Written on the 10th birthday of SHHH Baltimore chapter (our former name), by Carroll J. "Buck" Reilly, and published in the February 1997 chapter newsletter:
The idea of a SHHH, Baltimore group was conceived after a talk by Mrs. Carol Sliney, President of the SHHH Bel Air Chapter, to students at a lipreading class at the
Hearing and Speech Agency in June 1986. With the enthusiastic support of Mrs. Thelma Dennis, Mr. Carroll Reilly, Mrs. Helen Crandol, Mrs. Bernadette Banks of the Associated Catholic Charities
Deaf Services, National SHHH staff members Mrs. Joan Kleinrock and Ms. Carolyn Rosnick; and Mrs. Jean Chapmand and Mr. Clifford Lull, directors of the Hearing and Speech Agency, on September 23,
1986, the first meeting of the SHHH Baltimore Chapter was held at the Hearing and Speech Agency. Twenty three people attended and 16 became dues-paying members. By 1987, SHHH Baltimore
had pursued chapter status under the guidance of Mr. Victor Savadow. We received our charter on August 17, 1987, the first charter of SHHH in Baltimore. I would like to thank the founding
members and all of you for making this wonderful organization such a success! Happy 10th Anniversary!"