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Following coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m., President Barbara Coleman called the General Membership Meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:05 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Approximately thirty-seven (37) members attended. Bill MacDermott reported that Kirtlandia has a new member, Dave Fidel, who was not present today.
President Coleman reported that Ranelle Huber was invited to today's meeting for the purpose of explaining the difference in giving levels (Linnean and Contributors funds) to the Museum, but she was unable to attend due to illness. She will give us a short presentation at the March meeting. President Coleman brought to everyone's attention the recent Plain Dealer article recognizing Kirtlandia's Dr. Benedict Schneider and his long-standing relationship with the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Walt Stephens reported for the Adopt-A-Student Committee. As of February 7, funds have been contributed to pay for 5 students. He anticipates requests for at least 8 students. The target figure is $16,800; and we have $10,600. Contributions are still welcome. This last Wednesday the Brown Bag luncheon featured our curators reporting on their AAS projects from last summer.
Treasurer Charles Greenwald was absent. Therefore, there was no Treasurer's Report.
In Jane Litt's absence, President Coleman gave a brief report on the meeting of the Education Committee. The Harper project is underway and will be on display in March 2004. Many nice changes have been made in the Discovery Center, among them, a new desk donated by Kirtlandia member and Museum Trustee, Tom Leiden, a "Please Touch" wall, and a bird piano. Discovery Day did not bring in as many visitors as in the past. However, the crowds were pleasant and easy to manage. There is nothing to report on our support of an Astronomy Intern except that there are some problems needing resolution.
Prior to introducing today's speaker, Program Chairman, Bob Taylor, reported that May's speaker would be Adam Grimm, the 2000 award winner for the U.S. Duck stamp. Dr. Brian Redmond, Curator of Archaeology and Director of Science at CMNH, will be featured in June, speaking on the discovery of the Hartley mastodon. Susan MacDermott interjected that the winner of last year's Science Fair, Sarah Alexander, will be joining us at the March meeting to finally receive her award and give a brief talk on her project.
Bob then introduced Ann Sanford, supervisor of Physical Anthropology's Casting Lab, whose topic was "Casts of Thousands." The fascinating presentation was a "hands on" "show and tell" demonstration. Ann brought a display of some of her "scratch and dent" collection to demonstrate what types of casts are produced from original specimens. She elaborated on the methods and materials used to produce them. It is a very pains-taking process. The casts range from our largest, the gorilla, which sells for approximately $200, to the smallest, the tarsir, which sells for about $185. They are sent all over the world to educational institutions, etc., where they are used as teaching tools. The "Cleveland Technique" of casting is well known all over the world.
Although there were questions and answers throughout the presentation, Ann generously offered to answer further questions at her display table after the meeting's conclusion. President Coleman adjourned the meeting at 11:05 a.m.