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General Meeting - August 14, 2004


Following coffee and conversation at 10:00 a.m., President Barbara Coleman welcomed everyone and called the General Membership Meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:16 a.m. in Classroom C of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This was the 25th Anniversary of our Adopt-A-Student Program, and Classroom C was filled to overflowing with approximately one hundred and ten (110) individuals (members, this year's students and their families, guests, and twenty-three (23) former Adopt-A-Students) attending.

Before proceeding with the students' presentations, a wonderful and informative video filmed by Greg Petusky and Liz Russell was shown to the group. It chronicled the activities of this year's students in "the field" and around the Museum.

President Coleman thanked Kirtlandia members for supporting the program wholeheartedly. She read portions of an article from the Journal of the Native Plant Society of NE Ohio, which stressed the importance of museums like CMNH. With a collection of over 4 million items available for research and education, we have a real treasure house.

Museum Director, Dr. Bruce Latimer, applauded the video by Greg and Liz. He congratulated this year's students and thanked the curators for their dedication to the program. He stated that the Kirtlandia Adopt-A-Student program is one of the most successful programs within the Museum. He encouraged members to consider gifts to the Endowment Fund which, when it reaches a certain dollar level, could fund the program into perpetuity.

Walt Stephens gave a brief history of the Adopt-A-Student program, the brainchild of Drs. Donald S. Dean and Sonja Teraguchi, since its inception 25 years ago in 1979. The program has grown over the years and is fully supported by contributions from Kirtlandia members and friends. Some of our curators, on their own, have supported students who conduct their work within the AAS guidelines. Walt gave credit to the early pioneers of the program and to current members still intimately involved.

Ann DuFresne, Kirtlandia's Museum Liaison, then introduced the 2004 Adopt-A-Students who gave their verbal and visual presentations to the group. The students, their college affiliation and the curator they worked with are as follows:

John Dowell Edinboro University of PA Dr. Tim Matson, Vertebrate Zoology
Benjamin Gaglioti Sterling College Dr. Jim Bissell, Botany
Stephanie Melillo Case Western Reserve Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Phys. Anthro.
Loretta Neal Case Western Reserve Dr. Jim Bissell, Botany
Stuart Nealis University of Akron Dr. N'omi Greber, Archaeology
Lisa Rasbach Hobart & Wm Smith College Dr. Joe Keiper, Invertebrate Zoology
Duncan Sanford Middlebury College Dr. Joe Keiper, Invertebrate Zoology
Christopher Stefano Kent State Dr. Joe Hannibal, Invertebrate Paleontology
Amanda Svenson Baldwin-Wallace College Dr. Shya Chitaley, Paleobotany

Following the presentations, President Coleman, Walt Stephens, and Jane Litt awarded the students their certificates for completion of the program. The hard work and dedication of President Coleman and Ruth Chase in locating past Adopt-A-Students and Science Resource Center interns was rewarded with the return of 23 former participants. They were given the opportunity to introduce themselves and make brief comments.

The meeting was adjourned. The students attended their displays and answered questions in Classrooms A and B. A 25th Anniversary Cake was served. Cutting the cake was Dr. Ed Cordasco, a charter Kirtlandia member. Pete Church, Hospitality Chairman, arranged for a tasty lunch, prepared by Sandra Morse and her dedicated staff at Steggie's Café.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Susan MacDermott, Recording Secretary


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