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General Meeting - April 10, 2004

Following coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m., President Barbara Coleman called the General Membership Meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:01 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and welcomed all to the meeting. Thirty-three (33) individuals attended. Bill MacDermott, Membership Chairman, reported that Bob Segedi has become a member of Kirtlandia.

President Coleman announced that 2 of our members, Virginia Krumholz and Bob Taylor, are on the sick list. She passed around get-well cards for members to sign.

President Coleman read an article from the Journal of the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio that highlighted our Museum. It stressed the importance of "collection-based" museums like ours and stated that, between New York and Chicago, we stand with Pittsburgh's Carnegie as the only 2 natural history museums running at full tilt. It is impossible today to "build" a natural history museum, and with CMNH's collection of over 4 million items, we have something very precious and worth keeping. The article further stressed the importance of volunteering and of supporting and showing loyalty to the Museum through membership.

Barb showed the members a new Museum publication, "Experts in the Field," featuring the Museum's curators and its education staff, etc. This is a guide to research, education and conservation at the Museum. She said she would attempt to obtain some extra copies for those Kirtlandia members wishing to have one. The publication will not be mailed out to the Museum's general membership.

Treasurer Charles Greenwald was unable to attend today's meeting. However, President Coleman read a letter from him that contained 2 items of general interest. He wrote that we have received $2,100 additional towards this summer's Adopt-A-Student program, bringing the total to $15,600. Due to the stock market's improvement, Kirtlandia's Endowment Fund has realized a gain of $2,900.

Walt Stephens reported on the progress of the AAS solicitation. He stated that he was going to report a total of $12,381 received as of March 26. We have received fifteen (15) gifts, 13 from members and 2 from friends. This would fund almost 6 students. The additional $2,100 reported by Treasurer Greenwald, brings us up to approximately 7. An amount of $16,800 is needed to fund all 8 students, and we do not want to dip into our Special Investment Fund to cover the required costs. Walt encouraged Kirtlandia members to make contributions. Some students, depending upon their schools' schedules, may be available to begin their work prior to June 1.

Jane Litt was ill. However, President Coleman reported there would be a meeting of the Education Committee at noon on Wednesday, April 14. Pete Church had no Hospitality Committee report.

In Bob Taylor's absence, Dr. Joe Keiper, curator of Invertebrate Zoology, introduced today's speaker, Larry Rosche, who Joe described as a "system jumper"-one who does work in many different areas. Larry works not only with Jim Bissell, but also with Tim Madsen. In addition, he leads field trips and donates collections. He is an excellent birder (editor of the Northeast Ohio Bird Guide) and is author of the book, DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES OF NORTHEAST OHIO, published by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Larry gave a wonderful and humorous presentation, featuring beautiful pictures and fascinating characteristics, of various members of this group, Order Odonata. Northeast Ohio is home to one quarter to one third of all Odonata species in America. He explained that two of the distinctions between the dragonfly and the damselfly are their size and the positioning of the wings. They can be identified easily from other insects because of the number of wings (4). These aquatic insects vary greatly in size and color. All are fierce and acrobatic predators during their entire life. In life, they are very colorful, and this simplifies identification. However, upon death they lose their coloration very quickly. One of their most interesting features is that they, after losing a wing through injury, can still fly with 3 wings. The wings do not regenerate. The wings can rotate in many directions, and the Sikorsky helicopter is patterned after them. Throughout his presentation, Larry entertained many questions from the audience.

Following questions and answers, the meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan MacDermott, Recording Secretary

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