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Yom Hazikaron and Haatzmaut Message from International President Mervyn Druian

On behalf of International President Mervyn Druian:

Greetings to All our AO Members and Friends,

Yom Hazikaron is this Sunday evening, Israel's Memorial Day. A day for all of us both in Israel and in the Diaspora to pause, reflect and remember the remarkable Israelis who made the supreme sacrifice to keep Israel safe.  How typical of the Jewish people to follow this sad and poignant day with a celebration. A celebration of the dynamic, amazing State of Israel, Yom Haatzmaut, Israel's 69th birthday.

Andy and I will have Israel in our thoughts over the next few days. We want to wish our Israeli Fraters and their families a future free of strife and conflict and only good news will flow from this outstanding country.  Having remembered the Holocaust last week, I would like to quote Former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks's comments on the 60th anniversary of  Israel’s Independence.

Israel, brought into being three years after the Jewish people stood eyeball to eyeball with the angel of death during the Holocaust, is the Jewish people's collective affirmation of life. Its existence and achievements are living testimony to one of Judaism's greatest messages to humankind: the principled defeat of tragedy by the power of hope. And though Israel was built by human hands, it is impossible not to sense beneath its history, the hand of heaven.

Druian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mervyn Druian|
2017 International President 

AO Day in Cleveland - Friday, June 30, 2017

2017 AO Cleveland David Garber LectureHere is your chance to see and hear Dr. David A. Garber, one of the Internationally recognized multidisciplinary educators well known as “Team Atlanta”. A dual trained clinician and professor in the Department of Periodontics and the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Georgia. Editor of Journal of Esthetic Dentistry, co-author of several books, and published over 100 articles and textbook chapters.

In his current presentation of SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT.  The current REAL world of clinical dentistry involves new clinical techniques together with an ever-evolving group of innovative products, technologies and now the digital arena.

In Today’s economic climate, clinicians have to change procedural techniques to reduce treatment time, increase predictability, while decreasing costs.

REGISTER HERE:  http://bit.ly/GarberAODAY

Some of the objectives of this presentation:

  • Bridges vs Implants Impressions 2017! – Traditional vs Digital
  • Ceramic Decision Making in 2017
  • Essential Extraction techniques with easy Ridge Preservation Procedures

Location: Marriott Cleveland East | 26300 Harvard Road | Warrensville Heights, OH 44122

Phone: 216-755-1911

Schedule

8:00 registration and continental breakfast

8:45-12:00 Morning presentation

Lunch Break (included)

12:45-4:30 Afternoon presentation

2016 Certificate of Merit Presentation to Andrew Eder - London Annenberg Lecture

Pleased to share this photo of London frater Andrew Eder being presented the 2016 Certificate of Merit plaque from International President Mervyn Druian. Andrew received the plaque during the London chapter's annual Annenberg Lecture on March 31st.

 Eder 2016 Certificate of Merit Presentation London

2017 AO Student Awards

2017 Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity
Student Awards

Friday, December 29, 2017
Harbor Beach Marriott
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

About the Awards:  
Coinciding with the AO December Meeting (Thursday, December 28 – Monday, January 1) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the newly created AO Student Awards will recognize the outstanding contributions from our student chapters in North America, Europe, and Israel. 

These awards will be presented during the AO International Council meeting on Friday, December 29th.  Representatives from each student chapter are encouraged to attend, especially if the chapter and/or representative has been nominated for an award or awards.

 

Categories:
Most Innovative Community Service Event (Dental Related) Award:  Presented to the chapter that uses creativity to raise funds for a charitable cause.

Most Innovative Community Service (Non-Dental Related) Award:  Presented to the chapter that uses creativity to raise funds for a charitable cause.

Outstanding Chapter President Award:  Presented to the individual whose leadership directed the chapter in one or more of these suggested areas:  increased membership, offered more social events, and/or organized charitable initiatives.

Most Improved Chapter Award:  Presented to the chapter whose recruiting efforts have significantly increased membership in the 2016-17 dues year.  The increase is relative to the 2015-16 chapter size.

Advocate Award:  Presented to the student chapter faculty advisor who provides continual and positive support to the AO student chapter.

 

Nominations:   
Please submit your nomination for one or more awards by Friday, June 30th to the attention of Heidi Weber, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The 2017 Student Awards Committee will review the nominations and announce the winners on Monday, August 6th.  

Recipients are strongly encouraged to attend the awards ceremony on Friday, December 29th in addition to the entire December meeting.

Award Sponsorship:  Interested in naming an award after a loved one or your family?  Sponsorships are available starting at $500 and funds will be distributed to the chapter recipients to support ongoing chapter philanthropic and social events.  A three-year commitment is requested for each award. 

Compendium March 2017 Issue - Alpha Omega Contribution

AO is pleased to share the Compendium March 2017 issue and the AO featured clinician article is presented by frater Pinhas Adar, MDT, CDT:  Limitless Possibilities With Full-Arch Zirconia Monolithic Hybrid Restorations

To access the entire issue:  http://www.dentalaegis.com/cced/2017/03

To access the article:  https://cced.cdeworld.com/courses/5056

**Registration is free to access the articles.  

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Purim Message

Greetings to all my fellow AO Members,                                                                                                        Druian

How ironic that as we celebrate the joyous festival of Purim, when the Jewish people were saved from the anti-Semitic Haman, we are faced with episodes of anti-Semitism that we thought was long dead and buried. We have known for the past few years that anti-Semitism was rising in Europe. Of course we felt for our Fraters in these countries but it was still far from North America.

Unfortunately it is now on America's and Canada's doorstep. It can't be ignored. The sight of damaged Jewish cemeteries, smashed head stones, swastikas daubed all over the place, frightening bomb threats at Jewish Schools and Jewish Community Centres, sadly this is the new reality. If ever Alpha Omega was relevant it is now. I urge you to not only re engage with your Chapters but badger and nudge lapsed members to rejoin. We need every Jewish colleague, Dentists and Associates to stand up and be counted and together let us defy this cancer that is returning to haunt us. I will be writing to lapsed members in the near future to try and get them to reconnect with AO.

But we must never let ourselves be intimidated and the Jewish way to avoid this is to increase our joy. To quote Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: "The people that can know the full darkness of history and yet rejoice is a people whose spirit no power on earth can ever break.

Purim Sameach to you all. Andy and I wish you a Purim full of joy.  

Mervyn Druian  
International President 

Hill Education Day: AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Program

AO HSC Hill Education Day
We are pleased to share information about the first ever AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Program Hill Education Day on Monday, April 24th. We are honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day by sharing the critical news about our Program in Washington, D.C.
You are invited and encouraged to join us. We realize that you may not be treating survivors in our Program, that you may be retired, that you may be non-American. We need our AO community to show in numbers.
For those who can attend, our goal is to meet with Hill staffers (and possibly representatives and senators, if available) and then visit individual legislative offices. It is a highly coordinated day and our staff is organizing significant press coverage.
A Hill Education Day is very new for AO and we are excited to involve the wider AO community. If you can join us, please contact Bernice Edelstein (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) ASAP. Please share this flyer with your chapter people in case they may be interested.

 

AO Now March 2017 Member Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the March newsletter.

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  • Purim Message from International President Mervyn Druian
  • Building Bridges Conference - March 17th
  • Nova Chapter Oral Cancer Walk-a-Thon - April 2nd
  • 37th Annual Manusov/Stryt Seminar - March 31st
  • 2017 Annenberg Lecture - London - March 31st
  • Midwestern Chapter Mission Trip - Please Donate
  • Save-the-Date:  Regional Weekend in Columbus, November 3-5
  • 2017 Honors Night - April 20th
  • 2017 European Convention in Lyon
  • 2017 December Meeting in Fort Lauderdale 

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2017 Purim Message from International President Mervyn Druian

Happy Purim Fest ad11Greetings to all my Fellow AO Members!

How ironic that as we celebrate the joyous festival of Purim, when the Jewish people were saved from the anti-Semitic Haman, we are faced with episodes of anti-Semitism that we thought was long dead and buried. We have known for the past few years that anti-Semitism was rising in Europe. Of course we felt for our Fraters in these countries but it was still far from North America.

Unfortunately it is now on America's and Canada's doorstep. It can't be ignored. The sight of damaged Jewish cemeteries, smashed head stones, swastikas daubed all over the place, frightening bomb threats at Jewish Schools and Jewish Community Centres, sadly this is the new reality. If ever Alpha Omega was relevant it is now. I urge you to not only re engage with your Chapters but badger and nudge lapsed members to rejoin. We need every Jewish colleague, Dentists and Associates to stand up and be counted and together let us defy this cancer that is returning to haunt us. I will be writing to lapsed members in the near future to try and get them to reconnect with AO.

But we must never let ourselves be intimidated and the Jewish way to avoid this is to increase our joy. To quote Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: "The people that can know the full darkness of history and yet rejoice is a people whose spirit no power on earth can ever break.

Purim Sameach to you all. Andy and I wish you a Purim full of joy.

Mervyn Druian
2017 International President 

Call for 2018 Fraternity Board Nominations

This is an official call for applications for the 2018 Alpha Fraternity Board of Directors positions.  Nominations for board positions are due by Friday, June 30, 2017.

Please email the application to Heidi Weber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, June 30, 2017.  If an applicant needs more information on the expectations, please contact IPIP Wendy Spektor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Heidi Weber (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Candidates must attend the AO December Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from December 28, 2017 - January 1, 2018.  

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Please contact Heidi Weber, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-738-6400, for more information about Alpha Omega or about the individuals listed below. 


Perry Brickman, DDS -  2012 AO Convention:  Speaking at Opening Business Session 

Michael Spektor, DDS - 2012 International President 

Marcy Schwartzman, DMD - 2012 International President-Elect 

Adam Stabholz, DMD - 2012 Achievement Medal Award Recepient 

R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD - 2011 Achievement Medal Award Winner

Fred Margolis, DDS - 2011 Meritorious Service Award Winner

 

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