KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Jun 22nd, 2018
Contact: Mr. Richard Whitehouse
Phone: 800-292-1855

It wouldn’t be a party (or an association) without you

As a kid, I remember watching a cartoon that often started with the line, “and now, here’s something we hope you’ll really like.” Well, we have been working very hard putting together your Kentucky Meeting this year and, if last year is any indication, you’ll love it.

If you have never been to French Lick Resort, you are in for a treat. From the second you pull into the resort property and leave your car with the free valet, you will be transported to a simpler time just walking the grounds or sipping a lemonade on the porch listening to live music. It’s a true oasis just over an hour from Louisville. We had a great time last year and I am told the weather is going to be perfect for us again. So, whether you want to take a stroll, play some golf, swim in the pool, or take advantage of the many other activities available, you will enjoy the opportunity to get away from it all for a few days.

There are some serious reasons to take part in this annual event. We really need to talk about what is going on in organized dentistry now and what is yet to come. As a KDA member, this is your chance to gather with other dentists around the Commonwealth to talk about how your practice, your patients, and your profession will be impacted by the coming changes to the healthcare landscape.

If you prefer to listen first, ADA President Joe Crowley and ADA Executive Director Kathleen O’Loughlin will be at our meeting and take part in our Opening Session immediately after our William Marcus Randall Reception on Thursday at 4:30 pm. They will also attend other important activities during the meeting as well. One of these activities is in response to the need for KDA to do more as an association to reflect the changes in the makeup of the profession and to cultivate a more diverse membership in KDA. So, we are planning a special bundle of speakers and activities for women as we do at our annual KDA Women’s Forum.

As always, we are serving up low-cost and high-quality offerings of continuing education that are relevant to your practice. Once again, we are also sponsoring free Early-Bird Breakout Sessions on hot topics ranging from a Medicaid Update, Legislative Agenda & Workshop, and Multi-Dentist Practice Panel on Saturday at 8am.

You’ll need a place to refuel during your breaks. So, get coffee and soft drinks at one of our two KDA Members-Only Beverage Stations on either end of the exhibit hall located near the registration area. While you’re there, check out our vendors who help make this meeting possible. The exhibit hall is packed with products and services you need to see. It will be open to all members on Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm and on Saturday from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Our vendors are knowledgeable and eager to meet with you. And, when you’re done seeing what’s new, look for some of the surprises and activities we have planned for you in the exhibit hall. You may have a chance to win a prize just by showing up.

Are you looking to attend special events? We have quite a few. Both of our Kentucky Dental Schools will be hosting Alumni Receptions on Friday at 6:30pm. Immediately following those receptions, we will have our President’s Reception at 8pm in honor of KDA President Ansley Depp. And, then, we have our Student and New Dentist Reception at 10pm in Pluto’s Alley. Each of these events were well attended last year and are going to be more fun this year.

We end our meeting with one of the biggest family discussions an association can have as we assemble our components from across the commonwealth to convene the KDA House of Delegates on Saturday at 2:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am. There, the business of the association is discussed and decisions are made for the future of our association. Most importantly, we will install Dr. Bill Lee as our next KDA President.

This meeting, along with our annual legislative day in Frankfort, are the two occasions KDA really need its members to attend and participate in order to be successful. Certainly, this meeting offers a lot of attractions for people providing enough reason alone to attend. But, The Kentucky Meeting is unique in that this is not only the time to learn (and maybe relax a little), it is your best chance to come together as the dental profession in Kentucky. This is not something that can be easily accomplished throughout the year or in smaller groups. Despite other activities, events, and communication that take place, this is your chance to talk to board members and colleagues and attend a meeting of all our components to learn what’s happening across the state in different types of practices. It’s also the best place to learn what’s happening in dentistry across the country.

Bring your family! Bring your staff! Bring a new member! We’re going to have another great meeting. I really hope you will come. In so doing, you support organized dentistry and make a statement about the strength of this association. We can’t have this party (or an association) without you.

 

 

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