After coffee and conversation, President Ted Ganger called the General Meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:05 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Turnout was excellent with approximately 38 members and guests in attendance. Ted welcomed them all to the first meeting of the new fiscal year. Visitors were introduced to the group by their hosts.
Treasurer Charles Greenwald reported that it had been a good year for Kirtlandia. As of June 30 the General Account showed a balance of $4,062. The Investment and Endowment Fund jumped significantly to $140,600. Investment income, donations, and gain on securities amounted to a gain of approximately $28,000 over last year.
President Ganger announced that Norman Krumholz, husband of Virginia Krumholz, Museum Archivist and a Kirtlandia member, had received the Cleveland Foundation's Homer C. Wadsworth Award. It recognizes those who have enriched Greater Cleveland through work and service. Ted also read a letter of appreciation he and his wife received from one of this year's Adopt-A-Students thanking them for their sponsorship and letting them know what an enriching experience the program provided.
Ann DuFresne announced that copies of the new Kirtlandia journal are available for those interested in receiving one. Ann reported that Walt Stephens will give his annual report on the Adopt-A-Student program at our October meeting.
Program Chairman, Bob Taylor, introduced Pam Keiper, head of the Science Resource Center. She thanked Kirtlandia on behalf of Cheryl Moore, a 5th grade teacher at Gearity Elementary School, the teacher supported by Kirtlandia in the Teacher Enhancement Program this summer. Pam gave a brief report on the kit Cheryl constructed. "Globetrotting" consists of 5 videos on various world cultures and deals with maps, and map making, compasses, and continents, etc. The kit ties into an exhibit, "Navigating Our World", coming to the Museum early next year.
Bob Taylor then introduced Mark Kollecker, of the Archaeology Department and Supervisor of the "Archaeology In Action" summer program for college students. He also supervises the "Field Experience" program for students in the 5th through 12th grades during the fall and spring of the school year. These programs are a continuation of work begun in the early 1980's Al Lee, Stephanie Belovich, and most recently the late Barb Barrish. The program Mark primarily discussed was the "Field Experience" where his students (30 per day maximum) have the opportunity of doing actual fieldwork in the Cleveland vicinity. They learn that archaeology is more than just digging. It requires careful note taking, measuring, and recording. Students are also taught about primitive technology. The program has received some funding since 1986 from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, as well as from other sources. The program is self-sustaining through fees charged to schools, is profitable, and runs independently of Museum funding. Initially, the program grew slowly during the 80's. However, in 1996, 1,664 students participated, and the total enrollment since 1982 has been 22,000.
After a question and answer period, the meeting adjourned at 11:12 a.m.