Our History


On March 11 & 18, 1997, meetings were held at Bailey's Restaurant in Silver Spring, MD, constituting the beginning of the Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter. The founding members set out on a quest to duplicate the success already realized in Newark. Chicago, Philadelphia, and Detroit.

This effort brought out many transplants and natives to this Metro area from as far south as Norfolk, VA and as far north as Northwestern Maryland. Firmly establishing this area as one of the premier chapters in the country. Growth was so fast that we were even chosen to host a national Conference in 1999 after only two years of work and winning the Chapter of the year award.

The D.C./Baltimore chapter's rapid growth led to us hosting the 1999 National Conference, after only two years' work, as well as being chosen for the Chapter of the year award. Our group was firmly established as a premier chapter in the country.