The Society’s “official” centennial anniversary (May 6) came and went quietly last week. The big 100-year celebration with more than 800 attending is tomorrow night at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. Soon that will be over too, and we’ll go back to focusing on the present and the future rather than the past. But reflecting on the past as we have been preparing for this milestone has been fun and interesting … after all, that’s what big anniversaries like this are for, right?

History BookNow you can relive the Society’s storied past by ordering the new commemorative history book, CPAs and Their Association: A Century of Service. This book was produced for the centennial anniversary and provides a chronological account of not only the Society’s history since 1915, but the CPA profession’s as well. As a bonus, it also weaves in historical events in Indiana, the United States and even the world as it takes you through the last 85 years of the 20th century and the first 15 years of the 21st century.

This 144-page coffee table-style book contains seven chapters, more than 130 pictures, a timeline of Society leadership, a foreword, an introduction and an epilogue. It would look great on display in your office. The book actually begins before 1915 as it details some of the happenings during the years leading up to the creation of the CPA profession in the state of Indiana. It’s a good read, even if you’re not an Indiana CPA! In other words, it’s a memento for a momentous occasion.

You’ll learn about some interesting stories and tidbits through the years.  For example:

  • In the early years, the IACPA required prospective members to pass a rigorous membership exam, as well as obtain numerous professional references, and if accepted, attend monthly meetings in Indianapolis. Only one member passed in the first year after the association’s founding!
  • In the 1920s, the IACPA was one of the early users of radio for communication and publicity. IACPA Board members Horatio Roney and William Madden hosted a radio program sponsored by the association.
  • In July 1956, the IACPA hired the first female executive secretary to work for a state CPA association. Mary Ann Shingledecker served in that role for three years and accomplished many things until she decided to retire at an early age in 1959.
  • The IACPA established a scholarship fund in the early 1960s when an error in budgeting resulted in an $800 excess in association funds. So, four $200 scholarships were awarded to students from Valparaiso, Ball State, Indiana State and Indiana universities.
  • After 11 consecutive years of holding the annual meeting in French Lick (1959-69), the IACPA decided to try something different and move the 1970 annual meeting to the Bahamas. The association chartered a plane and more than 500 attended.

These are just a few examples of little known facts about the IACPA/INCPAS that many members may not be aware of. Significant research went into development of the book. This included reviewing meeting minutes all the way back to 1915, publications since the 1930s, and extensive interviews with more than 30 members and current and former staff, including Jack Noble, the executive director from 1959-89. Indianapolis-area author, filmmaker and historian Todd Gould headed the project.

We’ll be selling the book beginning next week and throughout the remainder of the year. It’s available for $25 plus tax and shipping. Or, if you purchase it on-site at a Society event, there will be no shipping. You might even consider purchasing multiple books for staff, colleagues or clients. It will be available to order from, or by calling the Society office at (317) 726-5000 or 1-800-272-2054.