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July  2018  KSNH News and Events

KSNH Picnic
KSNH's picnic will be held at the manor house at the Horine Conference Center, 11808 Holsclaw Hill Rd, Fairdale, KY, Thursday, July 19 beginning with a nature hike at 3 pm and a potluck dinner beginning at 6pm The society will supply the bbq and you just bring a covered dish. RSVP is required for this so we don't go over board at Shack in the Back. Send your reservation to

Also see the minutes about making reservations for our fall conference.

The goodies from our last meeting were given by Larry and Susie Hilton and Richard Hutchison.  Thanks guys for stepping up to the "plate."

                Portrait of Dr. Kurfees 1947

Louisville - Dr. James F. Kurfees, MTH and PhD in Theology, 87, passed away on the morning of June 27, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.He was a graduate of the old Kentucky Military Institute, The University of Louisville Medical School, and Louisville Bible College. He attended Vanderbilt University, Harvard Medical School, University of Alabama Birmingham and Trinity Theological Seminary.

After graduating from the University of Louisville Medical School, completing internships and residency at Macon Hospital, Macon, Georgia, he served in the United States Navy as the medical officer for a squadron of 8 destroyers based in Norfolk Virginia. His ship was the USS O'Hare, DDR-889. Following his naval service, he established a practice of Family Medicine in Albion, Idaho while also teaching at Magic Valley Christian College and coaching the track team.

He then matriculated at the University of Alabama Birmingham as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow while teaching in the Medical and Dental School and doing research.

Returning to Kentucky, he joined the faculty at Morehead State University while operating a working farm on the periphery of Daniel Boone National Forest. Moving to Shelby County in 1965, he established a family practice in Crestwood, Kentucky. During this time, he taught part time at Kentucky Southern College, the St. Anthony School of Medical Technology, Louisville Bible College and the University of Louisville Family Practice Department. While in practice in Crestwood, he did clinical research for the UpJohn and Sandoz Drug companies.

In 1974, he joined the newly formed University of Louisville Family Practice Department as full time faculty. While there, he served briefly as acting Medical Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Eastern Kentucky University. During a sabbatical year, he served as visiting faculty at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.

Dr. Kurfees retired from full-time faculty at University of Louisville Family Practice Department in 1990, but continued as part-time faculty for several years. He was board certified in both Family Medicine and Geriatric and Community Health Medicine. His students at the University of Louisville School of Medicine honored him with the establishment of the James F. Kurfees Excellence in Teaching award, presented annually to a faculty member who exhibits unusual teaching ability. He was given the 1993 Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine.

At the age of 72, he matriculated at Trinity Theological Seminary and completed his Doctorate of Theology.

In 1978, Dr. Kurfees was ordained as a minister in the Independent Christian Church and for many years served as a preacher, elder, and teacher for churches in Kentucky, Indiana, Idaho, Virginia, and Georgia.

Most recently he attended and participated at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was a talented musician, able to play many instruments, but his real love was jazz piano, which he studied for over 15 years.

Dr. Kurfees published many scientific research studies in medical journals, as well as chapters in textbooks. Many of his religious writings were also published.

Throughout the years, he belonged to several civic organizations and medical societies and was a Diplomat of the American Academy of Family Practice. A life time member of the Kentucky Society of Natural History, he enjoyed camping, fishing, backpacking, and bird watching. He also hiked thousands of miles in the US and Canada with his wife, Jane.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jim Kurfees. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jane Jackman Kurfees, and daughters Kathy French (Mark), and Becky Meyer (Bill). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Heather Jones (Josh), Josh French (Kinsey), Bill Meyer (Danielle), and Chris Meyer (Megan). He is survived by three great grandchildren, Sam, Charlie and Elsie Claire Jones. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Alma Becker and his cousin, Elizabeth LeSueur, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Sunrise Senior Living, the staff at Baptist Hospital East, and Dr. William Haney. Additionally, we are grateful for all who cared for him, many of whom were his former students and residents.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday July 1, 2018 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East Louisville. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Louisville Family Medicine Department, the WHAS Crusade for Children, Louisville Bible College or the donor's favorite charity.

KSNH has made a charitable contribution to the Crusade in "Doc's" name.



A general meeting of the KSNH was held at the Louisville Nature Center as part of our June 21 monthly meeting.  Officers present were from right to left, acting-secretary Margie Conard for Mary Jane Glauber, Immediate Past President Berl Meyer, Vice President Larry Hilton, and Treasurer Mary Alice Bidwell.

To start off the meeting, Pete Glauber reported that Mary Jane, his wife, had undergone surgery for a brain tumor May 31, and is receiving both PT and OT. She is expected to start radiation treatments July 2. As of today June 29, Mary Jane has started radiation and chemotherapy. We wish this family the best and hope for a quick recovery.
The treasurer announced that two people joined last week, increasing by $30 the balance of funds reported in the May 12 th board meeting. The treasurer's report and the secretary's minutes from the May board meeting had been read on line by the membership. Cindy Payne made a motion to approve both reports and Susan Wilson seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Berl Meyer discussed his efforts to attempt to boost membership by attempting to get sponsorship from a state university. Thus far this outreach has been unsuccessful. Most recently contacted was Morehead University, but they reported that there is no support for environmentally connected projects.  There were two other universities that showed some interest. (See amendments below which have recently been noted).

There are four grant requests that Berl is looking at and will be awarded prior to July 31, 2018. The cap for a grant is $1000. Grant applications will be open until the last day of June and then the page will be taken down from the website.
The plan is to leave the money alone in the CDs and keep it there for possible future grants.

Berl stated that we will lose our nonprofit status if we do not have a full slate of officers. He is unable to continue as acting president. After more discussion Pat Berlé agreed to fill the position of Interim President. Larry Hilton agreed to continue as Vice President, Mary Alice Bidwell confirmed she would continue as Treasurer and Mary Jane Glauber to continue as Secretary.
KSNH's picnic will be held at the Manor House at the Horine Conference Center, 11808 Holsclaw Hill Rd, Fairdale, KY, Thursday, July 19 beginning with a nature hike at 3 pm and a potluck dinner beginning at 6 pm.  The Society will supply the BBQ and you just bring a covered dish. RSVP is requested for this, so we don’t go overboard at Shack in the Back. You may reply here or send your reservation to

The Society would then take a hiatus after the picnic.

Berl stated that if KSNH had no president by December 31, he recommended the active members join the Parklands to be paid for out of our treasury. Discussion followed, with the consensus that people would have a choice of membership money between the Louisville Nature Center and the Parklands.  Members out in the state would have a their choice of another nature orientated group.
Treasury Report:
$22,748.88 in CDs at JCFCU
$4,986.77 in the checking acct.
$4,753.02 in the savings act.
$60.00 cash on hand
Income Expenses:
$1,417.00 membership dues $325 rental fees Louisville Nature Center
$150.00 donations $37.20 stamps and supplies
$50.78 memorial chimes
Berl asked that money be refunded to the two new members. Richard Hutchison made a motion to that effect and Larry Hilton seconded the motion.
Facebook would still be active, but the website would be shut down December 31, 2018 and if still no president, the money from local members could be distributed between the Parklands and the Louisville Nature Center, and state members to the nature organizations of their choice.
Discussion followed on how to avoid a complete dispersal of the KSNH membership and its funds.

Berl suggested that a new president and new board members should really have computer skills. We will look at our bylaws and see if there should be any changes on responsibility of the board members.

Joe Chiles discussed a way that the KSNH could continue its nonprofit status. After considerable discussion by the membership he made a motion that as of July 20, 2018 the slate of officers will continue our nonprofit status until the next board meeting. The motion was seconded by Richard Hutchison and passed by the membership. The board will reconvene in January 2019.
Joe Chiles further moved that the finances will be continued to be maintained as is currently. Pete Glauber seconded the motion. Pat Meyer made a motion that the finances be reviewed each year, seconded by Pete Glauber. The motions passed.
Berl stated that he would continue the E-Newsletter.

Chris Bidwell stated that he would call Pennyrile Forest SRP and decrease the contract to 10 rooms for October 19 and 20 leaving on the 21st. You may call now to make reservations: 270-797-3421 and the reservation code is 1391. He will also inquire as to what activities they had planned for the fall season.  A registration form will not be needed to attend.
Pat Meyer made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Pat Berlé seconded the motion.

Respectfully Submitted,
Margie Conard,
1 st Alternate Secretary
Amended items:

There will not be any Thursday night meetings at the Louisville Nature Center

We will hold two future conferences Pennyrile State Resort Park October 19-21 and either Shawnee State Park or Pine Mountain Settlement School in April 2019.

I will continue to send out e-newsletters every couple of months or so.

Your membership will be valid during this time of reorganization. No need to renew 

The editor believes that a university should take more active roll in KSNH.  Like our first meetings many years ago, KSNH was lead by university professors who got their students involved with the society.  I think this is vital for these scientists of the future to take a more active with their involvement in KSNH to continue on with our mission of providing grants.

Above is an image of a grant proposal by Calvin Andries from Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU had two submissions this year. This is one of the finest Kentucky Universities that still has field studies in the Natural Sciences.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
......please keep us informed about any address or email changes.

Berl Meyer

e-newsletter editor
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