Held at Quigley’s Restaurant
573 Columbia Turnpike
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Members Attending (14): Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Dick Drumm, Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Bill Dowd, Ray Hannan, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Dean Calamaras, Doris Calamaras, Andy Leyhane, Carol Orvis, Debbie Rodriguez.
Guests (2): Kevin Drumm, Paige Johnson.
MEETING NOTES: President-elect Dick Drumm presided in Phil Kellerman’s absence, greeting SRC members and our guests. … Bill Dowd reminded attendees that a supply of bags and bar code stickers will be maintained at Quigley’s for use by members participating in our Clynk container recycling effort to raise funds for ShelterBox. … Visiting Rotarian Paige Johnson announced that Kristy’s Barn, where she is the marketing manager, would welcome SRC to have a table at the farmstand on weekends through Columbus Day if we wish to use it for fundraising or public information purposes.
... Members were urged to sign up for this year’s Rotary Leadership Institute session, to be held October 19 in Schenectady. As always, the club will pay the registration fee for anyone interested in attending. Bill Dowd will handle the registration for anyone who contacts him no later than October 8. After that date, you’re on your own to register. … Bill also reminded members of the clothing drop boxes around the area that accept discarded items as a fundraiser for Gift of Life. He periodically posts on the website location a list of GOL dropoff boxes. (Click here for the latest.) … The speaker for our October 3 meeting will be Justin DeVirgilio of Hartgen Archaeological Associates.
PROGRAM: Dick Drumm, DVM, ably assisted by son Kevin, discussed Dick’s long career in veterinary medicine and the many changes in the field.
Dick, who graduated from the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine 68 years ago, has gone from that to being the owner of Capital Vets, a company with four animal hospitals in the Capital Region — Schodack, Latham, Brunswick, and Catskill. Over the years, he has grown from a three-person staff to 75 employees.
Dick noted that there were no women in his graduating class, only one in the class preceding his, and two in the succeeding class. Today, there are more female vets nationally than males, and 80% of veterinary medicine students across the country are female.
More specialization has changed the dynamic of the field, as shown by the number of transplants, oncology treatments, and specialized surgeries. In addition, the field has been “corporatized,” with more and more practices becoming part of large corporations. That consolidation of business has provided more money for state-of-the-art equipment and a rise in the number of vet specialty hospitals, which mirrors the changes in human medicine.