➣President’s Message on the benefits of: active SMCDS member participation, volunteer/social events, and engaging/exciting upcoming activities ➣Ettatorials on SMCDS' Governance Structure Update ➣Member Benefits –SMCDS Member Forum & Relationship Building: Community Dental Screenings & Sealant Program, Health Plan of San Mateo Dental Integration Pilot Program, & Geriatric Dentistry Mini-Residencey Program Proposal ➣Acknowledgements –2017 Awards: President's - Katrina Lo & Desiree Liu, Distinguished Service - Al Landucci, Michael Aicardi, & James Aicardi ➣New Dentists –New Dentists Bingo at the Bistro ➣Risk Management –Disability Insurance Awareness Month: Protect your financial future ➣Legislative Grassroots –Take Action: Urge Assembly Member Kevin Mullin to Vote NO on AB 3087 ➣Practice Management –Staffing Update: Front Office Internship ➣Program Evaluation –January-March ➣Events Calendar –update thru November 2018
President ’ s Message continued from Page 1 Take a moment to reflect on the past… a time not so long ago, when living in the Bay Area meant it was okay to have a single income for the family. This allowed more dentists and spouses to volunteer and made <strong>SMCDS</strong> an active, thriving organization that fostered much-needed camaraderie. Dentists no longer felt alone in their confined dental offices – they created friendships resulting in combo ski/CE trips, outdoor pool parties, motorcycle rides, dinner dances, golf outings, Giants baseball games, and family picnics. There was a strong sense of community that sustained – and continues to sustain our most senior members even today … B U T times have changed. Double income families are more often the norm, the expense of living in the Bay Area has increased astronomically. Dentists are working longer hours. Time seems scarce and the idea of volunteering / socializing with colleagues has been pushed aside. What we don't realize is that our lack of activism hurts our profession. Larger insurance companies and dental supply firms can take advantage of our not spending time together. The stress of practicing without collegial support can make us feel more stressed and alone. We can change this. It doesn't have to be this way. I have a vision …a vision of a vibrant dental society – a force to behold, with a robust membership, social events (including family activities), growth opportunities, a place where young dentists find mentorship from more seasoned dentists and those same veteran dentists find mentorship from new grads on topics like technology and social media. It can be realized. Our Leadership Council (aka Board of Directors) is working hard to plan more engaging social events and exciting activities in upcoming years. Events worth bringing your spouses and kids / grandkids - starting with our May 5 Shredathon which included a petting zoo and a bar-b-que food truck with free lunch for the first 70 attendees. Another Leadership Council task force is working hard to put together a formal event, giving members and their significant others a reason to dress up and socialize with colleagues at an evening ball or a cruise on the Bay. And, of course, there will be more and better continuing education, with top speakers in the dental field. Being active doesn't have to be painful. A little of your time goes a long way. Yes, we can continue meaningful traditions established by previous generations of dentists. Yes, we can create a stronger and more vibrant dental society. And, no I can't do it alone. I am one voice. Change happens when each of us steps out of our comfort zone …A N D – perhaps more importantly – when a new generation rises to become the change they want to see. John M. Acosta, DDS | firstname.lastname@example.org If You Shop Published Quarterly Publisher San Mateo County Dental Society 525 Veterans Blvd, Suite 102 Redwood City, CA 94063 650.637.1121 email@example.com www.smcds.com facebook.com/<strong>SMCDS</strong> twitter.com/SMDentalSociety Editor Etta L. Kinney Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Coordinator James V. Aicardi Operations Specialist email@example.com Creative Director Lloyd Brock 888.463.3102 firstname.lastname@example.org Printer Press Print, Inc. 888.463.3102 email@example.com Supporting <strong>SMCDS</strong> DHF Outreach Activities is Free & Easy! You shop. Amazon donates! Details at www.smcds.com/menus/donation.html 2 | San Mateo County Dental Society | smcds.com All expressions of opinion and statement of facts contained herein are published on the authority of the writers and or editors and are not to be construed as the offical views of the San Mateo County Dental Society. All editorial contributions are subject to space and/or content editing at the Editor’s discretion.
Ettatorials continued from Page 1 As of December 2017 Board Elections and Annual Planning, the <strong>SMCDS</strong> Board of Directors identified the following key changes in governance structure for implementation, refinement, and commitment to our By-Laws in <strong>2018</strong>: Ø Relieve At-Large board members of routine fiduciary responsibilities, allowing them to focus on task force projects designed to achieve strategic plan goals by delegating Business Management and Execution of Annual Scheduled Agenda Items to the discretion of the Executive Committee. Ø Ø Ø Maintain Executive Committee transparency in executing Business Management and Annual Scheduled Agenda Items by keeping the full governance structure informed via detailed all-inclusive Meeting Agendas with subsequent Meeting Minutes and requesting consultation of the at-large Board in decision-making asneeded. Formalize Board candidate recruitment, review, and nominee selection by taking measures to insure candidates are informed of expectations by conversational interviews conducted via email with the Executive Director and subsequently vetted / selected by Executive Committee review of those email interviews. Recognize the value of bringing in fresh thinking and new energy by appointing to the board new/younger members demonstrating interest in leadership but who do not meet the minimum twoyear membership requirement. We added two one-year Auxiliary board (non-voting) positions appointed by the Executive Committee; upon exemplary completion of a one-year Auxiliary board position, these individuals may be nominated by the Executive Committee to fill open At-Large board positions. Though naming to reflect these changes in governance has not yet been finalized, you will see references in this issue and will have heard at the last few general membership meetings what I expect will eventually be adopted… <strong>SMCDS</strong> Leadership Executive Board 7-8 members Leadership Council 7-8 members Voting Members 3 Non-Voting Members 3 Senior 3 Junior 3 Auxiliary 1-2 At least one purpose of the changes in structure is to make the prospect of joining <strong>SMCDS</strong> Leadership more appealing / feasible to a broader swath of members. With that thought in mind, if YOU are the least bit intrigued, wondering what it might be like to be a Junior or Auxiliary member of the Leadership Council, I refer you to my article FIRST-YEAR LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN A NUTSHELL on Page 14. BTW, Council members have been required / scheduled to meet at only four full Council in-person meetings in <strong>2018</strong> (that's down from old structure eight meetings) in addition to General Membership meetings where they preside over member dinner tables and practice their leadership skills zeroing in on their primary mission: Leadership Goal member practice success <strong>Mouthpiece</strong> | <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2018</strong> | 3