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Letter to Editor, Spring Fling dance a success for Rutland ARC

Dear Editor,

On Sunday, May 20, the ARC-Rutland Area again offered a Spring Fling dance for over 80 members, parents and friends of ARC-Rutland Area for a fun afternoon of socializing, munching and dancing.  Music was provided by Steve Smiel and John Dunlap with support from Penguin Productions and everyone had their fill of Dominos pizzas, grinders, beverages and ice cream.

Special thanks to businesses and the helpers who served the food and set up and torn down the hall; Tim Murray, Tammy Lethbridge, Dolores Smiel, Steve Smiel, Muriel Dunlap, and Al Goodermote.

We promote ARC-Rutland Area by offering programs that are derived from our name; Advocacy, Resources and Community opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. ARC helps the local Self Advocates Becoming Empowered - Rutland with their monthly meetings and their goals; currently they are working on a candy bar fundraiser. We also help the Rutland Family Support Network with their monthly potluck gatherings (third Tuesdays) and sibshops, next one is September 22.

Of course our more known activities are the five dances we provide each year, one of which was just put on this past Sunday, the Spring Fling.  

When asked why ARC dances are important, Henry Graham and Celeste Crochetiere (members) said, "to socialize and be with people, not just during the week."  Another member, Jean (John) McDuff said, "It's important to be with your friends."  ARC knows that people with developmental disabilities don't have support circles develop naturally, at the dances we promote people to grow their circles of support by encouraging people to meet someone new.


Lisa S. Lynch, executive director ARC Rutland area

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