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Jan

27

You and Your Beautiful Mug and 150 Years

Posted by Paul on 1/27/2015 4:05:00 PM


It's MDA's 150th year and we need you to help us celebrate. In addition to special events throughout the year, we want to feature YOU in the celebration because without YOU the MDA doesn't exist. So grab your phone and take a selfie (good manners, please) and send it to us at aanniversary@modental.org or post it to MDA Facebook (#modental150). We will collect your beautiful, smiling mugs throughout the year and then make a mural to display at the House of Delegates. Find out more at www.modental.org/anniversary.
Have fun with this and remember, you're never fully dressed without a smile. My first entry is my way of promoting healthy brushing!


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Jan

23

ADA Grants Help Advance MDA Objectives

Posted by Paul on 1/23/2015 3:45:00 PM


If you've been paying attention to this blog (you have been, right?), then you know I speak often of The Power of 3 and how you get more out of your membership dollar because you have a local component, a state association, and a national organization all working to bring you the best of dental benefits and other valuable offerings.
The most recent example of The Power of 3 came today when we received word that 4 grants were awarded to Missouri to advance our outreach to members. This is COOL!
The Membership Program for Growth (MPG) grants from the ADA are awarded to states and components who are at the tip of the spear in conducting member growth activities. These funds enhance our own funds to maximize results. Congratulations to the following groups and keep an eye out for these events!
  • Northeast Dental Society - For student outreach to MOSDOH (ATSU) in Kirksville.
  • Greater St Louis Dental Society - For a New Dentist CE and Social event
  • Greater St Louis Dental Society - For ATSU outreach when they open new clinic
  • Missouri Dental Association - For Outreach to the UMKC Class of 2015


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Jan

19

Winter Session 2015

Posted by Paul on 1/19/2015 3:21:00 PM


The MDA conducted their annual Winter Session this past weekend in Columbia. And once again, it was a confluence of solid CE offerings, connection with colleagues, exposure to exhibitors and other auxiliary gatherings like a LRC committee meeting, a MOMOM meeting and a New Dentist reception. Close to 200 were in attendance overall and while I had to miss the conference, I only heard wonderful things.
I was particularly interested in a few items connected to my role. Our MDA Foundation Raffle this year featured both a 50/50 cash drawing and 5 winners for a bottle of wine and a coupon for a free MDA 150th anniversary commemorative book. Congrats to Dr Jody Vance for winning (and donating back the 50/50 prize) and to our wine winners: Drs. Merle Nunemaker, Fred Christman, Robert Brunker, Joel Pratt, and Mary Burke. And thanks to all who participated. We raised $520 for Foundation programs.
Also of interest was Dr. Jim Nail's ergonomics presentation Saturday morning presented by the Dental Well Being Foundation and sponsored by Patterson Dental. This was a maiden voyage of the DWBF having wellness based content at MDA events. Attendance was good and the reviews were even better. Thank you, Dr Nail for your support. Together we can all improve our focus on wellness.
Otherwise, it's neat to see how many projects and programs are underway that impact you the member. Here are a few scenes from the weekend including:


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Jan

14

MDA Legislative Reception 2015

Posted by Paul on 1/14/2015 2:56:00 PM


Each year the MDA kicks off the legislative session with a reception. Our lobbyist tells us that you can judge the value and awareness of your organization (Capitol street crede) by the turnout at your events. If tonight was any indication, the MDA is doing well. More than 75 representatives stopped by Revel to meet our board, enjoy food and beverage, and learn about the 2015 MDA agenda. Plus they get to take home a toothbrush and paste provided by the MDA Foundation.
This was Katie Reichard's first rodeo as part of the MDA team but you could tell by how she worked the room that Katie was no stranger to the political scene and her solid connections will serve the MDA well. You could also tell by the length of the event that many legislators stayed beyond a token appearance and really engaged with our board members and legislative team directed by LRC Chair, Dr. Earl Larson.
Here are a few scenes from the successful event. There's plenty of action ahead this session so stay up on the issues, donate to MODENTPAC, and make contact with your representative. It makes a difference!
Katie Reichard shares a laugh with Rep. Ken Wilson (R-12)
Rep. Nick King (R-17) makes an emphatic point to MDA Trustee Dr Prabu Raman
Former MDA president Dr Lynne Barbour talks it over with Rep. Craig Redmon (R-4)
Immediate MDA Past President, Dr. Merle Nunemaker listens to the concerns of Rep. Mike Leara (R-96)
Rep. Lynn Morris (R-140) poses with Springfield Trustee Dr Cheryl Haley


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Jan

14

MDA Legislative Excellence Awards

Posted by Paul on 1/14/2015 10:46:00 AM


L-R: Vicki Wilbers, MDA Executive Director; Dr. Earl Larson, MDA LRC Chair; Dr. Joseph Sokolowski, MDA President; Senator Mike Parson (R-28); and Dr. Merle Nunemaker, MDA Immediate Past President
The same MDA team with Representative Sue Allen ( R-100) in the center.
You might wonder who at the Capitol understands the MDA and supports our agenda. Due to the hard work of the MDA legislative team and our active MODENTPAC supporters, the MDA has many allies under the dome. Each year we take time to honor some with the prestigious MDA Legislative Excellence Award. We present this at the House of Delegates Award Banquet in November. This past year only Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-27) was able to join us at the banquet so today we dropped by the Capitol to give the awards to Senator Mike Parsons and Representative Sue Allen. It was nice to see them on their turf and have a few moments with each to express our gratitude and share our agenda for 2015. Join me in saluting their public service and welcoming their support of dentistry.


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Jan

12

Spreading the Wellness message

Posted by Paul on 1/12/2015 2:39:00 PM


What's your sense of personal well being? Have you ever considered how your professional membership organization could strengthen your sense of well being? No, you haven't? Well, I'm on a crusade to change your thinking. And it began last Friday when I spoke briefly during the lunch business meeting of the Greater Kansas City Dental Society CE conference. I applaud GKCDS for having wellness focused speakers and I thank them for the opportunity to share my vision.
For years the Dental Well Being Program, if known at all, was known in the mind of many members as a safety net for "those in trouble". The stigma of impairment issues left the program and its participants languishing in the shadows. Not any more.
Yes, the program still offers exceptional treatment and recovery tools for those in the midst of a difficult struggle. But in 2014, the Dental Well Being Foundation (DWBF) turned it's focus from sickness to wellness. The new mission is topromote a healthy dental professional, dental team and their families by providing education, resources, and support.
That's the vision I'm crusading for. Life is hard. Dentistry is stressful. Relationships are complex. Business is challenging. Wouldn't it be great if your membership offered tools and resources to help you thrive rather than just a safety net when you fall? Imagine educating you and your team or family on good nutrition, ergonomics, or stress management. What if you had help at your fingertips when office or marriage relationships got a little sideways? And how helpful would resources on grief and substance abuse be to help people you care about? That's what we are trying to create as we pioneer a robust offering to our members?
Do you want to help? Give me a shout and we can discuss options from providing resources to raising money to training to help your colleagues. We've just begun and that includes growing our board. Dr. Rob Tait is featured above. He's a new board member from GKCDS. He and Rebecca Mowen, our wonderful and professionally trained and qualified program administrator, were both at the GKCDS in support of our awareness campaign. Join us, will you? Spread the word.


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Jan

07

Sunrise on 2015!

Posted by moda on 1/7/2015 3:32:00 PM


Isn't this peaceful? This is the sunrise on St George's Island, FL. I was there for vacation after Christmas. It led to a beautiful and positive day.Currently it's 10 degrees outside and the thermometer will dip below zero overnight. But let's not think about that.
Instead let's think about what a beautiful and positive year 2015 could be for the MDA and its members. I won't record any resolutions but I will give you some exciting things to look forward to.
Winter Session (next week!), MERIT, component meetings, EFDA trainingand CE events. They are the essentials that keep you sharp. MDA knows education.
MDA is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015. We must be doing something right to last that long. Watch for special proclamations, events, celebrations, and eventually a commemorative anniversary book.MDA knows history.
Up to the minute legislative efforts protecting your professional interests. Legislative Day is February 25. Join us. MDA knows advocacy.
Food for Thought Outreach at UMKC and MOSDOH. Connection, Cash, and Culinary delight on their turf. MDA knows dental students.
Web and data management upgrades scheduled for May. Not too sexy on the surface but essential to future success. MDA knows member service.
Connect4Success at the Lake on June 12-13. Just for New Dentists (and load of fun), this special conference addresses the unique needs of the early career dentist. MDA knows development and leadership.
MOMOM 4 in Columbia July 31-August 1. There's nothing like it. Get hooked. MDA knows serving others.
So whatever trips your trigger, there's something for you at the MDA. Maximize your membership and make it a great year!


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Dec

22

Welcome Aboard Katie!

Posted by Paul on 12/22/2014 3:57:00 PM


Today the MDA staff welcomed Katie Reichard to work as our Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. It's like an early Christmas gift to the membership! With a new legislative session just around the corner, Katie will dive right into the mix and that starts today. She has been drinking from the proverbial fire hydrant as she gets acclimated to the staff, the office, and the role. Vicki and others have been sharing the wealth all day. We were lucky enough to treat her to a staff lunch and learn a little more about her.
Katie is one of four children. She's a favorite aunt to a gaggle of nieces and nephews, a former aspiring country singer (until nodules interfered), and a plant lover. And she knows her way around the Capitol after 8 years working in the Missouri Senate. She's a quick learner judging by the astute questions she asks and I'm sure she will settle right in and continue and advance the fine legacy left by former MDA legislative directors.
Katie's hire leaves me as the only male in the office. For the sake of everyone, I find it best not to comment any further. Let's just say "Welcome Katie!" We know you will do a great job.


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Dec

12

A little something for the effort

Posted by Paul on 12/12/2014 11:06:00 AM


All MDA projects are a team effort between staff and members and other partners. That's one of the things I like about the work. It's a collaborative effort and the credit for success is shared broadly. While we select projects for their fit in the strategic plan and not for showmanship, it is nice on occasion to have others recognize your work. Last night was one such occasion.
On behalf of the MDA team, I attended the Missouri Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Christmas party. The night featured yummy food and drink, a fundraiser featuring a wine pull and a silent auction, and the presentation of the MSAE Awards of Excellence. I was there to accept MDA's honor in the Membership Development category for our 2014 Membership Task Force event.
The Task Force, supported by ADA grant dollars, was a diverse selection of dentists from all practice models, geographic areas, and membership histories. It included component staff and dental school deans as well. Via a list serve, the group gave honest feedback on how they view member benefits, motivation for belonging, current challenges, and future needs. Then we all gathered for a day in Jefferson City for a workshop facilitated by ADA staff. From this we re-established some fundamental principles (there's no substitute for colleague to colleague engagement when it comes to recruiting members) and set some new goals for reaching out to other groups and adapting our offerings. It was a first step in an ever evolving journey but it was intentional, honest, and refreshing. I guess the MSAE thought so as well.
So, kudos to the team and to the whole MDA. It's nice to represent a solid, well-respected organization.


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Dec

06

GKCDS Holiday Installation

Posted by Paul on 12/6/2014 10:03:00 AM


My bride, Leah, and I kicked off the holidays as guests at the Greater Kansas City Dental Society Holiday Party. And what a party it was! Held at the swanky Holbrook Country Club, we joined about 60 others for a relaxing night of good fun, excellent food and conversation followed by some necessary business. My phone camera was on the blink but I captured some photos to try to give you a taste of the night.
Presiding over the ceremonies was Dr. Jeremy Bowen, the incoming president. Representing the MDA was current president, Dr. Joseph Sokolowski. Several members were honored with Life Member pins including Dr. Dale Greer, Dr. Stanley Hite. Dr. Kent Powell, and Dr. John Nelson, Jr. Dr. Nelson also gave a stirring tribute while receiving an award in place of Mrs. Judy Haynes that honored her late husband and beloved MDA colleague, Dr. John Haynes.
In addition to Dr. Bowen as president, Dr. Sokolowski swore in these leaders for 2015: Dr. Mac Darnall, president-elect; Dr. Bruce Cummings, vice-president, and Dr. Samuel Hayes, secretary-treasurer. Once again, Samantha Silvey, executive director, will have a great crew to work with.
Attending the dental society meetings is always a highlight because it's good focused time with members and I love to see their care for the profession and each other. My wife and I thank you for including us in the festivities. It was fantastic!


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