Friends of Stone Laboratory (FOSL)

You can continue to receive the benefits of Stone Laboratory long after your island stay with a membership to the Friends of Stone Laboratory (FOSL). This non-profit support group donates time and money to assist with the planning and funding of the Laboratory. Since its creation in 1981, FOSL has raised more than $1 million in endowments; bought equipment like microscopes, computers, row boats, and sampling equipment to update the lab; supported scholarships for over 500 students; and funded research assistants and visiting professors.

How do I become a friend?

Make a donation, become a friend. All donations made to the Friends of Stone Laboratory (FOSL) are welcome. Donations are tax-deductible and directly support the students and programs at Stone Laboratory.

FOSL Donor Options
Amount Benefits
Students $25
  • Members will receive a one-year subscription to Twine Line, the award-winning publication of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program that includes news, updates, and information on special events related to FOSL.
  • Donors and their immediate family qualify to stay overnight on Gibraltar Island for FOSL events.
Individuals or Families $100
Honorary Deed $250 Entitles the donor to the privileges described above, as well as an honorary deed to one square meter of Gibraltar Island, the home of Stone Laboratory.
Dr. John Crites Print $500+ This donation to the John L. Crites Research Endowment also entitles the donor to his or her choice of one limited-edition print drawn and donated by Dr. John Crites, a researcher, professor, and associate director at Stone Laboratory from 1965 to 1980. These pen and ink drawings depict four of the historic buildings associated with Stone Laboratory.

Give online or download and send a completed membership form (see above) to:


Stone Laboratory
1314 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
Tel: 614.292.8949, Fax: 614.292.4364

Who we are...

The Friends of Stone Laboratory was founded in 1982. FOSL started primarily as a group of alumni, faculty, and staff who saw a need for program support of Stone Laboratory and found a small way to fulfill that need. FOSL offered a chance for members to maintain contact with Stone Laboratory and provide for its future at the same time.

We wanted future students, teachers, and scientists to have the same wonderful opportunities and experiences that we had at the Lab. Since that time, FOSL has come to encompass a much wider group of people, including those who may simply have an interest in Lake Erie, science education, and the environment in general. No matter their reason for joining FOSL, members are dedicated and concerned about the future of Stone Laboratory and Lake Erie.

Sheila Lewicki, President (2012 − 2013)
Ken Scott, Vice President (2012 − 2013)
Tracey Meilander, Past President (2012 − 2013)
Lydia Bailey, Treasurer (2002 - 2013)
Joan Bradley, Secretary (1992 - 2013)

Laura Rufenacht (2012 − 2015)
Angela Greene (2013 − 2015)
Charlene Prochazka (2012 − 2013)
Tyler Lawson (2012 − 2014)
Perry Orndorff (2011 − 2013)
Laura Yamsek (2012 − 2013)

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