Now that my term as President has come to an end, it is time to reflect on this past year.
The highlights would have to be my trip to Japan to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Japanese colleagues' membership in the Pierre Fauchard Academy and then the presentation of the Elmer Best Award in Buenos Aires Argentina to Dr. Carlos Elgoyhen. The wonderful reception that I received at these two meetings is something I will never forget.
We made a major effort this past year to upgrade our PFA publication Dental World and expect more changes ahead for 2011. Improving and expanding our Web site and electronic communication also was emphasized.
As I visited sections across the United States, I was impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of Fellows in promoting the Pierre Fauchard Academy and its goals. However, some sections could use a little boost. The Academy will give more attention to these sections in the future.
I thank all the people who helped me so much this past year, particularly Judith Kozal and the Central Office staff, who have kept me in line and the Academy running smoothly. Our Webmaster and Editor Mark Stanley, along with Contributing Editor Jim Brophy, have been instrumental in improving our communications and publications. I am grateful to my Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees for their support. It was also a great pleasure to work with Dr. James Long, President of the PFA Foundation. I look forward to the leadership of our new president, Dr. Hubert Ouvrard, in 2010-11 as he leads us into our 75th anniversary year.
It has been a humbling experience to have served as President of such a wonderful organization as the Pierre Fauchard Academy. I only hope that the Academy is stronger as a result of our efforts this past year.
Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your President.
Dr. Steven K. Hedlund
Immediate Past President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy