TYLER (KYTX) - The Smith County Medical Society and Smith County Medical Society Alliance joined together for a delightful evening of recognition and entertainment at Hollytree Country Club on March 29th. Both organizations united in celebration of those members who have faithfully served the Tyler community and retained membership in their respective organizations for 50 years. Following a sumptuous buffet the group was entertained by Tyler's own Improv Comedy Troupe ~ Card 53.
Physicians within the Smith County Medical Society (SCMS) who were honored included the following: Grady Baskin, Ben Bridges, Harold Cameron, Robert Caplinger, O. L. "Buddy" Ferrell, Robert Gatti, Frank Green, C. Richard Hurst, Thomas Lyles, Charlie McCarthy, Don Payne, George Pirtle, Bill Read, Wiley Roosth, Marjorie Roper, Bill Smyth, Donal Steph, and Kerfoot Walker.
Smith County Medical Alliance (SCMSA) members who were honored included the following: Louree Alexander, Kathryn Allen, Eleanor Cameron, Gloria Chamness, June Jones, Jan Knight, Betty Lee, Evelyn Muntz, Nancy Read, Rita Roosth, Mary Gean Smyth, Helen Thompson, Betty Rice-Warren, and Dickie Wood.
The Smith County Medical Society is the professional association representing physicians and their patients in this area since 1903. Smith County Medical Society is a component county society of the Texas Medical Association and currently has 630 members. The mission of the society is to promote and encourage the highest standards of ethical medical practice for the benefit of the community and to serve as advocate for the physicians of Smith County Medical Society in achieving this end. The Society works in partnership with the SCMS Alliance, the organization of physicians' spouses to pursue the missions of both organizations. The 2012 President of the Medical Society is Dr. Claire Tibiletti.
For 75 years the Alliance has been involved in projects that promote good health, education and volunteerism in the community in addition to fostering friendships with each other. The Smith County Medical Society Alliance was formed in 1934. They are best known for their bi-annual Book Fair, located at 4410 DC Drive, which began in 1969 and continues to raise money today for allied health scholarship at Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler. They have been involved in community health in many other ways as well. In 1984 SCMSA helped to start Parents Anonymous of Tyler – an affiliation of a national child abuse prevention organization. We have published our own cookbook – Azaleas to Zucchinis – from which the proceeds help to fund Hospice library furnishings, a 3-D body Puzzle for the Discovery Science Place, and have assisted monetarily the Bethesda Clinic, St. Paul Children Foundation, and the Cancer Foundation for Life. Tux Tags was another project which was created in the ‘90's in which colorful pink tags are attached to bouquets or tuxedos – "Don't Drink and Drive" – Live to Tell Your Kids About Your Prom. Many immunization clinics and bike rodeos have been participated in. Run for Your Life – 2005-2008 – targeted obesity among middle school students. Saturday, October 1, 2011 at St. Paul Children's Clinic , the Smith County Medical Society Alliance, The Smith County Medical Society and the St. Paul Children's Foundation joined together to put on a free Health Fair – A Venue for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle. The 2011-2012 President of the Alliance is Margie Phillips, wife of Dr. Stephen Phillips.