After coffee and conversation, President Barbara Coleman called the General Meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:02 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Approximately thirty-five (35) members and guests were in attendance.
Treasurer Charles Greenwald reported that Kirtlandia is solvent overall. He had nothing dramatic to report. He did report that Charles Kunos, an Adopt-A-Student in Physical Anthropology about 6 years ago, has gone on and received two doctorate degrees.
In Jane Litt's absence, President Coleman reported that the next meeting of the Education Committee is on February 5. The Committee hopes to be working on plans for an Astronomy Department intern.
Pete Church and Bill MacDermott had no reports on Hospitality and Membership respectively.
On a personal note, Lillian Brinnon announced the recent publication of "In the Air and On the Air," a book she wrote in conjunction with her brother. The book is an account of events in the life of Fay Gillis Wells, White House correspondent for Storer Broadcasting under 4 Presidents. Kirtlandia members will be invited to a book-signing event at Appletree Books in the near future.
Ruth Chase announced the results of an assignment she had from Bill MacDermott which was to research the background of Kirtlandia's namesake, Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland. She found he had an incredible range of interests, and Ruth prepared a written sheet on his background including many facts about him.
President Coleman brought to the membership's attention the publication put out by our Natural Areas Division (Jim Bissell) and Fred and Jane Litt's very generous donation of a parcel of land along the Grand River.
Bob Taylor, Program Chairman, then introduced Dr. Joe Keiper, the Museum's curator of Invertebrate Zoology, whose topic was "Trout Stream Biodiversity." Joe gave a very interesting and fast-paced visual presentation on the 3 major groups of insects that are the models for tying flies: the mayfly, the stonefly, and the caddisfly. He related facts relevant to their life cycle and habitats. Joe also briefly touched upon the subject of mosquitoes and the West Nile virus.
After questions and answers, President Coleman adjourned the meeting at 11:29 a.m.