The Petersen Fund

Please note that this page is being retained for historical purposes only, and to record the remarkable contribution Joe Petersen made to our activity. The Petersen fund no longer provides grants to clubs. For current funding applications, see All Join Hands.

What was the Petersen Fund?

The Petersen Fund of the IAGSDC was established in 1996 with funds from the estate of Joe Petersen of Denver. In his will, Joe created the Rainbow Trust to provide income for this fund. At the fund's creation, the Executive Board voted to name the fund in Joe's honor. The purpose of this fund is to:

  • promote club growth and development through education, recruitment, and promotion>
  • assist in the establishment of new clubs
  • promote and advance Gay & Lesbian square dancing and by doing so, advance the whole activity of square dancing
  • inform non-dancers of the activity and its benefits
  • preserve our Gay and Lesbian square dancing heritage as part of the long history of folk dance

Who decided who got funds?

The granting of awards was done by the Petersen Fund Committee of the IAGSDC. This committee consisted of:

  • the Vice Chairman of the IAGSDC (serves as the Committee Chairman)
  • a representative of the Rainbow Trust (which administered the estate of Joe)
  • three members elected for two year terms by the delegates of the IAGSDC Executive Board
  • the current past Chairman of the IAGSDC (ex officio)

A positive vote by the majority of the committee was required to grant funds.

What guidelines did the Committee use when considering requests?

The IAGSDC Executive Board established these Guidelines for granting awards:

  • All requests were considered individually.
  • No request received greater or lesser consideration based on club size, location, length of time or type of IAGSDC affiliation, or date application received (as long as it was received in a timely fashion)
  • If an existing club made a request, it had to be an IAGSDC club in good standing.
  • Individuals applying for assistance to start a new club in an area where no IAGSDC member club existed had to belong to a group that anticipated applying for IAGSDC membership
  • Any individual requesting funds for a special project had to be a member of an IAGSDC club in good standing
  • Awards were made based on the greatest financial need and most beneficial use of funds.
  • All requests had to be made in the spirit of square dancing. The funds had to be used to promote, enhance or preserve the activities of the member club or the IAGSDC as a whole, and to finance the development of new clubs.
  • The decision to award funds was made by a vote of a simple majority of the Petersen Fund Committee members.

Members of the Committee could not vote on requests made from clubs of which they were members. The vote was transferred to the immediate past Chairperson of the IAGSDC, regardless of club membership.

What is the Petersen Committee's relationship with the IAGSDC?

The committee will have the ultimate authority on the awards granted. The committee will issue a full report to the IAGSDC Executive Board at the annual meeting.

The committee will work closely with the IAGSDC officers throughout the year to ensure that the needs and goals of the IAGSDC are always being met.

At the annual meeting, three members of the committee will be elected by the Executive Board after the election of the IAGSDC officers.

Elected committee members will serve one-year terms beginning with their election and ending with the election of new members at the following annual meeting of the Executive Board.

Joe Petersen - Biography

For more information about Joe, see this short biography.