As members, visitors and guests arrived at the sign-in Membership Table, each was presented with a beautiful and colorful 50th Anniversary Commemoration and Capital Campaign Report Booklet and a printed Program. President Mary Ann Ingram welcomed everyone. The Invocation was given by Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb, Emeritus. Greetings and a Proclamation from the Honorable Mayor Samuel L. Jones were presented by City Council Member, Ms. Gina Gregory, District 7.
Seven of the thirteen living past presidents attended and were recognized by the president. Those present and years they served were: Thelma E. Hartman, 1986 – 1987; Mary Ann Ingram, 1990 – 1991; Jacqueline W. Hines, 1992; Craig D. Rhodes, 1993 - 1996; Kevin D. Sellew, 1998 – 1999; Debbie Nicoll, part of 2009; Dorothy E. Thompson, part of 2009; Mary Ann Ingram, 2011 – 2012. Those who were not able to be present are: Dolores Rhodes, 1997; Victoria H. Bishop, 2001 – 2002; Thomas W. Carnes, 2002 – 2005; Mary Eddins Johnson, 2006 – 2008 and Eugenia W. Parker, 2010. There have been a total of 29 presidents who have led the society in its 50-year history.