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MSHA's History

The Beginning:
In 1959 The American Speech and Hearing Association had just approved the formation of the Legislative Assembly with members being selected by state associations. Missouri did not have a state association at that time. Dr. Charlotte Wells, Department Chair: Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Missouri, Columbia, felt that our state needed to have a say in matters of policy in the newly approved assembly and called for an organizational meeting in Columbia, Missouri on October 10, 1959. Dr. Wells was elected chairman of the meeting. Sixty-five persons attended the all day meeting which resulted in a vote to form the Missouri Speech and Hearing Association. A constitution was approved with officers and delegates to the ASHA Legislative Assembly elected.

The first officers were:
President: Dr Thelma Trombly, University of Missouri, Columbia
Vice President: Dr. Frank Wilson, Saint Louis County Special School District
Secretary: Charles Schiefer, League for the Hard of Hearing
Treasurer: Dr. Lin Welch, Central Missouri State Teachers College
ASHA Delegate: Dr. Bob Goldstein

Letters of the formation of MSHA and membership applications were mailed out for those wishing to join. Charter membership was given to those joining before September, 1960. After that date new members must first be ASHA members to join MSHA.

Membership fluctuated in the first 6 years: 105, 106, 170, 122, 189, 201 respectively.
Membership in MSHA for the past six years beginning with 2004 has been: 1,159, 1,237, 1,301, 1,354, 1,264, and 1,300 respectively.

MSHA’s first life member was Margaret Curtis in 1972.

In 1959 the annual dues were $2.00. Today the dues for active membership is $55.00.

Within the first year (March, 1961) the MSHA newsletter was published by Editor, Dr. Robert Huskey, Special School District. The newsletters were typed on mimeograph paper using a typewriter with copies printed on a mimeograph machine. Included was the President’s message, articles by various members about therapy, review of new materials and equipment, treatment programs for clients, and various reports from the MSHA executive council. The “Letters to the Editor” column began in 1962. Past issues of the MSHA newsletter are housed in the MSHA archives. Later the publication name was changed to MSHAnews.

There were hopes in those first years to publish a journal. The Journal of the Missouri Speech and Hearing Association first appeared in 1962. It contained articles from members in areas of interest as well as research studies and reports on therapy techniques. The journal was published continuously until 1983 when financial circumstances resulted in discontinuation. The MSHA newsletter format changed to accommodate this loss by including avenues to share similar information. Copies of the MSHA Journal are housed in the MSHA archives.

The MSHAnews, a quarterly publication, currently contains a section on “research” for submissions of research articles on various topics.

Past Awards and Past Presidents
The MSHA web site lists all Past Presidents with year(s) of service and all Honors and Awards presented by the association by date. This information can be located through the following links:

MSHA Honors and Awards
Past Presidents

The association awards include:
MSHA Honors of the Association
MSHA Outstanding Clinician, Graduate Student, and Special Education Administrator
MSHA Ambassadors
Friends of MSHA
MSHA Minority Student Leadership Program Scholarships
MSHA Student Research Awards
MSHA recipients of ASHA Foundation Awards
ASHA Fellows
ASHA Ace awards for the previous year.

Annual Convention:
The “first annual meeting” was held on the campus of Central Missouri Teachers College, Warrensburg, Missouri. The guest speaker was Dr. Issac Brackett of Southern Illinois University. The meeting lasted one day and also included member panels on various topics; one panel discussed what “we” should be called; the consensus at that time being “speech correctionist.” The meetings lasted only one day until 1965 when they were expanded to one and a half days usually held over weekends. These meetings were held annually on university campuses or in public school districts until the 1970’s. To allow for greater attendance and overnight accommodations, the convention location alternated sites around the state from Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, and Springfield until around 1999. Due to the large number of attendees and the rising costs, the annual convention was moved to more central location in the state to Lake Ozark in 2000. The attendance at the convention continues to grow and the increase in cost has been held within a constant range for the past 10 years.

MSHA celebrated its 50th year in 2009. Convention attendance over the past six years has averaged over 1,000.

MSHA business office initially was housed in members’ homes. Due to increased demands for a business office, a part time administrative assistant was employed and the site moved first to Columbia and then Warrensburg. The office remained in Warrensburg until 2002 when the association contracted the management firm of Craven Management Associates.

In addition to the annual convention MSHA offers two annual one day fall conferences: “Issue and Answers” and “Early Childhood Workshop.”

MSHA did employ a Lobbyist for a period of time due to the increased legislative activity impacting the profession. Later the executive board decided to handle their concerns through the office of the VP for Legislative Affairs and the use of Legislative Day in February. Legislative Day has become an annual event when members and students meet in Jefferson City to talk with their senators and representatives in an informal gathering.

Association Milestones:
Licensure Law passage, 1974
CEU sponsorship, 1981
Caseload reduction, 1983
Insurance Bill, 1984
Master’s degree required for SLPs, 1984
Student Scholarships, 1990’s
Close work with DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) on various topics and guidelines related to criteria for services began in the mid- 1990s.

Around the start of the millennium MSHA initiated a website for members, in addition to its quarterly newsletters, as a means to improve information access and increase the opportunity for interactive communication between MSHA officers and the MSHA membership. The current MSHA website details the workings of the association as well as resource contacts for university, regional and local professional groups, and related professional organizations for Licensure and State Teacher Certification. The website also provides information on continuing education and resources for students, public, and consumers.

In addition a MSHA listserv is also offered to MSHA members for the immediate release of information. MSHA members can use the listserv to share information through the MSHA central office. It is a tool that can help with seeking support from other members regarding pressing issues encountered in practice.

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