History of National PAUMCS
The Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) was organized April 14, 1981 in Dallas, Texas. Since that first meeting:
· Conferences have been held annually
· Bylaws and a logo were adopted
· Working committees were formed
· A quarterly newsletter was established
· Chapters continue to be organized across the connection
Legislation was adopted at the 1988 General Conference which states that the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has the authority and responsibility: “To provide guidance and consultation for continuing education of church secretaries, including establishment of training and certification programs, and to provide assistance to Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries.” (Book of Discipline, 2004, Paragraph 807.19)
At the 2017 Annual Conference, and with the support of GCFA, the body approved a name change for the organization. The new name is "Professional Administrators of The United Methodist Connectional Structure" and should allow for more inclusive membership.
Great Plains PAUMCS History
Kansas East and Kansas West Chapters of PAUMCS were organized in 1992. In 2008 the Kansas East and the Kansas West Chapters combined to become the Kansas Chapter of PAUMCS. In 2013 Kansas Chapter of PAUMCS became the Great Plains Conference of PAUMCS,
including both Kansas and Nebraska administrative assistants.