As we go back through the early years, our organization was originally called NYSLGDPMA (New York State Local Government Data Processing Management Association). Early meetings dating back to 1981 were held in Canandaigua Lake, Binghamton, the Saratoga Holiday Inn, Niagara Falls and the Counties of Otsego, Onondaga and Monroe were most active. Some of our County participants were one, two or three person shops. And at one time, there were joint meetings with NYSAC. Where our organization first met is still unanswered as is how many folks attended.
We are still missing other great points of history. It would appear that there was an early meeting in Rochester with maybe twelve or fifteen people present. Also, in the early days there would only be one meeting a year. We do have records indicating that in December 1981, Volume 1, Number 1 of a Newsletter labeled simply ‘N.Y.D.P.’ was published. It mentions that at the Fall seminar, the following officers were elected: President, Thomas DePrima, Saratoga; VP, Carl Ruppert, Rensselaer/City of Troy; 2nd VP, John Cooley, Ontario, and Secretary, James Brady, Chemung. We also have a letter from January, 1982 which uses the ‘NYSLGDPMA’ acronym and lists Carl Ruppert as ‘acting’ President.
From May, 1984, we have the organizational minutes for the ‘NYSLACDPIBMUG’ (NYS Local and County Data Processing IBM Users Group), held at the Ramada Inn in Niagara Falls. Then president Jack Tarr called the meeting to order and the new officers were President, John O’Brien, Niagara; VP, David France, Monroe; and Secretary/Treasurer, Lee Dorsey, We are pretty sure this was a different group. In any case, they formed a committee at this meeting to develop and new acronym – but came up with ‘NYSCCDPIBMUG’…. Makes our current NYSLGITDA seem short and sweet!
On May 6, 1996 we were first officially incorporated and our name changed to NYSLGITDA. The banner that we use today was also introduced at that time. The by laws were then completed by year end 1996.
Thanks to Debbie Button, Stan France, Michael Deubert, Vince Ercolani and Rich Caunitz, our researchers, historians and prior webmaster for the above information. We are still looking for more information as to the history and events of the organization. If you can recall those great moments in NYSLGITDA history, please contact us so we can continue to add to our history.