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ARCHIVES: April 2012

Apr

28

Healthy Kids Day!

Posted by Paul on 4/28/2012 7:13:00 PM


Today was Healthy Kids Day at many Y's across the state. The MDA had a presence at 5 of them including south Saint Louis where I was on hand to witness the action. This event was at the Carondelet Rec Complex and it was impressive. There was a ton of stuff to do and it was well organized. A steady stream of families passed through from 10-2,
The MDA was on hand to help kids make the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy life. Dr. Jamie Whitson and Dr. Mike O'Connell were excellent MDA member volunteers. They engaged the kids, encouraged the parents, and actively participated for 4 hours. We saw lots of purple teeth as many kids chewed plaque disclosing tablets. I was real proud of one father of three who chewed a tablet after his children and came out with a winning smile! Parents are critical role models for oral health and they are on the front line every morning and night.
Above, Dr. Whitson announces the winning boy and girl who won free electric toothbrushes. Plus several kids opted to brush their teeth right then after seeing where they were missing spots.
Besides my location, MDA volunteers worked events in Springfield, Kirksville, Kansas City, and St Joe. The reception was warm and the Y's were great to work with so maybe we can grow the partnership next year to many more locations.


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Apr

27

Knights of the Oblong Table?

Posted by Paul on 4/27/2012 4:23:00 PM


Ever wonder what happens at an MDA Board Meeting? Let's just say too much to mention! It's impressive the range and volume of issues the Board discusses and you'd be proud of the active engagement from everyone. These are your leaders and rest assured they are leading. It makes my head spin but we made it through the entire 250 page packet of materials - including an audit report, three guests presenters, and the normal load of legislative, executive, and committee reports.
Above you can see your Board in action (Knights of the Oblong Table?) as well as a nice group shot. Don't hesitate to contact them and engage them with your concerns. You can find the contact info at www.modental.org
Happy Trails for the Weekend! Tomorrow I will be at Healthy Kids Day in St Louis. Melissa will be at the Springfield event. And there will be events in St Joseph, Kansas City, and Kirksville. Thanks to all our MDA members who are volunteering time at the booths!


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Apr

27

Springfield Gavel Pass

Posted by Paul on 4/27/2012 4:06:00 PM


Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Greater Springfield Dental Society Officer Installation meeting. My co-horts were MDA President, Dr. Elwood Rice, and MDA Associate Executive Director, Aaron Washburn. We joined a good crowd for a fun social hour and dinner. I always enjoy meeting members including my dinner companions above Drs. Cash, Pyatt, and Maus.
When we got down to business, Dr. Rice officiated the change in leadership from past president, Dr. Josh Montgomery to new president, Dr. Darren Mahaffey. Those two fine leaders are pictured above. There was some good natured ribbing involved as well and I like to see a society mutually encourage each other. There was a whole host of other inductions and awards including a presentation to Edmonds Dental Prosthetics, Inc as Voluntary Laboratory of the Year from MO Donated Dental Services. At one point there were more people being sworn in than there were in the audience. Gotta love that volunteer spirit! Involvement breeds passion.


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Apr

22

Mouse Racing - Sport of the Future!

Posted by Paul on 4/22/2012 4:59:00 PM


My three day travel adventure ended on a special mission - scope out this thing called Mouse Racing. Let me just say, mission accomplished. THIS IS SO FUN and a completely new way to raise some money.
OnSaturday night I went to a Mouse Race at Busch Stadium with Shannon Woodcock from Delta Dental Health Theater. Together we will be hosting a Mouse Race fund raiser during Mid-Continent in St Louis on November 9th. It will benefitShannon'sDDHT and the two foundations of the MDA - the MDAF and the Well Being Foundation. Much more detailsto come about this event so stay tuned.
The festivities are centered around 6 mice racing in 6 heats on the track above followed by a championship race for the "big cheese". The mice can be viewed and bet on with chips before each race. In between races, attendees bet on the roulette wheel where a mouse is let go to roam until he entersthe slot of some lucky winner.
Add in some great auction items, casino games, crowd games and raffles, and of course, good food and beverage, and you have a fun evening for everyone. We are planning several rivalry races and there's all sorts of creative sponsorships (like naming mice) available for members and vendors. Watch for more or contact me with questions.


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Apr

21

Shred-a-Thon is a real cut up!

Posted by Paul on 4/21/2012 4:31:00 PM


Every dental office with any age to it knows the hassle of old files. They are everywhere and they can't just be tossed in the trash. They require a complete and total shred. The entrepreneurial minds at GSLDS saw this need and came up with a great event for their members - a Shred-a-Thon!
I was still in town and able to witness and assist a little in this practical and easy exercise. Members registered prior to the event andlisted how many boxes they would bring. Once they reached capacity (close to 700 boxes!)for the three hours, they shut down registration.
It was crisp, cool morning in the Delta Dental parking lotand the two Shred-it trucks were humming. Cars were met by cheerful volunteers who unloaded and staged boxes for shredding. Doctors were able to leave with a certificate of destruction. Music and snacks added to the festivity and camaraderie. Plus there was the added dimension of being able to donate old shoes to the Shoeman Water Project. They turn shoe donations into drinking water in underdeveloped African countries.
I gotta give a shout out to the whole GSLDScrew for a well executed event that was practical, charitable, easy, and fun. Let me know if your component or club is interested in hosting a shred-a-thon and I'll try to help you put it together.


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Apr

20

A Gathering of the Minds

Posted by Paul on 4/20/2012 4:03:00 PM


The frolicking fun continued later Friday night when I drove up to St Louis to join the Give Kids a Smile Trivia Night Fundraiser. This is the 10th year for GKAS and there was a lot to celebrate in the large crowd. The silent and verbalauctions were a big hit and the atmosphere was quite boisterous as teams competed in the intellectual arena of trivia. Turns out, dentists are pretty confident and competitive on all things intellectual - who knew! There was a near uproar over some cooking questions and the science category almost became a wrestling match. All in the name of charity, of course!
Dr. Mark Ortinau, a board member with GKAS, was nice enough to include me on his team. I'm not sure what impact I made but we did finish 4th (just outside the money) from among 25+ teams. The food and drink were as plentiful as the laughter. It was great to see the large turnout and to recognize so many MDA members. Thanks for what you do to support GKAS and the fine work that Joan Allen and her team do.


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Apr

20

Losing never felt so good!

Posted by Paul on 4/20/2012 3:47:00 PM


My adventure in Cape Girardeau continued the next morning when the fine folks of SEDS invited me to join in their golf tournament and business meeting. (FYI- Pay attention other components. This is my favorite type of gathering.) We were able to get in 18 holes on a nice morning just before the rain rolled in. My team consisted of the talented and friendly Drs. Susan Sheets, Bob Fox, and Dick Swartz. I guess they drew the short straw when they got me! I thought we played well but we couldn't drop a putt.
As a result we finished in last place (where good guys reside). In cheeky good humor they gave us basketballs to subtly suggest we may want to explore another sport. My son was happy that my misfortune was his gain. It was all good fun and I enjoyed spending time with the SEDS crew. Stacey Butler from the MDA and her husband Ryan also played. They did better for some reason but I'm suspicious!
The business meeting sailed along with good reports on many fronts. They voted to donate $5000 to MOMOM which further proves my point that this whole SE region is up to the challenge.
Keep up the solid work SEDS and remember me for Dalhousie in the fall!


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Apr

19

Plan Your Pilgrimmage Now

Posted by Paul on 4/19/2012 3:30:00 PM


Commit this site to memory. Put it in your GPS. Mapquest it. Circle the date, May 3-4, 2013.The Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau iswhere the dental family will gather for MOMOM 2 just about a year from now.
I was here today to meet with Dr. Jan Ruopp, local chairperson for MOMOM2, and the SMC staff. We were reviewing the set up needs, layout plan, and contract details. Southeast Missouri State University has really stepped up beyond being a facility site to being a true partner in this event. Students will be volunteering ina wide variety of roles from set up to patient escorts and just about everywhere in between.
My enthusiasm for MOMOM 2 grew even more over dinner tonight as I met with the assembled leadership team. They are on point with, volunteer recruitment and a host of other details. It's a good team and you can sense their commitment to their community. Make plans to join the party next May because it takes 150+ dentists to volunteer if we are to reach our goals.


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Apr

17

Healthy Kids Day Partnership Launched in Joplin

Posted by Paul on 4/17/2012 3:35:00 PM


Last Saturday morning I was at the The Joplin Family Y, the launch site for a newpartnership eventbetween the Y and the MDA. A similar event was happening at the Callaway County Y in Fulton.
Through some funding from DHSS, the MDA is partnering with select Y's in each of our 8 components to bring some oral education to the Y's Healthy Kids Day program. Kids are already comingto the eventto learn about physical and nutrition as they gear up for summer programsso why not seize the opportunity toteach themthe connection between good oral health and good overall health.
Liz Schuerich from the Joplin Y was a great host and provided our booth space. A fantastic team of staff from the Joplin Dental Arts (Drs. Renger and Kivett) volunteered to man the booth and the MDA provided the YMIT materials, disclosing tab activity, and other support materials including a free electric toothbrush to be given away via drawing to one lucky boy and one lucky girl.
I snapped photos and soaked in the scene as parents and kids stop by the booth and engaged the staff in good questions about oral. And everybody walked away with a goody bag that included toothbrush, paste, and a flosser. There was lots of fun energy in the gym. It was a natural fit for a community event.
More events are planned for April 28thin St Joseph, Kansas City, Springfield, Kirksville, and St Louis. And Sikeston will host an event on
September 8th. Check with me for more details.


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Apr

11

National Signing Day

Posted by Paul on 4/11/2012 4:52:00 PM


If you want to compete at the highest level, you have to recruit at the highest level. You don't wait to rebuild. You constantlyreload with top notch talent.Any big time university knows the importance of national signing day and so does the MDA and today was that day.
I was at UMKC as part of our National Signing Day where 4th year students can join MDA and effectively transfer their student membership into full MDA membership. This insures they don't pay dues through 2013. There was a buzz of as soon to be graduates signed on while also entering for a chance to win a free iPad. Below is one of the MDA's new recruits!
This was all part of our last Food for Thought program this school year at UMKC. Students from all class years filled the room and enjoyed pizza and wings while listening to guest speakers, Drs. Zust and Riordan. They did a lively father/daughter presentation about family practice that drew lots of questions. I was reminded of the need to share real life examples like this to our recruits. It helps them envision their future. And it doesn't hurt that both Dr. Zust and Dr. Riordan made an eloquent appeal to the importance of organized dentistry.
Stay active on the recruiting trail. We don't want our home grown talent going elsewhere. Let's reload with a top rated signing class!


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Apr

10

The Value of Meals Together

Posted by Paul on 4/10/2012 2:45:00 PM


You mightwonder what was the most valuable part of the ADA R&R Conference. There was definitely good data, excellent speakers, new ideas, and challenges to ponder. It's important to interact with others who are working toward the same ends as you. But the real value for me was teamwork.
The Missouridelegation had two dinners together in Chicago - a special delight given the awesome restaurant selection! Meals out have some mysterious power to overcome differences andbring us together.Besides the great food and vino, there was real value in building relationships and grappling together over the issuesfacing our state and our membership. I discover the passion others have for organized dentistry. I see the thought and work and experience needed to win. I also see more listening and reflection than normal.Sharing togethertakes the conference from theory to reality.
Let me encourage you to do the same in your component. Make it a priority to occasionally bypass the email and skip the brief oral report at a meeting. Instead break bread with some members different from you and make effort to deeply address the issues your component faces. You'll find this approach not only tasty but also fruitful. Bon Appetite!


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Apr

03

Bright Ideas Start at the Component Level

Posted by Paul on 4/3/2012 2:22:00 PM


The Best Practices session is afavorite of the recent ADA Conference on Recruitment and Retention. It allows components and constituents to share field tested examples of outreach events. Some are designed around a specific attraction but most could be repeated anywhere. The real key is local ingenuity and enthusiasm.
I was proud when Dr. Rapini represented the GSLDS and shared before the entire conference about the Hi-Tech night they hosted last summer and plan to repeat this year. The local team did a great job of designinga fun event with a purpose and they worked hard to involve vendors, offer great prizes, and provide exposure to new products and partners. To get the full scoop on the event contact Laura@gslds.org.
You can contact me for other ideas (ain't too proud to steal a good one) or more importantly put your heads and elbow greasetogether atyour local level and design an event that works for your component. Maybe next year, I'll be posting your picture.


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Apr

02

Hauling in the Hardware

Posted by Paul on 4/2/2012 4:06:00 PM


Let's hear it forthe MDA! Our members have put us in the winner's circle. Last week at the ADA Membership Recruitment and Retention Conference in Chicago, our state won awards for "Greatest Net Gain in Membership", "Greatest Net Gain of New Dentists" and the "Most Improved Retention Rate!" Each of the awards is for a state association with 1,001 to 2,000 members.

This was our crew, representing in style, from left to right: Dr. Vince Rapini, yours truly, Laura Breeden, and Dr. Michael Hoffman.

Thanks to each and every MDA member for their continued membership and support of the tripartite and thanks to members who invite a colleague to join and our component societies who do a great job with their recruitment and retention efforts!

A special thanks to Mandy Lewis, MDA Membership and Meeting Manager. She's done a lot of the heavy liftingthat got us to this pointand she should have been there to receive the awards but she had kindly passed this year so that I could experience the scene. Kudos, Mandy!

My comrades above are all from the Greater St Louis Dental Society. We had a and fun time learning about trends andbest practices as we worked togetherto grow our membership even more. I would love to have someone from every component join us next year so mark your calendars forApril 5-6, 2013 and let's bring home even more hardware!


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