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simpl speling March 2001 part 4 members' supplement.
Editor: Allan Campbell.
January committee reports.
Pluralism - but qualified.After discussing the membership ballot of July/ August 2000 the committee has decided that the Society should continue with its pluralistic policy but that it should be particularly influenced by option 2.
This option, which proposed a pragmatic, agreed set of suggestions for reform to be used in promoting change, was the most favored one.
It had received slightly less than half of all votes returned, 35 of 82. but the membership had expressed preferences for a wide range of options: 13 for option 3 (agreed complete scheme): 20 for option 4 (range of solutions). Thirteen members had suggested other ideas.
Congress call 'to be encouraged'.A call by an American member, Timothy Travis, for an 'International English Spelling Congress' (IESC) was to be encouraged, the committee felt. However, it could not organize or finance it.
If Timothy could do so, preferably in the US, the Society would give it its blessing. Timothy said a congress would be an opportunity to achieve the goal of spelling reform, and it was important that it succeed. Organizing and managing it would be a huge job, he added. and would need to be done by professionals.
He suggested the SSS and American Literacy Council host IESC. They should appoint an executive committee comprising people who could meet face to face regularly, rather than people connected only by the internet.
The executive committee would be authorized to hire consultants to advise on how to proceed. This would probably lead to the forming of a staff to organize and manage the congress.
The consultants would be expected to advise on how the staff and other expenses could be paid. Grants would be needed to cover these expenses and, therefore, a grant writer would have to be hired.
He said these types of issues needed to be decided. but everyone needed to be thinking about them and discussing them.
Chris Upward has suggested some issues which should receive SSS attention include 'miscue analyis and 'txt msgng'.
Committee open to all.The committee has ruled that election to it is open to all members of the Society, whether they can attend meetings in London or not, provided that those who cannot attend meetings have access to email. But officers, as specified in the constitution, or as agreed at a designated meeting, would normally be expected to be able to attend meetings.
Nominations for the committee (proposed and seconded, and with no more than 30 words about the nominee's SSS activities) need to be received by the secretary by March 29; that is, 30 days before the annual meeting. They can be received by post or email.
Members will then be notified of the nominations and can vote by post before the AGM for email-only and ordinary (fysical) committee members, the maximum number of committee members being 8. The votes will need to be received by the secretary by April 26. two days before the meeting.
From the minutes.Committee meeting dates set.
- Dates for future meetings are: July 14, October 13. 2001. January 26 and AGM April 27, 2002.
- Agenda items 5 (annual audit of progress). 8 (appointment of publicity officer), 9 (simplified introductory leaflet to the SSS), and 10 (documentation for new members) were postponed. Chair Chris Jolly pointed out the wording of items 1 - 7 in the October meeting minutes was the correct rendering. Any impression that the secretary's activities had been suppressed must be rectified.
- Thanks to member Michael Bell, the Mensa newsletter Lingua Signal 40, winter 2000, has reprinted an article on Welsh literacy from JSSS 26.
- The secretary/treasurer should record exactly how much time she spent on those duties and invoice the Society accordingly. This should not exceed 48 hours in any four-week period.
- The committee conveyed its best wishes to Ken Spencer for his research project, but regretted it could not help him with his grant application. His choice of spelling scheme for the project could create conflict within the Society, since it might give the impression that the Society has a preferred scheme.
- Membership for life is to be made available for 10 times the annual membership fee. Currently this would be £150 or $US300.
- Chris Upward had not yet drafted responses to various spelling announcements (from DfEE. QCA, Estelle Morris, etc) that had appeared during the later months of 2000. He intends to do so.
No schemes in pipeline.No further schemes have been received or are being prepared for publication beyond the eleven already published, the Personal Views editor, Paul Fletcher, told the meeting.
The summary of the existing schemes on computer broadsheets was still with Pete Boardman, who had volunteered to do this work. The draft he produced before Christmas omitted some published schemes, included some which had initially been sent but were not resubmitted in publishable form when that invitation was sent out, and some which had never been sent to the Society. Some corrections also were needed. Pete was asked to make further amendments and a reply was awaited.
Following the committees wishes, it was not proposed to publish any more schemes, except any extracts which might be innovative. However, to highlight trends and preferred solutions, it is proposed to add to the statistics by summarizing for the broadsheets any further schemes which may be submitted by members.
Information on members' schemes as Personal Views is available from Paul Fletcher.
Membership secretary John Gledhill reported that on January 24 the Society had 94 paid members: 3 life members, one of whom has paid membership subscription; 46 potential renewals to come. Eight people or organizations receive complimentary copies of Simpl Speling; 30 receive copies of the Journal - either complimentary or by subscription (four receive both). Changes since October included three new members and two having left (one sending a donation).
Editor-in-chief Chris Upward said the copyright statement in JSSS 28 has been revised with the advice of American editor John Reilly. He said the feature in Simpl Speling; 'What one member is doing', was running out of steam. Allan Campbell would like to hear from 'doers' in the Society. The NZ English teachers journal English in Aotearoa December 2000 carried an article from Chris: Should we teach American spellings? The Italian Journal Linguistica e Filologia 11, 2000 had an article by Michael Lahey titled The reform of English spelling from the beginnings to the Simplified Spelling Society and 'Cut Spelling' which concludes 'CS is the best system of reform to have emerged so far.' The next issue will contain a follow-up article by Chris.
Chris Jolly (chair), Jean Hutchins, Masha Bell (minutes), Paul Fletcher, John Gledhill, Gerald Palmer, Gwenllian Thorstad, Chris Upward. Leo Chapman (afternoon).
Members: Lewis Bell, Jack Bovill.
Apologies: Tony Burns, Nicholas Kerr.
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