About Us


     In July of 1982, Dr. Shya Chitaley, a Paleobotanist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, founded "The Fossil Society".
     In March of 1997, some members of the Fossil Society formed a new club called the "North Coast Fossil Club" and became independent from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
     Today, the North Coast Fossil Club (NCFC) is an active group of about a hundred fossil collectors and enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

     The objectives of North Coast Fossil Club are:
             1. To encourage the closer association of persons interested in fossils,
             2. To promote the responsible collection, preparation, and study of fossils, and
             3. To foster education in paleontology, geology and related subjects.

     The NCFC usually meets the third Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m., usually at the Parma Snow Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library. Typical meeting programs include speakers on various topics relating to paleontology or geology, workshops on fossil preparation or identification, and what we call "The Collectors Corner". "The Collectors Corner" is a part of our regular meetings that is devoted to the fossils that members have brought to the meeting. A digital video system is used to project the images of the fossils on a large screen for all to see while the collector shares information concerning the fossils with the members present.
     During the collecting season (usually from March through October) we organize a field trip for the fourth weekend of each month. Usually our field trips are day or weekend collecting trips to various parts of Ohio, surrounding states, and sometimes Canada.
     Every January, we have an annual banquet, where we have a fossil display competition with prizes awarded, a raffle for the grand prizes and door prizes, and enjoy a potluck buffet meal.
     Every July, we have a picnic which includes an auction of fossils and fossil related items. The NCFC supplies Brontoburgers and hot dogs, while members bring side dishes.
     Every December, we have our annual Chitaley Paleobotany Presentation and Award meeting. Club members are invited to give a presentation on any paleobotanical subject. The presentations are judged and the winner is awarded a fossil specimen and the annual Chitely Award.    
     The NCFC also publishes a quarterly newsletter called the Fossilphile. It features stories on recent field trips, meetings, news items, display and preparation tips, humor, a calendar of upcoming events, and more.
    
     The 2017 NCFC officers, board members, and committee heads are:

Jim Supp (President)
Glen Kuban (Vice President)
Craig Tipton (Treasurer)
Donna Cole (Secretary)
Beth Krumhansl (Member at Large)
Carl Fechko (Member at Large)
Linda Supp (Member at Large)
   
Craig Tipton (Newsletter Editor)    
Carl Fechko (Website)
Mike Bernosky (Website Art)
Craig Tipton, Donna Cole, Jim Supp, & Carl Fechko (Website Photography)

     If you are interested in joining the North Coast Fossil Club, please complete the membership application. Members must sign the membership form and agree to abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of NCFC, as well as our Safety Rules. NCFC annual dues are $12 for an individual or $17 for a Family.
     You can bring your completed application and dues to our monthly meeting or mail them to our Treasurer: Craig Tipton, PO Box 44, Perry, Ohio 44081-0044.


Our History
of
Leadership, Achievements, & Awards

2016 President: Jim Supp
          Vice President: Glen Kuban
          Secretary: Donna Cole
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Carl Fechko, Beth Krumhansl 
          2016 Member of the Year: Beth Krumhansl & Sharon McKanze
          Chitaley Award: Jim Supp
          Gerling-Reich Award: 1) Mark Garland   2) Sherry Clark

2015 President: Jim Supp
          Vice President: Glen Kuban
          Secretary: Beth Krumhansl
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Donna Cole, Doug Dunn, Carl Fechko 
          2015 Member of the Year: Carl Fechko
          Chitaley Award: Tom Steckel
          Gerling-Reich Award: 1) Linda Supp   2) Craig Tipton

2014 President: Jim Supp
          Vice President: Glen Kuban
          Secretary: Beth Krumhansl
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Doug Dunn, Carl Fechko 
          2014 Member of the Year: Glen Kuban
          Chitaley Award: Tom Steckel
          Gerling-Reich Award: 1) Linda Supp   2) Carl Fechko

2013 President: Jim Supp
          Vice President: Glen Kuban
          Secretary: Donna Cole
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Doug Dunn, Carl Fechko, & Beth Krumhansl 
          2013 Member of the Year: Doug Dunn
          Chitaley Award: Tom Steckel
          Gerling-Reich Award: 1) Craig Tipton

2012 President: Dick Cole
          Vice President: Jim Supp
          Secretary: Beth Krumhansl
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Donna Cole, Carl Fechko, & Glen Kuban 
          2012 Member of the Year: Sharon McKanze
          Chitaley Award: Carl Fechko
          Gerling-Reich Award: 1) Paul Regel       2) Dick Cole

2011 President: Jim Supp
          Vice President: Glen Kuban
          Secretary: Beth Krumhansl
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Donna Cole, Carl Fechko, & Pat Newhauser 
          2011 Member of the Year: Jim Supp
          Chitaley Award: Linda Supp
          Gerling-Reich Award: 1) Craig Tipton       2) Carl Fechko

2010 President: Jim Supp
          Vice President: Mike Bernosky
          Secretary: Donna Cole
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Carl Fechko, Beth Krumhansl, & Glen Kuban 
          2010 Member of the Year: Craig Tipton
          Special Lifetime Achievement Award: Tony Verdi
          Chitaley Award: Tom Steckel
          Gerling-Reich Award: 1) Paul Regel       2) Craig Tipton

2009 President: Jim Supp
          Vice President: Tony Verdi
          Secretary: Donna Cole
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Carl Fechko, Beth Krumhansl, & Pat Newhauser 
          2009 Member of the Year: Carl Fechko
          Chitaley Award: Tom Steckel
          Gerling-Reich Award: 1) Craig Tipton       2) Kristina Bernosky & Glenn Kuban (tie)

2008 President: Gary Sladek
          Vice President: Tony Verdi
          Secretary: Donna Cole
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Carl Fechko, Beth Krumhansl, & Alan Simpson 
          2008 Member of the Year: Craig Tipton
          Chitaley Award: Mike Bernosky

2007 President: Dick Cole
          Vice President: Jim Supp
          Secretary: Beth Krumhansl
          Treasurer: Craig Tipton
          Members-at-Large: Donna Cole, Pat Newhauser, & Tony Verdi 
          2007 Member of the Year: Beth Krumhansl
          Chitaley Award: Mike Bernosky

2006 President: Dick Cole
          Vice President: Linda Supp
          Secretary: Beth Krumhansl
          Treasurer: Jim Supp
          Members-at-Large: Mike Bernosky, Donna Cole, & Robin McNaught 
          2006 Member of the Year: Linda Supp
          Chitaley Award: Mike Nathal

2005 President: Tony Verdi
          Vice President: Dan Vento
          Secretary: Sharon McKanze
          Treasurer: Jim Supp
          Members-at-Large: Donna Cole, Beth Krumhansl, & Linda Supp
          2005 Member of the Year: Steve Meredyk
          Chitaley Award: Carl Fechko

2004 President: Tony Verdi
          Vice President: Dan Vento
          Secretary: Sharon McKanze
          Treasurer: Linda Supp
          Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Beth Krumhansl, & Jim Supp
          2004 Member of the Year: Craig Tipton
          Chitaley Award: Carl Fechko

2003 (June - December)
          President: Tony Verdi
          Vice President: Dan Vento
          Secretary: Sharon McKanze
          Treasurer: Linda Supp
          Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Beth Krumhansl, & Jim Supp
          2003 Members of the Year: Sharon McKanze & Linda Supp
          Chitaley Award: Dan Vento

2002-2003 President: Dan Vento
                    Vice President: Dick Cole
                    Secretary: Beth Krumhansl
                    Treasurer: Linda Supp
                    Members-at-Large: Sharon McKanze, Paul Regel, & Jim Supp
                    2002 Member of the Year: Beth Krumhansl
                    Chitaley Award: Tony Verdi

2001-2002 President: Dan Vento
                    Vice President: Glen Kuban & Tony Verdi
                    Secretary: Beth Krumhansl
                    Treasurer: Paul Regel
                    Members-at-Large: Sharon McKanze, Pat Newhauser, & Tony Verdi
                    2001 Member of the Year: Dick Cole
                  
2000-2001 President: Dan Vento
                    Vice President: Glen Kuban
                    Secretary: Doug Dunn
                    Treasurer: Paul Regel
                    Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Beth Krumhansl, & Tony Verdi
                    2000 Member of the Year: Tony Verdi

1999-2000 President: Mike Nathal
                    Vice President: Dan Vento
                    Secretary: Sridhar Rao
                    Treasurer: Glen Kuban
                    Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Donna Cole, & Patty Jaloveci
                    1999 Member of the Year: Donna Cole

1998-1999 President: Mike Nathal
                    Vice President: Pat Newhauser
                    Secretary: Marty Stetz
                    Treasurer: Glen Kuban
                    Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Donna Cole, & Tony Verdi
                    1998 Member of the Year: Connie Baus

1997-1998 President: Tony Verdi
                    Vice President: Pat Newhauser
                    Secretary: Donna Cole
                    Treasurer: Mike Nathal
                    Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Gloria Hinckel, & Glen Kuban
                    1997 Members of the Year: Mike Nathal & Glen Kuban

March 15, 1997 - The North Coast Fossil Club is formed.

1996-1997 President: Glen Kuban
                    Vice President: Tony Verdi
                    Secretary: Donna Cole
                    Treasurer: Mike Nathal
                    Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Pat Newhauser, & Craig Tipton
                    1996 Member of the Year: Pat Newhauser

1995-1996 President: Glen Kuban
                    Vice President: Mike Nathal
                    Secretary: Donna Cole
                    Treasurer: Dick Cole
                    Members-at-Large: Pat Newhauser, Mike Reagin, & Tony Verdi
                    1995 Member of the Year: Tony Verdi
   
1994-1995 President: Dick Cole
                    Vice President: Mike Nathal
                    Secretary: Donna Cole
                    Treasurer: Glen Kuban
                    Members-at-Large: Dennis Emrich, Tom Houston, & Pat Newhauser
                    1994 Member of the Year: Dennis Emrich

1993-1994 President: Tony Verdi
                    Vice President: Bill Schenk
                    Secretary: David Hague
                    Treasurer: Glen Kuban
                    Members-at-Large: Dick Cole, Mike Nathal, & Pat Newhauser
                    1993 Member of the Year: Glen Kuban

1992-1993 President: Tony Verdi
                    Vice President: Bill Schenk
                    Secretary: Glen Kuban
                    Treasurer: Dick Cole
                    Members-at-Large: Dennis Emrich, David Hague, Mike Nathal
                    1992 Members of the Year: David and Georgette Hague

1991-1992 President: Jim Yanatsis
                    Vice President: Tony Verdi
                    Secretary: Bill Schenk
                    Treasurer: Dick Cole
                    Members-at-Large: George Reich, Tom Stenkel, & Craig Tipton
                    1991 Members of the Year: George and Doris Reich

1990-1991 President: Dale Zelinski
                    Vice President: Jim Yanatsis
                    Secretary: Craig Tipton
                    Treasurer: George Reich
                    Members-at-Large: Gloria Hinckel, Tom Stenkel, & Tony Verdi
                    1990 Member of the Year: Tony Verdi

1989-1990 President: Dale Zelinski
                    Vice President: Jim Yanatsis
                    Secretary: Doris Reich
                    Treasurer: George Reich
                    1989 Member of the Year: Bill Gerling

1988-1989 President: Tom Steckel
                    Vice President: Dale Zelinski
                    Secretary: Craig Tipton
                    Treasurer: George Reich
                    Members-at-Large: Dennis Emrich, Tony Verdi, & Jim Yanatsis
                    1988 Member of the Year: Tom Steckel

1987-1988 President: Tom Steckel
                    Vice President: Tony Verdi
                    Secretary: Brian Bade & Doris Reich
                    Treasurer: Bob McCoy
                    1987 Member of the Year: Bill Gerling

1986-1987 President: Dale Zelinski
                    Vice President: Tony Verdi
                    Secretary: Craig Tipton
                    Treasurer: Bob McCoy
                    Member-at-Large: Chuck Piovarchy
                    1986 Collector of the Year: Ray Gaul

1985-1986 President: Dale Zelinski
                    Vice President: Ray Gaul
                    Secretary: Craig Tipton
                    Treasurer: Tom Steckel
                    Members-at-Large: Dennis Emrich, Ed Kerber, & Bob McCoy
                    1985 Collector of the Year: Dennis Emrich

1984-1985 President: Ed Kerber
                    Vice President: Ray Gaul
                    Secretary: Bill Gerling
                    Treasurer: Tom Steckel
                    1984 Collector of the Year: Craig Tipton

1983-1984 President: Ed Kerber
                    Vice President: John M. Kiefer
                    Secretary: Christopher Lamb
                    Treasurer: Billie Whitney
                    1983 Collector of the Year: Dale Zelinski
                    May 26, 1984 - New Logo Established
                   
1982-1983 President: Ed Kerber
                    Vice President: John M. Kiefer
                    Secretary: Christopher Lamb
                    Treasurer: Billie Whitney
                    Liaison: Dr. Shya Chitaley
                    April - June, 1983 - 80 Members
                    October - December, 1982 - First Newsletter
                    September of 1982 - First field trip: Skinner's Run located in Parma, Ohio

July, 1982 - The Fossil Society is formed.


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