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PFA REGION 10 REPORT FOR 2011
Posted August 23, 2011
Report by the Region 10 Trustee Michael Schafhauser.
Greetings on behalf of Region Ten of PFA. It has been my pleasure to serve as Trustee this past year and wish to thank the Central Office for its assistance. PFA Region Ten is functioning, albeit in some areas better than others. The activity level varies by the leadership exhibited in each state. Frustration in maintaining vibrant communication with sections is a problem. It is difficult to maintain accurate email addresses, which in this day and age is the chosen conduit for information for organizations. Realizing that time is precious, email seems to be to only efficacious means of communication and our directories can’t keep up with the changes in printed form. Thankfully we have a functioning web page to help, if all officers would help by maintaining their information.
I have been unable to find a section chair for North Dakota. There is a very limited pool of candidates in a state with so low of a dentist population. I have not been able to get a response for South Dakota and I will attempt to reinvigorate that section. Minnesota is in the process of planning their meeting for this fall, with details to follow. They have awarded scholarships to senior dental students based on scientific research papers submitted to journals. Being my own state, I hope for good things and am going to attempt a trial run utilizing a new crop of young and up and coming dentists. Too often it seems we look to those in practice for many years and neglect the great things our younger colleagues have done for the profession. I am hoping to have a new, young dentist take over the position. It is my hope that those young dentists that do so much will be recognized and become members of PFA. As soon as the new member is inducted, he will be the new section chair. He will have my preconceived notions of how things are to be done, and will start from scratch with help from existing members and time to build with new, young members.
Iowa has a new section chair and I was able to attend the Iowa meeting this year in conjunction with the Iowa state meeting. The Hedlund’s hospitality was greatly appreciated during my stay in Iowa City. Next time I promise to not drink the “Hostess Gift”. Dr. Hedlund attended the Colorado meeting for me and we were able to save the Academy some travel funds. Colorado continues to shine under the leadership of Dr. Brewick. His report is included below.
Missouri continues to be an active chapter. Oklahoma’s report is attached below as well. As of this date, I am waiting for reports from the rest of the section chairs. My concerns this year are the same as in previous reports. If a Fellow Section Chair leaves without grooming a successor, it becomes very difficult to find a replacement if the Trustee, doesn’t know anyone in the state. Decreasing numbers of dentists in more rural states, makes meetings and membership an issue. Most difficult of all is the need for an accurate email list. The days of the yellow and white page phone book are gone, and contacting members via electronic means is more important than ever. Perhaps Facebook for the Academy? It worked very well in Minnesota last year’s legislative session to get information out fast. While I’m no fan, I certainly appreciate the penetration of electronic media in today’s marketplace. My thanks to Mark Stanley for keeping us pointed in that direction. My thanks to all of the section chairs that sent greetings and updates on their sections.
Respectfully submitted, Michael Schafhauser Trustee, REGION 10
ANNUAL 2011 REPORT FROM THE COLORADO SECTION OF THE PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY
2011 has been a busy and productive year for the Fellows and Leadership of the Colorado Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Four major events have occurred in Colorado this year.
52 second year students of the Class of 2013 of the University of Colorado, Denver School of Dental Medicine received their white coats in a ceremony held on January 12, 2011. This is the sixth year that the White Coat Ceremony has existed in Colorado. The white coats are presented to the second year students as they prepare to enter the clinic floor.
Dean Denise K. Kassebaum, a PFA Fellow, gave the Dean’s welcome and introduction. The history and significance of the white coat was addressed by Dr. Brad Potter. The ceremony was funded by the American College of Dentists Colorado Chapter, the International College of Dentists Colorado Chapter, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Colorado Chapter. The students, their families and guests, and the faculty of the school were addressed by the three heads of the Colleges in Colorado. Dr. Randy Kluender represented ACD, Dr. James Setterberg represented ICD, and Dr. Terry Brewick represented PFA. In addition, Dr. Brian Brada spoke for the University Of Colorado School Of Dental Medicine Alumni Association. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. David Chambers, Journal Editor of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Chambers spoke on ethics.
Drs. Kluender, Setterberg and Brewick presented the students with their white coats. After the reading of the Dentist’s Pledge there was a reception for the students, their families and guests.
In addition to paying their portion of monies to help support the White Coat Ceremony, the Colorado Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy presented the students with a large floral arrangement. The arrangement was composed of flowers representing the colors of each College and the Academy. Dr. Brewick, Colorado Section Chair of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, in his brief remarks informed the group about the colors. American red rose and lavender statice were used for the American College, the International College was represented by gold roses and the greens representing pantone green, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy was represented by blue delphiniums, white and red roses. The Pierre Fauchard colors represent the colors of the French flag. Dr. Brewick pointed out to the group it was the seventy fifth anniversary of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and that our International President, Dr. Hubert Ouvrard, was from Paris, France. The students and their families were encouraged to take home a flower to remember the ceremony.
64 Fellows attended the joint breakfast meeting of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. The breakfast was held on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Convention Center Hotel in the Peak’s Lounge with majestic views of the Rocky Mountains and the city of Denver.
Dr. Terry Brewick, Colorado Section Chair of the Pierre Fauchard Academy presented a very special Journalism Award to Dr. Matthew Dunn for his distinguished service as Editor of the Articulator, the newsletter for the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society. MDDS comprises over half of the dentists in Colorado. Dr. Dunn was the youngest contributor to serve on the JADA Editorial Advisory Board. During his editorship, of the Articulator Magazine, his tribute to the late, great Dr. Larry Meskin was prominently reprinted in the ADA News.
The joint breakfast of the Colorado Sections of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists was held Saturday morning on June 11, 2011 in beautiful Snowmass Colorado. 30 Fellows from the Colleges were in attendance. Reports were given by the three Colleges. Dr. Terry Brewick represented the PFA. On Saturday May 21, 2011 at the Columbine Country Club in Littleton, Colorado, the Colorado Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Academy and the Initiation of New Fellows. 12 new Fellows were installed at the dinner dance which featured a special French inspired dinner created especially for the evening. Dr. Ellen Sachs gave the opening remarks in French, which were translated by Colorado Section Chair, Dr. Terry Brewick. The cocktail hour featured songs of Frank Sinatra by Sinatra impersonator, Derek Evilsizor. The evening appropriately named "I Love Paris" was enjoyed by all in attendance. Special guests included Dr. Joseph Harris and Dr. Steve Hedlund and his wife, Chris. In addition, to the above mentioned events Dr. Terry Brewick has been involved in various other activities to help the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has recently been helping Mark Stanley and the Editorial Board in their monthly Bulletins to the Leadership of the Academy. Dr. Brewick and his partner Rick Morales-Brewick will be assisting in adding special touches for the Tuesday, October 11, 2011 President’s dinner in Las Vegas. In June, Dr. Brewick wrote an article that was gathered from our website that is to be published in the Journal of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Brewick worked closely with Dr. David Chambers, editor of the Journal of the American College of Dentists, in this project and would like to thank him very much for his assistance. Dr. Brewick also contacted Dr. Ed Leone, The American Dental Association’s Treasurer, who put him in contact with Mr. Jim Goodman from the American Dental Association and secured forty reserved seats for the Opening Session of the American Dental Association’s 2011 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Gist, the ADA’s President will recognize the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s 75th Year Anniversary in his opening remarks during the session.
Four events are already planned for 2012 in Colorado. January 18th and 19th respectively will mark the White Coat Ceremony and Joint Breakfast of the ACD, ICD, and PFA during the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention in Denver, Colorado. On Sunday April 22, 2012 a brunch is planned at Columbine Country Club in Littleton, Colorado for induction of New Fellows into the PFA. June 2012 will mark the Joint Breakfast of the ACD, ICD, and PFA in Loveland, Colorado during the Colorado Dental Association’s Convention. Respectfully submitted, Terry L. Brewick, D.D.S.
OKLAHOMA SECTION OF THE PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY
Greetings from the Oklahoma Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. On Friday, April 29th, 2011 we held our annual PFA meeting in Tulsa, OK in conjunction with the Oklahoma Dental Association Annual Meeting. We had many distinguished guests in attendance including William Calnon, ADA President Elect; Richard Haught, Past ADA President; Wayne Thompson, ADA 12th District Trustee; Tamara Berg, ODA President and Lynn Means, ODA Executive Director. We were also honored to have as our guests both of the 2011 ADA President Elect Candidates: Andy Faiella and Charlie Silvius. We had a total of 70 members and guests present for our breakfast.
The Chairman’s report started with a roster update of the Oklahoma Section. There are 118 active fellows and 24 life fellows, for a total of 142 fellows. Information regarding the 75th Anniversary of PFA was discussed, as was the upcoming National PFA Meeting in Las Vegas.
Stephen Young, Dean of the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry, introduced both our PFA Scholarship winner and the PFA Senior Award winner. Third year dental student Ande Loveless was this year’s scholarship winner and fourth year dental student Lin Zhi was the winner of the senior award. We were honored to have Ray Maddox from Indiana to present a discussion regarding ethics in dentistry. It was an outstanding topic which brought about much discussion. The 2011 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Lee Beasley. Dr. Beasley has been extremely involved in dentistry and community, and was the main driving force for the creation and fundraising for the new Oklahoma Dental Association building in Oklahoma City.
The highlight of the meeting was the induction of our new fellows. We are honored to have in our Academy Tamara Berg, Mike Duffy, Jandra Mayer-Ward and Carrie Sessom.
Once again, the Oklahoma Chapter of the PFA was honored to be very involved with OkMOM, the ODA’s mission of mercy to provide free dentistry to adults and children. The event was held last February in Oklahoma City. During the two day event, over 2200 patients were treated providing over 1 million dollars of donated services. The 2012 Mission of Mercy will be held in McAlester, OK at the SE Expo Center on February 3rd and 4th. For more information, please visit okmom.org. Our next Oklahoma Chapter of the PFA will meet for a breakfast meeting on Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 7:00 AM in Oklahoma City during our Annual Oklahoma Dental Association Meeting.
Sincerely, Matthew Cohlmia, DDS - Oklahoma Chairman PFA
P.S. Pictured from left to right in the attached photo: Lee Beasley, Distinguished Service Award Winner; Tamara Berg, new fellow; Jandra Mayer-Ward, new fellow and Matthew Cohlmia, Oklahoma PFA Chairman.