Presidents Message

Autumn is just around the corner. For many, September represents the end of the lazy days of summer and signals the start of perhaps a more productive and busy time of the year. It is interesting to note that “September” comes from the Latin root septem which means “seven”. But why would our 9th month of the year mean “7”? The original Roman calendar only had 10 months - Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December. It wasn’t until much later that Julius Caesar expanded and changed the calendar to include 12 months by adding January and February. Do you know which months were renamed in honor of Julius and Augustus Caesar? (I didn’t say which months were named after them. I said which months were re-named. I bet you had to look at the list again.)

As the leaves begin to change colors and the squirrels start their winter gathering, know that your Executive Board has been very busy as well. While many people relax and take it easy during the summer months, your Board has been working hard to develop programing and benefits to meet your needs.

It is with great honor and humility that I begin my Presidency. For the past 90 years, our organization has been blessed with outstanding leaders who were and continue to be passionate about dentistry and providing for our members. I will do my best to continue this Legacy of Excellence.

As an organization that represents your wants and needs, we have a full calendar of events planned for 2018-2019. We truly hope you will take advantage of all the programing we have put together. Our Distinguished Speakers Series, held on Monday evenings 6-9pm at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, will feature Dr. Daniel Kubiakan (9/24/18, Perio-Prosthetic connections), Dr. Neil Mushlin (10/29/18, pulmonologist board certified in Sleep Medicine, obstructive sleep apnea from a medical perspective), and Dr. Julian Conejo (2/25/19, dental materials and minimally invasive reconstruction procedures). Several social events will include an Escape the Room Adventure and a tasting of wines from around the world dinner. We will have 2 shredding events this year. One in the Fall, one in the Spring. Our all day CE program series, held at Blue Bell Country Club Clubhouse off Route 202 in Blue Bell, will include presentations on implants, cosmetics, pharmacology, 3 D printing, minimal preparations, digital work flow, and esthetic zone considerations. In response to our membership asking for information concerning running a successful dental business, financial and insurance planning, human resources, and practice management, we are developing a lecture series comprised of experts in their respective fields to address those issues. Stay tuned for details.

Your continued support of these programs is what helps make our society vibrant, growing, and the most active dental society in Pennsylvania. If you have not attended an event in some time, I invite you to come and join your friends and colleagues. We have something for everyone.

By the way, if you answered Quintilis (July for Julius) and Sextilis (August for Augustus), you were right. You win 1000 bonus points.

I look forward to seeing you at one or more of our programs.


David Kaffey

MBDS President 2018-2019