leaders in starting this society were Mr. And Mrs. Donald Hutton, Calvin Smith, Larry Bates
and David Coy. A meeting to organize was held September 29, 1974 in the Heritage Room of
the Eastern Illinois University Union with twenty seven people attending. The official
start date was January 1, 1975 with a membership of 64. The following officers were
elected: Marjorie Hutton, president; Lawrence W. Bates, Vice-president; Vauda Scott,
treasurer; David Coy, corresponding secretary; and Nancy Sy, recording secretary. Elected
to the board of directors were Marylea Degler, Ruth Isenogle, and Calvin N. Smith.