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
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
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.
John I. Brooks III
North Carolina Religious Studies Association