Mary Lou was nominated by her club in part for the 18 years of service and as a co-founder of the Chicago Jitterbug Club in 1993. She has been a Director of the ABA, an Editor of the ABA newsletter and has served on the By-Laws Committee. She participated in Special Olympics Dinner Dances, Parish Without Borders, local Girl Scout troops and at Great America in Gurnee. She has been instrumental in getting cruisers to participate in the ABA Cruise.
Herky is said to be "all about dancing". In the early 1950’s there were few places to dance in Louisville. Herky met with a small group and found a place called Studebaker’s. He, with a little help from his friends, then founded the Derby City Bop Club. After a severe accident, in which he was unable to dance for four years, he made it back to the dance floor. He has served as the DCBA’s Vice President and continued to travel the South spreading the love of dancing. DCBA awar
Gabrielle was nominated by the Chicago’s Windy City Jitterbug Club. Gabrielle has been an Associate Director for the ABA, coming up with a revenue plan of selling personalized pins and the donating all the profits back to the ABA. Gabrielle belongs to all three Chicago area jitterbug clubs and was a one time Board member for the former South Side Jitterbug Club. She has been teaching and volunterring since 1993 and is best known for her donations of cups, plates, clocks, etc