Minutes of the CASLL Annual General Meeting, May 9, 2004

Inkshed 21, Kamloops, BC


Present: Kathryn Alexander, Anne Loxley Baker, Doug Brent, Cindy Carpino, Rick Coe, Jan Duerden, Will Garrett-Petts, Janet Giltrow, Christina Halliday, Wendy Harris, Miriam Horne, Henry Hubert, Anne Hunt, Russ Hunt, Keith Johnson, Sharon Josephson, Jamie MacKinnon, Shurli Makmillen, Kenna Manos, Jane Milton, Ted Morrison, Rachel Nash, David G. Nimmo, Katharine Patterson, Matt Peebles, Krista Percosky, Jane Powell, Lil Rodman, J. Barbara Rose, Pat Saunders, Tania Smith, Stephanie Spehar, Tracy Stewart, Wendy Strachan, Sunny Sun, Tosh Tachino, Tatiana Teslenko, Brenda Thompson, Jacqueline Turner, Kathy Voltan, Bonnie Waterstone, Tracy Whalen, Diana Wegner, Lynne Wiltse, Yaying Zhang (plus two individuals whose signatures could not be deciphered)


Chair: Leslie Saunders


Secretary: Brock MacDonald


1.   The minutes of the Annual General Meeting of May 2003 were approved (moved by Barbara Rose, seconded by Kenna Manos).

 

2.   Kenna Manos presented the Treasurer’s Report:

 

Balance forward from May 8, 2003.........................................2421.99

 

Income: 2003 dues paid at Inkshed 20..................................721.10

 

                 Reimbursement from Inkshed 20

                 start-up costs (profit: 887.56)...................................4887.56

 

                 2004 dues received by May 7..................................81.40


                        Expenses: Travel grants to grad students

                                           Inkshed 20...............................................................759.89


Total income.............................................................................8112.05


                        Total expenses.............................................................................759.89


                        BALANCE.................................................................................7352.16


The Treasurer’s report was approved (moved by Henry Hubert, seconded by Wendy Strachan).


3.   Kenna Manos reminded the graduate students at the conference to apply for the subsidies, and urged all members to encourage grad students in their institutions to consider attending future Inksheds. She also thanked this year’s Organizing Committee for a job well done; general applause.

 

4.   Election of a new Treasurer. Jane Milton volunteered to take the position; there were no other candidates; acclaimed. Leslie Saunders expressed the membership’s thanks to Kenna Manos for the outstanding job she has done in her time as Treasurer.


5.   New Editor for Inkshed Newsletter. Roger and Heather Graves volunteered to take the over editing the Newsletter; there were no other candidates; acclaimed. Jane Milton noted that the call for papers for this year’s Spring issue was sent out on the listserve some time ago, and urged members to contribute. She expressed thanks to Russ Hunt for his assistance with the Newsletter and the CASLL website and listserve. Leslie Saunders thanked Jane for the excellent work she has done as Newsletter Editor, and reminded the membership that Russ is in the process of archiving all the past Newsletter issues in PDF format on-line; Russ added that the complete run will be available soon.


6.   Location and theme for Inkshed 22. Pat Saunders, Kenna Manos and Jane Milton volunteered to host next year’s Inkshed in Halifax. General discussion of a possible theme followed. Russ Hunt suggested that audience role and response was an area that needs attention. Pat Saunders added that this would be particularly important if we focused on professional writing. Jane Milton said that a number of specific questions about defining audience could be our theme. Pat suggested that the phrase “writing for others” might allow us to pull the questions together. Leslie Saunders agreed, and noted that we would want to attend to the effects of class diversity, cultural backgrounds and traditions, and degrees of fluency on various “others;” writing is always “others writing to others.” Shurli Makmillen pointed out that writing can be local, or can function in broader areas or in global terms, and suggested we make use of the phrase “horizons of writing;” she thought that a focus on audience alone would be limiting. After some further general discussion, it was resolved (moved Leslie Saunders, seconded Brock MacDonald) that next year’s organizers would develop the conference call working with all these ideas.

 

7.   Other Business.


The current state of the CASLL Board was discussed; there was no need for new Board members at this time, according to Russ Hunt.

 

Russ reminded everyone of the importance of being on the CASLL listserve, and urged members who have not signed on to do so. Rachel Nash added that a good deal of information about this year’s conference arrangements had only been available to those on the list; problems arose in some cases for those not in the know, so she urged people to avoid this in future by signing on.


      8. The meeting was adjourned (moved by Jamie MacKinnon, seconded by Miriam Horne).