In June I was in Washington DC. The city was all a buzz over the testimony of AG Jeff Sessions. That didn’t stop the day to day business of the Congress from continuing. I was able to meet with Sen. McConnell’s staff and with Rep. Brett Guthrie talking about needed legislation to protect our patients and the profession. We talked about McCarren-Ferguson repeal, student debt reform, and HRSA funding. These are topics that relate to our practices every day. We need organized dentistry to have a voice. We don’t always get what we want, but we certainly get many things accomplished. I’ve been going to Washington DC and Frankfort for several years. I’m usually asking for the government to continue supporting various needs. Dentistry is easily on the chopping block when legislators are thinking about slashing budgets. They seem to forget that dentistry is really important. We know dentistry’s importance. We have to be there reminding them of dentistry’s importance. I know everyone has heard the same speech from me and many others at LDS, KDA, and ADA. Member numbers really matter. We are heading to the same fate of medicine. The AMA didn’t maintain membership and their profession suffered. We do not want to fall into their state of government and insurance regulation. Join me in revitalizing our profession. Ask a colleague to be a member.
I returned to the office following the Kentucky Dental Association Annual meeting in August. What a beautiful venue for the meeting. When it was first announced the meeting was going to be at the French Lick Springs Hotel, I thought they must be crazy. Why would you have the Kentucky meeting in Indiana? Though it was unusual, the meeting space was fantastic. Due to the reconstruction of the Kentucky Convention center and the unavailability of venue space in Louisville during August, some suitable place would have to be considered. I’m very glad they picked French Lick. Again, the place is beautiful. The meeting spaces were easily accessible and up to date. The hotel has two pools, spa, and casino. Many people brought their families and had a great time. I would encourage everyone to experience this meeting next year in August.
While at the meeting, I and many others were doing the business of the KDA. New officers were elected and the House of Delegate met to update our association on pending needs of our members. The talk is always about membership and bringing the newest of our profession into the association. This is something we are struggling with and need all the suggestions you can provide. Term limits were established on the ADA delegate and alternate delegate slot. This was to help allow all of the brightest to contribute at the national level. Our own LDS member Dr. Dennis Price was elected ADA delegate. Congratulations Dr. Price. I want to thank all the members of the LDS delegation that provided their time and hard work. It is through your efforts that the association will continue to thrive and support our members in a time of great change.
As I discussed in past letters, the LDS is providing its general membership meetings a new approach. The membership meetings will be at local restaurants instead of the country club. This is an effort to increase participation by providing various areas and menus to our members. Also, we are trying to increase the quality of the continuing education. Please consider coming to the meetings. It’s a great place to catch up on what’s happening in the LDS area and meeting old and new friends. I personally enjoy meeting with some of our more seasoned members for advice and knowledge. We need to keep the society strong and viable, so that it can continue to make a difference in our profession. Talking with our leadership and participating with supporting or stopping some of the issues that came up in Frankfort and Washington DC, is eye opening. Dentistry is under assault from many directions. Dentistry today would not be what it is if not for organized dentistry. Please contribute as best you can, to encourage membership and involvement in the society.
Now that the local schools are back in session, I find myself very busy in the office and home. I was recently elected as Chairman of the Board for the Kentucky Dental Association and will continue to serve the Louisville Dental Society as President. This is enough to keep me busy for awhile. Thanks to everyone for their membership and service. Let’s keep dentistry Great!
Sincerely, Darren Greenwell, DMD FACD, MAGD