Society Business Meeting
San Diego Paradise Point (Princess) Resort
June 23, 1998
Phil Mirkes called the meeting to order at 3:30 PM PT. Approximately
150 members were in attendance.
Report: Bob Seegmiller reported that the Society currently has
811 members, most of whom are regular members. Ninety members (most
of whom are regular members) are delinquent in their dues as of
this date. It was also mentioned that the minutes of Council meetings
can be found on the Website for perusal.
eulogy was given for the members of our Society who had died during
the past year: Franz W Rosa (USFDA), eulogized by Ken Jones; Richard
Blandau (University of Washington) by Tom Shepard, Anthony Lipson
(New Children's Hospital, Sidney Australia) by John Graham, Marie
Taubeneck (University of Davis) by George Daston. It was learned
that Chester Swinyard of California had also passed away. A moment
of silence was given in respect to these individuals.
President's Report: Tony Scialli suggested that Exhibitors'
presence at our meetings benefits the Society in many ways, one
of which is cost reduction to the meetings.
Meeting Update: Tony announced the Keystone meeting, June 28-July
5, 1999. The Continuing Education Course would be held during the
afternoon of June 28 through the morning of the 29th. The meetings
would begin on the afternoon of the 29th and continue to Saturday,
July 3rd. A social program would be held on Sunday July 4th, which
would include family oriented activities. Monday the 5th (a holiday)
would be reserved for travel. To help our planning, Tony asked for
a show of hands who would be going to Keystone. It appeared that
the majority present at the meeting would be attending next year's
meeting, with most of them indicating that they would stay-over
on the 4th. Tony reminded everyone that if we don't meet the room
nights guarantee, we still pay.
President Elect's Report: George Daston mentioned the transition
of management and encouraged everyone to become acquainted with
Nancy Dieter. FASEB has accepted us officially as an associate member.
He mentioned our right to appoint people to PAC committees and attend
biomedical consensus conferences-Elaine Francis and Tom Knudsen
have agreed to represent our Society to FASEB. Our members can now
receive their journal and obtain membership at member rates. George
requested input on future meetings compared to the current meeting.
and Elections Committee: Patty Rodier announced results of election,
VP Elect = Robert Kavlock, Treasurer = John Rogers, Council = David
Committee: Craig Harris reviewed the Continuing Education course.
He mentioned that most of the instructors came from outside the
Society. There were 140 participants, slightly less than last year.
He acknowledged his Committee members and Hoffmann La Roche and
Pfizer for their contributions. Narsingh Agnish of Hoffmann-La Roche
Inc. suggested that a few years hence the Society may want to look
to others for course support in anticipation of his retirement.
Affairs Committee: Jan Friedman gave a brief synopsis on the
Thalidomide symposium. Next year's symposium will be on postmarketing
surveillance of drugs. He mentioned that the Committee is developing
consensus statements on thalidomide treatment, hormone disrupters,
use of high-dose vitamin A, rubella and alcohol consumption in pregnant
Karen Augustine has been in active communication with Wiley-Liss,
Council and the Editor of Teratology. She offered several suggestions
for change (see recent Council IB minutes-Publications).
Report: Elaine Francis showed some elaborate charts indicating
where the revenue and expenses to the Society come from. She indicated
that this year there was $40,000 more income while the expenses
are less than the previous year. Regarding the transition to new
management, she thanked the Executive Office of last year (Eve Kagen
and Carol Lemire) and commended the new management group. Tony Scialli
moved that the Treasurer's report be accepted, Jim Hanson seconded,
motion carried and the Treasurer's report was approved by consensus.
Committee: Karen Filkins reported 37 regular applications, 36
approved; 9 associate applications; and 1 student application. Tony
moved to accept the new applications, George seconded, motion carried.
Much discussion ensued concerning a change in membership status,
i.e. student to associate or full. Karen indicated that this change
in status would require new forms and a change in bylaws. This change
would not require a new letter, just updated CVs plus two sponsors.
In addition, a change in the bylaws is needed permitting emeritus
individuals to have the journal at the base price of the journal.
For further information, see Council IB (June 21, 1998) minutes
in Chief: Lew Holmes discussed the flow of manuscripts, i.e.,
44 were transferred from Tom Sadler, of those submitted since January
1998. Efforts are being made to increase manuscript submission and
letters to the editor. He indicated that support by Wiley Liss has
been good, that he has received positive interaction from them.
Lew discussed the need for potential reviewers; he also discussed
controversies concerning which system should be adopted, i.e., section
editors vs. associate editors. He closed by encouraging submission
to the Journal.
Report: Phil Mirkes mentioned the advances that are being made
in our field, viz., birth defects prevention act, birth defects
initiative, and Societal initiatives, e.g., membership in FASEB
which will buy us legislative clout. He also mentioned the Teratology
Primer for first year medical students and undergraduates that Barbara
Hales has offered to compile and make available first on the Website
and then perhaps in hardcopy.
Phil mentioned our need to interact formally with allied societies
such as SDB and CPCRF, and that this may come to fruition soon.
He briefly touched upon the following issues: Societal Financing
needs improvement, Societal advocacy, Where will the next genertion
of teratologists be trained, Tom Shepard will write a forty-year
history of our Society, Website committee to be thanked (Dave Wise
mentioned that the firewall will be fixed by July and that Webmaster
Bill Landon is to be thanked; on-line abstracts, Council supported
on-line registration; Bob Brent suggested Council be the reviewing
body as to the quality of information put on the Website).
Three amendments were presented to the members present for discussion
and approval. David Beckman, chair of the Constitution and Bylaws
Committee presented the following:
change (underlined) in membership application process: A list
of applicants meeting the requirements for membership will be transmitted
to the Secretary during the first week in February, June, and October.
The lists are transmitted to the membership, who will have thirty
(30) days to respond. Responses shall be reviewed by the Membership
Committee. Its recommendations will be submitted to the Council
for approval. Dues shall be one-half of the annual amount for memberships
beginning July 1st and continuing thereafter.
Bob Brent stated that it will be important to have on-line membership
to look at. This will be put in the newsletter.
The proposed change (see October 17 Council minutes) in mission
statement was discussed. The proposed change in membership application
process and the proposed change in mission statement will be submitted
in a ballot for a membership vote.
change (underlined) in name of Society: This Society shall be known
as the Birth Defects Research Society.
discussion ensued with sentiment highly mixed. James Hanson moved
to table the proposed change and to have this issue considered for
further discussion. The motion carried. Motion to adjourn at 6:20
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