Three men are basically responsible for starting the organization
that became the SAGES. Nine retirees of McDonnell got together for breakfast one day and decided to meet once a month.
Among these nine were Ray Bassen, Monty Monachella and Art DeRousse. At a breakfast meeting in February 1981, 24 retirees
attended and Ray, Monty and Art took it upon themselves to organize a club. At a June meeting, with 140 in
attendance, the nominating committee nominated Monty for President, Art for Vice-President and Ray for
Treasurer. These three men became the first officers. The first Board appointed by the President consisted of
Claude Wiese, Herman Barkey, Russ Berg, Ed Pohl and Dick Heydt. Dick Heydt resigned shortly thereafter and Larry Fitch was
appointed to take his place.