February 11, 2019
Bell rung at 12:15 PM
Pledge/Invocation: John Snider
Guests/visiting Rotarians: Anna Reeves
Sunshine Report: Richard Rogers
Interact Students: Jerry Rogers
We will resume our inside and outside challengers for our next meeting on February 25, 2019. Thank you all for your continued support of Alzheimer’s research.
SIGNATURE FUNDRAISING RAFFLE
NOTE: TODAY IS OUR LAST MEETING BEFORE THE RAFFLE
President Leland updated the club on our efforts selling tickets for the raffle. So far, we have over 90 members committed to buy or sell 511, which exceeds our goal of 500 tickets. He congratulated everyone for such a fantastic effort and beamed with pride while announcing the results.
The drawing will be held Valentine’s Day 2019. Everyone who has committed to 3 tickets or more was presented a special Rotary pin.
He reminded the club that our annual Valentines Party will be held at Mercedes Benz of Augusta and will precede the drawing for the car at 6:00. Invitations have been sent in the mail and are on the table. As a reminder, proceeds from this event are benefit Child Enrichment of Augusta.
Please turn in your ticket sales money ASAP.
President Leland called on John Sebby who reported that the Salvation Army has reopened following a fire at its main shelter. The fire required an electrical panel to be replaced but fortunately, there was no additional damage to wiring in the building. He thanked everyone for their support has they worked quickly to get the facility reopened.
Rotarian Paul Dainer introduced our speaker Dr. Russell May. Dr. May is an internationally recognized, award winning pharmacist in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy with the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy’s satellite campus at Augusta University. He talked to us today about the training pharmacy students receive at AU, changes in the pharmacy practices over the last 10 years, and provided us with examples of some of the advanced pharmacy practices being used.
For students, they are now getting a faster, more diverse indoctrination into their field. Previously, a student did not participate in rotations until their 4th year; however, these rotations are now starting in the 1st and 2nd year. There is more application and less lecture time so that the students’ education is more patient focused. Students also have several options for where they get their education in Georgia. Besides Athens, where the program is based, they can attend in Augusta, Albany, and Savannah.
Dr. May discussed the many changes in the pharmacy practices in local communities. Historically, pharmacists would fill prescriptions and give them to the customer to take home. Today, their services include education classes, counseling, and actually administering shots. States have even begun to pass legislation that allows pharmacists to be reimbursed for these services, which up to this point they could only be paid for filling the prescription.
Augusta University has made significant changes to its pharmacy practices to improve patient care. In the “old days”, a central pharmacy was staffed to service the entire hospital. Now, there are pharmacy specialist in every area including HIV, infectious disease, cardiology, oncology, pediatrics, neurology, and the critical care units. They are currently recruiting for several pharmacists in the Emergency Room alone.
One of the highly successful changes is the “meds to beds” program in which they deliver the patient’s meds to the room when they are discharged. This allows the patient to go straight home to begin their recovery without having to stop by a pharmacy and wait for a prescription to be filled.
In closing, Dr. May fielded questions about the growing opioid epidemic. In response, he feels it is going to take a comprehensive approach involving both the industry and government to solve the problem. There will need to be a way to communicate and coordinate the sharing of information so that doctors and pharmacist are not inadvertently prescribing/dispensing too much. Ultimately, responsibility is shared among the patient, the doctor, the pharmacist, and the pharmaceutical industry to insure that drugs are not abused or used unethically for financial gain.
- Our next meeting will be February 25, 2019 and our speaker will be Valerie Williams Hogan from the Augusta Ballet. Also, the Richmond Academy and Westminster Interact Clubs will help us conduct the meeting.
- February 14 is our Valentines Social at Mercedes Benz of Augusta from 5:00 – 7:00. The raffle will happen at approximately 6:00 p.m.
- We will not meet on February 18 in observance of Presidents Day.
President Leland led the club in the 4-way test and the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 PM.
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Save the Date:
Annual Rotary Club Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 7th
Dr. Russell May
Richmond Academy Interact Club
Anne Carter Capps
Westminster Interact Club
Augusta Tech Rotaract Club
Billy Franke 2-11-19 On Line Make up
Reyne Gallup 2-11-19 On Line Make up
Anne Catherine Murray 2-11-19 On Line Make up
Tripp Harrison 2-4-19 Martinez Evans Rotary Club
Chris McKinney 2-11-19 Board of Dir. Meeting
The following will receive a make up for attending the Rotary Board of Directors meeting held at Cranston Engineering on Tuesday, February 12, 2019:
Anne Catherine Murray
A K Gulati