Persuasions #10, 1988 Page 3
It was an honour to be elected president of the Jane Austen Society of North America last October. This year is the tenth anniversary of the founding of JASNA. We have come a long way from that first dinner in New York when a hundred people gathered together at the Gramercy Park Hotel. And farther still from the meeting of three in England, who said, “Why don’t we do something like this in North America?”
But we look forward as well as back. I am proud to be the first Canadian president, as a symbol that the Society knows no boundaries. JASNA is growing slowly and steadily, with new chapters forming and new members joining all over the continent – indeed, all over the world, for we have enthusiastic members in Great Britain, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Japan, to mention only some of the overseas countries. We welcome them all, wherever they are, asking only that they share our delight in talking about, studying, reading, and re-reading, the works of Jane Austen.