BRS 2001 Annual Meeting Minutes

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Friday, May 25, 2001

(from the August 2001 BRS Quarterly – #111)

The BRS Board of Directors held its annual meeting on Friday, May 25,
2001, in conjunction with the BRS Annual Meeting at McMaster
Hamilton, Ontario. Ken Blackwell chaired. Peter Stone took notes.
Directors present were Steve Bayne, Ken Blackwell, Kevin Brodie, Nick
Griffin, Tim Madigan, Ray Perkins, Steve Reinhardt, Alan Schwerin,
Warren Allen Smith, Peter Stone, Thorn Weidlich, and David White. A
number of other BRS members, including Peter Friedman, also attended the
meeting. Ray Perkins moved to waive a reading of the minutes from the
last Board meeting and to approve the minutes. Alan Schwerin seconded,
and the motion was approved unanimously.

Ken Blackwell then decided to postpone election of officers until
the end of the meeting, and brought up the issue of expenditures. The
Bertrand Russell Archives had recently bid for a manuscript-a draft of
Russell’s essay “Mysticism and Logic”-in an internet auction. Before the
auction, Blackwell had in his capacity as Honorary Russell Archivist
decided at the 11th hour to ask the BRS to put up $1000 towards the
Archives bid.

President Alan Schwerin, Vice President Tim Madigan, Secretary
Peter Stone, and Treasurer Dennis Darland all approved of Blackwell’s
request, and so the Archives proceeded to the auction with a pledge from
the BRS in hand. The bid failed; the winning bid was for $17,000, and
as auction-watchers within the BRS predicted, the manuscript was
immediately thereafter available for bids at a higher asking price
($45,000). The BRS’s pledge did not affect the outcome; there were two
bids considerably higher than any amount the Archives could have raised.

Ken Blackwell asked the Board for guidance on the question of
future large potential purchases such as these. Was the Board, he asked,
content to allow the officers to agree to make decisions on purchases
of this size? Peter Stone pointed out that technically, the buck had to
stop somewhere. and that there was no provision for the officers of the
Society and Board to make decisions of any kind collectively (by
majority vote, for example). Alan Schwerin was wary of setting bad
precedent via bids of this kind, and supported Blackwell’s call for
guidance on this matter.

Nick Griffin observed that the Board could respond to this
request in numerous ways. Perhaps the solution, as Ken Blackwell
proposed, lay in entrusting the decision to a majority vote among the
officers after all. Thom Weidlich proposed that the limit on such large
purchases be $1000. Ken Blackwell, however, did not want a limit. Steve
Reinhardt observed that such limits usually apply to officers at
subordinate levels in corporations, although not at the top. Peter Stone
observed that the issue of a limit was only half the matter; the other
half was the question of the person or group empowered to make such
spending decisions, with or without a limit.

Nick Griffin moved that the Board restrict the power of the
Society’s officers to make spending decisions of this sort to $1000 or
10% of the Society’s cash in hand, whichever was greater. Ken Blackwell
ruled that this constituted a proposed amendment to the Bylaws of the
BRS, and so was out of order for a Board vote. Peter Stone, however,
questioned why this would qualify as a Bylaw amendment; surely, he
observed, the Board could direct the BRS’s officers on questions of
policy without constantly changing the Bylaws. Blackwell then reversed
himself, and permitted the motion. Steve Bayne seconded the motion.

Steve Reinhardt revisited the question of whose actions would be
restricted by the amendment. Was it to be a majority of officers thus
restricted, and if so, for which spending decisions? All of them? Peter
Stone asked for clarification on the question of who could at present
sign checks on behalf of the BRS. Alan Schwerin indicated that at
present, three people had that power – Alan Schwerin (President), Peter
Stone (Secretary), and Dennis Darland (Treasurer). Of the three,
however, only Darland is currently in possession of any blank checks.

Alan Schwerin observed that ultimately, there was no foolproof
solution to this matter, that at some point the Board had to trust
someone to make judgment calls on questions like this. Nick Griffin
decided in response to withdraw his motion. Thom Weidlich moved that the
Board express its approval of the current informal arrangements
(informal consultation among the officers) for handling purchasing
decisions of this sort. Tim Madigan seconded the motion, and the motion
carried 11-1.

Ken Blackwell then announced that the Board’s vote indicating
that expulsion of John Boland from the BRS might be appropriate had
carried. The final vote total, according to Alan Schwerin (who counted
the ballots to so as to make the process as fair as possible), was 18-2.
As President, Schwerin will preside over the expulsion motion at the
Society Business meeting on Saturday, May 26. Peter Stone, as the
Society member making the expulsion motion, will present his case for
expulsion. Steve Bayne will then (at the request of Schwerin), offer a
defense of Boland (who will not be present at the meeting), and then,
following a discussion the Society will vote on the matter. Schwerin
promised to prevent the whole process from dragging on forever.

The Board then took up the question of the 2002 Annual Meeting.
In pursuance of the Board’s expressed desire for a west coast meeting in
the near future, Peter Stone has been in contact with Charles Weyand, a
longtime member of the BRS who lives in Los Angeles. Weyand is willing
to work with other west coast Society members in setting up a meeting in
Los Angeles next year; he has already contacted many of them and
received varying degrees of support. He has not, however, proposed a
definite meeting time or place. In addition, as Alan Schwerin pointed
out, a meeting in Los Angeles could be expensive. In light of the
indeterminate nature of the Los Angeles proposal, Ken Blackwell
expressed the desire for a backup location. Thorn Weidlich suggested
Rochester. David White expressed some interest but thought that the
timing could be cut very close if Rochester had to wait and see if Los
Angeles would work out. He also outlined some of the shortcomings of
meeting in Rochester – most notably, the absence of high-quality meeting
space. Steve Bayne suggested that MIT might be a suitable venue in
Boston, but did not push the matter further. Peter Friedman mentioned
the University of Pittsburgh in the same light; furthermore, as home to
the papers of F.P. Ramsey and Rudolph Carnap, it might be especially
appropriate. However, Peter Stone asked if the BRS had any active
members in Pittsburgh. and received a negative response. Ken Blackwell
stressed the need for fresh ideas as to meeting sites, and proposed
asking the Society for further ideas at its business meeting the
following day. Thorn Weidlich, however, felt uncomfortable with leaving
the matter without a motion, and Peter Stone and Steve Bayne concurred.
Ray Perkins suggested the Society revisit the Center for Inquiry in
Amherst, NY (near Buffalo). Tim Madigan agreed to broach the idea with
his contacts there but was not optimistic. In addition, he seconded
David White’s assessment of the drawbacks of Rochester. Ken Blackwell
stressed that the BRS had not met on the west coast since 1993. If not a
west coast meeting now, he asked, then when? He proposed working with
Charles Weyand to secure a place and time by June 30, and going with a
backup location (as yet to be determined) after that. Kevin Brodie
proposed reserving space in Buffalo and then canceling if Los Angeles
worked out. Nick Griffin, however, indicated that such a move would
double the work and expense of the early stages of the meeting process.
David White supported Blackwell’s proposal, but stressed the importance
of having people with experience organizing conferences involved with
the process; if Weyand had no such experience, that meant that the
President and others would have to work very closely with him. There was
no substitute, however, for a person “on the ground” at the meeting
site. Peter Stone expressed agreement.

The Board continued brainstorming for possible meeting places.
Steve Bayne indicated having attended a good conference at SUNY Buffalo;
perhaps a good meeting could be organized there. Ray Perkins thought
that his own university (Plymouth State College, in central New
Hampshire) might be able to serve as host. Nick Griffin suggested
McMaster follow Alan Schwerin and Monmouth University in hosting the
meeting twice in a row, and idea of which Ken Blackwell did not approve.
Steve Bayne suggested Iowa and Chicago as other possibilities. Ken
Blackwell, however, reiterated the need for a BRS member onsite, and
proposed working with Los Angeles, with Plymouth State College as a
backup. Peter Stone asked if a motion was required to this effect, as
was done in previous years. Blackwell said no. Alan Schwerin then moved
that the Board make no motion on the question of a 2002 meeting site.
Nick Griffin seconded the motion, only to have Blackwell rule the motion
out of order. The Board then proceeded to waste much time with Russell
Paradox – related jokes about a motion not to make a motion. In the end,
the Board decided (without a motion, paradoxical or otherwise) to leave
the annual meeting location site in the hands of the officers of the
Society and Board, with the understanding that Los Angeles and Plymouth
State College would be the first and second meeting location choices,

The next item on the Board’s agenda concerned the Society’s
publication. The Greater Rochester Russell Set (GRRS, the BRS’s
unofficial chapter in Rochester, New York) had produced the May issue of
the Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly in May (the first time in
several years when an issue of the Quarterly had appeared in the month
advertised). Peter Stone, as a member of the GRRS, proposed that the

1) officially reestablish the Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly
(officially disbanded at the 2000 Annual Board Meeting, but unofficially
revived by the GRRS);

2) establish a Quarterly Committee, with the responsibility of
producing the Quarterly, and with the understanding that the Chair of
this Committee would also serve as editor of the Quarterly; and

3) appoint Peter Stone as Chairman of this Committee.

Ken Blackwell expressed approval of this proposal. He argued that
it was about time the Society placed its Quarterly operations on an
official level. Kevin Brodie moved that the Board approve Peter Stone’s
proposal, and Alan Schwerin seconded the motion. Alan Schwerin asked if
any Rochester-area universities would be involved with the project.
David White explained that St. John Fisher College had provided the
tax-exempt status for the nonprofit mailing rate but did not furnish
further support. He suggested the BRS establish what would be necessary
to send the Quarterly out under its own imprimatur should this prove
necessary. He further urged Dennis Darland to send him a check for the
May issue as soon as possible.

Peter Friedman suggested the BRS consider a web version of the
Quarterly. Peter Stone promised to investigate the possibility after the
GRRS had placed the publication on a secure footing. After further
discussion and clarification, the Board passed the motion endorsing
Stone’s proposal unanimously. The Board then held elections for Board
and Society officers. The Board first considered whether to maintain the
Vice Presidency for Humanist Outreach. Steve Bayne moved that the
office be changed to a more general Vice Presidency for Outreach, and
that Peter Friedman be elected to this position. Warren Allen Smith
seconded, and the Board approved the motion unanimously.

The Board then elected the following officers by acclamation:

Treasurer – Dennis Darland

President – Alan Schwerin

Secretary of the Society and Board – Steve Bayne

Vice President – Ray Perkins

Chair – Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell was reluctant to stand for reelection, and only agreed to do so because of the evident lack of other candidates.

The final issue taken up by the Board at this meeting was the
question of BRS-List, the BRS’s listserv. The repeated spamming of this
list by John Boland has prompted Ken Blackwell to seek more explicit
Board authorization from this list, rather than the tacit, unofficial
support currently given to it. With such authorization, he would feel
better equipped to deal with possible abuses of the list. Peter Stone
moved that

1) BRS-List become an official listserv for the BRS;

2) The purpose of BRS-List is to allow members to make
BRS-related announcements and to discuss BRS-related business (in
accordance with the more detailed description of the list proffered by
Ken Blackwell);

3) The list-owner of BRS-List be empowered to ensure that
BRS-List serve this purpose, using all appropriate means up to and
including removal of a BRS member from the listserv; and

4) Ken Blackwell be approved as list-owner of BRS- List.

Thom Weidlich seconded Peter Stone’s motion, which the Board then unanimously approved.

Peter Stone Secretary, BRS Board of Directors



Sunday, May 27, 2001

The BRS Board of Directors held a special meeting on Sunday, May 27,
2001, in conjunction with the BRS Annual Meeting at McMaster University,

Hamilton, Ontario. Ken Blackwell chaired. Peter Stone took notes.
Directors present were Stefan Andersson, Steve Bayne, Ken Blackwell, Tim
Madigan, Steve Reinhardt, Alan Schwerin, Warren Allen Smith, Peter
Stone, Thom Weidlich, and David White. Peter Friedman also attended; as
Vice President for Outreach, he participated as an ex officio Director. A
number of other BRS members, including Dave Henehan, also attended the
meeting. At the conclusion of the 2001 Annual Meeting, Ken Blackwell
realized that the BRS Board of Directors had left several issues
unresolved. He therefore, in conjunction with Directors Steve Reinhardt
and Peter Stone, called for a special meeting in accordance with the
Bylaws of the BRS Board of Directors. Blackwell arranged the special
meeting to coincide with the tail end of the 2001 Annual Meeting of the
BRS so as to ensure maximum possible participation of the Board, in
accordance with the Board’s Bylaws (Article 6, Section 2).

Ken Blackwell opened the meeting by expressing his wish to amend
the Bylaws of the BRS Board of Directors. Currently, those Bylaws set a
quorum for a Board meeting of only 3 directors (out of 24 plus ex
officio directors). Moreover, a special meeting of the BRS Board of
Directors can be called upon the request of only 3 directors (as was
done in the case of this special meeting). Blackwell found the number
for the quorum far too low, and urged the Board to consider amending
this provision. Peter Stone moved that the Board raise the quorum for a
board meeting to 6 (thus changing Article 6, Section 4 of the Board
Bylaws). Steve Bayne seconded.

Stefan Andersson questioned the need for such a change in the
Bylaws. Ken Blackwell responded by explaining the circumstances under
which he recognized the need for change. In the days leading up to the
opening of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre (held in November 2000),
Blackwell had asked the Board if the directors attending wished to hold
a special Board meeting so as to address the question of declining
membership. Some directors indicated that they would not be attending
the opening but favored a special meeting. This drew Blackwell’s
attention to how easy it was to schedule a special Board meeting, and
how low the quorum was.

Peter Friedman worried that this change might cause the BRS to
react too slowly to new circumstances. Ken Blackwell assured him that
most Society business was conducted by the various officers, and now by
the newly formed Executive Committee. Alan Schwerin added that as things
stood now a small number of directors could take some action that would
embarrass the BRS against the wishes of the majority, and Blackwell
concurred that the change would provide a safety net against this
possibility. Peter Friedman then admitted that this method could be
tried and changed if it did not work. Warren Allen Smith asked if there
was any advantage to an odd quorum. Stefan Andersson asked if there was
any advantage to an even one. Ken Blackwell said no to both. Steve Bayne
asked if proxy votes could affect the procedure at all. Ken Blackwell
said that proxy votes were acceptable only for votes of the Society as a
whole, not the Board. Alan Schwerin said that the number requested in
the motion was an improvement without setting a figure too high as to
pose problems with regular Board meetings. Peter Stone concurred, but
added that the Chair should make a strong effort to encourage enough
directors to attend meetings so as to obviate the problem of the quorum.
The Board then passed the motion 10-0, with 1 abstention.

Peter Stone then noted that he was stepping down as BRS Awards
Committee Chair. He nominated Kevin Brodie to take over the position.
Warren Allen Smith seconded the motion, and it carried 10-0, with 1
abstention. This concluded the meeting.

Peter Stone, Secretary, BRS Board of Directors



Saturday, May 26, 2001

Alan Schwerin welcomed all BRS members to the business meeting, and
congratulated the three
newly elected officers of the Society and Board-Ray Perkins (Vice
President), Steve Bayne (Secretary of the Society and Board), and Peter
Friedman (Vice President for Outreach). He also congratulated the
reelected officers-Dennis Darland (Treasurer) and Ken Blackwell
(Chairman of the Board). Ken Blackwell proposed a change in the Bylaws.
He noted that there has been some confusion as to the number of officers
of the Society and Board. He therefore proposed revising as follows the
sentence at the start of Article 7, Section 1 of the Bylaws:

“The Society shall have the following five officers: President, Vice
President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chairman of the Board.” This
motion, Blackwell, observed, would explicitly recognize that special
Vice Presidents (which the Board could create) were not officers. Thom
Weidlich seconded the motion. Alan Schwerin found the idea of having
officeholders (like special Vice Presidents) who were not “officers”
rather odd. Dave Henehan asked for clarification as to the purpose of
the motion. Blackwell explained that the goal would be to clarify who
would be consulted during the day-to-day operations of the BRS. Peter
Friedman suggested that a distinction between executive and nonexecutive
officers might be a better way of drawing this distinction. David Blitz
saw good reason in having 5 officers to consult. An inquiry was made if
the laws of Illinois had any ramifications for this proposed change,
and further asked if the motion would have any bearing on the BRS’s
ability to sign checks and contracts. Alan Schwerin answered that three
people currently had the power to sign checks for the BRS himself
(President), Peter Stone (outgoing Secretary), and Dennis Darland
(Treasurer). Alan Schwerin proposed substituting for the proposed
amendment the creation of an Executive Committee. The amended version of
the amendment would substitute the following for the second sentence:
“The Society shall have an Executive’ Committee composed of the
following five officers of the Society and Board: President, Vice
President, Secretary of the Society and Board, Treasurer, and Chairman
of the Board. There may also be other Vice Presidents whose duties shall
be specified by the Board; these will not be members of the Executive
Committee.” Ken Blackwell accepted this amendment, noting that the
Executive Committee would (quite properly) leave the President in charge
of most executive decision-making. The motion carried 20-0, with two

The Society then considered a motion by Peter Stone to expel John
Boland from the BRS, an act deemed “appropriate” by the Board (as Alan
Schwerin pointed out) by an overwhelming majority. Peter Stone laid out
his case for expulsion, a case based on Boland’s continued abuse of the
BRS’s e-mail listserv, BRS-List, as well as his repeated refusal to
remove BRS members’ personal e-mail addresses from his own distribution
list. Steve Bayne provided a defense of Boland, as requested by
Schwerin. Alan Schwerin inquired if any member had ever been expelled
before. Ken Blackwell answered that only one expulsion has ever occurred
(that of John Sutcliffe), and it took place in 1981. Thorn Weidlich
requested that the Bylaw governing expulsion (Article 5, Section 9 of
the BRS Bylaws) be read; Ken Blackwell did so. Blackwell further
explained that the Bylaws required expulsion decisions to be resolved at
the BRS Business Meeting if the Board deemed an expulsion “appropriate”
within two months of the scheduled Business Meeting. Otherwise, the
matter would have been resolved by mail. He added Boland ‘was informed
of this procedure several weeks in advance of the Annual Meeting, but
Boland decided not to attend. The Society then debated the merits of the
proposal, including alternatives to expulsion and the precedents set by
this particular expulsion. After extensive discussion, the Society
approved the motion by a vote of 23-7, with 4 abstentions. In addition
to the members present, the following members voted by proxy: Derek
Araujo, Javier Bonet, Gordon Diss, Don Jackanicz, Taslima Nasrin, Bob
Riemenschneider, David Rodier, Ibn Warraq, Charles Weyand, and Gerry
Wildenberg. Schwerin and Blackwell indicated they would write to Boland
informing him of his expulsion, and would direct the Treasurer to refund
Boland’s membership renewal and donation for the year 2001.

The BRS then moved on to other business. Alan Schwerin called for
treasury and membership reports. Ken Blackwell directed the BRS to
Dennis Darland’s last treasury report (published in the May 2001 issue
of the Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly) and indicated that the
Society had received 116 renewals thus far this year. Schwerin urged
everyone to either join the BRS or renew their membership as
appropriate. Warren Allen Smith moved to approve these reports, Kevin
Brodie seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.

The Business Meeting concluded with a pair of announcements.
Peter Stone announced that he had taken over as editor of the Bertrand
Russell Society Quarterly, and urged members to send materials for
publication to the Greater Rochester Russell Set (GRRS), which will now
collectively produce the publication. And Ray Perkins invited all
members to brainstorm for possible sites for the 2002 Annual Meeting.
Ken Blackwell added that members should propose their own cities as
possible sites, not the cities of other people. Phoenix, Arizona and
Lake Forest, Illinois were suggested in the manner Blackwell advised,
and Schwerin will consider these proposals.



May 25-27, 2001

The Bertrand Russell Society held its annual meeting on May 25-7,
2001 at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, home of the Bertrand
Russell Archives and the newly created Bertrand Russell Research Centre.
Alan Schwerin presided. Peter Stone took notes. BRS members present
were Stefan Andersson, Steve Bayne, Ken Blackwell, Howard Blair, David
Blitz, Alan Bock, Pat Bock, Edgar C. Boedeker, Jr., Kevin Brodie,
Rosalind Carey, Giovanni de Carvalho, Peter Friedman, Nick Griffin,
David Henehan, Tim Madigan, Mary Martin, Ed McClenathan, Ray Perkins,
Ray Plant, Michael Potter, Steve Reinhardt, Cara Rice, Alan Schwerin,
Warren Allen Smith, Peter Stone, Chad Trainer, Giovanni Vianelli, Thorn
Weidlich, David Wesley, David White, Avon Wilsmore, and Barrie Zwicker.
Non-members present were Andrew Bailey, Matthew Barber, Renu Barrett,
Elizabeth Blackwell, Andrew Bone, Adam Dobai, Arlene Duncan, Louis
Greenspan, Afeah Henderson, Dan Kervick, Peter Loptson, Kent MacAskill,
Nancy McClenathan, Karen Perkins, Jane Robin, Carl Spadoni, Stephen
Toulmin, Sheila Turcon, Samuel Wesley, Cory Wendorf, and Linda White.
This turnout was the highest ever at a BRS meeting held at McMaster, of
which there have been 5 since 1978.

The meeting began with tours of the Russell Archives and coffee
at the Bertrand Russell Research Centre, at which various unpublished
CDROMs of Russell were available for examination. A book swap was also
held at which members could exchange Russell-related materials. The
Russell Archives also offered various books for sale at the book swap.

On Friday night, President Alan Schwerin greeted everyone present
at a welcoming buffet. At the buffet, Schwerin presented the 2001 BRS
Paper Award to Giovanni Vianelli for his paper “The Centenary of the
Paradox: Pythagoras and Some Recently Discovered Manuscript Pages by
Russell.” Vianelli accepted the award in person. After this, BRS Awards
Committee Chair Peter Stone presented the 2001 BRS Award to Stephen
Toulmin, Henry R. Luce Professor at the Center for Multiethnic and
Transnational Studies at the University of Southern California. Toulmin
also accepted the award in person, and gave a brief history of his
personal encounters with Russell. Ray Perkins then presented the 2001
BRS Book Award to Thorn Weidlich (a freelance journalist) for his book
Appointment Denied: the Inquisition of Bertrand Russell (Prometheus
Books, 2000). Weidlich was also there to accept the award in person, and
expressed his appreciation to the BRS. Toulmin concluded the evening
for the Society with an address entitled “Rationality and Reasonableness
in Twentieth-Century Philosophy.” The address was based on Toulmin’s
recently published book, Return to Reason (Harvard University Press,

After the conclusion of the evening, the Board of Directors held its
annual meeting (see Minutes of the 2001 Annual Meeting of the BRS Board
of Directors).

Nick Griffin led off the program Saturday morning-with “What Was
Russell Trying to Do in Principia Mathematica” an introductory talk
aimed at non-philosophers. Alan Schwerin chaired this session. Andy Bone
chaired the second session, in which Giovanni Vianelli presented the
paper which received the 2001 BRS Paper Award, “The Centenary of the
Paradox: Pythagoras and Some Recently Discovered Manuscript Pages by
Russell.” Steve Bayne then concluded the Saturday morning session with a
paper entitled “Toulmin in and the Discovery of History.” Ken Blackwell
chaired this session, and Stephen Toulmin took the opportunity to
respond to Bayne’s remarks.

The members of the BRS then had the opportunity to avail
themselves of numerous opportunities. These opportunities included a
tour of the Bertrand Russell Archives, where other CD-ROMs were
available; another session of the book swap and book sale by the Russell
Archives; a continuous showing of two videos on Russell (this continued
throughout the entire meeting); a trip to the McMaster Bookstore
featuring numerous books by and about Russell; and lunch.

After lunch, the BRS held its 2001 Business Meeting. (See minutes of the 2001 annual membership meeting.)

Saturday afternoon began with David Blitz’s paper “Did Russell
Really Advocate Preventive War against the USSR?” in a
session chaired by Rosalind Carey. Before the start of the next session,
It was announced that Routledge had made available exam copies of some
of its Russell related books. These books were available to meeting
participants at a 20% discount. Peter Stone chaired the session that
followed, which featured Andy Bone’s “Russell and the Communist Aligned
Peace Movement in the 1950s.” Kevin Brodie then presented “Russell,
Gardner and Home Room: Philosophy Class in High School.” David Blitz
chaired this session. The afternoon concluded with a panel discussion of
Ray Monk’s Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness chaired by Alan
Schwerin. Panel participants included Tim Madigan, Peter Stone, Warren
Allen Smith, and Peter Friedman.

After a brief recess, the BRS held its Red Hackle Hour and
banquet. Nick Griffin capped off the evening with his talk “How the
Russell Papers Came to McMaster.” Sunday morning began with Chad
Trainer’s “Bertrand Russell: A Carneades Incarnate,” presented in a
session chaired by David White. Ray Perkins chaired the following
session, which featured a paper by Rosalind Carey entitled “Why Did
Russell Accept Neutral Monism?” Alan Schwerin then spoke on
“Metaphysics, Mysticism and Russell.” Stefan Andersson chaired this
session. Thorn Weidlich chaired the final session, in which David White
capped off the paper sessions with his “Russell, Smith, and the Religion
of the Future.” Ken Blackwell then reiterated the call for meeting
attendees to join the BRS if they had not done so already. He also urged
them to nominate candidates for the forthcoming Board elections.
Blackwell then announced that the BRS had enough Red Hackle left from
its Saturday Red Hackle Hour to provide for a future meeting at
McMaster, and that he had already e-mailed John Boland about his
expulsion (and received no less than six e-mails in response) and
removed him from BRS-List. Alan Schwerin and the Society then thanked
Blackwell appreciatively for his work in organizing the meeting.
Blackwell then asked that the BRS thank Arlene Duncan and Alison Miculan
for their work on the meeting, and the Society did so. A brief Special
Board Meeting then took place to wrap up a few loose ends (see the
Minutes of the First 2001 Special Meeting of the BRS Board of
Directors). The meeting attendees then enjoyed a delicious barbecue
before departing.

Peter Stone, Secretary, BRS


The accounts for the annual meeting are complete. The meeting was
designed to break even, and it did. There was even a slight surplus of
$40 for the BRS treasury, In addition, the meeting attracted 7 new
members for the Society, and t-shirt sales netted $148.20. Thanks are
due the Bertrand Russell Research Centre (and its director, Nick
Griffin), which hosted the meeting, Alison Miculan, Arlene Duncan, David
Godden, and Liz Blackwell. – Ken Blackwell