The International Association of Contra Callers, Inc.


Greetings fellow Contra enthusiasts!

It’s time to pay Contralab due for 2016-2017!  Please see the enclosed or attached Membership Application.  In addition to verifying your address and other contact information, please let us know how things are going for you!  Be sure to include a current email address and telephone number.  We have a small increase in Membership Dues:  $20 for this year.

If you have friends who should be members of Contralab, I’ll be glad to mail them an application, or email it to them—just let me know their address. (Or, you can “gift” them with a membership!)  Just as we did last year, for your convenience, there is also a way to join or renew on-line at the following website:

Besides membership, there are options on that site for donating to our 2017 or 2018 Live Music fund, and a place to order Contralab’s excellent publication, “Contra 101.”  Of course, you can also include these options with your mailed-in membership!  Please send your check, payable to Contralab, to:   Lissa Bengtson, 1343 W. Lullwood Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201

We recently enjoyed the 65th National Square Dance Convention in Des Moines, with hours and hours of contra dancing, a tremendous Energizer Dance on Tuesday with a live band, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights!  Contra room Chairman Jeff Smith did an outstanding job, with the able assistance of Mo Wilkins.

Next year’s NSDC in Cincinnati takes place June 21-24 (Energizer Dance June 20!)  Judy Weger is the Contra Chairman and I will be assisting.  Judy has already raised $300 towards live music via the raffle of a beautiful quilt.  Another quilt raffle is in progress, which should bring in at least that much more. Plus, last year Bob Tomlinson of Martins Ferry, OH donated $50.  More details will be revealed in upcoming Contralab Quarterlies!

If you would like to submit an article or a nice contra dance you have enjoyed, the deadlines for the quarterlies are:  April 15, July 15, October 15, January 15   Send submissions to Pat Kelm at

Other questions or ideas?  Just let me know!  Thank you so much,


Lissa Bengtson 210-867-0692