GHDS President's Message - WINTER 2021


by Dath Collins, DDS, FAGD

Dath Collins, DDSThe holidays are here! It seems to me that most people are looking forward to the holidays more this year than in the past. I put up my Christmas lights earlier than ever before. I hope that you can spend time with loved ones, reflect and be grateful for all the blessings in your lives.

The GHDS will be going through some changes in the next year. Our Executive Director, Mrs. Deanna Menesses, offered her resignation in early November. Deanna is facing some health concerns and wants to focus on healing and progressing. She has been invaluable to our Society over the last 22 months. Deanna arrived in Houston to start her new job and only three weeks later, the entire country was locked down due to COVID-19. She led the Society through very challenging times. She will be missed, but she is not leaving until this summer. Deanna’s professionalism and dedication were evident when she told me she wants to get the Society through our Star of the South Dental Meeting in March, as well as our summertime move to our new office location. The executive committee has formed a search committee to begin our pursuit of a new ED. The committee will begin work immediately and ramp up our efforts after the first of the year. It is an exciting time for our Society: a new office and a new executive director for 2022!

Our Board continues to meet every other month to offer direction for our Society. We had our first in-person Board meeting, since COVID-19 began, this December. Dr. Shelley Seidel, our president-elect, had offered her office space for the December Board meeting. As we move forward, we will be alternating in-person and virtual meetings.

The Star of the South Dental Meeting will be held on March 4-5, 2022, and it will be a “can’t miss” event. We are working on new and innovative ideas to increase attendance and bring our attendees to the exhibitors. Watch for details and sign up early to receive discounts on registration! Everyone is invited to the president’s party on the evening of Friday, March 4 at the Star.

Some might find change hard, but I think Socrates said it best. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”