Beach Shaggers Hall Of Fame
The Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame (also known as the "Shaggers Hall of Fame" or just the "Hall of Fame"), is the original Shaggers Hall of Fame and generally considered the most prestigious organization honoring proficient shag dancers deserving recognition for their contributions to shag dancing, its music and the atmosphere in which it historically has been cultivated and enjoyed. It is presently located in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, SC, on its sidewalks and in the Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort.
The Shaggers Hall of Fame was "conceptualized" by Rick Hubbard of Greenville, SC, and came into existence with the first inductees in April 1983. Rick and the 1983 and 1984 inductees formed a South Carolina non-profit corporation in October 1984 named the "Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame," and this organization continued as the Hall of Fame until it was purchased by Harry Driver and Robert R. ("Chick") Hedrick in August 1995.
The original officers and directors of the Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame were Jean Allen Ferguson (Chairman of the Board), Charles Boone (Secretary), Nelson Burton, James Dingler, Harry Driver, "Weezie" Rogers Vickery, and Joan Mabry Yarbrough Owen. Rick Hubbard was President and an "ex officio," non-voting director.
Similar to the current procedures, from the beginning each new inductee into the Hall of Fame was given the right to one vote at meetings during the following year and annually four males and four females were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Initially the inductees were to be chosen from people (i) who had been "on the beach" prior to 1955 (later enlarged to include people "on the beach" after that,) (ii) who had contributed to the shag by expanding and refining the dance, and (iii) who had continued shag dancing "during either a period of resurgence... or while ... in a dormant period or period of remission." (Note: shag dancing was generally dormant or in remission from the late sixties to the late seventies).
In late 1995 Chick Hedrick and Harry Driver, as equal partners, purchased the names and all of the other assets (including pictures, memorabilia and biographical and historical information) of the Beach Shaggers Hall of Fame and then transferred these assets to Shag Attack, Inc., their newly organized North Carolina corporation. The Hall of Fame continued as a part of this company until shortly after Harry's death in 1998. While a part of Shag Attack, Inc., the Hall of Fame's governance structure, membership selection process and social functions continued to evolve into their current formats.
After Harry Driver's death Chick Hedrick purchased Harry's interests in Shag Attack, Inc., and the Hall of Fame. In late 2000 Chick dissolved and liquidated that company and generously transferred the names and other Hall of Fame assets to Shagattack Hall of Fame, Inc., a new non-profit South Carolina corporation. Since then the Hall of Fame has been carried on as part of this tax exempt, non-profit organization which serves as the "umbrella" for the three distinct categories of memberships:
1. Shagattack Members are individuals (including Hall of Fame members and Keepers of the Dance) who join "Shagattack" on an annual basis for the purpose of attending the two social functions sponsored by Shagattack Hall of Fame, Inc., in honor of the new inductees and other members of the Hall of Fame and Keepers of the Dance. Learn more about Shagattack memberships from shagattack.org which has a link on this website.
2. Keepers of the Dance Members are individuals selected annually (one male and one female) by a committee, appointed by Shagattack Hall of Fame Inc.'s, Executive Board, from a list of young people who are at least 25 years old, participated in Shag events as juniors (under 21) and have helped insure the continuation of the dance, its music and the atmosphere in which it is cultivated and enjoyed. Learn more about the Keepers of the Dance from keepersofthedance.com which has a link on this website.
3. Shaggers Hall of Fame Members are all of the previously elected Hall of Fame members regardless of the year of election and the ownership of the organization. More about becoming a Hall of Fame member is discussed below.
Shagattack Hall of Fame, Inc., is operated by a four person Board of Directors know as the Executive Board, the members of which must be members of the Hall of Fame. The Executive Board appoints from the members of the Hall of Fame: the officers of the corporation, a six member Advisory Board and the eight member independent Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The current members of the Executive Board and their officers are:
Sam McIntosh, President
Roger Burris, Vice President
Bob Myrick, Vice President and Chairman of Keepers of the Dance
Bill Drew, Executive Director/Treasurer
Until his death in July 2012 Chick served as Chairman of the Board, but he was not a member of the Executive Board, and he had no vote in any of the affairs of the corporation or the Hall of Fame.
Currently the other Shagattack Hall of Fame, Inc. officers are:
Wanda Holliday-Yow, Secretary
Judy Eastwood, Shagattack Membership Coordinator
The Advisory Board serves as advisor to the Executive Board, but Advisory Board members have no vote in the affairs of the corporation or the Hall of Fame except for those members who also serve on the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Each year all new Hall of Fame members (except Honorary members) must be elected from the List of Nominees. This List of Nominees consists of those individuals who in prior years were added to the list by a member of the Executive Board, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee or a voting new Hall of Fame inductee. At the time a person is added to the list, he or she must be at least 49 years old, generally recognized as a proficient shag dancer and, in the opinion of the person making the nomination, deserves recognition for his or her contribution to shag dancing, its music and the atmosphere in which it is cultivated and enjoyed.
Each spring the eight regular new Hall of Fame members (four males and four females) are elected by the combined vote of (i) the independent Selection Committee and (ii) the prior year's new Hall of Fame inductees. While members of the Advisory Board may be appointed to the Selection Committee, no member of the Executive Board may serve on the Selection Committee or have any vote on these eight new members.
In addition to the regular admission process, the Executive Board may, in its discretion, annually elect from the List of Nominees one or two members to the Hall of Fame as "Charlie Boone" members. "Charlie Boone" members must meet all of the qualifications for membership in the Hall of Fame and, in the opinion of the Executive Board, deserve to be made members of the Hall of Fame that year regardless of the voting of the Selection Committee and the prior year's new Hall of Fame inductees. Only twelve persons have been elected as Charlie Boone members.
The Executive Board may also annually elect one or two deceased persons as "Posthumous" members of the Hall of Fame. "Posthumous" members must be selected from among the persons on the List of Nominees at the time of their deaths, must have met all of the qualifications for membership in the Hall of Fame at the time of their deaths, but who were not elected as a member during their lives, and, in the opinion of the Executive Board, should be made a member of the Hall of Fame posthumously.
The Executive Board from time to time establishes one or more categories of "Honorary" memberships in the Hall of Fame and elects these "Honorary" members. "Honorary" members may or may not meet the qualifications required of the other categories of membership in the Hall of Fame, but are individuals who, in the opinion of the Executive Board, nevertheless deserve to be members in the Hall of Fame because of their unique contribution to shag dancing, its music or the atmosphere in which it is enjoyed.
Over the years the location of the Hall of Fame members' pictures and biographies has changed several times, and they are currently located in the Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort in the Ocean Drive Section of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Hall of Fame members' names and induction dates are also engraved on pavers located in the sidewalks on Main Street in Ocean Drive. Pictures and biographical information are also included in other sections of this website.
Hall of Fame Foundation
The Shaggers Hall of Fame should not be confused with the Hall of Fame Foundation. The Foundation is a completely separate, non-member charitable organization. While the Shaggers Hall of Fame supports and maintains close ties with the Hall of Fame Foundation, the Foundation is managed and operated independently. Find out more about the Hall of Fame Foundation at its website which can be found as a link to this site.