Club History

The May 6, 1964 Marshall Star announced that a MSFC employees activities organization (later named the Marshall Athletic and Recreation Society (MARS)) had been formed under the auspices of the MSFC Exchange Council.  From the beginning of MARS, dancing was an included activity with one of the five original committees responsible for “planning dances, parties, dinners, and picnics.”  The Jan. 4, 1967 Marshall Star reported that in addition to MARS square dancing activities, that Bill Beutjer was interested in organizing a ballroom dancing class to include such “oldies” as foxtrot, waltz, polka, rumba, samba, etc.  MARS hosted a big Valentine’s Dance on Feb.10, 1967.  On Oct. 14 of that year, MARS hosted a Harvest Ball at the Sheraton Motor Inn with 500 reserved seats.  The Art Mooney band played and dancing was from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  The Star reported that the MARS Ballroom Dance Club hosted its First Annual Dinner Dance on Oct. 25, 1975 at the Redstone Officers Club with the Barry Orth Combo providing the music.