FOUND: A lovely lighthouse pin was found at December's Holiday Luncheon. If it is yours, or you know the owner, please give us a call at 216-382-4385 (MacDermotts), and we will arrange for its return.
Following coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m., Vice President Bert Szabo 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. President Coleman was absent due to a death in her family. Approximately forty (40) members, guests, and Museum staff were present.
Walt Stephens gave a glowing report on the progress of fund raising for the upcoming Adopt-A-Student program this summer. As of December 19, 2003, fifteen (15) gifts totaling $5,82l had been received. He anticipates another large donation bringing the total to a dollar amount that would fund 3.7 students, or 46% of our goal of $16,800.
Treasurer Greenwald reported on Kirtlandia's finances. The majority of membership dues have been received ($2,400). One curator returned $900 to the AAS program because the student had not spent the appropriate amount of time on the AAS project. The Endowment Funds are back up, and have realized a gain of approximately $1,800, bringing the total to approximately $145,200.
Ruth Chase reported that she and Barb Coleman are still working on locating former Adopt-A-Students. They will continue to work on culling information from the curators who have yet to respond to their request.
On behalf of "Cookie Monster" Pete Church, Hospitality Chairperson, thanked all those providing desserts for last month's Holiday Luncheon. She stated that the reservation policy for the luncheon at this annual event should be more definitive. For some reason, this year the members of Photo Society were not made aware of the necessity of making reservations for the luncheon. Hopefully, this will be worked out next year when it is Photo Society's turn to host the event.
Pete reported that Kirtlandia's donation to the Discovery Center was used to make a "discovery box." This was a magnet box and will be used as a prototype for other boxes.
Membership Chairman, Bill MacDermott, reported that we have a new member, Mary Lou Braman. He announced that our society would be participating in the upcoming Women's Committee Event on February 7. "Putters, Bones & Birdies" is the theme of the event, focusing around miniature golf. He is designing a hole and asked for members to contact him if interested in helping.
Bill MacDermott, Proprietor of Cleveland Solar & Wind and a Kirtlandia member, was the speaker for the day with the topic, "Solar Power: Uses & Applications From Around the World." He explained that he is an addict of alternative energy, and this has become quite a hobby for him. He began by giving some generalized definitions of terms relating to alternative energy. Then, through an interesting and thorough PowerPoint presentation, he showed the many applications of solar power and different types of installation from its first use in the early 1950's to the present. Implications of future use were also discussed.
After questions and answers, the meeting adjourned at 11:09 a.m.