Having survived my fourth NWSA Delegate Assembly, as I drove home from Storrs, I felt a real sense of personal accomplishment. At the same time I wondered why, since I am not usually masochistic, I had endured those meetings. Suddenly I realized that my participation produced the same gratifications and frustrations that one gets from mothering a gifted, but somewhat unruly, child. This insight led in turn to my seeing in those four Delegate Assemblies developmental stages not unlike those that are needed to produce a valuable, mature individual....
Although the organization was dreamed of and desired before the 1977 San Francisco Convention, it was there that the actual conception of the entity took place. The organizational structure and the Constitution developed there established NWSA's "genetic code," which determines its character, its limitations, and its potential.