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More than 1,600 professional secretaries from around the world are visiting Buffalo this week, as Professional Secretaries International-The Association for Office Professionals holds its annual convention in the Queen City.

This year's convention is a bit more special to the International's 230-member Buffalo chapter as one of its own members, Geraldine Kozlowski, officially takes over as the group's president.

Ms. Kozlowski will be the 55-year-old organization's third Buffalo president, following Margaret Gleasner, who wore the president's mantle in 1948-49, and Cassandra Waterman, international president in 1955-56.

The Professional Secretaries International's president-elect, who officially takes office later this week, is secretary to Carl W. Turnipseed, senior vice president and Buffalo branch manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Ms. Kozlowski takes over from Kathryn Burroughs from Mackay, Idaho.

Founded in 1942, the organization has more than 40,000 members worldwide, with 25 affiliated organizations spread across the globe.

The six-day convention is expected to bring about $1.29 million in economic impact to the area during its six-day stay.

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