Society Business Meeting
West Palm Beach, Florida
Daston called the meeting to order at 4:40 PM. Approximately 100
members were in attendance. A motion to accept the minutes of the
previous business meeting was made by Dave Kochhar, seconded by
Dave Wise, and approved by those in attendance.
Report - George Daston
Outgoing members of Council were acknowledged: Tony Scialli as Past-President,
Rick Finnell as Council member, and Bob Seegmiller as Secretary.
George touched on five matters of business: fund raising, management,
annual meeting planning, journal negotiations, and the logo. He
mentioned the improved quality of the business office, fund raising
efforts by several individuals, the Society's identity crisis has
been resolved in that we have a new logo, enrollment of sustaining
membership is up, we have fulfilled our obligation to the hotel.
With regard to administrative services, we have approved continuation
for 18 months with a 3% increase in the budget. Meeting planning
by Clarissa Wilson is going well; she is working hard to make things
come under budget. The status of our journal is looking healthy;
it will allow publications of both members and non-members. We are
still in the process of negotiating a contract with Wiley. The Society
membership is not growing the way we would it like.
President's Report - Bob Kavlock
Bob mentioned that the annual meeting is the lifeblood of our Society
and that attendance at all sessions is good. A well-defined budget
was developed for the meeting; the Genomics Satellite meeting was
designed by Phil Mirkes and has excellent enrollment.
President-Elect/Site Selection Report - Jan Friedman
On June 23-28, 2001 we will meet in Montreal for our annual meeting.
On June 22-26, 2002 we will beet in Arizona at the Scottsdale Princess
Report - Bob Seegmiller
Membership in the Society has remained somewhat constant; however,
there are concerns that a significant number of members have not
paid their dues for the years 1999 and 2000. With regard to the
Newsletter, the cost of publishing has been significantly reduced
due to its online publication.
Report - John Rogers
John mentioned that we are $38,000 to the good Fy99, and that we
are looking at a couple of CDs for better interest rate. Tonia and
John have been asked to move some checking reserve over to CDs.
Overall good news is that the budget looks healthy.
Question: is it reasonable to put checking moneys into money market
accounts. Response: Legg Mason will allow us to put our money into
such accounts, and draw it out with a service charge.
by Elaine Faustman concerning having a nest egg to cover two possible
unsuccessful years of meetings. John said the reserve was not intended
to be just a disaster fund.
asked, what was the main cause of the previous losses. Response:
with our new business office, we don't have to rely solely on the
judgement of the President of the Society for decisions. We are
now negotiating better contracts with hotels, etc. There is now
confidence in the new administration and in having real budgets
for every aspect of our meetings. In the past, the general administrative
costs were in the red.
Kimmel moved to accept the budget, Bill Slikker seconded it, and
the motion carried.
Update - Tom Knudsen
We have the "listening ear" of FASEB, which is our way
to get to congress. NIH is undergoing reorganization of the study
process in teratology.
- George Dearlove
Council approved the purchase of a tabletop display to be sent to
the Society of Toxicology, etc; it would be put up in a rented space
to advertise for the Society. During the coming year, we plan to
send the booth to two meetings.
Elaine Faustman. Are the demographic of the Society's members known?
Response: a study is underway to determine that.
and Elections Committee Report - Bob Clark
Bob announced the election results: new Council Member is Melissa
Tessinari, new Vice President Elect is Bill Slikker, and new Secretary
is George Dearlove.
Kok-way Hew reported that this year's course was received well,
and that the committee is still in discussion about topics for next
year. Hew will chair the committee in the coming year, with Donna
Farmer as secretary.
Awards will be presented at the Wilson Luncheon; Pfizer, MARTA and
MTA will provide the funds for the student mixer.
Affairs Report - Ken Jones
Two position papers, viz., thalidomide and ETOH are in press or
in progress; the public affairs symposium this year is on the developmental
risks of herbal and alternative medications. Jan F. testified before
the FDA on the risks using of alternative medicines during pregnancy.
site Committee Report - Dave Wise
Dave mentioned the improved navigation on the web site and requested
input, involvement and suggestions from the society membership.
Next year we plan to be able to online register, pay dues, etc.
by Alan Fantell concerning the web-board discussion forum. Response:
policy is in place to deal with this issue.
Wise is stepping down as web master, to be replaced by Bob Veneziale.
Editor - Lew Holmes
The journal is receiving a more variety of articles and has exceeded
the number of pages allocated. The Warkany lecture will now be published.
A more efficient paper-path has been developed to expedite submission.
Online submission will soon be available.
summaries will be published, and the chairs need to hold to a strict
timeline such that summary reports will appear before the next year's
has offered to produce 20 color plates per year, with a cost of
$500 for additional color pages.
requested help in soliciting papers for publication.
Committee Report - Bill Slikker
Karen Augustine coordinated the Wiley Liss Symposium.
regard to marketing of the journal, Rebecca Morton of Wiley is working
hard to improve visibility of the journal. Exposure will come from
advertising, exhibits, and the web.
Publication Award---thanks was given to Bill Scott and Harriet
and By-Laws Committee Report - Deb Hansen
The intent of the committee was to correct deficiencies in the Constitution
and to make it state things the way they really are.
A discussion of the proposed changes ensued.
Hood suggested that the executive director is paid by the management
group, not by the society, George acknowledged this important correction.
Beck asked why we should change the word majority to plurality.
Response: the change will allow us to deal with a situation where
a write-in-vote might cause the person receiving the most votes
to have less than 50% of total votes.
Kimmel questioned the phrase contractual and suggested that it should
read legal advice. Response: Important recommendation.
increase-George reported that Council had received a request
from Wiley to increase the subscription rate for the journal by
$11, beginning in January 2001. He indicated that Council was in
favor of proposing to the membership that we increase dues by $11
to cover the cost. George reminded the members that the subscription
rate had not been increased since prior to 1994, and that the $11
increase represented a 3% annual increase for Wiley, which is in
line with inflation rate over the past seven years.
was moved and seconded to raise membership dues for regular, associate,
combined and student members by $11. After discussion, the motion
Clarke Fraser moved to adjourn; Bob Kavlock seconded. Meeting adjourned
at 5:45 PM.
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