The Week That Was: May 13-17

Step It Out and Fill It Up

The weather couldn’t have been nicer for the MDA/MDIS team building event this month. On Tuesday we all laced up our tennies and took off down the local greenway soaking up the sun and chirping away just like the birds around us. It was good exercise and a welcome reprieve from our desk activities. Of course, our team can’t really gather without food being involved in some way, so we ended our walk at the top of the hill with a nice patio lunch at the local Mexican restaurant. We had to fight off the desire for a siesta but we enjoyed the change of pace.


A Special Place for Special Olympics

This week I had the privilege of touring the new Training for Life Campus of Special Olympics Missouri. It’s a spectacular setting and a place to call home for the many SOMO athletes across the state. It’s one of the first of its kind anywhere and a real badge of honor for the state. I’ve known Executive Director, Susan Stegeman, for 15 years and everyone on board with SOMO is first-rate. Health Partnership Manager, Carol Griffin, toured me through the new digs and explained how it was designed to incorporate their Healthy Athletes screenings, of which Special Smiles is part. These are an excellent opportunity for you and your staff to volunteer. There will be a big opportunity at the State Outdoor Games in Springfield May 31-June 2. You also can contact Carol direct to learn about other needs and times that may work best for you. It’s a wonderful program, and I’m proud of all the Missouri dentists and staff who have regularly volunteered over the years. Now it’s easier than ever. Plus you will really enjoy seeing the campus.

Thanks Southwest

Vicki attended the Spring Business Meeting of the Southwest Dental Society on Thursday evening. All enjoyed a reception and dinner at the delightful Mythos, and this morning Vicki reported extreme generosity in that seven members purchased Connect4Cash tickets. That means I’m very grateful, and that means there are only four tickets remaining! Get yours today!

The Dome is Done

Today is the final day of the legislative session. Another wild ride has come to a close. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the fine advocacy job turned in by your legislative team this year. The team goes way beyond Shantel, Vicki, Jorgen and Dr. Jeremy Bowen, LRC Chair. It includes your MODentPAC donations and emails and phone calls and strong presence at Lobby Day. Successful advocacy is a year-long effort on many fronts. Be sure to watch for the full and final report on all the issues in next Monday’s Capitol Connection.

RIP Tim Conway

You can’t deny your age, so I readily own the fact that I am sad to hear about the passing of Tim Conway this week. He was one funny actor. Watching him on the Carol Burnett Show was appointment viewing back in the day. Among his funniest bits ever was his portrayal of a dentist with his very first patient. I’m sure everyone in the profession has seen it at some point but it’s worth watching again in memorial to Mr. Conway. Watch the priceless video here.

The Week Ahead

Everyone regroups ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, and I jet off to St Joe for another local MOMOM meeting.

Quotes of the Week

“’Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” —Special Olympics motto

I spend a lot of time thinking about the Hereafter – each time I enter a room I wonder what I’m here after.” —Tim Conway

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