The Andalusia Secretaries Association came into being as a result of two secretaries: Myrtle Kervin and Lenora Campbell. They decided secretaries in this area should get together during National Secretaries Week in April, 1978. A luncheon was planned and 37 secretaries attended. At this luncheon, a committee was elected to make plans for 1979. Elected were: Myrtle Kervin, Lenora Campbell, Ruth Rabren and Edwyna Fletcher.
The committee worked with Barbara Linder and Ann Mallory of the Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College business department, in planning a seminar and luncheon for secretaries in April, 1979.
Secretaries were invited to send in a resume for the purpose of selecting a Secretary of the Year. The entry forms were mailed to the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce and Mrs. Linder of LBW made arrangements for a panel of out-of-town businessmen to select the winner. Entries were judged on the secretary's education, experience and community involvement.
With 54 ladies in attendace at the luncheon, held on April 18, 1979, the Andalusia Secretaries Association was formally organized. The purpose of this Association was to organize secretaries of the businesses and offices of the City of Andalusia, Covington County, in order to cultivate friendly relationships, promote mutual understanding and to encourage higher standards and continued education in this professional field.
Officers elected to serve for the 1979-80 year were: Myrtle Kervin, President; Lenora Campbell, Vice President; Ruth Rabren, Treasurer; and Edwyna Fletcher, Secretary. The Secretary of the Year award for 1979 was presented to Edwyna Fletcher, secretary to the General Manager of Alabama Electric Cooperative. The engraved plaque given to Mrs. Fletcher was donated by Walker Business Machines of Andalusia.
Officers of the Association met quarterly during that year and Bylaws were compiled for presentation to the members at the annual meeting of the Andalusia Secretaries Association on Wednesday, April 23, 1980.
Membership applications were available for secretaries in the Andalusia area who were interested in becoming members. The dues were $5 per year and membership of the Association was required to be eligible to compete for the Secretary of the Year award and to attend the luncheon. At that time, 22 secretaries had joined the organization. Secretaries could obtain applications from Ruth Rabren at the Commercial Bank.
Nominating Committee for the purpose of nominating 1980-81 officers was named. Those serving were: Katherine Johnson, Chairman; Joyce Cook and Barbara Donaldson.
On April 25, 2000, the Andalusia Secretaries Association was renamed the Andalusia Office Professionals Association.
(This History was submitted by Lenora O'Neal Campbell)