October 17, 2009
The business meeting was called to order by Heather
president, at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2009.
The minutes of the business meeting of October 24, 2008
The agenda for the meeting was adopted.
John Brooks, secretary-treasurer, reported that the
Association began the year with $1034.74. The Association brought
in $130 in membership dues and spent $100 on student presentation awards
to end the year with $1064.74.
P. Eddy Wilson, editor of the Association's online
journal, Thinking About Religion, reported that Volume Eight had
just appeared. He called
upon members to submit articles for the next volume and to serve as peer
reviewers. Articles should be submitted by December 20, 2009 for review.
Joseph Osei, program chair, presented the award for best
student paper. The award went to Mashal Saif of Duke University for "Genealogies
and Boundaries: The Politics of Discipline Construction & Classification
and The Place of Islamic Studies Within Academia."
Elections for officers were held. In accordance
with the NCRSA by-laws, Joseph Osei, vice-president, was elected
president by acclamation. Katherine Zubko of UNC-Asheville was elected vice-president and program chair. John Brooks, whose four-year term expired, will
continue to serve as secretary-treasurer.
As directed at the preceding meeting, John Brooks
reported on the costs and benefits of incorporating the NCRSA as a
non-profit tax-exempt organization. The main benefit would be to
facilitate departmental memberships. Several institutions have not
paid in the past two because their business offices require a tax
identification number. Two major steps would be involved. First
the NCRSA would file with the state to become a non-profit corporation.
Once the non-profit status was approved, the organization could file
with the IRS for tax-exempt status. Each step would cost roughly
$300 in fees. The organization would be required to file tax
returns. Brooks recommended that becoming a tax-exempt organization be
undertaken only if a permanent departmental home could be found for the
After discussing the pros and cons, the members decided
not to pursue tax-exempt status. Instead, Jim McLachlan moved "that
departmental dues be abolished." The motion was seconded. During
the discussion, the consensus was that the organization could avoid tax
issues by funding itself through a conference registration fee.
The motion was carried unanimously.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned
at 12:30 p.m.
John I. Brooks III
North Carolina Religious Studies Association