1991-08-10 Minutes of the Business Meeting of the 16th Annual Convention of the International Society of Unified Science

Minutes of the Business Meeting of the 16th Annual Convention of the International Society of Unified Science

Saturday, August 10, 1991, at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

The business meeting of the International Society of Unified Science was called to order at 1:30 pm by vice president (and acting president) Frank Meyer. Two members were present: Prof. Frank Meyer and Dr. Ronald W. Satz. Acting president Meyer held the proxies of board members Frank Anderson, Robin Sims, Ronald Blackburn, Ed Navarro, Larry Denslow, William Mitchell, K.V.K. Nehru, and David Halprin. Secretary Satz held the proxy of executive director/treasurer Rainer Huck. Board member Phil Porter assigned his proxy to Rainer Huck, but gave specific directions on how to vote, so there was no ambiguity during the meeting. In all, there were 12 proxies, two more than 2/3 of the 15 member board during the meeting.. According to the By-Laws of ISUS, Section 8 of Article V, "In no event shall the number of Trustees physically present at a Board meeting where a quorum is partially achieved by means of written proxies be less than five (5)." Because of this, the members present used Article VIII, Amendment of Bylaws, to suspend Section 8 of Article V for the purpose of conducting the business of the convention. (Article VIII states that "These By-laws may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Trustees).

  1. Secretary Satz read the minutes of the 15th Annual Convention. Acting president Meyer requested a correction on p. 2 of the minutes: Tucek and Denslow are associate editors, not assistant editors. There were no other corrections, and the minutes were approved as modified.
  2. At the request of the executive director/treasurer Rainer Huck, secretary Satz read the treasurer's report. The prior year's balance was $3907.66; the income for the year was $2718.98; the expenses for the year were $2050.69; so the net income for the year was $668.29, and the current balance (as of July 31, 1991) is $4575.95. The report was approved as read.
  3. Next, Secretary Satz read the membership report, also submitted by Rainer Huck. There are 49 paid members (to date), 3 paid subscribers, 5 contributing members, and 2 sustaining members. The report was approved as read.
  4. The acting president then asked for Old Business. The following topics were discussed:
    1. Reciprocity: Editor Meyer affirmed that each issue can be printed and mailed for under $400. Meyer reported that member Denslow has resigned from his position as associate editor. In the past year, 250 copies were printed for each of 4 issues. Secretary Satz moved and Meyer seconded that back issues of Reciprocity be mailed from the ISUS headquarters. Carried. The Reciprocity report was approved as read.
    2. grant policy: Secretary Satz moved and Meyer seconded that there be no changes in grant policy and no grants made for the coming year. Carried.
    3. new brochure for ISUS: Acting president Meyer commended members Blackburn, Navarro, and Satz for their good work in designing and producing the new ISUS brochure.
    4. Back page of Reciprocity: Editor Meyer stated that the back page now does state the increased prices for foreign subscriptions.
    5. membership goal: Last year's goal of 200 members by August, 1991 was obviously not met. So something new must be tried.
    6. Denslow's first draft of his introduction to the Reciprocal System has been received by the Editor and Board.
  5. The acting president then asked for New Business. The following topics were discussed:
    1. Secretary Satz moved and Meyer seconded that a classified ad be placed in Popular Science every other month over the next year. Popular Science has a circulation of 4.4 million readers and is read by technicians, scientists, and engineers. The proposed ad is

      RATIONAL UNIFIED GENERAL THEORY. Free info. ISUS, 1680 East Atkin Ave., Salt Lake City, UT 84106. (801) 467-3795.

      The cost for the new year would be $1171.50. Satz also moved that ISUS purchase (for Rainer Huck) a new telephone answering machine with the feature of voice activation without time limit. All callers should receive the ISUS brochure, and at least one follow-up call should be made a week or two later. Both Meyer and Satz (and all their proxies) approved the ad proposal and expenditure for the new answering machine.

    2. Secretary Satz moved and Meyer seconded that Meyer research the subject of marketing science over the coming year. This is with the view of meeting our membership goals for the future. Carried.
  6. Next the elections were held.
    1. Executive director Huck (on the proxy) and acting president Meyer nominated Satz to be president of ISUS. Satz accepted the nomination and was elected by 11 in favor and 1 against (counting all proxies).
    2. Satz and Meyer nominated Rainer Huck to remain executive director and treasurer. Huck was elected unanimously.
    3. No nominations were made for secretary. Satz agreed to remain on as secretary until the Board could elect a qualified individual for the position.
    4. Satz nominated Meyer to be vice president, who accepted the nomination. Meyer was elected unanimously.
    5. Board elections: In a letter Frank Anderson stated that he has officially retired from the Board (but plans to remain active as a member). This left Meyer, Huck, Satz, Stearns, Denslow, and Mitchell up to reelection this year. All were nominated, all accepted nomination, and all were unanimously reelected. So the 1991-92 Board consists of Meyer, Huck, Satz, Stearns, Denslow, and Mitchell with 2 years to go at the end of next year's meeting; Nehru, Porter, Sammer, and Simms with 1 year to go at the end of next year's meeting; and Halverson, Navarro, Blackburn and Halprin up for reelection next year.
  7. The acting president then asked for nominations for location of next year's convention. President-elect Satz said that he had a letter from executive director Rainer Huck stating that Huck would be willing to host next year's convention in Salt Lake City. Member Phil Porter's proxy statement also stated Porter's willingness to hold next year's convention in Ft. Collins, Colorado. After deliberation, Meyer and Satz (and their proxies) voted to hold next year's convention in Salt Lake City. The dates in August will be at the discretion of Rainer Huck.

Acting president Meyer commended Satz for his find selection of Drexel University (currently celebrating its 100th year of operation) for this year's convention. The classroom used had excellent acoustics and a very large blackboard. Meyer also commended Satz's hospitality in hosting the Saturday night party.

Satz then moved to adjourn. Carried. The business meeting was adjourned at 4:15pm.

Ronald W. Satz Secretary, ISUS

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