On Thursday, April 12, outgoing president Lee Ann Herbert hosted members and guests at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel for the District’s 2012 Annual Installation of Officers and Guest of Honor Evening. Our newly installed officers are Cale A. Strait, president; Susan E. M. Block, president-elect; Douglas J. McNaught, vice-president; and Gary A. Bolmgren, secretary/treasurer along with Alejandro M. Aguirre, trustee to the MDA. We all look forward to continuing to advance the Minneapolis District in its goals and mission over the next year.
Also honored during this special night were 15 past presidents who were in attendance as well: Alejandro Aguirre, Michelle Bergsrud, Bashar Bakdash, Tony DiAngelis, Pat Foy, Doug Lambert, Tom Larkin, Steve Litton, George MacGibbon, Jim Nickman, Mark Omlie, Harold Panuska, Rick Render, Herb Schulte, and R. Bruce Templeton. Recognition and applause as well went to MDDS members Patrick Foy, Jamie Sledd, R. Bruce Templeton, and Michael Till as past Minnesota Dental Association presidents. Following dinner, the 2012 Guest of Honor Award was presented to R. Bruce Templeton. Mark Omlie was the emcee of a very special presentation highlighting Dr. Templeton’s dental career and lifelong volunteerism.
Dr. Omlie put together a wonderful tribute to Bruce’s dental career which included some very entertaining stories and remembrances from colleagues and friends, including Todd Tsuchiya, Doug Lambert and Michael Zakula, plus video tributes from his daughters Kristen and Erin, who were both away at college and could not be with him for the evening, along with a very nice tribute from his son Grant.
Dr. Templeton was honored with an engraved plaque on behalf of the District for his valuable contributions to dentistry and his community. Congratulations, Bruce!
To Mark Omlie, thank you very much for all the time and effort you put into the special program. Those in attendance surely enjoyed themselves.
Notable and Quotable
The Minneapolis District’s Guest of Honor for 2012 is R. Bruce Templeton, Chief of Oral Surgery and the dental clinic at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Dr. Templeton has been deeply committed to organized dentistry over his professional career and has held numerous offices at local, state, and national levels. He has been a member of the Minneapolis District for 32 years. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, past president of the Minnesota Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, past president of the Minneapolis District Dental Society, and holds the rank of clinical professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He has also been a board member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and chaired their annual session for two years.
Bruce was the MDA president in 2010, when he said, “ I look forward to working with the entire dental community to help pave a future for dentistry that reflects our past excellence while expanding on opportunities to provide access to quality dental care for all Minnesotans. It is a privilege to serve the dentists and the citizens of Minnesota.”
Dr. Templeton received his D.M.D. at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and worked as a general dentist in Canada’s far north prior to completing an oral surgery residency at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1986. He is past Chief of Surgery at North Memorial Medical Center, a level one trauma center in Minneapolis, and past Chief of Dentistry at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Templeton has been involved in numerous charitable dentistry activities over the years, including outreach efforts to bring needed dental care to underprivileged populations in the U.S. and abroad. He resides in Edina with his wife, Laura-Gail. They have three children, Grant, Kristen, and Erin. He is actively involved in community service, including the Rotary Club of Edina and NC Little Hospice as well.
Herb Schulte Awarded 2012 MDA Outstanding Service Award
Herbert Schulte is a 1977 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and has been actively involved in school and alumni activities for the past 34 years. He was the U of M Alumni Association president for two years and has been a key organizer of activities for his class and fraternity since graduation. In addition, he has been a part-time faculty member in the operative clinic for years and provides treatment to medically, physically, and mentally handicapped adults in the hospital dental clinic.
Being involved is what Dr. Schulte has been known for throughout his career, giving countless hours to organized dentistry, where he has taken on leadership roles within the Association and in dental professional organizations. He is an active member of the ADA, the MDA, and the Minneapolis District Dental Society. He has been a district officer and has served on the MDDS Executive Council for many years, with a long-standing commitment to District activities. He hasn’t missed a Trapshoot Event in 34 years! In addition, he has been actively involved in the Minnesota Dental Association, where he has served as a member and chair of the Dental Education Committee.
Dr. Schulte has also been involved in a number of charitable dentistry activities over the years, providing donated services for patients in the Donated Dental Services Program and participating for the past ten years in the Give Kids a Smile program. He generously gives countless hours to volunteer dentistry and is a credit to the profession. As Dr. Schulte stated, “I just enjoy being involved in the dental profession and giving all I can give!”
Sharing and Caring Hands Update
Thank you to our district’s members for support of the Sharing and Caring Hands Dental Clinic. The 12th Annual Give Kids a Smile day event took place Saturday, February 4, 2012. One hundred forty children from Mary’s Place received $55,000.00 of free dental care. This was only possible because so many members participated. Thanks go to Teresa Fong for her leadership, Ms. Michelle Quade for her tireless work, and Apple Tree Dental for their generous donation of equipment and staff along with many individuals as well. It is only with the commitment and dedication that this event continues to be successful and continues to grow every year.
Last year was the first in a two-year grant project with funding from Healthier Minnesota Community Clinic Foundation. Part of the money awarded in the grant was to update the equipment in the dental clinic. New A-dec equipment was installed in January 2011 and has received rave reviews from the volunteers. The rest of the grant funds were specifically designated for staff salaries, which include parttime dental assistants. The goals of the grant project are to extend the hours of clinic operation, to increase the number of people served, and to expand the services provided.
We applaud the following people who gave their time in the dental clinic last year. These individuals provided an additional $388,000.00 of free dental care in 2011.
Thank you as well to everyone who has made financial donations to the dental clinic. We could not fulfill our mission without your generous support.
The 2012 goals are equally ambitious. Many people in the community have restorative and oral surgery needs, but are unable to access dental care. Your help is needed and wanted. Please consider giving a small amount of your time. For more information, contact Ms. Melissa Cozart
at (952) 994.4096 or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MDDS congratulated the following members who have reached membership milestones within our organization at the annual meeting, thanking each of them for their contribution to the dental profession through their years of membership.
25 Years of Membership
JoAnn Boraas, D.D.S.
Thomas Bruss, D.D.S.
John Erickson, D.D.S.
Teresa Fong, D.D.S.
David Howells, D.D.S.
Michelle LaBeau, D.D.S.
Thomas Meschke, D.D.S.
Gregory Olson, D.D.S.
Daniel Raether, D.D.S.
Jamie Sledd, D.D.S.
Thomas Telander, D.D.S.
Todd Tsuchiya, D.D.S.
50 Years of Membership
Bruce Abrahman, D.D.S.
Carl Brandt, D.D.S.
El Ray Fertig, D.D.S.
Richard Goodkind, D.D.S.
Raymond Hellickson, D.D.S.
Lee Kochenderfer, D.D.S.
William Kraft, D.D.S.
George LeMay, D.D.S.
Peter Petrick, D.D.S.
Donald Richards, D.D.S.
Harrie Shearer, D.D.S.
Vernon Steffens, D.D.S.
A Very Big Deal
The first-ever collaborative effort between the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Districts along with the dental students from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry will be presented at the General Membership Networking Meeting/Social Media Continuing Education Program planned for Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the U of M McNamara Alumni Center. “Social Media – What’s the Deal with FaceBook? What’s a Tweet and Should I Care?” will be presented by Alan Mead, D.D.S. from Detroit, Michigan. This is a networking/mentoring event with the dental students along with a lecture on a topic everyone needs to learn more about. Get your calendar marked now of this one!
Welcome, New Members
Congratulations to the following new members of the district.
Elizabeth A. Amundson, D.D.S.
Christie J. Berkseth-Rojas, D.D.S.
Eric T. Carlson, D.D.S.
Jason G. Choorapuzha, D.M.D.
Tori T. Conrad, D.D.S.
Sylvia M. Cuellar, D.D.S.
Jessica M. Desjardins, D.D.S.
Andree-Maude Dubois-Lebel, D.M.D.
Luke A. Foster, D.D.S.
Sean P. Laidig, D.D.S.
Xieng K. Lee, D.D.S.
David L. Leonard, D.D.S.
Francisco J. Mesa, D.D.S.
Bonaventure C. Nwokocha, D.D.S.
Adam W. Podratz, D.D.S.
Megan R. Schwartzbauer, D.D.S.
Trevor H. Smith, D.M.D.
Mark P. Spaude, D.D.S.
Laura L. Tallmon, D.D.S.
Todd E. Thierer, D.D.S.
Lam S. Tu, D.D.S.
Mark C. Wallace, D.D.S.
Nicholas M. Weinand, D.D.S.
Joseph W. Winegar, D.D.S.
Upcoming Programs and Events
Monday, August 6, 2012
MDDS Golf Event
Olympic Hill Golf Club
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Metro Gun Club
Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 2012
MN Mission of Mercy
Verizon Wireless Center
Many volunteers needed
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
MDDS Caucus Meeting
All Members Welcome
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Greater Twin Cities Tennis Event
Bearpath Golf and Country Club
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Thursday, September 13, 2012
MDDS/SPDDS/Dental Students Joint Mentoring-Networking Meeting
Guest Speaker: Alan Mead, D.D.S.
McNamara Alumni Center
U of M Campus
Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21, 2012
MDA House of Delegates
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Staff Appreciation Event – General Membership Meeting
Speaker: Mr. Bruce Christopher
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel
Friday, February 8, 2013
87th Annual Midwinter Dental Meeting
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Hotel