Central Office Report for the
​​March 9, 2020 Board Meeting

January 21 Membership “Special Called” Meeting
The GHDS office welcomed 58 members for a “Special Called” membership meeting to vote on Bylaws changes and approve the 2020-2021 Proposed Slate of Officers, Directors & Elected Committees. A quorum was declared, the bylaws changes and the Proposed Slate was approved. Wine and cheese were available for attendees. Many thanks to Mr. Joe Heller of EEPB, CPA’s for sponsoring the wine.

2020 Star of the South Dental Meeting

The Star of the South, February 20-21st was a great meeting. We enjoyed having exceptional speakers delivering dynamic presentations and received many great compliments. Unfortunately, the number of attendees and exhibitors was down this year, due in some part to the Chicago Mid-winter meeting scheduled on the same weekend. We hope to begin meeting with the Star of the South Ad-Hoc committee soon to address attendance issues and propose some changes to the location of the meeting.

Give Kids A Smile Day
This year’s Give Kids A Smile event originally scheduled for Friday, March 6th at the Dental School from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. was cancelled by Dr. John Valenza at the last minute due to the coronavirus threat. GHDS Staff were able to call, email and text volunteers to inform them of the cancellation. The Society is waiting to hear if the event will be re-scheduled.

New Executive Director
The staff welcomed Ms. Deanna Menesses on March 2nd as she joined the GHDS as Executive Director. Ms. Menesses brings a wealth of skills and experience to our organization. The staff looks forward to working with her.

Greater Houston Dental Alliance Luncheon
It was an honor to attend the annual Greater Houston Dental Alliance Luncheon along with our Director, Ms. Deanna Menesses. Ms. Heidi Heath addressed attendees, gave updates on behalf of the Alliance and welcomed the GHDS staff. We had a great visit with the members of the Alliance.