It’s a privilege to serve the members of the VDA on the delegation to the ADA. These are turbulent times for dentistry. In order to survive the storm, we need to stabilize and grow our membership share of all dentists. Our Association offers important benefits which we need to continue to promote, starting at the dental student level. We continue to deal with the outside forces, non-dentists, so called experts who purport to know what is best for our patients and how best to deliver dental care. As practicing dentists, we need to remain the captains of the ship of dentistry. We need to be proactive at all levels, including legislative first and foremost, regulatory, public health, and evidence based scientific affairs. I’ve always been focused on the public affairs part of dentistry and the delivery of quality dental care. I appreciate you allowing me to serve and represent you.