The West of Scotland Region was originally formed under the banner of Strathclyde Region and came into being at a meeting in the Stakis Hotel, Glasgow in 1974. The first chairman elected at a the first formal meeting in 1975 was Mrs Susan Bell. The first task of the region was to try and form branches and meeting were held throughout the area.
Branches have come and gone in this period with some of the longest standing such as Dumbarton, Glasgow and Inverclyde still in existence today. The current regional organisation consists of ten branches from Oban in the North to Dumfries and Galloway in the South.
The region was a forwarding thinking group and were responsible for the purchase of our first office in Glasgow, this was achieved by the committee setting up a joint fund and purchasing an office in the Argyll Arcade in Glasgow. This was the forerunner of our Scottish Press and Parliamentary office which is now in Berkely Street having got there via Union Street.
The region become the West of Scotland Region a few years ago to better reflect the area that we were responsible for and continues to be the largest in Scotland with close to 7,000 members.