Academy Connection Volume 17 Issue 3 : Page 4

P RESIDENT ’ S M ESSAGE Tribe of Volunteers AACD MEMBERS GIVE OF THEIR TIME AND RESOURCES “One person can make a difference and every person should try.” -John Kennedy BY JOHN K. SULLIVAN, DDS, AACD PRESIDENT, AACD ACCREDITED MEMBER I’VE OFTEN HEARD THE AACD is an organization of volunteer membership and, in many ways, it is. First of all, AACD membership is not a requirement. We all choose voluntarily to renew our membership each year. In exchange for dues, we expect a return on our invest-ment in the form of benefits, to justify the cost of membership. As referenced in the last issue of the Academy Connection, one of the Madison team goals is to always seek ways to increase member value, making it more difficult to imagine yourself not being an AACD member. The range of new programs and ideas coming from AACD headquarters, including the newly-redesigned website, is impressive. Volunteer membership also means offering your time to help the Academy. There are various levels of commitment, from serving on one of the three boards, a committee or task force, to planning your own Academy outreach program. AACD member ingenuity and willingness to give time to the Academy, is amazing. WE ARE A CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO Many AACD members volunteer expertise and time to support the Give Back a Smile program (GBAS), the philanthropic pillar of our Academy. Randy Mitchmore, DDS is not only the past chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT), but holds a deep passion for GBAS. He has organized numerous GBAS fundraisers in Houston to help raise domestic violence awareness. Ken Banks, DDS, current BOT chairman, held a whitening fundraiser at his office, and created a YouTube video that not only promotes his practice, but also demonstrates the incredible power of giving. Check it out by visiting http://bit. ly/oY4oX5 or clicking on the video above.  % 1)6-'%2 % '%()1=  3* ' 371)8-' ( )28-786= ‹ 

We Are a Tribe of Volunteers

John K. Sullivan, DDS, AACD President, AACD Accredited Member

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.”<br /> -John Kennedy <br /> <br /> I’ve often heard the AACD is an organization of volunteer membership and, in many ways, it is. First of all, AACD membership is not a requirement. We all choose voluntarily to renew our membership each year. In exchange for dues, we expect a return on our investment in the form of benefits, to justify the cost of membership. As referenced in the last issue of the Academy Connection, one of the Madison team goals is to always seek ways to increase member value, making it more difficult to imagine yourself not being an AACD member. The range of new programs and ideas coming from AACD headquarters, including the newly-redesigned website, is impressive.<br /> <br /> Volunteer membership also means offering your time to help the Academy. There are various levels of commitment, from serving on one of the three boards, a committee or task force, to planning your own Academy outreach program. AACD member ingenuity and willingness to give time to the Academy, is amazing. <br /> Many AACD members volunteer expertise and time to support the Give Back a Smile program (GBAS), the philanthropic pillar of our Academy. Randy Mitchmore, DDS is not only the past chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT), but holds a deep passion for GBAS. He has organized numerous GBAS fundraisers in Houston to help raise domestic violence awareness. Ken Banks, DDS, current BOT chairman, held a whitening fundraiser at his office, and created a YouTube video that not only promotes his practice, but also demonstrates the incredible power of giving. Check it out by visiting http://bit.ly/oY4oX5.<br /> <br /> These volunteer methods of “cause marketing” are fun and engaging for staff and the patients involved and also help raise awareness of our Academy. <br /> <br /> I, along with some Academy friends, recently spent a weekend in Memphis helping to teach AACD photography skills to the University of Tennessee Student Esthetic Study Club. Past President Mickey Bernstein, DDS, J.A. Reynolds, DDS, John Rowe, DDS, Phillip Kemp, DDS, Richard Caron, DMD, and John Whittemore, DDS all traveled to Memphis to offer their time and experience to showcase to a large group of enthusiastic dental students what the AACD is all about. Mickey has assisted in bringing AACD quality speakers to the UT study club, creating lifelong AACD/student relationships. <br /> <br /> Our AACD membership has amazing dental skills, and a passion for helping others. Members are giving their time and expertise not only to their communities, but also by traveling throughout the world to help people smile. I hope when you look in the mirror each morning, you see more than “just” a dentist, or “just” a lab technician, but see yourself as a hero to someone because of what you give.<br /> <br /> Let’s all be aware of how our members offer their time to the Academy and recognize them on the AACD Facebook page or bring them to the attention of the AACD Executive Office so they can showcase these members in the new section of the AACD website, Members in the Spotlight. The actions of others can be very inspirational and easily mimicked. Every member of our Academy is an emissary and leader in his or her own right, and together we make up the volunteer leadership that makes our Academy great. <br />

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