KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Apr 18th, 2011
Contact: Dr. John L. Creech, III
Phone: 800-292-1855
Email: info@kyda.org

Let Me Ask For a Minute of Your Time

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your KDA President for this past year.  Although the year has been challenging at times, it is a year that seems to have flown.  I hope when all is said and done, that you feel that I left the KDA in better shape than I found it.  I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to serve.

 

After a year in the hot seat, I believe that I am in a position to report a few of my observations to you.  First and foremost, I would like to report that the KDA is in good hands.  It has a very dedicated, talented staff and excellent, committed leadership.  Furthermore, it has developed a culture that appreciates the need for constant planning and has leaders in place that will insure that our organization will continue to move forward, to improve and meet new challenges.

 

In my numerous visits to local societies all over the state, I have constantly tried to make the point to members that THEY are the KDA.  What I was trying to say is that even with the best leaders, the KDA is ineffective without the commitment of its membership to their organization and their profession.  It is easy to become complacent, to remain uninvolved, to let others do the heavy lifting.  I believe an organization that lets a small number of individuals do all the work, a profession that is uninterested in issues that may confront it because its individuals are just too busy, is doomed to decline and is at risk.

 

Recently, while in Frankfort, I watched an uninvolved, complacent profession, the ophthalmologists, get clobbered by a motivated, organized, well-financed political machine, the optometrists.  It could have just as easily been us fighting a well-financed outside interest trying to establish mid-level providers in our state.  I suggest you read the Commentary article on page 5 of this issue, “Blindsided”, by Editor John Thompson and give this some thought.

 

Dentistry has provided a comfortable living for many of us while providing us an opportunity to experience the joy of helping others.  For this to continue to happen, we all need to invest more in our chosen profession.  For some of us that may be taking time out of our practices to teach, for others it may be taking a new dentist under our wing and mentoring them. Participation in your local, state and national organization is also very important.  Lastly, for all of us it should be contributing to our state PAC, an investment for the time when the unexpected lands on our doorstep.

 

After my year of serving, I must say that I am optimistic.  Your KDA leaders are determined to improve our Association. They are aware of potential threats and are doing their best to prepare.  They have realized the need to get our younger members more involved, realized the need to continue to improve our communication, both keeping our membership informed and listening to what our membership has to say.  We, as an organization are heading in the right direction and I can safely say that your current and future leaders will provide the impetus to continue that movement.

 

Change does not come overnight.  It takes time to alter the course of such a large ship as the KDA, but change is certainly coming.  I would ask that you continue to give input to your KDA representatives.  Be involved, be engaged, be vocal, do not become silent partners.

 

I would like to thank our Executive Director, Mike Porter, who helped me find the proverbial ball when I hit one into the high weeds.  I would like to thank all the KDA staff, Janet, Judy, Melissa, and Todd,  each who does their own part to make our organization work.  I would like to thank my wife, Jeanne, and my grown children, Jeff and Michelle, who did not complain with all my absences and always had an encouraging word.  I have a special thanks to the planning workgroup, BJ Moorhead, who chaired the workgroup, Kevin Wall, Terry Norris, and Ted Logan.  You did well; keep up the great work.  Lastly, I would like to thank the many KDA members who helped me to help them get through the regulatory process.

 

Sincerely,

John Creech

Finally, your Past President

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