Where we Started...
First Elected President of the Organization
(Photo from Valley Morning Star, 1953)
On January 1, 1970, the Texas Association, Staff Directors of Hospital Volunteer Services became an affiliated society of the Texas Hospital Association with the original organization by-laws dated December 17, 1969. The society began with 62 members and was formed to provide a mechanism for sharing information and methods of operations of salaried directors of volunteers.
Although this date marks the birth of TADVS as we know it today, our proud heritage began further back on May 13, 1959. The Directors of Volunteers in hospitals in Texas met and formed a state organization while attending the Texas Hospital Association Convention. Mrs. Marion Blieden of the Veterans Administration Hospital of Houston was elected as the first president in 1959. Five vice-presidents were elected to provide communication across the state.