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  • Minutes of the Business Meeting Charles Sanders Peirce SocietyFriday January 5, 2018 2018 Eastern APA, Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA

[as approved on January 8, 2019]

Richard Kenneth Atkins chaired the meeting and called it to order at 11:20 a.m.

1. Approval of Minutes of the 2017 Meeting

The minutes were approved by all those in attendance, excepting one abstention.

2. Report from the Executive Committee

Richard Kenneth Atkins delivered the following report on behalf of the Executive Committee:

The Executive Committee of the Charles S. Peirce Society met on November 18, 2017, at the Boston Fairmont Copley Hotel. The meeting began at 7:05 a.m. Present were Robert Cummings Neville, Richard Kenneth Atkins, Gesche Linde, and Michael Raposa. Sending their regrets were Rossella Fabbrichesi, Cornelis de Waal, Jerôme Vogel, and Aaron Wilson.

1. Review of the Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting

In the past year, the Peirce Society made live a new website (designed by Jerôme Vogel), consolidated and migrated its email list, secured a new email address (, made improvements to the tracking of membership by receiving monthly updates from Indiana University Press, began sending a biannual newsletter, organized sessions at the AAR and Pacific APA, designed and instituted policies to budget and distribute monies in the support of scholarship, and designed and instituted policies for judging the Peirce Essay Prize.

2. Constitutional Amendments

The Executive Committee reviewed the proposed constitutional amendments submitted by the Ad Hoc Committee. The committee agreed to bring the following amendments forward at the next Annual General Meeting in Savannah, GA.

Amendment One: Article V, Paragraph 2, Sentences i and ii:

  1. a. Currently reads: In consultation with the Executive Committee, the President shall appoint a Website Committee, consisting of a webmaster, who shall serve as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee, and other members as appropriate. The [End Page 89] President, the Secretary-Treasurer, and an Editor of the Society's journal shall be ex officio members of this Committee.

  2. b. Proposed Amendment: There shall be a standing Outreach Committee the chair of which will be the Webmaster and Outreach Officer and the other members of which will be the President, Secretary-Treasurer, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Society's journal. The Outreach Committee will be responsible for updating and maintaining any and all social media accounts of the Society. It will produce an email bulletin biannually for the purpose of communicating information about the activities of the Society, recent scholarship related to Peirce, and any other news that might be pertinent to advancing the purpose of the Society as stated in Article I.

Amendment Two: Article IX, Heading:

  1. a. Currently reads: Annual Essay Contest

  2. b. Proposed Amendment: Support for Peirce Scholarship

Amendment Three: Article IX

Proposed Amendment: New Paragraph at start of Article IX:

In accordance with the purpose set forth in Article I, the Society shall endeavor to support scholarship on Peirce. Each calendar year, the Executive Committee will allocate as much money as is prudent for the support of scholarship. The monies shall be distributed first for the essay contest and second for the further support of Peirce scholarship.

Amendment Four: Article IX

Proposed Amendment: New Paragraph at the end of Article IX:

The Executive Committee may, at its discretion, provide further financial support for Peirce scholarship, provided that (i) availability of funds is made publicly known on the Society's website and in a letter or email to Society members and (ii) any monies awarded be awarded according to a fair and transparent process.

At the 2019 Annual General Meeting in New York City, NY, the Executive Committee agreed to bring forward amendments pertaining to the structure of the Executive Committee. In particular, the Executive Committee agreed to (a) have the outgoing president serve a third year in ex officio capacity as Past President, (b) divide the Secretary and Treasurer positions, (c) make the Secretary position an Executive Director position. The Executive Committee decided against requiring the Nominating Committee to present at least two candidates for any position, but notes that the constitution presently allows for additional nominees not presented by the Nominating Committee. [End...


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