The original Association was formed in 1983 at the South Florida Fly-in.
Founding Members present at the Fly-in were:
Although not represented at this meeting, The New Years Resolutions are also considered Founding Members of the IAGSDC. Unifying principles of the Association were adopted at this meeting.
The first draft of proposed by-laws was presented to participating clubs at the Reno Rodeo later that year. Seattle, Washington was selected to host the first Convention. Harlan Kerr, who lived in Seattle at the time, was chosen as the Association's interim Chair Person.
Charter Members present at the Rodeo were:
Also accepted at that time was Squares Across the Border (Vancouver, Canada), which made the IAGSDC a truly international organization.
Since 1983 the IAGSDC has grown to about 60 full member clubs and half a dozen affiliate members in 3 countries. Currently we have member clubs in the U.S.A, Canada and Japan. Over the history of the association, there have also been clubs in Australia and Denmark, but sadly, those clubs have since disbanded.
The IAGSDC continues to grow. As an organization we attract a very diverse mix of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered dancers. Anyone of any sexual orientation is welcome at any IAGSDC member club. Each year a host club holds our convention, usually in the U.S. or Canada. In recent years, conventions have attracted over 1,000 square dancers for a weekend celebration of dance and related activities. Throughout the year, regional events hosted by local clubs attract hundreds of attendees.
A continuing project of the IAGSDC, the history project is working to computerize the records of the association. This includes information related to fly-ins and conventions, the officers of the club, and the evolution of the current organization. To explore the history of the IAGSDC in detail, go to our History Wiki