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Business Meeting
October 26, 2007
Minutes (Draft)

The business meeting was called to order by Mark Roncace, president, at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2007.

The minutes of the business meeting of October 6, 2006 were approved.

The agenda for the meeting was adopted.

The president thanked John Brooks and Chris Hoyt for their work on the meeting.

John Brooks, secretary-treasurer, reported that the Association began the year with $749.74.  The Association brought in $155 in membership dues and spent $100 on student presentation awards to end the year with $804.74.

P. Eddy Wilson, editor of the Association's online journal, Thinking About Religion, reported that Volume Seven is still under review. He called upon members to submit articles for the next volume and to serve as peer reviewers.

The president presented the award for best student paper.  The award went to Stephen Jaqua of Western Carolina University for "A Dialectic Becoming of a Grand Inquisitor."

Elections for officers were held.  In accordance with the NCRSA by-laws, Mark Roncace, vice-president, was elected president by acclamation.  Chris Hoyt of Western Carolina University was elected vice-president and program chair, also by acclamation. John Brooks, whose four-year term expires in 2008, will continue to serve as secretary-treasurer.

The members considers a proposal to amend the bylaws that had been previously circulated.  The NCRSA officers proposed

"that Article II.2 of the bylaws be amended to read as follows:

2. The membership dues are as follows:

Individual Member - $10
Departments of 1-5 members - $20
Departments of 6 or more members - $30"

P. Eddy Wilson moved that the proposal be adopted and the bylaws amended. The motion was seconded.  During the discussion it was noted that dues had not been raised since the founding of the organization.  Since the student awards were instituted, expenses have exceeded revenues. The motion was approved unanimously.

The members also considered a proposal to allow the NCRSA to charge a registration fee to subsidize the costs of the annual meeting.  An increasing number of institutions charge room rental, equipment set-up, and other fees.  If these institutions are to host the annual meeting, they must either recover costs through a registration fee or find institutional funds to support the meeting.  Dr. Brooks moved

"that the bylaws be amended to add 'Article IV.5. The officers in consultation with the host institution may determine a registration fee for the annual meeting not to exceed $25.'"

The motion was seconded and carried unanimously.

Elections for officers were held.  In accordance with the by-laws, Chris Hoyt, vice-president, was elected president by acclamation.  Heather McDivitt of Wingate University was elected vice-president and program chair for the 2008 meeting. Because the term of the secretary-treasurer does not expire until 2008, John Brooks will continue to serve.

The president asked for volunteers to host the 2008 meeting.  James McLachlan agreed to ask UNC-Chapel Hill to host the meeting.  If the department at UNC-Chapel Hill is not able to host, then Western Carolina University will host the meeting. The members agreed to this proposal.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

John I. Brooks III
Secretary-Treasurer
North Carolina Religious Studies Association
 

 


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