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by G. Rihl Buckley, DDS

‘Tis the Season!

Are you ready for the holidays? Presents wrapped and under the tree? Credit cards maxed out? Without sounding like the Grinch, we get a little stressed this time of year, but we persevere, and every­thing works itself out.

For the GHDS, it’s been a good year. Attendance at our gen­eral meetings has been great, and your committees are working hard for dentistry. In November, the GHDS in collaboration with community partners held the 4th annual Veterans Smile Day. Many thanks to the Welch Dental Group for sharing their beautiful office so we could provide needed dental care to our veterans. Kudos to our GHDS Dental Health Co-Chairs Dr. Victoria Vo and Dr. Heston Young, members of our GHDS Dental Health Committee, and all the volunteers who helped in caring for more than 130 veterans, providing around $63,000 worth of free dental care. It was a great day seeing everyone come together for a good cause. If you didn’t have the opportunity to volunteer at the Veterans Smile Day, don’t fret, you can be a part of our next community service event, Give Kids A Smile Day which will be held on February 22, 2019 at UTSD-Houston. Don’t miss out on a chance to help an underserved population in our area.

Before you know it, it’ll be 2019 which means it’s time to renew your membership! TDA has made it very easy to re­new. Go to the TDA website, pay with a credit card and you’re all set. No extra money right now, no prob­lem! You can elect to pay via the extended dues payment plan which will be charged to your credit card every month in 10 equal payments. You’ll never miss it. While you’re at it, don’t forget to contribute to DENPAC and ADPAC as well. Our profession counts on these contributions to protect our profession and the patients we serve.

Also, around the corner is our #1 rated member ben­efit, the 2019 Star of the South Dental Meeting. It will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 7-8, 2019. This year’s meeting themed “Reflections of Per­fection” chaired by Dr. Karen Walters of the Star Council is shaping up to be a great meeting. Lots of CE, social events and an exhibit hall brimming with the newest technology will be sure to re-energize your passion for providing the best dental care for your patients. Best of all, registration is free to all members of GHDS. Go to and regis­ter today. Bring the staff, your significant other and let’s make it the best STAR ever!

We are fortunate to live in the greatest country on earth with prosperity that is the envy of the world. We owe it to ourselves to reach out and give others less fortunate a helping hand. For me, that’s what the holiday season is all about. Pay it forward. I wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the holidays, and let’s look for­ward to a successful 2019.

Dentistry, it’s worth the fight!

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