BRS 2006 Annual Meeting Minutes





BRS Board and Society Meeting Minutes – 2006

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

2006 ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

MAY 26 AND 27, 2006

(from the May-August 2006 BRS Quarterly – #130-131)

The 2006 Board of Directors meeting of the BRS began at 7 pm on
Friday, May 26, 2006 at The Cottage in Iowa City, Iowa. It was continued
on Saturday, May 27 at 1 pm. BRS President Alan Schwerin officiated.

Attending were Alan Schwerin, Chad Trainer, Cara Rice, David
White, Tim Madigan, Phil Ebersole, Peter Stone, David Blitz, Gregory
Landini, Warren Allen Smith, John Ongley, Rosalind Carey and David
Henehan.

Minutes from the 2005 Board of Directors meeting were approved.
The Treasurer’s Report was approved. Reports from the various
committees, especially the Bylaw Review Committee, vice-presidents and
the Quarterly’s editors were heard.

The Bylaw Review Committee introduced their proposed revisions to
the BRS Bylaws and the remainder of the meeting was spent discussing
and voting on these revisions to the bylaws. The committee had been
established to devise a system for the board to vote on issues by email
and postal mail between annual meetings, but did not address the issue
since they had discovered that Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation Law
requires unanimous written consent for an action to be valid when
approved between meetings, which would be virtually impossible with a 24
member board. (The BRS is incorporated in Illinois.) The proposed
amendments to the bylaws were all approved. Revisions adopted included
the use of gender-neutral language in the bylaws and provisions for
conducting Board meeting when the Chair is absent.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

The Saturday, May 27, 2006 continuation of the BRS Board of
Directors meeting began at 1 pm at the English-Philosophy building on
the University of Iowa main campus, where the annual meeting took place,
in Iowa City. BRS President Alan Schwerin officiated.

Attending were Alan Schwerin, Chad Trainer, Cara Rice, David
Goldman, Thom Weidlich, David White, Tim Madigan, Peter Stone, David
Blitz, Gregory Landini, Warren Allen Smith, John Ongley, Rosalind Carey
and David Henehan.

Business of the meeting included: election of officers, choice of
a site for the 2007 annual meeting, a discussion of whether the
Society’s bank balance, or a significant part of it, should be invested
in a reasonably secure but interest-earning account (this was Ken
Blackwell’s suggestion), whether a Nominating Committee for Board
positions should be created (Peter Stone, Ken Blackwell, and Dave
White’s suggestion), whether a statement to Iran (Dennis Darland) should
be adopted and whether the BRS position on the U.S. invasion of Iraq
should be reaffirmed (Ray Perkins’ suggestion). due to lack of time, the
last four issues were not voted on.

The following officers were duly nominated, seconded and
unanimously elected for the 2006-2007 year: President: Alan Schwerin;
Vice-President: Ray Perkins, Jr.; Secretary: David Henehan; Treasurer:
Dennis Darland; Chair: Chad Trainer; Vice-Chair: David White.

For the site of the 2007 annual meeting, it was decided that it
would be either hosted by David White in Rochester or by Alan Schwerin
at Monmouth University with the other person hosting the meeting for
2008. David and Alan were to decide between themselves which of them
would host the meeting first. (They later decided that it would be Alan
who hosted it at Monmouth in 2007 with David hosting it in Rochester in
2008.)

The meeting adjourned at 2 pm.

David Henehan, Secretary, BRS

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