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General Meeting - May 8, 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 10:02 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She welcomed the members, docents, and guests. There were fifty-eight (58) plus members and guests in attendance. Nancy Howell, Docent Coordinator, thanked Kirtlandia for allowing the docents to attend.

Membership Chairman, Bill MacDermott, welcomed Tom Davis to the meeting. Tom is a former member who has moved back to Cleveland after an absence of 20 years and hopefully plans on becoming involved again. President Coleman announced that Bob Taylor is home from the hospital and doing well. He plans on being back at the June meeting. Virginia Krumholz is still unable to return to work because of health issues.

Treasurer Charles Greenwald reported that our General Account is about the same and in good condition. Through March 31 the Special Projects Fund stands at about $15,600. This is $1,000 short of being able to fund 8 Adopt-A-Students. He hopes that the last $1,000 will be received. Our Endowment Fund and Investments Fund together total $162,660. This is approximately $20,000 ahead of the start of the year. Some of these funds are from new donations.

Walt Stephens was on vacation. President Coleman, however, reported that the AAS program received 36 applications. She stated that at this time there are 7 students to be funded. Dr. David Saja has withdrawn his request for an Adopt-A-Student because none of the applicants had enough background for his project.

Jane Litt reported that the next meeting of the Education Committee would be on Wednesday, May 12, at noon. Pete Church, Hospitality Chairman, thanked Nancy Howell for contributing the extra refreshments for today's meeting.

Barb Sciulli reported that the Board approved Kirtlandia giving something to the Adopt-A-Students this year. A baseball hat, embroidered with our logo, was the choice. They were ordered from Land's End. Barb also reported that she had ordered some Kirtlandia shirts in various styles, colors, and fabrics for members' perusal. They were available to look at and order today.

In Bob Taylor's absence, Susan MacDermott gave a brief introduction of today's speaker, Dr. John P. Szabo. John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1971 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1975. Currently, he is the Geology Department's Chairman at The University of Akron. John is also the son of our Kirtlandia Vice President, Bert Szabo.

John is widely published in the special areas of Pleistocene Studies, Geomorphology, Environmental Geology and Groundwater Hydrology. The topic today, "Glaciation of Northeast Ohio," focused on his primary research interest. John gave a most interesting and educational talk about the physical evidence in Ohio left by the various continental glaciers coming down from Canada during the past few ice ages. He highlighted his presentation with many wonderful glacial photographs and illustrations.

Following questions and answers, the meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Susan MacDermott
Recording Secretary

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