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Goodbye to winter! We are all ready for the change, especially with the weather. Not only will we remember the record cold and snow, but other positive branch memories as well.
The 149th Midwinter Meeting was a success! Thank you to the many in our branch who volunteered their service including CDS Secretary George Zehak; Branch President Fred Orendach; Branch Director Jim Bryniarski; the secretary of the course division, Kamal Vibhakar; Course Committee members Shafa Amirsoltani, Carol Everett and Larry Williams; General Arrangements Committee members Mike Santucci (vice chair), Michelle Jennings (secretary), Sue Zelazo-Smith and Rich Caraba; Exhibits Committee member Gary Alder; and presiding chairs George Barsa, Carol Everett, Larry Jacobs, Richard Kohn, Carla Orland, Frank Orland, John Perna, Richard Perry, Mike Tauber and Marie Walsh.
Our March meeting featured Shuaib Malik speaking on “Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office.”
We welcomed dental students Aita Koopaki, Viviana Ruiz, Catherine Rabala, Nadine Nitisusanta and Somayeh Jahedi. Somayeh presented her research project “A Special Need Initiative through the Schweitzer Fellowship” — quite an impressive endeavor. Our branch also elected our officers for next year. Congratulations to President Shafa Amirsoltani; Vice President Michael Tauber; Treasurer George Barsa; Librarian Richard Kohn; and Branch Director Michelle Jennings. Thank you to outgoing president Fred Orendach and branch director Jim Bryniarski for their selfless service to our branch!
Henry Fung participated in a meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS ) in Orlando as faculty in an Anesthesia Emegency Sim-Lab course. He also attended an AAOMS dental implant course in Chicago.
Henry is the chair and program director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at Stroger Hospital of Cook County. The residency has added two more internship positions this year and is fully accredited. Henry has been very instrumental in improving the program and the program will continue to support services to the dental and medical community.
George Zehak attended the following events: Illinois State Dental Society Annual Session as a delegate Sept. 19-21; worked a Mastertrack for the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry Sept. 27-28; was an American Dental Association Delegate in New Orleans and was at the ADA Annual Session Oct. 30 – Nov. 5, along with Brian Caraba. A lot of important work went on in the House. The Opening Session with President Bill Clinton was especially interesting.
On Nov. 9, George went to Purdue to watch the Purdue/Iowa football game where Purdue got killed — and George’s car was killed on the way home from the game, as he was involved in a near head-on collision.
George then spent part of Thanksgiving at home with his family including his son, Connor, and daughter, Natalie, but had to get up early the day after Thanksgiving to catch a flight to the Greater New York Dental Meeting which he scouted for CDS. George felt that he learned a lot again as a scout at the meeting.
UIC faculty members Jim Bryniarski, Mike Santucci and Satish Alpati attended the American Dental Education Association session in San Antonio in mid-March, exploring new ideas in dental education. They enjoyed the River Walk. Remember the Alamo!
Our children grow up fast. Monica Reyna-Vukotich’s daughter, Anneliese Vukotich, was chosen in a pageant to represent Miss Covergirl 2014 for Quinceaneras Magazine. The cover for the magazine was shot in early December, and will be released later this year. In August she will compete in another pageant for National American Miss. The family is very proud of her!
Brian Caraba had some more news. Lisa and Brian went to Orange County, CA, in March. The two traveled the Pacific Coast Highway and visited beaches and coastal towns along the way. They also took a cruise and saw two whales and a school of dolphins. They ended up in Disneyland and saw Minnie and Pluto, but no Mickey. I can’t believe there was no Mickey!
Kamal Vibhakar enjoyed a trip to St. Maarten. Kamal traveled some more, golfing in Phoenix with a buddy when the temps were single digits in Chicago (it was 73 degrees in Phoenix). Beautiful days and very pleasant nights made it hard to come back.
Also escaping the cold were Michelle Jennings and Rick Kohn, who traveled in January to Maui. The whales put on quite a show. While there, Michelle ran in a 15K race along the oceanfront and even saw a whale spouting along the way!
Congratulations to George Barsa, who was the winner of the iPad in our season ticket holder raffle.
Thanks to all who have shared their news. We will leave you with a quote to ponder:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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