The State Information Officers Council had no official beginning, but a few Public Information Officers joined together and formed a functioning organization around 1970.
In its early stages, members met over lunch to share common experiences and professional advice. With implementation of annual dues, revenue accumulated and hiring a treasurer was the start of establishing a staff.
As the guest speakers increasingly attended monthly meetings, interest in membership grew. Soon, the private dining room at a neighborhood restaurant was too small for meetings. SiOC also grew in recognition after joining the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).
However over the years, politics put the position of Public Information Officer into question. But the group knew their positions served a vital purpose: to protect the public’s right to know. More than ever, it was clear that SiOC was a necessary organization.
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