ATLANTA - The Georgia Pharmacy Association has selected Robert C. Bowles, Jr., as the recipient of the 2014 Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service. Mr. Bowles was presented the award at the President’s Reception and Banquet on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations with support from Boehringer Ingelheim.
Robert is a member of NCPA and APhA. On June 1, 2014, Dementia Mentors launched a website with international participation. The site provides brain stimulating activities, virtual social meeting twice a month for dementia patients, videos on the site from other dementia patients and the opportunity for dementia patients to be mentored by another dementia patient. Robert is currently one of the mentors to other dementia patients as Dementia Mentors (www.dementiamentors.com) seeks to help people all across the world who have been diagnosed with some form of dementia.
Robert volunteers with the Flint River Technical College LPN Advisory Board, is a past chairman Flint River Technical College Foundation, is a past member of the Upson County Department Family & Children’s Services, a past chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Downtown Thomaston Business Association, a past president of the Downtown Development Authority, an Upson Lee Middle School Student Mentor, a member of Thomaston First Baptist Church since 1955, an active deacon at First Baptist Church, a past Sunday School Director, and has gone on medical mission trips to Honduras and Panama with his church. He is also a volunteer with House of Care, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, and EVP Transition Search Committee.
In accepting the award, Robert gave thanks to his family, friends and community.
“The opportunities that the wonderful people of Upson and surrounding counties afforded me during my 38 years of practicing pharmacy in Thomaston are the reason that I could have even been considered for this award,” he said. “They made me a better pharmacist than I would have been otherwise. I am very humbled and honored to have received this award.”
Established in 1958, the Bowl of Hygeia Award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and encourages pharmacists to take active roles in the affairs of their respective communities. The award is presented annually by participating state pharmacist associations, including those in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition to service through their local, state and national pharmacy associations, award recipients have devoted their time, talent and resources to a wide variety of causes and community service.
The Bowl of Hygeia is the most widely recognized international symbol for the pharmacy profession and is considered one of the profession’s most prestigious awards. The Bowl of Hygeia has been associated with the pharmacy profession since as early as 1796 when the symbol was used on a coin minted for the Parisian Society of Pharmacy. The bowl represents a medicinal potion and the snake represents healing. Healing through medicine is precisely why the pharmacy profession has adopted the Bowl of Hygeia symbol.