It is hard to believe my year as USA Section President is two-thirds complete. What a fantastic honor and fabulous experience it has been! Following a great line of leadership has indeed been humbling. I thank the entire Section Fellowship for making it possible and for providing me with such wonderful support. In particular, I thank an incredible Board of Regents and Dr. Turner and her wonderful staff. These individuls have made the year truly enjoyable and, I believe, productive.
As I began my term back in January, my primary goal was to stay the course of the Applied Strategic Plan the Board adopted in 2012. It is essential that we adhere to the goals and objectives of the strategic plan if we desire to achieve the future we envisioned back in 2012.
We began the year in our new office in Gaithersburg, MD. An objective of the strategic plan was to relocate our leased office space in Rockville to a larger, more accommodating facility. That was achieved in spades with the purchase of this beautiful business condo in Gaithersburg. We now have the space we desperately needed (in addition to a non-cash asset for the USA Section), and we envision that it will serve us for many years to come.
The USA Section elected this year to reorganize our committee structure. Decreasing the number of existing committees and reorganizing them to achieve greater efficiency, without eliminating the current projects and activities, should lead to less duplication of effort. Each committee will be reviewed every two years to ensure their relevancy to our mission and goals.
The ICD USA Section and USA Section Foundation formed a joint committee to examine CERP certification for the College. By attaining CERP certification, the USA Section/Foundation might be able to expand and enrich continuing education opportunities to our members and strengthen the value of the College to our Fellows and prospective Fellows.
The Humanitarian Volunteer seminars, under the direction of Dr. Steve Mackler and his Humanitarian Liaison subcommittee, continued their phenomenal success from 2013 into 2014. Drs. Frank Serio, Sam Molind, and David Frost continue their presentations to crowded rooms across the nation as they draw on their many years of volunteering to inform and recruit volunteers for humanitarian projects around the world. What fantastic ambassadors for the ICD and for dentistry these men are as they dedicate their lives to serving their fellow man.
I am confident of the path the USA Section of the International College of Dentists is following. We have a solid strategic plan as our map, and we have a passionate membership to ensure that our goals are achieved. Our leadership is rock-solid: President-Elect Dexter Barnes is well-prepared to continue our drive to greater successes, as is Vice President Margot Culotta-Norton. Registrar Carol Turner, Deputy Registrar Ted Roberson, and our phenomenal office staff provide outstanding support and expertise. I have never served with a Board as experienced, as industrious, and as passionate as the Board of Regents of the USA Section. They are truly dedicated to achieving and expanding the USA Section’s goals and horizons.
I hope to greet many of you at our Annual Meeting and Convocation October 7-10 in San Antonio. A wonderful meeting has been prepared, and 300 new Fellows will be inducted into the ICD. Dr. Frank Serio, one of our humanitarian volunteer seminar presenters, will deliver the address at the Convocation on Friday, October 10, at 1:00 p.m. I guarantee it will be an inspirational address, and I encourage everyone to attend. The renowned Dinner Dance that evening will be a gala event, complete with an outstanding band for your listening and dancing pleasure. Don’t miss a great time!
Curtis R. Johnson, D.D.S., F.I.C.D.
President, USA Section, International College of Dentists