In the fall of 1900, twelve gentlemen in the wholesale drug circles of Chicago conceived the idea which was to evolve into our present Association by inviting their associates and allied manufacturers in the city to band together. The result was the establishment of the Chicago Drug Trade Club.
Because of the benefits and pleasures derived by many of the original members of the Club and with the establishment of new branches and agencies of drug and chemical companies in the Chicago area following World War I, a new and broader concept of the club idea arose. Accordingly, the Chicago Drug and Chemical Association was formed in 1920 and later incorporated as a not for profit corporation under the laws of the State of Illinois in 1936.
The Association has grown from the original twelve men to where it currently has approximately 350 Resident, Non-Resident, Retired and Honorary Members. Membership is limited to executives or persons holding responsible positions and most of the nation's leading drug, chemical or allied manufacturing and service companies are represented.
Through its three luncheon meetings, the Association attempts to enhance the rapport between its members and to present speakers and programs which will be timely and informative. In addition to the luncheon meetings, the Association sponsors an annual Christmas Party, three golf outings and other special events. During the past year, 4,000 members and their guests attended these functions enabling one and all to become acquainted under informal and sportsmanlike conditions.
After more than a century, we continue to enjoy our activities and friendships with pride and sincere thanks to all for their service and support.