BRS 1993 Annual Meeting Minutes

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BRS Board and Society Meeting Minutes – 1993



Friday, June 18, 1993

(from the August 1993 Russell Society News – issue #79)

The Board of Directors convened, together with other interested
members, al fresco on the campus of the University of California, San
Diego, at 10:15
p.m. on Friday, June 18, 1993. Chairman Marvin Kohl chaired the meeting.
John Lenz took the minutes as Donald Jackanicz attended to some of our
cars which were the unfortunate victims of vandalism.

The reading of minutes from the previous meeting was waived.
President Michael Rockler expressed concern that the Society’s
membership had dropped to 230 or 240 members.We agreed to conduct a
review of our advertising policy in cooperation with Lee Eisler. Tim
Madigan suggested The Humanist of Canada as a possible new
journal to advertise in. On the motion of Treasurer Dennis Darland, the
Board voted to move the Society’s checking account to Lincoln, Nebraska,
where Dennis will soon be moving. This entails closing the existing
account near Dennis’ current residence.

Marvin Kohl reported that a professor in India (about whom not
enough was known at present) was nominated for the BRS Award. It was
agreed to refer this to the Award Committee.

There was a desire to continue the “Prize for Papers” program.
Nicholas Griffin suggested that students would benefit from a later
deadline. In discussion, a deadline of April 1 was agreed upon. A
possible name-change, such as the “Younger Scholars Program,” was
considered but left to the discretion of the committee.

The current slate of officers was re-elected:

Board Chairman, Marvin Kohl

President, Michael Rockler

Vice President, John Lenz

Vice President/Information, Lee Eisler

Secretary, Donald Jackanicz

Treasurer, Dennis Darland

The Board decided to hold the 1994 Annual Meeting in Toronto in
conjunction with the meetings of the Humanist Association of Canada and
International Humanist and Ethical Union. Austin, Texas was proposed for
1995 provided that John Lenz is still living in that area to make the

Michael Rockler introduced the proposal of the CIGNA Company to
sell insurance through the BRS, with the Society to receive a percentage
of all
premiums sold. He stressed the Society’s need to promote its financial
health. Several Board members voiced their reservations, and the
consensus was to not pursue this matter.

Marvin Kohl reported on Thom Weidlich’s proposal to organize a
mock trial of the City College case for a future annual meeting. This
will be
considered further. Michael Rockier proposed raising dues in two
categories, “Student” and “Limited Income,” to $20. Both are currently
$12.50 and have not been raised in some time, and a high percentage of
members claims one of these two categories. The current rate hardly
meets our costs for the newsletter and Russell subscriptions.
Dennis Darland seconded this motion, and it passed unanimously. It was
also decided to request a copy of a student ID for membership in the
“Student” category, in accordance with common practice. The meeting was
adjourned at 11:55 p.m.

John Lenz, Acting Secretary

Bertrand Russell Society



Saturday, June 19, 1993

Vice President John Lenz summarized the events of the previous
night’s Board of Directors meeting. Treasurer Dennis Darland reported a
Treasury balance of $5,308.96. President Rockler provided information
about the July 8-10, 1994 BRS Annual Meeting to be held in Toronto in
conjunction with meetings of the Humanist Association of Canada and the
International Humanist and Ethical Union. Mention was made that Russell Society News
editor Donald Jackanicz would like to step down from that position and
that a new editor is therefore needed. Vice President Lenz spoke about
the Prizes for Papers program and encouraged members to publicize this
annual competition. A general discussion ensued concerning how to
increase the BRS membership. The Society Business Meeting was adjourned
at 11:50 a.m.

Donald W. Jackanicz, Secretary

Bertrand Russell Society



Friday, June 18 – Sunday, June 20, 1993

The 1993 Annual Meeting of The Bertrand Russell Society was held on
the campus of the University of California at San Diego, Friday, June
June 20, 1993. Except as noted, events took place in Room 150 of the
University Extension Campus building complex.

Friday, June 18

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Michael
Rockler. Following general announcements, President Rockler presented
the BRS
Service Award to Marvin Kohl. Timothy J. Madigan then read his paper,
“The Will to Believe vs. the Will to Doubt.” Gladys Leithauser, head of
the Book Award Committee, then presented the 1993 BRS Book Award to
Nicholas Griffin for The Selected Letters of Bertrand Russell, Volume 1, The Private Years, 1884-1914, after which Prof. Griffin read his paper, “Lady Ottoline.”

The session was recessed at 9:45 p.m. The Board of Directors
meeting was then held outside the Muir College Apartments. (See “BRS
Annual Board Directors Meeting Minutes” above.)

Saturday, June 19

President Rockler reconvened the meeting at 8:30 a.m.
Presentations were made by the winners of the first Prizes for Papers
competition: Tyler W.
Roberts, “Russell, the Individual, and Society” and Stefan Andersson,
“Bertrand Russell’s Search for Certainty in Mathematics and Religion.”
The next paper, “Russell and the Contemplation of Philosophy,” was read
by John Shosky.

With President Rockler in the chair, the Society Business Meeting began at 11:15 a.m. (See “BRS 1993 Annual Members Meeting
Minutes” above.) It was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.

The general meeting was reconvened by President Rockler at 2 p.m.
when Hal Walberg and. Joanne Walberg presented .a
“readers’ theater” version of the monodrama “Bertrand Russell Speaks His
Mind”. Marvin Kohl and Michael Rockler then read separate papers,
respectively “Russell and the Elimination of Fear” and an unnamed paper,
that in part related to Russell’s educational theories. The session was
adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

The Red Hackle Hour took place at Los Torritos Restaurant, about
one mile from the University Extension Campus, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Attendees then reassembled for the Banquet at 7 p.m. at the University’s
Third College Restaurant at La Casa. Following the meal, Marvin Kohl
presented the 1993 BRS Award to Harry Ruja, who afterward gave an
intriguing slide lecture titled “Russell’s Life in Photos.” The Banquet
ended at 9:15 p.m.

Sunday, June 20

President Rockler reconvened the meeting at 9: 00 a.m., and
Dennis Darland presented his paper, “What Is Mathematics About?” Donald
Jackanicz then led a workshop discussion of Russell’s essay “A
Philosophy for Our Time,” which appears in Portraits from Memory.
(Another scheduled speaker, Gonzalo Garcia, who was to have read a
paper titled “Did Bertrand Russell Think of Himself as a Pacifist?” was
unable to be present.) In the absence of President Rocker, the meeting
was adjourned by Board of Directors Chairman Marvin Kohl at 12:10 p.m.

Donald W. Jackanicz, Secretary

Bertrand Russell Society