CASLL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
MAHONE BAY, NOVA SCOTIA
MAY 10, 1998
Present: Marcy Bauman, Ann Beer, Nancy Carlman, Mary-Louise Craven, Susan Drain, Patricia Golubev, Michelle
Forrest, Betty Holmes, Lynn Holmes, Anne Hunt, 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.
- 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).
- 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; carried. 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.
- Financial Officer (Kenna Manos): Kenna circulated a financial statement and reported that no funds had been
spent this year because the University of Manitoba had subsidized the duplicating and mailing costs of the newsletter.
After discussion, it was moved by Betty Holmes and seconded by Nancy Carlman that $1000 from the CASLL balance
be set aside for distribution to subsidize attendance at the Inkshed 15 conference by graduate students and the
underemployed, at the discretion of the financial officer, with applications to be made by June 1, 1998. Carried.
- Inkshed Publications (Sandy Baardman): Sandy reported that no new publications have come out since 1997. Because
the University of Manitoba no longer subsidizes the publications, there will be no new publications until the Inkshed
Publications account (separate from the regular Inkshed/CASLL account) has built up enough money. The account currently
stands at $3858.68. There are no immediate plans to issue a call for publications.
- Inkshed Newsletter: Russ Hunt conveyed regrets from the current editors Amanda Goldrick-Jones and Janice Freeman
that they could not be at the Inkshed 15 conference. He reported their message that they felt unable to produce
more than three issues a year of the newsletter. They also raised the question whether they should delete from
the membership list those who had not paid the CASLL membership fee for 1998. The former editor Mary-Louise Craven
encouraged them to do so. Discussion ensued about the possibility of replacing the print form of the newsletter
with an online electronic form. Members noted that although the Web site and the CASLL newsgroup were useful to
publicize news such as the yearly conference call, a print form was still convenient, necessary as a record, and
useful to gain attention from non-members. After considerable discussion, the "sense of the house" was
expressed that a September issue of the newsletter was needed as one means of publicizing the conference call.
The conference organizers for 1999 offered to supply text for that call to the newsletter editors and help them
put together the issue. It was suggested that members should consider submitting print versions of their conference
papers for inclusion in the newsletter, partly as a way of publicizing the nature of the conference. Russ Hunt
offered to put together (via e-mail) a conference report about Inkshed 15.
- Discussion of plans for the Inkshed 16 conference, May 1999: Jane Ledwell-Brown and Ann Beer announced to general
acclaim that they would 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 to attract international and first-nation participants the conference might
consider the topic of how English is taught in other parts of the world. A request was made for more reading time,
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
- Discussion arose about the possibility of joining with the Canadian Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
and the Canadian Association for the Study of Rhetoric for a special joint 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.
- Thanks and a standing ovation were offered to the conference organizers for Inkshed 15, Susan Drain, Jane Milton,
and Kenna Manos.
- Motion to adjourn: moved by Susan Drain, seconded by Stan Straw; carried.
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