Last week I mentioned that we had several solid candidates apply for the open MDA Legislative and Regulatory Director role. After a round of second interviews and much difficult contemplation, we are delighted to announce an offer has been extended to Ms. Shantel Smith. This is a big step in maintaining strength as we prepare for another legislative session. Shantel is well qualified … an MU degree, Marine, Senate experience and most recently Director of Communications for Flotron & McIntosh, a Jefferson City-based governmental consulting firm. We look forward to sharing a more robust profile on the MDA’s newest team leader in the near future. We’ll welcome Shantel on September 25! Make sure to say hello when you get a chance.
On the Road with Students
First impressions go a long way, so Team MDA is always eager to make good first impressions about organized dentistry when meeting with dental students. I think we achieved our mission this past Tuesday when we joined a Welcome Reception for MOSDOH students hosted by the Northeast Dental Society. The mixture of dentists from the local component, school leadership, fresh students, MDA and MDIS along with a casual atmosphere of food and drink (made possible by excellent sponsors) allowed for a great time of interaction. After a brief overview of why students should identify positively with their professional association, we gave them reinforcements by playing the world famous game, Lotto or Squatto. Merriment ensued as we drew contestants and awarded prizes. A Wisconsin student won a gift certificate to IHOP, which she had never heard of. Welcome to the glorious world of pancakes! Such introductions are just another service we provide. Thanks to Dr. Amanda Fitzpatrick for her leadership and to all who made the event a success.
On the Road as a Student
I went from being in front of students to being a student as I took part in a grant writing seminar in St. Louis for two days this week. Sponsored by the Missouri Foundation for Health and presented by The Grantsmanship Center, it was an intimate group of nonprofit leaders who were learning how to plan a proposal that is logical and attracts funders. This is important primarily as the Dental Well Being Foundation explores additional revenue streams. One such idea would involve education to the provider on opioid prescribing, abuse and recovery. A little brain stretching is good for me, and it’s nice to connect with people who can help us.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Opportunity Continues
The MDA and the MDA Foundation combined to pledge $5,000 to help dentists affected by this far-reaching storm. You can add your donation to this pledge by giving here before September 30. So far, members have contributed an additional $2,850. Thank you!
The Week Ahead
I’m excited about a return to the Southeast Dental Society for some golf and their annual installation meeting. Dr. and Mrs. Raman and Vicki and her husband, Tooter, will join me in Cape Girardeau as well. The more the merrier! Then both couples head off for the Sixth District meeting in Louisville to review resolutions just ahead of the ADA 2017 America’s Dental Meeting in Atlanta next month. Burn up the road miles!