A Message from 2023-2024 CFDDA President
Dr. Rod MacIntyre
The Spirit of Community and Participation
Dear fellow members of the Central Florida District Dental Association,
I trust this message finds you well, reflecting on the warmth and joy that the Thanksgiving and December holidays brought to our lives. As we gather with family and friends for the new year, it is a fitting time to appreciate the sense of community that binds us together in our shared commitment to our profession and the well-being of our patients.
First, I want to thank the affiliates that have hosted my visits. I appreciate meeting members for the first time and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues! The meetings are wellorganized and well-attended.
Looking toward the new year, I want to underscore the importance of our tripartite membership. The collaboration between local, state, and national levels is the cornerstone of our collective impact. By working together, we amplify our advocacy efforts, contribute to the advancement of our profession, and strengthen the bonds that make our dental community resilient and supportive. I hope that each of you stays vigilant in increasing our membership numbers. It is not an easy task but certainly a vital one!
In the spirit of civic unity, Dentists’ Day on the Hill, on January 30, 2024, beckons our active participation. This event serves as a platform for us to engage with policymakers, advocate for oral health initiatives, and influence decisions that directly impact our profession and patients. Your involvement is crucial in shaping the future of dentistry at both the state and national levels. Don’t hesitate to get involved. We are extremely fortunate to have an outstanding FDA lobby team that does all the heavy political lifting for our profession year-round.
I am also pleased to announce our upcoming annual CFDDA meeting, May 3-4, 2024. This event promises a blend of education, networking, and relaxation set against the backdrop of the Hammock Beach Resort’s breathtaking beauty and outstanding accommodations. Speakers and programs are outlined in this issue. This meeting provides a unique opportunity for us to come together, celebrate our collective achievements, and share insights that will shape the future of our profession. Remember, there is no cost for CFDDA members and staff for registration or courses sponsored by your Central District.
Finally, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering commitment to the CFDDA. Together, let us embark on the new year with a sense of purpose, unity, and a shared dedication to the principles that define our association. I am hopeful that 2024 will be filled with professional growth, successful advocacy, prosperity, and the satisfaction of making a positive impact on the oral health of our community.
Roderick M. MacIntyre, CFDDA President