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President's Message

Hi Illinois Dental Hygienists,

Many of you have waited years to hear this:  Congratulations to all the IDHA members, friends and families for their long-term commitment and support as the Public Health Dental Hygienist definition and training guidelines have now been incorporated into the Illinois Dental Practice Act.  See our webpage for further details.

Do you know the one thing that’s so special about this year’s Annual Session?  That it’s at Malcolm X College in Chicago?  That it’s November 8-9, 2019?  That our presenters have over 60 years of experience (combined)?  Okay, all of that IS special but the “one thing” is - we will be celebrating our 90th Annual Session!!  How fabulous to acknowledge this milestone!  Click here to register!

This month I’d like to recognize the past presidents of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association (see the list here!).  How many of these names are familiar to you?  How many colleagues?  How many friends?  Take a look at the list – could you see your name included?  I will tell you, I never thought I would!  I’m not a leader.  I don’t have the time.  I can’t keep everything organized enough.  What other excuses could I make?  But here I am with four months left of my presidency and so far I’m doing okay.  Yes, still working two part-time jobs, yes, my triplets made it through 8th grade (graduation was June 13th), yes, my dining room table has become IDHA central, but I’ve also had two vacations with my family, and, still occasionally, go out socially with friends.   Balance is a struggle, I’m learning.  I’m so grateful for the awesome team of executive council members, trustees, committee members, and past presidents, available to support me when I am up against a challenge.  We’re getting things done in Illinois!

For this year’s Annual Session, we’re going to have an IDHA Nostalgia Wall!  Start looking through your computers, phones, USBs, and of course, photo albums for pictures of past events. Graduation pictures?  Who wore caps?   Let’s celebrate the decades of our awesome association and profession.  We’ll have post-it notes for you to share your memories.  You’re welcome to bring in photo albums – you’ll get them back. 

During this time of reflection and reminiscing, think about your professional life.  Do you have gifts that can make a difference?  Would you be willing to assist your association with your talent for event planning?  For those of you who are drawn to politics, our legislative and Hy-PAC committees would love to have your help with legislative events.  Those of you who enjoy working with kids, would you be willing to donate 5 -6 hours a year at health fairs?  Somehow there's an impression that involvement in our professional organization is a "time suck;" however, I can fervently exclaim this is false!  From my observations of each committee member and trustee, there is approximately a 10 hour a year commitment.  Some months are busier than others.   Do you have that to share?  If you're interested, please reach out to a trustee ( use to email) or committee member ( - emails are listed for each chair) to express your curiosity.  Do you have ideas that you think we should try?  Let us know. 

Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you on November 8-9, if not sooner! 

Laura M. Scully CDA, RDH, MS
IDHA President 2018-19

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