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Local Chapters

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

In May 2003 the first local chapter of the RBS, the "We've come for the davenport" Chapter, serving the greater Boston, Massachusetts, area was formed. Mr. David Trumbull is chairman. The name is a quotation from Robert Benchley and is found on page 38 of Robert Benchley, a Biography, by Nathaniel Benchley.

Other chapters soon followed!

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

The beta chapter of the RBS, called "A Moderate State of Preservation" was formed January 2004 by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Saunders, serving the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan, area. The name comes from the Benchley essay "No Pullmans, Please!" which can be found in My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew (page 27) and in the Benchley Round-up (page 251).

WASHINGTON STATE

The We Only Came to See if There Really is an Award is the third, or gamma, chapter of the RBS. Members are in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon. It was formed over Labor Day weekend, 2005 at the Benchley in Boston 2005 celebration at which
Joe Daggy (aka Horace Digby), of Kelso, Washington, was presented with the first annual Robert Benchley Society Humor Award.. More information on this chapter and Digby/Daggy can be found at Lexington Film LLC.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The delta chapter of the RBS, with the name "The Lost Locomotive" was founded September 6, 2005, by
Bill Hyder. The name is the title of a Benchley essay which appears in My Ten Years in a Quandary (page 1) and Inside Benchley (page 49).

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Glamourous Hollywood was agog the evening of October 8, 2005, for the founding meeting of the "Uncle Edith Chapter" at Musso & Frank's restaurant. Leading this the fifth, or
epsilon, chapter is Barb Best. Uncle Edith is a character in Benchley essays in The Early Worm, Inside Benchley, The Treasurer's Report and Other Aspects of Community Singing, Benchley Beside Himself and Benchley Round-up

NEW YORK CITY

Dorothy Parker Society of New York president, Kevin C. Fitzpatrick founded the sixth, or zeta, chapter in October, 2005. The name "Fascinating Crimes" refers to titles of Benchley essays found in The Early Worm Inside Benchley and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or David Copperfield. The Fascinating Crimes chapter meets at "21" each September 15 to toast Benchley's birthday.

PHILADELPHIA

"If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes" ~ Robert Benchley. This famous quote by Robert Benchley is the inspiration for the newly formed Philadelphia Chapter of the Robert Benchley Society - "The Lead Dog." This is our seventh, or, eta chapter.

If you live in the Philadelphia area (virtual proximity is accepted) and would like to join, please submit your membership dues (only $10) and inform the president of the Robert Benchley Society that you are a Lead Dog. Meetings are held informally at no special time for cocktails at Dave and Buster's in Philly. Dress is 1920s-40s attire, or not.

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