From the Chair
Jonathan Franklin, Chair
As the Annual Meeting approaches, it is time to recognize the tremendous efforts of those who proposed, coordinated, and will be speaking at upcoming programs. Thanks to their efforts, we have a great slate of programs to offer the Association's membership. Along with those who worked on programs, there are also those members who have worked on numerous interest groups that will be meeting in Portland. Through the efforts of Dan Wade, we have added a second hour of the Foreign Selectors Interest Group (see handy meeting guide later in this issue). In addition, there has been discussion of adding a Roman Law Interest Group for 2009's Annual Meeting. None of this would have been possible without the contributions of our members.
As the year wanes, there are almost too many people to thank for various efforts. Thanks to the Executive Board of Mary Rumsey, Dennis Sears, and Marylin Raisch, who worked as a team to make the SIS better. Thanks to Heidi Kuehl for her work on the website, Mabel Shaw for her work on the newsletter, and Laura Cadra for coordinating the SIS table in the exhibit hall. Thanks to Tom Kimbrough, Chris O'Byrne, and Teresa Miguel for serving on the Schaffer Grant Selection Committee, and to Dan Wade for chairing the Schaffer Grant Fundraising Committee. Mary Strouse, Barbara Bean, and Ellen Schaffer have been invaluable in working through some of the Schaffer Grant issues.
I hope to see all of you in Portland. It promises to be an exciting meeting jam packed with FCIL content, from programs to interest groups to special presentations. The FCIL-SIS is an amazing organization. Very smart and kind people have contributed time and money to a variety of initiatives, from website redesign to fundraising for the Schaffer Grant. Without your help, none of this would happen, so when you welcome Leanne Cummings of Brisbane, Australia to the Annual Meeting also thank each other because you made it all possible.
Congratulations to Marylin Raisch and Heidi Kuehl on their new positions. Over to you, Dennis!