SUSI MAYR FUND

susiho was this unusual person? She was an Austrian who spoke better English than many native English-speakers. She didn't tolerate fools gladly and had no time for pretentious people, but was fiercely loyal to her friends. She was a founder of the Vienna Branch and the driving force behind the formation of the International Branch.


Susi was an excellent teacher and dancer, both for Country and Step Dancing. We really got to know her well and could appreciate her many qualities when she taught at our local Chiswick SCD Club in London and during the planning and preparation of the Kaleidoscope SCD Conference that took place in June 2009 just outside of Geneva. The Conference was Susi's idea, which she had based loosely on the Dance Masters Conference that she had attended in the US many years before. But a major difference was that it wasn't just about/for teachers but for anyone interested in the field of SCD. As far as I know nothing like it had been done before or since, despite a number of requests for a Kaleidoscope 2. A report and videos of the sessions are available on my.strathspey.org. The idea was to give an opportunity to share experiences and share topics of mutual interest in an informal setting. Susi had extensive contacts with SCD leaders and thinkers in North America as well as in Europe and Australasia. Dancers from as far away as California, Vancouver, Adelaide, Germany, Italy, France as well as Scotland and England actively participated with presentations and interesting sessions - including a number which involved dancing, even though dancing itself was not the principal activity of the Conference. It took over 2 years to plan, but the participants were almost universally enthusiastic about it.

This amazing person leaves a legacy and activities in SCD, which we remember with great fondness and love.



he Susi Mayr Fund has been established to give support to any applicant (group or individual) who the IB committee think should be given assistance in furthering the aims of the Branch.
     
The aims of the Fund are:
  (a) to preserve and further the practice of Scottish Country Dancing.
  (b) to provide or assist in providing education or instruction to Society standards in the practice of Scottish Country Dancing.
  (c) to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of Scottish Country Dancing and music by any suitable means.
  (d) to encourage newcomers to try out Scottish Country Dancing and join the community of dancers.
 
The Fund is based upon donations and fund-raising activities such as raffles, etc. Donations may be either monetary, or in-kind, examples of the latter being:
  - scholarships for dancers to attend SCD functions and workshops (both IB and non-IB), with the costs being gifted and absorbed by the function itself rather than by the administered fund.
  - donations by RSCDS certificated teachers to teach at workshops organised by applicants, the costs being gifted and absorbed by the teachers themselves or other SCD groups.
  - donations by SCD musicians to play at workshops organised by applicants, the costs being absorbed by the fund directly or or as donations to the fund.
  - donations of Dance Books, CDs, Records, Music Equipment etc.
 

     
xamples of awards are:
     
  - scholarships for dancers to attend SCD functions and workshops (both IB and non-IB).
  - sponsorship of RSCDS certificated teachers to teach at workshops organised by applicants, with the costs being absorbed by the fund directly or as donations to the fund.
  - sponsorship of SCD musicians to play at workshops organised by applicants, the costs being absorbed by the fund directly or or as donations to the fund.
  - donations of Dance Books, CDs, etc. to applicants with limited resources.

Applications for an award to attend any workshop organised by a RSCDS Branch or Affiliated Group may be freely submitted.

Currently available in-kind awards are to be found here.

     
wards will be made each year to one or more applicants (individuals or groups) that meet the following criteria:
     
  - the applicant should in general have participated in Scottish Country Dancing for at least two years (although see below).
  - the applicant should have a genuine love of and interest in Scottish Country Dancing.
  - the applicant should have a desire to improve their dancing skills.
  - the applicant should have a commitment to maintain the best in Scottish Country Dancing.
  - the applicant should provide a list of the desired equipment and a justification for it (where appropriate).

Since an important goal of the IB is to encourage newcomers to SCD, an applicant with no prior knowledge of SCD, but who wishes to discover more about it, is also eligible to apply.

n applicant may apply by submitting a letter of application to the International Branch of the RSCDS which identifies the type of award and which addresses each of the criteria listed above. Preference will be given to applications with a demonstrated financial need or without access to a local group or branch. All information will be treated as being confidential and will only be made available to the selection committee described in the following section. A letter of reference from an RSCDS certificated Scottish Country Dance teacher is beneficial, but not required.   

Applications may be submitted at any time, although it is recommended that those targeted towards a particular event or workshop are submitted well before the corresponding date.

Applications should be sent to:

 

Fred Demarse
RSCDS IB Chairman
1530 Stanton Street Apt B
Alameda
CA 94501
USA


or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

he selection of the award recipients shall be made by the IB committee in conjunction with a representative of the targeted event or workshop where appropriate.

Awards to attend a workshop shall be presented to the recipients as being pre-paid (i.e. waiver of cost of tuition, meals, lodging etc.). After attending the Workshop, the recipients shall send a report on their experience to the IB for publication in the IB Newsletter.

Donations of equipment to groups shall be sent to the group directly.

onetary donations can be made to either of the following accounts. When doing so, please indicate in the transaction details clearly that the deposit is to be credited to the Susi Mayr Fund and from whom, and in addition please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . These will ensure that your contribution is correctly attributed.
     
  (a) Sterling account (UK):
   

RSCDS International Branch
NatWest, PO Box 209, 72 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS99 5AF, UK
Sort code 60-02-38 Account no: 68366671
BIC code: NWBK GB 2L
IBAN number: GB97 NWBK 6002 3868 3666 71
(Put your own name and that of anyone else included in the payment on the payment form.)

 

  (b) Euro account (LU):
   

International Branch of the RSCDS
Banque et Caisse d'Epargne de l'Etat, 1 Place de Metz, L-2954 Luxembourg
BIC Code: BCEELULL
IBAN No.: LU05 0019 1955 4239 6000
(Put your own name and that of anyone else included in the payment on the payment form.)


In-kind donations may be made by sending the details to:
    Fred DeMarse
RSCDS IB Chairman
1530 Stanton Street Apt B
Alameda
CA 94501
USA


or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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