General Meeting - August 10, 2002
Following coffee, donuts, and conversation beginning at 10:00 a.m., President Ted Ganger welcomed everyone and called the General Meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:12 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This was the 23rd annual Adopt-A-Student presentation meeting and luncheon. Attendance was at an all-time high with over 80 Kirtlandia members, Adopt-A-Students, their families, and guests.
President Ganger read a letter from Pam Keiper, coordinator of the Science Resource Center, thanking Kirtlandia for our sponsorship of a summer teacher intern and including the Annual Report of the SRC. President Ganger also read a letter of appreciation from Joe Hannibal for our continued support of Kirtlandia, a Museum publication. Number 53 is hot off the press, and because of the fewer number of pages and cost savings in printing, the publication cost was under budget. Therefore, Joe is not requesting funds from Kirtlandia this year. However, he assured us that he would require some funding next year. Any member wishing a copy of #53 may contact Susan or Bill MacDermott (216/382-4385). They will be happy to arrange for delivery of a copy at an upcoming general membership meeting.
The recent death of Dr. Edwin R. Delfs was announced. He, along with a trio of University School teens, unearthed Haplocanthosaurus delfsi ("Happy") in Colorado in the 1950's.
President Ganger turned the meeting over to Walt Stephens, Chairman of the Adopt-A-Student Committee, who welcomed everyone to the graduation of the "crown jewel" of the Kirtlandia Society's year and gave a brief history of the program.
Ann DuFresne, Coordinator of the Program and Kirtlandia's Museum Liaison, introduced the 9 Adopt-A-Students for 2002 who gave their exciting verbal and visual presentations to the group. She said the group continues to improve with each year. The students, college affiliation, and the Museum curator they worked with are as follows:
Emmalisa Brown Hiram Jim Bissell, Botany
Olena Gudz John Carroll Dr. Bruce Latimer, Physical Anthropology
Alex Janevski Case Western Reserve Dr. Joe Hannibal, Invertebrate Paleontology
Ben Kaspar Kent State Dr. Shya Chitaley, Paleobotany
Lauren Matisoff Indiana University Ann S. DuFresne, Archaeology
J. Adam Matuszewski Alfred University Curator Emerita Esther Bockhoff &
Dr. Sharon Dean, Cultural Anthropology
Lisa Oberhouse Bowling Green Dr. Timothy Matson, Vertebrate Zoology
Amy Schneider Ohio Wesleyan Dr. Timothy Matson, Vertebrate Zoology
Elizabeth Turnell Yale University Dr. Joe Keiper, Entomology
Ann DuFresne thanked the students and commended them on their wonderful presentations. Walt Stephens then presented certificates to the students who were congratulated by President Ted Ganger and Vice President Barb Coleman. President Ganger adjourned the meeting at 11:37 a.m. The students then staffed their displays and answered questions pertaining to their individual projects in Classrooms A and B until a wonderful lunch arranged by Pete Church and prepared by the Cleveland Sight Center was served.
Susan MacDermott, Recording Secretary