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2006


1. January - February

As a new year begins for the Academy, it is a time for reflection on the past and for anticipation of the future. I am honored to lead the Academy into the future, but, without the building that has preceded me, that future might be not so bright. The sound basis that has been my good fortune to inherit is a tribute to many who have been in this position, but especially to those I immediately follow—Drs. Lowder, Roach, and Perpich. All of the Fellowship should thank them for their wisdom, their dedication, and their attention to detail on behalf of all of us—the Fellows of the Academy!

And, now it is my turn! My previous message charted the path I wish to take the Academy in during 2006. As I wrote, I have charged each committee of the Board to review its goals and mission, revise them to more suitably dovetail into the strategic plan, so that through these efforts we can continue to grow PFA into the future on a sound, more focused basis that will benefit the Fellowship no matter where on the globe they are. The Management Team will review their preliminary reports in April and plan even more precisely for the full Board meeting in October. It may seem that this is moving slowly, but appropriate time must be given to be certain that change is beneficial and in the right direction. All of you will learn about this progress through Dental World and through our enhanced Web site.

South America has long been a bastion for PFA through the efforts of a beloved, now deceased, Trustee, Dr. Bernardo Levit of Argentina. I am delighted to tell you that the newly appointed Trustee, Dr. Ernesto Acuna of Mexico, has recently returned from a very successful meeting in Chile and Argentina with a fine group of new and old Fellows from several countries in that area. My regret is that I could not make this trip, and I applaud Ernesto for taking up the baton of leadership in this most important way!

Past President Michael Perpich and I have been diligently working with our Webmaster to expand the outreach and flexibility of the Web site for the Fellowship. Mark Stanley, the Webmaster, has begun the process of creating a Web page for the Section Chairs and enlarging our capacity to use various languages on the site. He has indicated that these new features should be in place relatively soon, which will certainly enhance our communication capabilities. In today’s world, this is vital to the concerns, to the growth, and to the relationship-building needs of the Academy.

I would like to urge all Section Chairs to make certain that their active members have sent in their renewals for 2006. It is these numbers in each Section that will determine the extent to which the rebate of dollars to them is available for local programs and projects. This policy of rebates went into effect last year with only a few beneficiaries taking advantage of it. This was put into place to further the capability of each Section to communicate with its Fellow members, to enhance programs in the local area, and to stimulate interest in the Academy among potential candidates for Fellowship. Please take advantage of this worthwhile policy!

Richard Kozal, Secretary-General of the Academy, tells me that the response to the “yellow card” enclosure in the dues statements, asking for possible nominations for Fellowship, has been overwhelming. The Board thanks you all for this because it says a great deal to us about your feelings for the Academy. The names have been forwarded to the specific Section Chair for his/her use in 2006. Growth in Fellowship is essential to the Academy’s continuance on all levels, as we all know; without it, we cannot retain our premier status as an International Honor Dental Service Academy!

Again, our best wishes for a very successful, healthy, and happy 2006!

Howard Mark, DMD

Central Office Report

Our Executive Secretary Richard Kozal has been busy contacting members for this year’s dues and any donations that can be made to the Foundation to help in our new venture to aid disaster Fellows from the recent catastrophes. He thanks all of you who have been so prompt and generous in your response.

The yellow nomination cards have been coming in well. We are up to 125 by the end of November from about 35 States. The cards have been mailed out to Canada at the beginning of December. The International dues notices will be out in January.

In regard to the Dues Rebate Program, established last year to aid Sections in establishing their own local programs, 11 applications have been received as of the beginning of December; they are from Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Northern California, Southern California, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Section leaders are asked to plan now and submit your requests.

The lists of deceased, resigned, mail returned, moved, and delinquent Fellows will be sent to the Section Chairs and Regional Trustees for follow up procedures.

Nomination Forms for the 2006 Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal have been mailed out to the 16 past recipients requesting their input.

The Academy Awards Nomination Forms are available on line for downloading and/or printing out. These are to be used for (1) the Distinguished Dentist Award for each Section, and (2) the Academy Awards Recommendation Form for use by the Trustees, Section Chairs, etc. All these forms, once filled out, are to be sent back to the Central Office.

The PFA Leadership Directory, with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the Academy Officers, the Academy Committee Members, and the Foundation Committee Members, has been sent out. Any corrections will be deeply appreciated. The E-mail Directory, by Regions and alphabetically, has been completed and sent out. Any additions or corrections to make this accurate are always needed.

The upcoming Meeting dates are published in the calendar of Dental World and may be found online.

Our Assistant Secretary Judy Kozal is doing well from her surgery and is back at work part-time to bring us up to speed. And in case we missed you, both Judy and Richard wish you a most joyous holiday season, and that it may continue through this new year.

LETTER FROM THE SOUTH

by past PFA Louisiana Chair James D. Roethele
September 2005

Dear All,
My wife and children are fine as is everyone that evacuated New Orleans. We know that both our home and office are underwater. We will be allowed to return home for 36 hours to assess and secure the damage and get essentials when the water receded. We are then requested to not return home again for two months while clean up and emergency crews take care of damaged and dangerous streets. In the meantime, most of our friends, family, and patients are between Baton Rouge and Houston. Baton Rouge is one hour from our home and Houston is about six hours away. We are about 15 miles away from Lafayette, Louisiana (two hours from our home). I will be using a friend’s office in Lafayette to handle my patient’s emergencies, once they are able to contact me. Phone communications, including cell phones, are very poor. I have finished setting up a computer and am assessing E-mail again. We have already visited with our insurance agents, which fortunately happen to be here where we are staying. Our future will be dependent on the insurance assessors and the amount of hurricane damage. Unfortunately, flood insurance will not cover anywhere near the losses caused by the flooding. We are confident from the news we have gathered that there is definitely some hurricane damage, and our insurance will take very good care of us. I am already prepared with a mobile home and dental equipment to begin working as soon as power is restored to our area. We have a builder to supply hookups. Sadly, I am way ahead of the game, but all the residents of our town and the surrounding area will not be residing back there until their homes are restored within the next 6 to 24 months. Therefore, we will have very few patients with dentistry as a priority for some time.

Other AACD dentists [Editor’s note: Dr. Roethele is Chairman of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry, the “credentialing authority of the AACD”] are in similar situations.

Few people have an opportunity to start over, and now we have that chance. Looking back, though, we have been so blessed that there are few things we would change. I had my backup mobile home rescued before the hurricane hit by my sister, so the only regrettable loss, other than the obvious, are my nine binders of slides and photography equipment. Rest assured that we are well, and we are prepared for any situation. We are inspired by the outpouring of prayers, good wishes, and offers of assistance. I will continue to serve the AACD in the same capacity or more, since I will have some time on my hands for the next few months.

Thank you so much for your extremely generous offers for work assistance and prayers. My wife and I both cry when we read them. We have been kicking many ideas around, and it has been difficult to make any decisions with so much uncertainty in regards to restoring home and office, insurance considerations, and schools for our children. All of this is on an extreme lack of sleep. We went from a 5000 square foot home to a 500 square foot attic room, which serves as bedroom and office for all of us.

We are happy and excited with anticipation of what the future holds as we start over, like so many others. We are among the fortunate, as so many of the people here in Louisiana have been more gracious than you can imagine.

We have purchased a mobile home to serve as our home and office, but are still struggling with City Hall with permits, fees, and waiting periods. We estimate two weeks and we will be up and running. This will serve us temporarily until our home and office are rebuilt/repaired. Insurance adjusters still cannot get in to assess the damage or write checks. Starting over in a new town is kind of exciting, but still very uncertain. The dental representatives here say that there are many displaced dentists looking for housing and work. I was told a story of a dentist who flagged down a Patterson truck in Baton Rouge to ask him to spread the word that he is available to work anywhere as a dentist, hygienist, or assistant. Communication is still poor. Traveling the streets is worse than rush hour all day long, everywhere. And building supplies and manpower to reconstruct are scarce and hard to find.

But the people here have been wonderful and extremely generous, along with our patients, the city, and our people from back home.

We attended orientation at our children’s elementary school for displaced families. The school cafeteria was filled with families in the same clothes they evacuated in. Everyone was still in disbelief. Some of the students were wearing donated school uniforms, while other students were wearing street clothes. They are calling out the student’s names to be escorted to their new classrooms. The Principal called a little boy’s name in 4th grade. The little boy stood up in tears, and the Principal went to pat him on the head to console him. The little boy threw his arms around the Principal and hugged him with all his might, sobbing profusely. The 4th grader’s father was wiping tears and the entire crowd in the cafeteria began to cry and sniffle.

When I was negotiating with the landowners to place my temporary building, I asked if we could work out a graduated lease term agreement to pay less in the beginning of the lease, because we had no income and no access to our bank, so income was low. He said, “I tell you what, I am not even gonna charge ya.” He is an attorney and has helped me work with plumbers and electricians and local banks to get going. There are people cooking for the people in shelters here every night. There are volunteers, including my mother-in-law, who are doing the laundry for those at the shelter here.

This is just a glimpse of what displaced are going through and the generosity of the people around us. We still consider ourselves among the fortunate and have an opportunity to begin again.

Be good and God bless.

FURTHER SOUTH, LATIN AMERICA WAY

After the untimely passing of our forever Latin American Trustee Bernardo Levit, there was no debate about who his successor should be. The PFA Chair of Mexico, Ernesto Acuna E., was a top choice. He is and has been a dedicated professional on the world stage of dentistry in FDI, the Dental Association of Mexico, and in PFA. He was one of the first Section Chairs to initiate a Mentorship Program after PFA’s involvement. He has organized the FDI Meeting in Mexico, and has been a leader in doing much the same for the Mexican Dental Association. But more than that, Dr. Acuna has been a suburb ambassador for Mexico.

As past PFA president Gary Lowder put it, “The choice of Dr. Ernesto Acuna as Region VII Trustee was indeed inspired. He is a manifest spirit of renewed enthusiasm, respected by all.” Dr. Lowder attended last year’s Mexican Dental Convention where he and International Trustee Ernesto Acuna met with representatives from Argentina, Brazil, and Peru. Dr. Lowder sat at the head table for the opening ceremonies of the Convention and was officially introduced representing PFA. Dr. Lowder also represented PFA, along with the Canadian Dental Association President, at the Mexican ICD Induction Ceremony, and they were appropriately introduced.

As his election to fill Dr. Bernardo Levit’s role in Latin America had barely finishing echoing the Meeting room walls, he was on the ground running for PFA. First, he represented us at the Mexican Dental Convention the next week. Then he went to Chile at the end of November on an invitation from Section Chair Luis Felipe Jimenez to attend their Induction Ceremony in Santiago on 28 November. Fifty-five Fellows were in attendance at the Intercontinental Hotel to welcome nine new Fellows into PFA—Drs. Rene Rojas Sanchez, Emilio Cruz Diaz, Jorge Sepulveda Hodar, Alfredo Gantz B., Pedro Pablo Bombardiere Rosas, Sergio Sanchez Rojas, Claudio Diaz Pino, Juan Pablo Nacrur Awad, and Armando Silva Reyes.

Trustee Acuna addressed the gathering on the importance of worldwide Fellowship, the Mentorship Program, and on the Foundation. He read a message from President Howard Mark to the Section. He presented Dr. Jimenez his medal as Section Chair, and PFA gifts to Drs. Jimenez, Campos, and the two attending Deans of their dentals schools.

Trustee Acuna discussed with Chair Jimenez and past Chair Dr. Omar Campos the idea of hosting a Latin American Induction Ceremony at the upcoming Latin American Congress, which is a large event in South America that hosts a day of scientific programs, as well as cultural and social programs.

Dr. Jimenez volunteered Chile as the host site for 2008, which will be the Centennial Anniversary of the founding of the Chilean Dental Society.

Then Dr. Acuna was off to Argentina, to Buenos Aires, to install Dr. Norberto Montheil as the new Argentina Section Chair with his medal of office and Certificate of Appointment. They discussed the duties of being a Chair, part of Region 7, and PFA assistance.

Dr. Acuna set up a meeting with Chair Montheil and Diego Pucharelli who worked as an assistant to Dr. Levit on running Region VII and the Argentina Section. They also attended the Memorial Service for Dr. Levit at the cemetery where Trustee Acuna presented Dr. Levit’s widow Esther with Dr. Levitt’s Medal of Office. He also was given time to present a PFA eulogy on our behalf.

On 2 December, Trustee Acuna met with Dr. Levit’s brother-in-law Jose Chaufan, where he was to obtain the Region VII PFA documents. Jose Chaufan then returned the $2700, which was to be presented to some 18 other Foundation Scholarship recipients, but Dr. Levitt had only accomplished two presentations before his death. He also presented Dr. Acuna with the dues from the Argentina Section Fellows.

Dr. Montheil will attempt to search for the students that were to receive the scholarship awards as the certificates have their names on them. He will also start to re-organize the Section.


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Dr. Howard Mark

WHO IS THIS MAN? AND WHY IS HE SMILING?

After decades of unselfish, devoted service to the Pierre Fauchard Academy, to the dental profession, and to his community—in fact to every group he has ever touched—Howard I. Mark, DMD, FACD, FICD, FPFA, has become President of one of the world’s greatest dental honor service organizations. If it is an honor to become a Fellow in PFA, how much greater the honor than to be asked by its leaders of such an organization to become their President?

As Fellows in PFA, we ought to know about our leader and why he is held in such high regard.

There is a saying that your reputation precedes you. Before your Editor even met Dr. Mark, so much was said of his activities that he seemed to be unbelievable. And in meeting this gracious, humble person of great charm at the ADA Meeting in Hawaii one year, it all seemed to be true.

Howard Mark began his life to fame in Connecticut as the 1946 Salutatorian of Ansonia High School. He then trekked to Washington, D.C. to earn his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University. From there, it was on to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (Boston) for his DMD degree. Dr. Mark and his new bride Sheila took up residence in New York to work on his postgraduate degree in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center as an intern and assistant resident.

Enough of New England and the Mid-Atlantic States, they left for Birmingham, Alabama, for a Teaching Fellowship and residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery until 1955, when he was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Army at Ft. Lee, Virginia.

After returning to Connecticut, Dr. Mark opened a practice in most of the State—Hartford, Middletown, Avon, and Glastonbury—from 1957 until his retirement in 1996.

But those years were filled with activity. He became a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Dentistry in 1964, rising to Clinical Professor and Director of their Mentoring Program (1999) there, to this very day. Still serving his profession in many capacities, Dr. Mark became the Director of the Division of Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for Mt. Sinai Hospital in Hartford in 1976 for the next 18 years. He also was Director for the General Practice Residency Program in Dentistry at Mt. Sinai.

Dr. Mark was selected to serve on many Connecticut State Dental Association, hospital, and community projects for some 20 to 30 years, including the Council on Hospital Service, Friends of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, the Connecticut Hospital Planning Commission. President of the Greater Hartford Probus Club (1966); President of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity Hartford Alumni Chapter (1967), Regent (1967-70) for Regency 13 for Alpha Omega, President (1969-70) of the Connecticut Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and Chair (1967-1999) for their Annual Symposium, Delegate for 17 years to CSDA House of Delegates, President of the Hartford Dental Society (1972-73), Vice Chair for the Special Gifts and Dental Division of the Hartford Jewish Federation (1970-1984), 20 years serving on the Long Rivers Council for the Boy Scouts of America, President (1973-74) for the New England Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Executive Committee Member for Mt. Sinai Hospital (1973-1975), Trustee for Beth El Temple in West Hartford (1974-1979), President of the Medical Staff for Mt. Sinai(1983-85), and the list is endless.

In 1985 to 2002, Dr. Mark became the Editor of the Connecticut State Dental Association’s Journal. In 1989-1997, he served as Membership Chair for the American Association of Dental Editors, through their Chairs until his Presidency in 1995.

He has been a Connecticut Delegate or Alternate to the ADA since 1985 to 2003.

In the ensuing years, Dr. Mark has served in some capacity at the hospitals of Mt. Sinai, Hartford, Middlesex, the Newington Children’s Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, the Capital Area Hospital, the Veterans Home and Hospital, the John Dempsey Hospital, the Connecticut Valley Hospital, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center while serving on CSDA’s Council on Hospital Service, Director on the Board of the Connecticut Hospital Planning Commission, Chairman of the Committee on Hospital Dental Service for the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, member on the Council on Professional Services for the Connecticut Hospital Association, Consultant to the ADA’s Council on Hospitals and Institutional Services, the Hillside Home Nursing Center, the Queens Nursing Home, the Brookview Nursing Home, and more.

From 2000 to the present day, he has been President of the Connecticut Oral Health Initiative, Inc.

Dr. Mark is a member of the International Order of Foresters, Jonathan Lodge #166; the Indian Guide Movement; the Boy Scouts of America; a Founding Member of the American Trauma Society; the Horace Wells Club; the Hartford Association for Retarded Children; the Pan American Medical Society; the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology; OKU, ACD, ICD, the Maimonides Society, and all the PFA International Chairs to the Presidency (2005-2006).

His list of honors and awards is as long as his service record—the 1951 Robert R. Andrews Honor Research Society (Tufts); 1952 Diplomat for the National Board of Dental Examiners; 1959 Diplomat for the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons; 1962 Distinguished Service Award, Hartford Alumni Chapter for Alpha Omega; the 1973 Award of Merit of the Hartford Dental Society; the 1979 Maimonides Award from the State of Israel; the 1980 Distinguished Service Award of the Connecticut State Dental Association; the 1984 Shalom Award; the 1985 Distinguished Service Award of the Mt. Sinai Hospital Medical Staff; the 1988 and 1997 Gies Foundation Editorial Award; the 1990 Horace Hayden Award of CSDA; the 1990 Golden Pen honorable Mention Award of ICD; the Distinguished Service Award in 1994 from the Connecticut PFA Section; the 1994 Distinguished Service Award from the Division of Dentistry Attending Staff for Mt. Sinai; the 1995 Distinguished Service Award for CSDA; the 1995 and 1996 Golden Pen Award of ICD; the 1997 Daniel Lynch Award of the Greater Waterbury Dental Society; the first Presidential Achievement Award (1997) from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons; the 1998 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Dental Editors; the 1998 Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons; the 1999 Special Citation of the Connecticut State Dental Association; and the 2002 Diplomat of the National Board of Dental Anesthesia.

Dr. Howard Mark and Sheila have four children, two of whom are dentists, and 12 grandchildren.

And Dr. Howard Mark is always smiling.

We Mourn

Mary Higue, it is with a heavy heart that we note your passing. You were a great supporter of PFA and of your husband, George, a past PFA President and the Foundation’s Treasurer-emeritus. Behind every strong man, a leader in his world, stands a wonderful woman who supports all his endeavors, and puts up with all his joys and sorrows. Mary Higue was such a great woman. Age has prevented them both from attending recent PFA activities, but in visiting their California home a couple of years ago, Mary was still full of life and energy, still strong in her support of George’s activities. We miss even the thought that she has quietly left us one sunny morn.

Rosella Cappuccio, wife of former PFA Trustee Joseph Cappuccio of Maryland, past ADA President, passed away after a protracted illness. We mourn her loss and the loss to our Hall of Fame founder Joe Cappuccio, who gave so much of his time in running our Leadership Conferences and firmly establishing the Hall of Fame, now located in Paris, Baltimore, and Chicago.

Dr. Don Bentley slept away peacefully 5 November 2005 at a nursing facility in Ulen, Minnesota. His wife, Dorothy, thanks everyone for their prayers and support.

Dr.-m.d.-campbell

Foundation

From the Desk of Foundation President M. David Campbell

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as President of the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. It is also intimidating to follow the leadership of Drs. Robert Shira and Carl Lundgren as Presidents, George Higue as Treasurer, and Shig Kishi as Executive Director. They established such a firm basis for our Foundation that the Board of Trustees has been able to operate effectively from the beginning. The foundation would not be in our present position without their leadership and devotion.

I would like to share with you some of the actions of the Foundation Board during the October Meeting in Philadelphia. The Board was concerned about our Fellows all over the world who have suffered great losses from the 2005 disasters. When we heard that some of our Fellows had their livelihood, their homes, their offices, and even their family members hurt, the Board was deeply concerned.

We know there are many organizations that help everyone—the Salvation Army, for example. The ADA can help all dentists. The Board felt, as you probably do, that we must do what we can to help our Fellows within the PFA. However, we did not want to vote to simply dispense money and not know where or how it helped our Fellows. We do not have the funds available to give large amounts of money. However, when a Fellow has lost everything, anything helps. After lengthy debate, exploring the ways this could be accomplished legally within the Foundation By-Laws, the Board took a bold step and voted to establish an Emergency Disaster Relief Fund. The Board is to be commended for their forward thinking.

The total results of the Board’s combined information and ideas were referred to the Executive Committee, which will now set the criteria to operate such a program. What the Foundation does best is to partially fund one grant at a time. The Foundation can make an effective difference one step at a time. We know we cannot consider every need out there for our profession. But the PFAF can make a difference for a few Fellows who have lost much. The action that the Board took was so appreciated that in a matter of a few hours we received our first donation from the Section Chair of Japan, Dr. Tsuneaki Kuwahata.

As you know, money is a major concern. You may have experienced changes in your own financial planning and accounts receivable. I am sure we all have found more requests in our mail for donations from worthy groups. We are looking to help in future disasters as well. The Foundation Board offers direct help for a Fellow dentist. There are many opportunities to give assistance. Our Board has formulated a series of ways by using property, wills, and estate gifts. Please check at our PFA Web site at www.Fauchard.org for further information as it becomes available on ways to help our Fellows.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Foundation Board Officers. Our new Vice President is Dr. C. F. Larry Barrett. Dr. William Kort will continue as Treasurer. And we welcome Dr. Michael Perpich on the Foundation Board as Trustee. All members of the Foundation have served, or are serving, as President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, or in some major role in the Academy.

Thank you all for the unselfish dedication you provide our profession.


FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT

Our Foundation Executive Director Fred Halik has been working on revising the Foundation’s Web site presence to make it more friendly, and accurate. The links are simple: Home/Scholarships/ Grants/Applications/ Contact us.

The “home” page explains what the Foundation is, how it was formed and who are its officers.

The “Scholarships” page is about the Dental Student Scholarship Program run by the Foundation since its inception. The thinking follows that if the Foundation is “to promote all aspects of oral health,” then in accordance with this directive, the promotion of oral health begins with the education of dental practitioners, the men and women responsible for delivering dental health care, and to develop their leadership skills for the profession and for their communities.

The dental student scholarships are apportioned on the basis of a Section’s membership. Accordingly, each of the 54 dental schools in the United States and the 28 selected other schools worldwide are provided a dental scholarship (currently about $1500 each) to be presented to a student that meets the Foundation requirements. At the beginning of the calendar year, the dental schools are invited to select a qualified dental student from the Junior Class who has demonstrated high leadership characteristics, is above the academic average, and has a need for financial support. Once the dental school informs the Foundation of their selection, a check and certificate are sent to the school for presentation at their annual Spring Awards Ceremony, and/or in conjunction with the local PFA Section Chair. A photograph of the presentation and any copy they would like to send is requested so that this honor may be shared with our Fellows through Dental World.

The “Grants Program” page is for those seeking monetary support for projects that will benefit the dental profession and the public that it serves. The grant applications are online and able to be downloaded, but to be considered the grant requested for must be consistent with the Foundation’s goals, objectives, and restrictions. Although the Foundation Board remains flexible to consider innovative projects in all areas of dentistry, including practice and education, it does place special emphasis on programs that increase access to dental care and provide the deserving but inadequately served public. The forms may also be downloaded or requested by mail.

First, the applicant is asked to pay attention to the requirements, to add the necessary inclusions and documentation asked for, and for six copies to be submitted in English. Faxed or E-mailed applications are not accepted. And all applications must be in by June 1st.

The applications are then reviewed by the Grants Committees of the Foundation for their recommendations. All this is then submitted to the entire Board of Trustees at their annual Autumn Meeting where the final discussions and decisions are made by the entire Board. Those grants approved will be notified and asked to sign a contract. Upon receipt of their contract, the funds will be issued. A final report of their funded project and the use of the funds is required by December of the contract year.

The maximum dollar amounts for grants are (1) $5000 for the PFA Section programs under that Section’s control and in which a significant number of Fellows participate; (2) $10,000 for Service Projects that provide increased access to dental care for the public in need; (3) $5000 for educational programs, including continuing education; and (4) $5000 for miscellaneous programs that the Board deems worthy of funding.

The Foundation’s restrictions are often overlooked and result in a majority of the rejections. These need to be adhered to in order to continue the path toward approval. There are 21. The Foundation will not fund (1) the purchase of major equipment costing $2000 or more; (2) no university or institutional overhead costs; (3) no salaries; (4) no replacement of funds already available for personnel costs; (5) no questionnaires or survey projects; (6) no capital project costs; (7) no endowments; (8) no land and/or building acquisitions; (9) no social services of a non-dental nature; (10) no programs that are supported by tax revenues or are the responsibility of the government; (11) no development, maintenance, or revision of temporary or permanent museum-type dental exhibits; (12) no religion-based activities; (13) no funding of political candidates’ activities or lobbying efforts; (14) no funding of schools below the college level; (15) no funding of dinners, tables, or tickets to fund-raising events; (16) no advertising in charitable publications; (17) no promotional activities such as trophies, prizes, or trips; (18) no endowed chairs; (19) no funding to the general funds of other functions or organizations (however, specific projects or programs conducted by other foundations or organizations may be considered for grants); (20) no funding of essays or essay prizes; and (21) no funding of research.

Only non-profit, tax-exempt organizations and individuals employed by such organizations (with the exception of student scholarship awards) are eligible to receive Foundation grants. In the United States and its protectorates, a proposal submitted by other than a tax-exempt organization will be rejected. Tax–exempt organizations outside of the United States shall abide by the same governing rules as those adhered to by organizations within the country in which the tax-exempt status applies and is recognized by the appropriate governing body. Each organization shall agree to take all legal, fiscal, and administrative responsibility for their projects.

While all this information may seem unnecessary to an individual Fellow not making a grant, knowing the general tenets of what the Foundation can and cannot do will be very useful when a Fellow is discussing a grant project or selling the Foundation’s programs. Much of this information may even be new to our readers. Understanding what the Foundation is all about and its functions will help a great deal in hurt feelings of rejections, embarrassment in encouraging some program that cannot be funded, or considering one that can be.

Before acting in any manner, contact Executive Director Fred Halik to discuss any possible proposal. Fred is “user-friendly” and will save time and effort in fabricating a Foundation grant.

The PFA Foundation needs your support!

Contributions to the PFA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund may be made by mail to:

PFA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund
30 Spruce Ridge
Fairport, New York 14450-4278
To contact the PFA Foundation Executive Director:

Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
585-218-9393 phone, 585-387-9519 Fax
E-mail the foundation

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L-R, Assistant Dean Alvan Velez, Dean Yilda Rivera, and recipient Cristina Abreu-Sosa

Foundation News

United States
Puerto Rico

The Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Medicas, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Alvan Velez reported that the Foundation’s Dental Student Scholarship Award was presented to Cristina M. Abreu-Sosa by Dean Yilda Rivera and Assistant Dean Alvan Velez.

Washington State

The Fall issue of the Dental Alumni News for the University of Washington Dental Alumni Association recognizes the Foundation for their scholarship award to graduate Peter Pellegrini; and to the Academy for their Senior Student Award to Paul Nielson.

2006 Calendar

8 April 2006
PFA Foundation Interim Board Meeting,
Chicago Airport Hilton Hotel

1 May 2006
PFA Management Team Meeting,
Anaheim, California

22–26 September
FDI Congress, Shenzhen, China

16–20 October
147th ADA Annual Session, Las Vegas, Nevada
Monday-Friday: PFA Academy Board Meetings
PFA Foundation Board Meetings

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

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South Australia Dental Board President Dr. and Mrs. Gaffney

Section News

Australasia

Trustee Jonathan Rogers hosted their inaugural regional dinner last November held in South Australia at the Adelaide Club. This was in the home State of Trustee Jon Rogers, orthodontist Raymond Begg, Howard Florey of penicillin fame, and astronaut Andy Thomas. An overflow dinner of some 34 guests (with some turned away due to lack of space) attended along with PFA President-elect William Winspear, Trustee Jonathan Rogers, Australasia President Mark Sinclair, and the South Australia Dental Board President Dr. Gaffney. The event was a huge success. The featured speaker Tony Lake spoke on his experiences as a volunteer forensic odontologist in the recent Tsunami aftermath in Thailand. The evening of camaraderie provided an opportunity to acknowledge local Fellows and to recognize the achievements within and outside the profession.

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Trustee Acuna presents PFA honor gift to Professor Omar Campos
Chile

International Trustee Ernesto Acuna attended their Section Dinner Meeting to help induct nine new Fellows, present the new Chair Luis Felipe Jimenez S. his Medal of Office, and to honor retiring Chair Professor Omar Campos.

France

President Pierre-Yves Mahe of Le Conseil de l’Ordre des Chirurgiens Dentistes serves also as the Editor of la Lettre for the Ordre National des Chirurgiens-dentistes magazine which featured our European visit to Paris on Page 17 in their September issue. In the full-page article, they described Dr. Howard Mark hosting the Wall of Fame Ceremony at their Headquarters. The picture accompanying the article included then President-elect Howard Mark, retiring European Trustee Pierre Marois, current European Trustee Hubert Ouvrard, our PFA Section Chair Dean Marie-Laure Boy-Lefevre, and President Pierre-Yves Mahe standing before the Wall of Fame in Paris (op. cit. Dental World, September/October 2005 issue, page 6). The article goes on to describe

President Mahe’s presentation of their Gold Medal to PFA President Michael Perpich (in absentia) and thanking the Pierre Fauchard Academy for its support of their mobile dental clinic.

The article also describes their presentation, with picture, of their Gold Medal to Dr. Pierre Marois for all he has done for PFA, for du Conseil national, and for dentistry.

The article on page 16 describes the huge success of their du Bus Dentaire, which has served more indigent dental patients every year since its 1999 inception. Their last report shows a 34% increase over the year before. All the individual categories demonstrated anywhere from a 16% to 54% increase. The PFA name is on both sides of the Bus as a contributor (op. cit. Dental World, September/ October, 2005 issue, page 2).

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The PFA Japan Section Meeting
Japan

Japan Section Chair Tsuneaki Kuwahata presented your Editor with a copy of their Section’s magazine, which runs some 191 pages. The first page contains their Certificate of Charter from 1981 signed by then PFA President Leo Bongers and all the Officers and Trustees. My Japanese is rusty and I kept reading it left to right. But on page 159, there is an article about the presentation of the Foundation student scholarship award to Osaka Dental University student Atsuko Kida, along with many other articles about PFA activities worldwide.

Japan Section Secretary Sakurako Ogawara reported that they held their 36th annual Meeting last October in Hiroshima hosted by their new incoming Chair Toshio Morioka.

Seven new Fellows were inducted into the Academy. The Section Chair’s Medal of Office was transferred from outgoing Chair Tsuneaki Kuwahata to Toshio Morioka. Guest speakers were Dr. Kwang Hyun Kim of Korea, the former Chair of the PFA Japan-Korea Exchange Affairs who spoke on “The State of Affairs of Dentistry in Korea”; Professor Takashi Uchida from the School of Dentistry in Hiroshima speaking on “Recent Innovation of Educational Systems in the Hiroshima School of Dentistry”; and Munetsugu Ueda of Japan, a representative of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, on “The Relationship between the Japanese Culture and a Votary of Tea-Ceremonial.”

Philippines

Chair Dean Diampo J. Lim held an Induction Ceremony last year in conjunction with the Republic of the Philippines 97th annual Convention and Scientific Meeting. Dr. Antonio Rivera was their featured speaker.

Dean Lim hosted an “Outreach Program” where they provided oral hygiene classes for students of the Aeta Tribe in the R.P. Section in Botolan, Zambales.


United States
Wisconsin

PFA Vice President James Englander reports that the December issue of the Wisconsin Dental Association Journal, page 10, covered their 11th annual Mentorship Dinner held at the Marquette University Alumni Union Hall ballroom with nearly 400 guests attending. Their Mentorship Program is a joint effort by PFA, Marquette University School of Dentistry, and the Wisconsin Dental Association. This year 77% of the MUSoD students elected to participate in this award-winning program. Some 142 dentists throughout Wisconsin participate in the program.

Fellow Constantine Stamatelakys of Brookfield, a periodontist in Greenfield and West Allis, was elected President of the Wisconsin Dental Association (2900 members) last November at their House of Delegates Meeting in Waukesha (west of Milwaukee). He is also a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the Midwest Society of Periodontists, and is currently President of the Wisconsin Society of Periodontists.

Also selected as WDA President-elect was Fellow Eva Dahl, a fourth generation dentist from Onalaska, who has served as ADA delegate and currently serves on the ADA Council on Education and Licensure.

Elected WDA Vice President was Fellow Monica Hebl, a general dentist in Milwaukee. She has served as President of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association (2003-2004), trustee for the WDA Greater Milwaukee Region and a five-time ADA Delegate. She is also this year’s recipient of the WDA’s Political Action Award for her recent service on the Governor’s Task Force to improve access to oral health.

Fellow Michael Donohoo, a general dentist in Milwaukee, was re-elected as WDA Speaker of the House of Delegates. He has served as President (1994-95) of the Greater Milwaukee Dental Association, seven times as ADA Delegate, and Treasurer of the Political Action Committee. He is also this year’s recipient of the WDA’s Media Relations Award.

Fellows Paul Levine of Bayside, a second generation dentist practicing in Brown Deer, and Julio Rodriguez of Brodhead, a past President of the Green County Dental Society, have been elected to the WDA House of Delegates.

California, Northern Section

Fellow and Dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (UOP), Dr. Dugoni is this year’s recipient of ADI International Dentist of the Year Award. Dr. Dugoni received this distinguished award in Philadelphia during the ADI Convocation last October. This award is presented to an individual who best exemplifies international leadership. Dr. Dugoni is regarded as one of the most respected figures in the dental profession. He currently serves as President of the ADA Foundation, is past President of the ADA, of the American Association of Dental Schools (AADS), of the American Board of Orthodontics, and for the California Dental Association. He also served on the FDI Council for 9 years and was their Treasurer. His list of honors fills tomes. No greater professional can match the service and dedication that Dean Art Dugoni has given of himself to dentistry.

New York

Fellow Francis J. Murphy, a Rockville Centre oral surgeon, is this year’s recipient of the New York State Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to NYSDA. The Award was presented last November at the Association’s Board of Governors Meeting in Manhattan. A PFA Fellow since 1994, Dr. Murphy has also served on the NYSDA Board of Governors and was Chair of the NYSDA Council on Dental Health Planning and Hospital Dentistry. He also served on the NYSDA Strategic Planning Committee, on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and on the Editorial Review Board for the New York State Dental Journal.

Dr. Murphy is a past President of the Nassau County Dental Society, where he served on many of their committees, and has represented Nassau County to the ADA.

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY OFFICERS

Howard Mark
President
Connecticut

William Winspear
President-elect
Australia

James A. Englander
Vice President
Wisconsin

Richard A. Kozal
Secretary General
Nevada

James M. Brophy
Editor
Illinois

Michael Perpich
Immediate Past President
Minnesota

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY TRUSTEES

REGION 1—Europe
Hubert Ouvrard
France

REGION 2—N.E. USA
Richard Walsh
Rhode Island

REGION 3—S.E. USA
Robert S. Hart
Florida

REGION 4—Midwest USA
Joseph C. Harris
Michigan

REGION 5—Western USA
Charles Eller
California

REGION 6—Canada
Barry Dolman
Quebec

REGION 7—Latin America
Ernesto Acuna
Mexico

REGION 8—Australasia
Jonathan Rogers
Australia

REGION 9—Asia
Mamoru Sakuda
Japan

REGION 10—Central USA
Steve Hedlund
Iowa

international TRUSTEES-EMERITUS
Pierre Marois
France

FOUNDATION OFFICERS

M. David Campbell
President
Michigan

C. F. Larry Barrett
Vice President
Iowa

Fred Halik
Executive Director
New York

William Korte
Treasurer
Illinois

George Higue
Treasurer-emeritus
California

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

Carl Lundgren
California

Gary Lowder
Utah

Minoru Horiuchi
Massachusetts

James Long
Mississippi

Michael Cripton
Canada

Scott Welch
Wyoming

Nicholas Saccone
Pennsylvania

Kevin L. Roach
Canada

Michael Perpich
Minnesota

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO OFFICERS

Howard Mark
Connecticut

William Winspear
Australia

Richard Kozal
Nevada

James Brophy
Illinois

2. March - April

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Spring approaches and the warm sun will begin to shine with the promise of an awakening world—at least, in the Northern Hemisphere! It also heralds the more intense planning activities of many Sections and Regions as they prepare for inductions and award ceremonies. To me, the importance of these events needs to be stressed, not because of the pomp and circumstance dictated by the occasion, but because inducting Fellows and presenting PFA awards of recognition and service need to be appreciated as integral to a premier international honor dental organization. While caps and gowns are not essential to these happenings, a certain gravity should be expected at these times that will make them memorable and inspire the attendees to realize what being a Fellow of the Academy truly means.

While on this topic, I would again urge the Section Chairs to extend an invitation, not only to their respective Trustees, but also to the PFA Management Team, to be present. The Management Team wants to do this as a way of connecting personally with the Fellowship, giving them an opportunity to discuss the Academy and its aims and goals directly with the leadership. This interaction can only strengthen the Academy and enable it to become stronger and healthier in the future. PLEASE, PLEASE, let our Secretary-General, Richard Kozal, know the dates of these events as soon as you can, so that we can be there with you!

The interim meeting of the Management Team will be late this year. It falls in the latter part of April and the beginning of May to correspond to the annual session of the California Dental Association. The reason for this is to make it easier for our first truly International President-Elect, Dr. William Winspear of Australia, to attend. While there have been two others serving as International Presidents, they came from Canada, which enabled them to attend more easily and at less cost to the Academy. There is no question that the timing is correct for a President to come from other Regions of the body, because the desire of the leadership is to encourage expansion overseas and to increase the Fellowship representation from other countries. We have long been served capably and well by Trustees from these other Regions—it is appropriate to allow them to serve on the Management team as well!

As I have stated earlier, it is at this meeting of the Management Team that we will review the reports of the Board Committees and act upon their ideas and recommendations. In the subsequent Dental World, you will have a reprise of our deliberations and actions to consider before the annual session in Las Vegas in October. We will welcome any suggestions you as the Fellowship may have in reaction to them, so that we can make pertinent adjustments or secondary changes to our findings prior to the annual session of the Academy. Do not hesitate—we want to hear from you!

I cannot stress too much the need for increasing the Fellowship numbers. There are enough good reasons for this that I have no compunction in continuing to ask the present Fellows to identify among their peers worthy candidates. Among these reasons are: the type of organization that PFA is; its aims and goals; its dedication to service and education; and its ability, when coupled with the Foundation, to help in the financing of grants for projects worldwide that can bring better oral health to underserved areas. To be a Fellow is not to flaunt this honor and do nothing; to be a Fellow carries with it an obligation to serve and educate peoples everywhere as to good oral health. All of us need to be proactive, not reactive, and. certainly, not idle! A number of you have already indicated your support of PFA by sending in suggested names on the cards that came with your dues statements—the Board thanks you for this vote of confidence in the organization! These names have been forwarded to the Section Chairs for consideration in their next induction classes.

The Academy is alive and well—the Board and I look forward to a healthy and strong 2006!

Howard Mark, DMD

Awards Committee

by Chairman James Englander

The time is upon us now to consider the upcoming awards for the October Annual Meeting’s Awards Banquet to be held on Tuesday, 17 October, 11:30 AM to 2 PM at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas during the 145th annual ADA Annual Session. Please note this change. Because of the shift in the ADA Meeting schedule, the PFA Annual Awards Banquet will be on Tuesday afternoon, rather than the usual Saturday noon.

Per our PFA ByLaws, President Howard Mark has named our PFA Vice President James Englander (and previous Chair) as head of the Awards Committee, along with Drs. Barry Dolman, Charles Eller, Hubert Ouvrard, Nicholas Saccone, Frank Braun, Pierre Marois, Mamoru Sakuda, and Richard Kozal. That committee will consider and make recommendations to the PFA Board of Trustees for candidates to receive the Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal, the Elmer S. Best Memorial Award, the Dental Industry Award of Recognition, the Distinguished Service Certificate, and any International Honorary Fellowships.

The Fauchard Gold Medal nominee may be recommended by a committee of past recipients, as well as individual Trustees. The Awards Committee must approve the recommendation for submission to the PFA Board of Trustees, which must adopt the recommendation by a two thirds vote. This award is designated for outstanding contributions made to the progress and standing of the dental profession. Its recipient must hold a dental degree or its equivalent and reside in the United States.

The Elmer S. Best Memorial Award is presented annually to a member of the dental profession residing outside the United States who is engaged in the practice of dentistry and/or dental education and /or dental research. The recipient shall have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of dentistry, and shall be a member in good standing of the official dental organization of his or her respective country. The recipient must have a unanimous vote of the Awards Committee, and be approved by a two thirds vote of the PFA Board of Trustees.

The Distinguished Service Citation may be presented to a Fellow of the Academy in appreciation of loyal and dedicated service to the Academy. Such a nominee must be recommended by the Awards Committee and have unanimous approval by the PFA Board of Trustees.

The PFA Board of Trustees may occasionally honor Fellows for “loyal and dedicated service” to the Academy with the PFA Bronze Service Citation awarded in the form of a bronze plaque.

The Dental Trade and Industry Award of Recognition may be presented to honor an outstanding leader in the field of dentistry for the company’s outstanding contributions to our profession. Only one plaque per year will be presented. The PFA President, or his designee, shall present the plaque at a place and time mutually agreeable to the recipient and the PFA President. The recipient must be nominated by the Awards Committee and have the approval of the Board of Trustees.

Recommendations for these awards may come from any Fellow, or highly regarded member of our profession, through the Regional PFA Trustee. Such forms for submission of such recommendations may be downloaded from our Web site or procured from the Central Office, filled out, and returned to the Central Office with a current CV for the nominee. Award recommendations are always in order but will be considered in a time frame to accommodate the next Awards Committee Report for a specific event. Such recommendations will be kept on file for reconsideration if not selected immediately.

Remember that when you take the time to join in honoring another in your profession, you do honor to yourself. For no one could think to recognize another without first sharing the knowledge it takes to do so.

Management Team Interim Meeting

29 April–1 May
Anaheim Hilton Hotel

The Management Team Interim Meeting will be held in conjunction with the California Dental Association’s annual Spring Scientific Session in Anaheim, California. Their Scientific Session will run from Thursday, 27 April, through Sunday, 30 April. The Management Team Interim Meeting will begin with a dinner meeting on Saturday, 29 April, to coordinate the weekend’s activities and to assemble the overseas dignitaries attending.

Sunday, 30 April, the California, Southern Section will host their annual PFA Luncheon at the Sheraton Park Hotel. International Trustee Charles Eller will coordinate our participation at this huge event.

Monday, 1 May, the Management Team will meet at the Anaheim Hilton to hold their annual interim meeting. The agenda will be sent to those participating.

FDI’s 94th Annual World Congress

The FDI has announced their dates for hosting the World Congress in Shenzhen, China, starting with their Open Forum 1 on Tuesday, 19 September 2006. Their General Assembly A will be held on Wednesday, 20 September, with the General Assembly B on Sunday, 24 September. The Scientific Programme and Exhibits will run from 22 to 25 September. All meetings—business, scientific programs and exhibits—will be held in the new “state of the art” Shenzhen Congress and Exhibition Centre (SZCEC). For further information and inquiries, visit their Web site at:

http://FDIWorldental.org/microsites/Shenzhen/congress1.html

PFA is in the process of planning a Region 9 Meeting during the FDI Congress. More information can be found on our Web site when the final plans are completed and will be published in your Dental World when available.

Central Office

The Las Vegas annual PFA Board Meetings and the Foundation Meetings will be held from Monday, 16 October, through Wednesday, 19 October. It is important that you note these dates and be prepared ahead of time as this marks a change in the usual pattern.

The ADA’s 145th annual Session has changed its meeting days to open on Monday at 8 AM, not the usual Saturday opening. PFA has accommodated that schedule.

We will be housed at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, which is located within the Mandalay Hotel. Mark your calendars early to be ready for this change. The following is the schedule of our activities:

All Section Chairs are invited to attend the Board Meetings of the Academy and to attend the President’s Reception. This also includes the Awards Luncheon and the PFA Dinner Party, but reservations and payment MUST be made in advance. In the past few years, our Awards Luncheons have been well attended.

It is no longer a matter of adding another chair, as the rooms have been filled to capacity. Make your paid reservations for either or both events in the envelope contained in the next issue of Dental World to insure that you have place.

All reports for the Board Meeting packet must be received in the Central Office no later than 8 September 2006 to be included in the Meeting packet. Those reports received after 8 September will NOT be part of the official Meeting packet.

As always, spontaneous oral reports during the meeting will not be allowed. If you wish to give an oral report, please inform the Central Office BEFORE 8 September 2006 in order to be placed on the meeting agenda. NO exceptions! Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure governs all procedures of the Board.

PFA Board and Foundation Events 2006

MONDAY
16 October

8–9:30 AM ADA Opening Session TBA
9:30–11 AM Section Chair Caucus Mesquite Room 1
10 AM–noon Academy Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
Noon working lunch Desert Willow Room
1:30–2:30 PM Executive Session Desert Willow Room
2:30–5 PM Academy Board Meeting Desert Willow Room

TUESDAY
17 October

7:30–11:30 AM Foundation Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
11:30 AM–2 PM Awards Luncheon Four Seasons Ballroom 3
2:30–5 PM Foundation Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
6:30–8 PM President’s Reception Four Seasons Ball Room 4

WEDNESDAY
18 October

8 AM–noon Foundation Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
Noon working lunch with the Academy/Foundation Boards
1–5 PM Academy Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
6:30-10:30 PM PFA Dinner Party Mesquite Room 1

WWW. FAUCHARD.ORG

Through the far-seeing insights of past PFA President Shig Ryan Kishi and our Executive Director Richard A. Kozal, PFA and the Foundation launched its own global visitors’ center for the Pierre Fauchard Academy on the Internet. With the assistance of our professional Webmaster Mark Stanley of Minneapolis, PFA entered the new century on top of the technological revolution. Recent PFA Presidents Michael Perpich and Howard Mark have concentrated on updating the site and making some outstanding improvements. They are constantly working with the latest in modern developments to bring this site directly into your homes and offices. The only thing you need to do to know anything about the Academy and the Foundation is to turn on your computer and enter the Web site title into your search engine. Simple enough! But not so.

Our studies of the Fellowship ranks have indicated that this enormous improvement to the way PFA interacts with its members, and with the world as a whole (and it is an enormous leap forward), is in a state of transition. This is not because the PFA leadership and Webmaster are improving our site almost daily, but because the technology that makes it so impacting for us as an organization has raced past many of our Fellows.

As recent dental technology has turned dental performance on its ear, so has computerization. We find that our Fellows from so many different generations and cultures fall into three categories.

First, there are many of the older generation who do not see, or have, the need to use a computer. They are retired, have spent their successful careers using charts and files with hand-entry notations, and used a typewriter for their letters. They do not see the need to invest in a computer to do what they have done by hand all their lives, let along get hooked into the Internet, when a phone call or letter will do. Note that our profession has been, and still pretty much is, a “hands-on” one. Teeth are still teeth over millions of years. Dentists have used their hands in handling dental situations since 4000 B.C. While we have adapted new technology into our practice, like high-speed drills, most older dentists are experienced and educated enough to walk into a jungle with a few dental instruments and adapt some of form of dental treatment. Our Web site is several steps beyond their capability of using even if they knew how computers worked—and the special language of the computer age. This group is growing smaller, and many of them are adapting into the rudiments of the computer age.

The second category is composed of older and baby boomers who have adapted to the computer age, but not expertly so. They have some inhibited learning from former methods—typewriter, copy machines, faxes, and phones. They understand that computers have put all that into one operation, but heaven forbid if they push the wrong button and try to retrieve the lost data. It is there somewhere, but they do not have the time to read the phone book instructions to find how to get it back.

They eventually get proficient in the limited areas that are required in their daily lives and business, but they have little knowledge about the power that they control with the modern computers. They can find our Web site and, by stumbling around a bit, can secure the information they need. For this group, Mark Stanley has produced a CD that can be put into your computer and literally walk you through our site. Most of the Section Chairs have these available.

The third category is those younger dentists and those who adapted to the program configurations intuitively. You see them keyboard in a quick few things on TV shows and break into the computer and save the day. My 4-year-old daughter taught me years ago when I could not get the “string” to get into my DOS. Now we are so far beyond all that. All the kids have been working with computers in grammar schools for over 20 years. Some have never even seen a typewriter. They are the ones that find our site fascinating and full of information as well as links to other sites to follow for more knowledge. That group is currently filling the dental ranks. Computers have become a necessary dental instrument now in all offices.

As one group gets smaller, another increases in learning more, and as the new adept Fellows grow, we run into a friction of interfacing. Many are just trying to catch up with their knowledge and expertise, while the advanced group is in the forefront demanding greater changes and infusing the system with new ideas.

That is what our Webmaster and the recent PFA Officers have been doing. They are on the cutting edge of the most recent developments, while those behind in the pack are just trying to get to know how the system works. As soon as they do, the system improves with changes.

Last month, the United States launched an information probe to visit and analyze the planet Pluto. The data it will be sending back during its nine-year voyage to the outer planet will take 20 years for us to analyze. One commentator noted that with the development of computer and space technology, we might already have a manned space ship there to meet it when it finally arrives.

“WWW” means “World Wide Web.” That is the address your computer recognizes to go look for our site. “Fauchard.org.” That is the “post office box” where our site is stored, waiting for your visit.

In some cases you can put mail in, just read it there, or take a copy out.

Website: New Updates

by Mark Stanley

I hope you all have had a chance to see the new simplified home page. There will be many more changes as we reorganize the Web site pages for easier access to what you are looking for. If you do not immediately see what you are looking for, you can try the “sitemap” link to view a complete index of all the pages. This is a good overview or the entire site. If you are looking for something very specific, you can use the “search” field to have the Web server look for items that match your query. Use as many words as you can to narrow the search results. The Worldwide Directory will also let you search by “last name,” or scroll down by Section to the list of Fellows in your area.

As of last June, we have added Officers’ pages. All the current officers now have access to special “From the desk of…” news pages that they can edit and update anytime and from any computer. This was done for your convenience to speed up communications to the members from their officers.

The Web site has seen steady growth in number of pages served. Traffic to the site has grown more than 30% above last year at this time. In November of 2004, there were 23,587 pages served, in other words visited, by the same person or different people. In December of 2004, the pages served were 26,588. In January 2005, the pages served dropped a little to 25,205; and again in February 2005, to 23,349 pages. But by April and again in May 2005, the numbers went well above 29,000 for each month. So the Web site is being used regularly.

Areas visited most often were in Publications, followed by Foundation, then Inquiries, and Awards. The Foundation pages have received a great deal of interest. Articles most popular have been the Doc Holliday article and the Titanic article, as well as the Fauchard article. The Journal of the History of Dentistry has allowed us to post some of their articles online. The Membership Directory and the Catalogue receive a fair amount of visitors.

We are currently going over past data on the usage of various areas of the Web site so that we can reorganize and create a new look for the Web site that better fits the needs of the Fellowship and the visiting dental profession.

Improvements are being made in a variety of other areas as well. The individual Officers pages are one example. PFA-related video clips can be found there. We are trying out various language programs that may be able to translate the different pages into languages spoken by a majority of the members. We have “News” pages for immediate updates; articles can be added and deleted. Calendar dates can be placed on line in advance for greater attendance. Additional “links” (like passageways) are added where the visitor can leave the site for another site to get that information.

The new look is simpler, less cluttered, and has a focus on the worldwide reach of PFA. The new logo is there along with a clear PFA mission statement. You can find the most recent issue of Dental World as well. Eventually, we are planning for each Trustee to have a page. You can contact the Central Office, the Foundation, or any Officer. We are providing a downloadable PDF file that is optimized to print out on your own computer. And different forms for use by the membership are being added.

I realize that some of this new language may be confusing. And it is difficult to describe all that our site contains without illustrations, but it is user-friendly. The best way to get to know how to use the site to serve your needs is just to go there and explore it, maybe a couple of times. Then send us your ideas for improving it, or what you might want to see added. Only with your feedback can we know where you want us to go with this tool.

Katrina Relief Update

Many of you have received letters from the ADA about their Foundation’s activities to provide some assistance in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In that letter, they noted that over 200,000 people are now displaced and have the monumental task of rebuilding their lives, among them some estimated 1000 dentists. This is a two-fold problem. Dentists not only have no homes but no dental offices either, thus no income and no patients. The 200,000 people displaced may be able to get dental service from where they are now, but what will be the situation when they return?

The Dental School at LSU sustained heavy damage. The headquarters of the Louisiana and the Mississippi Dental Associations have some digging out to do as well. The ADA determined that their priority rested in getting the dentists back in business to serve their other priority—the needing public.

But even getting re-established again, will the dentists have patients who can afford dental treatment in place of establishing a home and getting a job?

The ADA Foundation established the ADA Disaster Response Fund to raise $1.2 million and to make sure it gets to where it is needed the most. So far, grants totaling $830,000 have been made to 332 dentists in the savaged area; $60,000 in grants have been made to LSU’s School of Dentistry Recovery Fund to support student services during their four-month transition period to a temporary dental school location in Baton Rouge; a $56,610 grant has been awarded to Baylor University’s School of Dentistry, which is providing care to the evacuees who moved to Texas.

Now many of our members and patients have responded already to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. But within our own profession, the ADA Foundation Disaster Response Fund is also accepting donations and pledges. These may be made directly to the ADA Fund at 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Credit card contributions can be faxed to the ADA Foundation at 312/440-3526.

Louisiana Dental Association

In their January news release, the Louisiana Dental Association announced that their 2006 Annual Session will focus on “Self-Help Recovery Initiative.” Their three-day event was held 23-25 March in Baton Rouge. Their speakers were Drs. Peter Dawson, Jon Suzuki, Mark Hyman, Del Webb, and Charles Blair. LDA’s Executive Director, Ward Blackwell, expressed thanks to everyone for their contributions toward relieving this disaster and went on to say, “While optimism for the future is strong, the bottom line is that perhaps 30% to 40% of LDA member dentists will receive dues waivers, thus motivating LDA to expand its Annual Session as the lynchpin of its self-help recovery initiative.”

Founded in 1878, LDA has 1800 members that are active, retired, and student dentists.

Our past PFA President Jim Long of Starkville, Mississippi, has reported that the dental associations of Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi have all waived their dues for 2006. They also all have established relief funds and are issuing checks for about $1500 apiece.

PFA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund

Dr. Long was a major force in establishing the PFA Foundation’s Emergency Disaster Relief Fund. Academy dues for 2006 were waived for any Fellows involved in the disaster. Unlike other organizations, however, the PFA Foundation had the desire to be there on the spot to help but had no guidelines from which to operate. As this Foundation Fund is founded to be able to service other such disasters that arise, they must craft a Fund within the Foundation that conforms to the Foundation’s established charter. And there is the concern that all their funds might not be enough to be of any significant assistance. The thought, though, is that working in concert with other funding organizations, the cumulative effect would be able to establish dental service to the public while aiding those dentists caught up in the situation.

An Ongoing Disaster for Years

The problem is not simply that dental service offices were wiped out or severely damaged, nor that the public they had served are no longer in the area, nor that the areas they have evacuated to are overburdened with patients who have no immediate funds available, but that the banks that held all their accounts—dentists and patients—are not up and running, or open to issue payments. The lost records of Accounts Receivable are gone as well. Then there is the problem of workers to rebuild the dental offices, suppliers to get the equipment to them, evacuees who would be starting over again simply starting over elsewhere.

Think of the situation in your own terms. You are a dentist whose capital is tied up in a dental facility, equipment, patients of record, accounts receivable, a good reputation, and a steady cash flow.

Now take all that away, including your bank account, in a matter of a few hours. Now a major concern is whether your patients, or any patients, will return at all or start anew somewhere else with what insurance they may have.

Dentists have the same options! Retire, start somewhere else to build a new practice all over again, or go back to rebuild while waiting for patients to return and new ones to come in to create a cash flow to live on and raise a family. Tough decision. That is the whole disaster beyond Katrina and Rita.

Foundation Grant Reports

A FOUNDATION-SUPPORTED PROJECT…
South along El Camino Real:
Amigos de Los Californios Mobile Clinic

Every story needs a beginning in time to anchor from whence it begins to where it goes. And this story starts in about 1697 when Jesuit missionaries, soldiers of Spain, and Spanish settlers began their trek to open up their part of the New World, starting at their first successful Mission in Baja California at Loretto. In the succeeding years, these missions became so successful that the Jesuits, Franciscans, and Dominicans began a chain of some 51 missions along California from the tip of Baja to Yerba Buena, Alta California (now San Francisco). Each was connected to the other by a road called El Camino Real--the Road of the King.

Along this road the swallows would come back to San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day every year. And some of those mission villages became cities, and towns, or were covered with dust. A California photographer was following the King’s Road in 1995, south into the volcanic mountains of Baja California, south of the border, to record the lesser known and the deteriorating missions when he was approached by a goat herder for some relief from a seriously infected tooth. One thing led to another and the next year, Dr. Roger Kingston of San Diego ventured into the unknown world of Baja California with primitive dental equipment, eight highly charged dental volunteers, to the tip of the peninsula where no dentist had been before. The Californios, descendents of the original settlers, came from small ranchos nestled in the mountains. One family of four generations there traveled eight hours by mule to attend the clinic—bringing Valencia Oranges planted by the original missionaries.

Dr. Roger S. Kingston, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, organized the first trip in 1996 and has returned ever since to service these poor but friendly natives. Each year, his group grew and their dental equipment needs did as well. Having exhausted his many charitable contacts, International Trustee Charles Eller and other PFA Fellows from our Southern California Section suggested that Dr. Kingston apply for a PFA Foundation grant simply to purchase folding dental chairs to replace the beach chairs they were using for patients, doctors, and assistants along with a halogen light for a four-operatory, portable mobile dental clinic used in providing dental needs in the Sierra de San Francisco Baja California Sur area of Mexico below California. This was on their tenth trip these volunteers had planned to make into Baja California. And in those 10 years, their volunteers had grown from eight, including three dentists, in 1996, to 24 with two general dentists, one pediatric specialist, one oral surgeon, three dental lab technicians, two physicians, an optometrist, and 14 support personnel. Volunteers came from both the United States and from Mexico,


A FOUNDATION-SUPPORTED PROJECT...

The Student-run Free Dental Clinic Project
by Dr. Irwin B. Silverstein and Brock Lorenz

The University of California at San Diego Free Dental Clinic Project was originally created to meet the overwhelming demand for oral health care of the underserved population in San Diego. By using UCSD students, an educational experience was provided for undergraduate students to learn how to operate such a clinic while serving dental needs.

Three dental clinics are being used in this project--one in downtown San Diego, one in southeast San Diego, and a third one in Pacific Beach. Predental students manage the patient flow, assist the dentists, and help screen the patients. Potential patients are interviewed to ensure that no other sources are available to them for treatment, such as dental insurance. In partnership with the community, the project provides accessible, quality dental care for the needy in a respectful environment in which the students, dental professionals, patients, and community members learn from one another.

While providing for the dental needs of the community, clinical education for the students is an added benefit at these free clinics. Interacting with the underserved and with the volunteer professional dentists, hygienists, and specialists offers an opportunity for students to give back to their community as well as instill a feeling of responsibility for their fellow society. This has worked well with the young undergraduate students, dental students, and future dental professionals in the health field. The program is unique in that its aim is to create a generation of future professionals who will be aware of the needs of their community and work to help solve them. This project provides some of the tools of understanding how a clinic works and the benefits of serving the community.

Many of the students are now in their first years in various dental schools across the country. When they first began in this program, few had no idea what dentistry was all about until they became involved. Our Special Speaker Series and the resultant clinical experiences have given these students insight on how varied the profession can be.

Since June 2004, our organization has grown to over 40 volunteer professionals and 150 participating students. Students from all colleges and universities are welcomed to participate. As our program expands, new dental volunteers are needed. Twice as many patients are now being seen since the inception of this project.

Our previous efforts have doubled in caring for the dentally needy. With the renovation of the Pacific Beach Clinic in April of last year, we have now three treatment chairs and an examining chair.

The program is called the "UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinic Project." It survives on the kindness of donations and the help of many community businesses who have provided funds, materials, and supplies. Several dental laboratories have donated their work for our patients to assist us in offering a broad spectrum of quality dental treatment.

Another part of the program is to sponsor a weekly Special Speaker Series of prominent dental professionals to speak to the students about the importance of the work they are assisting in. Past ADA President Eugene Sekiguchi has addressed our staff in the recent past and lauded our efforts.

The grant from the PFA Foundation has aided us much in continuing to operate and grow.

You may learn more at our Web site at http://acs.ucsd.edu/ucsdfdc/

Many cities across America do not have dental schools, but most of them have colleges and universities, a contingency of dental professionals, and an underserved dental population. These three components can be successfully merged to create much the same program for their areas. Many organizations have taken note of the success of our project, including the ADA, which has awarded several of our faculty leaders the prestigious Access to Dental Care Award. The ADA Foundation, the California Dental Association Foundation, the San Diego County Dental Health Foundation, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation have seen fit to recognize our success by providing funds. For this we thank them all.

This project has generated success in our community, and it can do the same for other communities. The first step would be to view our Web site, then contact me for how you can begin such a program in your area. You will be amazed at the response and the value of self-worth you get from serving those who so terribly need your help.

A FOUNDATION-SUPPORTED PROJECT...

The Student-run Free Dental Clinic Project
by Dr. Irwin B. Silverstein and Brock Lorenz

The University of California at San Diego Free Dental Clinic Project was originally created to meet the overwhelming demand for oral health care of the underserved population in San Diego. By using UCSD students, an educational experience was provided for undergraduate students to learn how to operate such a clinic while serving dental needs.

Three dental clinics are being used in this project--one in downtown San Diego, one in southeast San Diego, and a third one in Pacific Beach. Predental students manage the patient flow, assist the dentists, and help screen the patients. Potential patients are interviewed to ensure that no other sources are available to them for treatment, such as dental insurance. In partnership with the community, the project provides accessible, quality dental care for the needy in a respectful environment in which the students, dental professionals, patients, and community members learn from one another.

While providing for the dental needs of the community, clinical education for the students is an added benefit at these free clinics. Interacting with the underserved and with the volunteer professional dentists, hygienists, and specialists offers an opportunity for students to give back to their community as well as instill a feeling of responsibility for their fellow society. This has worked well with the young undergraduate students, dental students, and future dental professionals in the health field. The program is unique in that its aim is to create a generation of future professionals who will be aware of the needs of their community and work to help solve them. This project provides some of the tools of understanding how a clinic works and the benefits of serving the community.

Many of the students are now in their first years in various dental schools across the country. When they first began in this program, few had no idea what dentistry was all about until they became involved. Our Special Speaker Series and the resultant clinical experiences have given these students insight on how varied the profession can be.

Since June 2004, our organization has grown to over 40 volunteer professionals and 150 participating students. Students from all colleges and universities are welcomed to participate. As our program expands, new dental volunteers are needed. Twice as many patients are now being seen since the inception of this project.

Our previous efforts have doubled in caring for the dentally needy. With the renovation of the Pacific Beach Clinic in April of last year, we have now three treatment chairs and an examining chair.

The program is called the "UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinic Project." It survives on the kindness of donations and the help of many community businesses who have provided funds, materials, and supplies. Several dental laboratories have donated their work for our patients to assist us in offering a broad spectrum of quality dental treatment.

Another part of the program is to sponsor a weekly Special Speaker Series of prominent dental professionals to speak to the students about the importance of the work they are assisting in. Past ADA President Eugene Sekiguchi has addressed our staff in the recent past and lauded our efforts.

The grant from the PFA Foundation has aided us much in continuing to operate and grow.

You may learn more at our Web site at http://acs.ucsd.edu/ucsdfdc/

Many cities across America do not have dental schools, but most of them have colleges and universities, a contingency of dental professionals, and an underserved dental population. These three components can be successfully merged to create much the same program for their areas. Many organizations have taken note of the success of our project, including the ADA, which has awarded several of our faculty leaders the prestigious Access to Dental Care Award. The ADA Foundation, the California Dental Association Foundation, the San Diego County Dental Health Foundation, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Foundation have seen fit to recognize our success by providing funds. For this we thank them all.

This project has generated success in our community, and it can do the same for other communities. The first step would be to view our Web site, then contact me for how you can begin such a program in your area. You will be amazed at the response and the value of self-worth you get from serving those who so terribly need your help.

A FOUNDATION-SUPPORTED PROJECT...

The Thousand Smiles Foundation
by James P. Vernetti

The Thousand Smiles Foundation officers and members are deeply indebted to the PFA Foundation Board members for their ongoing financial assistance to this most worthy humanitarian project. Over the years, we have restored not only several thousand smiles, but in addition, tens of thousands carious lesions, hundreds of orthodontic procedures, and an equal number of audiological needs.

The magnitude of this project is difficult to explain adequately by the written word.

Those of us who are deeply involved in the actual operations obtain our rewards from seeing the patients' parents shed actual tears of joy, especially when they see their child's face restored to a normal stature. On the dental mouth operations, the relief from pain and restored tooth aesthetics brings equal appreciation.

A FOUNDATION-SUPPORTED PROJECT...

The Children's Dental Center

This clinic in Inglewood, California, located in the Los Angeles area, is run by Dr. Cherilyn Sheets, who addressed the PFA California, Southern Section's annual Luncheon on the progress of its activities upon receiving a $10,000 grant from the Foundation. The clinic has increased access to oral health care, with treatment services and prevention education for the dentally uninsured children from an economically depressed area. With estimates of some half a million children in Los Angeles County without any dental coverage, the magnitude of the need is daunting unless we confront the problem one child at a time. And that is the same for undertaking any huge task--one step at a time.

During the first nine months of the grant year, the Foundation funds supported 20 uninsured children for 66 visits to reach a level of covering their entire basic dental needs.

On the first visit, the children start at the Shannon Kelly Tooth Fairy Cottage with oral hygiene instructions and a review of their nutrition. These visits were not a one-shot episode. They were repeated until the child understood what was being explained. Thus, over 90% of the children have improved their brushing and flossing to demonstrate a reduction in plaque.

During this process, a majority of the parents and siblings of the scheduled patient were present and participated in the prevention education process.

Dr. Sheets notes, "Even though our children have a lot of cavities because they could not be taken to a dentist when they were small, they now enjoy coming here. The dental assistants sing when the children get nervous and that makes them both feel better. There is no other place in the area like the Children's Dental Center."

Section News

UNITED STATES
California, Southern Section

Fellow Harriet Seldin is now serving as President of the American Association of Dental Editors (AADE).

Fellow Edward B. Cowan was named Distinguished Deputy Regent of the ICD-USA Section. He was also the 2004 recipient of the Deputy Regent of the Year Award, called the "Sparkplug Award" from the USA Section of the ICD.

Fellows Naomi Bement, Doug Cassat, George Stratigopolis, and Tom Stewart are serving on their Board of Directors for the TDIC.

Fellow Robert Barrett was recipient of the 2005 Dr. Deon Carrico Spirit of Leadership Award from the California Academy of Dentistry.

Fellow Mike Bromberg is President of the California Academy of General Dentistry.

Fellows Robert Emigh and Nita Largosa were inducted into Fellowship in the ICD during their annual Convocation in Philadelphia last Autumn.

Fellow Jack Conley is retiring as Editor of the California Dental Association's Journal after serving for 22 years in that position. He has been named Editor-emeritus.

Fellow Jeffrey Moses received UOP's university-wide Distinguished Alumni Award for his over 23 years of continuous volunteer service to providing cleft lip/cleft palate surgeries in Latin America.

USC Dean Harold Slavkin received the PFA California, Southern Section's 2004 Distinguished Honor Award.

Foundation Treasurer-emeritus, and past PFA President George Higue was recipient of the 2004 PFA Distinguished Service Award.

Fellow Bob Ibsen, founder of the Den-Mat Corporation received PFA's 2004 Award of Merit.

Fellow Luke Iwata received the ADA's Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring Award. He also was recipient of one of the two ADA's Committee on New Dentists Golden Apple Awards for his outstanding work with the Loma Linda dental students.

Fellow Roseann Mulligan was presented the 2004 Harold Berk Award from Special Care Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities for her exemplary leadership in this area of dental care.

Fellow Lynette Kagihara is the new Director of USC's Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program.

The Section's Teachers of the Year Awards were presented to USC's Dr. Eddie Sheh, to UCLA's Dr. Russell D. Nishimura, and to Loma Linda's Dr. Robert Allan Handysides.

At their annual Luncheon Awards Meeting, PFA President Michael Perpich attended to assist in making the presentations and initiating seven new Fellows into membership at their annual Awards Luncheon. Our new Fellows are Drs. Stephen M. Lodeski of Arcadia, Barbara Yound of San Diego, Philip B. Potter of San Clemente, Ronald Maloof of Cypress, James Klusmier of Fullerton, Lilia Larin of National City, and Clelan G. Ehrler of Rialto.

Past ADA President Eugene Sekiguichi, a dental practitioner in Monterey Park who has served as Interim Executive Director of the California Dental Association, was the recipient of the Section's PFA Honor Award. Dr. Sekiguichi is also a clinical professor and Associate Dean for International Professional and Legislative Affairs for USC.

Florida

Past PFA President (1992-93) Marty Naimark, originally from Michigan, has been retired now for some time. Recently, he has entered a skilled nursing facility due to some adverse effects of hydrocephalus, making it difficult for him to talk and write. He is 93 years old and has certainly made a difference in the many lives he has touched over nearly a century, particularly as President of the Academy. During his leadership, our last printed Membership Directory was published, thanks to his securing a sponsor to pick up the cost. After that time, all membership directories have been put on the Web site for immediate referral.

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J. David Allen
Georgia

Chair Karyn Stockwell hosted their annual PFA Meeting Weekend at the Ritz-Carleton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro last February 2-5. President Howard and Sheila Mark attended.

Fellow J. David Allen, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Athens, accepted the position as the 2007 Chair-elect for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Allen is a graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry. He served two years in the U.S. Navy, where he completed his Internship and Residency in oral surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital (Emory) in 1975. Dr. Allen is past President of the Georgia Dental Association, the DeKalb Unit of the American Cancer Society, the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 2004, he was presented the "Mr. DeKalb Award" for exemplary citizenship. As Vice Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee, he recruited more than 200 new members.

He also serves on the Boards of Emory University, The Emory Children's Center, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Yerkes Primate Center, and the Emory Clinic. He is a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. He and his wife Beverly live in Stone Mountain with their three daughters.

Illinois

The Illinois PFA Section co-hosted their annual Luncheon Meeting with ICD and ACD last February at Chicago's McCormack Place during the Chicago Dental Society's MidWinter Meeting.

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Dean Bruce Graham, a PFA Fellow, thanked the U of I Board of Trustees for recognizing the unselfish activities of the dental students in their dedication, commitment, leadership, and volunteerism as demonstrated by the Dental Student Council and nine other organizations on campus. Dean Graham noted that this was the first time that the Board of Trustees had so honored the dental students.

Lieutenant Governor Patrick Quinn gave the official State of Illinois Recognition to the students' efforts in a similar resolution last October.

3. May - June

Last October, I pledged to lead the Academy forward as it renews and revitalizes itself as the premier international honor dental service organization. At this juncture, I am pleased to report that progress has been made, that it will continue after I step down as President this coming October, and that the Academy’s reputation has never been better. The Management Team and the Board of Trustees intend to further enhance this by relating even more closely with the International Regions going forward and doing everything they can to bring the leadership and service message into more meaningful perspective. All Fellows should be committed toward doing what they can to see that this happens at the local level, which will justify their pledge and acceptance of Fellowship. Only then can the Academy truly succeed!

As PFA moves into the future, it behooves all of us to recognize why we thought it an honor to be selected for Fellowship. There is no question that the designation as a PFA Fellow adds luster to our CVs; that it seems to elevate us above others; and that it adds dimension to our lives. But, if it lies fallow, if we fail to recognize that this charge we took to be of service to our communities, our States, our Regions is so important; if we do not pursue continuing excellence in our professional careers, we are abrogating what “Fellowship” was intended to mean and convey.

While being an FACD may imply a sincere commitment to ethical behavior; while becoming an FICD may lead to educational enhancement, becoming a PFA Fellow adds the dimension of service to others, which is of such vital importance to those underserved and disadvantaged everywhere around the world.

The PFA Foundation, through its grants program, strongly encourages this aspect of Fellowship, affords an opportunity for financial support of service projects anywhere, and urges more of you to apply for this funding. Developing a service project can add challenge and diversity to our everyday practices; expand our horizons; and help us reach out to the needy—and there are untold numbers of these! Having been involved in this way in the past, and still to this day, I can personally attest to the fact that this is rewarding, satisfying, and life changing! Join me and all those Fellows who believe that service to others is a true calling. You will not regret it one iota!

There is another aspect of our Fellowship that I have come to recognize and appreciate, and that is the camaraderie I have experienced everywhere I have been since becoming a Trustee and an Officer. While expected on our own turf, to find this friendship all over the globe is truly inspiring and uplifting. May more of you get to know this as well! And, as your President, all of this has become a most welcome addition to my wife’s and my own lives. I truly want to thank you for this most wonderful gift!

Dr. Howard Mark, DMD
President

In Memoriam

With great sadness, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the PFA Foundation extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Fred and Woodie Halik on the passing of their daughter Beverly Walker of San Francisco last February after years of struggling with cancer. Fred Halik served as past PFA President (1999-2000) and is the current Executive Director of the PFA Foundation. Our prayers are extended to them both in this time of their bereavement.

The FDI 94th Annual World Congress

18-25 September, Shenzhen, China

The FDI will be the first major international health organization to host its annual meetings in Shenzhen where a new exhibition hall has been opened for this and other expected events. China also has built and opened their Metro Rail Transport system (MRT), which takes you through the heart of Shenzhen to provide an accessible and affordable means to travel around the city. The cost is 2-5 Chinese RMB (20 to 50 Euro cents). There are 20 new stations on the line with instructions in Chinese and in English.

If you are planning to attend, you must do so in advance. All visitors from countries other than Japan, Singapore, and Brunei will require a visa to enter China. If you are transferring in Hong Kong, you will need an additional visa in and out of Hong Kong. Letters of invitation are required in applying for your visa. An official FDI letter of Invitation to the Congress may be obtained from FDI upon request, but it does not guarantee registration or any financial provisions. You may secure such a letter from Ms. Vivian Zhou, Deputy Director of the Department of Convention and Exhibition at e-mail Vivianzsb@hotmail.com or faxing +86-10-62261849. You will need to provide the following: name, address, occupation, nationality, passport number, and city to the closest Chinese Embassy along with your dates of arrival and departure.

PFA Board and Foundation Events 2006

MONDAY
16 October

8–9:30 AM ADA Opening Session TBA
9:30–11 AM Section Chair Caucus Mesquite Room 1
10 AM–noon Academy Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
Noon working lunch Desert Willow Room
1:30–2:30 PM Executive Session Desert Willow Room
2:30–5 PM Academy Board Meeting Desert Willow Room

TUESDAY
17 October

7:30–11:30 AM Foundation Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
11:30 AM–2 PM Awards Luncheon Four Seasons Ballroom 3
2:30–5 PM Foundation Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
6:30–8 PM President’s Reception Four Seasons Ball Room 4

WEDNESDAY
18 October

8 AM–noon Foundation Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
Noon working lunch with the Academy/Foundation Boards
1–5 PM Academy Board Meeting Desert Willow Room
6:30-10:30 PM PFA Dinner Party Mesquite Room 1

Letter Update from Katrina Land, Louisiana

by Jim Roethele

After six months of being out of touch with normalcy, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are close to a reopening date for the practice and are scheduling patients again. We are currently busy setting up our new state-of-the-art equipment as it arrives. We also want to thank Drs. Salvaggio, Chaney, and Murphy for covering the emergencies during the reconstruction.

We are proud to be a part of the rebuilding of a better South Louisiana. And we are looking forward to putting smiles back on the faces of the residents of Kenner and the surrounding areas.

I have been working on the New Orleans Dental Conference for April 2007. We will be excited for the opportunity to provide excellent continuing education for the dentists of the New Orleans area while drawing visitors from around the world to witness the resurgence of this fine historical city. We cannot wait to see you all and thank you for your prayers on behalf of our residents.

National Museum Goes Traveling

Brushella the Tooth Fairy starts her second tour of North America to visit children and science museums beginning in Winnipeg, with their “Branches, Bristles, and Batteries: Toothbrushes Through Time” exhibit. This will be the first time they have taken the exhibit beyond the U.S. borders. This is made possible through the generous support of the United Concordia Dental Insurance Company of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Brushella acts as the hostess and guide for the displays encouraging children and families to brush and to explain to them the truths about toothbrushes. The exhibit aimed at elementary school children has learning stations, a computer-based activity area, and colorful text panels describing the history of the toothbrush from Babylonian times to modern-day battery-powered devices. The exhibition is to help achieve an overall healthy lifestyle through entertaining, high-tech activities that address oral care techniques included in that life style.

A complete schedule of the cities
the exhibition will be visiting is at: www.dentalmuseum.org/exhibitions/traveling

In their 2002-2005 tour, they visited New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Portsmouth (Virginia), St. Paul, Kansas City, Dallas, El Paso, and Ft. Lauderdale. Local dental associations in each city partner with the host museums to promote the exhibition and plan educational programs.

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry was founded in 1996 and is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. It is located on the campus of the University of Maryland in Baltimore and composes part of the original Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the first in the United States.

From Capitol Hill…

by Congressman Charlie Norwood

Dentistry has had some wins and some losses last year in Washington, D.C. The Republican Congress has been focused on reducing spending. The entitlement spending by our country simply cannot be sustained.

We were able to make some $39 billion cuts, some of which came out of Medicaid, but with common-sense changes, like giving State Governors the authority to request very small co-payments. We require citizenship verification for those applying for Medicaid to confront the problem with so many illegal immigrants receiving services at the expense of our own poorest citizens. Senior citizens that have a home equity over $500,000 are not allowed to get on Medicaid long-term care. And we are encouraging Medicaid patients to use generic drugs.

Dental Medicaid almost took the biggest hit. The 2005 Deficit Reduction Act allows States to design a “benchmark medical insurance plan,” which might not cover dental treatment particularly for children who are now covered by early periodic screening diagnostic prevention (EPSDT). With the help of the ADA, I fixed this problem in the House Bill.

The Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations cut the Dental Education Grants within Title 7 to nothing. We managed to get about half the funding back.

I have only one more year to serve on the oversight control for OSHA as there is a six-year term limit as subcommittee chairman. The new assistant OSHA Secretary Edwin Foulke and I have a meeting in early 2006 to discuss the problems.

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) is the subcommittee chairman there that has jurisdiction over OSHA, and Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) is full Chairman. They have a tremendous OSHA Bill in the Senate, which includes four of my OSHA Bills that passed the House a few months ago. We hope to get this passed in 2006.

I appreciated seeing many of you at Philadelphia ADA Meeting. I am aware that the ADA House of Delegates are faced with determining how much of our profession’s work is to be done by people who are not trained as dentists. Be careful not to give our profession away.

I did have some ugly health problems in 2004 and 2005 with a single lung transplant to a lobectomy in my native lung removing a malignant growth, but it had not metastasized. I am in much better health now and expect to run for re-election this November. I love what I do and it keeps me motivated. There is never NOT a problem to solve.

If you are ever in Washington, please stop by my office in the Rayburn Building. I enjoy catching up with what is going on with practicing dentists on what the practical effects of government policies impact on your practice.

And if you have any Easter spirit left over, send me some at P.O. Box 499, Evans, Georgia, 30809-9906.

Sincerely,
PFA Fellow Charlie Norwood

Off the Internet

Dental World constantly monitors the Internet for dental-related news. But everything that comes over the Internet is not always accurate or true. DW has developed a network of assistants that enjoy debunking (or not) many e-mails that we never publish. We save them for future reference in case some of the statements come to light as suggesting to our leaders in dentistry to be aware of. There are two that we would like to mention for your contribution and assessment.

The first comes from Monica Castro, the BDC Service Coordinator for Mercedes-Benz of Chicago and Fletcher Jones Imports. In her missive to us, she refers to an NBC-Channel 5 News Report (Chicago) of about 23 February 2006 that their TV Investigative Team canvassed toothpastes, like Crest, Colgate, and other name brands, that are being sold in the “dollar stores” at discounted prices. They reported that these toothpastes were manufactured in other countries and are not approved by the ADA. One made in South Africa contains fluoride that is ten times greater in strength than is allowed in the United States. Now South Africa does not have fluoridated water as many cities in the United States have, so the amount may be necessary to achieve the same protection. Their concern was that kids often swallow their toothpaste. Using the discounted, foreign-made toothpastes could cause a health hazard. Spokespersons for the discount stores declined to comment on this, so the television station has launched a further investigation into the possibilities of using foreign toothpastes not approved by the ADA. They cautioned that shoppers check to see if the discounted toothpaste is approved by the ADA Council on Dental Therapeutics, check the ingredients and their amounts, or play it save and purchase them at reputable outlet stores.

The second e-mail was part of a series of cartoon cautions that were meant to be humorous warnings. One of their statements was that 9 out of 10 dentists recommend that you keep your toothbrush at least 10 feet from the toilet facility to avoid bacterial contamination. I must be the tenth dentist as I have never seen that reported anywhere. Correct me if any of you have seen any research on this. I cannot remember being in a bathroom that is 10 feet long. In measuring my home commode area, it was about six feet by six feet with 2.5 feet being taken up by the bathtub. Most water closets have a bathtub, the sink, and then the toilet. With the toothbrushes hanging off the water cup holder, they are barely three feet away.

While the premise has a certain logic to it, bathrooms do not seem constructed to accommodate keeping the toothbrushes 10 feet away. And keeping them elsewhere would probably reduce their use, certainly by children. In addition to that, if bacteria from the toilet is an important concern, more so than that contained in the mouth, or breathed in when shaving or showering, does it not escape the area as airborne? Like dust does.

Keeping them in the medicine cabinet, a mere three feet away, would certainly contaminate them when taken out for use.

At Loyola University Medical Center, the dental teachers shared a cafeteria with the medical staff. One day a group of dentists I was with sat with some proctologists for lunch. One dentist asked whatever made a physician want to become a proctologist. The proctologist answered that it was cleaner at his end than at ours. And because a majority of the population thought the same way, a proctologist could charge them more.

The Internet is a powerful tool in gathering and disseminating information. Some e-mails you have seen note that they have been around the world several times. So misinformation can spread as rapidly as truisms. Is this discussed statement a conundrum or is there valid research behind it?

From the Desk of Foundation President

M. David Campbell…

We dentists talk about “extreme dental neglect” all over the world. There is so much dental treatment to be done! We are concerned about the poor, the uneducated people with rampant dental disease. We applaud the few dentists who give up a few days or weeks to leave their offices and go into remote areas of the world to help the underserved by relieving pain and suffering. It is our professional responsibility to help those whom we can.

Now look in your own backyard! Look in your own State! Look in the area of your own Section! What are YOU doing to relieve the underserved in your own backyard? We do not always need to go into remote areas to find those in need. If your Section Chair has not recognized an area of concern, then help your Section Chair find an appropriate project. We in the Foundation want to help you as a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy by funding your grant! There are new grant application forms on the Web site that are up-to-date and extremely user-friendly.

On a personal note, several years ago, we in Michigan heard about the Bay Cliff Health Camp in our Upper Peninsula. This facility is a non-profit, non-denominational summer health camp for children and adults. Their primary mission is to serve children and adults who have physical disabilities. They also provide dental treatment for their campers. At that time, our Section Chair was Dr. Virginia Merchant, who felt that this project was a worthwhile endeavor. Dr. Cheri Newman, Jim Kenyon (her husband), Stephanie Newman (her hygienist daughter), Kristy Dorland (her chair side assistant), Dr. Virginia Merchant, my wife Janet Campbell, and I traveled the 800 miles into Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

 

We found the camp to be in an isolated area and the dental clinic was supplied with old, worn equipment. The PFA Foundation had funded a grant to the Michigan Section to be used for the camp dental clinic. We treated patients every day, often running out of supplies. My wife, who was volunteering in the clinic office, made several trips to the nearest town (an hour round trip) to get the needed items from a local dentist, Dr. Donn Kipka who graciously supplied our needs.

Dr. Kipka was the PFA Fellow who had applied for the original grant. By the end of the week, we all felt we had contributed to our profession. We were also pleased to see how valuable our Foundation Grant was to this remote and valuable dental clinic.

When we shared our experiences at our Section Meeting, the Fellows of the Michigan Section voted to donate $7500 from our Section treasury to the Bay Cliff Health Camp for a compressor, lights, and handpieces for the clinic. This money was in addition to the original Foundation Grant. To sum it up, as one of our team did, “We came expecting disabled people. But we found ‘differently-abled people!’” Money cannot buy our pride and sense of accomplishment or the warmth and the appreciation of these patients.

Help YOUR Section apply for a Foundation Grant to help you do what only YOU can do … valuable dentistry!

Remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.

The Time is NOW!

Endowment Fund Raising Program

The PFA Foundation was created by your Officers in 1986 to establish a charitable arm of the Academy to receive donations that would be used for dental programs. At its outset, most of the contributions to the Foundation funds were from the benevolence of its Fellows. The amount was not very great to do wondrous things with, but a few dental scholarships were awarded at that time. The creation of the Foundation was in response to a request from a major benefactor, Dr. Fernando Brenes-Espinach of Costa Rica, a 1984 Elmer Best Award recipient, who had written PFA into his will to receive most of his estate after his death. That estate amounted to over $5 million.

Upon chartering, the PFA Foundation had written its guidelines that its Board of Trustees would be past Presidents of the Academy and serve with no pay while directing the funds in its charge and keeping. The decision had been suggested by Dr. Robert Shira that funds received from its Fellows would be invested to accumulate a larger sum to possibly perform vaster dental projects. So when the Brenes-Espinach bequest arrived, the Foundation decided to invest the entire sum, and use the interest to award funds to dental service projects.

Under the exceptional and able leadership of the Foundation Treasurer George Higue, the principal grew as a certain portion of the interest was put back into the principal. The principal was safely invested wisely to result in about $300,000 a year interest. This amount became the benchmark for dental grant awards and dental scholarships for many years following. Individual Fellowship contributions were also turned into the principal.

Then when the investment market started fluctuating and the high-interest bonds required turning over, the percent interest was considerably less than what the Foundation had come to expect annually. IRS demands of a Foundation that it grant out 15% of the entire amount in charitable contributions and pay a 1% tax on the income.

When the interest rates dropped from the usual 7% and Fellowship contributions had stabilized to an annual figure, the Foundation was in danger of going into the principal to pay the taxes and still give out dental grants of a lesser amount.

For several years, then Foundation President Robert Shira had urged that the Academy commence an endowment plan to build up the principal against such investment shortfalls. But it was not until the last three years that past PFA President C. F. Larry Barrett took up the charge and researched the possibilities. The initial cost of beginning such a project without any guarantee of a return balked many Trustees. But when reality set in, Dr. Barrett was given the green light.
 

 

Dr. Barrett was prepared to launch his suggested Endowment Fund Raising Program last Fall after approval by the Foundation Board of Trustees. But the Katrina disaster occurred almost at the same time that the Foundation Annual Meeting was scheduled, and the immediate priorities shifted.

Foundation Trustee James Long led many Trustees in the desire to aid, in some way, those affected by the disaster. However, there were no legally established provisions in the Constitution to act with dispatch, no guidelines, and no direction as to where such funds might go. With tremendous resolve to help out, the best the Trustees were able to enact were (1) (through he Academy) waive the Academy dues for at least a year of those Fellows affected by the disaster; (2) create an Emergency Disaster Relief Fund to collect contributions; and (3) set up a committee to draw up guidelines and the legal clauses to allow the Foundation to act in such cases. This was presented to the Foundation Board at their Interim Meeting in April for approval.

In the meantime, Dr. Barrett’s Endowment Fund Raising Program has again been delayed due to the nation’s outstanding generosity to aid the Katrina victims and the ADA’s own requests for money to help out, not to mention our own Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. Competition with the many other fund-raising groups out there seemed to suggest that starting another one with a less dramatic reason would not result in achieving the desired goals for the investment required.

Now that matters with the New Orleans area are stabilizing, and the Foundation need had grown, it has become a necessity to initiate the Foundation’s Endowment Fund Raising Program.

Besides the information supplied in Dental World and on the Web site of the Foundation, most every Fellow will receive a personal letter from Dr. Barrett representing his entire committee composed of both Academy and Foundation Officers.

The Foundation Officers themselves have already contributed in support of this project to underwrite much of the start-up costs necessary to contact you for your help.

Dr. Barrett’s Committee has established several categories of giving and levels for contributions.

The Memorial Tribute Program is established as an opportunity to memorialize a friend, mentor, loved one, or to pay tribute to the service of our great dental professionals that have served us as Dr. Robert Shira, past President of the Foundation, and Dr. Shig Ryan Kishi, the past Executive Director of the Foundation. Large sums were raised shortly after their deaths for the Foundation. But if you wish to memorialize any individual, you may designate who you wish to honor.

The Grants and Scholarship Program gifts will support the ongoing work of the Foundation and relieve, or partly relieve, the costs for these projects from around the world from complete Foundation support. You can co-sponsor a dental scholarship with a donation as little as $1000, or more, to have your name attached to the presentation of this award. Think of immortalizing yourself or family/friends by being a part of funding an international dental program serving the needy in an area of the world you may never visit. You will be personally reaching out to expand your sphere of influence to contribute in areas you may never have heard about. The Foundation is the vehicle to do that for you. The Foundation serves the globe’s dental needs, a project at a time. You have the funds to be a part of that project by plugging them into the Foundation’s Grants Program.

The Legacy Program is probably the easiest to be a part of. You just include the Foundation in your will (as Dr. Brenes-Espinach did), add the Foundation as a benefactor to your life insurance, or even take out a life insurance policy you pay for making the Foundation the benefactor. In this way, all the good work you have done as a professional will continue on after you have gone on to your reward. That is earthly immortality. Many Fellows already participate in this category as a means to continue their valued service to humanity after their skills have diminished, retirement, or death.

But donations can include stocks, bonds, or real property (title cleared, of course).

The Committee has established levels of contributions to be recognized in Dental World, on our Web site, and with an office certificate. Anyone (even non-Fellows) contributing $1000 or more will be recognized with a Dr. Robert Shira Fellowship. Currently, there are nine Officers that have earned this Fellowship. Anyone contributing $100 or more will also be listed on all our sites. Anyone can start out with a small donation and accumulate that yearly to a larger one, or a larger amount can be pledged and the pledge can be paid off in installments spread over three to five years.

Suggested contribution levels for our Fellows are $100 per year for a Fellow, $200 a year for Section Chairs, and $500 annually for PFA Officers and Trustees. Those eventually accumulating a total donation of $1000 or more will qualify as a Dr. Robert Shira Fellow.

If you want to get ahead of the letter being sent out, you can mail your contribution to the Foundation Treasurer William Kort at 6 Brighton Lane, Oak Brook, IL 60523; the check can be made out to the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

If you wish more information on the Endowment Fund Raising Program or wish to become a part of it, please call the Foundation Executive Director Fred Halik at 585/387-9519 or e-mail him at: FPFA@Rochester.rr.com.

Robert Shira Fellows

Dr. Carl Lundgren, past Academy President, past Foundation President

Dr. James Brophy, PFA International Editor

Dr. William Kort, past Academy President, current Foundation Treasurer

Dr. Fred Halik, past Academy President, current Foundation Executive Director

Dr. C. F. Larry Barrett, past Academy President, current Foundation Vice President

Dr. James Long, past Academy President, current Foundation Trustee

Dr. Nicholas D. Saccone, past Academy President, current Foundation Trustee

Dr. Kevin Roach, past Academy President, current Foundation Trustee

The Canadian PFA Section

Other Contributors

Dr. M. David Campbell, past Academy President, current Foundation President

Dr. Gary Lowder, past Academy President, current Foundation Grants Chairman

Dr. Michael Perpich, past Academy President, current Foundation Trustee

The Monroe County Dental Society

Foundation News

CANADA

Laval University of Quebec City dental school senior Razvan Pitic wrote Trustee Barry Dolman to thank PFA for presenting to him the 2005-2006 Achievement Award. “It is a great honor to accept this award. Thank you for your support. For me it is a great pleasure to represent the best profession ever. I am very grateful to see that my efforts made during the past four years at Laval University were noticed by the Pierre Fauchard Academy. As my DMD program comes slowly to an end, you can be sure that in the future I will continue representing our profession by the state of the art and with great passion.”

FRANCE

Chair Marie-Laure Boy-Lefevre, Dean of the Paris 7 School of Dentistry, held a ceremony at the Paris 7 School to present the Foundation Scholarships to dental students Romain Depape of Paris 7 Dental University by Dean Boy-Lefevre, and to Vincent Berthelot of the Brest Dental School by Dean Alain Zerilli. International Trustee for Europe Hubert Ouvrard was in attendance at the ceremony.

The Foundation-sponsored mobile dental clinic has had another banner year in servicing the dentally underserved poor of the Paris region. In visiting four permanent sites, their 2005 annual report states that they had 1911 appointments for 950 patients, 750 of which were new. Such categories as extractions were up 22.5%, root canals were up 9%, and periodontal treatment was up 6.5%. The population age average ranged between 25 and 39 with 40 to 65-year-olds up 30%, and 2% were infants; 14% of those seeking treatment lived permanently in the area, and the rest were itinerant.

INDIA

Secretary/Treasurer Dr. T. Samraj reports hosting their annual PFA Awards and Induction Ceremony last December to present the PFA Scholarship Award to dental student Amit Chhabria of the Government Dental College at Indore. The Award was presented by the Chief Guest Dr. Bhagwant Singh, President of the Indian Dental Association.

Chief Guest Dr. Bhagwant Singh also presented the PFA senior Student Award to dental student S. Vimi of the A. B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences in Mangalore.

Indian Dental Association President Dr. Bhagwant Singh presents the Scholarship Award to Amit Chhabria. Indian Chairman S. G. Damle is in the background

President Bhagwant Singh presents the Senior Student Award to S. Vimi

UNITED STATES
Illinois

Chair Chris Baboulas hosted their annual Luncheon last February and recognized the Foundation scholarship recipients Siddhi Doshi from the University of Illinois, introduced by Dean Bruce Graham (a PFA Fellow), and Ava Lauren Hood from Southern Illinois University, introduced by her Dean.

Scholarship recipient Ava Lauren Hood and Chair Chris Baboulas

Scholarship recipient Siddhi Doshi and Chair Chris Baboulas

Louisiana

Chair Guy A. Ribando reported that the LSU dental school has set up a temporary campus in Baton Rouge. Their Dean Eric Hovland expects that the dental school will be back in operation in New Orleans in Septemeber of this year or by January 2007 at the latest. Meanwhile, the Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to senior dental student David Balhoff at the Baton Rouge campus.

Dean Eric Hovland awards the PFA Scholarship to senior David Balhoff

2006 PFA Calendar

1 May 2006

PFA Management Team Meeting,
Anaheim, California

1–4 June

OSAP Symposium (Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures) Tucson, Arizona

24–26 August

Canadian Dental Association Annual meeting St. John’s, Newfoundland

25 August

Canadian PFA Luncheon

18–25 September

94th FDI Congress, Shenzhen, China

18 September

PFA Region 9 Meeting
TBA Shenzhen, China

16–20 October

147th ADA Annual Session, Las Vegas, Nevada

16–19 October

Monday-Friday:
PFA Academy Board Meetings
PFA Foundation Board Meetings

17-18 October

PFA Annual Board Meetings
Academy and Foundation
Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

17 October, 11:30 am–2 pm PFA Awards Luncheon, Ballroom 3
17 October, 6:30–8 pm PFA President’s Reception, Ballroom 4
18 October, 6:30–10:30 pm PFA Dinner Party, Mesquite Room 1

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

Section News

CANADA

International Trustee for Canada Barry Dolman was honored by the Canadian Dental Association with its highest award, Honorary Membership, in a special ceremony at CDA President Jack Cottrell’s Installation Dinner at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa last April. This award is considered Canada’s highest award in dentistry.

Trustee for Canada Barry Dolman reports that the Canadian Dental Association will hold its annual Meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland, 24-26 August 2006. The Canadian PFA generally holds its annual Awards Ceremonies in conjunction with this event. Right now, they have scheduled a PFA Luncheon on Friday, 25 August. If anyone is planning to attend, please contact the CDA Convention Coordinator Una Folkson Singh at 1815 Alta Vista Drive in Ottawa, Ontario, K1G3Y6. The phone number is 613/523-1770, extension 2334, or 1-800/267-6354 or fax 613/523-7736.

The 2007 ODA Annual Meeting will be in Toronto 26-28 April 2007.

INDIA

Indian Section Secretary/Treasurer T. Samraj reports hosting their annual Section Awards Ceremony last December. In attendance were Chief Guest Dr. Bhagwant Singh, President of the Indian Dental Association, India Chairman S. G. Damle, International Honorary Fellow Dr. Major General Kartar Singh, Section Secretary/Treasurer T. Samraj, Section Editor Dr. V. P. Jalili, the new inductees, and the 2005 India Prize winners. New Fellow Dr. Bhuma Nikil Vashi offered the opening prayer. Then President Bhagwant presented the Foundation Scholarship Award, the Senior Student Award, and the awards to the 2005 India Section Prize Winners. Thirteen new Fellows were inducted into the Academy.

POLAND

Chairman Professor Eugeniusz Spiechowicz noted that the Polish Stomatological Association publishes two scientific magazines to their members and organizes lecture series for continuing education. The Association of Polish Dentists has held conferences and hosted several foreign lecturers for their workshops. The Presidents of both organizations are PFA Fellows. Dr. Professor Marek Zietek is President of the Polish Stomatological Association and Dr. Zbigniew Klimek is President of the Association of Polish Dentists.

The Polish Stomatological Association has organized some 28 educational meetings in Bialstok over the last two years. The Association of Polish Dentists has held more than 30 such educational events. Many of these lectures and papers are printed in their scientific journals. Their Section expects to induct five new Fellows into membership this year.

Their Section Officers are Chairman Professor Eugeniusz Spiechowicz, Vice Chair Professor Elzbieta Mierzwinska-Nastalska, Secretary Dr. Zbigniew Klimek, and Treasurer Zdzislaw Malenczyk. Professor Stokowska from Bialystok was the newly inducted Fellow for 2005.

UNITED STATES
California, Northern Section

Fellow Dr. Lawrence M. LeVine of San Rafael, a 1962 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, was named Vice Chairman of the Northern California Section of the American College of Dentists.

UOP Dugoni School of Dentistry Dean Arthur Dugoni, a PFA Fellow, was listed in the March issue of the ADA News as having contributed several thousand dollars to the ADA Foundation, along with several other PFA Fellows from around the country. Dean Dugoni also contributed to the ADA Disaster Response Tribute along with other Fellows and the South Carolina PFA Section.

California, Southern Section

Their Annual Spring Luncheon honoring Dr. Cherilyn Sheets as well as their selected candidates for Teachers of the Year and Students of the Year was held on Sunday, 30 April, at the Sheraton Park Hotel with cocktails at 11:30 and lunch at noon. New Fellows were also inducted into PFA membership.

Fellow Stephen Flanders of Whittier is a third-generation dentist who is celebrating the 101st year of his dental practice within a five-block area of Whittier. His grandfather, George Flanders, graduated in the first USC dental class and started his general dentistry practice in Whittier, a former Quaker settlement, just east of Los Angeles in 1905. His father, Maxwell Flanders joined the practice after graduating from USC in 1933. And Stephen Flanders started with him after graduating from UOP in 1965. This mutual relationship was a wonderful mentorship as the practice changed from generation to generation.

Illinois

Section Chair Chris Baboulas co-hosted their annual Luncheon Meeting with ICD and ACD last February at McCormick Place in Chicago during the annual Chicago Dental Society MidWinter Meeting. In attendance were dignitaries like the ADA President Richard Haught and PFA Officers Secretary General Richard Kozal, Foundation Treasurer (and past PFA President) William Kort,

Secretary General Richard Kozal and Chair Chris Baboulas

Editor James Brophy, and Assistant Secretary Judy Kozal along with the ICD and ACD Registrars and their officers.

Chair Chris Baboulas presented their 2006 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Robert Unger, past Illinois State Dental Society President. Dr. Baboulas also recognized the Foundation scholarship recipients at the Luncheon.

Dorothy and Robert Unger at the PFA Awards Luncheon

Louisiana

Fellow and former PFA Chair Frank Martello of New Orleans was presented the Louisiana Dental Association’s Distinguished Service Award in Baton Rouge at their 126th Annual Session last March. This is the highest award bestowed by LDA and is given to an individual who has exemplified the highest standards of professional conduct in dentistry, to organized dentistry, and to their community. Dr. Martello, a graduate of LSU’s School of Dentistry, has a general practice in New Orleans and serves on the staff of Touro Hospital. He has also served as President of the New Orleans Dental Association (1993) and is a Board member on the Louisiana State Dental Board of Dentistry (1995). He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, ACD, and AGD. He had also received the National Service Award (1998) for his dedication as Director for the Department of Dentistry for the United Cerebral Palsy of New Orleans.

New York

Fellow Stephen B. Gold of Setauket has been elected Vice President of the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA), which has a membership of 13,000 dentists. Dr. Gold, a pedodontist, will then serve as the NYSDA President in 2008. He is past President of the Suffolk County Dental Society and serves on their Executive Committee and Board of Delegates. He was an ADA Delegate from 1988 to 1996 and ADA Alternate Delegate in 2005. Currently, he is Director of the Department of Dentistry on the medical Board for St. Charles Hospital where he earned their Theodore Roosevelt Award for Meritorious Service. He is a Clinical Professor in pedodontics at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, and ACD.

Massachusett

Chair Norman Becker of Revere was honored by the Massachusetts Dental Society at their Yankee Dental Congress in Boston last February. Dr. Becker was presented with the James W. Etherington Award for his numerous contributions in the field of dentistry. As a member of MDS for 60 years, he has served as a Trustee to the House of Delegates and has filled many capacities in establishing the Yankee Dental Congress as the fifth-largest dental meeting in the country. Dr. Becker has just recently retired as Editor of the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society after 25 years, a term that saw him become President of the American Association of Dental Editors, and in 2002 received the ADA’s Distinguished Editor Award. He is a Fellow in PFA, ACD, ICD, and AGD.

Utah

Chairman Richard O. Petty hosted their PFA Annual Breakfast Meeting last February in conjunction with the Utah Dental Association’s Annual Convention. In attendance were the 14th ADA District Trustee Joel Glover, past PFA President Gary Lowder, and many officers of the Utah Dental Association. Dr. Mark Cowley gave the Invocation for the some 48 guests. Dr. Tom Hilton of the Oregon Health and Science University gave a presentation to invite dentists to join in a program called PRECEDENT (Practice-based Research Collaborative in Evidence-based Dentistry).

Drs. Gary Lowder and Richard Petty conducted the induction for two new Fellows in membership, Drs. Paul Baugh and Robert Capener. Their Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Richard Engar for his many years of service to the Utah Dental Association and as attorney of the Utah Professional Liability Company (PIE).

Dr. Lowder, a PFA Foundation Officer, presented a video of a Foundation Grant recipient project in Mexico. He urged the Fellows to seek opportunities for such service and to apply for Foundation grants to implement their projects.

ADA Trustee Joel Glover spoke about the evolution of the UNLV School of Dentistry, the pros and cons of such a venture relating to a similar effort taking shape in Utah.

Wisconsin

PFA Vice President James Englander and Editor James Brophy held a Publications Committee Meeting in Milwaukee last January and toured the new University of Marquette School of Dentistry. The school houses a dental museum sponsored by the Englander dental family.

Museum Curator Peter Jacobson is also a historian for the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and was written up in the February 1st edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PFA Vice President James Englander and Editor James Brophy standing in front of one section of the Marquette Dental Museum

The Milwaukee Civil War Round Table is the second oldest in the country. The oldest is the Chicago Civil War Round Table of which Fellow Gordon Damman, a Civil War Medical historian, and Editor Brophy of Illinois are members.

PFA Vice President James Englander in one of the new classrooms of the Marquette University School of Dentistry

Washington State

Fellow Dan G. Middaugh was elected President of the Washington State Dental Association. But there is more to this health care leader than dental politics. He earned his first degree from the University of Minnesota College of Education and then entered the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. In 1963, Dan became one of the first four faculty members to be recruited by the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia, where he helped build the new curriculum from the ground up and in the design of the new facility. By 1967, the University of Washington Center for Research in Oral Biology recruited him to develop appropriate local scientific review systems and to design the new building to expand the space in the School of Dentistry. He was appointed Assistant Dean in the school and designed the D-Wing, allowing for an increase in class size. In 1972, Dr. Middaugh became the Assistant Dean for Continuing Education under whose guidance the UW Continuing Dental education Program became one of the most respected in the country. He became the first President (1991) of the American Association of Continuing Dental Education.

Dr. Middaugh worked with the Washington Academy of General Dentistry and served on their Board, eventually becoming their President. In 2003, he was elected President of the Seattle-King County Dental Society. He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, and ACD. He established on his own the Dan G. Middaugh Student Award for Professional Service, which grants a $1000 student award to each of the class Presidents and to the Student Council President while establishing a $100,000 endowment to continue these awards to continue to support developing leadership skills that will be important in the future of our profession. He has twice been the recipient of the WSDA Presidents Award (1995 and 2001) and of the Dean’s Club Honorary Lifetime Membership Award (2004).

In memory of the passing of another dental legend, PFA reports the loss of Fellow Johnny Johnson last October. Dr. Johnson, a graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry in the 1950s, served on their UW Dental Alumni Association for some 50 years, serving as President from 1967 to 1968. He was recognized for his achievements with their Distinguished Alumnus Award. He founded the UW School of Dentistry Dean’s Club and was elected its first President of the Dean’s Club Board of Trustees in 1983. He was later honored with their Dean’s Club Honorary Lifetime Membership Award. They also established the Johnny N. Johnson Student leadership Award to provide a scholarship for outstanding dental students active in leadership roles. Dr. Johnson served on the faculty (1990-2005) in the Department of Oral Medicine. He pioneered the field of serving people with disabilities and special needs. Through his efforts, he initiated a student rotation through the United Cerebral Palsy Dental Clinic of King-Snohomish. He was honored for his dedication with the United Cerebral Palsy Association Volunteer of the Year Award and the ADA Access Award. He helped establish the United Cerebral Palsy Dental Clinic in 1962, the first of its kind in the country. And Dr. Johnson participated in its dental treatment for 43 years up to the time of his passing. This year, the new clinic facility will be moved to Lake City and renamed the Johnny N. Johnson Dental Clinic. Dr. Johnson has served as President of the Washington State Dental Association and as President of the Seattle-King County Dental Society. He was a Fellow in PFA, ICD, and ACD.

4. July - August

Leadership and Other Considerations

What makes the Pierre Fauchard International Honor Dental Academy unique and different from other honor organizations? In my book, it has to do with the tenets of the Academy, its mission, and its goals. There is no question that other groups, who are considered to be outstanding and of high caliber, have lofty aims and purport to be significant in one area or another: i.e., ACD in the field of ethics; ICD in the field of journalism. They also have aspects that involve education and service to others, but none of them equal PFA in its pursuit of excellence in leadership and service to community, nation, and region.

Take the history of the Academy, for instance. When it was founded in 1936 by Elmer C. Best and his colleagues, dental literature was a sorry mess. It was generally proprietary in nature, published by dental manufacturers who proselytized their own particular products without any research or other substantiation, and did not follow many precepts of truth. Dr. Best’s group decried this situation, urged the dental profession to change this situation and recapture peer-reviewed journalism for its own. What we see today is a reflection of that effort, and we must applaud the foresight and the intensity of purpose with which this small cadre brought about essential change. That is the essence of leadership, and it has remained strong within the Academy ever since.

Over the intervening years, the focus on literature changed and the directions of the Academy altered to reflect increasing interest in recognizing the leaders of Dentistry and emulating them. This led to the Gold Medal Award for excellence in the United States, the Distinguished Service Awards for leadership, the Dental Industry Award that recognizes manufacturers and suppliers of dental equipment for innovative contributions, the Elmer C. Best Memorial Award for excellence in other areas of the world—all of which have become synonymous with prestige and high worth. In addition, a so-called Hall of Fame was established to enshrine those who have been considered the giants of the profession, with appropriate ceremonies at the Fench Dental Society's headquarters in Paris, France—certainly a fitting location in memory of the founding father of modern Dentistry, Pierre Fauchard. Plaques are also on display at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland. Much goes into researching these names, and kudos to the committee that has this enormous task! Again, the stress is on leadership!

Fate intervened in 1990 with the bequest of the estate of a Cost Rican practitioner, Dr. Brenes Espinach, to another arm of the Academy, the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

The value of this legacy, once all the dust settled and it was finalized, has enabled the Foundation to augment the activities of the Academy in a multiplicity of ways. Over the past 10 years, approximately $3.5 million has been awarded to dental service projects across the globe that have passed the strong scrutiny of a dedicated Grants Committee and have been deemed worthy, and to selected third-year dental students, passing into their fourth year, in the form of scholarships in all US schools of dentistry, most of the Canadian dental schools, and some 28 dental schools in other countries. The service projects bring oral health care to needy peoples, impoverished neighborhoods and areas, and to many neglected regions both here and abroad. With over 130 applications annually, it is a daunting task for the Committee to wade through the extensive documentation, search their own consciences as to how to judge these, and then to finally decide on some 30 to fund. What is even more interesting is that these 30 are secondarily reviewed by the Foundation Board of Trustees in concert at their annual meeting in October, before the final okay is authorized. Nothing is left to chance!

So now, back to my theme! All who have been selected as candidates for Fellowship in the Academy have likewise to pass muster. Hopefully, those inducted have truly passed the test, have been among the leaders in dentistry, have dedicated themselves towards making the dental profession responsible and responsive, and have earned the sobriquet of “dental leader” from their colleagues. A plaque on the wall, a pin in the lapel, a medallion around the neck: none of these are worth what it cost to fabricate them, if they are not put to good use in the service of others, in the raising the bar of professionalism and ethics, and in the pursuance of excellence.

I hope this overview has reminded us all as to the true value of Fellowship in the Academy. I urge each of you to reach out, identify those who would add esteem and worth to the Academy, bring their names to the attention of your Section Chair or your specific Trustee for consideration in the next class of inductees, and spread the word about who we are, what we are about, and why being a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy is an honor unto itself!

The annual meeting is not far away, and the dates are October 16-18. If you have not made your reservations for it, please do so. We would welcome all of you in Las Vegas; that would be something to shout about!

Be proud of the Academy, and celebrate your being a part of it!

Dr. Howard Mark, DMD
President

The California Affair

Sunday, 30 April 2006

May 1 is a busy day in history. In times long past, it was Maypole Day, an ancient celebration of the Rites of Spring. Recent tradition has the Communist Workers’ Day celebrations hosted in certain countries. This year U.S. cities were crowded with immigration marches. The California Dental Association was hosting their annual Spring Scientific Session in Anaheim near Disneyland. The Southern Section of California held their 36th Annual Awards Luncheon with nearly 150 Fellows and dignitaries attending. And the International PFA held their 2006 Management Team Committee Meeting.

Outgoing Chairman and International PFA Trustee Charles G. Eller gave the introductions, particularly noting that the PFA International Officers were in attendance with President Howard Mark of Connecticut, President-elect William Winspear from Australia, Vice President James Englander of Wisconsin, immediate past President Michael Perpich of Minnesota, Executive Secretary Richard Kozal of Nevada, and Editor James Brophy of Illinois. Dr. William Frank gave the Invocation.

PFA International President Howard Mark spoke on the Academy Mission. Past PFA President and past Foundation President Carl Lundgren had an ankle injury and could not attend to give the Foundation Report. The past PFA Gold Medal recipient James Vernetti also could not attend, having fallen off his bike and sustained injury as well. Past PFA President and Foundation Treasurer-emeritus George Higue was also detained. Our long-time Fellows of that Section were deeply missed.

PFA International President-elect William Winspear of Australia announced the PFA Student Awards to Loma Linda University’s Tomas D. Kotansky, presented by Dean Charles Goodacre and Associate Dean Paul Richardson; to UCLA’s Jennifer J. Crowe, presented by Dean No-Hee Park; and to USC’s Danelle Carpio, presented by Dean Harold Slavkin.

Those selectively chosen for this honor were Drs. Frank Ceja of National City, Clayton Fuller of Chula Vista, Devang M. Ghandhi of Los Angeles, Ted Feder of Northridge, Barbara J. Kabes of La Jolla, Richard Marias of Burbank, Lester Machado of San Diego, Gerald Middleton of Riverside, David G. Milder of San Diego, Melissa D. Primus of Bakersfield, Ann Steiner of Yucaipa, Atul Suchak of West Covina, Janice M. Sugiyama of Carpinteria, and Carla Lidner Baum of Riverside.

USC Dean Harold C. Slavkin, former NIH Director, gave the Honor Award Introduction for the California Southern Section Award recipient Dr. Cherilyn G. Sheets.

Dr. Sheets maintains a full-time private dental practice in Newport Beach with a special emphasis on esthetic rehabilitative dentistry and implants. She is an educator, clinician, author, and lecturer—nationally and internationally. She is co-Executive Director of the Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute, an international non-profit teaching and research center, considered to be one of the finest microsurgical training centers in the world.

Dr. Sheets is also a Clinical Professor of Restorative Dentistry at USC’s School of Dentistry and on their Board of Counselors. In partnership with the University of California-Irvine School of Engineering, Dr, Sheets is heading an ongoing research project involving energy dissipation in natural teeth and dental implants. Dr. Sheets is President of Perimetrics, LLC, a manufacturing company for the Periometer instrumentation developed by Dr. James Earthman, which is being evaluated at the Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute sine 1997.

Dr. Sheets is a past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and of the American Association of Women Dentists. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the American Equilibration Society, the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics, and the Academy of Osseointegration, as well as a Fellow in PFA, AGD, ACD, ICD, and ADI.

In 2002, Dr. Cherilyn Sheets was honored with the Gordon Christiansen Award for Excellence in Lecturing. In 2004, she received the USC School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year Award.

Dr. Sheets serves on numerous editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals. She is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Board of the Children’s Dental Center in Inglewood, which is a non-profit prototype dental center for providing multi-disciplinary care to children of the working poor.

Cherilyn and her husband Mark Moehlman have a daughter Melissa.


International Trustee Charles Eller announced the PFA 2006 Foundation grant award recipients, which are Esperanza International Inc. run by Drs. Kingston and Bobbitt; The Flying Samaritans of Orange County run by Dr. Ted Tanabe; The MEND Dental Clinic of Pacoima run by Dr. Richard Marias; the St. Vincent de Paul Village Dental Clinic in San Diego run by Dr. Michael Ward; and The Thousand Smiles Foundation of Chula Vista run by Drs. Tanaka and Jim Vernetti.

The California, Southern Section boasts of eight past International PFA Presidents in the 70 years since the founding of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Those who achieved such honor are Drs. Albert Vielle (1962), Hugo Kulstad (1970), George Higue (1974), Clifford Loader (1978), Edwin Halverson (1982), Foster Bens (1991), Shigeo Ryan Kishi (1998), and Carl Lundgren (1994).

In closing, Dr. Charles Eller thanked his officers for all their help in the past years—Vice Chair Frank T. Curry, past Chair Steven Ferriot, and his outstanding Editor William Mihram. He then passed the gavel of Section Chair leadership to Dr. D. Douglas Cassat as a most successful PFA event was brought to an end.

Everyone had such an excellent time, the luncheon attendees were slow to leave, meeting old friends, renewing acquaintances, and making new friends.

Annual Management Team Meeting

Monday, 1 May 2006

President Howard Mark called the Management Committee Meeting to order with the Invocation given by President-elect William Winspear. The Minutes from the annual 2005 Board Meeting in Philadelphia were approved.


PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The President reported a slow but logical growth in the Academy that has stabilized us on a sounder basis. The Academy is on a more secure financial foundation than ever before due to better fiscal controls and a closer oversight on expenditures, while at the same time expanding its outreach. Most of this is due to the officers, who deeply care about the Academy and their performance as a team.

The implementation of the strategic plan will do more in establishing appropriate priorities for programs, Fellowship growth, and retention. Use of our Web site will increase internal communication as we go forward. More careful evaluation of committee functioning as it relates to our mission will enable us to proceed in a more functional manner. Fellowship and retention are the cornerstones of the Academy’s continuation as the premier international honor dental service organization. But much more needs to be accomplished to see that this happens. State and Regional components need to be assisted in every way possible and to insure that their leadership is addressing these goals. We need the reports and projected activities from our Section leaders to be able assess how the Management Team can react to their needs in sufficient time to review our suggestions for the Las Vegas Annual Meeting.

SECRETARY GENERAL’S REPORT

Secretary General Richard Kozal reported that 30 Dentist of the Year Awards were prepared for as many Section presentations, along with three outgoing Section Chair plagues. A joint mailing by the Academy and the Foundation went out to 54 dental schools for the individual student awards and scholarships.

Membership dues notices for 2005 had been sent out with a very good initial response. Delinquent members will be turned over to requesting Section Chairs for follow up.

The Web site continues to be modified and improved. The articles on the history of dentistry are very successful and attract many visitors to our site. The information in our online Membership Directory is updated routinely.

Quarterly Management Team Conferences to review the budget and the finances are held regularly in conjunction with the Budget and Finance Committee.

PFA has filed all the necessary paperwork with the State of Nevada to act as a foreign corporation operating in Nevada.

The Central Office has requested that we stay in the Four Seasons Hotel for our Meetings and social functions for the annual 2006 Meetings in Las Vegas. Notices have been sent out to the officers and a schedule of our activities has been regularly posted online and in Dental World.

Life Member letters were sent out last January. Subscribing to DW is optional for them.

Voluntary donations for the Foundation have risen, mostly from Fellows in the United States.

The current PFA pamphlet has been updated with new information cards.

The printing bill for DA/DW has been paid through last year. Our publisher has informed us that our subscription rate to Dental Abstracts will go up for next year by 4%.

Dues notices to the lock box have been very effective in having them deposited daily and accounted for with updating regularly.

The yellow nomination card, mailed with the dues statements, has netted nearly 300 nominees.

All outstanding invoices are reviewed and paid in a timely fashion. There are currently no outstanding invoices as of this date. The financial statements and bank reports are included in this meeting packet for Committee review. Our accountant Dan Jonker prepares our PFA financial report. The CPA Company of John Kopczyk, Ltd. of Chicago reviews that report.

AUDITOR’S REPORT

The Financial Report was reviewed by our accountant, line for line. Some line item slots were questioned and either combined or initiated new ones to better display our financial picture. Dan Jonker expressed praise for our successful financial picture, after some years of financial struggling. Everything was in perfect order.

WEB SITE

Our Web site has demonstrated continual growth and interest. Traffic has grown 40% in the last two years alone, with a constant upward trend. The most visited sites are our “publications”—Dental World and the Journal of Dental History. Then comes “inquiries” and thirdly “awards.” New editable pages for all the Officers and Trustees enable almost instantaneous communication to our Fellows. Immediate past President Michael Perpich has been working on this and can assist in introducing these sites to the Officers.

Language translations are now being tested with French being the first attempt. Spanish will follow. English continues to be the language of international business. While the usage of computers has reached over 1 billion people who spend an average of 30 hours a month online, the largest percent of population usage by continent are North America and Australia—both English-speaking areas.

More forms are able to be downloaded off our Web site.

FOUNDATION REPORT

President Mark had attended their Interim Meeting in Chicago earlier in the month and discussed the progress of their plans, particularly those regarding their fund raising. The Committee reported what they had done with the Foundation 2005 grants for the Web site, the Academy Museum, and Dental World. The Secretary General noted that the voluntary dues contributions to the Foundation had been coming in well, particularly from the United States Fellows. The Academy Grant requests for 2006 were discussed.

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

The changes made at the Philadelphia Meeting were integrated into the legal documents for further review. Some suggestions were made for Chapter VIII—Nominations and Elections.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Secretary General Richard Kozal commented that the yellow nomination cards had been coming in with some nominations for 38 States and Canada. The membership goals for next year ought to be the same, with emphasis on retention to stop the bleeding from that source.

NOMINATION COMMITTEE

Immediate past President Michael Perpich presented the candidates for election/ moving up for the Las Vegas Annual Board Meeting. They are:

Dr. Howard Mark of Connecticut succeeds to the position of Immediate past President

Dr. William Winspear of Australia
succeeds to President

Dr. James Englander of Wisconsin
for election to President-elect

Dr. Charles Eller of California
for election to Vice President

Election of Trustees:

for Region 3, Southeast USA
Karyn Stockwell of Georgia

for Region 4, Midwest USA
Joe Harris of Michigan

for Region 5, Western US
Daniel Castagna of California

PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

Chair James Englander presented an in-depth report suggesting some guidelines for discussion. The main gist of the report was to break down the Publications Committee into three subcommittees: Publications, Publicity, and Web site. Also direction was requested as to whether a long-range plan be established for the future that our publications should take. The last one drawn up was in 1999.

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Chair James Englander reported that the Board of Trustees had ratified the Awards Committee’s Award recommendations:

Dr. Pierre Machtou
of Paris for the Elmer S. Best Memorial Award

Dr. Rex Ingraham
of California for the PFA Gold Medal

Dr. H. Raymond Klein
for the PFA Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Carl Lundgren
for the PFA Distinguished Service Award

HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE

Chair Kevin L. Roach reported that the Harris National Museum in Baltimore has space for 20 more plaques. Currently, there are 16 distinguished dental individuals, including Drs. McKay and Chiwaki. The main venue is in the Paris Dental Headquarters. But our Hall of Fame is also featured on the PFA Web site as well as online at the ADA Headquarters Building in Chicago. The next Hall of Fame Installation visit to Paris is scheduled for 2007 in conjunction with a major dental meeting being organized by International Trustee Hubert Ouvrard.

Those Honourees, approved by the Board and awaiting formal induction are:

Dr. Terrance Ward
of the United Kingdom

Dr. Maynard K. Hine
of Indiana

Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed
of India

Dr. Edward H. Angle
of the United States

Additional names for future approval that have been suggested and need Board approval and full committee support are:

Dr. Raymond Begg
of Australia

Dr. Thomas W. Evans
of Pennsylvania

HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE

Chair Kevin L. Roach reported that the Harris National Museum in Baltimore has space for 20 more plaques. Currently, there are 16 distinguished dental individuals, including Drs. McKay and Chiwaki. The main venue is in the Paris Dental Headquarters. But our Hall of Fame is also featured on the PFA Web site as well as online at the ADA Headquarters Building in Chicago. The next Hall of Fame Installation visit to Paris is scheduled for 2007 in conjunction with a major dental meeting being organized by International Trustee Hubert Ouvrard.

Those Honourees, approved by the Board and awaiting formal induction are:

Dr. Terrance Ward
of the United Kingdom

Dr. Maynard K. Hine
of Indiana

Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed
of India

Dr. Edward H. Angle
of the United States

Additional names for future approval that have been suggested and need Board approval and full committee support are:

Dr. Raymond Begg
of Australia

Dr. Thomas W. Evans
of Pennsylvania

PRESIDENT-ELECT’S REPORT

Dr. William Winspear attended the Formal Dinner of the Australasia Section in Adelaide, South Australia, which was organized by Dr. Richard Sawers. Dr. Winspear has also been working on the Constitution and ByLaws Committee as well as helping to establish criteria for the Hall of Fame Committee procedures. The Strategic Planning Committee proposes no action to the document but will continue to monitor the need for such. The Budget and Finance Committee is about to commence preparation of the 2007 Budget.

VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Dr. James Englander has served six years as Trustee and 10 years as Chair for the dynamic Wisconsin Section before being elected to start in the Executive Officers’ Chairs. He currently has served for many years on the Awards Committee and this year on the Publications Committee. "I have been encouraged to become more involved after past President Gary Lowder redirected our mission to service and recognition, past President Kevin Roach redefined the Academy structure while setting new objectives and goals, past President Mike Perpich created the atmosphere for moving ahead with projects that fulfill the Academy’s purpose, and President Howard Mark with President-elect William Winspear have initiated the leadership to begin the journey with enthusiasm and renewed energy."

EDITOR’S REPORT

Editor Jim Brophy and his photographer Shirley Brophy have become familiar faces at many PFA events to chronicle our happenings for posterity through pictures and the written word. Besides editing our Dental World, Jim has been working with the Foundation in their fund-raising campaign and with other Academy and Foundation committees. He and Shirley, like Richard and Judy Kozal, serve as ambassadors for our PFA projects. In 15 years of service to the Academy as Editor, Dr. Brophy has collected the experience and history of our organization to be of contributing value to all Fellows who request his help. As new innovations are available to expand our message, our publication has adopted them to make our primary means of communicating both informative and interesting.

FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE

International Trustee for Latin America, Dr. Ernesto Acuna E. has been actively filling the shoes of our late departed Trustee Bernardo Levit. In chairing the Fellowship Committee, he and his group have delineated several points to consider:

Clarification of the present criteria for the selection of new Fellows

Appropriate steps to discover dentists worthy of the honor of our Fellowship

Providing assistance to our Section Chairs to enable them to reach a goal of five to 10 new Fellows annually

Develop means and guidelines to retain our present Fellows and get them involved.

The concept of recruiting new Fellows and retaining them is the work of all Fellows from our top Officers down. Each of these activities is interdependent on the others to insure success.


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Dr. Bill Winspear inviting guests into his Lanai VIP Suite

A Traveler’s Travails

President-elect William Winspear began his long journey from Australia to attend the Management Team Committee Meeting in Anaheim, California. But because of his early arrival time, the Anaheim Hilton had no room prepared for him when he arrived. The exhausted Dr. Bill suggested moving a couple lobby couches together just so he could get some sleep from his wearisome trek. The Hilton suggested that they put a rollaway bed in an Executive Meeting Suite just off the main inner courtyard. These rooms are used for Hospitality Suites or businessmen’s meetings, so they are quite luxurious.
Dr. Winspear, too exhausted to argue, agreed to the arrangement. But once having seen the suite, and being one to make lemonade out of lemons, he hosted the Executive Board there for two nights of their meetings for a social cocktail party.

While this certainly was most hospitable of the good doctor, the events gave the Officers and their attending wives an opportunity to get together and exchange stories and ideas and get to know one another better. It also provided a chance for the Officers to interact one on one with each other to hammer out some meeting differences in a most cordial manner. The consequent Meetings went very smoothly in a friendly atmosphere created by those social interactions.

Central office relocated

Our Secretary General Richard Kozal and his wife, Judy Kozal, our Assistant Secretary, maintain the PFA Central Office, which has been located in the Community College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. At that site, and at the new dental school in UNLV, Dr. Kozal has established dental museums that have been of some note to the media and visiting public. With Dr. Kozal’s retirement from his teaching position at the Community College of Southern Nevada, their request to move the Central Office to Mesquite, Nevada, was approved by the Management Team Committee in Anaheim last May.

Mesquite is located 88.22 miles northeast of Las Vegas near the Nevada-Arizona border, just beneath the Utah State line. PFA will rent its own office space. But Museum Curator Richard will continue to maintain the dental museums in Las Vegas.

While the move is in progress, the Central Office will be shut down for a week, but contact through the e-mail addresses will continue to operate to carry on Academy business. The entire operation should be back up and running at top speed by the first of June. By the time you are reading this article, the Central Office should be fully operationable.

Make note of the new address
and communications lines.

Pierre Fauchard Central Office
Dr. Richard A. Kozal, Secretary General
P.O. Box 3718
Mesquite, NV 89024
Main office phone: 702/345-4450
Toll Free in USA: 1-800/232-0099
Fax line: 702/345-5031

All e-mail addresses will remain the same.

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Dr. Pierre Machtou

Elmer S. Best Memorial Award

The Awards Committee and the Academy Board of Trustees has approved the selection of Professor Dr. Pierre Machtou of Paris to receive the prestigious Elmer S. Best Memorial 2006 Award. The presentation was made in June in Paris by past PFA President Michael Perpich, International Trustee Hubert Ouvrard, and the Section Chair for France Dean Marie-Laure Boy-Lefevre.

Dr. Machtou is an internationally known endodontist and comes highly recommended by International Trustee Hubert Ouvrard and International Trustee-emeritus Pierre Marois. Dr. Machtou was born in Algiers during the war, of French nationality. At the age of 20, he earned his Certificate of Medical Studies in Paris and his DDS degree four years later at the Paris Faculty of Medicine, the same year he received his Certificate of Faculty of Odontology of Paris. The next year he earned his Certificate in Biology from the Faculty of Medicine of Paris. In 1971, he received his Certificate in Endodontics from the Rene Descartes, Paris 5 University. In 1973, he completed his undergraduate thesis on “The dentin-pulp complex—pulp tissue repair potential” at the Paris #7 University. By 1980, he had earned his Masters in Endodontics from Paris #7 University. He completed his PhD thesis at Paris #7 University in 1997.

Dr. Machtou began his teaching career as Lecturer on the Faculty of Dental Surgeons in endodontics at Paris #7 University in 1976, where he became Senior Lecturer in 1984, then First Class Senior Lecturer in 1990, Professor in 1998, and First Class Professor in 2005 In his dedication and rise through teaching, Dr. Machtou has become Chairman of the Endodontics Department at Paris 7, where he also serves as co-Director of the Multicentric Residency academic program for Paris 7 University, for Paris 5 University, and for Clermont-Ferrand UFR. He is also Vice Dean in charge of the undergraduate curriculum and training program as well as Director of the Emergency and Diagnosis Department UFR Garanciere-Paris 7.

Dr. Machtou is the French Representative to the European Society of Endodontogy of which he is a member. He serves on the Editorial Boards for The International Endodontic Journal and The Practical Procedures of Aesthetic Dentistry. He is also Associate Editor for Endodontic Practice.

Dr. Machtou is a visiting Professor for the University of Belgrade and maintains status as International Expert Referee for the Hebrew University–Hassah Faculty of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem, for the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, for the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in Canada, and for the University College of London.

Pierre Machtou has served as Scientific Director and as General Secretary of the French Endodontic Society, Charter President of the Parisian Study Club of Endodontology. And member in the American Association of Endodontists, the European Society of Endodontology, PFA, ICD, Alpha Omega Fraternity, the National Committee of the H. Schilder Chair in Endodontics, and the French College of Teachers in Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics.

Dr. Machtou has embraced research activities all over the world—in France, at the University of Lebanon, and at the University of Toronto. His international publications, lectures, and writings cover six pages; his inventions another page.

Following in the footsteps of his vaunted predecessor Pierre Fauchard, Pierre Machtou has moved his profession forward many steps. To quote his nominator, our PFA International Trustee Hubert Ouvrard, “He is a very brilliant colleague, one of the best endodontists in the world, and a very charming fellow.”

70th Awards Luncheon Banquet

Tuesday, 17 October, 2006
Las Vegas, Nevada

Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom 3 —11:30 am-2 pm

This year’s PFA Gold Medal recipient has been selected and approved by the Board to be presented to Dr. Rex Ingraham of Glendale, California, USC Professor-emeritus. Dr. Ingraham has led a long and distinguished career in our profession. Originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, he attended Mesa College and Western State College in Colorado, but then transferred to USC to complete his B.S. and D.D.S. degrees before the War. At USC, he became Instructor in Operative Dentistry during the War and rose through the ranks to become a USC Professor in Operative Dentistry in 1946, a Distinguished Professor in Restorative Dentistry in 1967, and Professor-emeritus in 1983.

Dr. Ingraham is on the staff of Presbyterian Hospital and Olmsted Memorial Hospital as well as Consultant for the Long Beach Veterans Hospital, while maintaining a private practice in Encino.

His list of awards is distinguished and notable, starting with his 1941 membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, 1941 Medal of Recognition from the American Dental Club of Paris, and USC’s La Touche Award. He became an ACD Fellow in 1951 and an Honorary Alumnus of Northwestern University School of Dentistry in 1957. 1964 was a banner year for recognition with Le Chevalier au Grande Ordre du Vieux Moulin Neston of France, the Award of Outstanding Contributions to Dental Science from the St. Louis Dental Society, the Award of Merit from the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society, the Thomas Hinman Award, and ICD Fellowship. He received the USC General Alumni Award of Merit in 1975 and by the next year was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame.

 

In 1977, he was presented the Torch of Learning Award from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The next year, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. By 1979, PFA recognized him with their annual Honor Award from the Southern California Section. In 1980, Dr. Ingraham earned the Thomas B. Hinman Award (Georgia) and the Callahan Memorial Commission Award (Ohio).

He has also served on the California Board of Dental Examiners (1941) and on the Idaho Board of Examiners (1971)

In 1983, at age 69, he was honored with ADI International Dentist of the Year Award. Now in 2006 he will be receiving PFA’s highest award, the PFA Gold Medal.

Dr. Rex Ingraham’s list of school and professional activities covers pages of copy, as does his publications and lectures with presentations given internationally and across the United States. There have been few current dentists who have not been touched by Dr. Ingraham’s genius. We even used his Restorative Dentistry textbook at Loyola University in your Editor’s generation of dentists.

He and his wife Lucille have had two sons. They have been active in the Glendale Congregational Church, the YMCA and the Boy Scouts of America.

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Dr. H. Raymond Klein

PFA’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

The Awards Committee and the PFA Board have ratified the selections to present the PFA Distinguished Service Award to past PFA Presidents H. Raymond Klein (1991-1992) and Carl G. Lundgren (1993-1994).

Dr. Raymond Klein of Jacksonville, Florida, earned his degrees of B.S., D.D.S., and Pedodontics from Indiana University. He practiced pediatric dentistry in Lafayette, Indiana, for a couple of years before moving to Jacksonville, Florida, in 1965. Besides all the usual memberships, he also is a Fellow in ACD, ICD, PFA, and active in FDI. He currently holds the position of Vice President in ACD.

This year, he has retired as Chairman of the PFA Hall of Fame Committee, which he served on for the last 10 years. His continued contribution to PFA and many dental organizations has been outstanding. Ray has served as President of the Florida Dental Health Foundation (1998-2001), Chairman of the FDHF Capitol Campaign Committee (1997-2001), President of the American Academy of Dentistry Foundation (1998-1999), 5th District Trustee for the ADA (1993-1997), President for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (1993-1994), PFA President, President of the Florida Dental Association (1990-1991), President of Florida Section for ACD (1986-1987), President for the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry (1985-1986), President of the Northeast Florida Dental Association (1983-1984), President of the Indiana University Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Association (1981-1982), President of the Jacksonville Dental Society (1979-1980), President for the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (1974-1976), President for the Florida Society of Dentistry for Children (1973-1974), and President for the Academy of Dentistry of Jacksonville (1972-1973). But to reach the level of Presidency in each and every organization, much work and dedication went into serving his profession. And what are not mentioned in his list of successes are the many offers he turned down, such as becoming a candidate for ADA President.

Adding to that outstanding career of professional service is the many-faceted side of Dr. Klein’s community service: lifetime Honorary Member for the Florida Sheriff’s Boy’s Ranch (1979), Florida

Governor Lawton Chiles State of Florida Proclamation for Outstanding Community Service (1993), and the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award of Rotary International (1982), to name a few. Add to that his service as Chairman of the St. Andrew’s Day School Board (2004), Vestry Member for the St. John Episcopal Church (1980-1984), President of the Arlington Rotary Club (1988), President for the Jacksonville Boy’s Home (1989), and staff member for the St. Vincent Hospital, the Hope Haven Hospital, the Baptists Hospital, and the University Hospital.

His professional honors and awards fill a couple of pages, with the most distinguished being the Leon Schwartz Lifetime Service Award (1997), the Distinguished Service Award (1985), the Dentist of the Year Award (1984), and the President’s Award (1991) from the Florida Dental Association, ACD’s Geis Fellow Award (2000), and Honorary Memberships in the Hinman Dental Society (1998), the Alabama Dental Association (1997), the Mississippi Dental Association (1997), and the Georgia Dental Association (1995).

Dr. Ray Klein married Renee, a hygienist graduate from Temple University, and somehow found the time to have three children.

What an outstanding career! What an outstanding man for all times and activities! What a lovely and understanding wife!

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Dr. Carl Lundgren

PFA’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

In alphabetical order only and not to be otherwise ranked, the other Distinguished Service Award is to be presented to Dr, Carl G. Lundgren of Rolling Hills Estates in California. Carl was born in Provo, Utah, but earned an undergraduate degree from Compton College (California), where he was Class President, Student Council President, and two-time Letterman. He then attended USC to receive his DDS degree, followed by a two-year term as Lt. (JG) in the USNR Dental Corps with service in Guam and San Diego.

Upon returning to Los Angeles, Dr. Lundgren served as an Intern in the Los Angeles County General Hospital. Upon completion of his Internship, he opened a private practice in Hawthorne (California) until 1974, and then moved his practice to Lawndale (California) where he practiced until retiring in 2002.

Dr. Lundgren served as a USC Clinical Associate Professor in the Gnathology Department from 1971 to 1977.

He is a lifetime ADA Member from 1950 and has served as Alternate Delegate to the ADA House (1977). He has also served on many positions in the California Dental Association including their House of Delegates (1973-1980). Dr. Lundgren has served as President and as Editor for the Western Los Angeles Dental Society, and appeared on television on behalf of Dentistry for the 1977 Jerry Lewis Telethon and the1978 NBC Health Fair.

Dr. Lundgren has spent many years in the service of dental writing as Editor for the Western Dental Society (1979-1981); the Academy of General Dentistry earning the Best Newsletter Citation (1984), the Most Improved Newsletter Citation (1985), and the Best Editorial Awards in 1986 and 1987; Editor for the Southern California Academy of General Dentistry (1982-1987); ICD District 13 Editor (1983-1988). He won the Best Editorial Award for the California Dental Association and the 1980 Golden Stylus Award in 1980. That was the same year he attended Michigan State University and the California Dental Association Seminar for Editorial Writing, followed the next year with the ADA Editor’s Seminar. Dr. Lundgren has many articles published on dentistry in newspapers, the CDA Journal, the Western Los Angeles Dental Society Newsletter, and in the Southern California Academy of General Dentistry Newsletter.

Dr. Lundgren was a dental spokesman since 1976 for the Western Los Angeles Dental Society (1976-1980), which included speaking at over 12 service clubs; he was the 1977 CDA Faculty spokesman for the USC training program, and he lectured on dental delivery systems at the 1978 component general membership meeting. Dr. Lundgren followed that with a 1979 Mini-spokesman Course Training Session for the Western Dental Society, and was the Moderator leading an all-day workshop on dental insurance for the Western Dental Society

Dr. Carl Lundgren holds Fellowships in the AGD, ICD, ADI, ACD, and PFA. In these organizations, he earned the 1987 Master for AGD, was U.S. Section President for ICD in 2002 (as well as Regent, 1994-2000); he was PFA International President (1993-1994), and their Foundation President (2002-2005).

In his community, Dr. Carl is in the Kiwanis (Legion of Honor) for 45 years of membership and served as their 1957 President. He was the Founder and was Chairman for the Hawthorne Parade for 26 years (1953-1980). He served as President (1953) of the Hawthorne Toastmasters Club. He served on the Hawthorne YMCA Board of Governors (1951-1960) serving as their 1957 Chairman. He served on the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce (1950-1988) and was their 1966-1967 President. He donated a quarter of a century to the Southwest Children’s Dental Clinic and five years to the Boy Scouts of America. He also was Publicity Chairman (1975-1980) for the Hawthorne Community Fair. Dr. Lundgren co-directed the Southern California Counties dental participation in the 1978 NBC Health Fair, which screened over 30,000 patients at 100 sites in 6 southern California Counties. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium of San Pedro (California), which has been judged to be nation’s outstanding small aquarium by the American Zoo and Aquarium Society. This fits into his personal love for swimming (college letterman) and scuba diving.

Carl is married to an outstanding woman in Marge Lundgren with four married children and seven grandchildren. Marge can be seen even today helping out at many PFA functions. But many do not realize that Marge is a UCLA lifetime credentialed teacher of business office administration.

Carl and the Lundgren family can certainly be proud of their outstanding list of achievements. Carl leaves big footprints to follow.

The Awards Luncheon Banquet cost will be $45 (the same as last year), and the Sunday night dinner will remain at $75. Due to the hotel logistics of serving the meals, it is essential to reply with funds in the enclosed envelope. Tickets will be handled at the door (usually by Judy Kozal and Marge Lundgren).

INDIA SECTION CELEBRATES 20th ANNIVERSARY

The PFA Section In India and their outstanding Journal of the PFA India Section are both celebrating their 20th Anniversary all this year. Though the India Section is actually older than 20 years, it needed to be rebuilt after a severe decline in 1987. But Chief Editor V. P. Jalili has produced an outstanding publication for the Fellows in India that has successively been produced for 20 uninterrupted years, with Dr. V. P. Jalili as its Chief Editor since April of 1987.

This year’s first issue was distributed at a special function held at the All-India Institute of Medical Science in New Delhi by Professor N. K. Gangoli, the Director General of Medical Research. Dr. Anil Kohli, President of the Dental Council of India, presided over the April function.

Such functions will continue until the end of this year, concluding with their fourth and last issue of their Journal for the year in December, 2006, at their Annual Convocation of the Section.

PFA President Howard Mark congratulated India PFA Editor Dr. V. P. Jalili and their Secretary T. Samraj for their dedication and service to our profession for these two decades.

Dr. Mark, speaking for the entire PFA Board and our Fellowship, noted that this was a special occasion for both entities, and for the Academy in particular, as this reflects the vitality of the India Section and its ongoing commitment to educational excellence—may it continue to grow in stature and numbers for many years to come!

"The example of the India Section is a story we hope can be emulated across the world by other Sections and Regions as a way for the Academy to expand its message of leadership in, and service to, the profession of dentistry from a global perspective. Service to others less advantaged has been the hallmark of the Academy since its inception in 1936. And this mission has been well supported by the PFA Foundation through its Grants Program. Leadership has likewise been stressed because those in this position greatly influence the directions and activities of their respective organizations. These attributes are commensurate with Fellowship nomination and selection, as we seek the best in dentistry for induction as Fellows. We are proud of the Academy and the influence it is having on world dentistry!

"When the Academy was founded, one of the forces that led to this was an antipathy toward the type of dental literature then extant. This was purely proprietary in nature, with few exceptions, and had little or no basis in research or scientific principles. Dr. Elmer Best and the original cadre of founding members railed against these deceptive practices, and they felt the need to form an organization dedicated to fostering change in such literature. We have seen the principled results of this activity with the proliferation of peer-reviewed dental literature, with sound scientific bases, and the more rigid application of credible principles.

"The Journal of the PFA India Section edited by Dr. V. P. Jalili and his co-editors, typifies one of these enlightened and substantive publications. Dr. Jalili, who has been the Chief Editor for the full 20 years of the Journal’s existence, and his staff, are to be commended and applauded as the Journal celebrates its 20 years! As a long-time editor myself, I can empathize with the effort it takes to put forth each and every issue. But I also am aware that the rewards are worth it! This is indeed a milestone to be savored and appreciated at all levels of the profession because of the scope of material presented and the prestige it provides for the Fellowship of the India Section. May it long endure!

"On another level, the Academy is proud to inform all readers about its Web site. As a means of international communication, enabling all of the Fellowship to be in contact with colleagues in other parts of the world, it is the tool of the future and will be well utilized by the Board of Trustees of the Academy. Please use this as well! We have also truly become international with the impending installation of the first President outside of the United States and Canada—Dr. William Winspear of Australia, in October in Las Vegas, Nevada! Hopefully, one of your Fellows will be able to attend this momentous event!

"Again, we salute all of India, all of the Fellows, and both the Journal and the Section, on the wonderful 20th anniversaries you are celebrating this year. May your Annual Convocation in December be successful in every way!"

Sincerely,
from President Howard I. Mark
and Secretary-General Richard A. Kozal.


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From the Desk of Foundation President M.David Campbell…

The grant applications are now complete for this year. The deadline is 1 June every year. Now come the difficult decisions! Our Executive Director, Dr. Fred Halik, screens and evaluates all the applications. The suitable applications are then passed on to Gary Lowder and his Grants Committee. The grants are evaluated by six committee members. The entire Foundation Board then must decide which of the deserving applications will be selected for funding.

You can see from this description of the process that we are as thorough as possible in making the choices. There are so many people in need in this world and I, for one, am proud of what this Foundation contributes to the health of so many people that would not be cared for without our help.

The Foundation is dependent upon you for your help and caring for those in need and also for your donations of both time and money. The Board appreciates your generosity in donating money now and remembering the Foundation in your will.

I feel truly blessed to have the caliber of people on the Foundation and the Academy Boards. We work well together to successfully provide dentistry to the needy. Our PFA Sections around the world continue to prove we are a caring organization.

It is astonishing how many people only gain empathy for another person’s situation when we experience for ourselves what others must endure. It is only then that some of us are able to actually be of help. Some people, though, are able to simply jump in and help. They do not stand at a distance and think, “Oh, that must be difficult.” They do not judge others who are in difficult circumstances. They just go out and help.

When we reach out together, as a profession, to those in need, both the donor and the recipient are better for it.

Thank you for strengthening our world.

PFA Board and Foundation Events 2006 revised schedule

MONDAY
16 October

8–9:30 AM ADA Opening Session
TBA

9:30–11 AM Section Chair Caucus
Four Seasons Ballroom 3

10 AM – noon Academy Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

Noon — working lunch
Palo Verdi

1:30–2:30 PM Executive Session
Palo Verdi

2:30–5 PM Academy Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

TUESDAY
17 October

7:30–11:30 AM Foundation Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

11:30 AM–2 PM Awards Luncheon
Four Seasons Ballroom 3

2:30–5 PM Foundation Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

6:30–8 PM President’s Reception
Acacia Ballroom 1

WEDNESDAY
18 October

8 AM–noon Foundation Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

Noon - working lunch with...
Academy/Foundation Boards

1–5 PM Academy Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

6:30-10:30 PM PFA Dinner Party
Mesquite Room 1

All Section Chairs are particularly encouraged to attend all the Board Meetings and annual PFA events. Cost for the Awards Banquet and the PFA Dinner Party will be available in the next issue and are by reservation only. Any PFA Fellow may attend as well with reservation in advance.

ALL REPORTS for the Board Meeting packet must be received by the Central Office no later than 8 September to be included in the Meeting packet. Those reports received after that date will NOT be part of the official Meeting packet. Spontaneous oral reports during the Meetings will NOT be allowed. However, if you wish to make an oral report, please inform the Central Office before 8 September in order to be placed on the Meeting Agenda. No exceptions!

Foundation News

United States
California, Southern Section

Dr. Terry Tanaka, Director of the Thousand Smiles Foundation’s Field and Surgical Team, has by letter thanked the Foundation and Academy for last year’s grant to their efforts in providing needed dental care in Ensenada, Mexico. This is their 23rd year of operating and becoming one of the largest humanitarian comprehensive dental and surgical teams in the United States. They have provided dental services for more than 18,000 needy children, and life-enhancing surgeries for more than 1800 children. He also expressed thanks to Fellow James Vernetti who at 92 still makes the journey to Mexico to help in their project. Volunteers are always welcomed

Colorado

The Howard Dental Center for HIV/AIDS Oral Medicine, a non-profit organization in Denver, which is operated by Dr. Sally Preston, a graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and managed by Felicia Diamond, an M.A. graduate of the University of Colorado, used their grant money to publish a monograph series on oral treatment of HIV-positive patients in private practice. In the publication, thanks is given to Fellow Gene S. Bloom for his help.

Georgia

Physician John K. Spitznagel, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Jasper, Georgia, thanked the Foundation for its grant to help provide basic medical, dental, vision, and other health services to those in Pickens County who have no access to health care. Also serving on their Board of Directors is dentist Bennie J. Norton and Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver. Retired Congressman Edgar Jenkins, Jasper Mayor John Weaver, Editor Dan Pool of the Pickens County Progress, and dentist Edward N. Parnell, Jr., serve on their Advisory Board.

Iowa

Marilyn Peasley, Director of the Dental Program at the Marshalltown (Iowa) Community Schools, thanked the Foundation for providing the resources to service 39 low-income children with necessary dental care. Through some of the grant money, two trips were made for some 30 students each to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (200 miles round trip) for extensive dental problems. Additional funding was provided through the Marshall County United Way.

Associate Dean Yvonne Chalkley of the University of Iowa School of Dentistry named dental student Lindsay Compton to receive the Foundation’s James M. Brophy, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Award. This is the first presentation from Vice President Larry Barrett’s Foundation Scholarship Program designed to help raise funds for the Foundation’s corpus funds. Half will be presented to a worthy dental student and half goes into the Foundation funds.

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PFA Foundation Scholarship recipient Nicholas Rauber receiving Award from Dean Eric Hovland of LSU Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry
Louisiana

Director of Student Affairs Darlene Brunet of the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry reports that the PFA Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to student Nicholas J. Rauber. Mr. Rauber expressed his sincere appreciation when presented the Award by Dean Eric J. Hovland last May.

Massachusetts

Dr. Peter Kramers, Chairman of the Massachusetts Dental Society’s Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations, thanked the Foundation by letter for the MDS grant to fund “Tips on Spit,” an anti-smokeless tobacco program that produced a piece on the dangers of the use of chewing tobacco. Their high school contest for artwork for their calendar generated more than 125 entries. The calendars were distributed to 850-targeted schools in Massachusetts.

Pennsylvania

The 2006 Foundation Scholarships have been awarded to dental students Jarrette Kalp of the University of Pittsburgh, Anna Mordinson of the University of Pennsylvania, and Heather Rothrock of Temple University.

Tennessee

Executive Director Ginny Weatherstone of the Volunteer Ministry Center of Knoxville thanked the Foundation for their grant last year in support of their People’s Clinic serving the homeless and poor of the area. This follows a prior grant several years ago. At that time your Editor was in Knoxville (site of the University of Tennessee) and visited the clinic (op.cit. March/April, 2005, pictures on page 5). The Clinic was well kept and easily accessible from the city in a corner building and serving the needs of the community.

2006 PFA Calendar

24–26 August
August Canadian Dental Association Annual meeting St. John’s, Newfoundland

25 August
Canadian PFA Luncheon

18–25 Sept.
94th FDI World Congress, Shenzhen, China

16–20 October
147th ADA Annual Session, Las Vegas, Nevada

16-19 October
PFA Annual Board Meetings, Las Vegas, Nevada

24-29 November
82nd Annual Session of the Greater New York Dental meeting, New York, New York

Academy and Foundation: Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

17 October
11:30 am–2 pm PFA Awards Luncheon, Ballroom 3

17 October
6:30–8 pm PFA President’s Reception, Acacia Ballroom 1

18 October
6:30–10:30 pm PFA Dinner Party, Mesquite Room 1

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

Section News

Canada

Trustee Barry Dolman reports that the Canadian Dental Association annual Meeting will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, 24 through the 26th of August. PFA will be holding a luncheon at this event on Friday, 25 August. Scheduled to be inducted into Fellowship are Drs. David J. Zaparinuk, Paul V. Demarco, Marc Robert, Marina R. Sexton, Thomas Raddall III, Donald J. Walsh, Bruce Ward, Brian Rinehart, Mark R. Darling, Robin W. Gamble, Stuart A. Root, Christena Chruszez, Barry Maze, Marc G. Mallot, Randall R. Croutze, Patricia A. Kmet, Adrian J. Palencar, Larry L. Raley, Myron A. Stein, Michael Champagne, Christopher W. Haunsperger, Wayne A. Maillet, Barry P. Fleming, J. A. Jack Sherman, Carolyn Poon Woo, Ross D. Anderson, Brenda L. Thomson, and Scott M. Maclean. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please let Dr. Dolman know if you will be coming to the Luncheon.

The Quebec Dental Surgeons Association celebrating their 40th Anniversary, honoured our International Trustee for Canada Barry Dolman for his exceptional contributions to his profession by bestowing Life Member on him at the May Meeting during Les Journees Dentaire du Quebec.

France

Chair Marie-Laure Boy Lefevre, Dean of the University of Paris 7–Denis Diderot, has reported that their Section has initiated a Section newsletter to inform its Fellows of the activities in their Section. They also have noted that the Elmer Best Award will be presented to their Dr. Pierre Machtou in June 2006, by past PFA President Michael Perpich. Their Section Secretary is Anne du Sorbier of Paris.

Chile

Chair Dr. Pabla Barrientos was installed as their new Chair of Chile last April at the intercontinental Hotel in Santiago, Chile during their annual Dinner Meeting. Following the official Ceremony the Section hosted a seminar on “Our Objectives for this Period.”


Netherlands

Chair Anne-Elizabeth Dony held their Autumn Meeting near the garden of the Royal Palace called “Paleis Het Loo” that formed a perfect setting for the Awards presentation to Drs. Dam Backer and Peer Hanedoes for their outstanding contributions to the PFA.

Poland

Chair Professor Eugeniusz Spiechowicz reported on the activities of its elite membership. The President of the Polish Stomatological Association, Professor Marek Zietek, is a PFA Fellow; and Dr. Zbigniew Klimek, a PFA Fellow as well, is President of the Association of Polish Dentists. Both organizations offer many continuing education and dental training sessions open to their members. Their Section holds five meetings a year with their main session in September. Five new Fellows are awaiting initiation into membership.

United States
Arkansas

Chair Tom Smith of Little Rock and co-Chair Bill Lefler are organizing a membership drive. Any Fellows who have friends or retired dentists there who qualify for membership, please nominate them to our Secretary General Richard Kozal with their names, addresses and brief resume, or contact Dr. Tom Smith at Tsmith8861@comcast.net or fax Dr. Smith at 1-501/664-1519.

They hosted their PFA Reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel last April during the Arkansas State Dental Association Meeting.

California, Northern Section

Fellow Lawrence M. LeVine of San Rafael was named Vice Chairman of the Northern California Section for the ACD. He is a PFA Fellow and a 1962 graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry.

Drs. William Lundergan and Lisa Harpenau of the Art Dugoni School of Dentistry, and officers of the American Dental Education Association’s Section of Periodontics, received the Thomas P. Nowlin Best Performance by a Section Award from the ADEA during its 83rd annual session in Orlando. Fellow, and UOP Professor of Periodontics, William Lundergan is also a Consultant to the California State Board of Dental Examiners and to the Veterans Administration Dental Clinics in Palo Alto and in Martinez, California. He earned his Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Connecticut in 1983 and is a Fellow in PFA and ACD.

The UOP Art Dugoni School of Dentistry Alumni Association presented their Dean Arthur A. Dugoni with their Inaugural Award named in his honor at their 107th Annual Meeting at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel with some 800 guests and dignitaries in attendance. The Arthur A. Dugoni Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their exceptional achievement, commitment, and service to the dental school and to the profession. No one is more deserving of this tribute than Dr. Dugoni who has served our profession internationally for a half-century. His achievements are too numerous to mention here, perhaps in a large book, but currently he serves as on the ADA as President of the American Dental Association Foundation and as a past President of the ADA and of the California Dental Association.


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President Howard Mark with new Section Chair Dr. Robin Santiago

Connecticut

Section Chair William A. MacDonald gave his Section Report for the year. Two Distinguished Service Awards were presented to former Section Chair Robert Friedman of Fairfield (past President of the Connecticut State Dental Association) and to Dr. Salvatore Squatrito of Manchester, also a past President of CSDA. The Section worked with Dr. Margaret Smith, the Director of the Generations Family Dental Center in Willimantic and the northeast area of Connecticut, to obtain a Foundation grant for their operation. An anonymous $5000 gift from a PFA Fellow was also presented to Dr. Smith to assist in her work in the “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut.

Their annual Meeting was held in conjunction with the Connecticut State Dental Association to induct eleven new Fellows into the Academy. International President Howard Mark and International Trustee Richard Walsh of Rhode Island were in attendance to assist in conducting the ceremony.

Their 2006 Distinguished Service Award was presented to the retiring CSDA Executive Director Noel Bishop to honor him for his 17 years of dedicated service. ICD Regent, and former PFA Rhode Island Chair, Christine Benoit was in attendance with the ICD Deputy Regent for Connecticut, PFA Fellow, Howard Bailit.

Dr. MacDonald will be stepping down as Connecticut Section Chair in October and Dr. Robin Mark Santiago of West Hartford will fill the position of Section Chair. Dr. Santiago is a Fellow in PFA, ACD, and ICD. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and serves on their Mentorship Program. She is a Pankey Institute Associate and co-Founder of the Southern New England Pankey Study Club.

Our President Howard Mark has been honored by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons with their prestigious Community Service Award. “To say that I am thrilled at being selected to receive this important award from one’s peers is putting it mildly!” Dr. Mark noted. “But this is certainly not mine alone. Without the support of many people, as dedicated as I am, to the cause of good oral and dental health care, this would never have come about.”

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Dr. Fred Margolis giving a lecture in Libertyville
Illinois

Fellow Fred Margolis of Buffalo Grove was presented with the Distinguished Member Award from the Illinois State Dental Society, their highest award, at their annual session in Itasca. This award pays special tribute to a member in recognition of significant humanitarian services to mankind and to the profession. Dr. Margolis certainly fits this tribute in his dedication to the profession in providing dental care to children, not only in his private practice, but also serving as Chairman for over 10 years for the Illinois Special Olympics Special Smiles, and as a past President of the Illinois Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped. Dr. Margolis is a clinical instructor at Loyola University’s Oral Health Center and has lectured for over a quarter of a century. He is a nationally recognized speaker on pediatric dentistry, laser dentistry, and dentistry for the disabled patient. He has been the staff dentist for Glenkirk Campus for the developmentally disabled children for the last 14 years, and has also served as staff dentist for the Center on Deafness. Your Editor visited his pediatric office in Buffalo Grove and was given several demonstrations on the effectiveness of using dental laser technology on children. A warmer, more generous professional could not be found worthier than Dr. Fred Margolis.


Oklahoma

Section Chair William E. Goodman reports hosting their Annual Induction Ceremony and Breakfast Meeting last April during the Oklahoma Dental Association annual Session. Sixty-five members enjoyed the meal to welcome nine new Fellows into the Academy. They were Drs. James L. Clark, Kenneth S. Coy, Wallace G. Haskett, Steven E. Powell, John J. Dmytryk, G. Frans Currier, Alan R. Owen, and Robert L. Shirley.

On display was a miniature bronze copy of the life-size statute of Pierre Fauchard that will adorn the grounds of the Oklahoma Dental Association sculpted by our own Fellow Gary Gardner. They have also urged the ADA to place a similar statue in the Chicago ADA Headquarters.

Their Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Frank Miranda, Associate Dean of the Oklahoma University School of Dentistry, who has received many honors and awards for his extensive dental publications. The PFA Award was presented by last year’s Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Phil Abshere.

Former Indiana Section Chair Ray Maddox was their Guest Speaker, talking on “Dentistry: Profession or Trade?”

Pennsylvania

Past President Nicholas Saccone reports that Mrs. Geri Shair, widow of Ben Shair, passed away last May. However, the Scranton District Shair Scholarship Award, funded by her, will continue through the support of the Scranton Area Foundation, the Scranton District, and the University of Scranton.

The PFA Award this year was presented to Judy McFadden and published in the Pennsylvania Dental Journal.

Rhode Island

International Trustee Richard Walsh hosted their annual Induction Ceremony last May. Our International President Howard Mark was in attendance to assist.

Utah

Chair Richard Petty hosted their annual Section Breakfast Meeting during the Utah Dental Association Convention last February. Past PFA President Gary Lowder assisted in inducting Drs. Paul R. Baugh and Robert J. Capener into Fellowship.

Dr. Richard C. Enger was selected as their Distinguished Dentist of the Year. He is also the attorney in fact for their professional liability company PIE.

Past President Gary Lowder and ADA Trustee Joel Glover were in attendance to honor this outstanding professional.

Dr. Tom Hilton of the Oregon Health and Science University gave a presentation on PRECEDENT, Practice-based Research Collaborative in Evidence-based Dentistry. Dr. Joel Glover spoke on the evolution of the new dental school at UNLV, particularly as there are many similarities to the same beginning efforts in Utah. Dr. Gary Lowder gave a video presentation of a Foundation grant project in Mexico to urge more Fellows to seek such opportunities for service, and to apply for Foundation grants to implement such projects.

Dr. Lowder and Chair Richard Petty discussed the Foundation scholarship programs and grant opportunities for the Utah Section.

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY OFFICERS

Howard Mark
President
Connecticut

William Winspear
President-elect
Australia

James A. Englander
Vice President
Wisconsin

Richard A. Kozal
Secretary General
Nevada

James M. Brophy
Editor
Illinois

Michael Perpich
Immediate Past President
Minnesota

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY TRUSTEES

REGION 1—Europe
Hubert Ouvrard
France

REGION 2—N.E. USA
Richard Walsh
Rhode Island

REGION 3—S.E. USA
Robert S. Hart
Florida

REGION 4—Midwest USA
Joseph C. Harris
Michigan

REGION 5—Western USA
Charles Eller
California

REGION 6—Canada
Barry Dolman
Quebec

REGION 7—Latin America
Ernesto Acuna
Mexico

REGION 8—Australasia
Jonathan Rogers
Australia

REGION 9—Asia
Mamoru Sakuda
Japan

REGION 10—Central USA
Steve Hedlund
Iowa

international TRUSTEES-EMERITUS
Pierre Marois
France

FOUNDATION OFFICERS

M. David Campbell
President
Michigan

C. F. Larry Barrett
Vice President
Iowa

Fred Halik
Executive Director
New York

William Korte
Treasurer
Illinois

George Higue
Treasurer-emeritus
California

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

Carl Lundgren
California

Gary Lowder
Utah

Minoru Horiuchi
Massachusetts

James Long
Mississippi

Michael Cripton
Canada

Scott Welch
Wyoming

Nicholas Saccone
Pennsylvania

Kevin L. Roach
Canada

Michael Perpich
Minnesota

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO OFFICERS

Howard Mark
Connecticut

William Winspear
Australia

Richard Kozal
Nevada

James Brophy
Illinois

5. September - October

My Last President’s Message!

To paraphrase a famous line, “Old PFA Presidents never die, they move on to the Foundation!” As I look back on that wonderful and thrilling inauguration day in October 2005, recalling the words of my daughter, Fellow Robin Santiago, as she installed me into my new office, the year has literally gone by in a flash, a twinkle of an eye, with the speed of light! I have been involved in organized dentistry in many capacities over 50 years, right from the beginning of my practice as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, but this year as your President, as the spokesperson for the Academy, truly stands out as one of the high points of my career. The camaraderie my wife and I have experienced, the immediate acceptance wherever we have traveled to represent you, and the friendships we have formed along the way, are worth much more than we can say--except THANK YOU!

When I was first inducted as a Fellow of the Academy, way back in 1974 (yes, I am that old!), I was honored and thrilled to be even considered by what I felt was a very prestigious organization by all measures--and I still do! What I did not realize as much then, and now have grown to really appreciate, was that being a Fellow carries with it clear obligations to not violate the trust that was being bestowed, to be one of the best professionals I could be through service to others, through leadership, and, most of all, through commitment to the goals and aims of the Academy. These ideals have not changed; they are as clearly spelled out today as they were those many years ago, but the organization has grown and has changed for other reasons as well.

The Academy has more genuinely dedicated itself to service, has expanded its horizons of leadership, and has encouraged newly minted inductees to be true to both ethical behavior and excellence in practice. Some of these are due, in large part, to the beneficence of a Costa Rican dentist, Dr. Brenes-Espinach, through his generous monetary gift to the Foundation; some are due to the establishment of the subsequent grants and scholarship programs; and some are due to internal alterations that have thrust the Academy even more into the forefront of International Dentistry. And there is still room for further change, i.e., expansion of a well-recognized Web site, and increased involvement in affiliated regions of the world.

This is a time of challenge for organized dentistry everywhere, and PFA is no exception. Commitment and involvement on committees, attendance at meetings, participation in projects and service activities--all have suffered a downward trend over the past decade and more. An International Fellowship reflects all this in a global context, which certainly does not make it any easier. How does such a group find common ground among its Fellowship; develop cohesive interests; obtain better understanding of the uniqueness of each region?

If I could wave a magic wand, make it happen, I would want Trustees and Section Chairs in each region to come together and discuss what they could do, as agents of change and collegiality, to bring their respective areas closer. Finding it most worthwhile to foster collaboration, to work together on humanitarian projects that could improve oral health conditions, and recognize the capabilities of the Fellowship in general, these are among the first steps in this context and must be encouraged by the leadership of the Academy. How can we call ourselves a premier international honor dental Fellowship if we do not live up to the maxims of the Academy which we supposedly promulgate and support? PFA can only grow if the selection and induction of new Fellows is made with this in mind as an imperative.

So, now it is time for me to step down from my bully pulpit, to let the new President, Dr. William Winspear of Australia, put his imprimatur on the PFA ship of state, and for me to let go the reins of power and prestige. As I stated in the beginning, it has been one h--- of a year, and I will be forever grateful that you gave me and my dear wife, Sheila, the most wonderful opportunity to serve you as your President.

THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU !

Howard I. Mark, DMD
President

PFA MOURNS PASSING OF MARTIN NAIMARK

Dr. Martin Naimark, past PFA President (1992-1993), passed to his reward on 23 July 2006. All our sympathies to his family, though we know that such a generous, giving individual is enjoying his eternal peace and benefits of a life well spent in the behalf of service to his fellow man.

Past PFA President (1993-1994) and immediate past Foundation President Carl Lundgren noted that Marty and he were closely involved with the reshaping of the Academy on a number of issues. "Marty was a brilliant performer and never hesitated to be right there helping to make decisions. He was easy to get along with and a fine gentleman. I will miss seeing him."

Past PFA President Gary Lowder (2002-2003) remembers Dr. Naimark as a kind and gentle man with clear purpose and vision for the PFA. “There is a special empty spot in my heart as I ponder the lives of great and kindly men like Marty. That spot is and ever will be filled with the memories of their goodness.”

Past PFA President (1994-1995) Michael Cripton’s wife Nancy remarked how sad it was to read about the passing of Dr. Marty Naimark. He was a nice and gentle man certainly dedicated to PFA.

The funeral service was held on Sunday, 30 July 2006 at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield, Michigan.

The family of Dr. Naimark has asked that those making a Memorial Gift in his name do so to one of his three loves in life: (1) the PFA Foundation c/o Dr. Fred Halik, 30 Spruce Ridge, Fairport, NY 14540-4278; (2) Alpha Omega Professional Dental Fraternity; or (3) The Detroit District Dental Society.


70TH AWARDS LUNCHEON BANQUET

Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 11:30 am--2:00 pm

Four Seasons Hotel Ballroom #3

The PFA Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday this year because of the shifting of the ADA Meeting to the beginning of the week. At that time, the PFA officers will present special awards to those highly respected and nominated individuals, honoring them for their dedication and commitment to our profession. The Awards designated for this year are:

The highest PFA Award presented in the United States is the PFA Gold Medal. This year, the Medal will be presented to Dr. Rex Ingraham of Glendale, California.

PFA’s Distinguished Service Awards will be presented to past PFA President and retiring Hall of Fame Chairman Dr. H. Raymond Klein and to past PFA President and immediate past Foundation President Dr. Carl Lundgren.

PFA’s Dental Trade & Industry Award is presented to honor an outstanding leader in the dental industry for contributions to dentistry. Only one plaque per annum is awarded upon recommendation of the Awards Committee and with the approval of the Academy Board. This year’s award will be presented to Dentsply Corporation of Canada, with their Vice President of Professional Relations George R. Rhodes accepting on their behalf.

Dentsply Corporation implemented a Student Clinician Program, which provides an opportunity for dental students to participate in a national clinical research competition.

This is managed by the Canadian Dental Association, sponsored by Dentsply International, and held in conjunction with CDA’s annual conference. Its purpose is to stimulate ideas, improve communication, and increase student involvement in the advancement of the dental profession. This program is now offered in 35 countries on six continents. Student participants are selected by the Deans and dental faculties of accredited dental schools. Most of the students’ expenses are underwritten by Dentsply.

George Rhodes is responsible for the management and direction of Dentsply’s varied professional relations activities internationally. He joined Dentsply in 1973. In 1977, he was promoted to Manager of the Corporate Public Relations Department. His responsibilities increased over the years, and he was promoted to his present position in 1992. George Rhodes earned his undergraduate degree in English from York College of Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Public Relations from The American University.

Following those important presentations will be the Installation of Officers for the 2006-2007 year. Immediate past President will be Dr. Howard Mark of Connecticut. PFA International President will be Dr. William Winspear of Australia. President-elect will be Dr. James A. Englander of Wisconsin. Dr. Charles Eller of California will be installed as PFA Vice President. PFA International Trustees installed will be Drs. Karyn Stockwell of Georgia, Joe Harris of Michigan, and Daniel Castagna of California.


DEEP SOUTH DENTISTRY

Georgia Section Report

Chair Karyn Stockwell reports holding their 4th Annual PFA Leadership Conference and Convocation last February at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. The Conference kicked off with participation in the ADA’s “Give Kids a Smile” project using four mobile dental vans at two elementary schools. The vans were donated by Dr. Mark Shurett. Twelve Fellows plus the Georgia Scholarship recipient, Dr. Amber Lawson, provided dental treatment ranging from prophylaxis and sealants to stainless steel crowns and extractions--treatment valued at $23,800 to serve kids who would otherwise have gone untreated. PFA International President Howard Mark was present to encourage everyone in this outstanding project.

That Friday evening, Fellow Robin Reich hosted a dinner buffet and wine tasting at her home to socialize and get to know one another, as well as meet their new inductees, their PFA Trustee Robert Hart of Florida, and PFA International President Howard Mark of Connecticut.

Saturday morning, a half-day course on Oral Medicine was presented by the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry along with Fellows Wayne Herman and Joseph Konzelman as presenters.

The afternoon offered a skeet-shooting tournament, as February in Georgia is not always conducive for golf.

Formal attire was the dress for the evening Gala Awards and Induction Dinner. The ceremonies were presided over by PFA President Howard Mark, International Trustee Robert Hart, and Section Chair Karyn Stockwell, with some 85 Fellows and guests in attendance. Fourteen new Fellows were inducted into the Academy.

 

The new members were Drs. Becky Bays Carlon, Brian Carpenter, H. Byron Colley III, Hugh Flax, Daniel Hodges, Kenneth Hutchinson, Anthony Joyce, Dave Lee, Stuart Loos, Jane Martone, Alston McCaslin VI, Peter Shatz, Charles Smaha, and David Zelby.

Dr. Lee Hawkins was presented the Georgia Section’s PFA Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions to dentistry as a clinician, as a leader on the local, State, and national levels, for his service to his community, and as a past PFA Section Chair.

Dr. Gary Holmes, assistant Professor of Oral Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, received the Georgia Section’s Second Excellence in Dental Education Award. This award recognizes clinical excellence and encourages junior faculty to stay in academic dentistry. The award was originated by Fellow Frank Caughman.

Also honored at this event was Dr. Mark Shurett for his continued generosity over the past four years in supplying the mobile dental vans, personnel, and supplies for the “Give Kids a Smile” project.

The Foundation Scholarship recipient Dr. Amber Lawson was applauded for her attendance and participation in their program. The new member sponsors were also recognized.

Georgia Dental Association President Fellow Richard Weinman gave greetings with Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry Dean Fellow Connie Drisko giving a talk.

The Saturday evening events were brought to a conclusion with entertainment by a barbershop quartet of Fellows and the magical illusions of Bill Clary.

Sunday morning wrapped up the conference with a Breakfast Business Meeting. President Mark addressed the group on the state of the Academy and the Foundation. Plans for the year 2007 were discussed, committees designated, and the new Georgia PFA letterhead logos were unveiled.


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From the Desk of Foundation President M. David Campbell

Dear Friends,

This month I will use this bimonthly column to share some sad news with you--the death of PFA Past President Marty Naimark on 23 July 2006. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1938. He was a committed husband, father, friend, and, of course, a continuing supporter of the dental profession. He was the consummate professional. He will be missed.

It is no surprise that we use words like conscientious, gentle, supportive, active, wise, kind, warm, and encouraging when we describe Marty. These qualities certainly manifest themselves in his work as President of the Detroit District Dental Society (1970), and his involvement in the Michigan Dental Association, where he served as Trustee and as Vice President. Due to his exemplary service, he was honored with the Michigan Dental Association Meritorious Award and the MDA Dental Citizen of the Year Award. These honors, which were among many, included being a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Marty first served the PFA as Chairman of the Michigan Section and as President of PFA in 1992-1993. During his Presidential Year, he founded a PFA Section at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which was a great source of pride for him. His international contributions to PFA were extensive and created international good will. He continued to serve the organization as a Trustee on the Foundation Board for several years until his health required him sadly to resign.

Throughout his work in various dental organizations, Marty made his opinion known without being aggressive; he wanted to lead but not take over, which can be a rare quality as a leader.

As his practice grew, so did his contributions to PFA, to his fraternity Alpha Omega, to the Scholarship Committee of the Jewish Vocational Service, and as a mentor to dental students while he taught at the University of Detroit School of Dentistry. He received Alpha Omega’s Meritorious Award for his service and dedication.

The sage advice that he offered to colleagues and students will also be sorely missed by his extended family, which most recently included six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, upon whom he doted.

Marty and his wife Wilma were a unique couple. They shared that special something that was clear in their evident love for each other. Wilma and their daughters, Ronna and Jill, and their families were with him until the end, supporting him as they had supported him throughout his life, and he supported them.

We give thanks for Marty--for his life, for his commitment, for his dedication to his profession, and for his family and friends. Marty Naimark’s life was a role model for us all.

I was honored to have worked with him on many projects. Those of us who had the privilege of working with Marty will always remember him as a wise and kind individual. It was he who brought me into the Pierre Fauchard Academy, which opened new chapters for my life. I am most grateful for his guidance and his friendship.

Marty, we all will miss you. God bless.


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Dr. Fred Halik

The Executive Director Reports

by Dr. Fred Halik

The Executive Director’s Office has been buzzing with activity since the Chicago April Meeting. The Interim Meeting Minutes were compiled and distributed.

All but 15 U.S. schools responded to the participation invitation letter sent from the Academy’s Secretary General Richard Kozal last February. My follow-up letter to those recalcitrants in May lowered that to five. The usual assortment of excuses such as “personnel changes,” “we never saw the letter,” etc., were collected.

 

So, the only schools that have ignored every attempt to contact them are Boston, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, and Nova Southeastern. Maybe someday they will wake up and smell the bacon cooking.

As expected, grant applications have flooded in suddenly, numbering over 30, with the most coming in the last few days of May. This is considerably a smaller number than in 2005. But so far, my review has revealed none that can be immediately rejected on technical grounds. My feeling is that my recasting of the application and C. V. documents, and creating a more user-friendly page of directions has made it easier for applicants to comply and therefore not to be rejected out of hand.

Although I had sent about 20 hard-copy applications out to various entities around the world, most applications seem to have been downloaded from the Web site, and completely filled out properly.

Everyone needs to have completed registration, room, and transportation arrangements for Las Vegas by now. The deadline for report submissions to be included in the agenda book is Monday, 11 September. Do not be late!

Foundation Fund Raising Progress

Fund Raising Chair, Foundation Vice President C. F. Larry Barrett has mailed each of you a letter asking for support for the Foundation’s Grant efforts. And the response has been generous. His appeal to continue your good work as Fellows has struck a chord of benefice and support from our membership. Dr. Barrett gives you thanks on behalf of the Foundation, the Academy, and all the people we serve. He asks that we acknowledge the names of our contributors to thank them. The list as of 21 July 2006 is:

Robert B. Shira Fellows (alphabetically)

Dr. C. F. Larry Barrett
Dr. James Brophy III
Dr. Richard Call
Dr. M. David Campbell
Dr. Fred Halik
Dr. George Higue
Dr. William Kort
Dr. James Long
Dr. Carl Lundgren
Dr. Kevin Roach
Dr. Nicholas D. Saccone
The Canadian PFA section
Contributors
Dr. Donald J. Arima
Dr. James C. Baker
Dr. Troy D. Bartels
Dr. William Lee Beasley
Dr. Norman Becker
Dr. A. Milton Bell
Dr. Robert J. Benke
Dr. M. Christine Benoit
Dr. Mark C. Berdahl
Dr. N. Kent Berg
Dr. James P. Birong
Dr. Jerry B. Black
Dr. R. C. Vanden Bosche
Dr. Alan W. Budenz
Dr. Kathleen M. Burr
Dr. Adolph Bushell
Dr. A. J. Camarda
Dr. John S. Carroccia
Dr. Barbara Cavicchio
Dr. James K. Chen
Dr. Theresa Cheng
Dr. Walter W. Crites
Dr. James E. Cuglewski
Dr. Vincent Di benedetto
Dr. Robert C. Director
Dr. Connie Drisko
Dr. Clifton O. Dummett
Dr. Huong Lan Duong
Dr. David W. Eggleston
Dr. Gregory R. Eissmann
Dr. James A. Englander
Dr. Barry A. Feder
Dr. David J. Fulton
Dr. Lynn K. Fujimoto
Dr. Mark A. George
Dr. John Gerstenmaier
Dr. Sami M. Ghareeb
Dr. Robert T. Golia
Dr. Michael M. Gooding
Dr. Peter G. Gordon
Dr. Barry G. Graham
Dr. Larry B. Grillo
Dr. James Gusfa
Dr. Eugene A. Haasch
Dr. Joseph F. Hagenbruch
Dr. Kenneth M. Haggerty
Dr. Michael B. Hagrauty
Dr. Dan W. Haney
Dr. S. N. Harris
Dr. David B. Harte
Dr. Steve Hedlund
Dr. Robert C. Hinkle
Dr. Robert M. Hinkle
Dr. James F. Hoag
Dr. Susan Hollinsworth
Dr. Jack A. Hudson
Dr. Scott Jacks
Dr. James T. Jarosz
Dr. Krista M. Jones
Dr. Robert A. Kalina
Dr. Eric Alan Katkow
Dr. Craig S. Kauffman
Dr. George Kawahara
Dr. Roger S. Kingston
Dr. Michael Kirsch
Dr. John C. Kois
Dr. Stephen K. Kurumada
Dr. Idalia Lastra
Dr. Eli Lee
Dr. Mary A. Licking
Dr. Melvin M. Liefert
Dr. Gary Lowder
Dr. Lawrence E. Mast
Dr. Thomas G. McCune
Dr. Seymore Melnick
Dr. Frank Metzmeier
Dr. Benita A. Miller
Dr. Larry Miller
Dr. Kokichi Miyatake
Dr. John J. Mooney
Dr. Chan K. Nguyen
Dr. Dale A. Nester
Dr. Lonnie A. Norris
Dr. Neil C. Nunokawa
Dr. William H. O’Shurak
Dr. Barbara R. Pampalone
Dr. Jack R. Parrish
Dr. Robert W. Patten
Dr. Robert D. Pellarin
Dr. Michael Perpich
Dr. Tim Pieper
Dr. Charles Plesofsky
Dr. Bradley D. Price
Dr. Henry J. Proctor
Dr. Douglas R. Rakich
Dr. Gordon Rauch
Dr. David A. Redding
Dr. Julio H. Rodriguez
Dr. Creed Rowan
Dr. Melvin L. Rowan
Dr. Richard L. Rubin
Dr. S. Everett Rushing
Dr. Clark A. Sammartino
Dr. Francis G. Serio
Dr. Barry P. Setzer
Dr. Robert E. Sharp
Dr. Gerald A. Smith
Dr. Robert L. Smith
Dr. Harry A. Snyder
Dr. Hugh C. Sobottka
Dr. Murray D. Sykes
Dr. David L. Tagge
Dr. Ted Tanabe
Dr. Terry Tanaka
Dr. V. Roger Tibbetts
Dr. Charles H. Trudgeon
Dr. Berry A. Turner
Dr. W. Fred Thal
Dr. James P. Vernetti
Dr. Johann De Vries
Dr. James F. Walton III
Dr. Richard I. Weaver
Dr. Richard R. Weiss
Dr. David S. Williams
Dr. Joseph F. Williams
Dr. Wade G. Winker
Dr. Marvin R. Winter
Dr. Lorne A. Wiseman
Dr. Howard R. Woosly
Dr. Perry B. Young
Dr. George R. Zehak
The Monroe County Dental Society

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L-R, Michael Pruett, Amber Lawson, and David Allen at the Saturday evening dinner

Foundation News

Georgia

Their Section’s Scholarship recipients from the Medical College of Georgia, Michael Pruett and Dr. Amber Lawson, participated in the PFA “Give Kids a Smile Day” last February.

Iowa

The James Brophy Sr. Memorial Scholarship was presented, through the Foundation, to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry student Lindsay Compton for her leadership and scholarship roles at her dental school by Associate Dean Yvonne Chalkley.

This is the first Memorial Scholarship presented under the new Foundation Fund-Raising guidelines where an individual may donate a sum designated for a dental scholarship. Either half the sum contributed is placed in the Foundation’s principle and the other half given as a separate PFA Scholarship; or the entire amount may be donated to the student in place of the Foundation’s designated amount for that school. Any person may contribute funds for a specific dental school and name their scholarship in memoriam of a mentor, relative, etc

New York

The Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery in New York City presented their Foundation Scholarship Award to junior dental student Keith DaSilva by Dean Ira B. Lamster with Associate Dean Dr. Martin Davis assisting.

Washington State

Molly R. McAllister for the University of Washington School of Dentistry’s Student Services reported that the Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to “rising” fourth-year dental student Michael Bowman by PFA Section Chair Dr. Barry Feder last June. Dr. Zachton Lowe was presented with the PFA Senior Student Award at the same time.


2006 PFA Calendar

18–25 Sept.
94th FDI World Congress, Shenzhen, China

16–20 October
147th ADA Annual Session, Las Vegas, Nevada

16-19 October
PFA Annual Board Meetings, Las Vegas, Nevada

24-29 November
82nd Annual Session of the Greater New York Dental meeting, New York, New York

Academy and Foundation: Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

17 October
11:30 am–2 pm PFA Awards Luncheon, Ballroom 3

17 October
6:30–8 pm PFA President’s Reception, Acacia Ballroom 1

18 October
6:30–10:30 pm PFA Dinner Party, Mesquite Room 1

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

Section News

Canada

Past President Michael Cripton (1994-1995) was the first PFA International President not to reside in the United States. His service opened up the Academy to becoming a truly international organization. Dr. Cripton continued to serve PFA after his Presidency and lead the way on many issues. Michael’s style was to allow debate on an issue to rage back and forth until he would quietly offer a resolution to the matter and the debate was over in accepting his solution. His gentle, quiet manner was well known for putting to rest fiery issues. He served on the Board of Trustees for the PFA Foundation until his untimely illness. His dear wife, Nancy, has informed the Academy that Mike has now moved to a Special Care Home last June. That had been a difficult decision for Nancy to make, but the time had come. The Special Care Home is like a very large bungalow-style residence. “Mike seems very content there,” relates Nancy Cripton, “And he receives excellent care. He is still the caring, gentle person he always was and has never become aggressive like so many people afflicted with dementia do out of frustration. This has been a dreadful disease, but we are taking it one day at a time.”

Past PFA President Kevin Roach, the second international PFA President from Canada, added, “Mike was an interesting President to say the least, and he opened the door to other ‘colonials’ such as myself and incoming President William Winspear of Australia. His quiet manner and sage advice will be sorely missed at our Board Table.”

International Trustee for Canada Barry Dolman was offering some Quebec cultural asides in a recent e-mail that were unbelievably interesting, and should be noted for future reference by anyone traveling between Canada’s Quebec and their country. Dated July, Barry writes, “Sorry for the delay as it is the official vacation period here in Quebec, and I have been away from my desk. There are a few unique social features we have in this province-–other than language (French). One is that all apartment rental contracts end on July 1st. So it is considered the official ‘moving day’ for everyone. Try to imagine everyone moving the same day, with people leaving apartments, and people moving in to apartments, clogging the street with moving truck and trailers--all on the same day! The other is the vacation period established by decree. A number of years ago, all the construction unions established by law that they would all close at the same time-–the last two full weeks of July-–in order for families and friends to have the same time off. Of course, that snowballed into a situation where it became more and more convenient for everyone to vacation together… thus no patients, no reason to keep your dental office open.”

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OKU President Marc Geissberger

United States

California, Northern Section

Dr. Marc Geissberger, Associate Professor at UOP’s Art Dugoni School of Dentistry, was named President of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Society Supreme Chapter for 2006-2007. OKU Supreme Chapter serves as the governing body for its 57 component chapters throughout the country. Established in 1914, OKU honors dental students who have distinguished themselves with a high level of scholarship, as well as exemplary traits of character. Dr. Geissberger is currently Treasurer of the Art Dugoni School of Dentistry Alumni Association, a PFA Fellow, and member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s University Council.

Dean Art Dugoni was approved by UOP’s Board of Regents to receive their highest award, the Order of the Pacific, which he accepted last June at the dental school graduation ceremonies. Pacific’s Alumni Association honored Dean Dugoni at their 48th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet with their Medallion of Excellence, which has only been awarded to seven individuals in the school’s history.

Dr. Art Dugoni is the first dentist to receive an honorary degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry last May, which was a busy month for him. Dr. Dugoni was the featured speaker at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and at the Indiana University School of Dentistry commencement ceremonies.

Michigan

Our President Howard Mark had his letter to the Editor of the Michigan Dental Journal printed, pointing out that the recommended dental goals of MDA are those that PFA espouses as well. He also extended congratulations on MDA’s 150th Anniversary.

New York

Section Chair Lynne Halik hosted their annual Section Meeting last June in Cooperstown to induct new Fellows into the Academy and present their Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Mark Feldman, the incoming President-Elect of the ADA. Foundation Executive Director Fred Halik addressed the group on the Foundation’s activities.

Georgia

Last March, the Georgia Section hosted the annual ACD, ICD, and PFA joint Breakfast Meeting held in conjunction with Hinman Dental Meeting. The Georgia Dental Association President Fellow Richard Weinman was the keynote speaker. Forty PFA Fellows were in attendance.

Last July, the PFA Fellows gathered with ACD and ICD for another joint Breakfast Meeting during the Georgia Dental Association’s Annual Meeting at Amelia Island Plantation.

PFA Fellows Brian Carpenter, A. Drew Ferguson IV, and Kent Percy received Honorable Fellowship Awards from the Georgia Dental Association at their annual Awards breakfast. This award is for members who have rendered more than usual service to the Georgia Dental Association, have been members for ten continuous years, and are recommended by other GDA members for such an award.

PFA Fellow John Feihaut received the GDA’s Award of Merit at their annual Meeting. This is the highest honor that the association can bestow upon a member and is only given to a candidate who has truly exhibited service and merit above recognized standards. This award is not necessarily presented every year.

Fellow Jonathan Dubin received one of five Healthcare Georgia Foundation 2006 Community Service Awards. The award recognizes individuals for their dedication and commitment to improving health and health care across Georgia. Dr. Dubin received an engraved crystal award and the Foundation presented $1000 check to the charity of his choice. Dr. Dubin has volunteered for the past six years for Special Olympics Special Smiles, an oral health-screening program that is offered to all athletes that attend the Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games. He organizes the event each year, recruits volunteers, and solicits donations. His $1000 award went to Special Olympics Special Smiles.

Fellow I. Leon Aronson of Savannah has become the 72nd President of the International College of Dentists, USA Section. Dr. Aronson received his dental degree from Emory University in 1963 and served in the US Air Force. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Orthodontics from St. Louis University in 1967 and has practiced as an orthodontist in Savannah for 33 years until retiring in 2000. Dr. Aronson is past President of the Georgia Dental Association, the Georgia Association of Orthodontists, and of the Southeastern District Dental Society. He is a Georgia Dental Association Award of Merit honoree and a GDA Honorable Fellow.

Wisconsin

Dr. Ronald P. Stifter of Saukville has been recommended to replace the retiring Section Chair Glenn Maihofer. Dr. Maihofer has done a splendid job as Wisconsin’s Section leader, but he needs some time for his family. Dr. Ronald Stifter is an excellent choice to assume Glenn’s role. Dr. Stifter has served on the faculty of Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee since 1970. So he knows a great many dentists in the State. He served as WDA’s President in 1992-1993. He is currently serving as ACD’s Section Chair and is an ICD Fellow as well.

PFA Board and Foundation Events 2006 revised schedule

MONDAY
16 October

8–9:30 AM ADA Opening Session
TBA

9:30–11 AM Section Chair Caucus
Four Seasons Ballroom 3

10 AM – noon Academy Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

Noon — working lunch
Palo Verdi

1:30–2:30 PM Executive Session
Palo Verdi

2:30–5 PM Academy Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

TUESDAY
17 October

7:30–11:30 AM Foundation Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

11:30 AM–2 PM Awards Luncheon
Four Seasons Ballroom 3

2:30–5 PM Foundation Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

6:30–8 PM President’s Reception
Acacia Ballroom 1

WEDNESDAY
18 October

8 AM–noon Foundation Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

Noon - working lunch with...
Academy/Foundation Boards

1–5 PM Academy Board Meeting
Palo Verdi

6:30-10:30 PM PFA Dinner Party
Mesquite Room 1

All Section Chairs are particularly encouraged to attend all the Board Meetings and annual PFA events. Cost for the Awards Banquet and the PFA Dinner Party will be available in the next issue and are by reservation only. Any PFA Fellow may attend as well with reservation in advance.

ALL REPORTS for the Board Meeting packet must be received by the Central Office no later than 8 September to be included in the Meeting packet. Those reports received after that date will NOT be part of the official Meeting packet. Spontaneous oral reports during the Meetings will NOT be allowed. However, if you wish to make an oral report, please inform the Central Office before 8 September in order to be placed on the Meeting Agenda. No exceptions!

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY OFFICERS

Howard Mark
President
Connecticut

William Winspear
President-elect
Australia

James A. Englander
Vice President
Wisconsin

Richard A. Kozal
Secretary General
Nevada

James M. Brophy
Editor
Illinois

Michael Perpich
Immediate Past President
Minnesota

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY TRUSTEES


REGION 1—Europe
Hubert Ouvrard
France

REGION 2—N.E. USA
Richard Walsh
Rhode Island

REGION 3—S.E. USA
Robert S. Hart
Florida

REGION 4—Midwest USA
Joseph C. Harris
Michigan

REGION 5—Western USA
Charles Eller
California

REGION 6—Canada
Barry Dolman
Quebec

REGION 7—Latin America
Ernesto Acuna
Mexico

REGION 8—Australasia
Jonathan Rogers
Australia

REGION 9—Asia
Mamoru Sakuda
Japan

REGION 10—Central USA
Steve Hedlund
Iowa

international TRUSTEES-EMERITUS
Pierre Marois
France

FOUNDATION OFFICERS

M. David Campbell
President
Michigan

C. F. Larry Barrett
Vice President
Iowa

Fred Halik
Executive Director
New York

William Korte
Treasurer
Illinois

George Higue
Treasurer-emeritus
California

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

Carl Lundgren
California

Gary Lowder
Utah

Minoru Horiuchi
Massachusetts

James Long
Mississippi

Michael Cripton
Canada

Scott Welch
Wyoming

Nicholas Saccone
Pennsylvania

Kevin L. Roach
Canada

Michael Perpich
Minnesota

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO OFFICERS

Howard Mark
Connecticut

William Winspear
Australia

Richard Kozal
Nevada

James Brophy
Illinois

6. November - December

Winspear
Dr. William Winspear

President’s Message

With a Little Help From My Friends

In the year that the Pierre Fauchard Academy can proudly boast of reaching its “three score years and ten,” I am honoured to be elected as its President. Whilst I have had several years to prepare for this responsibility, I could never have imagined the support and encouragement I would receive from Fellows throughout the world on assuming this position. I am grateful to the Academy and its Fellowship for affording me this never-to-be-forgotten opportunity.

One of the pleasures of belonging to the Academy is meeting dentists who share a common spirit—or as the French so elegantly refer, an esprit de corps. Many of these colleagues have become close friends and have generously nurtured my progression within the Academy.

There is one Fellow, above all, to whom I owe so much—Brigadier A. Gordon Rowell, AO, CBE, ED (RL), Recipient of the Elmer Best Award.

Gordon Rowell is not only one of the truly revered members of the Australian dental profession, but he is also widely admired for his important contributions to world dentistry. I have been indeed fortunate to have Gordon as a teacher, a mentor, and a friend during my career. He is the inspiration for my becoming involved in the international arena of dentistry; it was his gentle inducement that gave me the confidence to explore the possibilities outside the comfort of my familiar professional surroundings. I will always be indebted to Gordon and his gracious wife Jeanne for their unfaltering faith in me and my endeavours.

Also, I record my appreciation for the warm wishes I had received from the Fellows of the Australasian Region, of which I am extremely proud. Its vibrant profile attracts much interest Down Under, which bodes well for its continuing growth. I commend its International Trustee Jonathan Rogers and Chairman Mark Sinclair and his Executive for their collective commitment to the Academy.

Since attending my first Meeting of Trustees, as an Alternate in 1995, I have enjoyed the harmony and steadfastness of sequential Boards; I have been motivated by the Presidents under whom I have served, as well as being continuously enlightened by the diversity of views that have been held by my fellow Trustees.

Throughout this time, I have been assisted by so many people in so many ways. I particularly wish to acknowledge Past Presidents Michael Perpich and Kevin Roach for their wise counsel, and Richard and Judith Kozal and James Brophy, on whose informed guidance I constantly rely.

During the past 12 months, the Academy has been exceptionally well served by the Presidency of Howard Mark. Howie has steered the organisation to its next level of development with the setting of a forward-looking strategic plan and has reached out to the Fellowship for its input in the framing of future policy initiatives. We have all been motivated by Howie’s indefatigable enthusiasm and are most appreciative of his dedication to the Academy.

In closing, I congratulate James Englander and Charles Eller on their respective appointments as President-Elect and Vice President and welcome Daniel Castagna from Northern California, Joseph Harris from Detroit, and Karyn Stockwell from Georgia as Trustees of the Academy. I also pay tribute to Robert Hart, who has completed his term as Trustee of the Southeast Region of the United States. Bob’s distinguished service coupled with good humour will be forever remembered.

I am certainly looking forward to my year as President, secure in the knowledge that I can always rely on … a little help from my friends.

Dr. William Winspear
President

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Academy Board meeting

Academy Annual Board Meeting

16-18 October 2006, Las Vegas

The PFA Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees was held during the 147th annual ADA Session in Las Vegas, 16-18 October, in the Four Seasons Hotel. President Howard Mark rapped the gavel down and dove into the agenda. In his President’s Report, Dr. Mark noted the change in the attitude and commitment of the Board during the past four years due to the forward-looking and activist leadership. The Management Team concept fostered by past Presidents Kevin Roach and Michael Perpich strengthened the ability of the officer cadre to react to global situations. The relationship of the Board and the Secretary General has improved in a very positive fashion by becoming more cohesive and compatible. Continuing change is always healthy in this context, particularly as the goals and mission alter in complexity. This is vital to the reputation and stature of the Academy. The Trustees of the Board must continue to undergo change and take more responsibility for their various Regions if PFA is to remain a valued organization. Trustees must monitor the activity levels from Section Chairs they have chosen to be sure that they carry out the charge of their office. The grassroots areas of any organization are where the action is and where the future truly lies.

“As President, I leave the charge to you rising in the ranks to (1) do a thorough review and analysis of the Strategic Plan with the idea of strengthening it and re-prioritizing the central issues; (2) study the financial structure to improve its stability and foster communications and activity among the Sections; (3) improve electronic communications to be ready for the future, collecting e-mail addresses to more quickly disseminate our message to everyone; (4) evaluate our leaders and officers so they can be informed about their potential shortcomings and given assistance to improve; and (5) upgrade our international relations as that is our future, and the future of the world.”

Foundation’s Report to the Academy

President David Campbell reported on the April Interim Meeting held in Chicago that cleared up much of the Foundation’s busy work and went over in-depth their investment portfolio with Bank of America Financial Advisor Frank Buchholz.

During the summer, Treasurer-emeritus Dr. George Higue had completely retired and closed his business office where the CPA and the accountant had been handling the investment books and Foundation checks. Dr. Kort had to continue to maintain the financial business of the Foundation while attempting to secure the services provided by Dr. Higue closer to Dr. Kort’s office.

Since the Fund Raising Appeal, initiated by Dr. Larry Barrett, was approved at the April Meeting, he has moved swiftly in getting the project off the ground. Letters were sent to all U.S. Fellows and some International members asking for contributions to the Foundation’s principal to increase income off the interest to continue to fund the dental scholarships and the dental grant projects to the same extent as they had been doing off the higher income from the investment earnings. Dr. Barrett’s efforts have been wildly successful due to the continued generosity of our membership and officers.

As the source of the Foundation funding comes from the monies left to it in the will of Dr. Brenes-Espinach and those funds raised through voluntary donations from the Academy members, the Board of Trustees of the PFA Foundation are very concerned about their protection and further growth in order to continue to serve the tasks assigned to them. Every opportunity they have to review the course of financial affairs in the volatile marketplace with their expertise, they make themselves available to do so. At this meeting, as the others in the past, a substantial amount of time will be spent going over the investment portfolio and making course corrections as necessary.

Executive Director Fred Halik’s Report is in full under the Foundation’s Annual Meeting section.

Secretary General’s Report

The Central Office is constantly updating and refining the PFA database to stay on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s technology. Our Web site is being modified regularly to facilitate easier access for all in discovering what PFA is and how to move around inside it. Elsevier (publisher of Dental World and Dental Abstracts) works closely with the Central Office to confront problems immediately and work out the bumps.

Dues statements have been mailed out since last March for 2006. Most Sections are paid to date, except the Korean Section. Individual dues statements for 2007 will be in the mail in November. The one-time Initiation Fee of $150 USD will remain the same. U.S. dues for 2007 will be the same at $110, with a request for a voluntary $20 donation for the Foundation. International dues will remain at $100 USD with the same donation request for the Foundation.

So far this year, the Central Office has prepared 18 Outstanding Dentist plaques for presentation by the Section Chairs. Five retiring Section Chair plaques have also been prepared and sent out. Requests for Fellowship Certificates, new neck ribbons, and PFA keys are available for the local Induction Ceremonies. Presenting these at a small intimate affair with Fellow dentists has proven to be more personal and successful in stressing the importance of PFA Fellowship.

Last January, 54 letters were sent to the dental school Deans asking for student nominations to receive the Student Certificates for the graduating seniors. 62 were prepared and sent out.

PFA has 1378 current Life Members, with another 42 invited to become Life Members this year. Life Members per se do not receive Dental World, unless they pay the subscription fee. 43 of the participating Life Members with subscription are honorary and receive complimentary subscriptions.

The Central Office continues to arrange and host the quarterly conference calls for the Budget & Finance Committee to review the current up-to-the-minute financial information of the Academy.

The annual Corporate Report is filed in the State of Illinois. As a Foreign Corporation operating in the State of Nevada, PFA is required to file the necessary legal documents there as well along with publishing the PFA financial statement in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The annual financial review by an independent accounting firm was completed in March. The report of that review is forwarded to the Academy President and the Academy Budget & Finance Committee. The report stated that PFA’s books are all in order.

Delinquent 2006 U.S. dues statements were mailed out already. Final 2006 notices will be sent in late November to the International Fellows before they are dropped from the membership rolls.

The Fauchard Dental History Museum continues to grow with donated antique dental items. Museum visitors have commented very favorably about the learning experience, and last May the museum was featured on a local Las Vegas TV program. The UNLV exhibits at the School of Dental Medicine are now completed.

The initiated dues rebate program has had eight Sections request funds in 2005 based on their paid members for a total of $10,370 returned for their local programs.

The 2006 dues rescindment program for Katrina Disaster victim dentists totaled 23 Fellows. We know that there were more who just continued to pay their dues instead, and we thank you.

From the financial aspect of the Central Office activities, all the bills have been paid as of 31 August 2006. The only other outstanding bills will be for the Las Vegas Annual Meeting and the final Elsevier bill.

Total new Fellows for 2006 amount to 313 new members. This is down from last year’s total of 455. 2006 voluntary Foundation contributions to date are $37,960, with 96.5% coming from U.S. Fellows.

The Academy accountant, Dan Jonkers, has been refining our financial data into understandable English so as to be of more relevant meaning to the officers. The Financial Statement and bank reports are attached to this document for the PFA records. In accordance with our Constitution and ByLaws, the independent review of our financial matters was completed and filed in March for all the officers

Budget & Finance Report

The finances for 2005 and those of 2006 to date were discussed and reviewed as they impacted the budget for 2006-2007. The next year’s budget was presented and passed.

Membership Report

Secretary General Richard Kozal presented the membership report as of 30 September 2006. A breakdown of the members in each State Section and their status was included for the some 5054 U.S. Fellows. The same data were presented for the 1878 International Fellows. These are fluid numbers as they change daily due to new members being inscribed on the records, resignations, retirements, and deaths.

Constitution & ByLaws Committee

The changes suggested for the ByLaws were discussed and approved at the Management Team Meeting in Anaheim earlier this year. Here they were presented for full Board approval. They were approved by the Board of Trustees and will be included in the future documents of the Academy.

Nominating Committee

Chair Michael Perpich presented names for nomination to the following offices:

President-elect James A. Englander of Wisconsin

Vice President Charles Eller of California

President William Winspear automatically accedes to nomination from President-elect

Immediate Past President Howard I. Mark automatically accedes to the office from President

Trustee for Region 3: Dr. Karyn Stockwell of Georgia

Trustee for Region 5: Dr. Daniel Castagna of California

3-wide
Section Chair Caucus
Publications/Web Site Committee

Chairman James Englander suggests that there be three subcommittees of this committee to have better control over the specific activities in each category: (1) Publications—to include all Academy printed material; (2) Publicity—to generate public relations to our Fellowship, to the profession, and to the general public; (3) Web site—to deal exclusively with maintaining and upgrading our on-line presence. The Secretary General, our International Editor, and our Webmaster will be permanent members of these committees in the areas of their expertise.

Currently, the effort to collect the e-mail addresses of all the members is under way as the direction of our times will be focusing more and more on electronic communication over the printed word. This will be some time in the future and, right now, Dental World remains the primary tool for communication within the Academy.

It has been suggested that Section Editors aid in generating more communication within our organization. Since technology is rapidly overtaking the current-day scene as we convert from a paper world to a paperless one, a long-range strategic plan for the goals we want to be part of would seem to be in order.

Awards Committee

Chairman James Englander noted that our ByLaws mandate that we hold a ceremony during our annual meeting for the purpose of awarding the PFA Gold Medal to a U.S. individual who meets the requirements for this award. This year, Dr. Rex Ingraham was selected for this honor.

The Elmer S. Best Memorial Award is given to an individual outside the U.S. who has the same qualifications as the PFA Gold Medal. This year, Dr. Pierre Machtou was so selected and presented the Award last June in Paris, France.

The PFA Distinguished Service Award was elected to be given to past PFA Presidents H. Raymond Klein and Carl Lundgren.

The Dental Trade & Industry Award of Recognition may be presented to honor an outstanding leader in the dental industry. This year, the company selected was Dentsply of Canada, with their Vice President George Rhodes receiving the honor.

Honorary Fellowship is sometimes presented when a special occasion to honor someone’s contributions comes at hand. This year, FDI President Michele Arden of Belgium was so honored.

Hall of Fame Committee Report

Chairman Kevin Roach presented the list of approved and awaiting formal induction into the Hall of Fame as: Dr. Terrence Ward, Dr. Maynard K. Hine, Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed, and Dr. Edward H. Angle.

Other Hall of Fame nominations were presented as Dr. Raymond Begg of Australia and Dr. Thomas W. Evans of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Roach, with the approval of his committee, has appointed Dr. Malvin Ring to serve as Dental Historian Consultant to the Hall of Fame Committee and to the Academy.

Section Chair Caucus

Vice President James Englander was the Management Team representative with Section Chair for Georgia Karyn Stockwell being the Caucus Chairman. Their report was not finalized at the time of this submission.

Section Chair Reports

These reports are included under Section News.

Appointments

Dr. Terry L. Brewick has been appointed Section Chair for Colorado.

Dr. Bruce Matthews has been appointed Section Chair for Delaware.

Dr. Robin Mark Santiago has been appointed Section Chair for Connecticut.

Dr. Douglas Cassat has been appointed Section Chair for the California, Southern Section.

Dr. Barry Feder has been appointed Section Chair for Washington State.

Dr. Ron Sifter has been appointed Section Chair for Wisconsin.

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President-elect James Englander with new Wisconsin Chair Ron Sifter
2006-2007 Committee Appointments

Management Committee: Chair William Winspear; James Englander, Charles Eller, Howard Mark. Ex-officio Richard Kozal

Fellowship Committee: Chair Ernesto Acuna; Steven Hedlund, Hubert Ouvrard, Jonathan Rogers, Mamoru Sakuda, Karyn Stockwell, Richard Walsh. Ex-officio Richard Kozal

Budget & Finance Committee: Chair James Englander; Charles Eller, Howard Mark, William Winspear. Ex-officio Richard Kozal

Nominating Committee: Chair Howard Mark

Constitution & ByLaws: Chair James Englander; Charles Eller, Steven Hedlund. Ex-officio Richard Kozal

Strategic Plan Committee: Chair James Englander; Ernesto Acuna, Daniel Castagna, Barry Dolman, Joseph Harris. Consultant Howard Mark. Ex-officio Richard Kozal

Publications/Web Site Committee: Chair Charles Eller; Editor James Brophy, Webmaster Mark Stanley, Barry Dolman, Karyn Stockwell. Consultant Michael Perpich. Ex-officio Richard Kozal

Awards Committee: Chair Charles Eller; Ernesto Acuna, Daniel Castagna, Hubert Ouvrard, Mamoru Sakuda, Richard Walsh. Consultant Frank Braun, consultant Pierre Marois, consultant Nicholas Saccone. Ex-officio Richard Kozal

Hall of Fame Committee: Chair Kevin Roach; Fred Halik, Joseph Harris, Michael Perpich, Jonathan Rogers. Consultant Minoru Horiuchi, consultant Pierre Marois, consultant Nicholas Saccone

Archivists: Editor James Brophy, Secretary General Richard Kozal

Museum Committee: Chair Richard Kozal; James Brophy, Charles Eller, James Englander. Consultant Nicholas Saccone

Officers Reports

President-elect William Winspear noted that this past year has been one of consolidation for the Academy as it successfully embraced new business practices and policy initiatives.

Vice President James Englander has been heading up crafting the Publications/Web Site Committee to confront the problems of the future that PFA might be best prepared to negotiate successfully. The other Committee Dr. Englander has been managing for some years now is the Awards Committee. He has established the awards process on solid footing by establishing and refining the guidelines for presenting which awards to whom and in what context. The goals for next year will be membership recruitment and retention.

Immediate past President Michael Perpich has been active in redesigning the PFA Web site in preparation of today’s future. These past four years, from those bleak beginning days in New Orleans, have written a story of success and growth with the Management Team and the support of the staff.

Fellowship Committee

Chair Ernesto Acuna outlined his committee’s charges as (1) clarification of the criteria for selection of new Fellows; (2) how to discover prospective members; (3) providing assistance to Section Chairs to induct 5 to 10 new Fellows on an annual basis; and (4) suggesting means of retaining existing Fellows.

Trustee Mamoru Sakuda has replied that in the Japan Section ByLaws it states that “A candidate must be recommended by two Fellows for their Section Committee’s approval.” Candidates must be a dentist for 5 years or more and be over the age of 30. They must be willing to agree with the purpose and objectives of the Academy and cooperate in fulfilling that mission. They must have published scientific papers and hold a valid doctoral degree or higher. A Section can organize a Selection Committee to recruit the five to ten members a year. Section Chairs should not remain in that position for more than two years in order to bring “fresh air” to their Section. They hold a “rush” meeting with prospective candidates and current Fellows to present the various reasons why a member of PFA is presented to inform and to renew membership enthusiasm. It is important for Section Chairs to remain in touch with their members by having at least an annual newsletter in their own language.

Trustee Charles Eller notes that the number of candidates to recruit depends on the size of the dental population in an area. A two-year limit for a Section Chair may be too short a time to discover what the problems are to fix.

Trustee Hubert Ouvrard states that Sections could solicit candidates from the teaching institutions. These candidates have many contacts among their former students to increase the membership pool.

Trustee Karyn Stockwell writes that in her Section they send out a letter requesting candidate nominations from the existing Fellows to create a prospective group of possible members. The PFA “requirements” for membership are too vague and need clarification so that Section Chairs have a guideline from which to operate.

Trustee Richard Walsh agrees that some types of minimal requirements are necessary to maintain the “honor” of being asked to become a Fellow. Having “nominating sponsors” is a good one so that future activity can be minimally maintained through that sponsor. In a small Section like Rhode Island, where the number of existing dentists is relatively stable, three or four are chosen every year to replace the deceased and retired members that have fallen by the wayside in the year. Sections that have active service projects, and a regular means of communication with their Fellows, keep a high percentage of their members.

Trustee Report

International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda very insightfully reflects on the eastern Asia sphere of influence. The eastern Asia sphere of influence centers on Japan, economically and politically. That is why Japan is called on to lead. But it is difficult to lead when the Sections around you are mired in their own politics and depressed by their own economies. There are nine existing Sections. PFA is attempting to establish one in mainland China. But China puts up walls to make it difficult to get in. Friends of the past, as in the Republics of China (Taiwan) and of Korea, are divided.

Hong Kong has reverted to mainland China, and Singapore is not the international bastion it once was.

However, both are still doing well as Asian trade centers. India, Pakistan/Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Malaysia are too poor to support dentists to be able to afford PFA Fellowship. Partial Fellowship brings them membership, but no communications—like Dental World, let alone Dental Abstracts. And the various languages do not aid communications between themselves even. The influence of PFA, centered in the United States, is a distant concept and not a real presence of aid, communications, or Fellowship. Others of the many Asian countries are worse off. Not only are they poor and isolated from the United States, but also their level of dentistry is very low—with nowhere to go for assistance. And the need there is greater than anywhere else. How might we resolve this discrepancy is the question we must face and answer.

Awards Luncheon of the PFA Academy

17 October 2006, Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas

The annual PFA Awards Luncheon was held on Tuesday at noon this year due to the ADA Meeting schedule change from the weekend to the beginning of the week. As usual, the Luncheon honored several outstanding dentists that have well served their profession. Presiding over the event and presenting the introductions was outgoing PFA President Howard I. Mark. Giving the Invocation was PFA Foundation President M. David Campbell.

After an excellent meal and entertainment by an Elvis impersonator, Vice President and Awards Committee Chair James Englander introduced the Awards recipients.

The highest PFA Award given out, the Elmer S. Best Award, had been presented to Dr. Pierre Machtou of Paris, France, last June in Paris at the headquarters of Dental Faculty Paris Garanciere by Immediate past President Michael Perpich, International Trustee for Europe Hubert Ouvrard, Section Chair for France Dean Marie-Laure Boy-Lefevre, and International Trustee-emeritus Pierre Marois.

The highest PFA Award presented in the United States is the Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal. This year by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, the Medal was presented to Dr. Rex Ingraham, Professor-emeritus of USC, for his lifelong service to dentistry.

The PFA Dental Trade & Industry Award is given to a company in recognition for their outstanding contributions to the profession of dentistry. This year’s award was presented to Dentsply Corporation of Canada and accepted by their Vice President of Professional Relations George R. Rhodes.

The PFA Distinguished Service Award was given to two outstanding former PFA Presidents. Dr. Carl G. Lundgren had served PFA as International Trustee from Southern California, as Academy President (1993-94), then became the PFA Foundation Vice President and Chairman of the Grants Committee, and finally as PFA Foundation President. His other honors—such as President of the International College of Dentists, USA Section—are long and numerous.

The other PFA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. H. Raymond Klein.

Dr. Klein has served PFA as International Trustee from Florida, Academy President (1991-92), and then as Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee for many years. His other honors—such as the current President of the American College of Dentists and more dental organizations as their President—stretches for pages.

The PFA International Honorary Fellowship is rarely given out except to a rare individual who has exceeded professional standards in their entire life’s work globally, in dentistry as well as their own communities. Such an outstanding person is Dr. Michele Aerden of Belgium, President of the Federation Dentale International. She was most gracious in attending our banquet to accept our presentation. Dr. Aerden’s list of service to the profession and to the world would fill a book. PFA is very honored to have her join us in continued service to the dental profession.

The International Trustees Retiring Service Award was presented to Dr. Robert S. Hart of Florida who had been International Trustee representing Region III, the Southeast USA, for many years.

And to Dr. Charles G. Eller of Southern California as the International Trustee for Region V, the Western USA. Dr. Eller will become the PFA International Vice President.

The PFA Section Chair Service Awards were presented to this year’s retiring Section Chairs.

The Installation of Officers for 2006-2007 commenced with Immediate past President Michael Perpich giving the oath of Office to Dr. William J. Winspear of Australia, who was installed as PFA International President, and to Dr. James A. Englander of Wisconsin, who was installed as International PFA President-elect, and to Dr. Charles Eller of Southern California, who was installed as International Vice President.

Dr. Howard I. Mark of Connecticut will automatically become the Immediate Past President. Dr. Richard A. Kozal of Nevada continues to serve as the Academy’s Secretary General. And Dr. James M. Brophy III of Illinois continues to serve as the Academy’s International Editor.

President Howard Mark then presented his President’s Award to the Immediate Past President Dr. Michael Perpich.

Dr Mark also presented Assistant Secretary Judy Kozal with an Appreciation Award for her exceptional services throughout the years on behalf of PFA and particularly his year in office.

The Philippines Chair, Dean Diampo Lim, along with his entourage from far away, which included the 1990 Elmer Best Award recipient Dr. Primo S. Gonzales, awarded our Secretary General Richard Kozal a with special Pierre Fauchard bust award for all his dedicated service to resurrecting the Philippines Section.

Foundation Vice President C. F. Larry Barrett presented the Foundation Robert B. Shira Awards to Drs. Larry Barrett, James Brophy, Richard Call, M. David Campbell, Fred Halik, George Higue, William Kort, Carl Lundgren, Kevin Roach, and Nicholas D. Saccone.

Nevada Chair William Rohel took this occasion, while in Las Vegas, to induct 15 new members into Fellowship.

Chair William Rohel also announced their Section’s Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award to Dr. George McAlpine. Incoming President William Winspear presented the Award.

Incoming President William Winspear addressed his new ideas for further developing PFA internationally and what he expects to accomplish in his year.

Outgoing President, but hardly retiring, Dr. Howard I. Mark thanked everyone in PFA for making his year one of the stellar memories in his life. He was exuberant in discussing all the wonderful Fellows he had met around the world on his visits, thanked the PFA staff, and particularly thanked his wife Sheila for her patience in assisting him.


PFA Museums Revisited

Secretary General Richard Kozal had made arrangements to bus any attending PFA Fellows and guests to tour the PFA-initiated dental museums in the Community College of Southern Nevada and the one in the new dental school at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Many of the Officers and Fellows had contributed old dental equipment and records to the different dental museums that the Academy, with funding from the PFA Foundation, had established in different locations.

The preparatory work in setting up these museums, mostly performed by Curator Richard Kozal for the PFA Museum Foundation, has been completed, and the maintenance of the museums signed over to the hosting institutions.

Thus proudly completes another PFA project. Further assembly of other dental museums, in answer to requests from dental institutions to do so, is being evaluated.

In 2002, Secretary General Richard Kozal had reorganized the ad hoc Academy Museum Committee into a “public charity foundation” entitled the Pierre Fauchard Academy Museum of Dental History in order that it might itself receive tax-deductible donations from other individuals. This status needs to be renewed every year.

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Bank of America’s Frank Buchholz describes the Foundation investments

Foundation Annual Board Meeting

17-18 October 2006, Las Vegas
Foundation Board Meeting

Down the hallway from the Academy Meeting, the PFA Foundation held their annual Board Meeting and Grants Review Session. Foundation President M. David Campbell called the Meetings to order with Trustee James Long giving the Invocation. All the Trustees and ex-officio Officers were present except for Dr. Nicholas Saccone, who was infirmed and could not travel from Pennsylvania.

President Campbell reviewed the Foundation Committees:

Executive Committee (Chair President David Campbell)

Grants Committee (Chair Gary Lowder)

Budget & Finance Committee (Chair Treasurer William Kort)

Disaster & Relief Fund (Chair James Long)

ByLaws & Policy (Chair Howard Mark)

Public Relations & Web Site (Chair Michael Perpich)

Memorial & Tributes Funds (Chair C. Larry Barrett)

PFA Museum Foundation Board (William Kort as Representative).

Treasurer’s Report

Foundation Treasurer William Kort was in excellent form. He had spent some time this year getting the books and records transferred from retiring Treasurer-emeritus George Higue to a new accountant located closer to his office.

Investments made by Dr. George Higue are still locked in at 6.5%, but as they mature, the best that can be achieved right now is at 4.54%. Operating expenses have remained within the budget.

Fund-raising efforts by Vice President Larry Barrett have produced some substantial addition to our principal. The fund-raising effort is schedule to continue for three years, with many Fellows making installments on their pledges. Some 12 Shira Awards were presented at the annual Banquet.

The Budget for 2006-07 was presented, discussed, and approved.

Bank of America Investment Corp’s Frank Buchholz was present to review all the Foundation’s investments and make suggestions about their future placement.

ByLaws & Policy

Chair Howard Mark presented the final revised copy of the ByLaws as amended last April for final ratification by the Board, which was adopted.

Executive Director’s Report

Executive Director Fred Halik noted that the Minutes of the April Interim Meeting last April in Chicago had been mailed to everyone. He then called for any corrections before their adoption.

Dr. Halik discussed some of his operation problems in sorting out the many misconceptions about filing for Foundation grants. He urged everyone to check out the Web site first as that would answer many of the questions both he and Richard Kozal had to field from the many inquiries.

He particularly noted the confusion in some minds between the work that the Academy does and that of the Foundation. Because Dr. Halik had been a past Academy President and Dr. Kozal has been the Executive Director, both are well versed in each other’s duties and can handle most of the inquiries. But answering questions that are on our Web site are very time-consuming efforts apart from their routine duties. A check of the Web site and its links would be more efficient for all concerned.

With Grants Program applications on the Web site in a downloadable form, requests for forms have dropped 75% in the last year. While Grant requests have dropped 20% over the past year, those rejected also were reduced by over 80%, resulting in more Grants to be considered in 2006.

The Scholarship Program always has a few glitches. 64 U.S. dental school scholarships were allotted, but five dental schools have never replied to two mailed notices to the deans. Those schools not responding for the student scholarships are: the Universities of Arizona, Boston, Colorado, Florida, and the Nova Southeastern (Florida).

Of the non-U.S. dental scholarships presented for 28 dental schools, only nine were picked up last year. Lack of response from the schools themselves is the major problem, but the lack of the Section Chairs and/or Trustee to assist in defining which are legitimate dental schools and helping to make contact with them is the other. This year, 29 non-U.S. dental schools have been selected.

The Disaster & Relief Committee as a response last year to aid in the Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath was a compassionate expression of the Foundation’s desire to be of assistance. However, parameters upon which the Foundation could become involved were difficult to establish. What was done was that the Academy rescinded dues payment for 2005-06 for the Fellows from the affected area, upon receipt of a letter from them asking for this relief.

The Foundation awarded a substantial grant to the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic. That clinic had accepted LSU students from New Orleans to operate a preceptorship program out of their facilities to assist the displaced dental students in achieving their clinical requirements in order to graduate. All the LSU students were able to graduate on time, thanks to the Foundation funds to help expand their facilities to accommodate them. The first two floors of the New Orleans-based LSU School of Dentistry were totally ruined. The scramble from the area’s affected dentists for new dental equipment made it nearly impossible to move the entire school to Baton Rouge, establish clinical facilities there, and build up a patient load. The established Community Clinic was able with funding to expand their operation to encompass the students’ needs without negatively affecting their own dentists’ needs. The situation was so successful that LSU is undertaking the same program this year while the dental school is being rebuilt.

Academy Report

PFA President Howard Mark gave a report to the Foundation Board on the status of the Academy’s activities to date. He then submitted his request for the Academy for two grants to cover publications and to upgrade the PFA Web site.

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Japan Trustee Mamoru Sakuda (center) presents Japan donation to President David Campbell and Treasurer William Kort
Grants Committee Report

Chair Gary Lowder presented 41 Grant applications for review by the Board. There were more requests for funding than funds existed to fund them. So a review of the grants was then gone through, one by one. The entire Board discussed all 41 requests and 11 were rejected. That left some 30 approved projects accepted. Rather than reject any more due to lack of funds, or willy-nilly cut some and not others, the Board determined to fund all the remaining projects to the extent that funds remained. This came out to be 69% of the amounts requested, including the two Academy grant requests.

Dr. Halik then led the discussion concerning which non-U.S. countries qualified for dental school scholarships. The scholarships are apportioned out on the basis of PFA membership numbers. The United States has 75% of the membership, so each U.S. dental school is offered a scholarship. That amounts to 68% of the scholarships awarded. The remaining scholarships are offered to non-U.S. dental schools in countries having a membership minimum of ten Fellows, on a rotating basis for the minimum qualifying countries. This year, those countries up in the rotation to receive the offer are: three scholarships to Australasia; one to Belgium; five to Canada; one to Chile; one to Costa Rica; one to the Czech Republic; two to France; one to Germany; one to India; one to Ireland; one to Italy; two to Japan; one to Kenya; one to Mexico; one to the Philippines; one to Poland; one to the Korean Republic; one to Spain; one to Switzerland; one to the Netherlands; and one to the United Kingdom—for a total of 29. The allocation was discussed and approved by the Board. Scholarship funds that were to have been distributed by our late Trustee Bernardo Levit, attempts to present them to the recipients are being made. Failing that, the money will be returned to the Foundation for re-allocation.

Dental Museum Foundation

This was a separate foundation established to be an oversight committee for the museum projects and to remove the liability, if any, from the Academy and the Foundation. Neither of the organizations has any financial responsibility left concerning the museums. Curator Richard Kozal is in the process of having the recipient institutions sign documents to maintain the donated museum pieces and assume all liability and further financing.

Old & New Business

Trustee Min Horiuchi presented a motion to consider grant applications at the Interim Meeting as well as at the annual Meeting in order to cover the timeline for academic institution planning and funding. This was discussed and no action was taken.

Trustee Carl Lundgren made a motion NOT to have an Interim Meeting this year in order to save the cost of hosting one since there did not appear to be any immediate business to transact at this time. Motion was adopted. Vice President Larry Barrett moved that any matters requiring Board action be placed in the hands of the Executive Committee for decisions in the time between their next annual Meeting in San Francisco next year.

Dr. Howard Mark was voted to a seat as a full Foundation Trustee, since he was no longer PFA President. Academy President-elect James Englander will come on the Board as an ex-officio officer, while PFA President William Winspear remains the same as his Academy title changes.

Fund Raising Report

Chair Larry Barrett presented his report on the amount of monies received to date. All contributions are being listed in Dental World to acknowledge them and express the Foundation’s appreciation to the members for helping out in this shortfall of funds. Dr. Barrett distributed the Dr. Shira Certificates for contributions over $1000 at the Awards Luncheon.

At this time, International Trustee Barry Dolman of Canada presented a $1500 check from the Canadian Section Fellows. International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda of Japan presented a $1000 check to Dr. Barrett from the Japanese Fellows, and a personal $500 check from himself. Editor James Brophy presented a check for $1000 for the dental scholarship fund.

Foundation Fund Raising Progress

Robert B. Shira Fellows

Dr. C. F. Larry Barrett
Dr. James M. Brophy
Dr. Richard L. Call
Dr. M. David Campbell
Dr. Fred Halik
Dr. George Higue
Dr. William Kort
Dr. James Long
Dr. Carl Lundgren
Dr. Kevin Roach
Dr. Nicholas D. Saccone
The Canadian PFA Section
The Japan PFA Section

Contributors

Dr. C. F. Larry Barrett
Dr. Kenneth W. Cooper
Dr. Donald P. Darbo
Dr. Mark B. Desrosiers
Dr. Geraldine M. Ferris
Dr. Michael Fey
Dr. Frank L. Frani
Dr. Robert B. Gerber
Dr. Barry Lee Green
Dr. Lynne Halik
Dr. John J. Hanck

Memoriams

Dr. C. F. Larry Barrett in memory of Clare Brophy
Dr. James Brophy in memory of mother Clare Brophy
Dr. Howard I. Mark in memory of Clare Brophy
Dr. M. David Campbell in memory of PFA President Marty Naimark

1992 Best Award recipient Horst-Wolfgang Haase (Quintessence)

Dr. Patrick G. Heavey
Dr. Steven K. Hedlund
Dr. Neil S. Hiltunen
Dr. Gary L. Jacobsen
Dr. Lynn A Jones
Dr. Gabriela Lee
Dr. James Long
Dr. Neil D. Lutins
Dr. Howard I. Mark
Dr. Stanley W. McGhee
Dr. Thomas H. Morton, Jr.
Dr. Daniel L. Orr
Dr. Pere Harster I. Nadal Passeig de la Bonanova
Dr. Lindsey Robinson
Dr. Mamoru Sakuda
Dr. Noble H. Sevier II
Dr. Alan J. Shapiro
Dr. Karyn L. Stockwell
Dr. Whitam K. Van Meter, Jr.
Dr. Michael J. Whitehouse
Dr. Rieger Wood III
Dr. Bruce E. Yuille
The Canada PFA Section (again)
The Japan PFA Section

Honorariams

Dr. Robin Mark Santiago in honor of President Howard I. Mark

If you wish more information on the Endowment Fund Raising Program, or to become a member of it, please call the Foundation Executive Director Fred Halik at 585/387-9519, or e-mail him at FPFA@Rochester.rr.com.

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Aldo Boccio presenting Scholarship Award to Toronto’s dental student

Foundation News

Canada

Foundation Scholarship recipient Razvan Pitic of Laval University in Quebec wrote to thank PFA for the 2006 Achievement Award.

The PFA Ontario Section Aldo Boccio presented the Foundation scholarship Award to a University of Toronto dental student.

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Chair Ronald de la Cruz presents Scholarship to Evelyn Arce with Dean Carlos Filroy
Costa Rica

The 2005 Foundation Scholarship Award went to junior Cynthia Pamela Rojas. The 2006 Award was presented to junior Evelyn Arce by Dean Carlos Fillroy and PFA Section Chair Ronald de la Cruz.

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L-R, past Dean Kannappan presenting Scholarship Award to recipient Ms. Kanimozhi with PFA Secretary T. Samraj
India

Secretary/Treasurer T. J. Samraj reported the Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to Ms. Kanimozhi, BDS student from the Government Dental College Chennai.

The award was presented by Dr. J. G. Kannappan, President of the Indian Association of Forensic Odontology, and Former Principal of the Government Dental School Chennai, during the Inaugural Function of the 4th National Conference of the Indian Association of Forensic Odontology held at Penang International Dental College in Salem last September.

Republic of Moldova

Dr. Steven Mackler, Chair of the North Carolina/Moldova Bilateral Committee, expresses his appreciation for the PFA support of the fluoride varnish program in the Republic of Moldova. PFA was the original supporter of this successful cooperative project that treated 9000 children in local orphanages. This program has served as a model for other eastern bloc countries. They ask that we consider funding a third program there with a grant of $1000.

Professors Vickie Overman and Charlotte Peterson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry immunized 2710 children against chickenpox and provided dental fluoride treatments to some 4686 children in some 25 boarding schools and orphanages in 11 cities and villages across the country. The Instructors were assisted by four medical and dental soldiers from the North Carolina Army National Guard. The September 2005 program included vaccinating 1400 children against Hepatitis-A.

Foundation News cont'd

United States
New York

PFA Dental Student Awards were presented to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine students Becky W. Gong and Caroline M. Hocking, to New York University College of Dentistry student Brian Fabb, to SUNY-Buffalo School of Dental Medicine student Perichole L. Eilers, and to Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine student Larissa M. Figari.

The Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to junior Keith DaSilva at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine by Dean Ira Lamster and Associate Dean Martin Davis last May. Keith DaSilva was Co-chair for the student tutorial of the Academic Success Program.

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L-R, Dean Mark Gonthier, Award recipient Wesley Min-Da Chiang, and PFA past President Min Horiuchi
Massachusetts

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine held their 13th Senior Awards Dinner last May. Student Wesley Min-Da Chiang was presented the PFA Senior Student Award by Associate Dean Mark Gonthier and PFA Past President Min Horiuchi.

Michigan

The Foundation Scholarship Awards were presented to Anne Lin of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and to Rebecca Himm from the University of Detroit-Mercy. Their honor was highlighted in the Michigan PFA’s newsletter, News Update.

Anne Lin is originally from Maryland and has won the 2003 American Association of Dental Research (AADR) Student Research Fellowship. She presented her findings at the 2004 IADR Meeting. She will be entering an oral surgery residency program at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Rebecca Himm joins her father’s dental practice in Livonia. Dr. Rebecca Himm was a 2005 volunteer for the Bay Cliff Health Camp and has participated in the “Give the Kids A Smile” programs.

A Foundation-sponsored program and supported by the Michigan PFA for the last four years, the Bay Cliff Health Camp provided dental care for the physically challenged again this year with dental students from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry’s PFA Mentorship Program. Dr. Cheri Newman, an adjunct instructor in patient care, led the team of RDH Stephanie Newman and Dr. Will Thompson to assist in providing the dental treatments. Past PFA President and current Foundation President David Campbell and his wife Janet were volunteers a couple of years back and wrote an article for Dental World on the experience.

2006-2007 Calendar

4 November 2006
Japan Section Annual Meeting

24-29 Nov. 2006
82nd Annual Session of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, New York City

March 2007
Australian Dental Association Congress/PFA Induction Ceremony, Sydney

April 2007
Oklahoma PFA Meeting
PFA Management Team Meeting
Oklahoma State Dental Association Pierre Fauchard bust unveiled

May 2007
Southern California Section Meeting and Luncheon, Anaheim

22-24 May 2007
Canadian Dental Association Meeting/PFA Canada Meeting, Jasper, Alberta

August 2007
100th Anniversary of the Chile Odontological Society, Santiago, Chile

27-30 Sept. 2007
148th ADA Meeting, San Francisco
PFA Academy & Foundation Annual Board Meetings, San Francisco

24-27 October 2007
95th FDI Congress, Dubai, UAE

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Section News

Argentina

International Trustee for Latin America Ernesto Acuna installed Dr. Norberto Montheil with his medal of authority as Section Chair for Argentina to replace our late lamented Senior Trustee Ernesto Levit.

Australia/New Zealand

International Trustee Jonathan Rogers reports that they currently have 299 Fellows with another 50 to 60 to be inducted at their biennial Australian Dental Association Congress in Sydney next year March. The current officers are: Section Chairman Mark Sinclair of New South Wales, Secretary/Treasurer Patrick Meaney of New South Wales (the largest populated State in Australia), Trustees Richard Sawer of South Australia, Gerry Clausen of Victoria, and Dexter Bambery of New Zealand. Last November, they hosted a successful Regional Dinner in South Australia at the Adelaide Club. Another Regional Dinner was held in Sydney this September at the Wharf Restaurant on the Sydney Harbour with some 74 in attendance along with Federal President of the Australian Dental Association Bill O’Reilly, NSW ADA President Chris Wilson, CEO of ADA NSW Matthew Fisher, ICD President-emeritus Sydney Dobbin, and noted prosthodontist Norton Duckmanton. PFA President-elect William Winspear attended both dinners, and he expressed his appreciation for mentor Brigadier Gordon Rowell.

The Hall of Fame Committee nominated famed orthodontist Dr. P. Raymond Begg for induction into the Hall of Fame in May, 2007, probably at P. R. Begg Museum in Adelaide.

Their Section's highest honor is the Gordon Rowell Prize. Gordon Rowell was the first President of the Australasian Section of PFA. He provided leadership and inspiration to the profession throughout Australia and in New South Wales in particular from the 1950s right through his retirement in 1990. This Editor first met Dr. Rowell in 1989 at a PFA Annual Meeting. Like the U.S. General Shira, General Rowell was of strong character, truly an inspiration to anyone who knew him. Bill Winspear was a lucky professional to learn at the feet of such a great man.

The PFA Student Awards of Excellence, which has a $600 AUD honorarium attached, were presented to three Fiji dental students attending the Fiji School of Medicine’s School of Oral Health.

Belgium/Luxembourg

Chair Jose Dahan hosted a March Meeting with speakers attorney Philippe Meulders, who addressed organizing medical Web sites, and Philippe Limbourg, who creates professional Web sites for doctors. This is an important topic as European laws are very strict regarding medical promotion in Europe. Dr. Dahan attended the annual Meeting in Las Vegas to discuss linking their Web site with the PFA site. The Belgium Section has proposed holding different European PFA Section Meetings in different countries so that all the European Sections might exchange ideas and suggestions for improving the PFA public image with other dentists.

Newly inducted Honorary PFA Fellow, FDI President Michele Aerden attended the ADA meeting Session to receive Honorary Fellowship from PFA and International Dentist of the Year Award from ADI.

Brazil

Section Chair Henrique Teitelbaum passed away last September, we were informed by the Brazilian Odontological Associacion. He had been ill with cancer. He was buried 8 September in Porto Alegre. International Trustee Ernesto Acuna sent condolences on behalf of PFA to his widow Suely.

Canada

Trustee for Canada Barry Dolman reported holding their annual Meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in coordination with the annual Canadian Dental Association Convention. Their Awards Luncheon had over 100 in attendance including CDA President Wayne Halstrom. CDA Past President Jack Cottrell, CDA Vice President Deborah Stymiest, along with PFA Chairs Gary MacDonald (Atlantic Canada), Aldo Boccio (Ontario) and past CDA President Tom Brenneman (Western Canada), ICD President Gordon Thompson, ACD President Marcia Boyd, DCF President (and past CDA President) Bernie Dolansky, and CDA past Presidents Ray Wenn, Louis Dube, Toby Gushue, Alf Dean, George Sweetnam, JCDA Editor John O’Keefe, and University of Montreal Dean Claude Lamarche.

The Canadian Region installed 30 new Fellows: Drs. David Zaparinuk, Paul Demarco. Marc Robert, Marina Sexton, Thomas Randall, Donald Walsh, Bruce Ward, Brian Rinehart, Mark Darling, Robin Gamble, Stuart Root, Christena Chruszez, Barry Maze, Marc Mollot, Randall Croutze, Patricia Kmet, Adrian Palencar, Larry Raley, Myron Stein, Christopher Haunsperger, Wayne Maillet, Barry Fleming, Jack Sherman, Carolyn Poon Woo, Ross Anderson, Brenda Thomson, and Scott Maclean.

PFA President Howard Mark attended and addressed the luncheon. The Canadian Section Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award was presented to Fellow Burton Conrod (a past CDA President) of Sydney, Nova Scotia, who is currently FDI President-elect.

Susan Conrod, a junior at Dalhousie University, was the winner of the Dentsply competition to represent Canada in the Las Vegas finals.

DCF (the Dentistry Canadian Fund – an arms-length charitable fund of the Canadian Dental Association) is working with PFA Canada to formulate a fund so as facilitate Canadian charitable donations to PFA.

The next PFA Section Banquet Meeting will be during the CDA Meeting in Jasper, Alberta, next May 24-26. 2007.


Germany

Section Chair Frank Braun has ten new candidates for Initiation.

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The dignitaries at the 4th National Conference of Forensic Dentistry
India

Section Secretary T. Samraj reports meeting during the 4th National Conference of the Indian Association of Forensic Odontology held at Penang International Dental College last September. In the picture, left to right, are IAFO Secretary S. Balagopal, Viayaka Mission Hospital Salem Director N. V. Chandrasekar, VMHR (Salem University) Vice Chancellor J. A. Sathish Kumar, Chief Guest Dr. A. Shanmugasundaram, IAFO President and PFA Fellow J. G. Kannappan, Secretary of the Organizing Committee Dr. J. Sabarinathan, PFA Secretary T. Samraj, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, and IAFO Treasurer Dr. Raji Viola Solomon, a PFA Fellow.

Ireland

Section Chair Dr. Christopher Lynch has inducted five new Fellows into membership. His Section has donated textbooks to a dental institution, provided financial support to an international charity, and hosted a PFA dinner.

Israel

Section Chair Professor Alexander Mersel is reorganizing the Section after the various war activities have ceased to allow safe movement around the country.

Italy

New Section Chair Dr. Andrea Pantarotto will host a PFA meeting in February 2007.

Kenya

Chair Pankaj Patel has been organizing an African Section. This year they have been helping support a Kenya Dental Center.

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Chair Branislav Dastevski inducts new Fellow
Macedonia

Chair Professor Branislav Dastevski has inducted a new member during the 4th Congress of Dentist in Macedonia.

Mexico

Chair Ernesto Acuna (Latin America International Trustee) held their Induction Ceremony last November at the Centro Asturiano where ten new Fellows were taken into membership. Past PFA President Gary Lowder attended to assist. Following the Induction ceremony, Founder and former Dean Armando Hernandez of the Dental School of the Universidad de Lasalle Baijo introduced his school’s Foundation Scholarship recipient. The PFA Mentorship Program was introduced in the three dental schools in Mexico City—Intercontinental University, Technological University of Mexico, and Latin-American University. Twelve students are currently participating.

Netherlands

Chair Dr. Anette Dony-Nabe held a PFA Meeting last Autumn in Apeldoorn and a Spring Meeting in Utrecht. They inducted six new members and elected Dr. Buisman as their new Secretary and Dr. Donker as their new Treasurer. They presented two student Awards.

Japan

The Japan Section hosted their PFA annual Meeting this November at the Shofukaku Hotel in Shizuoka. More information will be forthcoming.

California, Northern Section

Chair Daniel Castagna held their Section annual New Fellow Installation and Awards Luncheon last September during the California Dental Association Scientific Session in San Francisco. Nine qualified candidates were granted Fellowship by President Howard Mark, who also talked about PFA activities. Six University of the Pacific and six University of California-San Francisco faculty and dental students received recognition certificates and scholarships. Dr. Patrick Ferrillo was introduced as the new Dean of the Arthus A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Dennis Hobby, California Dental Association President, was the keynote speaker. Currently, the Section has 225 members. Two Academic Scholarships of $1000 each are awarded to each dental school. Two Dental Faculty Development Grants are awarded to each dental school.

Dr. Stafford Duhn is Secretary/Treasurer. But both intend to move on next year. Dr. Castagna will become Region 5 PFA Trustee.

California, Southern Section

Chair Charles Eller had also been serving as Region 5 PFA Trustee and will be moving up to PFA Vice President. He has served as the southern California Chair for nine years. They installed 14 new Fellows so far this year.

The Section has been very active in moving Foundation grants into much needed dental treatment areas, such as the MEND Project in Pocoima of Dr. Richard Marias, the Student-Run Free Clinic sponsored by the University of California-San Diego, St. Leo’s Clinic in Del Mar, the Esperanza Project in Baja California. The Central Office was able to arrange for seven dental chairs to be donated and Dr. Bob Bobbit will contact the Tijuana Dental School to see about setting up dental student satellite offices to serve the dental compromised. Two Fellows travel to the Philippines to work in a mission clinic and PFA will be supporting them with funds for supplies.

Dr. Bill Mihram publishes their newsletter PerSpecTives, which is as good a publication that exists. Doug Cassat will serve as the new Section Chair.

Connecticut

Chair William MacDonnell has retired and Dr. Robin Mark Santiago has replaced him. International President Howard Mark and International Trustee Richard Walsh attended their annual Meeting.

Indiana

Chair David N. Matthews hosted their annual Breakfast Meeting last May in conjunction with the Indiana Dental Association annual Session. New fellows Drs. David Painter and Dale Lentz were welcomed into membership. Dr. Ron Hathaway, Associate Professor in Orthodontics at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, spoke on the treatment of craniofacial patients. The PFA Senior Student Award was presented to Jeremy Bruner at the Indiana University School of Dentistry Awards Ceremony last May.

Massachusetts

Chair Norman Becker’s Section has been doing an outstanding job. Their “Breakfast at Yankee” during the Yankee Dental Meeting was attended by International Trustee Richard Walsh. Later that weekend, Dr. Becker was honored with the prestigious James Etherington Award of the ADA 1st Trustee District.

Dr. Norman Becker, a nationally respected dental editor, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indiana University’s School of Dentistry’s Alumni Association. A 1946 dental graduate of IU, Dr. Becker served for 25 years (until 2005) as Editor-in-Chief of the highly regarded Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society where he has devoted 45 years to the publications staff. He has received numerous awards from ICD and has served as President of the American Association of Dental Editors. Dr. Becker is only one of two non-musicians to be honored with membership in the International Press Club Jazz Hall of Fame for his insightful work in the study between dentition and musical instrument mouthpieces, which has drawn many musicians to his practice, such as Louie Armstrong. He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, ACD and AGD. He continues to practice in Revere with his son David Becker, and his grandson Todd Belf-Becker.

Michigan

The Michigan Section is restructuring itself as per their discussions last November during the Detroit District Dental Review in Dearborn, as reported by Section Chair and International Trustee Joseph Harris. They have produced their first four-colored newsletter edited by Dr. Michael Maihofer. Dr. Edward Sarkisian is the Treasurer. Dr. Susan Luft-Marcotte was named Chair of the Membership Committee. Dr. Greg Mosevian will Chair the Clinics and Education Committee. Dr. Wally McMinn chairs the Committee on Philanthropic Affairs. Fellow Cheri Newman reported on the Michigan PFA’s annual summer trip to Bay Cliff Summer Camp, which the Section helps to sponsor with an $8000 donation. A mentoring Program has been established with the Michigan Dental Association and the Detroit Dental Study Club. Five of the mentored students participated in the Bay Cliff Health Camp this summer.

Their Fall Meeting held in Dearborn during the Detroit District Dental Society’s Dental Review was attended by President Mark Barsamian of the Detroit Dental Study Club, President Ronald Paler of the Michigan Dental Foundation, Immediate past President George Goodis of the Michigan Dental Association, and President Joseph Krolling of the Michigan Dental Association. Fifteen dental students attended gratis due to donations made by the Sections Fellows. Fellow Edward Hirsch was presented with a special award of recognition for his service as MDA Trustee by MDA Presidents Joseph Krolling and George Goodis.

Last May the Michigan Section held their annual Spring Breakfast Meeting in conjunction with the Michigan Dental Association’s annual Session in East Lansing. Dr. Walter Lim of the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School was awarded the PFA Faculty Member of the Year Award. Five new Fellows were inducted into membership.

Nebraska

Section Secretary/Treasurer Gary H. Westerman reported holding their annual Luncheon Meeting last March in Omaha during the Nebraska Dental Association’s 138th annual Session. Section Chair Francis J. Cavlovic hosted dental students Al Burns from UNMC College of Dentistry who was the Foundation recipient of their Scholarship, and Travis Olson from Creighton University School of Dentistry who received the PFA Senior Student Award. Dr. Cavlovic noted the passing of Fellows Abraham Faier and Earle Person. Dr. Ahlschwede discussed submitting a grant proposal for NDA’s NMOM project for the Drug Rehabilitation Program in Omaha. Attempts are being made to follow up on the interest in hosting a student mentorship program.

Nevada

Chair William Rohel of Verdi sadly reports canceling several Las Vegas dinner meetings due to a lack of response from the membership. The Section has applied for a Foundation grant to work with St. Mary’s Hospital in providing dental services to those children ages 5 to 6 who fall between Head Start’s WIC program and the “Take Care a Van” kindergarten school sealant program. PFA sponsored a continuing education program in northern Nevada addressing the sales tax law and how it applies to dentistry. Chair William Rohel hosted 15 new Fellows who were inducted at the PFA annual Awards Banquet, and with the assistance of the PFA President, presented their Distinguished Dentist of the Year Award to Dr. George McAlpine.

New York

Chair Lynne Halik and Section Vice Chair Edward Feinberg hosted their annual Section Meeting last June in conjunction with the New York State Dental Association’s Board of Governors Meeting in Cooperstown. The invocation was given by NYSDA President Dr. Alfonso Perna Foundation Executive Director Fred Halik, past PFA International President, talked about the impact that the Foundation is making worldwide. Twelve new Fellows were inducted into membership: Drs. Burney Croll of Manhattan, Ashok Dogra of Flushing, Steve Harrison of Bronx, Howard Jay Kirschener of Far Rockaway, Michael Leifert of Manhattan, David Momtaheni of Manhattan, Ivy Peltz of Manhattan, Jeff Pierce of Manhasset, Kenneth Ronzo of Rochester, Jat Skolnick of Webster, Richard Speisman of Rochester, and John Varoscak of Manhattan. International PFA president Howard Mark gave the keynote address on the importance of membership and its benefits. Dr. Mark Feldman of Garden City was presented the PFA Honor Award and was running unopposed for ADA President-elect. Their June 2007 Meeting will be held in Puerto Rico.

Oklahoma

The PFA Section Chair William E. Goodman held their annual Induction Ceremony and Business Meeting Breakfast in conjunction with the April Annual Session of the Oklahoma Dental Association. Former Indiana PFA Chair Ray Maddox was the guest speaker talking on “Dentistry: Profession or Trade!”

Next year, the Oklahoma Dental Association will be dedicating their life-size bust of Pierre Fauchard, sculpted by Fellow Dr. Gary Gardner. The event is being considered for our annual Management Team Meeting site so that the PFA officers will be in attendance. Nine new Fellows were inducted into membership with some 65 in attendance.

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