After coffee and conversation, President Ted Ganger 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-two (32) members and guests attended. President Ganger cordially welcomed the guests, with a special welcome to Edith West, a long-time member who has not been able to attend recently.
Ted then introduced Ranelle Huber, CMNH's Director of Development who requested to speak to our membership in order to clear up some misconceptions about the Linnean Society. She stated that many members have gotten the idea that the Museum would like members to shift their donations to restricted funds from the restricted funds to the Annual Fund. This is definitely not the case, and Ranelle stated, "people should give where they want to give." Changes are taking place in the Linnean Society regarding classification of donors, etc. These changes/modifications will be published in a future issue of Tracks. For further questions, Ranelle suggested calling her during business hours.
Doris Stifel said she hoped interested Kirtlandia members would travel to Toledo on July l3 to visit the Butterfly House she is involved with. Bill MacDermott said that he and Susan would be going. Directions were provided. There is no regular general membership meeting in July.
Treasurer Charles Greenwald reported on Kirtlandia's finances through April 30. The Special Projects Fund received another $1,000, which was designated for the Teacher Enhancement Program of the Science Resource Center. The Investment Fund and the Endowment Fund remain virtually unchanged, holding at approximately $157,700.
Walt Stephens, Chairman of the Adopt-A-Student Committee, gave a glowing report. We went over the top for contributions. One curator dropped his proposal, and we are, therefore, supporting 8 students completely. All are now on the job. The annual pizza party for students, donors, and curators will be on June 20, where all will meet together for the first time. Walt reported we had lots of applications, giving the curators multiple choices. Walt invited all the membership to attend the annual AAS meeting/luncheon on August 20 when the students will give their presentations, graduate from the program, and thank the Kirtlandia members for their support.
Kirtlandia's Annual Meeting will be held at the September meeting. Shirley Badger, Nominating Committee Chairperson, announced that the slate of officers has been compiled. Members will be receiving the slate along with the notice of August's meeting.
Bob Taylor introduced Dr. Mike Williams, CMNH's Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology. Dr. Williams' main field is working with fossil sharks. He spoke of the history of the Museum's collecting at Ghost Ranch, NM, beginning in the mid-1940's. He showed slides and described the painstaking work done by volunteer, Dale Zelinski, over a period of 9-1/2 years to prepare CMNH's Coelophysis mount now on display in Kirtland Hall. Our specimen is 210 million years old (Triassic Period).
After questions and answers, President Ganger adjourned the meeting at 11:07 a.m.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
As set forth in the Bylaws of the Kirtlandia Society, the September meeting is designated as the Annual Meeting. An integral part of this year's meeting to be held on September 14, 2002, is the election of officers to serve the Society as members of its Executive Committee ("Board").
The Bylaws provide that the Nominating Committee shall submit a slate of the officers and committee persons to serve for a period of two years. The Nominating Committee shall obtain the agreement of these persons to serve if elected.
The following Kirtlandia members have agreed to place their names before the general membership for election to serve from September 2002 through August 2004:
President: ..................... ............ Barbara Coleman
Adopt-A-Student: .....................Walter Stephens
The retiring President shall convene the Board immediately following the Annual Meeting for the purpose of installing the new officers of the Society.
This is an important meeting. We hope to see you there.