MAY PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE:
by G. Rihl Buckley, DDS
Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s hard to believe that my year as president of the GHDS is coming to an end. I know you will all miss me (lol), but fear not, GHDS will be in capable hands as Dr. Glenda Owen takes over as the new President at our Installation Banquet on May 30th. It has been a great honor to serve the GHDS, and I look forward to many more years as an active member of our Society.
I am pleased to report that the state of our Society is strong. Our financial position is solid, membership numbers are good and attendance at general meetings, outreach events, The Star of the South Dental Meeting and other events has been outstanding. I want to thank those of you who answered my challenge to get involved. It has truly made a difference in our community and to our profession.
In addition to Dr. Glenda Owen taking over as president, we also have four new Board members beginning in June. Dr. Carol Price, Dr. David Fray, Dr. Neela Patel and Dr. Jennine Huet have answered the call and will be serving on your Board next year. A special thanks to our outgoing board members, Dr. Nathan Pettit, Dr. Brad Jennings, Dr. Dath Collins and Dr. Laji James. All these members have served our Society well, and it has been a pleasure to serve with them.
Beyond our Board members, there are so many other people to thank for their service to GHDS. The names are too many to list, but I want to thank the all committee chairs, committee members, the Star of the South Council and all the volunteers who made the STAR possible. Also, I give my gratitude to the many volunteers who donated their time, talent and treasure to our outreach events, Veterans Smile Day, Give Kids A Smile Day and the Texas Mission of Mercy. You have truly made a difference in our community.
Lastly, GHDS wouldn’t be what it is without our dedicated staff. Susan, Jayne, Della, Charlotte and Jennifer provide the polish that makes GHDS shine. There is always a lot to be accomplished, and they seem to always get the job done. We are quite lucky to have such an amazing staff.
We have made a difference! The lives of indigent children, at-risk adults and veterans have all been helped by your generosity and service. The future of our profession is stronger because of your advocacy and our patients are better cared for due to your ongoing commitment to continuing education in dentistry. But the fight is not over. In my first journal article last fall, I challenged all members to do one or more of the following:
• ATTEND THE STAR
• ATTEND ONE GENERAL MEETING
• DONATE / ENGAGE IN LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
• VOLUNTEER TIME AT ONE OF THESE CHARITABLE EVENTS:
GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY, VETERANS SMILE DAY OR A MOSAIC PUBLIC HEALTH EVENT
Though my time as president is ending, I ask everyone to make a renewed commitment to answer this challenge next year and every year going forward. Strength lies in numbers and we are many. If not us, then who?
Dentistry, it’s worth the fight!
G. Rihl Buckley, DDS