What is the Friendship Book? Why is there a Friendship Book? And what do I, as a dancer, get out of it?
Mutual club visits promote the friendship within Square Dance, Clogging, Round Dance, and Contra, as well as the human and cultural relations worldwide. EAASDC has been supporting this since 1970 by providing an incentive to collect signatures in the Friendship Book as precious memories and by awarding Friendship Badges.
Each time you visit a club for the first time you may have this confirmed by a signature in your Friendship Book. Once you have collected a certain number of entries your reward will be a Friendship Badge. This is the visible reward. Much more valuable, however, is getting to know other dancers and making new friends.
So, keep remembering the words you heard during your graduation and always consider yourself as an ambassador of this idea of friendship when visiting other clubs and collecting signatures. It is up to you how big your reward will be: is it just signatures and a badge, or will you participate in the friendship, which represents the value of our hobby? If you don’t have a Friendship Book yet, just ask your club. Your President knows how to get it for you.
Part I Acquisition of the Signatures
- Visit Square Dance clubs anywhere in the world at their club night.
- Give your Friendship Book to a board member or to the Leader (Caller, Cuer, Instructor, Prompter) for signing before the end of the club night.
- Collect only one entry per club, regardless of how often you visit this club.
- Mark the countries in the respective field.
- Reclaim your book after is has been signed.
- For 26, 52, 104, 208, 416, 500, 750 and 1.000 signatures there is a Friendship Badge in different colors.
The idea to visit other countries is historical and intended especially for dancers of the Continent as additional incentive to visit clubs in other countries. However, it is not an obligation but solely up to your personal ambition and your possibilities, whether you would like to and are able to implement it.
Part II Acquisition of the Badges
You need the respective number of signatures for the following badges:
52 clubs in 3 countries
104 clubs in 5 countries
208 clubs in 5 countries
416 clubs in 5 countries
500 clubs in 8 countries
750 clubs in 10 countries
1.000 clubs in 12 countries
In order to receive it proceed as follows:
Check, whether you have correctly collected enough signatures.
Badges are issued and your book is signed by EAASDC Support for Members.
There are 3 ways to receive a Friendship Badge:
1. Submission by mail
Address an envelope to yourself.
Make sure that this envelope can be sealed properly, so it won't lose its content in transit. A mailing bag envelope size DIN C5 or a rigid envelope C6 are suited best.
Please do not seal the return envelope!
Put a stamp with the current value on the envelope. Please consider the fact that along with the book there will also be the badge in the envelope of the return mail.
Put your book (original or copy) (from 208 signatures onwards all Friendship Books please) and the stamped addressed envelope into another envelope together with your phone number, email address and the name of your club.
Stamp this envelope also with correct postage and send it to
EAASDC Support for Members
PO Box 11 61
You will soon get your book back together with the badge by mail.
For Friendship Books outside of Germany please inquire about the return mail process before sending it, because you don't get German stamps abroad.
2. Submission by Email
If you don't want to hand over your Friendship Book, you may also submit it as scan via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state your phone number and club name in the email. Also advise whether you will send a self-addressed and properly stamped return envelope or whether you would like to transfer the money for envelope and postage.
If you send us the return envelope, we will send you the Friendship Badge together with a confirmation of the award.
If you want to transfer the money, we will send you an invoice. Friendship Badge and confirmation will be dispatched upon receipt of the money.
3. Personally at a Jamboree
The following is valid for all submission forms:
Your name and the earned badge will automatically be published in the Bulletin. If you don't want this, please give the respective information when submitting the Friendship Book.
Translated by Gabi Russell