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Next Chapter Meeting:

October 14th, 2016 Meeting:

The October meeting of The Greater Piedmont Chapter of The Explorers Club will be Friday, October 14th.
Our speaker will be Jeffrey W. Hall, MD and the topic will be “Ten years after the tsunami:  The role of humanitarian aid in developing a stable society in Aceh, Indonesia”.
See below for more information on our speaker and the topic.

We will meet at noon in The Capital City Club. This is on the 25th floor of the Capital Center at the corner of Main and Gervais Street, and Assembly and Gervais Street in Columbia, SC. There is a parking garage behind the Capital Center off Lady Street. Cost for the lunch is $20.00. Remember that The Capital City Club dress policy prohibits blue jeans and denims, shorts, tennis shoes and flip-flops. Gentlemen must wear a collared shirt. Please email your attendance plans (by Tuesday the 11th) to David Brinkman at

About our speaker:
Jeff Hall has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine since 2008. He directs the department's Maternity Care curriculum, and also supervises several of the School of Medicine's global health projects, including the M-4 student international electives, the Traveler's Health clinic, and a Global Health Fellowship program. He holds a certificate of knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine (CTropMed) from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and also the Certificate in Travel Health (CTH) from the International Society of Travel Medicine. Dr. Hall has spent time living and working in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States. He can order lunch in 4 languages, but is never sure exactly what ends up on his plate.

Dr. Hall graduated from the University of Florida School of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine residency at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City in 2003.

About the topic:
The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed nearly 150,000 people in the Indonesian province of Aceh.  This complex humanitarian emergency brought an abrupt end to three decades of a guerrilla separatist campaign in the region. Following tsunami, these formerly violent insurgents transitioned to diplomatic methods and use of democratic political processes. Such positive reactions to catastrophes are not the norm, and the tsunami recovery is an excellent study on factors that contribute to a beneficial response.
Dr. Hall and his family spent a year in Sumatra partnering with Philippene and Indonesian health workers to reconstruct primary care and public health in a post-conflict zone.


The Greater Piedmont Chapter holds luncheon meetings on the second Friday of each month at 12 noon at the Capital City Club in Columbia, SC.
Cost for lunch is $20.00. Please email your attendance plans to David Brinkman at . Often people show up who have not made reservations. We try to make sure there is more seating than reservations, but please notify us in advance to be assured a place. If you are bringing any guests, please email David their name(s). We like to record who attended each meeting.

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