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Join your fellow members and guests to kickoff CDS 50th anniversary festivities at the opening reception of the 2019 Annual International Conference!

To begin the official CDS 50th anniversary celebration, don’t miss the opening Sunday night reception, July 14, part golden homage to our 1969 creation year and part informal reflection on how far we’ve come (or not!) in 50 years! We’ll honor our past leaders and Founding/Charter members, have an informal dialogue on the importance, whys, and hows of CDS with past-presidents from across the decades, and leave plenty of time and opportunity to connect with new and old friends.

CDS Past-Presidents Monieca West and Jane Leonard (who shared the CDS presidency for the 25th anniversary year—there’s a story for you!) are organizing this fun and engaging program, alongside Past President Sharon Gulick who has been heading up the creation of the 50th anniversary history book on CDS (authored by CDS member Tim Collins) and the 50th anniversary video.

All shall be revealed from 6 to 8 p.m. at the conference venue – Bond Life Sciences Center on the University of Missouri campus. Find some bell-bottoms & join the fun! (Levi Strauss added bell-bottoms to their jean lineup on March 11, 1969, just in time for Woodstock – also celebrating 50 years in 2019.)

Find out more about the conference at: -- and please forward this info to past members, retirees, etc. There is a special rate in the registration fee info for Sunday night-only guests, to entice our retirees to come celebrate!

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