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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 10:00 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. An estimated 40 members and guests attended.
President Coleman introduced Ranelle Huber, CMNH's Director of Development & Membership Division. The purpose of Ranelle's appearance was to explain to the Kirtlandia membership the finer nuances of making contributions to the Museum, i.e. the similarities and the differences between the Linnean Society and the Conservator Society. Recent changes in policy have been confusing to Kirtlandia members wishing to donate. Ranelle distributed a summary sheet giving detailed information on the 2 funds, and after explaining them in detail, stated that she would welcome telephone calls from members should they have questions requiring further clarification.
Next, Sarah Alexander, a sophomore at Laurel School and the 2002 recipient of Kirtlandia's Natural Science Award at the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair, was introduced. She gave a brief report on her project, "Water Testing in the Shaker Lakes." She and her mother thanked Kirtlandia for the Family Membership to CMNH and said they had very much enjoyed visiting the Museum.
President Coleman thanked the MacDermotts and Ruth Chase for their dedication in staffing our Kirtlandia table before and after the Explorer Series lectures.
Treasurer Charles Greenwald reported that although the Museum is normally a month behind in their reporting to us, as of January, the balance in our main account was satisfactory. The balance in the Special Projects Account (Adopt-A-Student) stood at $11,200. The Endowment balance has improved, and we are down only $8,000 because of the economy-. It stands at approximately $134,900.
Walt Stephens reported for the Adopt-A-Student Committee. Funds available for this summer's program stand at $11,500. A minimum of $16,800 is needed to fund the program completely. Walt also reported that the Guidelines for the Adopt-A-Student Program are completed and will be presented to the Kirtlandia Board at its meeting today. After review and possible revisions, the final documents will be presented to the General Membership for approval. Ann DuFresne reported that to date there are 27 applications from students for the summer program. She anticipates receiving quite a few more since the application deadline was extended to the end of March. We have requests from 8 curators interested in having an Adopt-A-Student working with them.
President Coleman reports there was no Education Committee meeting this month. The next meeting will be the Wednesday, April 9.
Bob Taylor, Program Chairman, introduced today's speaker, Herbert Mausser, Environmental, Health and Safety Technology Program Manager at Cuyahoga Community College. Herb distributed a handout he had prepared on the Cleveland "Clean Air Century Campaign," which outlined the topics covered in his PowerPoint presentation. He elaborated on the many points of this pilot project, carried out locally, to reduce toxic substances in our air. The problems were not just assessed, but programs were actually implemented to correct some of the problems.
After questions and answers, President Coleman adjourned the meeting at 11:25 a.m.