About Us

The Club
    The Charlie Brown Squares dance club from Grants Pass, Oregon came into existence in 1967 when several energetic dancers decided to form a new club.  They were ambitious and ready to dance anywhere they could and they wanted a name that reflected this, a name that was non-traditional!!  The dancers gathered in the living room in one of the dancers homes to discuss their ideas on what the name of the the club should be!  At that time they all were huge fans of the Peanuts comic strip written by Charles Schulz, so they suggested the "Charlie Brown Squares."  It was a hit!  A non-traditional name that represents & sounds FUN!  Since most were avid "Charlie Brown" cartoon readers they decided to send a letter to get permission from Charles Schulz and to make him an honorary member!  The letter was sent in 1967 and a letter came back shortly after that granting permission and with Charles Schulz accepting the honorary membership!  So the dancers claimed the name and formed a club named the "Charlie Brown Squares"!

    The club was very small in the beginning but it didn't take long for it to catch on and grow.  The Charlie Brown Squares danced in several different locations one of which was the old Isaac Walton Building in Riverside Park near the boat ramp.  The Charlie Browns, along with several other clubs, were finally able to set up the Square Dance Center in 1974'ish, at the Josephine County Fairgrounds where they currently dance!  
The club grew and flourished over the years.  Other callers have had the pleasure of being the Charlie Browns club caller.  These have included Loren Cochran, Bob Studevoss, Wayne Weaver and Ken Trowbridge. 

    During its 48 year growth, the club has had some great leadership and workers to keep it strong.  For 48 years, the "Charlies" have continued to be a "non-traditional" club that is full of energy and fun!  The Charlie Browns hold beginner dance programs twice a year, in September on Tuesdays and in January on Thursdays. 
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    More recently, the "Charlie's" have acquired a nickname of "Rowdy Browns."  Their fun loving nature and eagerness to tease and please have earned them this title.  When traveling to other dance clubs to dance a "Rowdy Brown" often hears "Oh you're one of those Charlie Browns, what fun!", "You all are fun to dance with!" & "We love dancing with you, the "Rowdy Browns" sure know how to have FUN!"  So check us out and let's get to havin' some fun!

    The Charlie Browns have grown considerably in the past years and has a membership of over 100 dancers.  It is one of the largest clubs in Southern Oregon and is still growing.  Their members include dancers from Southern Oregon, Northern California and beyond!

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What it all comes down to is something really simple
the Charlie Brown Squares

& WE DO!

Charlie Browns Class Instructor

Chuck Simpkins
"Square Chuck"

Currently scheduling guest callers and cuers!
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  Our current elected leadership totally believes in what the Charlie Brown Square Dance Clubs By-Laws state:
"The members of the Charlie Brown Squares are bonded together in a spirit of friendliness and good fellowship to share the pleasures of square dancing. The purpose of the club is to promote, sponsor and teach dancing in the spirit of friendship and cooperation with all dancers."

The Leadership:
        President -  Louise Voss (541) 659-0855
        Co-1st Vice Presidents - Carla Simpkins & Rikki Lobato
        2nd Vice President - Gary Gent
        Treasurer - Jeanne Lobato
        Secretary - Michele Dunavant

         All the Great idea people: The club membership! YOU!


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