The first organizational meeting was held at the home of Rosalie Kollarich in St Paul, Minnesota on March 20, 1949. Members present were Grace Ehlmann, Evelyn Johnson, Helen Lund, Lorraine Hagglund, Blanch Dvorak and Rosalie Kollarich. 373 schools were invited to the first official meeting to be held on May 14, 1949. 70 members were listed as charter members.
The first spring conference was held at the Stouffer’s Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1949. The cost of membership was set at $1.00. Ninety-eight secretaries were in attendance. The purpose and aim of the organization was as follows:
The purpose of the Minnesota chapter shall be to elevate the standards of the group through cooperation, study, and professional growth; to provide a finer understanding of the relationship between the school and the community so that ever increasingly efficient service may be rendered to our educational system; to promote recognition by administrative officers of each secretary’s contribution to the educational program; and to actively assist the National Association of School Secretaries in attaining its goals for each state and for the nation.
From 1949 until the year 1999, two conferences were held each year. Starting in the year 2000, the association has held only one annual meeting for year in the fall. Starting in the year 1976, the Association has honored an Educational Office Professional of the Year. The organization has also honored an Educational Administrator of the Year since 1977.
In 1949 the name of the organization was “Minnesota Association of School Secretaries.” In 1950 the first newsletter was published. The name chosen for the newsletter was “The Minnesota Cha’ter.” In 1956 the Minnesota Association adopted the Professional Standards Program as adopted by the National Organization. In 1971 the first scholarship was established. The scholarship was in the amount of $100.00.
In 1975 the organization changed its name to “The Minnesota Association of Office Personnel.” In 1998 Minnesota hosted the national conference at the Radisson South Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota. The theme for the conference was “Minnesota Magic.” 1999 was the year Minnesota celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The conference was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was set up as a Professional Development Weekend, with participants earning PSP credits. The next professional development days were held in Minnetonka on April 12,13,14, 2002. The next North Central Area Professional Development Days will be held on April 11,12,13, 2003, in Watertown, S.D. Minnesota is also home to several members who have served on the National Board. Rosalie Kollarich was the first Minnesota woman to serve on the Executive Board of the National Association. As of January, 2008, the organization shows a total membership of 245.