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Past Presidents

1938   Town Hall Forum of the West; Dr. Albert Rappaport, President and Director. Board of Directors: Mesdames Aydellott, Black, Blum, Hall, Blake, Lockwood, Lopez, Manson, Rowe, Vanderburgh, and Walker.
1938-1939   Fresno Town Hall Forum; Dr. Rappaport, President and Director.
Chair: Mrs. Guy Manson; Valley Chair: Mrs. George Aydelott.
1939-1941   President: Dr. Rappaport; Chair: Mrs. Manson; Valley chair: Mrs. Aydelelot.
1941-1943   Chair: Mrs. Guy Manson; Valley chair: Mrs. George Aydellot.
1943-1947   President: Dr. Albert Rappaport (San Francisco); Local officers as above.
1947-1949   Chair: Mrs. Fred Black; Valley: Mrs. Aydellot.
1947-1949   Chair: Mrs. Fred Black; Valley: Mrs. Aydellot.
1949-1951   Chair: Mrs. Fred Black; Vice Chair: Mrs. Wm. F. Stein.
1951-1959   Chair: Mrs. Fred Black; Valley: Mrs. Hall.
1959-1960   Chair: Mrs. Wm. F. Stein; Valley: Mrs. Hall.
1960-1961   President: Mrs. Lawrence Young; Valley: Mrs. Hall.
1961-1962   Officers: Mrs. Yung and Mrs. Hall.
1962-1964   President: Mrs Rollyn Gibson; Valley: Mrs. Hall.
1964-1966   President: Mrs. Gerald Blum (now a board member for 28 years);
Valley: Mrs. Richard Zug.
1966-1968   President: Mrs. G.W.E. White; Valley: Mrs. Zug.
1968-1970   President: Mrs. Guy Blakey; Valley: Mrs. Zug.
1970-1971   President: Mrs. Ted Markarian; Valley: Mrs. Zug.
1971-1972   President: Mrs. Ted Markarian; Valley: Mrs. Zaninovich.
1972-1974   President: Mrs. L. J. Snyder; Valley: Mrs. Fred Arndt.

1974-1976   President: Mrs. Rosellen Kershaw; Valley: Mrs. G. W. E. White.
1976-1982   Only “Directors” listed.
1982-1983   Fresno: Mrs. Erwin Lehmann; Valley: Mrs. Emily Johns.
1983-1985   President: Mrs. Richard Zug; Valley: Mrs. Donald Hodge.
1985-1987   President: Phyllis S. Wilson; Valley: Mrs. Hodge.
1987-1989   President: Mrs. Robert (Lilace) Turman; Valley: Mrs. Fred Arndt.
1989-1990   President: Mrs. Robert (Lilace) Turmon; Valley: Mrs. Thomas Pedreira.
1990-1993   President: Mrs. Ralph (Frances) Ermoian; Valley: Mrs. Thomas Pedreira.
1993-1995   Mrs. Arthur (Phyllis) Jing.
1995-1997   President: Mrs. Harold V. (Jean) Thompson.
1997-2000   President: Mrs. Marvin C. (Eleanor) Beil.
2000-2003   President: Mrs. William (Chris) Rogers.
2003-2006   President: Mrs. Wilburn (Carol) Cowin.
2006-2007   President: Mrs. Bruce (Jacalyn) Thornton.
2007-2009   President: Mrs. Michael (Georgia) Murach.
2009-2012   President: Mrs. John (Jolene) Telles.
2012-2014   President: Mrs. Don (Charlene) Heuer
2014-2016   President: Mrs. James (Julie) Beecher
2016-2018   President: Mrs. Dede Glaser

Special Event

Please join us for our annual special evening event featuring NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Leadership, In Life and On The Court. Tuesday, October 9, 2018. William Saroyan Theater. Lecture at 7:30pm. VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Evening event ticket orders can not be processed by mail. Please purchase your reserved seats through the Ticketmaster link on our website (Ticketmaster fees apply). No additional fees will be charged if purchased in person at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office: 700 ”M“ Street, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Be sure to come out to hear our nationally and internationally renowned, thought-provoking speakers who inform, educate, and entertain our audience! All daytime lectures are held at the beautiful William Saroyan Theatre located in the Fresno Convention Center.

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Admission to all six daytime lectures of the 2018-2019 season, plus one single-lecture guest ticket good for any one daytime lecture.

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