The Week That Was: January 3-7

3-2-1 … Houston, hold on to your hats!

It’s 2022 and the launch sequence has begun on a number of member-critical issues. Wednesday was “fire your engines” day on two fronts. First the Missouri General Assembly gaveled in the 2022 Legislative Session. MDA Lobbyist, Olivia Wilson, was on hand for the festivities and will begin her vigilant monitoring of all dental related issues. Starting next Monday and periodically throughout the session, Olivia will be providing brief Capitol Connection video updates of the twists and turns and occasional drama that ensues. In between those, members can get weekly updates here. This sole source page helps you understand the MDA agenda and stay in touch with the latest details on every issue. Bookmark it for your convenience. Advocacy is also an engagement game and your participation as practicing dentists speaks louder than anything else we do. Be sure to register for our February 1 Virtual Town Hall with legislative leaders and for our March 9 Dental Day at the Capitol where you can visit with your elected official. Finally, opt in to Voter Voice text alerts that allow you to give immediate feedback at key junctures, like just before a vote is taken. Text “MDA” to 50457 to opt in to legislative text alerts!

Also in 2022, MOMOM returns after two years of scrubbed launches. On Wednesday evening the local leadership team gathered at the GSLDS office to laser focus on the tasks at hand. The first clinic day is 27 weeks from today. Good discussion was had on fundraising, volunteer and patient recruitment, as well as flexible plans as we monitor COVID regulations. I’m shaking off the dust as the enthusiasm of the host city to serve those in need fires me up. Expect a lot more information we roll along toward July 15-16, 2022.

The Week Ahead

So much auxiliary work goes into the above two events but it doesn’t scratch the surface of all that’s on deck for 2022. It’s dues collection time. The next issue of the Focus is in production. The next Board of Trustees meeting is on the horizon. Winter Wednesdays launch next week with free virtual CE from Phil Nieto at Best Card. He will speak on Mitigating Risk and Spotting Embezzlement in Your Practice. And on and on we go. Join us so you can maximize your membership. I’ll try to give you the week-by-week action right here as well. Happy New Year!

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” ― G.K. Chesterton

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