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September 14, 2002
After coffee and conversation, President Ted Ganger called the 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. Thirty-eight (38) members and guests attended. President Ganger cordially welcomed everyone, and said that because the business meeting and election of officers would be lengthy, our speaker would give his presentation first.
Bob Taylor, Program Chairman, introduced Dr. David Horn who is affiliated with Ohio State and is Past President of the Ohio Lepidopterists Society. Dr. Horn's presentation on "Butterflies" focused primarily on what different butterflies found in Ohio need for survival, i.e. their habitats and food sources. He showed many slides of the different butterflies, both in their adult and larval stages, and their habitats. He spoke about the butterfly population changes over the years. Dr. Horn also went into some detail about the Monarch, its life span and pattern of migration. Perhaps his most interesting comment was that Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland first described the Snout Butterfly.
After a short question and answer period, President Ganger gave members a break at 10:55 a.m. He reconvened the meeting at 11:09 a.m. to conduct the business of the day. President Ganger stated that this is the Annual Meeting at which the officers for the next 2 years are elected. Ted thanked the Board for their work during the past 2 years and commended the membership for putting up with his sense of humor during his term. He then asked for committee reports.
Vice President: Barb Coleman had no report.
Treasurer: Charles Greenwald gave the financial report for our fiscal year, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002, and stated that it is satisfactory. We funded 8 Adopt-A-Students and the Teacher Intern in the Science Resource Center. The Investment Fund and the Endowment Fund have a total of $141,700, an increase of approximately $1,200 over a year ago. Our portfolio sustained a loss of $7,000 due to the lower stock market values. The majority of the loss was realized in the 4th quarter.
Corresponding Secretary: Lillian Brinnon reported that she and Ruth Chase continue to write thank you notes to our speakers.
Recording Secretary: Susan MacDermott reported that she continues to write the Minutes of the General Membership meetings. They are distributed with the notices of upcoming meetings. She also prepares the Minutes of the Board meetings.
Membership: Bill MacDermott reported that we are into our 4th year of setting up a Kirtlandia information table at the Explorer Series. He thanked all those members who have helped out by sitting with him at the table "talking up" our Society. We have recruited an average of one (1) new member from each Explorer lecture. Our membership stands at approximately 75, with roughly 50% attendance at the monthly meetings. Barb Sciulli has offered to help him out with membership activities, and she sent out this year's letter requesting payment of dues.
Hospitality: Pete Church thanked members for their help in supplying desserts for the Adopt-A-Student luncheon. We had 80 people for lunch.
Archives: Virginia Krumholz reports she was able to respond to a request for information in 1 day. She also reported that she would continue to make announcements about joining Kirtlandia at Women's Committee functions. She feels this is fertile ground for our membership.
Education: Jane Litt reported on the meeting of the Education Committee, held on Wednesday, September 11. She invited members to visit the Discovery Center to see the amazing things going on there. The Science Resource Center has a wonderful, colorful, new brochure highlighting the things available for teachers. A free-of-charge Science Spectacular is to be held on September 26. The date for the pizza party for the 2003 Adopt-A-Students is June 12, 2003. With this much advance notice, all curators and students should be able to arrange their schedules so they can attend. August 9, 2003 is the AAS presentation program/luncheon. A total of 176 students are alumni of the program, and one, Lisa Parks, was recently highlighted in Tracks. Barb Coleman and Ruth Chase plan on doing research on the alumni and entering the information into a database. They will also be targeting new contacts in science departments at colleges, looking for more applicants.
Program: Bob Taylor commended Ann DuFresne on the quality of our programs. They are looking into some new program topics that we have not had before or in the past few years.
Adopt-A-Student: Walt Stephens thanked Jane Litt for her comments on the AAS program. He then read his report on the 2002 Adopt-A-Student program. The full text of Walt's report will be attached to the Minutes of the Board Meeting to be held following today's General Membership Meeting.
After expressing thanks to the members of the Nominating Committee, President Ganger put before the membership the slate of officers for the next two years as follows:
President Barbara Coleman
Vice President Bert Szabo
Corresponding Secretary Lillian Brinnon
Recording Secretary Susan MacDermott
Treasurer Charles Greenwald
The President asked for further nominations from the floor, and since there were none, he requested a motion that all officers be approved. Walt Stephens so moved, Bob Taylor seconded, and the motion to approve the slate as presented passed unanimously. Bob Taylor gave accolades to Ted Ganger for his work and dedication to Kirtlandia as President during the past two years.
President Ganger then gave the oath of office to Barb Coleman. She thanked Ted for his humor and leadership and then requested a motion to adjourn. Fred Litt so moved, Jane Litt seconded, and President Coleman adjourned the meeting at 11:48 a.m.