We saw Minnesota dentistry at its finest at the 2008 Presidential Gala at the Star of the North on April 12 when three of our District members were recognized for honors from the Minnesota Dental Association. Dr. Robert Brandjord was the MDA’s Guest of Honor, Dr. Joni Richmond received the Association’s New Dentist Leadership Award, and Dr. Kou Vang was the Humanitarian Service Award winner.
And I’ll See You There
August 12, 2008
Lunch and Learn Seminar
Subject: “20 Drugs Every Dentist Should Know”
Speaker: Dr. Christopher Bacsik
Minnesota Dental Association House of Delegates
January 16, 2009
Saint Paul District Dental Society Midwinter Meeting
Dentispree – Remember That Name
Once again, the Saint Paul District Dental Society has shown it knows how to throw a party. On Friday, May 9, the District held what I think will become a long-standing tradition known as the “Dentispree”. This event had elements for everyone. It was an evening of fine food, drink, song, and conversation. The beautiful Eastcliff Manor (home of the president of the University of Minnesota) was the setting. As guests arrived, they were greeted with sparkling wine and hors d’ouvres catered by Gourmet Thyme. After everyone had arrived, we gathered in the backyard courtyard to install our new officers and Executive Board members. MDA president Jamie SleddJohn Aamodt and Lois Duerst as new board members, Christine Hermanson as the new president-elect, and myself, Loren Taple, as president. had the honor of installing
Following the installation ceremony, incredible sommelier Chuck Kanski, owner of SoloVino, took the guests on an entertaining wine journey. Due to his reputation, he was able to get us some fairly rare wines to sample. Among the more interesting wines was the Do Ferreiro Albarino ‘Cepa Vellas’, made with grapes from vines that are more than 200 years old. Most of the wine-making community in Europe believes these vines to be the oldest that still produce fruit for wine-making. We also appreciated Juve Y Camps ‘Reserva de la Familia” Cava. This wine is still used today by the King of Spain for all of his official receptions. Mr. Kanski’s entertaining style and knowledge of wine kept everyone mesmerized as he explained the wines he had brought for us to sample.
The evening concluded with several of our members displaying their versatile singing talents. Well known Karaoke DJ Paul Hanson provided the musical backup to get Eastcliff rockin’ with the strains of Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Billy Paul, and Patsy Cline, to name a few. The “American Dental Idol” was a really fun way to cap off a great evening.
Down to Business
It’s not all play here in Saint Paul. In addition to having a great time at the Dentispree, the District recently held its annual Long Range Planning Session. On April 19, the Executive Council and committee chairs got together to help plan the District’s direction for the coming year. Highlights of the planning session included encouraging our members to become more active with our state legislature and work to develop ongoing relationships with individual legislators. Increased participation in next year’s Dental Day at the Capitol is a great way to start fostering those relationships. We also addressed increasing the District’s, and that of the dental profession in general, public presence through things like expanding Children’s Dental Health Day at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, having members adopt schools in the District to help sponsor educational programs and doing other things to help address access to care. The new Lunch & Learn continuing education seminar series and 5:05 Club participation are great ways the District is utilizing to stay connected to existing members and reach out to those who are not yet members. As the Long Range Planning Session progressed, the list of things we wanted to focus on this next year continued to grow. We will have a busy, productive, and fun year, and I look forward to doing my part to help ensure its success.