The Potomac & Chesapeake (P&C) Council was chartered on February 1, 1980. Leading to that event was the expenditure of much time and effort on the part of individuals from the Baltimore, Mason-Dixon, Montgomery-Prince Georges (now Suburban Maryland), Northern Virginia (now part of Nation’s Capital) and the Washington (now Nation’s Capital) Chapters. NAA staff members Walt Kasunic and Jack Vaccaro were also involved.
The first formal meeting of the P&C Council (the Pre-Charter meeting) was held on December 11, 1979. Proposed bylaws were considered. The Council name was approved as was the region covered – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Frank Zappacosta announced that the Washington Chapter board had voted to donate $200 to the Council. Frank Zappacosta and Don Mutzbaugh agreed to work on a council logo for the next meeting which was held on January 31, 1980.
The following officers were nominated and elected at the second council meeting:
Principal Gilbert B. Belson, Jr (Baltimore)
Vice Principal Linda Harmon (Montgomery-Prince Georges)
Secretary William Hawkins (Washington)
Treasurer James W. Hockenberry (Mason Dixon)