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  • Minutes of the 2019 Business Meeting Charles S. Peirce Society Tuesday January 8, 2019 2019 Eastern APA, New York City, NY

[as approved on January 8, 2020]

The Annual General Meeting of the Charles S. Peirce Society was held at the Sheraton New York Times Square in New York City on January 8, 2019. Rossella Fabbrichesi chaired the meeting and called it to order at 4:00 p.m.

1. Approval of Minutes of the 2018 Meeting

Minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting were distributed prior to the meeting. The minutes were unanimously approved.

2. Report from the Executive Committee

Richard Kenneth Atkins submitted the following report:

The Executive Committee met on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7:00 a.m. Central Standard Time. Participating were Richard Kenneth Atkins, Gesche Linde, and Michael Raposa in Denver, CO, and Rossella Fabbrichesi, Ahti Veikko-Pietarinen, and Aaron Wilson by teleconference.

1. Review of Minutes from 2018 Annual General Meeting

The committee began by reviewing the minutes from the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

2. Constitutional Amendments

In 2014, the Executive Committee struck an ad hoc committee to consider ways in which the constitution might be amended so as to improve continuity of leadership and international participation. Last year, several amendments were made. This year, we considered the following four proposals:

  1. a. To Make Outgoing President an Ex Officio Member: The Executive Committee agreed to proceed with this amendment to improve continuity of leadership.

  2. b. Divide Secretary-Treasurer: As the responsibilities of the Treasurer are minimal, the Executive Committee decided to table this amendment until we gain greater clarity regarding the Society’s aims to establish its status as a non-profit organization.

  3. c. Make Secretary-Treasurer the Executive Director: The Executive Committee agreed to move forward with this amendment to more accurately reflect the responsibilities of the Secretary-Treasurer. [End Page 119]

  4. d. Allow for/Mandate Electronic Voting: The Executive Committee agreed to move forward with this amendment to improve participation in the Society.

3. Membership Options

Presently, one becomes a member of the Society by subscribing to the journal. However, as many persons access the journal through their libraries, they do not become members of the Society. We considered whether we might expand the options for membership and decided to consult our current legal and fiduciary responsibilities with respect to Indiana University Press before proceeding with further discussion.

The Executive Committee also agreed to waive the membership dues of Michael Shapiro at his request.

4. Funding for Scholarship

Per guidelines established previously, the Executive Committee agreed to set aside two-thirds of the Society’s 2019 income to support Peirce scholarship in 2020, including the Peirce Essay Prize. This amounts to $4,798.40.

5. Nominating Committee

The President of the Society, in consultation with the Executive Committee, decided on Robert Cummings Neville, Claudio Paolucci, and Arnold Oostra to serve on the nominating committee.

6. Seeking Non-Profit Status for the Peirce Society

The Charles S. Peirce Society is not an incorporated non-profit. Last year, the Executive Committee agreed to seek non-profit status. This year, it agreed to strike an ad hoc committee empowered to draft the articles of incorporation in the state of Indiana, draft the 1023 EZ form to submit to the IRS, and to draft bylaws for the Society. The Executive Committee also approved funds to cover the cost of filing fees. The first order of business for 2019 will be to get this effort underway.

7. Role of the Society Relative to Other Peirce-Related Endeavors, such as the Peirce Edition Project and SPIN

The Peirce Society has been and remains neutral with respect to other Peirce-related endeavors. Recently, members of the Executive Committee have grown concerned about the status of the Peirce Edition Project as it has been several years since a volume appeared and some of the persons still listed as on the board are deceased. It was decided to draft a letter to encourage the work of the Peirce Edition Project. [End Page 120]

8. Other Business

The Executive Committee agreed to hold the Annual General Meeting in 2020 in conjunction with the Eastern APA.

Respectfully submitted,
Richard Kenneth Atkins

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