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Minutes of the American Society of Church History council meeting.

March 31, 2005

Present: Dale Johnson, Robin Jensen *, Everett Ferguson, Jan Shipps, Mark Noll, Amanda Porterfield, John Corrigan, Cecilia Murray *, Barbara Brown Zikmund, Charles Lippy, Keith Francis *, Ken Minkema. Thomas Kselman * arrived late, delayed by weather.

* = Council member

1. Minutes of January 2005 meeting approved.

2. Church History Report. Noting an encouraging "spurt" in submissions from December through March of 22 manuscripts and the impending publication of a longer essay by Douglas Winiarski on Jonathan Edwards's early radicalism during the Great Awakening based on new documents, the following report was received from editors Corrigan and Porterfield and approved:

3. Executive Secretary Report. Kenneth Minkema reported that he has commissioned a web consultant to design a new ASCH website. Members of Council are asked to view the preliminary site (www. smdbetasite) and give feedback. The new website will hopefully be operational by the end of April.

An ASCH archive exists at PCUSA Dept. of History in Philadelphia. JS stated that someone should do a history of ASCH--"there's a good story there" of the transition of the Society. A notice for the ASCH archive will be posted on the website. KM will contact archivist and ask for an inventory, if available.

A contract was signed with ATLSerials renewing online publication of CH, on a nonexclusive basis. This should yield about $2250 annually in revenue sharing.

An Identity Committee has tentatively been formed, consisting so far of Jan Shipps, Mark Toulouse, Randi Walker, and Kathryn Lofton. Other names suggested were John Wilson, Anthea Butler, and Eugene Lowe. (During conference, Barbara Brown Zikmund and Peter Williams indicated interest.) JS suggested that a survey on the society's name/identity could be included in a general 25-year survey, which is due anyway, to be sent by mail and online. KM will search for other members and report with full committee roster.

4. ACLS. Charles Lippy and Ken Minkema will attend meeting in Philadelphia this year.

5. Committee Reports

A. Membership. No report. Exec. Comm. will meet with Membership Comm. at meeting in two days.

B. Nominating. Dennis Dickerson, chair of Nominating, has forwarded nomination of John van Engen of Notre Dame as president-elect for 2006. The nomination was approved. Exec. Comm. will act on this nomination with remainder of slate in November.

C. Research. Jon Roberts sent report announcing Brewer Prize of 2005 for James Opp, Carleton University, "The Lord for the Body: Religion, Medicine, and Protestant Faith in Canada, 1880-1930," McGill-Queen's UP. Also, 40 submissions have been received for Schaff Prize.

D. Finance. Ongoing efforts include locating a potential investment counselor and drafting an investment policy. Report on Endowments submitted by chair Mark Toulouse identified about $142,000 in restricted prize funds. Recommendations for prize amounts: Brewer, from $1,000 to $1,500; Outler, from $1,000 to $5,000, divided evenly between book award and fellowship; Mead, from $250 to $300; Douglass and Schaff to remain same. (See New Business, below.)

E. Program Policy. No report.

F. Conferences

1. Winter 2005. MN submitted a report, from which he had two suggestions: have luncheons for graduate students, possibly hosted by a senior scholar; have only one Sunday morning time slot in the interest of generating more attendance.

2. Winter 2006. JS reported that the Call for Papers was generating good response. Conference is to focus on four areas: Christianities and Modernities, Christianities and Governments, Genre/Narrative, and work of individual scholars.

3. Spring 2007, Salt Lake City. Steve Olsen will be program chair and is assembling diverse committee.

G. Other Committees

1. Membership. KF reported that Membership is continuing to investigate ways to attract new members; to retain members, particularly graduate students; to improve services for independent scholars; and to make ASCH more attractive for younger scholars. RJ queried whether these issues were connected to identity/name issues. KF felt they are, and that we need a name change and/or a better explanation of what we are.

4. Old Business. None raised.

5. New Business.

Spring 2005 Conference. The Council approved a motion to thank George Shriver and his committee for organizing the Spring 2005 conference, and to thank Prof. Shriver for paying for an organ concert as part of the proceedings.

JS indicated that the Schaff Prize has no dedicated funds; the award is made out of the general fund. Motion approved to have undesignated contributions go toward Schaff endowment until amount reaches $10,000. KM will draft new forms for website and printed materials including contribution and bequest lines and send to Finance Comm. for approval.

KF also raised the issue of development. Stephanie Rogers has indicated an interest in approaching foundations for funds to assist the Society in various ways. Council approved offer to begin development initiative.

Report on Endowments. The following motions were approved:

1. to accept (with many thanks) the report on prize values provided by Prof. Toulouse;

2. to accept the statement on restricted endowments as found on p. 6 of the report and to use them to provide itemized endowment reports to the Society starting with the next annual meeting;

3. to accept proposed levels for each prize, excepting the Outler Prize;

4. to accept a division of the recommended annual spending of $5000 from the Outler funds into $1500 for a book award and $3500 for a fellowship, pending examination of deed of gift and/or consultation with family.

DJ noted that giving a fellowship meant implementing a number of measures, including a separate committee, a jury process, defining criteria, and so forth. The Research Committee will have to be consulted.

KM inquired about terms of Brewer Prize. What if the winner already has a book contract? Does the money still go to the press? Ideally, the award should go to the winner, who can then dispense it the press as needed. KM will check terms of Brewer Prize.
 02-03 03-04 04-05
ASCH BUDGET Actual Actual Projected

REVENUE
Member dues 59,790 52,640 60,986
Conference Receipts 4,595
Subscriptions 83,123 85,437 84,785
Advertising 3,900 5,350 3,978
Sale of copies 1,077 490 1,099
Member list 250 1,075 500
Reprints 200 250 200
Misc. receipts 1,175 3,126 1,199
Interest 7,289 300 7,435
Royalties 9,362 5,471 9,549
JSTOR share 0 0
Gain on investment 2,407 2,900 9,509
Total Revenue 168,573 161,635 179,240

 7-11/04 05-06
ASCH BUDGET Actual Projected

REVENUE
Member dues 3,375 59,500
Conference Receipts 2,663 10,000
Subscriptions 9,053 85,000
Advertising 6,100 5,500
Sale of copies 0 500
Member list 250 1,000
Reprints 0 250
Misc. receipts 82 3,000
Interest 0 0
Royalties 519.62 5,500
JSTOR share 0 2,000
Gain on investment 11,911
Total Revenue 22,042 184,161

 02-03 03-04 04-05
EXPENSES Actual Actual Projected

CHURCH HISTORY--FSU
Editorial Staff 35,569
 Coordinating Editors 7,500
Sen. Grad Ass't 3,294 10,500
Grad. Ass't 13,653 0
 Book Review Ed. 3,649 3,000
 Copy Editor 14,286 15,000
 Office Assistant 193 0
 Data Entry Assistant 0 0
Printing & Distribution 58,340
 Science Press 50,295 50,000
 Photos/Maps 0 2,000
 Mailing 8,200 6,000
Travel & Training
 Training at Cadmus
 Press 797 1,000
 Grad. Ass't Training 1,100
 Editors' Travel to
 ASCH mtg 1,758 3,000
 Sen. Grad. Ass't-Ann.
 Mtg. 815 800
Office
 Supplies 1,442 1,200
 Postage 465 3,600
 Photocopying 64 600
Technology
 Computer
 Depreciation 500
 Scanner Depreciation 100
 Printer Depreciation 333
 Repairs 1,000
 FSU maintenance fee 500
Consultants /Hospitality 1,000
Moving Costs 1,114

Subtotal 93,909 100,024 108,733


 7-11/04 05-06
EXPENSES Actual Projected

CHURCH HISTORY--FSU
Editorial Staff
 Coordinating Editors 7,500
Sen. Grad Ass't 4,040 10,800
Grad. Ass't 0 0
 Book Review Ed. 1,616 3,300
 Copy Editor 6,060 16,500
 Office Assistant 0 0
 Data Entry Assistant 0 0
Printing & Distribution
 Science Press 25,771.00 51,000
 Photos/Maps 0 2,000
 Mailing 4,000 6,000
Travel & Training
 Training at Cadmus
 Press 0 1,000
 Grad. Ass't Training 0 1,100
 Editors' Travel to
 ASCH mtg 0 3,000
 Sen. Grad. Ass't-Ann.
 Mtg. 0 800
Office
 Supplies 368 1,200
 Postage 375 3,600
 Photocopying 0 600
Technology
 Computer
 Depreciation 0 500
 Scanner Depreciation 0 100
 Printer Depreciation 0 333
 Repairs 0 1,000
 FSU maintenance fee 0 500
Consultants /Hospitality 0 1,000
Moving Costs 2,500

Subtotal 44,731 111,833

 02-03 03-04 04-05
YDS Actual Actual Projected

Executive Secretary 19,500
 Salary 12,106 13,000
 Travel--ASCH 2,074 2,500
 Travel--ASCH-related 176 2,000
Ass't to Exec. Secretary 7,500
 Salary 3,722 5,325
 Travel 441 2,175
Postage & Supplies 15,067 3,163 15,368
Legal Fees 2,300 2,520 2,346
Payroll Taxes 6,806 6,942
 Federal--Employee 6,173
 Federal--ASCH 6,173
 NJ State 1,008
 CT State 173
Computer Hardware/
 Software 1,656 0 1,689
Website 1,205
Telephone 1,008 697 0
Workmen's Comp.
 Insurance 475 8 485
Penalty & Interest 0 0 0
Depreciation 0 0 0
Bank Charges 0 0 0
 People's Commercial
 Acc't
 Bank1 Online
 Merchant Acc't
License & Fees 10 0 10
Copyright 150 30 120
Refunds & Cancellations 0 291 325
Subtotal 54,472 39,961 52,285

 7-11/04 05-06
YDS Actual Projected

Executive Secretary
 Salary 4,754 13,293
 Travel--ASCH 365 2,500
 Travel--ASCH-related 0 1,000
Ass't to Exec. Secretary
 Salary 934.84 5,455
 Travel 269.4 2,000
Postage & Supplies 25 1,000
Legal Fees 0 2,500
Payroll Taxes
 Federal--Employee 2,325 6,500
 Federal--ASCH
 NJ State 16 0
 CT State 345 900
Computer Hardware/
 Software 0 1,700
Website 90 200
Telephone 0 0
Workmen's Comp.
 Insurance 0 500
Penalty & Interest 0 0
Depreciation 0 0
Bank Charges
 People's Commercial
 Acc't 13 200
 Bank1 Online
 Merchant Acc't 76 1,500
License & Fees 10
Copyright 75 120
Refunds & Cancellations 0 325
Subtotal 9,289 39,703

CONFERENCES/ 02-03 03-04 04-05
OUTREACH Actual Actual Projected

Spring Conf. Fees 7,387 5,250 7,535
Winter Conf. Fees 8,116 0
Advertising 5,263 0 5,368
 AHA 3,000 0
 ACLS 990 0
Prizes & Awards 3,000 1,523 3,000
Student Travel Grants
Travel (Council) 599 0 611
Lodging 958 208 0
Conference Programs 0 2,584 1,718

Subtotal 17,207 21,670 18,232
Total Expenses $165,588 $161,635 179,240

CONFERENCES/ 7-11/04 05-06
OUTREACH Actual Projected

Spring Conf. Fees 0 5,500
Winter Conf. Fees 8,000
Advertising 0 2,000
 AHA 0 3,000
 ACLS 0 1,000
Prizes & Awards 0 3,000
Student Travel Grants 2,500
Travel (Council) 0 625
Lodging 0 1,000
Conference Programs 5,913 6,000

Subtotal 5,913 32,625
Total Expenses 59,933 184,161

CONFERENCES/ 02-03 03-04 04-05
OUTREACH Actual Actual Projected

Assets
Schwab: 3362-7872
 Cash & Money Market
 Funds 12,852.53
 TIAA-CREFF Bond
 Plus Fund 31,246.48
 Berwyn Income Fund 11,159.62
 Clipper Fund 35,108.24
 Cohen & Steers Realty
 Shares 41,527.60
Total 117,088 131,894.47

Growth 14,806.47 12.60%
Schwab: 3369-5872
 Schwab Money
 Market Funds 2,753.02
 Schwab Value
 Advantage 25,816.80
 TIAA-CREF Bond Plus
 Fund 31,246.48
 American Century
 Ultra Fund 31,743.33
 Excelsior Value Fund 37,923.29
Total 115,503 129,684.32

Growth 14,181.32 12.30%
Amboy/People's
 Accounts
 Amboy Bank--
 Checking 34,207
 Amboy Bank--
 6-mo. CD 25,000
 People's Bank--
 Commercial 56,965
Total Assets 291,798 318,544.13

CONFERENCES/ 7-11/04 05-06
OUTREACH Actual Projected

Assets
Schwab: 3362-7872
 Cash & Money Market
 Funds 13,807.33
 TIAA-CREFF Bond
 Plus Fund 30,322.94
 Berwyn Income Fund 11,809.32
 Clipper Fund 35,855.48
 Cohen & Steers Realty
 Shares 50,250.88
Total 142,045.95

Growth 10,151.48 7.70%
Schwab: 3369-5872
 Schwab Money
 Market Funds 3,493.67
 Schwab Value
 Advantage 25,937.09
 TIAA-CREF Bond Plus
 Fund 30,322.94
 American Century
 Ultra Fund 32,128.23
 Excelsior Value Fund 41,465.03
Total 133,346.96

Growth 3,662.64 2.80%
Amboy/People's
 Accounts
 Amboy Bank--
 Checking
 Amboy Bank--
 6-mo. CD
 People's Bank--
 Commercial
Total Assets
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