CLUB BULLETIN: MEETING 992 – Mark Thompson

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From President Kirsty Stark:

Our guest this week was Mark Thompson, son of club member Mark Thompson. Mark created a funny and interesting presentation that informed us all on ‘Frailty’ and the effects of ageing, particularly around strength and mental cognition.


Mark is a Consultant Occupational Therapist and co-director of Inspire Therapy ( – under construction), so he was able to show us some statistics from the research work he had done in the northern and western suburbs of Adelaide, highlighting that many of the elderly in these communities are Frail: physically shrink, have less social opportunities, and show a decline in memory.

However, it’s not all bad! The best thing you can do to slow down the effects of ageing – both physical and mental – is to take up 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Mark also said that having a little extra weight heading into old age isn’t a bad thing (so long as you’re not obese)! I guess it’s move it or lose it.

Many of our club members tested their grip strength on Mark’s tester, and were pleased to find that they were in the average or above average ranges. Not unexpectedly, the grip of retired plumber Graham Holcroft was way above average.

This week’s challenge is to let at least two people know about next week’s ICE Forum.

Mark Thompson (the Elder) at Donations in Kind


Continuing with the Mark Thompson theme, club member Mark attended at Donations in Kind (D.I.K.) last Saturday for a working bee.

Mark was amongst 80 or so Rotarians and Friends of Rotary working under the guidance of David Cockshell (Gawler Light Rotary). A shipping container was being loaded, destined for Tonga. It only takes a team of 10 to load a shipping container, but it can take a team of 100 to maintain/store and pack items for shipping. D.I.K. is a great place to meet Rotarians from both SA Districts. A BBQ lunch was provided for the workers.

David Cockshell also announced that D.I.K. has been awarded the ‘contract’ to remove medical equipment from the old RAH. The estimate is that this equipment will fill 25 containers at a cost of $650,000. Let the fund raising begin. David also wanted to spread the message that ‘D.I.K. is no longer full of bird sh*t and rubbish’.

Click onto the link below for more info on D.I.K. and the RAH.

Download the Club Bulletin for meeting 992 here.