Champaign County ACLU Steering Committee
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Members present: Carol Leff, Bill Brown, Stuart Laird, Diana Lenik, Carol Spindel, Barbara Kessel, Esther Patt, Carol Inskeep, Steve Portnoy
(The meeting was conducted in conjunction with preparing the spring newsletter mailing)
a) Bill Brown announced that the Phil Reese talk at Friday Forum had been rescheduled, then cancelled. Our contribution in support of his talk was directed to the whole Friday Forum, not to a specific talk, and so is non-refundable.
b) We regret that the following steering committee members are not continuing for various reasons of scheduling, time available and relocation: Lynne Rudasill, Marc Ansel, Ward Henson, Paul Wisovaty. New member: Bob Illyes will be announced at the annual meeting May 1. Stuart Laird reminded us of the chronic problem of not including people of color on the committee, and we agreed to continue to sound out new steering committee membership prospects to replace our losses by attrition.
c) The scheduling for the visit of Chief Frazier April 14-16 was discussed, with specific regard to when supporting organizations could participate. Barbara Kessel, as liaison, reported on the planning and scheduling, and drew our attention to You-tube talks by Chief Frazier available on-line. Members inquired about police participation (there will in fact be special sessions for police), and hope was expressed that on-the-ground investigators would be in attendance.
Law School Chapter & Student Chapter
reports÷Dave Amerson wasnât present, but it was reported that our annual meeting
speaker, former Iowa Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, will be speaking at the law
school the following day at noon. We approved a $100 donation in support of
a) We discussed the awards to be presented, particularly revisiting the question of whether to present the Chalmers award this year. Further discussion of the possible candidates÷the IMC and the organizers of the CUPridefest÷eventuated in the decision not to confer and award this year.
b) Annual meeting planning÷assignments of responsibility for the annual meeting:
i. Presenter for Stone Award to Hiram Paley÷Bill Brown
ii. Presenter for Norton Award to C Ward Henson÷Bill Brown
iii. Speaker intro÷Carol Inskeep
iv. Sound system÷Carol Spindel (whose suggestion of a new provider for the sound system was approved.
v. Award Plaques÷Stuart Laird
Check-in help÷Steve Portnoy, Carol Leff
Market at the Square÷the new model, which we
rather regretted, was to separate the organizations from the food sales in a
separate section. We agreed to request the last Saturday in June and the first
Saturday after Labor Day, at a price that is still $7.50.