Message from the President
As I write this, the ICD USA Section is in the midst of planning for the celebration of a special event in its long history. In 2020, the College will celebrate the Centennial of its conception by American dental educator Dr. Louis Ottofy and his Japanese host, friend and colleague, Dr. Tsurukichi Okumura, which occurred at a celebratory dinner in Tokyo, Japan in 1920.
The International Centennial Celebration will be held in Nagoya, Japan in the autumn of 2020, but our own USA Section is in the midst of planning a special and significant celebration of its own. Starting with our Annual Meeting and Convocation from October 16-19, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and continuing in our States, Districts, and Section throughout 2019 and 2020, look for a variety of ways to celebrate ICD and “Fly the Flag” of our great College. I don’t want to tip our hand too early, but our Centennial Celebration Committee has a lot of fun and exciting ideas for a fitting recognition of this auspicious occasion.
Our USA Centennial Celebration will take place in Orlando, Florida just prior to the ADA Annual Session, “America’s Dental Meeting”. We would love to have a large contingent of USA and international Fellows there to help us commemorate this special time. We would also love to have a large number of USA Fellows in Nagoya to help make the International Celebration one to remember.
From October 16-19, 2018, USA ICD held its Annual Meeting, Convocation and its very first Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. This spectacular week of events proved to be one of the highlights of “America’s Dental Meeting”, ending with fireworks over the Pacific. Check out the “Key Room” for the ability to purchase some of our Hawaiian-themed items, such as ICD flip-flops and ICD Aloha shirts. The flip-flops leave the ICD logo behind you in the sand.
We inducted another large class of impressive New Fellows into our wonderful College. The ICD Class of 2018 embodies the Section’s Core Values of Integrity, Leadership, and Service, and we look forward to them joining us in our ongoing activities and projects as we all give back to our profession by “Serving Others”. As the year comes to a close, I am proud to turn over the Presidency to a great leader and good friend, Dr. Peter Korch. It has been an honor and a sincere pleasure to serve as USA Section President, and I am excited for the bright future of our College.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Joseph R. Kenneally, DMD
President, ICD USA Section