Message From the President

Greetings!

It is hard to believe I am writing my last President's Page message. My goodness how this year has gone by! It was nearly one year ago that I accepted the role as President. My experience as President of MnDHA, which included involvement with such an accomplished group of professionals, has been most humbling and rewarding. What I learned through this process is incredible and has helped me grow both personally and professionally. It has certainly made me more appreciative of all those who have served before me. So as we prepare for new officers and trustees, let us be ever mindful of the great contributions made by those who have dedicated their time and services to the advancement of the Minnesota Dental Hygienists' Association and its members. I am grateful for all their hard work.

We held our Board of Trustees meeting on March 1, 2014. During this meeting there was discussion finalizing the plans that are currently under way for our Star of the North activities and Annual Session. There have been many hours of hard work, discussing and preparing the many details that encompass the success of these events. The many individuals involved in the endeavor are to be commended for all the hard work they have done. Please be sure to check out the information and on-line registration regarding the MnDHA 2014 Annual Session and the Dental Hygiene Advocacy Skills Workshop on our website so that you can take advantage of the many opportunities available to you at this year's events. We are honored to have ADHA President, Denise Bowers, and ADHA Director of Governmental Affairs, Ann Lynch, with us this year. Please be sure to greet each of them and extend a warm Minnesota welcome! While attending our House of Delegates Meeting, you will have the opportunity to hear President Bowers speak about the newly revised ADHA strategic plan, as well as hear about current plans and initiatives. Ann Lynch will be giving a presentation on federal advocacy efforts during the Dental Hygiene Advocacy Workshop which is open to all licensed and student dental hygienists. However, pre-registration is required. Don't miss these amazing opportunities! As your President, I encourage you to attend.

I am proud of our accomplishments and efforts throughout this past year to impact the advancement of the dental hygiene profession in the state of Minnesota. I can assure you that it was the contributions of many individuals that allowed us to accomplish the important tasks to be completed. I would like to highlight some of these accomplishments for you. We secured three officers for each component, we ensured a new office location, we implemented a mega issue survey which provided us valuable feedback from our members, we made revisions to our procedure manual, we updated and modified existing contracts, we attended important District and ADHA Annual Session meetings, we worked to stay abreast of any legislative issues affecting MnDHA and its members, we completed our annual financial audit, we helped organize and/or attended numerous fund raising and volunteer activities which included the Oral Cancer Walk, Mission of Mercy and Student and Member Day, and have initiated the development to our new strategic plan. I am proud of what we achieved as a team.

Next, I would like to congratulate two individuals. Brigette Cooper, our Component 6 Trustee, was appointed as Minnesota's State Education Network Representative. She will serve as Minnesota's dental hygiene educator contact to facilitate the sharing of education information to and from ADHA, constituents and dental hygiene education programs. Thank you Brigette for taking on this valuable role.

Congratulations to Courtney Schroeder who was selected as the District VII Alternate Student Delegate to ADHA Annual Session in Las Vegas! What a wonderful learning opportunity and a great occasion to observe how our national association conducts business. Courtney is currently a senior student at the University of Minnesota.

On behalf of MnDHA and its members, I would like to congratulate our most recent graduates and soon-to-be graduates. I am honored to extend our warmest wishes for happiness and success. Remember to remain active in your association, it is YOUR profession and your voice matters!

Lastly, it is with deepest sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of a colleague and friend. Pat Glasrud passed away on March 8, 2014. She was truly loved by many members of MnDHA. I believe Clare Larkin stated it best when she said, "Our oral health world has lost someone with so much history and passion." Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.

Best Regards,
Tess Caywood
MnDHA President