History of the SEPA Chapter

In June of 1987, a spark was ignited and the idea of forming an APA Chapter in the Bucks/Montgomery county areas of Pennsylvania became reality.

The first Executive Planning Committee meeting was held in September 1987 at a local restaurant in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. A decision was made to send surveys to area payroll professionals to determine the level of interest in forming a local chapter. The response was overwhelming and the chapter, originally known as the Bux-Mont Area Chapter was formed.

The first official meeting was held in the cafeteria of Harleysville Insurance, an employer of one of the members. Twelve people were in attendance, committees were appointed and a round-table discussion was held. The first group of Board Members was nominated and officially elected at the next meeting. Members’ employers hosted the meeting at their company office sites. Company sites rotated until May 1990, at which time the first dinner meeting was held at a restaurant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. In an effort to more accurately reflect the membership area served, the Bux-Mont Chapter was renamed the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the APA.

During its first two decades, the SEPA Chapter has had the opportunity of hosting several Pennsylvania Statewide Conferences. As the chapter enters it's third decade, we look forward to continued success.  We recognize that our success is only possible with our dedicated volunteers and your support!

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