Pleased to share the news about the good work that our Washington, DC chapter is doing with the AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program.
Please enjoy reading the AO Now February edition, which includes:
Laurie was presented with the 2016 Alpha Omega Meritorious Service Award during the International Convention in San Francisco this past December. Laurie was surrounded by family and friends who were thrilled that she received AO’s highest honor devoted only to members.
Laurie was first introduced to AO by Colin Shaw who then introduced her to his brother, David Shaw. Laurie and David later married and have raised two children, Jenna and Adam. While she has been building a thriving family practice in Blue Island for over 29 years, Laurie has always been deeply involved in her community. She has been a major contributor to all the activities of the AO Illinois Alumni Chapter, having chaired their programs, served as Chapter President , and represented them at more than 30 AO International Conventions.
She was also an active Member-at-Large with the AO U.S. Foundation. For the past two years, Laurie has been the Chicago Ambassador for the AO-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program. Laurie has been an amazing champion of the program and has encouraged local members to get involved and treat this most vulnerable population.
2016 Certificate of Merit Award Presentation
Presented during the 2016 AO International Convention, December, San Francisco, California
Please join me in thanking the members of my committee: Past International Presidents Max Cutler and Howard Pranikoff, Fraters Gary Scharoff and Fred Margolis, Z”L. The charge of this committee was to bring forth a candidate who shall be recognized for Outstanding and Exemplary service at the international or chapter level of Alpha Omega for over 10 years.
This year's recipient not only meets but exceeds these criteria. His ceaseless efforts have impacted all who know him. Our recipient's big heart along with a gentle demeanor have had an indelible, lasting and personal impact on the students and alumni that he engages.
Our recipient received a degree from St. Paul’s School in London and qualified as a dentist in 1986 from King’s College Hospital Dental school. Our recipient moved to the Eastman in 1989 where he undertook postgraduate training and completed a Master’s in Conservative Dentistry in 1990.
Alpha Omega has been a large part of our recipient's life. He has held numerous positions in the London chapter and has been chairman of the Alpha Omega London Charitable Trust since 2003. The trust has contributed over 500,000 Pounds to dental and healthcare projects across the globe, primarily for the underprivileged and those with special care needs.
As a specialist in restorative dentistry and prosthodontics, Professor Eder maintains a multi-disciplinary referral practice in central London. As co-editor of the British Dental Journal book on tooth surface loss he has a special interest in the etiology, demographics, and clinical management of patients with tooth wear and is clinical director of the London tooth wear center.
In recognition of his various professional, charitable and communal roles and contributions, Professor Eder has received several awards including honorary fellowships and degrees and prizes for teaching and learning and has entries in both Who’s Who and Debrett’s People of Today.
It is a with a great deal of pleasure that Alpha Omega presents the 2016 Certificate of Merit to Frater Andrew Eder.
Steven Braunstein, Past International President
Chair, Certificate of Merit Committee
AO is pleased to have a partnership with AEGIS Communications, publisher of the exceptional Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. In the January 2017 issue, AO has a featured CE article:
Fusion of a Maxillary Central and Lateral Incisor With a Congenitally Missing Lateral: A 10-Year Conservative, Esthetic Approach
Leslie Stone Hirsh, DDS; Peter M. Greco, DMD; Jay B. Laudenbach, DMD; and Alan M. Atlas, DMD
Contribution by Frater Michael Stern
Published in the 2016 AO International Convention Program Book
UNDER THE WINGS OF AN ANGEL
IN MEMORY OF FRED MARGOLIS
It is with utmost respect and admiration that Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity mourns the loss of our friend and frater, Fred Margolis. Fred was a force in this world: a humble man whose mission in life was to be kind and thoughtful to others, advance the practice of dentistry, and spread his experiences and knowledge to the entire dental community.
Fred loved the concept of family, and throughout his lifetime he was devoted to many. Each was a little circle or community that was devoted to him and he to them. First and foremost was his family; he often spoke with reverence of his love for his devoted wife, Susie, and their two wonderful children, David and Adam. Their relationship set an example of how two people can spend a life supporting each other’s desires and dreams.
In his office, he had the respect of his staff. His office family would follow him wherever he asked them to go and do whatever he wanted them to do, staying with him for years. In return, he supported them in their endeavors. And, we know of his Alpha Omega family. Many times, he would mention how Alpha Omega affected his life. His motto was, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” and, from his involvement in AO, he made many lifelong friends. Not only was AO a portal for him to meet other top clinicians, his warm and engaging demeanor was a magnet that attracted all members to him. In conversation, Fred repeatedly remarked that he considered his AO fraters as his brothers, and he would always do what he could to help them. His reward was the knowledge of helping others. In that vain, he accepted several leadership positions with AO, being first a member of the fraternity board and then taking on the daunting task of being an International Editor. In addition, he volunteered to be the Chairman of Continuing Education, arranging lectures, ensuring that our AGD and ADA certifications were current, and traveling to local chapters to give lectures on pediatric dentistry. For his exceptional and effective service to the Fraternity, he was awarded the Alpha Omega Meritorious Service Award in 2011.
Fred’s world, however, was not just AO. The world was his family, and he made a lasting impact. Fred was devoted to helping the disadvantaged and served as chairman of the Special Olympics/Special Smiles program in the Chicago area. He was the past-president of the Illinois Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped and served Dental Volunteers for Israel as a board member. He was honored as a pillar of the community for his support of the clinic at Tel Aviv University.
Above all was his lasting impact as a dental educator. He was a Clinical Instructor at Loyola University’s Oral Health Center and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. He also lectured internationally on Pediatric Dentistry, Laser Dentistry and Dentistry for the Handicapped. He authored articles for both lay and professional publications and authored books on Pediatric Laser Dentistry and Beautiful Smiles for Special People, a course manual for dental personnel treating disabled patients. His interest in the advancement of Pediatric Dentistry led him to form the Institute For Advanced Dental Education, giving other practitioners the opportunity to advance their practice of Pediatric Dentistry and become certified in Laser Dentistry. Fred was one of the few people who have a lasting impact on dentistry, changing it forever.
Fred received many awards. The Illinois Dental Society recognized him with the Distinguished Member Award. In 2013, Fred was honored with the George H. Cushing Award from the Chicago Dental Society. Fellowships in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fouchard Academy, and the Academy of Dentistry International, as well as Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry, attested to his commitment to excellence and service to others. In 2011, Fred was presented with the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Academy of General Dentistry.
Above all, Fred was a Mensch, living life with humility and a determined desire to spend each day improving the world. Fred’s legacy will be all of the people whose lives he touched. They will never forget his concern for everyone who had the opportunity to come in contact with him. When you met him, you instantly fell in love with the man. He approached all of us with a smile and had the uncanny ability to make every one of us who knew him feel unique, important and one of his best friends. He gave his advice to so many, both in and outside the fraternity and never asked for anything in return. For this, he was truly an angel whose wings encircled us all and made us better for knowing him.
HARBOR BEACH MARRIOTT HOTEL RESERVATIONS:
$255 per night (plus tax) for an intercoastal room. Available from December 24, 2017 - January 4, 2018.
• One night’s hotel deposit per room is required when making a reservation.Deposit is refundable if cancelling before November 30th.
• Room rate is for two people.
• Registration must be completed within 30 days of securing a hotel reservation.
$875 Alumni or Retired Frater & Spouse/Partner
$475 Single Alumni or Retired Frater
$775 Young Alumni & Spouse/Partner
$400 Young Alumni (within 5 years after earning DDS or DMD)
$350 Dental Student
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28TH
8am - 4pm Board of Directors Meeting
4pm - 7pm Registration
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29TH
9am - 11am First Business Meeting
1pm - 4pm Second Business Meeting
6pm - 7pm Memorial Service and
7pm - 9pm Shabbat Dinner
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30TH
7:30am - 9:30am Shabbat Service
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31ST
9am - 12pm Continuing Education
7pm - 9:30pm Installation Dinner
10:30pm - 1am New Year’s Eve party
The American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Heidi Weber, Executive Director of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.
The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.
To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional developmentand activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,200 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.
Heidi has been the AO Executive Director for over five years and prior to that she has more than 15 years of experience spanning corporate marketing, product management and life cycle, healthcare and trade associations. Heidi acts as the visionary leader and facilitator of the oldest dental and medical membership organization with 5,000 members worldwide. She has successfully worked as a transition specialist and has worked in concert with member leaders on strategic planning, governance, financial, operational and mission-related activities. Heidi is overseeing the execution of the Alpha Omega/Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Program, a three-year pilot program that answered the call from the White House in late 2014. The program has expanded from nine cities to 15 under Heidi's leadership and direction. Over 400 Holocaust Survivors have been treated. Throughout her career, Heidi has had the ability to establish a professional rapport with all stakeholders in order to effectively expand organizational capacity.
News and updates from Alpha Omega's current president.