At an event on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, the Steppin' Out Shag Club celebrated thirty years! The event included a certificate presented by SOS Board Chairman Ronnie Gregory, a host of DJ's including George Dunn, Dane Joyce, Kenny Loftis, Ron Russ, and Bobby Snyder. Steppin' Out President Doris Keaton shared this information along with a special message of thanks that stated: "This shag club is very dear to my heart and I am so proud of each of you. We have been fortunate to find a new home at Pennrose Park Country Club. Thanks to our members for supporting our new venue and for the guests of Pennrose Park Country Club and members of surrounding shag clubs and guests coming out with their support!"
We'd like to congratulate the entire club on this milestone! Please see the entire post from Mrs. Keaton below;
Facebook post from Doris Keaton
Wednesday night was so special in so many ways!! Our Shag Club celebrated our “30th” year anniversary with Ronnie Gregory, SOS Board Chairman,presenting us with our official certificate from the ACSC (Association of Carolina Shag Clubs). I also had the pleasure and honor of recognizing Greg Stegall the former owner of Stiggies which was the home to all our shaggers for years and he was voted into the Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame in 2012. We also had five of our shag club DJ’s in attendance: George Dunn, Dane Joyce, Kenny Loftis, Ron Russ, and Bobby Snyder (who has retired but contributed so much during his playing time) and we had a moment of silence for the DJ’s we have lost in the last few years, Tommy Amburn, George Hundley, Mike Harding and Roy Childress. I recognized our three members who have received the ICON award, which is the highest recognition given to a shagger, for their contributions to the shag dance, their work with their shag club; and the devotion to preserve shag dance, it’s music and it’s life style. These ICONS are in chronological order: Mary Gregory - Burlington Shag Club 2017, Doris Keaton - Steppin’ Out Shag Club 2018 and Ronnie Gregory - Burlington Shag Club 2019. I also introduced our Board, Vicki Lynn - Vice President, Joyce Anders - Secretary and Kenny Loftis - Treadurer. And lastly, my husband, Doug Keaton surprised me with a beautiful cake for a early birthday surprise (my birthday is Sunday, December 12). He had some help from Amy Bolen she had the cake made, brought a bouquet of balloons and served it. Plus I received some very sweet cards, gifts and a great birthday dance!!
This shag club is very dear to my heart and I am so proud of each of you. We have been fortunate to find a new home at Pennrose Park Country Club. Thanks to our members for supporting our new venue and for the guests of Pennrose Park Country Club and members of surrounding shag clubs and guests coming out with their support!
Doug and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May you receive the gifts of kindness, mercy and love along with good health, peace and grace.
President - Steppin’ Out Shag Club