In July 2023, David P. Cline was elected President of the Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties as it embarks on a one-year process of self-assessment and potential re-growth. Founded in 1966, the Congress is a networking organization that brings together representatives of organizations, groups, museums, archives, and individuals that strive to preserve, educate about, honor, and interpret regional history in California’s San Diego and Imperial Counties. Most years, the Congress produces a conference on local and regional hsitory.