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KIRTLANDIA SOCIETY
General Meeting - May 11, 2002


After coffee and conversation, President Ted Ganger called the general meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:08 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Forty-one (41) members and guests attended. President Ganger requested that the Minutes of the April 13 General Membership Meeting be approved as distributed.

Treasurer Charles Greenwald reported on Kirtlandia's finances. As of March 31, the Special Projects Fund reported a balance of $13,800. The Investment Fund and the Endowment Fund totaled $157,700. This figure shows a gain of $2,500 since January.

Walt Stephens, Chairman of the Adopt-A-Student Committee, reported that last month, in his absence, Susan MacDermott reported we needed $2,165 to finance 9 students this summer. This month a total of $1,400 was received. However, one curator has withdrawn his project. Therefore, Kirtlandia will need to fund a total of 8 students, and the funds are available to do so. Walt stated that Dr. David Saja's decision to withdraw his request shows the concern of our curators that they make the best use of the generous support of Kirtlandia's members and friends. Walt reported that our Adopt-A-Students for this summer's program have been selected. There will be the usual pizza party in June for the students and the donors to the program. Tim Matson will be financing one (1) student on his own.

Pam Keiper of the Science Resource Center submitted her annual request for Kirtlandia's funding ($1,150) of her summer Teacher Enhancement Program. The Board will be voting to approve her request at its meeting today. Audubon will also be supporting one (1) teacher for her program.

Barb Coleman, in Jane Litt's absence, reported the Education Committee would meet again in September.

Bill MacDermott reports that Tom Leiden, a Museum Trustee, has become a member. He also reported he would be getting some assistance from Barb Sciulli who will become responsible for keeping track of membership dues and the roster, renewal letters (to be mailed in June), and the mailing of meeting notices, etc. Bill also noted that response to the Kirtlandia table at the Explorer Lectures has been very positive with several visitors coming to today's meeting as a result of seeing our notices there.

Fred Litt made an announcement on behalf of our natural areas group. Stewardship work needs to be done, and he would like to see Kirtlandia membership becoming involved in doing volunteer work in this area.

Bob Taylor, Program Chairman, introduced the speaker, James W. Simmelink, Ph.D., who is affiliated with the CWRU School of Dentistry. His topic, "Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Role of Forensic Dentistry," was an unusual and fascinating one. He spoke of his close association with the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office, where he uses his expertise in the field of forensic odontology. Dental x-ray records are of utmost importance when identifying bodies. Through a visual slide presentation and copied literature, Dr. Simmelink showed how dental records are used to determine a victim's approximate age based upon the development of teeth, calcification, and eruption.

After questions and answers, President Ganger adjourned the meeting at 11:40 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Susan MacDermott
Recording Secretary

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