Central Valley Section by Charlotte Brandt

In 1965, the Central Section of CSNO (one of four sections) had 204 members and spanned from Central Coast to Nevada Border, north from Kern to the Bay Area. A steering committee to investigate the idea of breaking off from the Bay/Coast area was formed and first met in Fresno on March 5, 1965. Ruth Thomas was named chair. A "Call to Charter" was held on May 17, 1969 to get enough signatures to petition CSNO to start the Central Section.
CSNO State President Margaret Helton noted in her 1969 annual report that the Central Valley Section was chartered as the fifth Section of CSNO. The new section was formerly the eastern half of Central section. Following separation, it was decided by the members to name the Western remaining half as Bay Coast Section.