The North American Dipterists Society has existed as an informal organization without a constitution or governance of any kind since 1989! (much of the history is laid out on our history page and its associated links). All activities have been accomplished by the hard work of individual volunteers, including holding field meetings every two years, publication of the Fly Times twice per year, and continued maintenance of a society website since 2003.
After the idea of incorporating had being discussed periodically over many years (probably since the early 1990's!), Steve Gaimari (the editor of Fly Times) brought up the topic once again among a large group of dipterists, with a greater urgency due to the need for society backing after the successful bid to host the 10th International Congress of Dipterology (ICDX) in the western US. As had been typical, everyone agreed that moving forward was a good idea, but unlike previous discussions, someone (Gaimari) was finally willing to take the bull by the horns to do the heavy lifting to make it happen.
Although the Society may have started small, with a mainly North American base and focus, over the years the scope has broadened greatly and spread to the international scene, particularly due to the Fly Times and publication of Myia (under the auspices of the Society since volume 9), both of which have long had international authorship and readership.
As one of the older Diptera-focused societies, we are proud to continue under this banner as an incorporated nonprofit organization, developing a new website and providing resources for dipterists worldwide to enjoy.