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General Meeting - September 11, 2004


Following coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m., President Barbara Coleman called the General Membership/Annual Meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:00 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History with a moment of silence remembering the events of this date three (3) years ago. She welcomed the forty-three (43) members, and guests attending, including last night's speaker at the Explorer Lecture, Beth Buckles, DVM, Ph.D., a former Future Scientist and a 1,000-hour volunteer in the Museum's wildlife center.

President Coleman announced the deaths of two (2) Kirtlandia members, Dr. Bob Berne and Ray Gaul. She also offered congratulations Kirtlandia member, Bert Szabo, who received the Naturalist of the Year Award from the Ohio Biological Survey.

Pete Church, Hospitality Committee Chairman, thanked all those members who offered their assistance at the Adopt-A-Student luncheon and 25th Anniversary Party in August.

Program Chairman, Bob Taylor, then introduced the speaker, Mike Johnson, Resource Manager for the Summit County Metroparks, whose topic was "Bats of Ohio and the Federally Endangered Indiana Bat." Mike is a former Adopt-A-Student (about 1989) and a part-time Museum employee who worked with Tim Matson. His presentation featured excellent pictures of the many different species of bats he described. Bats are many and varied, ranging from the very tiny Pipestrelle, often mistaken for a moth, to the much larger and spectacular Hoary bat. He detailed many "bat facts" and dispelled numerous "bat myths." He further spoke of threats to bats such as pesticides and natural disasters. Mike also touched upon bat surveying and bat conservation. He mentioned that Liberty Park in Twinsburg has an ongoing bat research project.

Following questions and answers, this portion of the meeting adjourned at 11:15 a.m. The business meeting followed.

President Coleman commented that the School Service and Teacher Resources schedule for 2004-2005 is available for those interested. Barb reported on behalf of Treasurer Charles Greenwald that Kirtlandia's finances are in good shape.

Walt Stephens, Chairman of the Adopt-A-Student Committee, read his report on this year's program to the membership. A video, artfully produced by Liz Russell and Greg Petusky of CMNH's Photo/Media Services, showcasing this summer's AAS program and its students was shown. President Coleman thanked Walt for what he has done for the AAS program during the last six (6) years. She detailed the work she and Ruth Chase did over many months, locating addresses, compiling information on past students from returned questionnaires, sending out invitations, and preparing for the anniversary party. They plan on continuing their efforts to locate students from past summers.

Jane Litt, Chairman of the Education Committee, read her report on the September 8 meeting. In summary, the AAS program was a howling success. This year's SRC intern, Jennifer Siekaniec, will present a report on her work to our October meeting. Bonnie Cummings, Chief Operating Officer, reported that Carin Miller has been hired to fill the position of Director of Education; Jennifer Wilems is the new Library Manager; and Michael Ryan is the new Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology. Construction of the Exedra and installation of the sundial in front of the Shafran Planetarium is progressing with its dedication scheduled for September 21. The next Education Committee meeting is October 6.

Ann DuFresne, Museum Liaison, had no comments.

On behalf of Membership, Barb Sciulli reported that, with the exception of eight (8) members, annual dues have been received from all.

Ed Cordasco requested again that the Program Chairman ask our speakers to provide handouts with references and/or a summary of their presentations.

President Coleman stated that the Board has not followed the procedures for the election of officers and the appointment of committee chairmen as outlined in our current Bylaws. Therefore, these Bylaws need to be reconsidered and changed to reflect a manageable method of election and operation. This will be up to a Bylaws committee created by the new Board.

Fred Litt, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, consisting also of Bill MacDermott and Les Massey, reported that he would like to see more participation of Kirtlandia members in the operation of the Society. That aside, the following slate of officers for the 2004-2006 term of office was submitted to the general membership for approval:

President Susan MacDermott
Vice President Barbara Sciulli
Recording Secretary Lillian Brinnon
Treasurer Charles Greenwald

President Coleman asked for approval of the above slate. There were no dissenting votes, and the slate was approved unanimously. President Coleman thanked all the Board for working with her so cooperatively during the past two (2) years.

The meeting adjourned at 12:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Susan MacDermott
Recording Secretary


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