National cartoonists society
An organization of professional cartoonists formed in 1946, its origin stemmed from cartoonists who got together to entertain U.S. troops. Finding they enjoyed each other, participants decided to meet on a regular basis. Membership is limited to professional cartoonists with the purpose of advancing "the ideals and standards of professional cartooning in its many forms" and to encourage public acceptance of cartooning. The organization annually gives the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year and the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award. Source: Wikipedia: National Cartoonists Society.