[Members] Minutes from the Business meeting at Madison

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Dear SAHSA Members:

I am writing to update you on the breakfast Business Meeting held at the 40th
Annual South Asia Conference at Madison and our upcoming election for Vice
President 2012/President 2013.

I am pleased to report that we had 19 attending (17 with breakfast) our
meeting on Saturday morning between 7-8am. It was early for everyone, and I
am therefore especially pleased that so many answered the call and came ready
to address SAHSA issues. On our agenda were four issues: preparations for the
2013 AHA in New Orleans, upcoming elections, update on website development,
and membership growth/dues.

There was consensus that the conference at Madison should be a place where we
have an annual business meeting. Indeed, because we would like to grow the
organization from mainly historians to include those in other disciplines, it
makes most sense for us to have an annual Business Meeting at Madison. We
will continue to meet at the AHA. There was also interest in scheduling the
meeting for lunchtime on Friday of each conference. Because the Madison
Conference will provide us meeting space for free, SAHSA members could either
elect to 1)purchase a box lunch, or 2)bring their own lunch. A key feature of
the business meeting at Madison will be to finalize the slate of candidates
for the annual election AND to brainstorm ideas for the coming AHA
conference.

As of the conference, we had one candidate who had agreed to run in the
election. Michael and I agreed that before we could proceed we should have at
least one other candidate to present the membership. Although a few others
were pleased to have been nominated, others were not able to accept the
nomination this year. We are keeping a list of people who have expressed
interest for future years. I am pleased to report that following the
conference two additional candidates have agreed to run. Very shortly, you
will find an announcement of the candidates and the link to vote on the
slate. Please keep your eyes open for this message. Voting will take place
the first week of November.

After having won the agreement to host the SAHSA website at Indiana
University, Michael reported that there was an unexpected objection within
his institution. He reported that he was still not convinced that the option
was dead and would continue to seek a way to move the website to space on
Indiana's South Asia program website. He envisions a much more interactive
web presence for us and one through which we will be able to maintain a
fieldwide calendar. Michael and Lisa still hope to have a beta version of the
new website either at the AHA or the AAS.

Membership goals and dues were discussed. We all need to get the word out
about SAHSA not only to other historians (including graduate students,) but
also to colleagues in related disciplines. One way to ensure that this
happens is for us to encourage colleagues in other disciplines to sign on to
panels at the AHA (and the AAS) with us. Participation on the AHA program is
possible without joining the AHA if you are not a historian, although
non-member registration fees would apply. Another option would be to work to
recruit colleagues in other fields to leadership position in the
organization. Membership should consider electing officers from fields,
including anthropology, architecture, political science, religion, etc.

It is clear that SAHSA needs to implement dues for the organization. There
was general consensus that graduate students and perhaps scholars from South
Asia should pay reduced fees at the most. There was general agreement that a
$25 annual fee for membership would be appropriate in general. There was also
general agreement that a lifetime membership could be offered at $500. There
was also general agreement that graduate students might be asked to pay $10.
This would enable the organization to quickly build funds that could be used
for subsidizing the costs of gatherings at meeting as well as for projects
like the website should such needs arise. Draft language for membership will
be developed and presented by the AHA 2012. SAHSA should look into securing
non-profit status for tax purposes.

Again, let me reiterate that we will be running the election very shortly.
So, please be sure to check the website this week for the election materials
and ballot. I will of course send a mass email once I verify that the system
is ready.

Thanks again to Michael for all of his help this year, especially for his
work on the website, and to all those who attended and participated at our
meeting.

Sincerely, Lisa Trivedi

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You were sent a group e-mail from http://sahsa.uchicago.edu/.
Dear SAHSA Members:
I am writing to update you on the breakfast Business Meeting held at the 40th Annual South Asia Conference at Madison and our upcoming election for Vice President 2012/President 2013.
I am pleased to report that we had 19 attending (17 with breakfast) our meeting on Saturday morning between 7-8am. It was early for everyone, and I am therefore especially pleased that so many answered the call and came ready to address SAHSA issues. On our agenda were four issues: preparations for the 2013 AHA in New Orleans, upcoming elections, update on website development, and membership growth/dues.
There was consensus that the conference at Madison should be a place where we have an annual business meeting. Indeed, because we would like to grow the organization from mainly historians to include those in other disciplines, it makes most sense for us to have an annual Business Meeting at Madison. We will continue to meet at the AHA. There was also interest in scheduling the meeting for lunchtime on Friday of each conference. Because the Madison Conference will provide us meeting space for free, SAHSA members could either elect to 1)purchase a box lunch, or 2)bring their own lunch. A key feature of the business meeting at Madison will be to finalize the slate of candidates for the annual election AND to brainstorm ideas for the coming AHA conference.
As of the conference, we had one candidate who had agreed to run in the election. Michael and I agreed that before we could proceed we should have at least one other candidate to present the membership. Although a few others were pleased to have been nominated, others were not able to accept the nomination this year. We are keeping a list of people who have expressed interest for future years. I am pleased to report that following the conference two additional candidates have agreed to run. Very shortly, you will find an announcement of the candidates and the link to vote on the slate. Please keep your eyes open for this message. Voting will take place the first week of November.
After having won the agreement to host the SAHSA website at Indiana University, Michael reported that there was an unexpected objection within his institution. He reported that he was still not convinced that the option was dead and would continue to seek a way to move the website to space on Indiana's South Asia program website. He envisions a much more interactive web presence for us and one through which we will be able to maintain a fieldwide calendar. Michael and Lisa still hope to have a beta version of the new website either at the AHA or the AAS.
Membership goals and dues were discussed. We all need to get the word out about SAHSA not only to other historians (including graduate students,) but also to colleagues in related disciplines. One way to ensure that this happens is for us to encourage colleagues in other disciplines to sign on to panels at the AHA (and the AAS) with us. Participation on the AHA program is possible without joining the AHA if you are not a historian, although non-member registration fees would apply. Another option would be to work to recruit colleagues in other fields to leadership position in the organization. Membership should consider electing officers from fields, including anthropology, architecture, political science, religion, etc.
It is clear that SAHSA needs to implement dues for the organization. There was general consensus that graduate students and perhaps scholars from South Asia should pay reduced fees at the most. There was general agreement that a $25 annual fee for membership would be appropriate in general. There was also general agreement that a lifetime membership could be offered at $500. There was also general agreement that graduate students might be asked to pay $10. This would enable the organization to quickly build funds that could be used for subsidizing the costs of gatherings at meeting as well as for projects like the website should such needs arise. Draft language for membership will be developed and presented by the AHA 2012. SAHSA should look into securing non-profit status for tax purposes.
Again, let me reiterate that we will be running the election very shortly. So, please be sure to check the website this week for the election materials and ballot. I will of course send a mass email once I verify that the system is ready.
Thanks again to Michael for all of his help this year, especially for his work on the website, and to all those who attended and participated at our meeting.
Sincerely, Lisa Trivedi

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