The Mapletown Square Dance Club was founded in the fall of 1971, by Ramon Marsch of Middlefield, Ohio. He and his wife Jane, promoted this club to what it is today. He was assisted in the formation of the club by the following charter members, who were also the club's first officers.
Presidents - Jerry and Ahrea Beverly
Vice President and Club Founder ~ Ramon and Jane Marsch
Secretaries ~ Phil and Sue Rush
Treasures ~ Jerry and Sue Hartman
Refreshments Chairmen ~ Steve and Aline Drzik
Club Caller and his wife ~ Bud and Betty Dolt
Others who assisted in organizing the club were as follow ~ Carl and Dorothy Foster, Wayne and Peg Brooks, Richard and Mabel Miller, Bob and Judy Calkins.
Dance nights were set up on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. The club started dancing on the second floor of the eagles' Hall in Chardon, Ohio. Only two dances were called at this location with the club caller, Bud Bolt, calling the first dance, and Dave Stevenson, an outside caller, doing the second dance. For the third dance, the club moved to Chardon Middle School on North Street.
The club's name originated from the maple trees that are located in abundance in Chardon, Ohio Chardon's biggest industry is making maple syrup in the spring. At this time all of Chardon's citizens and those of surrounding communities celebrate this industry by having a festival and parade. Each year the Mapletown Squares dancers built a float and joined the festivities around the Chardon Square.
The club adopted the colors of gold and red. A banner was then made up reflecting these colors. In 1974 the club decided to have an outfit for the square dance couples to wear for the Maple Festival. The shirts and dresses were made out of bright red polyester - cotton material with an accent color of charcoal gray material, which had maple leaves printed on it. The men wear gold ties to reflect the club's other color of gold. The club was very fortunate to have their own seamstress, Betsy Simpson, who sewed approximately 40 outfits for the members of Mapletown Square Dance Club.