President Ganger requested changes or additions to the Minutes of the meeting of December 8, 2001. There were none, and he stated they were approved as distributed.
Treasurer Charles Greenwald gave his financial report for the period ending November 30, 2001. Kirtlandia is still in the black. Our combined amount in the Adopt-A-Student Investment Fund and the Endowment Fund of $146,121.32 is very satisfactory considering the downturn in the stock market.
Walt Stephens reported for his Adopt-A-Student Committee. His funding request letter was mailed early in December. We will have 9 projects this summer leaving us a target figure of $18,800 to be raised. He reported that 21% of his goal has already been reached. Walt expects to mail information on the program and a request for applicants to 104 deans on January 16. He also stated he and Ann DuFresne are working on a treatise regarding the future of Kirtlandia regarding the AAS program and its goals. Our current goal is to raise $400,000 in the Endowment Fund to insure the continuation of the AAS program and to make it self-supporting.
There was no report from the Education Committee. Pete Church requested a volunteer to assume the responsibility for February's refreshments, as she will be out of town. Dale Wilson graciously offered.
Bill MacDermott reported we have 3 new members. Several Kirtlandia members donated funds for the purchase of a fuel cell. He stated a demonstration was set up in the Library for interested members to view. Eventually the fuel cell will be donated to Pam Keiper for use in the Science Resource Center.
President Ganger turned the program over to Bob Taylor who introduced Tom Leiden, a dedicated Museum Trustee and today's speaker. Tom has been an avid woodpecker enthusiast for over 10 years. He explained that worldwide, there are approximately 200 species of woodpeckers, with 22 in the U.S. Most common in Ohio are the pileated, the red-headed, the hairy, the downy, and the flicker. Tom displayed mounts of these birds, as well as the almost extinct ivory-billed woodpecker, borrowed from the Museum's collection. All of these occupy separate/different ecological niches that Tom elaborated on in detail.
Tom's presentation was accompanied by a wonderful slide and video presentation. After an extended question and answer period, President Ganger adjourned the meeting at 11:37 a.m.