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2011 Washington Section Report

Posted October 31, 2011

The Washington Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy held its Annual Meeting on June 16, 2011, in downtown Seattle. Ninety-five Fellows and guests attended. We celebrated the induction of nine new Fellows into the Academy. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Dr. Barry Feder of Issaquah, the Washington Section Chair. Guests included Chuck Eller, a past president of the Academy and a Foundation board member. We also had a video greeting from our International President, Hubert Ouvrard, who was presiding at the International meeting in Paris the very same evening. He recognized each new Fellow by name. It was really quite impressive. Thanks to our PFA Editor Mark Stanley who facilitated the video greeting and created a DVD of it for us to show at the meeting.

The nine new Fellows are a geographically diverse group, representing all areas of Washington State. They bring a wealth of professional and community involvement to the Academy. The nine new Fellows are Drs. Patrick Taylor, Bellevue; Audrey Tatt, Bellevue; Jim Valentine, Spokane; Chris Dorrow, Othello; Bart Johnson, Seattle; Jeff Pruiett, Yakima; Chris Herzog, Spokane; Lou Ann Mercier, Chehalis; and William (Bill) Hooe, Shoreline. Dr. Eller charged our new Fellows with their continuation of service and helped with the Initiation Ceremony.

Our student award winners also were present and were recognized for their achievements at our meeting. They are Maureen Craig, winner of the fourth-year Leadership Award; Whitney Bator, winner of the third-year Scholarship Award; and Micah Nicholson, winner of the second-year Scholarship and Leadership Award. All three of these outstanding young people exemplify the leadership and academic tenets of the Academy. We look forward to their continued involvement in our profession.

Dr. Chuck Eller gave a short informational report about affairs of both the Academy and the Foundation and briefly answered a few questions. We also recognized our two Foundation Grant Award winners. A $4000 grant was awarded to Smiles Forever, a Washington-based organization that trains native Bolivian girls to become recognized dental hygienists. Ms. Rosie Bellert, a board member of the organization and head of the Dental Hygiene Program at Shoreline College, gave a short presentation about the organization and its success in training dental team members.

Our second grant recipient was a $5000 grant to the 45th Street Homeless Teen Clinic. The grant applicants were Pierre Fauchard Scholarship recipients last year and are fourth-year students this year in charge of running the clinic. This program provides needed dental care to homeless teens in the city of Seattle. It is run and staffed by third and fourth-year University of Washington Dental School students who are supervised by volunteer faculty from the University of Washington Dental School.

Applicants for next year's Foundation Grant program are the Swedish Hospital Emergency Dental Clinic, Seattle-King County Dental Society, and Medical Teams International Disabled Access Mobile Dental Treatment van.

The past year has been another great one for the Washington Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and we look forward to another active year in 2012. Our Annual Meeting for 2012 will be on June 14 at 6 PM at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle.

- Washington Section News Editor Dr. David Minahan