President Paul Stein called the meeting to order at 10 AM and led the meeting in reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance".
Don Hudson read minutes for the previous meeting.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT by Jerry Transue
♦The SMC now has 468 members
♦New member Jay Twombly was introduced at the meeting
♦Unpaid dues are now overdue
♦Two guests attended the meeting
MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANCE REPORT by George Perkins
♦George called a moment of silence for Ron Seger, former SMC president, who recently passed away. There will be a wake at Hoyt Funeral Home this afternoon and a Mass at St. Aloysius tomorrow.
♦John Magill's wife recently passed away.
♦Bob Spence reported on the Valentine Day trip to the CIA.
♦Bob Witt had a representative of Collette Vacations give a short talk on the trip to the National Parks of America planned for September.
SMC ACTIVITIES REPORTS were done.
Jack Messert provided the humor for the meeting.
Ray Davis introduced the program speaker Dr. Scott Spector, the Founder and Medical Director of Spector Eye Care and New Vision Cataract and Laser Center in Connecticut. Dr. Spector is a Board Certified and Fellowship trained Connecticut ophthalmologist who specializes in cataract and refractive surgery as well as the medical, laser and surgical treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Spector received his Medical Degree through the combined 6-year medical program at the City College of New York and New York Medical College, with a residency in ophthalmology at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Spector's talk focused on cataracts, which are a natural part of aging and the phenomenal advances that have been made in Cataract Surgery the last few years. Given the aging SMC population, we are a prime population for needing cataract surgery and there were a large number of questions during the Q&A.
Minutes recorded by Robert Smith