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Business Meeting
October 24, 2008

The business meeting was called to order by Chris Hoyt, president, at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2008.

The minutes of the business meeting of October 26, 2007 were approved.

The agenda for the meeting was adopted.

John Brooks, secretary-treasurer, reported that the Association began the year with $804.74.  The Association brought in $330 in membership dues and spent $100 on student presentation awards to end the year with $1034.74.

P. Eddy Wilson moved that the Executive Committee be charged to investigate the feasibility of incorporating as a tax-exempt organization and report at the next meeting. The motion was seconded and carried.

P. Eddy Wilson, editor of the Association's online journal, Thinking About Religion, reported that Volume Seven had been published. He called upon members to submit articles for the next volume and to serve as peer reviewers. He also reported that he had obtained a Library of Congress serial number for TAR.  He asked the membership for permission to pursue an indexing arrangement that would enhance the professional status of the journal and facilitate scholarly use of the journal.  He also wanted to clarify submission guidelines for members and non-members.  The request was put in the form of a motion, seconded, and passed.

Greg Sadler suggested that the journal be expanded to include review articles. The editor agreed to consider such submission.

After a discussion of ways to raise the visibility of the organization, Edwin Bagley moved that the officers be authorized to spend money on a media campaign for the organization.  The motion was seconded and passed.

Elections for officers were held.  In accordance with the NCRSA by-laws, Heather McDivitt, vice-president, was elected president by acclamation.  Joseph Osei of Fayetteville State University was elected vice-president and program chair, also by acclamation. John Brooks, whose four-year term expired, will continue to serve as secretary-treasurer until a replacement is found.

The president asked for volunteers to host the 2009 meeting. Wilberforce Mundia volunteered to investigate the possibility of Shaw University hosting the event.

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

Respectfully submitted,

John I. Brooks III
North Carolina Religious Studies Association


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