Today I would like to highlight the Governing Council volunteer service of Esther Freeman. Esther is the only individual in USA Dance to have ever served in all four corporate officer positions – Secretary, Senior Vice President, National President and now National Treasurer. This gives her a historical perspective on our organization that few can match. Esther’s service on the Governing Council commenced in 1997 and has not stopped. Esther has also served as president of her USA Dance chapter in Oregon.
In addition to her current duties as National Treasurer, in which, among other things, Esther prepares the national budget, compiles necessary documents for the annual audit and oversees accounting for the entire organization, she also interacts with all 170 of our chapters around the country on a regular basis and advises and assists them on financial matters large and small. Esther also volunteers each year to develop and oversee the budgets for the National Collegiate Championships and the National Championships. And if that weren’t enough, Esther also staffs the ticket desk from morning until night at the National Championships, which as many of you may know, is an intense 3-day event.
All of our members owe a debt of gratitude to Esther for her unwavering dedication to USA Dance over so many years.