GHDS President's Message, Spring 2024

by Ron Hill, DDS, MSD

As I sit here in my office on this fine, breezy spring afternoon writing my last membership address, I think back to writing my first one, and how intimidating it was (and still is) to create something from nothing. Someone once said, the days are long, but the years are short, and I couldn’t agree more. It has been a whirlwind year, and it is almost over.

I want to start by thanking the Nominating Committee for seeing something in me and my skills that made them feel I was qualified to be President of this Society. I always feel a combination of surprise, joy, and a little trepidation when someone asks me to serve in a leadership position, even after all these years, but I am thankful and humbled by the opportunity they gave me.

I also want to thank those members (too many to list here) who agreed to serve on our Board of Directors, as committee chairs and members. Hopefully, you gained something from the experience and an appreciation for some of the many things behind the scenes that help our dental society operate.

You always hope that when you have completed your term, the organization is better (or at least not worse) than it was before you held the reigns. Some things I am proud of achieving include a redesign of the GHDS logo and social media logos to give them a newer, fresher look. We are also in the midst of a complete redesign of the Society website, which will allow members to see the event calendar and more easily register for events. Hopefully, that will be completed by the time you read this address.

At my installation address, I remarked that I have always considered leadership as service…service to others and something greater than yourself. I still believe that and have been and always will be happy to serve others as long as I am asked. I remember my first committee meeting as a new member. There were pictures of all the past Presidents, and I was in awe of some of the faces I recognized and the long history of our association.

It is strange and wonderful to think that I am now in that group. It has been a great honor to serve as President of this storied association and I want to thank everyone for allowing me the opportunity.

Lastly, I want to welcome our new incoming President, Dr. Anna Munne, and all the new Board and committee chairs. Best of luck with the year ahead.

Once again, thank you for this opportunity.