Our founder, leader, club caller and inspiration!
I am really proud of the Square Bears. Since our first open house in December of 2016, we have grown from 0 to 31 Mainstream dancers. And what a delightful group the Bears are, friendly and sociable, they truly enjoy each other’s company. They laugh when their square breaks down and always keep a positive attitude. As a new caller, I feel blessed to have this group to share with on our learning journey and look forward to the coming years.
Co-founder and cheerleader ... the heart of our club!
I love these guys! When we put out the call for people to come and give square dancing a try, I never dreamed we could be so lucky. The stars must have been aligned that day. I can’t imagine a nicer group of people: friendly, kind, interesting and full of fun and laughter, and most of all, open and willing to learn and to try something new. Whether they’re dancing in a square (sailing through the calls or messing up totally and laughing hysterically) or socializing during the breaks, it’s obvious that these Bears definitely enjoy life. I am proud of how far they’ve come, and proud to call them my friends.
2021 - 2023
2021 - 2023
Pat Bobwich and Jean Bobwich
Deb and John Ahle
Marketing: Peter Engstrom
Webmaster: Kathy Engstrom
CASDC Rep: Ron Baldwin
Hudson Valley Council Rep: TBA
Jim Cooper, Pat Hunter, Ron Baldwin, Jan McLean, Bear
Jan McLean, John & Deb Ahle, Ron Baldwin, Bear
Jan McLean, Ron Baldwin, Sharon Voris, Bear, David & Dellie Booth, Bill Abrams
Jan McLean, Jeff & Sheila Katz, Gael Ulisse, Gene Pollastro, Alysia Benninghoff, Janie & Ben Nneji, Bear, Ron Baldwin
Back: Jan McLean, Paul Keene, Susan & Joe McGowan, Bat Bobwich, Sue (Reilly) Fagan, Dan Malloy, Peter Engstrom, Ron Baldwin
Front: Trish McCauley, Bear, Steve & Cathy Ernst, Paula Malloy, Jeff Butler, Kathy Engstrom
Back: Michael Philbin, Dave Ceponis, Gale Haskell, Maureen Kuban, Lynette Helman, David Mejias, Andy Lawrence, Ron Baldwin
Front: Bear, Jan McLean, Peggy Ceponis, Joe Calka, Jean Bobwich, Diane Malinowski, Nina Polokoff, Mary McGee
Ron Baldwin is a retired engineer and his wife, Jan McLean, is a mixed media artist. They live in Shelton, Connecticut. They have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
When not square dancing, Ron designs and builds sets for Center Stage Theater in Shelton. Jan exhibits her art throughout the area.
Ron learned to square dance while stationed with the Army in Germany. He went to caller’s school there and called for a year for the Nurnberg Honeycake Squares. In 1981, Ron met Jan, a
recent square dance graduate, at a square dance campout in Hanau, Germany. There was instant chemistry and they have been together ever since. Ron came back from Germany in 1982 and Jan came back a short while later.
Ron left the Army in 1983, joined Jan in Shelton and went to work as an engineer for Branson Ultrasonics. They danced with the Goodtimers club in Ansonia, CT for about 2 years and then stopped dancing when that club folded.
After he retired in 2013, Jan and Ron started dancing again and joined the Rocking Roosters in Newtown, CT.
Ron went to caller’s school in 2016 and he and Jan founded the Square Bears in December of that year.
Jan and Ron are Class Coordinators for the Rocking Roosters and Recruitment and Retention Coordinators for CASDC (Connecticut Association of Square Dance Clubs). He is a member of Callerlab and the Connecticut Callers Association.
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