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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin June 2011
22 JUNE 20 11 NOW AND TOMORROW BACK TO THE FUTURE: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia Wednesday 30th March to Sunday 3rd April 2011 A MEMORABLE EVENING for the Academy of Dentistry International Convocation and Dinner Being seated next to the drum section of the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums as they completed an 'Irish' set was guaranteed to get my (six generations distant) Celtic genes jumping, and me humming along to the well known tunes. It was one highlight of an extremely enjoyable occasion that continues the tradition of the Academy of Dentistry International in providing an outstanding experience at the Convocations. Prior to the elegant, and frankly delicious, dinner held at the Queensland Club on 29 March 2011, a meaningful ceremony welcomed new inductees from all over Australia. New Zealand's tragic earthquake in Christchurch earlier in the year meant the inductees from 'across the ditch' were unable to attend due to pressing duties at home. Dr Ernest Chan responded on behalf of the new inductees with a sincere wish to live up to the honour bestowed upon the new Fellows of the Academy. The Academy of Dentistry International was formed in 1974 as an international honour society with the intention of recognising people within dentistry who have performed at the highest level. At the same time it was decided there should be a purpose for existing beyond simply honouring people. It was agreed that the sharing of knowledge through education and continuing education would be the primary aim. Therefore, people who are particularly interested or skilled in this area would be invited to join and be recognised. The Australasian Section was inaugurated in May 1988 at the ADA Congress held in Sydney. Outgoing Regent, Dr Mark Goodhew had the pleasant duty of welcoming special guests including, the International President, Dr Tom Brink and his wife Katherine, Immediate Past International President, our own Dr Reg Hession AM and his wife Pamela, International CEO, Dr Bob Ramus and his wife Janet, and incoming Regent, Dr Eddie Street and his wife Judy. The KR Allen Award recipient Professor Kim Seow attended with her husband Dr Yee Thong, the quality of her curriculum vitae made her selection obvious to all those present. The dual positions of Vice-Regent were reinstated at this Convocation after lying in abeyance for a period. The Secretary, Dr John Pearman, and Treasurer, Dr Simon Shanahan were honoured to receive this recognition. Other Board members were acknowledged and confirmed in their roles. The 2011 positions on The Academy of Dentistry International Board are as follows: Regent -- Eddie Street; Immediate Past Regent -- Mark Goodhew; Vice-Regent and Secretary -- John Pearman; Vice-Regent and Treasurer -- Simon Shanahan; Editor -- John Davies; and Board Members -- Mark Bowman (Vic), Peter Aldritt (SA), Kerrie Eupene (NT), and Wayne Ottaway (Tas). The presence of the guests from the USA, President, Dr Tom Brink and Dr Bob Ramus ensured the gravitas of the occasion and all attending this part of the event reconfirmed the significance of the honour held by Fellows of the Academy. This was enhanced by the addition of the high quality of the new Fellows. The group swelled to well over 100 for dinner. The guest of honour, Major-General Professor Jeff Rosenfeld, Surgeon General to the Australian Defence Force (Reserves), entered the dining room with the newly installed Regent, Dr Eddie Street. The band of the 1st Regiment of the Royal Australian Artillery (yes, that is correct a second band) played throughout the ceremony and on into the evening. Major-General Rosenfeld, in his speech, emphasised the importance of teamwork. Drs Reg Hession, Eddie Street and Mark Goodhew interspersed the convivial gathering. It was a memorable evening for all those attending. Special thanks go to Dr Eddie Street, both as host member of the Queensland Club and as new Regent. Once again his combined flair for the dramatic and close attention to detail resulted in the night being viewed a great success by all. Simon Shanahan Vice-Regent and Treasurer
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