S.A.M. Assembly No. 8
Original charter 1921
The St. Louis Society of Magicians, which preceded the Society of American Magicians, decided in 1921 to become associated with the Society of American Magicians. In November 1921, they were given their charter. The nine charter members were:
- E. B. Heller (President)
- Paul S. "LePaul" Braden (Vice Pres)
- Robert G. Williams (Secretary)
- William L. Mayer (Treasurer)
- Alphonse A. Erblang
- Malcolm P. Kassell
- William J. Heaven
- Ben R. Badley
- Jacob Chasnoff
This original chapter eventually died out around 1929.
In the late 1930's efforts began to reactivate the Assembly. The process of re-charter took approximately seven years with the re-charter happening in 1946. The first president back of was Ben Badley.
The "Silver Bowl" is awarded at the SAM national conventions for the greatest percentage membership increase for Assemblies with 36 to 50 members. Assembly 8 was awarded it in 1966,1967,1968,1969,1970,1971, and 1976.
The S.Y.M. Chapter No. 50 is sponsored by Assembly No. 8.