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Section Chair Caucus - Orlando 2010

Posted October 26, 2010

On Friday October 8, 2010 the Pierre Fauchard Academy held the annual Section Chair Caucus in the Hilton Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

The caucus is an interactive event where section chairs and members of the executive branch exchange ideas and strategies regarding the Academy.

This years participants were Robin Reich of Georgia, Bill Rohel of Nevada, Barry Feder of Washington State, Diampo Lim of the Philippines, Keishi Matsumoto of Japan, Aldo Boccia of Canada, Terry Brewick of Colorado, Edward Hirsch of Michigan, Ronald de la Cruz of Costa Rica, Reuben Pelot of Tennessee and Karl Lange of Kentucky.

Academy Vice-President, Joe Harris, opened the caucus with a presentation. He gave a brief history of the Academy followed by an explanation of the Academy’s structure. He ended his portion of the program with a discussion on the triumvirate of the Academy: Membership, Philanthropy and Mentorship and the Academy’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in Paris, France.

The Foundation’s structure and function was next presented to the Chairs. Executive Director Laura Doyle and President Jim Long also gave updates on the Foundation’s latest activities and charitable projects.

Academy webmaster, Mark Stanley, gave an overview of the online functions available to the Section Chairs. The Academy’s website has been designed to increase the ease of communications between the Central Office and the local constituents and may also be used as an organizational tool for Section Chairs and their regions.

Region 3 Trustee, Karyn Stockwell, spoke n the purpose, goals and objectives of the Academy. She also reminded all that leadership qualities and abilities must be nurtured within the Fellowship.

Dr. Ronald de la Cruz of San Jose, Costa Rica gave a PowerPoint presentation on Costa Rica’s involvement with the Academy. He showed the many meritorious results that have occurred in Costa Rica thanks to funds left to the Academy in the will Costa Rican and PFA Fellow Espinach.

Keishi Matsumoto, section chair of Japan reported about the PFA Scholarship Award Ceremony during the 120th Anniversary celebration of the Tokyo Dental College. 800 people were in attendance including Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Mikasa.

Michigan Section Chair Ed Hirsch unveiled the lapel pin that he designed for Life Fellows of his State. Along with the pin, Michigan Life Fellows will be receiving a certificate. He also stated that he will be presenting his section’s first Mentorship Award at the November 2010 meeting.

The floor was then opened for general discussion. The Section Chairs requested the possibility of a single dues statement, which would include national and local dues. They also felt some confusion existed regarding Life Fellowship status.

The Caucus concluded with assurances that all issues will be investigated.