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In the early 1970s, a group of women who worked at the FBI developed the habit of meeting occasionally for lunch. On May 18, 1973, the Society of Former FBI Women, Inc. was officially incorporated with 154 charter members. A few years later, after considerable debate, the organization was renamed the Society of FBI Alumni, Inc., to be more inclusive, but its purpose, that of fellowship, support for law enforcement, and charitable giving, remained unchanged.

The Society’s first national convention was held in Washington, D.C., in October, 1979, at which time national bylaws, the Society motto “United in Fellowship,” and the Society colors (red, white, blue, and gold) were adopted.