BRS 2008 Annual Meeting Minutes





BRS Board and Society Meeting Minutes – 2008

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

2008 ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES

St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
June 27, 2008

(from the November 2007 – August 2008 BRS Quarterly – #136-139)

The annual meeting of the board of directors of the Bertrand Russell
Society was held on June 27, 2008 at St. John Fisher College. It was
convened at 7:20 pm and presided over by Chad Trainer as chair.

Kenneth Blackwell (treasurer) summarized the financial situation
of the Society as follows: bank balance, $3,500; guaranteed investment,
$8,000; total investment, $11,500. He reported that Arlene Duncan is
serving as bookkeeper for which the Bertrand Russell Research Centre is
paid an annual compensation of $700.00. He stated that McMaster
University needs a $5.00 increase from $25.00 to $30.00 per year in
Society reimbursement for the cost of publishing Russell. On motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, the increase was approved.

The following individuals were duly nominated as officers for
2008-9, with the motions seconded and unanimously approved: chairman of
the board, Chad Trainer; vice chairman, David White; president, Alan
Schwerin; vice-president, Ray Perkins; treasurer, Kenneth Blackwell;
secretary, David Henehan.

The location of the next meeting was discussed. John Lenz has
offered Drew University. David Blitz offered Central Connecticut State
University as a backup.

John Ongley and Rosalind Carey reported on the Quarterly. They intend to ask Lehman College to again help finance publication of the Quarterly.

Treasurer Kenneth Blackwell discussed the anticipated $2,800
shortfall in 2008 expenses ($8,100) over dues income ($5,300). He
predicted that with the $5.00 increase in payment to McMaster to cover
the costs of producing Russell the deficit will increase annually
by $800. Ken recommended a minimum $5 dues increase. After discussion
it was moved by Marvin Kohl, seconded and carried that we increase each
dues category $10 beginning in 2009. This is the first dues increase
since 1992.

Various motions were made and withdrawn concerning free first
year subscriptions for new subscribers and other special membership
prices. David Blitz proposed that every board member sponsor a new
member and pay the membership fee. The motion passed (12 in favor, 1
opposed, 3 abstentions).

Kevin Brodie has resigned as head of the awards committee; no award was made by that committee this year.

Rosalind Carey reported on the Riga conference. The conference
is asking for additional financial support from the BRS. On motion made,
seconded and unanimously carried, it was resolved that we do not make
any further financial contribution in addition to the $1,000 authorized
at last year’s meeting.

John Ongley announced that Routledge wants to “rent” our mailing
list for promotion of its Russell books. After discussion, a motion
made to approve was passed (7 in favor, 4 opposed).

Dennis Darland requested $83 for OCR scanning software. Ken
Blackwell moved and John Ongley seconded a motion, which was unanimously
passed, to approve the $83 expense and to limit access to the scanning
project to BRS members. On motion made, seconded and unanimously
carried, it was resolved to designate Dennis Darland vice-president for
electronic projects. As such he will have ex officio board membership.

Ken Blackwell discussed his moderating of the BRS list. On
motion made by Peter Stone, seconded by Greg Landini, and unanimously
carried, it was resolved that Ken continue his current policy of list
moderation, and if in his judgment a communication is “highly uncivil”
it shall, at his discretion, not be permitted on the list.

Peter Stone announced that the Secular Student Alliance inquired
about a speaker’s bureau. On motion made by Cara Rice, seconded by
Marvin Kohl and unanimously passed, it was resolved that we establish a
speaker’s bureau of persons ready and willing to give public
presentations about Russell.

There being no further business before the meeting, it was, on motion made and unanimously carried, adjourned.

September 10, 2008

Respectfully submitted,

David L. Henehan

BERTRAND RUSSELL SOCIETY

2008 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

June 28, 2008

President Alan Schwerin convened the annual meeting of the members of
the Bertrand Russell Society on June 28, 2008 at St. John Fisher
College
at 1:35pm. Discussion involved increasing BRS membership. John Ongley
suggested we should upgrade our website. Alan Schwerin suggested school
competitions/art exhibits and essay contests. To Rosalind Carey’s note
that BRS membership is aging and we need younger members, Ken Blackwell
suggested a $20.00 trial/student membership category. Rosalind Carey
suggested make CDs of the BRS talks and asked that we design a BRS logo.

On motion made, seconded and unanimously carried, it was resolved
that at least until the next annual meeting for the year, BRS will
offer a $20.00 student membership category for any matriculated student.

Members also watched Warren Allen Smith, who was unable to attend, on audio/video.

There being no further business before the meeting, the meeting
was, on motion made, seconded and unanimously approved, adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

David L. Henehan

Secretary, Bertrand Russell Society

September 10, 2008

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