Minutes of the Annual General Meeting,
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, May 10, 1998
PRESENT: Sandy Baardman, Marcy Bauman, Ann Beer, Nancy Carlman, Mary-Louise Craven, Susan Drain, Patricia Golubev, Michelle Forrest, Betty Holmes, Lynn Holmes, Russ Hunt, Mary Kooy, Nan Johnson, Jane Ledwell-Brown, Victoria Littman, Brock MacDonald, Kenna Manos, Jane Milton, Thom Parkhill, Margaret Procter, Pat Sadowy, Barbara Rose, Leslie Sanders, Tania Smith, Stan Straw, Dorothy Turner, Kathy Voltan.
1. Minutes: moved by Stan Straw, seconded by Mary-Louise Craven, and carried: to approve the minutes of the fourth annual general meeting (Geneva Park, Ontario, May 1997).
2. Election: Nominated as members-at-large for a three-year term: Margaret Procter, Patricia Golubev, Stan Straw, Mary Kooy. Moved by Russ Hunt and seconded by Ann Beer that Laura Atkinson be appointed returning officer for this election. The returning officer marked and counted the ballots. On finding votes for two candidates tied, she suggested that all four be accepted as members-at-large. Stan Straw moved acceptance of this suggestion, seconded by Kenna Manos; carried.
4. Discussion of plans for the Inkshed 16 conference, May 1999: Jane Ledwell-Brown and Ann Beer announced to general acclaim that they would plan to host the 1999 conference in or near Montreal on a theme such as "Cultural Interfaces: Written, Oral, Visual." The conference would also continue the ethics theme from this year's conference. In discussion, members suggested that the organization should try to overcome its own lack of diversity in membership, and might consider the topic of how English is taught in other parts of the world in order to attract international and first-nation participants. A request was made for more reading time within the conference, with the suggestion that people should include a brief note to introduce the readings they brought. A suggestion was also made that potential participants should realize they did not have to present. Poster papers or five-minute presentations might be encouraged. Members also suggested ways to explain to new participants what Inkshed conferences are about.
Discussion arose about the possibility of joining with the Canadian Association of Teachers of Technical Writing and the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric for a future conference, as suggested in the Canadian caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Members expressed only moderate enthusiasm, citing the importance of maintaining inkshedding as central to the conference.
6. Thanks and a standing ovation were offered to the conference organizers for Inkshed 15: Susan Drain, Jane Milton, and Kenna Manos.
7. Motion to adjourn: moved by Susan Drain, seconded by Stan Straw; carried.
(Minutes taken by Margaret Procter)