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Posted August 18, 2010


The Illinois section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on February 27, 2010. The meeting was located at McCormick Place West Wing in downtown Chicago. Section Chair, Christos Baboulos, and twenty other Fellows welcomed five guests and two students to the meeting. The student awards and the Distinguished Dental Award were presented. Two new Fellows were inducted at the meeting.


The Michigan Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on April 17, 2010 in conjunction with the Michigan Dental Association Annual Meeting at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI. The meeting commenced at 7AM with the invocation given by Joe C. Harris, International Vice President. There were 73 individuals in attendance at this meting. Dr. Hirsch introduced the following guest: Dr. Dave Campbell, Past President of the Academy, Dr. Joe C. Harris, International Vice President, Dr. Cheri Newman, 4th District Trustee, Ms. Nicole Lauer, daughter of the Honorary Awardees, Mrs. Sherri Doig, Dr. Meelum Aggarwal and her two sons Rafjan and Ashwin, daughter and grandsons of Fellow-Elect Daman Thanik. Dr. Dave Campbell introduced students and a resident from the U of M Dental School. Dr. Bill Berkowski introduced students from UDM Dental School. A total of 17 students and 1 Resident were our guests. The Michigan Section Board was introduced: Drs. Jehan Wadeem, Pat Boyle, Danielle Ruskin, and Mike Maihofer. Dr. Danielle Ruskin, Treasurer of the section, gave her report and was then presented with her Certificate of Fellowship, key and lapel pins. (She was inducted November, 2009).Dr. Hirsch called our past Treasurer, Dr. Ed Sarkisian, up to be recognized for his 13 years of service to the section as treasurer. A plaque will be presented at a later date.

Fellows-Elect were then called up for their induction. They are: Drs. Brain Cilla, Rhonda Hennessy, Eric Knudsen, Rob Lovell, Scott Meldrum, Steve, Meraw, Aaron Ruskin, Lisandra Soto, and Daman Thanik. The Fellowship charge was read by the secretary, Dr. Jehan Wakem. Dr. Hirsch introduced the Awards Nominee, Mrs. Sheri Doig, the Executve Director of the Detroit District Dental Society, which is the largest component of the Michigan Dental Association. Sheri was presented with an Honorary Membership Plaque along with a key and lapel pin. Mrs. Doig said a few words and then Dr. Hirsch thanked her years of service to the profession, the academy, and the community at large.

Prior to adjournment, Dr. Hirsch stated that the next meeting to be held in conjunction with the Detroit District Dental Society Review in November 2010 will be different in that we will invite and thank the many retired Life members of the Michigan Section of the Academy. The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 am so that many of the attendees could attend caucus meetings.


The Ohio Section had their 51st Annual Awards Breakfast on August 29,2009 at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio in conjunction with the Ohio Dental Association Meeting. There were over 80 Fellows and guests in attendance for the induction of seven New Fellows, for awarding of the 2009 Distinguished Dentist, and for the presentation of a special Lifetime Achievement Award to the longest living Ohio fellow, Dr. David Pearson,Jr. at age 96.

Scholarship awards were presented from the PFA Foundation to the Case-WRU and Ohio State Receipients in the amount of $1500; and the Ohio Section matched this with an additional $1500 to each student. Ohio has established a scholarship fund by soliciting with our State dues statement and the response has been excellent. This is another way for the Ohio Section to encourage and reward emerging leadership. Fellows, also, have an improved opportunity to mentor because of the increased visibility this program gives to the Academy. Student delegates to the Ohio Dental Association and the Deans of CWRU and Ohio State are always invited to the breakfast to see the PFA in action.

The 2010 Breakfast will be held on September 24 at the same location and promises to be another chance for the PFA to show how important service and professional ideals are to the perpetuation of our great profession. The numbers for attendance at this meeting look impressive thus far.

Ohio Section Chair, E.Karl Schneider, was on the program for the Case-WRU White Coat Ceremony on August 6, 2010 as the Class of 2014 was welcomed as student doctors. He discussed the importance of international honorary dental organizations emphasizing Pierre Fauchard as the "Father of Modern Dentistry", and PFA Fellowship as a noble goal for those who distinquish themselves both as student leaders and as active, practicing professionals in the global arena. He ended by challenging each student doctor to work hard for the opportunity to receive the Foundation and Ohio Scholarship Awards.


On May 7th, the Wisconsin Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy held its annual meeting and induction ceremony in Milwaukee in conjunction with the WDA’s Jewel of the Great Lakes meeting. Close to 75 people attended the luncheon including PFA Fellows, past WDA presidents, new inductees, protégées with their mentors and other guests.

Highlights of the meeting included the induction of 12 new Fellows. The 2010 PFA inductees are: Drs. Joe Best, Don Holzhauer, Dave Kenyon, Lyndsay Knoell, Jeff Kraig, David Martyn, Ned Murphy, Tim Novak, Kevin Race, Brett Skarr, Joe Schmidt and Barrett Straub.

Dr. Michael Kaske received the Distinguished Dental Award at the Meeting. Congratulation Mike on you much deserved award.

Dr. Bill Lobb, Dean of the Marquette University School of Dentistry gave an informative update on the activities at the school. It is always nice to hear what is happening at Wisconsin’s only dental school.

Also, updates of the activities of the PFA Foundation and our Wisconsin Section were given. The PFA scholarship was awarded to D-3 student, Ryan Dulde. A $300 scholarship was awarded to senior student, Dr. Alison Seidl. Our section also made a $1000 contribution to the MUSOD White Coat ceremony and a $2000 contribution to the 2010 WDA MOM program.


The West Virginia section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on May 12th, 2010 at the West Virginia University Alumni Center. There were twenty Fellows in attendance. The Pierre Fauchard Scholarship was given to a senior dental student. The Distinguished Dental Award was presented.


The Indiana section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on Friday, April 29th, 2010, in conjunction with the spring IDA meeting. The meeting was held at the Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis. There were 55 Fellows in attendance to welcome 16 inductees. Tim Karlson was the guest speaker.


The Kentucky section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met on April 1st, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Kentucky Dental Association Meeting which was celebrating their 150th Anniversary.

Students from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville received the PFA Scholarship Award and a Leadership Award. The students were accompanied by friends and family. We are also pleased to welcome four new Fellows into membership.