AAG Speciality Group of Recreation Tourism and Sport
1997-1998 Report to the AAG

URL www.geog.nau.edu/rts

Dues for 1999 $3 (student $1)


Chair 1997-1999
 Barbara Carmichael, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5, voice 519 884-1970,ext 2609, fax 519 725-1342, e-mail bcarmich@mach1.wlu.ca

Secretary-Treasurer 1997-1999
 Lisle S. Mitchell, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 298208, voice 803 777-2986, fax 803 777-4972, e-mail mitchell@garnet.cla.sc.edu

Newsletter Editor  to 1998
 Bob Janiskee, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, voice 803 777-6739, fax 803 777-4972, e-mail janiskee@garnet.cla.sc.edu

Board Members  1997-1999
- Dimitri Ioannides, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri 65804-0089, voice 417 836-5800, fax 417 836-6934, e-mail D11608F@mail.smsu.edu
- Charles Stanfield, Rowan College, Glassboro, NJ, voice 609 256-4500
- Simon Milne, University of Wellington, NZ, formerly McGill University
- Scott Loban,  Student member, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC  29208

Speciality Group Accomplishments

The major accomplishments for 1997-1998:

A. Publication of two issues of the RTS-SG Newsletter (May, December), Bob Janiskee (available on home page).
B. Distribution of RTS membership directory available (on home page).
C. Active RTS listserve discussion list.
D. Student Paper Competition Award at the AAG Annual Meeting presented to doctoral student Lisa De Chano, Southwest Texas State University ($100).  No award given for second and third place this year.
E. At the AAG Annual in Boston, RTS SG sponsored five paper sessions and two panel sessions; six additional sessions had an RTS theme.
F. Klaus Meyer Arendt was honoured with the Roy I. Wolfe Award and Mark Okrant  received the John Rooney Award at the 1998 Boston meeting.

Activities Scheduled for the coming Year and Future Plans and Directions

A. To organize several paper sessions and panel sessions at the Hawaii 1998 AAG conference.
B. To encourage members of the IGU sustainable tourism group to attend the AAG Hawaii meeting and to sponsor sessions.
C. To encourage geographers from the Pacific Rim area to attend AAG.
D. To continue to publish the newsletter twice per year.
E. To continue to update the WWW home page, to highlight member accomplishment and to provide general information in the field of RTS geography.
F. To contribute a chapter on RTS for the Geography in America AAG Publication.  Klaus Meyer Arendt, the 1998 Roy I. Wolfe award winner will be the author for this chapter.
G. To elect anew RTS SG chair and board of directors.
H. To actively promote the increase of student membership in RTS and set aside up to $1000 to support student travel to AAG 1999 (depending on available funds).
I. To forge stronger links with IGU Study Group.

Membership and Participation

Membership based on renewals (provided in March 13, 1998 letter from Ron Abler) was approximately 225.  About 10% are hard core, always attending AAG and RTS sessions, while some attend on an irregular basis.  The Business Meeting in Boston attracted about 50 members with about 20 of these attending an RTS dinner at a local restaurant after the meeting.  There is a strong sense of commitment and enthusiasm with this group. Financial Report

Account Information
 Columbia (SC) Teachers Federal Credit Union
 3122 Millwood Avenue
 PO Box 5846
 Columbia SC  29250-5846
 Account # 6030205
 Routing # 253978617

 Income is itemized expenses for calendar year, 1997 (up to March 28, 1998).

Treasurers Report
 Lisle Mitchell
 The treasurer's report showed a balance of $1447.61.  This report was approved unanimously.

Balance as of 28 March 1997 $936.14
 Dividends (12 months) $27.63
 AAG Dues (1997) $620.00
 AAG Dues (1998) $509.00
 Total $1,156.63
                    Sub-total $2,092.77
 Student Awards (1997) $250.00
 AAG Luncheon (1997) $70.00
 Rooney Award Dinner (1997) $20.00
 AB&T Trophy Company (1998) $88.20
 Nesletter (1998) $214.96
 Bank Charge (1998) $2.00
 Total $645.16
                    Sub-total $1,447.61
Balance as of 24 March 1998 $1,447.61

Estimated Income and Expenses for 1998

Balance             $1447.61       Estimated income dues    $ 600.00

Estimated expenses 1998  $  300.00 RTS Newsletter
                                        $  100.00 Student awards

Estimated expenses 1999  $  300.00 RTS Newsletter
                                        $  300.00 Student awards
                           up to     $1000.00  Student travel expenses

Submitted by Barbara Carmichael, May 1998.

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