January 20, 2017

USA Section President's Message
January 2017

Dear Fellows,

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the 83rd President of the International College of Dentists USA Section. I would like to start by recognizing the tremendous leadership of Dr. Margaret Culotta-Norton during her year as President. I would also like to thank Dr. Carol Turner and Dr. Richard Galeone for their service as the Registrar and Editor.

I am excited to welcome Admiral Elaine Wagner as our new Registrar; she took office on January 10, 2017. Admiral Wagner continues the ICD USA Section’s long tradition of retired Admirals and Generals serving as ICD Registrars. Dr. Wagner possesses the skill set and leadership to continue the tradition of excellence that has been the hallmark of our past Registrars. Dr. Wagner’s transition will be aided by the very experienced and competent Section Office Staff and Deputy Registrar, Dr. Keith Suchy. Welcome Admiral Wagner and best wishes for a very successful first year.

Dr. H. Clifton Simmons III from Nashville, Tennessee became the ICD USA Section’s Editor, January 1, 2017. Dr. Simmons is a Past President of the Tennessee Dental Association and the Editor of the Journal of the Tennessee Dental Association. He is recognized as a leader in the field of Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Dentistry and has served as editor for several affiliated dental journals. I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Simmons and reading the Journal of the Tennessee Dental Association for the last 12 years. I am looking forward to Dr. Simmons' contributions to the ICD USA Section. Welcome to Dr. Simmons.

As we look to the year ahead, the Section plans to tackle several challenges that we've selected as priorities. The Membership Committee is going to address some issues identified for improvement by the Board of Regents, specifically increasing recruitment and retention, implementing changes in some membership categories (Retired and Life Members), and enhancing the electronic Candidate Information Form. In our ongoing efforts to improve communication with our ICD leaders, we held the first Deputy and Vice Regent Breakfast in Denver last fall. We received a great deal of positive feedback from the attendees as we answered questions, took suggestions and gave these men and women information that will help them continue to advocate for and grow the ICD in their respective states. 

The ICD USA Section continues to improve communication with and between Fellows, by giving them a variety of options with which to connect with us and with one another. The new interactive Website is being well utilized and we continue to add features like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and to work toward future webinars, blogs, and chat rooms. This has been an ongoing project; I have tasked Dr. Michael Bydalek and the IT Committee to continue to add new features that will continue to make the site more “user-friendly.” I encourage all of you to view the new website. Dr. Bydalek, thanks to you and your committee for improving and providing technological advances for the ICD USA Section.

The USA Section is continuing to collaborate with the Academy of Dentistry International (ADI), and we will kick off 2017 with an increased number of Volunteer Symposiums. These programs have been and will continue to be presented at many of the major dental meetings throughout the country. In fact, this year the ICD-ADI collaboration will allow us to double the number of programs presented, raise awareness and encourage our Fellows to volunteer and “give back” to underserved communities. A very special thank you to Dr. Stephen Mackler and his Humanitarian Liaison Subcommittee for these well-received and well-attended seminars.

The USA Section must continue to work to develop strong relationships with the Worldwide International College of Dentists. The College met in Denver where the USA Section hosted the international officers and councilors. The Section is fortunate to have Dr. Joseph Kenneally, Immediate Past President of the College and Richard Smith, Treasurer, to give us insight into what is happening with the College, and to help guide our decisions so that we can work collaboratively.

I look forward to a productive 2017, working with the Regents, new Vice President Dr. Peter Korch III, USA Section Officers, Office Staff, and Fellows to continue to make the International College of Dentists the world’s preeminent, oldest and largest international honor society for dentists.


In Fellowship,
Charles L. Smith, DDS

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