The Week That Was: August 29-September 2

Sunshine, Staff & the Summer Pivot

The MDA barreled through a busy summer starting with Connect4Success in its new location at Margaritaville. There we also soft launched our new digital platforms, MoDental On Demand and The Solution Center. In July the volunteer troops assembled in St. Louis for our first MOMOM in three years. This was followed closely by the annual ADA conferences for association leaders in late July. August signaled the start of dental school for a whole new wave of students. Then we ended August with a landmark MDA Board meeting that tried to digest what all this means for the future. Changes in the dental profession and association life are rumbling off in the distance, eliciting both excitement and uncertainty. There are new challenges to meet.

So this past week, the MDA and MDIS staff took a brief pause with a staff retreat back at Margaritaville to collect ourselves before we pivot from the summer to an always busy fall schedule. We hung out at the pool some and shared a nice meal together at Reserve 1932 and even played a few games. At every setting there was plenty of conversation about what change may look like. It was nice to rest and connect and have some brainstorming beyond the boardroom. Now it’s back in the saddle and off to the races as we start Q4.

The Week Ahead

After the long labor day weekend, Vicki Wilbers and Jerri Wildhaber go to Maine for the annual Medical Protective conference where they swap ideas with others who provide similar insurance services. My guess is most of the others are asking Jerri how does MDIS do such a good job. There’s also a first-ever ADA New Dentist Town Hall next Wednesday evening September 7. It’s clear the future lies with this segment of membership, so it’s valuable to create dialog around what they need and want from the association. And next Friday the Central Dental Society is holding their annual OSHA training and business meeting followed by a social.

Quote of the Week

“He who retreats, lives longer.” – Michael Scott

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