by James E. Burns, D.D.S. – NODA President
Holiday greetings to all!
Hello my NODA Family. I’ve been a member of this family for over 28 years and extremely honored to be elected as the 104th president of this great organization. I would like start by wishing all the membership and their family a Happy New Year. My wish is that everybody have a 2022 filled with happiness and prosperity. My expectation is that our membership will take advantage of all that NODA has to offer. A common theme you will hear from me is NODA being a family to me. 28 years ago, I was welcomed in with open arms by such greats in this organization as Dr. Guy Ribando and Dr. Anthony Miranda and since then, too many more to mention. I truly, truly care deeply about this family and will do whatever it takes to make NODA prosper.
I would like to thank all the members of our Board of Governors for accepting the responsibilities that entail their positions. Especially Dr. Kevin Collins and the wonderful work he does with New Orleans Dental Enterprises. I want to thank our Executive Director, Mr. Andrew Hale, for doing such a great job leading the New Orleans Dental Association. I would also like to recognize Mrs. Jeanne McFall who has done a wonderful job in taking over running of the New Orleans Dental Conference/LDA Annual Session.
The 2022 New Orleans Dental Conference/LDA Annual Session is set for April 7-9, 2022 at The Hyatt Regency This year’s meeting will be headed by two Chairmen. The first is Dr. Keith Kyler and second and last, but not least is Dr. Kristopher Rappold. We expect a very entertaining and prosperous meeting on the heels of one of best meeting yet, in 2021. As always, many volunteers are needed for this event to take place.
As usual, we will have our monthly general membership meetings where you can get CE as well as great food and have some fun with your fellow members. We will also have our Annual Crawfish Bowl at The Kamp in Harahan on Friday, May 13, 2022. Growing our membership is of utmost importance for us to thrive. So, I ask each and everyone of you to reach out to non-members to come to our meetings and see what they are missing; so they might become a member of our family.
I would like to invite members and guests to come celebrate with me at the President’s Installation Banquet at The Southern Yacht Club on Saturday, March 19, 2022. It should be a great event at a wonderful venue. As always, all my NODA family is invited.