Illinois State Society officers for 1939-1940 pose for a photo before the annual formal dance. At center seated is Society President Reginald W. Frank. Other officers that year, not all identified included Mr. George Stonebraker, Mrs. Grace Cooper, Mr. George H. Cameron, Mr. R.E. Espey, Mrs. W.F. Ferrell, Mr. Howard Law, and Miss Elsie Green.
On August 26, 1939, ISS members took a train to New York to celebrate Illinois Day at the World of Tomorrow World's Fair. A few days after they returned to Washington, World War II began in Europe when Germany invaded Poland.