When an organization celebrates its 40th year it is a good time to review the accomplishments and failures of the past, and to investigate ways to build for the future. Just 40 years less one week and one day the organizational meeting of "The Mathematical Association of America" was held in room 19 Memorial Hall, Drake University on April 28, 1916 in response to a call made by the general assembly of the "Iowa Academy of Science". Thus the Iowa Academy of Science may be said to sponsor the Iowa Section of the Mathematical Association of America and the ties between the two organizations have been close ever since. The first regular meeting was held at Grinnell April 28, 1917. The aim of the Section was to promote the interests of Mathematics especially in the secondary level. The first programs were devoted to problems in teaching. As time passed the programs veered more to topics of research but lately a strong tendency has developed to return to the original idea of the founders of the Section. The reports of the charter membership and first few met"tings follows
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"First Forty Years of the Iowa Section of the Mathematical Society of America; Iowa Section By-Laws,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 63(1), 538-547.
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