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The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
19th June 2009
Board Meeting:  the Board met prior to the general meeting. Present were Gary Yee, Joan Keller,
Bob Quinn, and Patrick Doyle. Gary Yee outlined the advantages of registering the SFCWRT as a
non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 corporation. After some discussion, the board voted unanimously to
propose this change to the membership. If approved, Gary Yee undertook to carry out the filing of
the necessary papers and Patrick Doyle volunteered to be the Agent for Service. The meeting
adjourned at 6:00pm.

Meeting: President Gary Yee reported the decision of the Board regarding incorporation as a  
non-profit and explained the advantages. He also outlined the changes to the By-laws which would
be required. The motion was put and the members present voted unanimously to change the
By-laws as proposed and proceed with incorporation as non-profit. The amended By-laws can be
viewed here.
Gary then announced the candidates for office for the 2009/2010 season, namely, President: Patrick
Doyle, Vice President: Bob Quinn, Treasurer: Joan Keller, and Secretary: Wayne Padgett. There
was no nomination for Program Chair at this time. The members unanimously voted for the slate as
announced.

Speaker: our speaker was Larry Tagg who presented the thesis of his book "The Unpopular
Mr. Lincoln."
Larry related the public relations obstacles that Lincoln had to overcome throughout
his presidency. He quoted extensively from the press of the period and revealed that Lincoln was
deeply reviled by many who knew him personally and by hundreds of thousands who only knew of
him. The breadth and depth of the spectacular prejudice against him was often shocking for its
cruelty, intensity and unrelenting vigor. Despite all of this, Lincoln persevered and went on to be the
effective President that we think of today.
In the discussion that followed, it was apparent that Larry's lively presentation had struck a chord
with those present, some of whom resented the recitation of the anti-Lincoln comments.