The Business Meeting was called to order by the Society's President, Dr. Robert Williams, at approximately 6:20 p.m.
Dr. Ardis Collins presented the Treasurerâs Report, which showed that (since October 1998) the Society's balance brought forward was $22,503.28. Its new current balance stands at-$24,939.15, with its total actual assets at $28,673.39. Since October 1998, the Society's total revenues were $36,452.70 and its total pay-outs were $34,016.83. As part of her Report, the Treasurer expressed the Societyâs gratitude to Loyola University of Chicago for its ongoing help in sustaining the Owl of Minerva, and to Jeffrey Pine for his pro bono legal (trademark) work on behalf of the Society. The legal work was necessary, since -- without securing a trademark -- the Society ran the risk of losing its right to continue using the journal title, the "Owl of Minerva."
At the conclusion of the Treasurer's Report, the following motions were voted on and passed:
BE IT RESOLVED: That the annual membership dues to be paid by retired/emeritus members of the Hegel Society of America be lowered to the amount paid by student members, which shall be $10 per year (raised from the previous amount of $8 per year).Next, the membership considered the status of the Hegel Society's e-mail discussion group, authorized by the membership at the 1998 biennial meeting, and managed by Dr. Daniel Shannon of Depauw University. After some discussion regarding the e-mail group's limited use, and limited usefulness to members, the following resolution was voted on and passed:
BE IT RESOLVED: That the President of the Hegel Society of America send a letter to the relevant office(s) at Loyola University of Chicago to thank Loyola for its help in sustaining the Owl of Minerva.
BE IT RESOLVED: That the President of the Hegel Society of America send a letter of thanks to Jeffrey Pine for his pro bono legal work on behalf of the Society.
BE IT RESOLVED: That the President of the Hegel Society of America send a letter to the relevant office(s) at Fordham University to thank Fordham for hosting the 2000 Biennial Meeting.
BE IT RESOLVED: That the Hegel Society's e-mail discussion group, managed by Daniel Shannon, shall be terminated when the Society's current service contract for this discussion group expires.Next, suggestions for the theme of the HSA conference in the year 2000 were solicited, and a vote was taken. The theme of the 2002 conference was determined to be: Hegel and Language. Then, John Russon invited the Society to hold its 2002 Biennial Meeting in State College, PA, with the Pennsylvania State University as the host institution. The membership voted to accept the invitation, and also voted to accepted an offer (made by Martin Donougho) to consider the University of South Carolina as the back-up host institution for 2002, in the event that plans for the 2002 meeting at Penn State do not materialize.
Finally, elections were held for Officers and Councillors. The results of the elections (announced later at the Society's banquet) were as follows: President: David Kolb; Vice-President: Jere Surber; Councillors: Will Dudley and Kevin Thompson (to replace outgoing Councillors John McCumber and Jere Surber).
The Business Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:55 p.m.
Michael Baur, HSA Secretary