President Hal called the meeting to order and, in the absence of a piano player, Jim Smithwick led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Elliott Powell led the invocation and then informed the group that the “Vote YES” and “Vote NO” signs all over Columbia were actually for his beard that he grew for Movember (to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer screenings). So…should it stay or should it go???

Ken East spoke on behalf of the Rotary Foundation and urged all members to make their tax deductible donations to the Foundation before the end of the year.

Mike Biediger, President and CEO of Lexington Medical Center, introduced our speaker, Dr. Quillan Davis, a radiation oncologist with LMC.  Dr. Davis presented an overview of the LMC Cancer Services division and walked us through the entire process that cancer patients experience from the point of diagnosis through treatment and recovery.  Dr. Davis discussed LMC’s academic affiliation with Duke Medical and the importance of that affiliation on the ability to offer clinical trials through LMC.  Cancer is an issue that affects everyone in some form or another and Dr. Davis left some time to answer the many questions our club members had about cancer treatments available through LMC.

John Johnston updated the group on our Annual Christmas Party on December 9th during our usual meeting time.  The Hammond Ensemble will be performing.

Chief Justice Jean Toal will address the club on Monday, December 16th.