| R. Gordon R. McInally|
RI President 2023-24
District 7450 Governor
Swarthmore Rotary Leaders
|Frances M. Sheehan|
Years of Service
|No Years Of Service Found|
Guests Last Meeting
Meetings and Events
4 Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
President Lori Markusfeld reminded us about the Aug. 31 joint meeting with the Media club at Tyler Arboretum. Dave Firn announced a club service project at Loaves & Fishes on Sept. 26. To register for either event go to Lori’s email of Aug. 16.
Our District 7450 has asked all Rotary members and clubs to contribute to the Maui Fires Relief Fund. They have set a District goal of $20,000 by Sept. 15. Contributions can be made on the home page when logging on to dacdb.
The District is also sponsoring a District wide service project on Sept. 30 at Cradles to Crayons in Philadelphia. This charity provides essential items to low-income children. Details at dacdb.
Carr Everbach announced that the Fun Fair will be held on May 19, 2024. He is the new Fun Fair Chairperson.
Carr also asked us to save the date for the next Minglefest at Ship Bottom Brewery on Sept. 28 from 5 to 7:30 pm.
City Team Donations
Cathy Darrell is taking donations of gently used adult and children clothing to City Team in Chester. Drop off clothing at Cathy’s house at 315 North Chester Road
Last Meeting Summary
Although some of us may think of veterinarians only when needing help with our pets, our speaker, Dr. Andrew Hoffman, pointed out the connection between animal and human health. Dr. Hoffman is Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He explained that most infectious diseases that affect humans originate in animals. In yet one more bad result of climate change, wild animals are being forced to migrate to new areas because their environment is changing. This will spread disease to new animal and human populations. Many of the antibiotics that humans take to combat diseases that originate in animals are routinely given to farm animals to prevent the spread of disease in crowded barns. This wide spread use of antibiotics promotes resistance in the germs that are eventually transmitted to humans.
Then there is the matter of food. Most of us eat meat at least some of the time. Many of us eat less meat than our parents did. Dr. Hoffman believes that this is caused at least somewhat by food guidelines that were published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1980’s. This was the famous food pyramid. The pyramid promoted carbohydrates and cautioned against fat, dairy, and meat. At the same time, the U.S. government subsidized growing cheap corn. These policies were instrumental in the move away from meat and diary protein and fat towards carbohydrates and processed foods. He believes this was a mistake resulting in increased obesity. He referred us to four books that discussed this topic:
- Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs, David Kessler
- The Obesity Code, Jason Fung
- The Big Fat Surprise, Nina Teicholz
- Ultra Processed People, Chris van Tulleken
Furthermore, Dr. Hoffman said many of the challenges facing veterinary medicine are the same as the challenges facing human medicine: food security, climate change, diet, accessibility & equality, sustainability, zoonotic diseases, antibiotic resistance, animal welfare, workforce shortage and misinformation.
As described by Dr. Hoffman, the Penn veterinary medicine school is an extensive operation. While teaching over 500 veterinary students, the staff also treat 40,000 small and large animals at its two facilities and conducts field visits for 20,000 more.
One personal connection. Dr. Hoffman said veterinarians need to establish a relationship with both the animal and its human owner. My childhood dog, like most, liked to ride in cars until my parents took him to get a shot at a vet. After that, my dog was always afraid to get into our car. Perhaps a vet like Dr. Hoffman would have been able to prevent my dog’s car phobia.
Memorial Service for Ray Hopkins
Thanks to Joy Charlton for the following:
The Memorial Service for long-time Rotarian Ray Hopkins is this coming Saturday. Info from his college obituary:
Ray is survived by Carol, his wife of 61 years, children Kathryn and Mark, and four grandchildren. A memorial will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 11 am. at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Ray’s memory to the Hopkins International Public Policy Internship and the Chester Children’s Chorus.