February 27, 2016
The Chicago Dental Society Midwinter meeting 2016 was a spectacular place to host the Eighth District Annual ICD Luncheon. This year we were pleased to share this event with our colleagues and friends from the Illinois section of the American College of Dentists. The luncheon was held on Saturday, February 27th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Dr. George Zehak, the Chicago Dental Society President welcomed us along with the Illinois State Dental Society President, Brad Barnes. We were also honored to have the ICD USA Section President, Margot Culotta-Norton who also gave greetings from ICD. In attendance were ADA Trustees, Dr. Bruckheimer, Dr. Crowley, Dr. Fair, Dr. Fisch, Dr. Kwasny and Dr. Zenk who joined us along with ADA Executive Director, Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin.
 
Dr. Carol Gomez-Summerhays gave the keynote address discussing the current trends in our profession including the portability of our younger members and how we need to reach out to them to join the ADA.
 
Another highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the Thaddeus V. Weclew Award. Dr. Robert Bitter presented it to Dr. Keith Dickey.

Here are the highlights of his presentation speech:

“Dr. Weclew—for whom this award is named—had two great passions: 1) continuing education and its benefits to our profession, and 2) community dentistry and care for the underserved. Today’s award winner exemplifies both these qualities. He has been involved in dental education at one of our state institutions. He has served Illinois as a President of our state dental society, and held the first press conference at the state Capital announcing our “Bridge to Healthy Smiles” campaign to help improve access to care for Illinois’ underserved. He currently is in charge of continuing education at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, and is Professor Emeritus in the Section of Community Dentistry. He is a dental examiner for dental hygiene, and has a passion for his dental fraternity, Xi Psi Phi—where he has been its Supreme Leader, and is President of the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation. Not only am I proud to call this individual a colleague—I am especially honored and privileged to call him a friend."
 
Our new fellows were present at the luncheon including Drs. King and Kolar. It was a lovely luncheon where younger and older fellows of the American and International College of Dentists we were able to enjoy each other’s company during a busy time at the Midwinter meeting.

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