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. More than thirty (30) members, guests, and Museum staff attended.
Bill MacDermott reported that we have not gained any new dues-paying members. However, Lillian Brinnon reported that, at the Board meeting held on April 12, two individuals, Esther Bockhoff and Bruce Frumker, were made lifetime honorary members of Kirtlandia.
President Coleman reported that Jim Bissell is receiving his Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Akron today. Pam Keiper is receiving her Masters Degree from Kent State University today also.
Treasurer Greenwald was absent. However, President Coleman said that Kirtlandia is in good shape financially. Walt Stephens reported on the funds available for this summer's Adopt-A-Student program. He stated that after his plea last month for funds for the AAS program, four very nice gifts were received. The fund now stands at $18,039, with only $16,800 needed to fund the program in totality. Two curators have selected their students with the others still mulling over the applications.
President Coleman reported on the Education Committee meeting held on Wednesday, May 7. Six committee members attended. Due to some confusion last summer, the funds for last summer's Kirtlandia's teacher intern in the Science Resource Center remain available to fund the program this year. To date, Pam Keiper has three applicants. The plausibility of funding an intern for Astronomy was also discussed. We don't wish to take away from the 2 programs we currently support, i.e. the AAS program and the SRC teacher intern. However, it is felt that it would be good for Kirtlandia to support, but not completely fund, an intern for Astronomy.
Pete Church, Hospitality Chairman, reported the receipt of a check from Kirtlandia's General Fund covering a shortfall in donations to our "contribution box" for the refreshments at our monthly meetings.
Bob Taylor, Program Chairman, introduced today's speaker, Adam Grimm. Adam is a wildlife artist who exhibited an innate talent at a very young age. At age 21, he was the youngest individual ever to win the Federal Duck Stamp Competition. His winning entry, over 242 other competitors, appears on the 2000-2001 Millennium Federal Duck Stamp. This is a stamp issued yearly, and its sale supports the preservation/conservation of wetlands. Begun in 1934, it is the only federally sponsored art competition. The majority of duck stamps go to print collectors.
Adam gave a brief history of how he became involved in painting and developed a regimen for painting on a schedule. He showed slides of many of his paintings and had brought a number of them along for members to view. Most of Adam's paintings are done in oil; however, he does some drawings in pencil. In order to do his painting, he has studied ducks, birds, and other natural background materials extensively. Each year 5 new species are picked for the competition. Once an artist has won the competition, he cannot compete for 3 years. Adam is again eligible this year and is busily working on his entry. In the meantime, among other commissioned things, he has done 3 state stamps-Alaska, Washington, and New York.
After questions and answers, the meeting adjourned at approximately noon.