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On Friday, October 21, 1955, a group of educational secretaries, clerks, and bookkeepers, met at Towson Senior High School for the purpose of organizing a Maryland State Educational Secretaries Association. The meeting was held at the same time as the Maryland State Teachers Association Convention in Baltimore.

Luncheon was served in the school cafeteria, after which the group met in the auditorium where assembly call was made by Mrs. Dorothy R. Bitterman, program chairman for the Baltimore County Secretaries Association. Approximately 300 people were present. Miss Phyllis K. Soine', president of the Baltimore County Educational Secretaries Association, was introduced. She reported the following representation: State Board of Education, 10; Baltimore City, 85, Maryland State Teachers Association, 1; Towson State Teachers College, 1; Friends School, 1. The following counties were represented: Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, St. Mary's, and Talbot.

A morning meeting of ten representatives from various counties was held to plan the afternoon session. Special thanks were extended to Mrs. Jean W. Taylor and Mrs. Gwendolyn B. Taylor for name tags; Mrs. Margaret G. Bennett, for arrangements; Mrs. Dorothy Bitterman, for luncheon and program planning; and Mrs. Doris Ruffo, for loot bags.

Speaker for the program was Mrs. Louise Henderson Nelson, president emeritus of the National Association of Educational Secretaries. The topic of Mrs. Nelson's inspiring talk was "The Role of the Secretary."

After Mrs. Nelson's talk, the meeting was turned over to Gwen Taylor, past president, Baltimore County Educational Secretaries and chair of the morning session. The group voted yes in response to her question, "Do you want a state organization?" and it was suggested that the group be named Maryland State Educational Secretaries Association. The group was in favor of this and decided to vote on a slate of officers and four regional chair. The following officers were elected:

PresidentPhyllis K. Soine'Baltimore County
Vice President Matilda Herting Baltimore City
First Vice President Hilda Musterman Anne Arundel County
Corresponding SecretaryMary Haskins Montgomery County
Recording Secretary Clara Chaires Kent County
Treasurer Jean Seddin Dorchester County

Regional Representatives:
Western Madeline Richter Washington County
Central Sofia Tobias Baltimore City
Southern Alice B. North Montgomery County
Eastern Willard TaylorCecil County

The new president adjourned the meeting.

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