Yaman Barlas (President Elect), John D. W. Morecroft (Past President), Alexander L. Pugh, III (Vice President - Finance), Michael J. Radzicki (Secretary), George P. Richardson (President)
David F. Andersen, Robert Eberlein, Saburo Kameyama, Frank Maier, Michiya Morita, Graham Winch, Showing Young
Deborah Andersen, Paal Davidsen, David Ford, Raymond Harbridge, Peter Milling, Julie Pugh, Santanu Roy, Habib Sedehi, Roberta L. Spencer (Executive Director)
The meeting was called to order at 5:44 PM by President Richardson.
|Report of the Vice President - Finance: Jack Pugh reported that, once again, the financial position of the Society is strong. He handed out and summarized a financial report that he had prepared for the Council. The main highlight of the report is that, under the cash method of accounting, the Society incurred an $8,700 loss during the fiscal year. Under the accrual method of accounting, however, the Society realized a $55,000 excess of revenues over costs during the fiscal year. The cash basis loss was incurred because the Society paid for the 1997 operation of its principal office during the 1996 fiscal year, and because the revenue from the 1996 conference was posted to the Society's books in 1997. The cash method was used to create the financial report for tax purposes. Pugh pointed out that this accounting technique is perfectly legal and conforms to generally accepted accounting principles.
|Proposal to Host the 1999 Conference. Raymond Harbridge, Director of the Graduate School of Business & Government Management at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, put forth a proposal to host the 1999 system dynamics conference. Highlights of his proposal include:
After Harbridge's presentation Graham Winch moved and Frank Maier seconded a motion that "the Graduate School of Business & Government Management at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand be awarded the 1999 system dynamics conference."
A discussion of the motion the ensued. The two main points made by the discussants were that:
After substantial discussion, the issue was temporarily resolved when Jack Pugh moved and Bob Eberlein seconded a motion to: "table the motion to award the 1999 conference to New Zealand." The motion passed five to one.
President Richardson asked Harbridge when he had to know who had been awarded the 1999 conference. Harbridge said that October 1, 1997 was his deadline. Richardson promised that the Council would untable the motion, discuss it over the internet, vote on it, and inform Harbridge, prior to the October 1, 1997 deadline.
|1999 Slate of Candidates. Past President John Morecroft announced that the Nominating Committee had arrived at a 1999 slate of candidates and a slate of candidates to replace Society officers who had recently resigned.
In terms of replacement officers, John Morecroft moved and Jack Pugh seconded a motion that: "David Andersen replace Jack Pugh as Vice President - Finance (1996-1998) and Bob Eberlein replace Geoff Coyle as Vice President - Meetings (1998-2000)." The motion passed unanimously.
Again, in terms of replacement officers, John Morecroft moved and Bob Eberlein seconded a motion that: "Eric Wolstenholme replace David Lane as Vice President - Publications (1997-1999)." A short discussion followed this motion. John Morecroft pointed out that Wolstenholme was somewhat hesitant about accepting the job, due to a perceived lack of appreciation by the Council of his efforts in the past. President Richardson asked Morecroft to convey to Wolstenholme the Society's sincere thanks for his past contributions. A vote was then taken and the motion passed.
In terms of the 1999 slate of candidates, John Morecroft moved and Jack Pugh seconded a motion that: "Jac A. M. Vennix be nominated as President-Elect (1999), David F. Andersen be nominated as Vice President - Finance (1999-2001), Nan Lux be nominated as Vice President - Membership and Chapter Activities (1999-2001), and Jack Homer (USA), Paul Langley (UK), Rogelio Oliva (Mexico/USA), and Ginny Wiley (USA), be nominated to the Policy Council (1999-2001)." The motion passed.
Again in terms of the 1999 slate of candidates, John Morecroft moved and Bob Eberlein seconded a motion that: "Mike Radzicki be nominated as Secretary (1999-2000). The motion passed.
|Comments by the Editor of the System Dynamics Review. Graham Winch made the following comments about the Report of the Vice President - Publications, the role of the editor of the System Dynamics Review, and the current operation of the System Dynamics Review:
In response to Winch's last comment, George Richardson pointed out that an electronic version of the journal is an issue for the Publications Committee.
|Clarification of the Role of the Vice President - Publications. Graham Winch asked that the role of the Vice President - Publications be clarified. Due to time limitations, President Richardson asked that this discussion be postponed until a later date.
|Society's Electronic Presence. Due to time limitations, President Richardson asked that this discussion be postponed until a later date. Paal Davidsen suggested that the committee charged with investigating this issue (Paal Davidsen, Mike Radzicki, Bob Eberlein, and George Richardson) should hold some email conversations and craft a report, before the Policy Council discusses the matter.
Bob Eberlein moved and Jack Pugh seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned at 6:51 PM.
Michael J. Radzicki