Following coffee and conversation at 10:00 a.m., President Barbara Coleman called to order at 10:15 a.m. in Classrooms A & B of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History the annual joint meeting and holiday luncheon of the Kirtlandia Society and the Photo Society. There were approximately forty-six (46) attendees.
President Coleman announced that members should have received a letter soliciting contributions to the 25th annual Adopt-A-Student program next summer. The Kirtlandia Society also supports the Science Resource Center's Teacher Enhancement program. In addition we have our Endowment Fund, and she encouraged members to support any or all of these programs by way of monetary donations.
Ted Ganger reported on an article in THE PLAIN DEALER on Dr. Shya Chitaley and the four awards honoring her research work that she recently received in India.
Ruth Chase, representing Photo Society, said she had with her a card for those members who know Don Miller to sign. He is very ill and under hospice care.
Dorothy Lungmus brought to the attention of membership the book, BUTTERFLY TRAILS, written by Harry Roegner, a personal friend of hers. The book received a very favorable review in THE PLAIN DEALER.
President Coleman announced the resignation of Virginia Krumholz from the Museum's staff. She will be coming in one day per week under contract. We wish her well.
On behalf of Photo Society, President Jeff Davis urged everyone to renew his or her commitment to protect the earth.
Bob Taylor, Program Chairman, announced that the whole 2004 program schedule is set. Kirtlandia member. Bill MacDermott, will give the program on January 10, speaking on solar power use around the world. Bob then introduced today's speaker, Harvey Webster, Director of CMNH's Wildlife Resources Division, who, as usual, gave us a wonderful and knowledgeable presentation on his favorite topic, the new and improved Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden.
Harvey described how our Museum has great relevance to the here and now--we are not just dinosaur bones, etc. We show the big picture of how all things interact through close observation of the earth. Our Museum, through our collection of real objects, has something for everyone from almost the cradle to the grave. Harvey touched upon the diversity of life and its importance. He went on to describe the transformation of the old 2.2-acre area into the newly renovated Perkins Wildlife Center & Woods Garden celebrating Ohio's natural history and ecology. The result is a gallery accessible to everyone in all weather. The heated path alone cost $140,000. He spoke about some of the animals, how they were acquired, their individual personalities, and how they are being handled and trained, etc.
After questions and answers, Harvey offered a tour of the Perkins area to anyone interested. When the group returned, all enjoyed a wonderful luncheon of lasagna and salad prepared by Sandra and her staff in Steggie's Café. Kirtlandia Society ladies donated desserts.