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International Cancer Information Service Group (ICISG)
General Meeting of Members
Sunday, July 9, 5PM – 6PM
Convention Centre, Room 15, Renaissance Hotel
Washington DC, USA
www.icisg.org

The International Cancer Information Service Group (ICISG) met at the UICC World Cancer Congress in Washington DC, USA, on July 9, 2006. The General Meeting of the Members was called to order by Anne Vezina, president of the ICISG. In attendance were 20 participants.

Board members
Anne Vézina (chair)
Doreen Akkerman
Mary Anne Bright
Catherine Dickens
Cora Honing
Marion Morra
Monika Preszly
Chris Thomsen

Ingrid Aubry (ex-officio) 
Ana Olivera (ex-officio) 
Irene Miller (Secretariat) 
Canadian Cancer Society, Canada
Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria, Australia
National Cancer Institute, United States
United Kingdom
Dutch Cancer Society, Netherlands
Morra Communications, United States
German Cancer Research Centre, Germany
National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, United States 

Institut national du cancer, France
UICC, Switzerland
Canadian Cancer Society
 
Participants from member organizations
Gillian Batt
Paula Vallentine
Sandeep Agrawal
Francesco de Lorenzo
Elisabeta Iannelli
Eva Berenji
Silvia Den
Roshini George
Terry Music
Cancer Council New South Wales, Australia
Cancer Council New South Wales, Australia
Agra Cancer Society
Associazione Italian Malati di Cancro Parenti e Amici - IMaC
Associazione Italian Malati di Cancro Parenti e Amici - IMaC
Ecumenical Humanitarian Organization "Rakinfo", Serbia
Swiss Cancer League Krebstelefon, Switzerland
American Cancer Society, USA
American Cancer Society, USA

MEETING OF THE MEMBERS

1.0 Welcome to members
Anne Vézina welcomed everyone to the general meeting of members. The minutes of the last general meeting in Dublin in November 2004, were approved. The minutes will be posted on the ICISG website and sent to members through the ICISG listserv.

2.0 Election of Board of Directors
Further to the nominations posted on the ICISG website and the members' listserv on from April to June 2006, Anne introduced the nomination of Ingrid Aubry, Institut national du cancer, Francesco de Lorenzo, Associazione Italian Malati di Cancro Parenti e Amici (ImaC) and Roshini George, American Cancer Society for the Board of Directors.

A vote was called and the three nominations were approved by the members to the ICISG

Board of Directors 2006-08
Anne VÉzina (president)
Chris Thomsen (vice-president)

Doreen Akkerman
Ingrid Aubry
Mary Anne Bright
Francesco de Lorenzo

Catherine Dickens
Roshini George
Cora Honing
Marion Morra
Monika Preszly

Ana Olivera (Ex-Officio)
Silvia Den (Ex-Officio) Swiss Cancer League 
Canadian Cancer Society, Canada
National Centre for Complementary and Alternative
Medicine, United States
Cancer Council of Victoria, Australia
Institut national du cancer, France
National Cancer Institute, United States
Associazione Italian Malati di Cancro Parenti e
Amici - ImaC, Italy
United Kingdom
American Cancer Society, USA
Dutch Cancer Society, Netherlands
Morra Communications, United States
German Cancer Research Centre, Germany

UICC, Switzerland
Swiss Cancer League

3.0 ‘How to start a CIS’ Tool Box
Marion Morra gave a report on the lauch of the CIS Tool Box.

On Saturday, July 8th, Isabel Mortara (UICC) launched the CIS Tool Box prior to the start of the workshop. Dr. David Hill (UICC) opened the session speaking of the necessity and importance of having cancer information services in all parts of the world.

35 participants pre-registered for the pre-conference workshop, with ten additional participants registering on the day of the course and 15 regretfully had to be turned away due to lack of space.

Marion Morra thanked the both Ana Olivera and the UICC for their help in preparing for the workshop. Marion also reported that the evaluation was very positive and declared the workshop a success. High marks were given by participants on all presentations. The participants enjoyed the support from other members during the round table discussions and workbook exercises. It was suggested that there should be two versions of the course – one basic and one advanced.

Chris Thomsen encouraged members to access the CIS Tool Box through the ICISG website, login to ICISG resources (http://www.icisg.org/resources/public/login.aspx ) to register and receive a password. Chris told the members that the tool box was an international effort, with the information in each chapter drawn from the experience of various cancer information services members of ICISG. The tool box is also available in PDF format.

Anne presented the mission and goals of the organization. She introduced the members of the Board of Directors and thanked them for their contribution during the 2004-06 period. Anne summarized accomplishments as follows:

5.0 Objectives for 2006-07
Anne informed the members that ICISG will continue to:

7.0 Next meeting and adjournment
Anne noted that the Board of Directors conducts its business through conference calls and one in-person meeting per year. She confirmed that the next ICISG Meeting of the Members will be during the UICC Global Cancer Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, August 27 – 31, 2008.

The meeting adjourned at 6:00 PM.