Chapter History

Compiled by Dick Meuler, JMI Corporation, March of 1995

Microfilm was first used in 1853 to carry military messages out of Paris via carrier pigeon during the Franco-Prussian War. It was invented by John Benjamin Dancer. The first patent for microfilm was issued in 1859 to Rene Prudent Patrice Dagron. Both Dancer and Dagron were presented with NMA's Pioneer Award posthumously in 1959.

During World War II, V-Mail was invented as a method of transporting letters to and from troops in Europe by micro filming them, then transporting the film via air. This technique greatly reduced the bulk and weight thereby allowing air transportation and speeding up the mail system. It is said to have contributed to troop moral by moving mail faster. Copies of mail were reproduced at the destination and distributed in hard copy form.

In March of 1947 the first organizational meeting of the National Microfilm Association (NMA) was held in Cleveland, Ohio.

The first NMA Annual Meeting was held on February 28, 1952 in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

In 1953 at the 2nd Annual NMA Meeting in New York, the first Award of Merit was presented to George McCarthy, the inventor of the rotary camera and roll film reader. The inventions dated back over 20 years.

In 1955 a "Glossary of Terms used in Microreproduction", by Hendrix TenEyck, was the first Standards Publication produced by the National Microfilm Association.

The 1958 the NMA Annual Meeting was held in New Orleans and drew 14 exhibitors and approximately 200 attendees.

"The National Microfilm Association (NMA) was organized in 1943 and subsequently incorporated in the State of Michigan as a non-profit Corporation. Its purposes are to advance the interests of the microreproduction industry by providing a channel of communication for producers of equipment and supplies, service companies and for users whether individuals or companies. Through its educational program, the Association has worked to stabilize and improve technical production and use of microphotography, and to keep producers and users alike fully abreast of latest developments. Membership in the Association is open to all corporate groups and individuals interested in the general field."
(From 1959 Proceedings of the Eight Annual Meeting and Convention held April2-4, 1959 in Washington, D.C.)



During the 1959/60 program year, membership in NMA on a national level rose from 139 to 350 memberships. The recruitment budget for this increase was $514.16 and it generated $2,962.50 in membership revenue.

Members were broken down by size and their use of microfilm. Companies paid $50.00 a year for their Class A, B or C memberships. Associates (private individuals) paid $7.50 a year.

A March 1, 1960 membership roster showed on three NMA members from Iowa. They included:

  • Iowa State University in Ames
  • Kilborn Photo Paper Co. in Cedar Rapids
  • Vern L. Thompson & Son Company of Cedar Rapids (purchased by Dick and Pat Meuler in 1972 who operated it as Jorm Microlab until 1990 when the name was changed to JMI Corporation, which was purchased by Crest Imaging Technologies in February of 1995).

In 1960, subscription to the NMA "The National Micro News" was $7.50 for six issues published bi-monthly.

The first chapter to be chartered was the Minnesota chapter in 1968. The next year, 1969, 13 new chapters were formed including the Midwest Chapter which was chartered on April 21, 1969 as the fifth chapter in the U.S.. The charter was signed by Milton Mandel as NMA President ad Vernon D. Tate as the Executive Secretary for the NMA Board of Directors.

Chapter records indicate Midwest Chapter meetings were held in the Quad Cities as early as 1962. The charter issued by NMA National provided additional financial support based on the number of National NMA members. During the early years the Chapter had several periods where membership dropped below the minimum number needed to maintain Chapter status but volunteers were able to recruit members to satisfy NMA requirements.

The first annual meeting billed as the NMA Conference and Exposition was held in Detroit in 1973.

By 1975 jacket systems and COM production caused the Association to change its name from the National Microfilm Association to the National Micrographics Association. The feeling was that the general user community associated the word 'microfilm' with roll film formats while the term 'micrographics' embraced all of the other fiche and aperture card media types available.

Prior to the 1978/79 Midwest Chapter year (10th Anniversary year), the Chapter covered all of central Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. During this program year the Chapter assisted in the formation of the Cornhusker Chapter to serve members residing in Nebraska and Western Iowa. The Cornhusker Chapter continues to thrive as an independent chapter.

In July, 1983, NMA became AIIM, the Association of Information and Image Management and the traditional Journal of Micrographics changed its name to JIIM, the Journal of Information and Image Management.

The Midwest Chapter of AIIM contributed the name of their chapter newsletter, INFORM, to AIIM national to use as the name of their Monthly publication beginning with the January 1987 edition. Mike Morrell of Deere and Company was responsible for the name INFORM. To date, no formal recognition has been give to the origin of the now international publication.

In 1987 Pat Meuler of JMI Corporation became the first woman President of the Midwest Chapter.

Several dedicated Midwest Chapter Presidents have held office for multiple terms. Paul Vaiana of Deere and Company, held office at least three terms (memory loss on more), Roy Johnson of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance filled two consecutive terms from 1979 to 1981, Mark Ostroot of Principal Financial Group for 1981/82 and 1989/90, Chuck Carney of Principal Financial Group for 1984/85 and 1994/95 (Chuck likes 10 year cycles, see him here again for the 2004/05 program year!!), Pat Meuler for JMI Corporation for two consecutive terms from 1987 to 1989, Amanda Johnson of Montgomery Elevator for part of the 1991/92 year and the 1992/93 year and Mary Hamiel of the Principal Financial Group for the 1996/97 and 1997/98 program years.

In 1997 the Midwest Chapter became one of the first Chapters to publish a web page.


In 1998 the Midwest Chapter received Chapter Showcase awards for the "Most Useable Idea" & the "Most Innovative Idea" at the annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

In 1998 the Midwest Chapter was named "Chapter of the Year".

The Midwest Chapter will celebrate its 30th anniversary on April 21, 1999.


History of AIIM Midwest Chapter Presidents

Year
Period
President
Company

1962/69

Chapter Operated Without NMA National Charter


0

1969/70

Dana Lasser */Paul Vaiana

Deere & Company

1

1970/71

Donald J. Newman

3M-BPSI Center

2

1971/72

David D. Amren

Charles Bruning Company

3

1972/73

Marlin Rott *

Mirco Technology Inc.

4

1973/74

Paul Vaiana (Unverified)

Deere & Company

5

1974/75

Don Kruzan (Unverified)

3M Company

6

1975/76

David D. Amren

Charles Bruning Company



Reorganization - Charlie Myers, NMA & Mel Kirschner, Honeywell


7

1976/77

Paul Vaiana *

Deere & Company

8

1977/78

Paul Vaiana

Deere & Company

9

1978/79

Dick Meuler *

JMI Corporation (Jorm Microlab)



(Cornhusker Chapter spun off as independent chapter)


10

1979/80

Roy Johnson *

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance

11

1980/81

Roy Johnson

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance

12

1981/82

Mark Ostroot *

Principal Financial Group (Bankers Life)

13

1982/83

Steve Kemble

JMI Corporation (Jorm Microlab)

14

1983/84

Bill Walker

Allied Group (AID Insurance)

15

1984/85

Chuck Carney

Principal Financial Group (Bankers Life)

16

1985/86

Sherry Burnham

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance

17

1986/87

Mike Morrell *

Deere & Company

18

1987/88

Pat Meuler

JMI Corporation (Jorm Microlab)

19

1988/89

Pat Meuler

JMI Corporation (Jorm Microlab)

20

1989/90

Mark Ostroot

Principal Financial Group

21

1990/91

Scott Steele

First Image Management

22

1991/92

Lori Emerson (started)

Amana Refrigeration



Amanda Johnson (ended)

Montgomery Elevator

23

1992/93

Amanda Johnson

Montgomery Elevator

24

1993/94

David Frank

Information Specialties, Inc.

25

1994/95

Chuck Carney

Principal Financial Group

26

1995/96

Janet Huebner*

Century Companies of America

27

1996/97

Mary Hamiel *

Principal Financial Group

28

1997/98

Mary Hamiel *

Principal Financial Group

29

1998/99

Dan Stence *

Path Technology Group

30

1999/2000

Traci Boevers

CUNA Mutual Life Insurance Co.

31

2000/01

David Frank

Information Specialties

32

2001/02

Steve Fiers*

Advanced Document Conversion

33

2002/03

Carol Doser*

Advanced Document Conversion

34

2003/04

Dan Stence *

Silicon Plains Technologies

35 2004/05 Craig Shogren* Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System
 
36
 
2005/06
 
Steve Fiers*
 
Advanced Document Conversion
 
37
 
2006/07
 
John Klein
 
Midland Information Resources
 
38
 
2007/08
 
Jack Arnston
 
MTM International
 
39
 
2008/09
 
Vaughn Minger
 
Imagetek, Inc.

40

2009/10

Craig Shogren*

FBL Financial Group

41

2010/11

John Klein

Redstone Content Solutions LLC

42

2011/12

Janet Huebner*

Pitney Bowes Mgmt. Svcs.

43

2013/15

Craig Shogren*

Huron Consulting Group


* Recipient of the AIIM National Distinguished Service Citation
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