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April 2019  KSNH News and Events

We are in the process of bringing back the Kentucky Society of Natural History. We have one nominee for the very important position of President, Stephen Richter, who is a Professor of Biology at Eastern Kentucky University, but we need more volunteers to fill our Executive Board.  

The Kentucky Society of Natural History has been around for a very long time.  Here's a letter of its history by Professor P.A. Davis: 

FlR5T LOUISVILLE NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY
By P. A. Davies

While studying the C. W. Short correspondence in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina November 26, 1947, I discovered three letters which I believe are or interest to The Kentucky Society of Natural History.

These letters tell that on December 6, 1851, a small group of local naturalists met in the Medical School building of the University of Louisville and organized a Louisville Natural History Society.

Another small group of naturalists, without knowledge of what had taken place 88 years earlier, met in 1939. And organized the Louisville Natural History Society, later incorporated The Kentucky Society of Natural History. The present Society should seriously consider December 6, 1851, as the founding date and look forward to celebrating its centennial in 1951.

The charter and minute book of this early Society has been sought. without success in the Library of the Medical School of the University of Louisville, the Louisville Free Public Library, and The Filson Club. It would be interesting to know how long the organization, remained active; how many meetings were» held and the nature of these meetings, and what has become of ‘its books and specimens.
 
I am submitting these letters for publication so that The Kentucky Society of Natural History may have a permanent record of the foundation of the early Society.


Please consider becoming a volunteer for one of our important executive board member.  Term limit is just two years and right now that is four meetings.  if you need more information, feel free to contact me at kygeology@gmail.com.

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Please consider volunteering for one these very important positions for KSNH to become a viable nonprofit again.  The following are the duties of the officers as listed in our original bylaws:

Officers shall be elected at the fall general meeting and shall serve for two years or until an election can be held. The performance and conduct of any Board Member is subject to review by the Board of Directors.
 
1.       President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Kentucky Society of Natural History, shall decide the agenda for and preside at all general membership meetings (in general  accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order), shall be the official representative of the Kentucky Society of Natural History, shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Kentucky Society of Natural History, shall be an ex officio member of all committees and shall have any other powers as are granted by the Board of Directors or that are proper to the function of the office.
 
2.       Immediate Past President. The Immediate Past President will assist and support the presiding President in performing duties of the office.
 
3.       Vice-President. The Vice-President shall decide the agenda for and preside at all general or other membership meetings in the absence of the President and shall be in charge of arranging programs for the monthly general   membership meetings and shall have any other powers as are granted by the Board of Directors. The Vice-President shall also   be responsible for arranging special activities and programs and for recruiting the manpower to carry out these plans. In the event of death or long-term incapacity of the President, the Vice-President shall serve as Acting President until a new President is selected pursuant to Article IV, Section 1,  of these By-Laws.
 
4.       Secretary. The Secretary shall keep written and electronic minutes of all meetings, shall maintain the official copy of the  Kentucky Society of Natural History By-Laws and maintain with such copy an   electronic record of all membership and Board meetings, shall have supervision of the  current record of the Kentucky Society of Natural History, shall be the official    correspondent of the Kentucky Society of Natural History and shall assist the Treasurer     in keeping the membership rolls current. The current record shall consist of the minutes    of general and Board meetings, monthly newsletters, correspondence, membership lists    and special activities information. At the end of the term, all records, except the official copy of the Kentucky Society of Natural History By-Laws and accompanying electronic record, shall be turned over to the new Historian.
 
5.       Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the Kentucky Society of Natural History, shall be responsible for all monetary assets of the Kentucky Society of Natural History and shall keep a full and accurate record of all financial transactions of the Kentucky Society of Natural History. The Treasurer shall give a monthly report on the current financial status of the Kentucky Society of Natural History and of special fund-raising activities. The Treasurer shall keep the membership list current with the help of the Secretary and shall handle all financial correspondence. The Treasurer shall file the Kentucky Society of Natural History Annual Verification Report with the Kentucky Secretary of State no later than June 30 of each year. The Treasurer shall perform any other duties as may be properly required by the President or the Board of Directors.
 
6.       webmaster.  The webmaster shall maintain and update the Kentucky Society of Natural History website.
 
B.. General Obligations. Officers and at-large directors shall be responsible for attending Board Meetings and for safeguarding the interests of the Kentucky Society of Natural History At-large directors shall perform any other duties as may be properly required by the President or the Board of Directors.
 
C. Precedence of Offices. In the absence of the President, responsibility for setting the agenda for,  and presiding at, general and special membership meetings and Kentucky Society of Natural History public functions shall devolve to officers in the following order: Vice­ President, Secretary, Treasurer,  and webmaster.
 
D. Removal. Any officer or director may be removed without cause by a majority vote of the     membership present at a general membership meeting or by a two-thirds vote of the currently serving members of the Board of Directors.   
 
We started out with the help of U of L professors, and when I joined we had a little over 500 members.  Those were the days.  With your help we may the opportunity to revive those days.  Thanks so much for being there for us.

Since the Wildflower Weekend falls on Easter, some of our members have opted to attend Black Mountain Weekend instead.
Black Mountain Weekend

  • Friday, May 10, 20196:00 PM 
    Sunday, May 12, 20191:00 PM

Join us May 10-12 as we celebrate the unique and important ecosystem of Black Mountain. As the highest point in Kentucky, this mountain is home to many rare species of wildflowers including painted trillium, rosy twisted stalk, purple fringed orchid, and Kentucky's largest population of Turk's cap Lilly. In addition, Black Mountain is home to several species of rare birds, mammals, and insects. 

Cost is $225 for an adult and $125 for children ages 6-12. There is no charge for children ages 5 years and under.

Lodging is provided on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors may stay in dormitory or cottage-style housing. Bathrooms are shared. Single rooms available upon request.

Meals are provided from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Homegrown vegetables are served as much as possible. Vegetarians options are available with advance notice.

To reserve your spot click the link below, call 606-558-3571, or email office@pinemountainsettlementschool.com
Black Mountain Weekend Registration
from 125.00


Wildflower Weekend Pine Mountain Settlement School

  • Friday, April 19, 2019 6:00 PM 
    Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:00 PM

Every spring, naturalists, photographers, and nature-lovers flock to Pine Mountain to immerse themselves in one of the region's most prolific wildflower habitats. In mid-April, the James E. Bickford State Nature Preserve on the campus of Pine Mountain Settlement School is in full bloom with over 100 species of wildflowers across the forest, including several species of trillium, showy orchids, dwarf crested iris, and more! 

To celebrate this colorful time of year, Pine Mountain Settlement School is hosting its annual Wildflower Weekend April 20-22. During this program, folks of all ages will participate in guided hikes along our forested trails, eat farm-fresh meals, and enjoy the beauty and relaxation of this environment. 

Cost is $225 for an adult and $125 for children ages 6-12. There is no charge for children ages 5 years and under.

Lodging is provided on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors may stay in dormitory or cottage-style housing. Bathrooms are shared. Single rooms available upon request.

Meals are provided from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Homegrown vegetables are served as much as possible. Vegetarians options are available with advance notice.

To reserve your spot click the link below, call 606-558-3571, or email office@pinemountainsettlementschool.com


Wildflower Weekend Registration
from 125.00

Here's some food for thought written by Dr. James Conkin, former professor at U of L, some years ago about KSNH.

The Kentucky Society of Natural History was, in a real sense, a training
ground for future scientists. Several of the youngsters who "came out" of the
KSNH became scientists in later years. My best friend then, Jimmy Arnold,
later became a University of California Ph.D. in entomology and later
professor at Wayne State and the Cancer Institute in Detroit, as an example.
While a student at the University of Louisville, I was vice-president of the
Geology Section of the KSNH, and later when I returned to teach at
Louisville, I was ultimately vice-president for geology and president. In later
years, I gradually dropped out of the KSNH but still acknowledged its great
value in promoting science and natural history studies in general and its
nurturing of budding scientists.
 
All humans are flawed, however, and I must confess that my reluctance to
continue with the KSNH was mostly the result of a conflict with another
member whom I, rightly or wrongly, considered had done me an injury. It
was mean-spirited of me and I admit I should have stayed the course and
done more for the society rather than to have "run away*' in anger because of
my dislike for an individual member. General neglect of the KSNH by
professionals has brought the society to a low ebb; particularly absent is a
cadre of young science students who formerly populated the society.

 
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
......please keep us informed about any address or email changes.

 
Thanks
Berl Meyer

e-newsletter editor
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