Submitted by Tommy Fulton, Contributing Editor
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by John Dukes.
Ken Niemeyer gave the invocation, followed by Larry Sindel, who led us in song and the Pledge.
Introduction of Guests & Visitors: Jeff Zoghby introduced our guests along with visiting Rotarians.
Jeff Luther introduced our student guest, Maya White from Blount High School.
Ken Niemeyer discussed the Neighborhood Library project which has 13 libraries. Our partner is Big Brothers/Big Sisters and will be introducing a new model for the Little Free Lending Library.
Jimmy Lyon has transferred to the West Mobile Club and will still be chairing the multi-chapter Rotary Golf Tourney.
Our chapter will be sponsoring a limited number of members to attend the Multi-District Rotary Conference on June 7-10, 2018 at the Beau Rivage Casino and Resort.
Program: Tom McGehee introduced our speaker, Daryn Glassbrook, Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Mobile Medical Museum.
Dr. Glassbrook has been the director of the Museum for two years. The museum is located in the Vincent-Doan-Walsh House, which is the oldest existing private residence in Mobile. It was built in 1827. The Medical Museum has been at this location since 1927, which is on the grounds of the USA Children and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Samuel Eichold, II founded the Museum in 1962. The Museum has one of the largest collections of medical artifacts and documents in the Southeast, showcasing more than 300 years of medical history. It has been used as a teaching museum, catering to college, high school and elementary schools.
Dr. Glassbrook relayed the fact that the Medical College of Alabama was originated in Mobile in 1859 by Dr. Josiah Clark Nott, which was re-located to Tuscaloosa in 1920. Eventually, the school became the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
The Museum includes human remains, skulls, x-ray equipment from the 1890’s, bloodletting and amputation tools, an iron-lung, and a 1969 model of a cardio-pulmonary bypass machine. They are currently working on a medicinal garden.
Dr. Glassbrook has initiated a partnership with the Gulf Coast Exploreum and a “Junior Medical Camp.”
After a question and answer session, John Dukes thanked Dr. Glassbrook for his presentation and presented a certificate to him, noting that a donation in his honor had been made to the Rotary International Foundation.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 pm.