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Business Meeting
October 15, 2010
Minutes (Draft)

The business meeting was called to order by Joseph Osei, president, at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010.

The minutes of the business meeting of October 17, 2009 were approved.

The agenda for the meeting was adopted.

John Brooks, secretary-treasurer, reported that the Association began the year with $1064.74.  At its 2009 meeting, the Association amended the by-laws to eliminate departmental dues and to charge a registration fee for the annual meeting.  The Association brought in $20 in individual membership dues; however, registration fee receipts and meeting expenses would not be finalized until after the meeting.  Brooks estimated that registration receipts would amount to over $300. [Secretary-Treasurer's note: Registration receipts totaled $370 and meeting expenditures totaled $619.73, for a final balance of $635.01.]

P. Eddy Wilson, editor of the Association's online journal, Thinking About Religion, reported that Volume Nine was still in progress. He called upon members to submit articles for the next volume and to serve as peer reviewers. Articles should be submitted by December 20, 2010 for review.

Katherine Zubko, program chair, presented the awards for best student papers.  The award for undergraduate students went to Michael Walker.  The award for graduate students went to Rob Young.

Elections for officers were held.  In accordance with the NCRSA by-laws, Katherine Zubko, vice-president, was elected president by acclamation.  No program chair was chosen. 

The members discussed possible locations for the 2011 meeting.  There was no volunteer.  Jim McLachlan suggested that the next meeting be held at UNC-Chapel Hill, if the Department of Religious Studies there was willing. The members charged the officers to pursue the Chapel Hill location and to identify a program chair. John Brooks, whose four-year term had expired, will continue to serve as secretary-treasurer.

In response to a request from East Tennessee State University, the members voted to remove regional restrictions on NCRSA membership and allow departments and individuals from outside North Carolina to join.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

John I. Brooks III
North Carolina Religious Studies Association


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