During my term as Trustee, representing Region IV, I have been privileged to work under the Presidencies of my earliest mentors, M. David Campbell and Scott Welch, our Academy's ''down-to-earth'' uniter Gary Lowder, sound financial planners Kevin Roach and Mike Perpich, long range planner and ByLaw guru Howard Mark, and international fellowship cultivator William Winspear. Obviously I have very big shoes to fill. During my term as your President, I hope to expand on their contributions with additional focus on Mentorship Programs and Fellowship recruitment and retention.
As we all know through our involvement in dentistry, the success of any organization depends on fresh ideas and enthusiasm generated by its young members. We are aware there are many fine individuals in our great profession who have given back to their community or have the potential to do so and should be recognized. Building on President Winspear's initiatives, I will work to encourage our Fellows, particularly our Section Chairs, to seek out these noteworthy people and submit them for Fellowship.
As former President Bill Kort put it, ''Membership recruitment is vital to keep up with attrition and some moderate growth, but we must not get too preoccupied with numbers at the expense of quality. We can give a colleague no greater compliment than to invite him or her to become a Fellow of the PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY.''
Following through on President Winspear's international initiative, I plan during my tenure to expand the concept of Mentorship to our Fellows globally. I feel that where there are dental education institutions and dental practitioners, the potential for mentorship exists. As with Fellowship recruitment, mentorship can be a form of passing the baton.
Please be assured that your Management Team and I, along with our Board of Trustees, will continue to work to make the PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY all it can be.
James A. Englander
Wisconsin Track Star Still Running
President James Englander and First Lady Carole have just returned from attending the Mexico Section last October and are now preparing to visit the Ecuador and Peru sections this December. Thankfully, Jim and Carole are seasoned travelers and well accustomed to all the efforts in traveling long distances to make the "Academy all it can be."