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Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America, December 15, 1910.
The meeting was called to order by President Branner at 4 p.m. in Room 1404, Merchants' Exchange Building, San Francisco. Directors Branner, Lawson, Louderback and McAdie were present.
Dr. S. D. Townley was elected secretary pro tem. The minutes of the meeting of the Board held on September 16th were read and approved.
The President appointed the Scientific Committee, to consist as follows: C. Derleth, Jr., A. C. Lawson, J. N. LeConte, G. D. Louderback, F. L. Odenbach and H. F. Reid. The President is ex officio a member of the committee. The finance committee was appointed, to consist of A. G. McAdie, chairman, J. N. LeConte, and the Secretary. The auditing committee was also appointed, to consist of G. D. Louderback, chairman, C. Derleth, Jr., and the Secretary.
The retiring secretary reported that the Society has $274.17 in the general account and $234.50 in the savings account, $225.00 of the latter amount constituting a permanent fund of the dues paid by life members.
Following some remarks by President Branner concerning the policy of the Society, and after some discussion of its financial status, it was decided, by a motion duly seconded and carried, to collect the dues for the fiscal year 1910-11 but not to collect those for 1909-10, no notices having been sent out owing to the illness of the former secretary.
It was moved, seconded and carried that the President and the Secretary be appointed a membership committee to secure additional members.
Professor Lawson brought up the matter of securing funds for the purpose of establishing three lines of monuments across the San Andreas Rift. Upon motion of Professor McAdie, duly seconded and carried, a committee of three consisting of the President, Professor Lawson and the Secretary, was appointed to confer with the Board of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences in regard to the possibility of obtaining from that body a contribution of $5000.00 for the purpose named.
The matter of starting a publication of the Society was discussed at some length, and it was the opinion of all present that this should be done. The President, the Secretary and Professor Lawson were appointed a committee on publication, upon a motion duly seconded and carried.
Six persons were elected to membership in the Society, as follows: Mr. Joseph D. Grant, San Francisco, Cal.; Professor William Libbey, Princeton, N. J.; Professor V. F. Marsters, Lima, Peru; Mr. H. L. Middleton, Boulder Creek, Cal.; Mr. Robert W. Sayles, Cambridge, Mass.; Mr. D. G. Scofield, San Francisco, Cal.
Mr. H. O. Wood made a few remarks concerning the seismographs recently installed at Berkeley, and Rev. Father Ricard some remarks concerning the mathematical formulae for the reduction of seismograms.
The Board adjourned at 5:20 o'clock.
S. D. TOWNLEY, Secretary pro tem.