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ARCHIVES: September 2013

Sep

26

MOMOM 3 gets real!

Posted by Paul on 9/26/2013 1:28:00 PM


I love being part of something bigger than myself. To me, MOMOM is the perfect example of "bigger than me" and really bigger than any one person. You certainly see this once the clinic doors open and there are close to 1,000 volunteers from all over the place working insane hours to serve patients and help their fellow man.
But you also see the "bigger" element in the planning. The details for hosting a clinic are endless and it takes a well balanced team to pull them all together. That's what is happening. Today, several of us took about a 2 hour site visit at the Chaifetz Arena to envision the set up and execution of MOMOM 3 to be held May 2-3, 2014. I love hearing the questions everyone asks because they bring needed balance to all perspectives - patient, dentist, lay volunteer, engineer, etc. We all see MOMOM through different analytical filters.
For example, that's JR in the photo above. He is operations staff at Chaifetz and he'spointing out some uniquefeature to our group on the concourse. We plan to use the expansive concourse area for patient registration, triage, routing, and radiography. When patients finally enter the floor, it will all be about patient treatment.
The site visit and the leadership meeting held two days ago (that's us in the beautiful St John's Hospital Board Room) both reflected significant progress in MOMOM 3 preparations. It's neat to see some great additions to the hospitality team and other key areas. You can sense the momentum growing which is good because time is flying by. Just mark your calendars now and plan tosign up when registration opens in January 2014.


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Sep

20

Officer Installations in Opposite Corners - Part 2 NWDS

Posted by Paul on 9/20/2013 11:46:00 AM


While some of the gang was in Cape Girardeau for the SEDS officer installation (see post below), I had the honor of being all the way across the state in St Joseph for the NWDS officer installation. They had a strong turnout and the business meeting was very lively. I like to see engaged members. It was nice to meet some people I had only known by name previously. Here's your photo guide from our day together.
1. Yours truly installs the new NWDS officers from L-R: Dr Andy Trout as President, Dr Bob Ruwwe as President-elect, and Dr Jeff Gardner as Treasurer.
2. Dr Robin Hildebrand receives her plaque as outgoing president. She's a good example of jumping in and leading when she's just been out of school a few years. She's also an example of good planning as she finished her term before her baby arrived!
3. Dr Rolfe McCoy, MDA Trustee from NWDS, addresses the group. There were many hot topics that Dr McCoy and I covered to keep our members up to speed.


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Sep

20

Officer Installations in Opposite Corners - Part 1 SEDS

Posted by Paul on 9/20/2013 11:28:00 AM


Missouri is a fairly large state and thankfully we have member dentists in just about every nook and cranny across the state. There's no way we could effectively serve them all without the ingenioustripartite structure. The 8 regional components of the MDA are the first line of membership and we admire the local leadership that chooses to serve on that front line. That's why someone from the MDA seeks to be at every officer installation. It's a great time to give local members an update on state matters and it's always fun to meet and interact with the membership.
The hale and hearty crowd from SEDS held their officer installation today. Attending from the MDA was President Dr Lynn Barbour, Vicki Wilbers, and Patrick Baker. All reports are that the proceedings went well. Here is a photo report. Congrats to all!
1. Dr Lynn Barbour swears in the new SEDS officers Dr. Phil Loida (President-Elect), Dr. Courtney Beussink (New President), and Dr. Trevor Blattner (Sec-Treas).
2. Dr Barbour gives outgoing President, Dr Jim Fox a plaque thanking him for his distinguished service.
3. Dr Jim Fox and dad, gather after Dr Bob Fox was honored for receivingActive Life status in MDAmembership.
4. Dr Mark Milde and his wife pose together after Dr Milde also receives Active Life status.


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Sep

17

Association Pride!

Posted by Paul on 9/17/2013 10:16:00 AM


When it comes to other member driven associations, the MDA does not stand alone but it does try to stand apart. The MDA belongs to the Missouri Society of Association Executives. This collection of people share a common tie in that they all have similar challenges in recruiting and retaining members, finding non-dues revenue, advocating for their profession, and communicating with a wide range of audiences. The networking and exchange of ideas is very beneficial to all.
Each year, MSAE holds an award luncheon to honor commendable association work in several categories: Communications, Creative Funding, Education, External Affairs, and Membership Development. We believe in our work here at the MDA and we seek to stand apart by submitting an entry each year based on one of our objectives. This year we won Honorable Mention for our first ever Connect4Success Leadership Academy and New Dentists Conference. It was a team effort between the staff and the New Dentist Committee. We were thrilled with the success of the conference and thrilled again when it was honored by MSAE. Pictured above are Stacey Kloeppel and Mandy Lewis from the MDA office accepting the award at the luncheon today.
Yesterday I participated for the first time in the MSAEFun-Fest. It includes lunch, golf, dinner, and prizes. What a unique day away from the office. I thank the Lodge of Four Seasons (host site of our C4S event) for including me on their scramble team. I really thank them for including the golf pro from the Cove as well. We (he) shot 63 during a fun day on the links! Pictured above is Brenda Roling from the Missouri Academyof Nutrition and Dietetics, Chris Lash our golf pro, yours truly, and Sandy Boeckman, the executive director of MSAE.
My kudos to Sandy for always running a great event. In November, the MDA seeks to contribute and benefit again from MSAE by attending their education workshop. These round table discussions allow members to pilfer the best ideas from each other. I'll have the honor of co-leading the round table on Marketing and Customer Service.


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Sep

15

My Real Vote for Miss America

Posted by Paul on 9/15/2013 2:24:00 PM


How could I overlook one of our own? This is why I need to avoid entertainment blogging. After my post about Miss Kansas, which occurred just because I read an article about her dentistry connection, several people let me know that our very own Miss Missouri had legit dental connections of her own.ShelbyRingdalh, Miss Missouri, isthe daughter of Dr Bruce and Erika Ringdahl in Columbia. My apologies for this oversight!
It looks like we have a new leader in the clubhouse. Shelby is a Rock Bridge High School graduate and a senior at TCU majoring in musical theater. She advocates for abused children through the CASA program in Missouri. This solid resource helps children not get neglected in the overburdened legal and social service system. While I've never met Shelby, how can Missouri lose with such a bright and lovely lady representing us? Congrats to the Ringdahl family, Columbia, and all fans across the state for her accomplishments. Once again, dentistry is leading the way!
PS - Alas, Miss New Jersey won over both these worthy candidates. I'm sure she will represent America well but I can still be a homer for the Midwest. Now, back to my regular blogging duties.


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Sep

12

My vote for Miss America

Posted by Paul on 9/12/2013 9:56:00 AM


This blog is not a wagering site. Although it would be fun to play Jimmy the Greek and suggest odds for what resolutions will get passed at the House of Delegates or what's the over/under on the number of teeth pulled at the next MOMOM.
This blog is also generally a family friendly site so it's unusual for me to post photos of bikini clad hotties. But there's a first time for everything. Allow me to introduce you to a sure bet for this weekend's Miss America contest in Atlantic City, NJ.
Theresa Vail is Miss Kansas. She's drawing attention this week for being the first contestant to openly sport visible tattoos. What's really cool about that is that one of the tattoos is theArmy Dental Corps insignia. You see, Miss Kansasaspires to be an Army dentist. That right there should make her the favorite contestant for all who read this blog even if they are dyed in the wool Mizzou fans.
You can read more about the refreshingly bold (she's choosing to wear Army boots at the Paradeof Shoes) Miss Kansas in this article. I now have a legitimate reason to study, I meanwatch,the pageant this weekend. Just one more reason why dentistry is the profession everyone envies.


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Sep

05

8 months until MOMOM 3!

Posted by Paul on 9/5/2013 9:43:00 AM


Clear your calendars, set your alarms, rally the troops, rest your feet! Yes, it's MOMOM time again. MOMOM 3 will be held May 2-3, 2014 at the Chaifetz Arena on the campus of St Louis University in midtown St Louis.
What's so special about MOMOM you ask? If you've been a part of one, you know the answer. If you haven't, no words or even videowill accurately capture the spirit of this charitable outreach. The volume of volunteers needed and the level of coordination required to pull off a free dental clinic in metro St Louis is astonishing. But the reward of helping close to 2,000 people in chronic pain or woeful neglect is priceless. We can all do more together than we can ever do alone. So take the plunge and give this unique event a shot. You won't regret it.
Official online registration does not open until January 2014 but you can keep abreast of the news, watch the video, donate to the clinic, and more all by visiting www.momom.org.


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Sep

05

It ain't cheap being the Tooth Fairy

Posted by Paul on 9/5/2013 9:05:00 AM


The Tooth Fairy may take many different forms but there is no doubt that the Tooth Fairy has long been an essential part of the dental family. The fabled nymph has helped children worldwide overcome the fear or pain of losing a tooth by rewarding loot in exchange for their trouble and sacrifice.Who among us cannot recall stashing that tiny piece of enamel under your pillow with dreams of waking up to discover cold,hard cash in its place? It's a winning proposition and it can give a small child a more favorable view of oral health.
Back in the early days of LBJ's administration, I treasured the discovery of a shiny quarter under my pillow. I felt like a gap toothed millionaire! I imagined the Tooth Fairy with a change belt aroundher waist, dispensing quarters to brave children everywhere during her overnight delivery routes. Well times have changed and even the Tooth Fairy has not escapedinflation.
According to this recent article, kids today get $3.70 per tooth. That's almost 14 more quarters than I got!! And it's a 42% spike in payouts just over the last two years. Where does the dough come from? Is the Tooth Fairy a spoiled trust fund baby with a pushover daddy bankrolling her nightly jaunts? I could buy a candy bar and a soda for my quarter but even in today's world $3.70 can buy a whole lot more. Durn, lucky kids! They have no idea how good they got it.
But perhaps the article is really pointing to the value of good oral healthcare from the cradle to the grave. I don't need to tell this audience that. You guys have long been singing that tune. Keep it up and use all the resources at hand - including the lovely Tooth Fairy.


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