuaded the head of the City of San Mateo Recreation Department to allow the Road Runners to dance at the Central Park Recreation Center. After one year with Bob Kirkland the club replaced him with Joel Pepper.

Joel became the Road Runners second caller after he had been retired from square dance calling for about a year. A little more than a year later the Club was excited to hire Bill Davis as their third caller.

The hall at the Central Park was adequate for four squares but was crowded at the times they danced with six squares. The club danced at the Central Park Hall for about two and a half years. The club was dancing with six squares after they completed two square dance beginner classes. The hall at Central Park became inadequate to accommodate the dancers especially when they have visitor dancers. In the fall of 1971 the Road Runners board of directors was successful in their negotiations with the San Mateo Recreation Department to move to a larger facility at Beresford Recreation Center. Until this day the club meets every Tuesday at 7:30 PM at their current location at Beresford Recreation Center, 28th and Alameda de Las Pulgas in San Mateo. The club was appreciative of Bill Davis and Jim Wylie for helping the club through the first few years of dancing. The Road Runners first Hoedown was called by Dick Houlton.

Dotty James was hired in April 1979. In the spring of 1980 Dotty decided that she could not continue to call, and in May of 1980 Robert Algea was hired.

Robert Algea called until about 1987.

Richard Mansfield then became the Club Caller for the next ten years. He was succeeded by Ed Kremers in August of 1997.

Jim Osborne was our caller from November 2001 till August  2013.

In January of 2014 Robert Algea once again was hired as the caller.


San Mateo Road Runners Sandpiper Community Center 797 Redwood Shores Parkway Redwood City, Ca 94065

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