November 19, 2016
The Annual Meeting of the Society took place at the Vanderbilt Education Center at Bush Holley Historic Site in Greenwich, CT on November 19, 2016. After a toast and potluck luncheon, the business meeting was called to order at 1:15 P.M by Mito Mardin, President of the Society. Mito Mardin served as Chairman of the Meeting and Nancy Beck, Secretary of the Society, served as Secretary.
Mito Mardin presented his annual report, which included descriptions of the programs conducted by the Society since the last annual meeting.
Treasurer Nancy Beck presented her reports as Treasurer and Membership chair.
Vernon Beck presented the JSFC 2017 Proposed Slate of Officers and Directors. There were no additional nominations from the floor. The slate, which included all the 2016 Officers and Directors, except with Jackie Alexander replacing Naomi Manning, and Director Vernon Beck deleted, was unanimously elected by voice vote, and ballots submitted before the meeting.
There being no further business, Nancy Beck moved that the business meeting be adjourned. Vernon Beck seconded the motion, and the motion passed at 1:37 pm.
Nancy Beck conducted the first portion of a raffle of items donated to the society.
After a brief intermission, Naomi Manning introduced the speaker, Prof. Daniel Botsman, Professor of History at Yale University. Prof. Botsman gave a fascinating talk about the history of cattle usage in Japan, including the changing of attitudes toward cattle . This was followed by an extensive question and answer period by the audience.
Nancy Beck conducted the last portion of the raffle . President Mito Mardin closed the event by thanking the attendees and summarizing upcoming JSFC events.
Nancy Beck, Secretary-elect