January 16, 2018

Happy New Year! New Years is often a time of transition and it is certainly so for the Foundation. I am stepping into the big shoes of Ted Roberson who has done a great job of finishing much of the reorganization of the Foundation's governance as well as continuing to build the corpus of the Foundations funds. Because of the work done by both Dr. Ted Roberson and his predecessor Dr. Mike Kenney, the Foundation is in very good shape and with the support of our strong Board of Trustees, I am looking forward to continuing to build on their success.

In 2018 over 1300 of our ICD USA Section Fellows contributed to the Foundation and if you were one of them I want to personally thank you. Many of you have become members of the Century Club with a commitment of $100 per month for 5 years and if you haven't, I encourage you to consider joining this group. With your support, we are able to fund our many Projects, both within the USA and in other countries and support many of the activities of the ICD USA Section. I am hoping that we will see increased corporate support during these two years of my Presidency. We are in the process of getting everything set up so that those who would like to include a donation to the Foundation in their estate can do so easily and there are several possibilities for someone to place their name on a project or activity. No matter how you choose to support the Foundation, your support is significant and greatly appreciated, and is vital to the continued outreach and service provided by the many ICD Programs and Projects. With your generous support, we were able to provide $138,677 in funding for 2017, while still growing the corpus of the Foundation. Thank you.

For those who are involved with any type of local volunteer dental care outreach in the USA, there is a new $500 grant available through the ICD USA Section Foundation and the generosity of the Henry Schein Company. You can apply for a grant until March 1, 2018. The name of the grant is the ICD and Henry Schein Cares Stimulus Grant and it is intended to help our Fellows get a local voluntary dental care program started or better established. We know that many of our Fellows have the desire to provide care and just need some support to get started. These small grants are meant to do just that.

I want to thank April Huber, who has been a vital staff member of the ICD USA Section Foundation for the past few years and will be leaving us at the end of January. April has played a significant role in the growth and changes that the Foundation has experienced and we will truly miss her, but wish her well.

It is a privilege to serve in a leadership role in this organization of leaders in Dentistry and I am looking forward to a great year in 2018! I look forward to seeing many of you in Hawaii in October and wish you a very happy and healthy New Year.

Deck Barnes
President, ICD USA Section Foundation

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