BRS 1991 Annual Meeting Minutes





BRS Board and Society Meeting Minutes – 1991

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

1991 ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

Friday, June 21, 1991

(from the August 1991 RSN issue #71)

The Board of Directors of the Bertrand Russell Society, Inc. met on
Friday, June 21, 1991 on the campus of Lehigh University, Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania.

The meeting was called to order at 9:50 p.m. by the Chairman of
the Board of Directors, Marvin Kohl, in Room A308 of University
Center/Packer Hall. Because of the closing of that building, the meeting
was relocated at 11 p.m. to Apartment 9A of the Trembley Park
Apartments.

In addition to Chairman Kohl, the Directors in attendance were
Jack Cowles , Dennis J. Darland, Robert K. Davis, Lee Eisler, David
Goldman, Donald W.
Jackanicz , John A. Jackanicz, Gladys Leithauser, John Lenz, Steven J.
Reinhardt, Michael J. Rockler, Warren Allen Smith, and Thom Weidlich.

Mr. Davis moved that all incumbent officers be reelected for
service during the forthcoming year. This motion was unanimously
accepted. The reelected
officers are as follows: Chairman of the Board of Directors – Marvin
Kohl, President – Michael J. Rockler, Vice President – John Lenz, Vice
President/Information – Lee Eisler, Secretary of the Board and Society –
Donald W. Jackanicz, Treasurer – Dennis J. Darland.

Discussion turned to the suggestion that the Vice President be given more official duties or delegated assignments.

After a discussion concerning possible locations for the 1992
Annual Meeting, Mr. Goldman moved that the 1992 Annual Meeting site be
selected from
these possibilities in the following order of preference (1) in
Washington, DC with the assistance of Congressman Neil Abercrombie; (2)
at a to-be-determined California site with the assistance of Jacqueline
Berthon-Payon; (3) in the Chicago area; (4) in the Boston area; (5) in
the Buffalo area. This motion was unanimously accepted.

Mr. Jackanicz (Donald W.) moved that the 1992 Annual Meeting be
held on the second, third, or fourth weekend of June 1992. This motion
was
unanimously accepted.

Mr. Davis noted that 1992 will mark the 90th birthday of Karl
Popper and suggested that the 1992 Annual Meeting in some way honor
Popper. Mr. Rockler moved that the 1992 Annual Meeting be dedicated to
Popper, that papers relating to the Russell-Popper interface be
solicited, and that Mr. Davis be authorized to invite Popper to attend
the meeting. This action was unanimously accepted.

Mr. Rockler then spoke to encourage the consideration of a woman and a feminist for the 1992 BRS Award.

Chairman Kohl read excerpts from a letter inviting the Society to
join the International Humanist Ethical Union. Following discussion of
this invitation, Mr. Eisler moved that the Society become a member of
the International Humanist Ethical Union. This motion was accepted with a
vote of Yes-8, No-3, Abstaining or Not Present-3.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:58 a.m.

Donald W. Jackanicz, Secretary

Bertrand Russell Society

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

1991 ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING MINUTES

Saturday, June 22, 1991

The meeting was held at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, Saturday 22, 1991. It was called to order at 4 p.m.

The Society Business Meeting began with Treasurer Dennis J.
Darland reporting a Treasury balance of $8,129.44. Lee Eisler moved that
Society funds be
placed in one or more interest bearing accounts. This motion was
unanimously accepted. A discussion of the PhD/MA grant program followed.
At Chairman Kohl’s request, Secretary Donald W. Jackanicz read his
notes for the Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting of the previous
night. The meeting was recessed at 5:20 p.m.

Donald W. Jackanicz, Secretary

Bertrand Russell Society

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

1991 ANNUAL MEETING REPORT

June 21 – June 23, 1991

The 1991 Annual Meeting of the Bertrand Russell Society, Inc. was
held from June 21 to June 23 at Lehigh University, Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania.

Friday, June 21, 1991

The meeting was called to order by President Michael J. Rockler
at 8 p.m. in Room A308 of University Center/Packer Hall. Following his
welcoming
remarks, President Rockler introduced Board of Directors Chairman Marvin
Kohl, who presented a Service Award to Donald W. Jackanicz.

President Rockler next introduced Book Award Committee Chair
Gladys Leithauser, who reported on the 1991 Book Award to Peter Hylton
for Russell, Idealism, and the Emergence of Analytic Philosophy.
Ms. Leithauser accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Hylton, who was
unable to be present. Harry Ruja then presented his paper, “Oddities in
Russell’s Published Work.” The meeting was recessed at 9: 35 p.m.

The 1991 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors was then held.
(See “BRS 1991 Annual Board of Directors Meeting Minutes” above.)

Saturday, June 22, 1991

President Rockler reconvened the meeting at 9:35 a.m. in Room
A303 of University Center/Packer Hall. Donald W. Jackanicz conducted a
workshop on
Russell’s essay, “Politically Important Desires,” Neil Abercrombie then
spoke on “Russell’s Influence on a Congressman’s Politics” after which
Marvin Kohl read his paper, “Russell’s Characterization of Benevolent
Love.” The meeting was recessed at 12: 37 p.m.

After reconvening the meeting in Room A303 at 2: 20 p.m.,
President Rockler read his paper, “Beacon Hill and Summerhill – The
Russell-
Neill Connection.” John Lenz then read his paper, “Russell on History.”

The Society Business Meeting then began. (See “BRS 1991 Annual
Members Meeting Minutes” above.) The meeting was recessed at 5:20 p.m.

At 6 p.m. the Red Hackle Hour began at Bridgeworks, a restaurant
located at East 4th Street and South New Street, a short distance north
of Lehigh
University. Shortly after 7 p.m., the Banquet was held in Room A308 of
the University Center/Packer Hall. Following the Banquet, the 1991 BRS
Award was presented by Chairman Kohl to Planned Parenthood Federation of
America. The award was accepted by Planned Parenthood’s Vice President,
Lawrence C. Broadwell, who spoke about his organization’s mission,
origins, and recent history. The evening program ended at 9:45 p.m.

Sunday, June 23 1991

The meeting was reconvened by President Rockler at 9:05 a.m. in
Room A308 of University Center/Packer Hall. Margaret Moran and Gladys
Leithauser together read their respective papers “Bertrand Russell Meets
His Muse: The influence of Lady Ottoline Morrell” and “Bertrand
Russell’s Fiction: The Emergence of the Satyrist.” Robert K. Davis then
made his presentation, “Is Russell’s Socialism Phoney?” Following
closing words by President Rockler, the meeting was adjourned at 11:58
a.m.

Donald W. Jackanicz, Secretary

Bertrand Russell Society

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

1991 ANNUAL MEETING REPORT

(Unofficial meeting report by Lee Eisler from RSN #71, p. 5.)

Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA provided the facilities (excellent) for our 17th Annual Meeting, on June 21-23, 1991.

Members present were Neil Abercrombie, Whitfield Cobb, Dennis
Darland, Jan Eisler, Lee Eisler, Linda Egendorf, Don Jackanicz, John
Jackanicz, Ted
Jackanicz, Robert James, Marvin Kohl, Gladys Leithauser, John Lenz,
Barbara Pontier, Ray Pontier, Steve Reinhardt, Michael Rockler, Harry
Ruja, Warren Smith, Peter Stone, Thom Weidlich, Walter Wend, and James
Woodrow. Also present were guests Margaret Moran and Steven Shafer.

Here are highlights of the Annual Meeting (which convened at various times on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

These awards were presented:

A BRS Service Award to Donald W. Jackanicz, currently BRS secretary.

The 1991 BRS Award to Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The 1991 BRS Book Award to Peter Hylton for Russell, Idealism, and the Emergence of Analytic Philosophy

The following papers were read:

Neil Abercrombie on Russell’s Influence on a Congressman’s Politics

Dennis Darland on the state of the BRS Treasury (not bad)

Bob Davis on Is Russell’s Socialism Phoney?

Don Jackanicz on Russell’s Politically Important Desires (workshop)

Marvin Kohl on Russell’s Characterization of Benevolent Love

Gladys Leithauser on The Emergence of the Satirist (fiction)

John Lenz on Russell on History

Margaret Moran on Russell’s Early Fiction

Michael Rockler on Beacon Hill and Summerhill – the Russell-Neill Connection.

Harry Ruja on Oddities in Russell’s Published Work

The papers, above, will be duplicated and bound into 2 identical
volumes, one for the Russell Archives and one for the Russell Society
Library. The
Library’s volume may be borrowed.

Other events:

Red Hackle Cocktail Hour at Bridgeworks, in downtown Bethlehem.

Banquet highlight: the acceptance speech by Lawrence C. Broadwell
– Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America – on its
receiving the 1991 BRS Award.

The Board of Directors met on Friday evening. As is customary, all BRS members and guests were invited to attend the meeting.

The following decisions were taken:

The present slate of officers was re-elected for another year.
Chairman, Marvin Kohl; President, Michael Rockler; Vice President, John
Lenz; Treasurer,
Dennis Darland; Secretary, Don Jackanicz; VP/Information, Lee Eisler.

The site of the 1992 Annual Meeting will be one of the following,
listed here in order of preference: Washington, DC; California;
Chicago; Boston; Buffalo.

The Annual Meeting of 1992 – the year of Karl Popper’s 90th
Birthday will be honoring him, as suggested by Bob Davis. Bob was
authorized
to invite Sir Karl to the meeting.

The BRS will accept an invitation to join the International Humanist Ethical Union.

For more details about the 1991 Annual Meeting, see the Minutes.

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