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ARCHIVES: November 2012

Nov

16

NWDS Officer Installation

Posted by Paul on 11/16/2012 10:51:00 AM



Last night I joined MDA Executive Director Vicki Wilbers and MDA Legislative Regulatory Director Patrick Baker in St Joe for ameeting of the Northwest Dental Society. We were joined by current MDA President, Dr. Lynne Barbour. It was encouraging to see quite a few new dentists in the audience. There was good engagement and questions after Vicki and Patrick gave an update onMDA'spriorities for the next session. Those prioritiesrevolve aroundhealth reform, tortreform, and fiscal reform.
Another highlight of the evening was for the installation of officers. Dr. Barbour swore in Dr. Jeff Gardner as Treasurer and Dr. Robin Hildebrand as President. What a great example Dr. Hildebrand is setting by jumping into organized dentistry and showing leadership just 2 years after dental school. There's room for everyone in the MDA and it's never too early to start. Good luck. We are here at the MDA office ready to help!


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Nov

10

Mouse Race Photos

Posted by Paul on 11/10/2012 1:48:00 PM


A fun night is best told by photos. Here's a brief recap for those who missed out. Don't let that happen next year! :)
Row One: Drs. Ollie Fisher and Richard Haffner battle it out in Heads n Tails. Amazingly, Dr. Haffner won both rounds of this game! Dr. James Schmidt places his bet at the betting table before one of the six heats. Alice from DDHT and Vicki from MDA work the Bank. We make it easy for you to buy chips and play all the games.
Row Two: The mouse in lane 5 approaches the hurdle with a big lead. Drs. Craig Hollander and Charles Poeschl battle it out at the Black Jack table. MDIS honcho Greg Russell enjoys a laugh.
Row Three: Shannon Woodcock awards the Money Bags trophy to Cathy Heinson for donating back the most chips after a winning night. The prize table shows the Keller Labs Big Cheese Trophy and the Fastest Alumni Mouse certificate. In a bold sweep ofboth prizes, "SLU Star" trained by Dr. John Hatton from the Center for Advanced Dental Education was the grand champion mouse of the night. And yes, co-chairs Paul Roberts and Shannon Woodcock try to lead by example!
Row Four: Lucinda Shearman checks out the sweet items at the silent auction. Thanks to a host of generous donors and bidders, we made $2670 from the auction. And finally, in a scene that was repeated by many throughout the night, Drs. Schmidt and Hollander cheer wildly because their mouse was a winner!
Thanks again to everyone. Please make plans to join us and see me for sponsorship opportunities.


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Nov

09

Mouse Races a Big Success

Posted by Paul on 11/9/2012 1:03:00 PM


This was not your typical gathering of dental professionals. It was the first ever Mouse Races at the Mid Continent Dental Congress. In a phrase, we had fun raising funds!Here's some more about our crazy night.
About 100 people became instant fans as they experienced this unusual evening that featured mice racing on a track, mouse roulette, a silent auction filled with goodies, blackjack tables, prize raffle, parlor games, and a photo booth. The concept is to hang out with your friends and spend some money on fake gambling (all your proceeds remain with us!). You can bet on the mice, you can bet on the roulette, you can play blackjack. The more you spend, the more you can win and give back.
Net proceeds for this first time event topped $7500. They all go to benefit three solid dental charities: The Delta Dental Health Theater, The MDA Foundation, and the Well Being Foundation. Thank you to everyone who gave of their time and resources to make this a successful night.
A special thanks to our $100+ pre-event sponsors who made sure we would succeed: Delta Dental of Missouri; Drs. Schmidt, Cayo and Hopp; MDIS, BWTP, Pediatric Dentistry of Sunset Hills, the North/Central/West districts of the GSLDS; Northeast Dental Society; Dr Thomas Flavin; Central Dental Society; Dentures and Dental Services; Donald Bastean; Edmonds Dental Prosthetics; The Farley Center at Williamsburg; UF and Shands Florida Recovery Center; Dr. Charles Poeschl; and Keller Labs. You guys rock!
Now that people "get it" we will makea few tweaks and we will be back bigger and better next year so plan to attend the Mid-Continent and join us for a fun night. It's open to anyone 21+ so bring your office staff, family, friends, etc.


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Nov

05

UMKC students Progress into the Future

Posted by Paul on 11/5/2012 10:41:00 AM


No doubt that dental school can feel like a tunnel vision effort but it does eventually end and then what? How do eager new doctors find the best starting point for their career? How do they balance the need to reduce loan debt and balance ling range dreams with immediate opportunities? I think the GKCDS provides a great service to help UMKC students explore those questions in real life settings. They do this by hosting a Progressing Into the Future event using student outreach dollars from the MDA. The evening provides a tour of three different styles of practices. At each stop, the students get another portion of their meal while quizzing the host about their practice choices. They also get a detailed tour of the officeand hear from a vendor sponsor on a certain topic.
Tonight, about 15 students gathered at Dr. Prabu Raman's office to kick off the tour. There they heard from Becky Atkinson, a Benco sales rep. She talked about the importance of identifying a supply partner rather than trying to order from an enormous catalog. The students enjoyed ravioli appetizers and quizzed Dr. Raman about his evolution into being a niche specialty in the dental market.
Across the street, the tour continued with a main course and a refreshingly candid perspective from Dr. Howard Shapiro who after a few moves had settled into the practice style that fit him best. Ken Smith from UMB Bank, gave a brief presentation and answered many questions about how financing is secured.
At the final stop, students saw a large scale practice (18 ops) that was successful in other ways. Students were curious about the management and HR issues unique to that setting. Dr. William Tinsleywas quick to answer and a gracious host.Jeri Wildhaber from MDIS spoke about insurance offerings and I spoke about the importance of MDA membership and professional relationships over the course of a long career. In fact, the theme of partnership wove throughout the night. It applies to dental suppliers, bankers, insurers, associations, co-workers, etc.
These are great tangible events and I love seeing our members open their doors and engage their future colleagues. Dr. Kelly Suchman and Sam Sivley from GKCDS did a great job leading the night and making sure it all came together. As I'm fond of saying, "Kudos to everyone!"


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Nov

04

Dashing For the Dough

Posted by Paul on 11/4/2012 2:16:00 PM


As you probably know, the next Missouri Mission of Mercy will be May 3-4, 2013 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Yesterday the leadership team down there pulled off a great event called the Dental Dash. This 5k walk/run with about 75 racers was a combination fundraiser (nearly $2400 - thank you sponsors and runners!) and awareness generator. It was a great way to get the word out in the broader community so people can plan to volunteer next May. It will also spread the word through many new civic and faith networks about the services we will provide.
The race was exactly 6 months prior to MOMOM. Kudos to the team for this innovative and successful event.


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Nov

03

House of Delegates - Awards and Fun

Posted by Paul on 11/3/2012 10:15:00 AM



A highlight of the House of Delegates is the camaraderie of people who care for the profession. This hits a zenith at the reception and awards banquet.It's a fun time of seeing old friends and honoring colleagues for their service. The lighting was dark but I will attempt to showcase a few winners and friendly faces!
Top Row: Melissa Albertson and Margie Kunzie, just two of the hard working and always smiling MDA staff. Dr/ Elwood Rice presented the Presidential Citation Award to Drs. Tim Taylor, Joe Shea, Ed Kendrick, and Jim Osborne for their dedication and contributionto the EFDA program. Dr. Sarah Mahaffey (center) celebrates her Outstanding New Dental Leader award with her family.
Second Row: Our first ever MDA female president, Dr. Lynne Barbour celebrates with her family. The Dentist of the Year Award went to Dr. Michael Hoffman shown here with some of his many supporters. And Ellen Kessler, former executive director of the GSLDS was given an honorary MDA membership for her years of service tot he profession.
Third Row: Dr. Rex Witherspoon received the Distinguished Service Award. And a big salute to Dr. William Toole and Dr. A.C. Edwards for reaching 50 years of membership in the MDA!


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Nov

02

House of Delegates - Leadership

Posted by Paul on 11/2/2012 9:49:00 AM


Here is some of your association leadership during the House of Delegates. It's too broad to include everyone so don't get upset with me.
Top row: Dr. Joel Pratt delivers the MDA Foundation report. Dr. William Rice delivers the MDIS report. Dr. Connie White chairs the Committee on Credentials.
Middle Row: Vicki Wilbers, MDA Executive Director; Dr. Bob Butler, your new Speaker of the House; and Dr. Vince Rapini, the new GSLDS trustee. Then Dr. Joe Sokolowski, your outgoing Speaker of the House. Finally, Dr. Merle Nunemaker, MDA President-elect; Dr. Charles Norman, ADA President-elect and Dr. Prabu Raman, the new GKCDS trustee
Bottom Row: Dr Charles Norman with Sixth District Trustee, Dr. Mark Zust. Dr. Charles Norman awards outgoing MDA President, Dr. Elwood Rice with a plaque honoring his term in office. And the front podium rising to acknowledge Dr. Lynne Barbour, the first ever female President of the MDA. Kudos!!


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Nov

02

House of Delegates - The Process

Posted by Paul on 11/2/2012 8:56:00 AM



Quick, can you briefly explain how the MDA handles its (your)business? How are you represented? How does change occur? Who's running the show? I'll admit it took me a little time to comprehend it but now I see howour governancedoes allow for member input with a solid system of checks and balances. I won't go into depth to explain every detail but I do want you to understand and see some photos because this is your association at work.
The MDA has eight component dental societies across the state. You are part of one of them. Each component appoints delegates based on size to represent them at the annual meeting, The House of Delegates. Any MDA member may be put forward a resolution prior to the House suggesting changes orareas of focus for the profession. These resolutions are reviewed by the Board to suggest revisions for clarity and practicalityand togive insight as to how theystand on the issue. Those changes are reviewed by the component caucuses and then the reference committee hears open discussion on the resolution. At this time, any MDA member (delegate or otherwise) is welcome to share their opinion on the issue. After this hearing, the resolutions are reviewed in reference committee executive session where a final recommendation on action is decided. The following day after component caucuses review those final recommendations, the House delegates vote on each issue. These votes determine the direction of the Board, the work of the staff, and the fiscal impact to the association. It really is athoughtful, secure process that allows for member input all along the way.
The two day House of Delegates session also features a number of annual reports and presentations that update the members on a variety of topics that affect the profession. Parliamentary procedure isfollowed throughout and several traditions are kept as well. You really should considerattending one year to get a broader perspective on how your association conducts business.


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