2009.4 July - August
The Fellows of the Pierre Fauchard Academy are still in a state of shock while remembering Richard A. Kozal, our SecretaryGeneral. He has left a mark in our hearts and lives, a man admired by all. He lived a full, productive life and was a creditto his Creator, his family, and to our great profession. We must close this chapter now and move on. This is what Richardwould expect of us, and we shall!!!!
The first order of business at the recent Management Team Meeting near San Diego in Coronado, California, was to fillthe position of Executive Director of the Academy. We have done so!
Judith Kozal is our new Executive Director, a unanimous decision of the Management Team and a logical choice.Richard and Judith took over the job of managing the Academy 30 years ago. At that time, they were handed a shoe boxof 3" x 5" cards listing the names of about 200 Fellows, active and retired. That was when they started to build the Academyand build they did!
The Academy will reach its 75th birthday in two years. Our Founders should be pleased with our accomplishments. It allbegan with attempts to have dental research papers created and published by dentists, not commercial entities. Then on tohonoring dentists worldwide who have distinguished our profession above and beyond that which would be considered the"norm." Now, our PFA Foundation has distributed $4.65 million in scholarships and grants over the past 12 years.The Constitution, By-Laws, and Policy Manual Committee (Drs. Hedlund, Englander, Schafthauser, and PFA Attorney JonHowe) has produced a new Policy Manual. Attorney Howe felt that this was necessary because our old Constitution, By-Laws,and Policy manuals were "outdated and needed simplification."
Due to some legal technicalities, which were unknown in the past, the PFA now has a 2009 contract for services renderedto the PFA Foundation.
The Awards Committee has bestowed the PFA Gold Medal, our highest award, to Dr. Eugene Sekiguchi of California, a formerAmerican Dental Association President and a multi-talented individual. Wait until you read his outstanding C.V.! The Certificateof Merit is awarded to General Dr. Robert E. Brady, the outgoing Executive Director of the International College of Dentists.Other honors include the Elmer S. Best Award for 2009, our highest award given to a non-resident American dentist;the Award goes to Dr. Zbigniew Janczuk of Poland. The Dental Trade & Industry Award goes to Gilles Pierson of the ActeonCompany of France.
The 2010 Elmer S. Best Award will be presented to Dr. Jose Carlos Elgoyhen of Argentina.Last year, 12 of the Latin American Sections met for the first time in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This year, the European Sections andguests were united for the first time. International Trustee Jose Dahan and Section Chair Frank Braun of Germany gathered12 nations in Cologne, Germany. This venue was chosen because it was the biennial meeting of the largest dental meeting inthe world, the International Dental Show with more than 100,000 attendees and 1,820 exhibitors from 57 countries. As youcan see, an ideal setting for the European Sections to congregate! Some of our "surprises" were from Latvia, Romania, Hungary,Poland, the Republic of Georgia, Senegal, and the Congo. We hope to open some new Sections for the Academy.As the Management Team convened at the Hotel Del Coronado, we stood in awe of this magnificent 121-year-old structure.It has been "modified" over the years, of course, but it is still the Crown Jewel of hotels. We wondered at the time, will thePierre Fauchard Academy be able to stand the test of time and be as great an organization as this hotel is today. The answer isa resounding "YES" because of individuals like our PFA Fellows, each doing their part to make this world a better place.Thank you for your attention--'til we meet again.
Sincerely, Your President,Chuck Eller
7-10 May 2009
Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, California
President Chuck Eller called the Meeting to order to establish a quorum with Immediate past President James Englander,President-elect Steve Hedlund, PFA Acting Secretary General Judy Kozal, Auditor Dan Jonker, Editor James Brophy, and PresidentChuck Eller in attendance. Vice President Hubert Ouvrard of Paris was excused. Editor Brophy gave the Invocation. AndDr. Eller held a moment of silence for our fallen Secretary General.
The PFA Constitution & By-Laws were reviewed led by Steve Hedlund. No substantial changes were noted, but a reworkingof the Policy Manual was deemed necessary.The Foundation contract was reviewed and finalized.
The Hall of Fame and its deposition were discussed. The plaques have been removed from the National Museum ofDentistry in Baltimore and have been returned to the Central Office. Former Hall of Fame Chairman Joseph Cappuccio'ssuggestion to relocate them at the new addition at the University of Maryland's Baltimore School of Dentistry was discussedawaiting further information.
The Awards for the Annual Meeting Awards Banquet presentations were discussed and agreed upon with the PFA GoldMedal being presented to Dr. Eugene Sekiguichi of California, a past ADA President. The Certificate of Merit will be conferredupon General Dr. Robert E. Brady, the outgoing Executive Director of the International College of Dentists. The 2009 ElmerS. Best Award is being presented to Dr. Zbigniew Janczuk of Poland. The Dental Trade & Industry Award has been selected tobe presented to Gilles Pierson of the Acteon Company of France.
The 2010 Elmer S. Best Award nominee has been named as Dr. Jose Carlos Elgoyhen of Argentina.Correspondence with the Canada PFA was reported. The President will continue the discussion, but as of that moment,no Canadian Trustee had been nominated for Board approval.
The Hawaii agenda was determined. Dress code for men was suggested as white slacks, blue blazer, Hawaiian shirts.Dress code for women was suggested as appropriate Hawaiian-style clothing.
The finalizing of the 2009 Budget was tweaked in this uncertain time of finances. Cost of securing Dental Abstracts hasgone up and that needed to be factored into the budget. The PFA Web site costs for the coming year were proposed by ourWeb master Mark Stanley and discussed.
L-R, Editor Brophy, President-elect Steve Hedlund, past President James Englander, Chris Hedlund, Carole Englander, Judy Kozal, Elaine and Dan Jonker
Central Office Report
The past two months without Secretary General Richard Kozal's guidance has been a time of great sadness and anguish for us all. President Chuck Eller, President-elect Steve Hedlund, and Accountant Dan Jonker attended the Central Office in Mesquite, Nevada, to map out a plan for the continuation of the Central Office to ensure no interruption of the day-to-day Academy business. One hundred fifty-four new U.S. Fellows and 49 International Fellows have been processed with 45 more awaiting induction. The 2009 dues notices have been sent out. Twelve Distinguished Service Awards have been requested; 26 Senior Student Awards have been prepared and mailed.
The online Dues Payment Program has not been successful, and only some 10% of our 4,000 members have used it as opposed to using the more successful Lock Box collection system. Another program is being tried for next year.
This item was discussed with many suggestions forthcoming--all evidencing the fervor that everyone feels for our former Secretary General Richard Kozal. The ideas were all outstanding and funds were allocated for establishing the Richard A. Kozal Memorial Scholarship at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, School of Dentistry. Other ideas were open and will be discussed further by the entire Board at the Hawaii Meeting.
The Executive Board held nominations for the coming 2009-2010 PFA Officers
- Dr. Steve Hedlund of Iowa, as President-elect, will automatically become President;
- Dr. Chuck Eller of California, as 2008-2009 President, will automatically become the Immediate past President;
- Dr. Hubert Ouvrard of Paris, PFA Vice President, has been nominated for President-elect; and
- Dr. Joseph Harris of Michigan has been nominated for Vice President.
Ernesto Acuna E. Latin America Trustee Report
It is very important to consider our appearances at the following activities in South America.
The first would be the PFA Paraguay Section Meeting and Induction Ceremony in Asuncion, Paraguay, 17-18 July 2009 sponsored by Section Chair Dr. Emilio Kegler. The next would be the Latin American Odontologic Seminar where the Mexico Section, Pacific Chapter, would be hosting their Induction Ceremony in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on 3-5 September 2009. And the 2nd Latin America Academic Meeting and PFA Induction Ceremony along with the FDI World Dental Congress in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, on 2-5 September 2010. The Management team then went into Executive Session at which time President Eller announced that they had unanimously accepted Judith Kozal as "our new Executive Director" with a three-year contract. "She will have two assistants--her close friend Louise and her son Michael," Dr. Eller said.
Photography for this section by Dr. Steve Hedlund
L-R, Trustee Jose Dahan, Romanian Dr. Marian Vladimir Constantinescu, President Chuck Eller, and Georgia's Professor Vladimer Margvelashvilli
L-R, Trustee Jose Dahan, Vice President Hubert Ouvrard, and German Section Chair Frank Braun
27-28 March 2009
PFA 1st European Conference on Oral Health Promotion
Cologne (Koln), the largest city/port in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with a population of over 1 million, was the host location for the Dental Exhibit, with the capacity to welcome a dental trade show that attracts over 100,000 participants from 57 countries viewing some 1,850 dental exhibits. International Trustee Jose Dahan and German Section Chair Frank Braun hosted a PFA reception with PFA International Officers President Chuck Eller, President-elect Steve Hedlund, and Vice President Hubert Ouvrard in Koln. Present were Belgium representative Dr. Christiaan Colpaert, Latvia representative Dr. Ilza Maldupa, Georgia representative Professor Dr. Vladimer Margvelashivilli, Hungary representative Professor Dr. Nagy Katalin, Poland representative Professor Dr. Eugeniusz Spiechowicz, Romanian representative Professor Dr. Marian Vladimir Constantinescu, and Senegal representatives Dr. Rokhaya Diakhate-NDour and Professor Dr. Malik Sembene.
International Trustee Jose Dahan then addressed the Region 1 activities and a code of honor in determination, dedication, devotion, worship, and perseverance. Professor Dahan suggested having each Section form a committee of three called the Committee for Humanitarian Action in Prevention (CHAP) to attend every dental function in the name of PFA. At the behest of Dr. Bertrand Piccard, President of the International Foundation Against NOMA, that PFA initiate a project in Madagascar and report the results at a 2nd Conference in Brussels during winter 2009.
PFA Vice President Hubert Ouvrard discussed the role of the PFA Foundation in financially supporting research and education. Dr. Ouvrard had the delegates introduce themselves and discuss their professional activities.
Apologies for not being able to attend were received from Czech Professor Dr. J. Vlacek, Ireland's Dr. Ch. Lynch, Italy's Professor A. Pantarotto, Kenya's Professor P. Patel, The Netherlands' Dr. J. Van De Pol, Portugal's Dr. G. Alforado, and Swiss Chairman Rolland Soellner. The PFA event was held at the Allegro during the World's Dental Fair after a short address by German Section Chair Frank Braun. President Chuck Eller followed with a description of the PFA mission. President-elect Steve Hedlund discussed the PFA Foundation.
Dr. Charles Pilipili, Director of the Pediatric Department at the University of Louvain (Belgium), was the keynote speaker and gave an inspiring presentation on healthcare in normal and disabled children. The German Section sponsored a repast at a typical German Beer Garten near the beautiful Cologne Cathedral where they inducted three new Fellows.
From the Desk of Dr. James Long
Leave the Bottle Full for Others
The following appeared in the University of Tennessee Alumni publication a few years ago. It expresses so well what the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy is all about. I have kept this in my files for years and would like to share it with you at this time.
Bruce Larson, in his book Dare to Live, retells the legend of Desert Pete. Travelers across a seldom-used trail in the Amargosa Desert would pass an old pump that offered the only hope of fresh drinking water along their journey. Wired to the pump was a baking powder can containing a handwritten note:
This pump is all right as of June 1932. I put a new sucker washer into it and it ought to last five years. But the washer dries out and the pump has got to be primed. Under the white rock I buried a bottle of water out of the sun, the cork end up. There's enough water into to prime the pump, but not if you drink some first. Pour about one fourth and let her soak to wet the leather. Then pour in the rest medium fast and pump like crazy. You'll git water. The well has never run dry. Have faith. When you git watered up, fill the bottle and put it back like you found it for the next feller.
Desert Pete's story provides ample food for thought. If the travelers had faith, they used the bottle water to prime the pump ... and were rewarded with all the water they could drink. They then had to decide whether to honor Desert Pete's instructions to leave the bottle full for others. A mean-spirited man might be tempted not to bother refilling the bottle. Fortunately, most people recognize that they must depend on one another.
The Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy has been the beneficiary of many "Desert Pete"s over the years. I would invite each of you Fellows to join the world of "Desert Pete"s, people who have decided to fill the bottle and put it back for the next fellow by a financial contribution to your Foundation. Any gift, or remembrance of the Foundation in your will, is going to "fill the bottle" and give to those less fortunate a better quality of life through the Foundation Grants Programs.
Unto whom much is given, much is expected!
L-R, PFA Japan Section President Hirokazu Hashimoto, student recipient Remi Takasu, and Dean Takashi Miyazaki
Dr. Bruce Walter presenting scholarship to student Nicholas Marongiu.
L-R, Dean R. Lamont MacNeil, recipient Chris Murphy, and Chair Robin Santiago.
L-R, Section Chairman Frank Martello, Professor Laurie Moeller, recipient Christopher Feldman, and Dean Henry Gremillion
L-R, Dean Donald Hoffman, Senior Dean Dennis Ranalli, recipient Elizabeth Cole, and Dean Thomas Braun.
Japan Secretariat Yukiko Otani reported that they had presented the Foundation Scholarships to students at the Showa University School of Dentistry and at the Nippon Dental University School of Life Dentistry at Niigata.
Mary Donahue, Development Assistant, Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry, reports that Dr. Bruce Walter presented the Foundation Scholarship to dental student Nicholas C. Marongiu in their Awards Chapel last May at the Randall Visitor Center.
Chair Robin Santiago reports presenting the Foundation scholarship to University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine student Chris Murphy with Dean R. Lamont MacNeil.
LSU School of Dentistry's Director of Student Affairs Darlene P. Brunet reported awarding the Foundation scholarship to Christopher Feldman last April. Assisting in the presentation were Assistant Professor Frank Martello, Associate Professor Laurie Moeller, and Dean Henry Gremillion.
Dean Thomas W. Braun awarded the Foundation Scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine student Elizabeth Cole, with Associate Dean R. Donald Hoffman and Senior Dean Dennis N. Ranalli attending.
Friday, 2 October 2009
8:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M
Section Chair Caucus
10:00 A.M.-Noon (working lunch)
Academy Board Meeting
1:30 P.M.-2:30 P.M
2:39 P.M.-5:00 P.M. (resume)
Academy Board Meeting
Saturday, 3 October 2009
7:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. (continental breakfast)
Foundation Board Meeting
11:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M
2:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M
Foundation Board Meeting
6:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M
Sunday, 4 October 2009
8:00 A.M.-Noon (continental breakfast/working lunch)
Foundation Board Meeting
1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M
Academy Board Meeting
6:30 P.M.-10:30 P.M
PFA Dinner Party (by reservation)
All SECTION CHAIRMEN are invited to attend all Board Meetings of the Academy and the President's Reception. This also includes the "No Host Dinner Party."
All Reports for the Board Meeting packet must be received in the Central Office no later than by 11 September 2009 to be included in the Meeting Packet. Those reports received after 11 September will NOT be part of the official Meeting Packet.
N.B. Spontaneous Oral Reports during the meeting will NOT be allowed. However, if you wish to make an oral report, please inform the Central Office before September 1st in order to be placed on the agenda. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Perth Congress Inductees
L-R standing, Drs. Shane Fryer, Patrick Meaney, John Owen. L-R seated, Robert Boyd-Boland, Dr. Neil Hewson, Mrs. Judy Sinclair.
L-R, International Trustee & Section Chair Mark Sinclair, Dr. Leynesh Gebrehouit Woldu, & Dr. David Sheen.
Chair Eugeniusz Spiechowicz presents Fellowship Certificate to Dr. Andrzej Baszkowski
New Fellow Dr. Malgorzata Radwan-Oczko is being presented the PFA Fellowship Certificate by Chair Eugeniusz Spiechowicz
New Fellows Induction Ceremony
L-R, Fellow Joseph Picone, past PFA President Howard Mark, & Section Chair Robin Santiago at the Connecticut Mission of Mercy
International Trustee Mark Sinclair reports holding their Induction Breakfast Meeting with some 140 in attendance in Perth during the 33rd Australian Dental Congress last March. Some 40 new Fellows were inducted. Attending guests of the Academy were Australian Dental Association (ADA) Federal President Dr. Neil Hewson; Congress Chairman and President of the Dental Board of Western Australia Dr. John Owen; ADA Vice President Dr. Shane Fryer; ADA Western Branch President Dr. Anthony Poli; Dean of the University of Western Australia Faculty of Dentistry Professor Paul Abbott; ADA, Inc., CEO Robert Boyd-Boland; New South Wales Trustee Dr. Patrick Meaney; and South Australia Trustee Dr. Rick Sawers.
The Breakfast honoured Dr. Leynesh Gabrehouit Woldu, an Eritrean dentist who single handedly carried on the education of new dentists for 40 years in the war-torn State of Eritrea.The next Induction will take place during the next Australian Dental Congress in Brisbane, Queensland, in 2011.
President Chuck Eller at the Management Team Meeting announced that he would be attending the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Korea Section this summer.POLAND Chairman Professor Eugeniusz Spiechowicz held their annual Meeting last September in Poznan to induct two new members into Fellowship.
Section Chair Robin Santiago reports inducting 10 new Fellows into the Academy at their Luncheon last May.Their Section Project, the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) Project, received a Foundation Grant and had some 30 Fellows participate in their first year. Their grant for their second year has been successful as well. Over 50 Fellows participated in the last two days at the event held in New Haven last April. Their CTMOM Project has again been scheduled for 2010.
The Mission of Mercy Project has become a very important outreach program for Connecticut dentists. They have established a non-profit Foundation, the Foundation for Dental Outreach. Their goal is to become a repository of dental equipment for the New England area. This will allow other States to form their own similar programs without going to the expense of purchasing dental equipment. Their project has donated some $1.5 million of free dental care to some 3,500 indigent patients.
Last year the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine was inducted into Fellowship. This year Dr. Mina Mina, the Chair of the Pediatric Dentistry Division, was inducted and gave a presentation on "Dental Stem Cells: A Promising Tool in Dentistry." Over 75 people attended their tenth year of a joint ICD/ PFA Meeting.
Fellow Kathleen O'Loughlin of Medford, Massachusetts, has assumed the duties of ADA Executive Director at the Chicago ADA Headquarters. Dr. O'Loughlin will become the first female Executive Director in the ADA's 150-year history.
This marks the completion of an 11-month search for a new Executive Director. ADA President John Findley noted that Dr. O'Loughlin has 20 years' experience in private dental practice and public health dentistry with 10 years' experience in dental education and a decade in major leadership roles. She is a graduate of Tufts University with a DDS degree and has an MS degree in public health from Harvard University. She currently is a clinical assistant professor in the Tufts University Department of General Dentistry and is a University Trustee. She is also a Fellow in PFA, ICD, and ACD. Just as outstanding, she is a mother of four.