Draft BRS 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

The Board of Directors of the Bertrand Russell Society met on June 6, 2015, at approximately 1:00 p.m. in the IIIS Seminar Room on the 6th Floor of the Arts Building at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

The following board members were present:

Chad Trainer (chair)
Michael Berumen
Nick Griffin
Kevin Klement
Tim Madigan
Ray Perkins
Alan Schwerin
Peter Stone
Russell Wahl
Thom Weidlich

Alan Schwerin moved, with Ray Perkins seconding, to approve last year’s minutes. The minutes were approved unanimously.

Russell Wahl moved, with Ray Perkins seconding, to approve the treasurer’s report. The report was approved unanimously.

The following officers were reappointed unanimously:

Michael Potter — secretary
Michael Berumen — treasurer

Alan Schwerin has stepped down as president of the society. Tim Madigan was approved unanimously as the new president of the society.

Ray Perkins stepped down as VP, and Peter Stone succeeded him. Peter Stone also stepped down as Vice Chair, and Ray Perkins succeeded Peter Stone. (Ray and Peter in effect swapped positions.) They were both approved unanimously.

Peter Stone has stepped down as vice chair of the board. Ray Perkins was approved unanimously as the new vice chair of the board.

Kevin Klement moved, with Ray Perkins seconding, to reappoint Chad Trainer as chair of the board. The reappointment was approved unanimously.

Michael Berumen moved, with Nick Griffin seconding, to reappoint Dennis Darland as vice president/electronic projects and Kris Notaro as vice president/web site technology. The reappointments were approved unanimously.

Michael Berumen moved, with Peter Stone seconding, to hold next year’s annual meeting at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, hosted by Tim Madigan. The motion was approved unanimously.

Ray Perkins reported on the activity of the Book Award Committee and announced that this year’s winner of the book award is Gülberk Koç Maclean for Bertrand Russell’s Bundle Theory of Particulars.

Michael Berumen moved, with Russell Wahl seconding, to increase student dues from $25 to $30. The motion was approved unanimously. (Limited-income dues remain at $25.)

Nick Griffin moved, with Tim Madigan seconding, to allow Michael Berumen, at his discretion, either to have one issue of the newsletter a fully digital issue or to have all issues digital with members given the option to receive a print version, beginning in 2016. The motion was approved unanimously.

The board meeting was adjourned at approximately 1:45 p.m.

After the board meeting, a general society meeting was held. During that meeting, Michael Berumen proposed, with Russell Wahl seconding, the following motion, which was approved unanimously: “I move that items (4), (6), and (8) of Article 5, Section 8 (Chapter Membership) be deleted, and, as a consequence, that items (5) and (7) be renumbered to items (4) and (5), respectively.”

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