BRS 2007 Annual Meeting Minutes

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

2007 ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

June 8, 2007

(from the November 2006 – August 2007 BRS Quarterly – #132-135)

The 2007 BRS Board of Directors Annual Meeting was held on June 8,
2007 at Monmouth University in Monmouth, New Jersey. Chad Trainer
presided as chairman. A quorum was present.

The meeting of the board of directors began with the standard
business of approving the treasurer’s report and the minutes of the last
meeting.

Acting treasurer, Ken Blackwell gave the treasurer’s report.
Current bank balance was approximately $12,800. Ken updated the
directors on the merits of reasonably secure but interest-earning
accounts available for the Society’s funds. The directors reacted
approvingly to Ken’s investment decisions and were in agreement that the
treasurer should feel empowered to use their discretion in this area.

Ken also praised the bookkeeping for the Society’s treasury of
McMaster University’s Arlene Duncan and the significant relief provided
for the treasurer at the annual cost to the Society of $700. Pursuant to
authorization from the executive committee, Ken had hired Arlene Duncan
as his bookkeeping assistant at a compensation of $440 through the end
of June, 2007. After discussion and on motion made by Marvin Kohl,
seconded by Cara Rice and unanimously carried, it was resolved that the
treasurer should have a bookkeeping assistant with an annual
compensation of $700.

Minutes of the May 26-27, 2006 Board meeting were previously published in the Quarterly. Copies were distributed and approved.

On motions made, seconded and carried, the following individuals were elected as officers for 2007-8:

President: Alan Schwerin

Vice President: Ray Perkins

Chairman: Chad Trainer

Vice-Chairman: David White

Treasurer: Kenneth Blackwell

Secretary: David Henehan

Then followed a discussion of the site of 2008’s annual meeting.
Tim Madigan confirmed that he and David White were still willing to host
the meeting at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. It was
thus decided that next year’s meeting will be held at St. John Fisher
College in Rochester, New York. David White, Tim Madigan and other
members of the Greater Rochester Russell Set will host the meeting. Tim
Madigan indicated that the meeting dates (to be announced) will be later
than usual. Tim explained that the Society’s members had indicated
interest in holding the meeting later in June than it had traditionally
been held, and that it would probably be in mid to late June of ’08.

Peter Stone said the by-laws committee had no proposed by-law changes.

Secretary David Henehan asked if the board thought we needed a
procedure, such as a nominating committee, for assuring that each year
there is at least a full slate of nominees for the board. Ken Blackwell
made a motion which Warren Allen Smith seconded to add a Section to the
by-laws specifying the procedure for insuring a full slate of nominees.
Marvin Kohl amended it to have the board recommend such a change to the
members at the membership meeting, and, as amended, the motion was
passed.

Ken Blackwell discussed the increase in production costs of the Russell
journal. On motion made by Ken, seconded by David Goldman and
unanimously carried, it was resolved that the annual payment for cost of
producing the journal be increased from $21 to $25 per year per
subscription.

Ken Blackwell discussed paypal fees and other increases and
suggested that a dues increase is justified. After discussion, Ken
withdrew the suggestion.

Rosalind Carey asked the board to donate $1,000 to the fall 2008
Conference on Language Narrative to be held in Rijga, Latvia at the
Center for Cognitive Sciences and Semantics at the University of Latvia.
Rosalind has been asked to host a segment on Russell. She discussed the
possible benefits of such involvement. After discussion, on motion made
by Marvin Kohl, seconded by Nicolas Griffin and carried, the donation
was approved.

A motion to adjourn was seconded and concluded the business meeting.

David Henehan, BRS Secretary

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

2007 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

June 9, 2007

The BRS membership meeting was held on June 9, 2007 at Monmouth
University in Monmouth, New Jersey. Alan Schwerin presided as President.
A quorum was present.

Ken Blackwell made and Warren Allen Smith seconded a motion to
amend the by-laws to add a section specifying the procedure for assuring
that there is a full slate of nominees for board positions each year.
After discussion the motion was not adopted. Peter Stone made and Phil
Ebersole seconded a motion which passed that it was the sense of the
Society that it is understood to be a part of the functions of the
Society’s officers to insure that there is a full slate of nominees to
run the board positions. After discussion, the motion was passed.

David Goldman proposed passing a resolution addressing the need
to end the war in Iraq. After discussion, a motion made by Ray Perkins
and duly seconded was carried reaffirming the Society’s prior resolution
published in the August, 2004 Quarterly regarding the withdrawal of forces from Iraq.

Rosalind Carey reported on the board’s approval of her request
that the Society donate $1,000 in connection with the fall 2008
conference on Language Narrative to be held in Rijga, Latvia at the
Center for Cognitive Sciences and Semantics at the University of Latvia.

Muriel Walton of Florida discussed the possibility of starting a BRS chapter in Florida. John Ongley offered her excess Quarterlies
if she could use them. The discussion showed that there is no by-law or
other organizational guidelines for creating BRS chapters. Such groups
are simply local groups who carry on activities at a local level
relating to the life, writings, accomplishments and ideas of Bertrand
Russell.

David Henehan, BRS Secretary

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