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Delivering excellence throughout the world: Dental Assistants Recognition Week.

With the focus of the world on the U.S. military, it is more than coincidental that this year's DARW entries included more military input than ever before. An entire category in the competition was created and identified as "Other Organizations" and included both Army and Air Force entries and will in the future feature the work of dental associations, government agencies such as Veterans Administration clinics and any other large institutional practice not included in the traditional groupings of schools, dental assisting associations and dental offices.

We are pleased to acknowledge the enthusiasm of this sector of participants and welcome them along with the new and returning entries from all other categories.

As usual, in addition to thanking the entrants, we are grateful to the panel of judges from the ADAA and the ADA who gave their time to the review and selection of materials. The competition covered in this issue reflects only the work of U.S. individuals and groups, with the Canadian groups conducting their own competition.

A note about the headline. DARW themes are chosen by joint action of the sponsors of the event: the American Dental Association, the American Dental Assistants Association, The Canadian Dental Assistants' Association and the Canadian Dental Association. The theme is generally retained for three or four years. The outgoing theme, "United by Excellence, Linked by Pride," was in effect from 2000 through this year, 2003.

The new theme that will take effect for the 2004 Week is based on an idea from Nancy Callaway of Overland Park, KS, an ADAA member. Ms. Callaway will receive one year's free national dues from the ADAA. We thank everyone who provided input and ideas for this project.

... on to the competition. And the winners are:

DENTAL ASSISTING SCHOOLS

FIRST PLACE

THE MEDIAN SCHOOL DENTAL ASSISTANT/EFDA PROGRAM Pittsburgh, PA

How's this for starters? The entire class joined ADAA! Then they reached out to the public by acquiring three proclamations, two radio spots, two TV spots and making and selling tooth fairy dolls for charity. They asked local dentists to nominate their dental assistants for "#1 Assistant in Pittsburgh" and gave the winner a pizza party for their practice. DARW posters adorned 800 telephone poles in the area and a newspaper ad ran for a week. The instructors hosted a dinner for the students and the school president purchased an intra-oral camera as a gift. In all, a terrific multilevel tribute to DARW.

SECOND PLACE

NDSCS DENTAL ASSISTING STUDENTS: 2003 Wahpeton, ND

Presented by Lucinda Johnson

This school decorated its clinic and library to draw attention to DARW and then laid out a table (staffed by Ms. Tooth Fairy and Ms. Molar) to give away toothpaste to campus students and collect money for families in need. A total of $226 was collected--which was matched by the instructor--and Crest Spinbrushes were purchased and distributed. A contest for the area's #1 dental assistant was conducted and the winner received a gift basket. Additionally, a dental assistant in active guard duty was recognized through e-mail and presented with a "care package" and ribbon. The dental assisting supervisor presented the class with lunch to round out DARW and to recognize them for their efforts.

HONORABLE MENTION

LINN-BENTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE Albany, OR

Every day there was something new: Monday: 30- and 60-second radio spots on five local stations; a large banner in the hall, and words of appreciation from the Vice President of Instruction. Tuesday: Students delivered flowers, food and goodie baskets to the offices where they had done their observations. These were directed to the offices' assistants, many of whom didn't know it was DARW. Wednesday: Each instructor received flowers, cookies and a scroll of thanks for their time and expertise. Thursday: Words of encouragement from the Director of Health and Human Services, and a student-faculty quiz game with students receiving a gold pin bearing a tooth emblem. Friday: A visit from ADAA National President Karen S. Waide, CDA, EFDA, who presented each student with a pink rosebud and an ADAA souvenir. Two officers of the Capital City DAS also came and gave greetings ... and every day there were refreshments for all.

ALSO NOTED

DENTAL ASSISTING CLASS OF BERDAN INSTITUTE Totowa, NJ

Presented by Helene A. Pizzuta, CDA

Berdan students wore blue ribbons to draw attention to DARW and made dental-related posters to hang on the walls. The posters were a competition with staff voting for the best three. Going outside the school, visits were made to an elementary school to instruct in dental hygiene while during the week, speakers were invited to present a variety of subjects including oral health care products, personal care products and PANDA.

ELI WHITNEY DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM Hamden, CT

Presented by Janice F. McMorran

During DARW, students visited elementary schools with dental hygiene instructions. Back at the school itself, a breakfast for dental assisting students was hosted by d.a. faculty and included members of the adult education faculty.

FLINT HILLS TECHNICAL COLLEGE DENTAL ASSISTING CLASS Emporia, KS

Presented by Monica Jones, CDA

Goodie bags were produced and sold to dentists for presentation to their practice's assistants. The students solicited a variety of vendors to provide the products in the bag ... which included an ADAA application.

THE INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH EDUCATION Fairfield, NJ

Recognition teamed with relaxation thanks to the massage therapy students at the Institute who donated their time to the dental assistants in the area who came in for a free massage. Over 250 flyers were sent to area dental offices with this welcome offer. The response was so great that a second week was added. Next, the students and faculty of the Institute recognized the civilian and military assistants of nearby McGuire Air Force Base with a barbecue party. For many at McGuire, this was their introduction to DARW.

LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DENTAL ASSISTING DEPARTMENT Eugene, OR

Presented by Sandra Stice

On campus, hygiene students posted flyers throughout the clinic calling attention to DARW and presenting each dental assisting student with flowers, pastries and beverages. Meanwhile, off campus, assisting students visited a K-6 school and made hygiene presentations that included the Tooth Fairy giving out dental certificates and goodie bags full of dental care products.

OZARK TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE DENTAL ASSISTING CLASS OF 2003 Springfield, MO

Dental assisting students enlisted the arms of the SOMA Wellness Centers massage therapist students in recognizing assistants during DARW. Letters were sent to area dentists offering the purchase of an in-office chair massage for their assistants. Then, cards were mailed informing the assistants of their dentist's gift to them. Everyone was a winner: the students who implemented the mailing and the idea, the dentists who recognized their assistants, and the assistants who received the massages and a little well-deserved recognition during DARW.

PALM BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE Lake Worth, FL

Presented by Colleen Bradshaw, CDA

Their "First Annual DARW Luncheon" was held for students, faculty and staff and included the Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. A proclamation was signed and the event was heralded on the college's marquee.

PIMA MEDICAL INSTITUTE Seattle, WA

Presented by Karen Rebiger, CDA

Table clinics and poster-making were carried out and tasty tooth cookies were made too. In order to earn a cookie, you had to fill out a dental health survey. Outward bound activities included visiting a day care facility to provide tooth brushing instructions and providing free toothpaste and toothbrushes. The governor of Washington also signed a proclamation.

SEATTLE VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM Seattle, WA

Presented by Margaret Camden

Community Outreach was the focus of DARW this year for Seattle Vocational. Students made oral health presentations to a training center for the blind and the Seattle Chapter for the Blind that included oral health for the guide dogs, too, and featured doggie toothbrushes donated by a local veterinary hospital. Students also had oral health brochures translated into large print and Braille. Further outside activities included participation in a health fair for seniors for which an oral health videotape was made by students. A student recognition lunch was hosted by faculty. Students launched "March is join ADAA Month" with 90% participation.

COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO Twin Falls, ID

Presented by Tonja Bowcut, CDA

Dental assisting students started the celebration by sending out more than 60 information packets to local dental offices encouraging staff to observe and participate in DARW. Articles were submitted to local papers, and radio and TV appearances kept students busy. A luncheon hosted by the Booster Club surprised the students and included gift bags from the instructor.

DENTAL ASSISTANTS ASSOCIATIONS

FIRST PLACE

WASHTENAW (MI) DAS Dexter, MI

Presented by Gwen Graham-Feldkamp, CDA, RDA

A kick-off celebration was held with the theme of "You're the Star." Educational speakers were featured and attendees received tote bags, folders, pens and post-it notes. A handmade pin that said "SPARKLE" was presented to all, and it complemented a signboard that read "You are the SPARKLE in your Dental Office." Individual photos of each attendee were made and placed in "Star Frames." As an added treat, a masseuse was on hand in the afternoon to help attendees achieve pleasant relaxation and a memorable way to observe Dental Assistants Recognition Week.

SECOND PLACE

NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA DAS Falls, PA

Presented by Colette Jesikiewicz, CDPMA

This local's president-elect prepared an article distributed to several local papers detailing the role and accreditation standards for assistants. She also contacted several area radio stations with a public service notice about DARW. The local's secretary spoke to the graduating class of Luzerne Community College on benefits and options for a dental assisting career and the president of the local addressed preschool children using the Colgate education program.

HONORABLE MENTION

GENESEE (MI) District DAS Millington, MI

Presented by Deborah Jaruzel, CDA, RDA

An informational letter and membership packet were sent to more than 200 dental offices in the Mid-Michigan area as a way to draw attention to dental assistant professionalism, the ADAA and the event itself. A brief history of the local and its relation to the state and national organization was presented in the packet along with an invitation to "Focus on the Future" and join the ADAA!

ALSO NOTED

COLUMBIA (SC) DAS Presented by Lou Ann Summers

The annual fundraiser held in conjunction with DARW included sending flyers to area dental offices promoting this local's "Staff Appreciation Gift Baskets" and resulting in over 100 orders. Basket items included soaps, body cremes, mugs and mixes, cookies, biscotti and printed note cards. Members of the local joined together to fill the baskets for presentation, and funds from the project went to Kids Day and other community activities.

MIDLAND EMPIRE (MO) DAS Saint Joseph, MO

Presented by Patsy Klein, CDA, CDPMA, COMSA, EFDA

In an effort to recognize and support the cancer patients in this local's practices, the local presented each of them with roses, a personalized note and a goodie bag filled with dental and personal care products donated by Avon. Information and teddy bears were provided by the local cancer society and the ADAA local included information on dental hygiene.

OKLAHOMA DAA

Presented by Linda Bilby, CDA

Receptions and special treatment for dental assistants marked DARW in Oklahoma. An OSHA/CPR seminar and luncheon was hosted that included many potential members and a proclamation was received from the governor.

POLK COUNTY (FL) DAS

Presented by Susan Rexroat, CDA

Table clinic competitions were held at the Tampa West Coast Dental Meeting with students from Traviss Technical Center participating and receiving a surprise luncheon treat from their instructor. These students were also honored with tickets, presented by Polk County dentists, for Staff Night Out that took place March 13.

DENTAL OFFICES

FIRST PLACE

THE STAFF OF CHILDREN'S DENTISTRY Westminster, CO

Presented by Douglas Miller

The Week was celebrated on a day-by-day basis in this practice. To start, a poster featuring each dental assistant's photo, name and years of service was displayed in the reception area along with a poster displaying the DARW ads provided by ADA and ADAA. Comment cards were placed in the area so that patients could leave thoughts and messages. These comments were read every day at "morning huddle." Also at that time, goodie bags were provided and three assistants' names were drawn to receive the baskets each day. On Wednesday, each assistant received a lovely DARW silver picture frame as offered by ADA, and finally on Friday, each was presented with a colorful fleece blanket with ADAA and their name embroidered on it.

SECOND PLACE

THE DENTAL ASSISTANTS OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Colorado Springs, CO

Presented by Wendy Messing

The theme was "Dental Assistants Are Our Crown Jewels" and a banner stating just that was hung in the waiting room all through DARW. An open house for staff and a party with pizza and cake was given. Each assistant was presented with a "Dental Assistant" coffee mug, a candle, balloons and candy. The practice pitched in and purchased each assistant a set of denim scrubs to wear on casual Friday.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

THE STAFF OF BETTY CROSSWELL, DMD, & CORINA ATANESE, DMD Middletown, CT

Each day this practice provided a sign of appreciation for its assistants ... gourmet sweets, a roast turkey luncheon, a picture collage and even a toast to the assistants made by the doctor. A basket of dental hygiene materials and smile stickers was presented to a local women's shelter in honor of the assistants and a local newspaper covered the event.

DENTAL ASSISTING STAFF OF WILLAMETTE DENTAL GROUP Beaverton, OR

Presented by Ninette Lyon, RDA, CDA, EFDA

Activities varied from facility to facility in this practice since they have locations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. A certificate signed by the president of the group was presented to each assistant that recognized his or her length of service. Each region picked two assistants to be recognized for their outstanding service. Assistants with more than 15 years' service were presented with rose plants. Raffles were conducted at each regional meeting and winners received ADAA memberships, electric toothbrushes or other goodies. In the Portland Metro area, ADAA national President Karen S. Waide, CDA, EFDA, was present to inaugurate the Week's activities.

ALSO NOTED

PRACTICE OF DR. AMY SCHMITT-KINGSTON Springfield, NY

Presented by Greta L. Buchanan, CDA

After having been declared "World's Greatest Assistant" by a grateful boss, Ms. Buchanan and other members of the staff were treated to a sumptuous lunch and an all you can eat chocolate dessert buffet.

THE DENTAL TEAM OF KEVIN L. HAMBLIN, DDS Twin Falls, ID

Presented by Kevin L. Hamblin, DDS

Although it didn't happen during DARW, Dr. Hamblin's team got the good news in time for DARW that they would be going to "Top Gun" training in Orlando, FL, April 28-May 4, 2003, during the annual session of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In addition to classroom activities a number of recreational treats were also scheduled.

TEAM MEMBERS OF HENSELER ORTHODONTICS Woodbury, MN

Presented by Donna VanDen Avond

This practice chose Tuesday of the Week to recognize DARW at their local referring dental practices. To acknowledge the dental assistant team members, they delivered "helping hand" baskets to be used in a drawing by assistants, and treats for all members of the team in each office. Their goal was to not only draw awareness to the DARW event in their local community but also to capture an audience of patients, some of whom might consider a career in dental assisting.

DR. LAREE JOHNSON AND STAFF Raleigh, NC

Presented by Jenny Pease

Dr. Johnson treated her staff to limo rides to and from a dinner for them and their spouses and then off to a Bon Jovi concert. A real change of pace in the realm of recognition.

DENTAL ASSISTING STAFF OF MISSION CHILDREN'S DENTAL PROGRAM Asheville, NC

This staff is spread out due to the nature of its service with the "ToothBus" program delivering dental care for underserved children to 11 counties and three hospital rooms. The director brought the dental assistants together to enjoy recognition during DARW with food and fun and recreation and a step toward creating a more cohesive team, proving that DARW can provide many different kinds of benefits.

THE STAFF OF SHREWSBURY ORTHODONTICS Shrewsbury, NJ

Presented by Alison Goldman, COA, RDA

The dental assisting staff in this practice received gift certificates as a thank-you for their efforts during the year. They responded with generosity of their own by donating a case of toothbrushes to the Monmouth County (NJ) Association of Retarded Citizens.

STAFF OF DR. DAN PETERSON--FAMILY GENTLE DENTAL CARE Gering, NE

Presented by Dr. Dan Peterson

Something good happened to the dental assistants of this practice every day during DARW--from breakfast buffet to flowers and cards, balloons and banners and even a massage therapist to help everybody relax. There were lighted signs, public service announcements on local radio and a dental assistant presentation at a job fair with over 400 attendees. Also in honor of DARW, dental care bags were given to underserved children.

DENTAL ASSISTING STAFF OF PROGRESSIVE DENTAL Conklin, NY

Presented by Lisa M. Tims

This practice says that it tries every day to show how much their team members are appreciated (all 18 of them), and this year they presented each with a personal thank-you and an attractive "Winning With Teamwork" lapel pin. They are hoping to be more involved next year.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY DENTAL ASSISTANTS Oklahoma City, OK

Presented by Grace Holden, CDA, COMSA

Grace planned and organized a reception for all dental assistants at the U of O and welcomed a total of 55 assistants, dentists and staff employees. And a good time was had by all.

DENTAL ASSOCIATES OF TIFTON Tifton, GA

Presented by Melanie Walker, CDA

Ms. Walker utilized a fund-raising mailing and event from her horse riding club to piggyback flyers detailing DARW and the dental assistant's contribution to dental health. The fund-raising event for March of Dimes was co-sponsored by John O. Butler Company, adding to the dental connection.

DENTAL ASSISTING STAFF OF RONALD WRIGHT, DDS Clio, MI

Presented by Deborah Jaruzel, CDA, RDA

A posted announcement in the office and a four-wick candle honoring each of the four dental assistants in the practice kicked off the first-ever observance of DARW for this practice. In addition, dental theme cookies were shared and gifts and cards exchanged letting all express the privilege they feel about working together.

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

FIRST PLACE

DENTAC/DCC: UNITED STATES ARMY DENTAL FACILITY CAMP ZAMA DENTAL CLINIC, JAPAN

Presented by SFC McCoy

When dental assistants came to work here on Monday of DARW they were surprised by banners and badges reading "Dental Assistants Are the (heart shape) of Every Dental Office." Pastries and a decorated cake prepared by a senior staff member awaited them in the break room. Another surprise was the DENTAC "Academy Award Ceremony for Outstanding Support" with a speech and photo opportunity and a personalized desk nameplate and ADAA Pledge and Creed for everyone. This was followed by a buffet. On the closing day of DARW, it was noted that there was never enough time to show proper appreciation for all that Camp Zama's dental assistants do.

SECOND PLACE

DENTAC/DCC: SCHOFIELD BARRACKS and TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, HAWAII

Presented by 1SG Weigle

These two entities took a short break away from their mission of serving 16,000 Infantry Division soldiers to show appreciation for their 45 dental officers and 112 dental assistants, lab techs and clerical support during DARW. At Schofield, the dentists, dressed in white shirts and bow ties, served the assistants lunch and presented a musical skit to the tune of McDonald's "You Deserve a Break Today."

At Tripler, the clinic provided a luncheon for staff and mounted competitions that included teams of dentists and assistants in a three-legged scrub race, PPE exchange race and gold "chipping" contest. Floral leis were presented to the staff.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

DENTAC/DCC: PENTAGON TRISERVICE DENTAL CLINIC

Presented by Kimberly Y. Cook, Senior Enlisted Leader

The clinic showed its appreciation to dental assistants with balloons in every corridor and thank-you cards for every assistant. On Tuesday, the dentists sponsored a luncheon and on Thursday, NCOs sponsored a breakfast and corsages for the ladies. Again, specialty dentists took their assistants to lunch and all assistants were honored with a certificate of appreciation.

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO

Presented by MSG Ronald Bonecutter

The week started with a breakfast meeting that included a presentation from the Medical Group commander who had brought a proclamation from the Governor of Ohio, declaring March 2-9 Dental Assistants Recognition Week. Also, a letter of congratulations from the Air Force Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services was read. The week's events included a roller skating party, potluck luncheon, a formal luncheon sponsored by the dentists, a visit to Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center and a presentation from Katherine Grinnell, Oregon Health Sciences University. Door prizes worth $300, donated by local businesses, were presented to the 52 dental assistants and other dental auxiliaries. Daily presentations of information booths at the Medical Center covered all aspects of dental assisting, and toothbrushes and toothpaste kits were given away.

ALSO NOTED

DENTAC/DCC: BAUMHOLDER, GERMANY

Presented by COL Eldon Mitchell & Melissa Godfrey, CDA

Luncheon and a trip to the local bowling alley helped to express appreciation for this dental assisting group.

DENTAC/DCC: DARMSTADT, GERMANY

Presented by SFC Darlene Taylor

The theme adopted for DARW was "Give Me a Break" and the clinic was decorated with banners and balloons. Staff enjoyed a theme raffle with the winner receiving an in-clinic hour of complete relaxation. On Tuesday, each assistant received a potted plant, on Wednesday, fresh pastry, and on Thursday they concluded with certificates of appreciation and a photo opportunity.

DENTAC/DCC: FT BENNING Ft. Benning, GA

Presented by MSG Curry

Dental Assistants--both military and civilian--were honored at both Love and Bernheim Dental Clinics with a cake and ice cream reception and a speech of appreciation.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. BLISS DENTAL ACTIVITY El Paso, TX

Presented by MSG Alvin Diaz-Cruz

Because of mobilization and deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom, formal activities for DARW could not be planned. The commander, however, did make an announcement recognizing dental assistants during early March and posters were placed on bulletin boards at all dental clinics.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. CAMPBELL DENTAL ACTIVITY Ft. Campbell, KY

Presented by COL David B. Clem

Each clinic provided an appreciation luncheon for their assistants with the clinic officers in charge. The commander purchased a box of candy for each male assistant and a yellow carnation for all female employees.

DENTAC: FT. DRUM Ft. Drum, NY

Presented by COL Joseph B. Isaac, DDS

During DARW many of the dentists at this installation showed appreciation with gifts of flowers, small gifts and luncheons. Additionally the DENTAC had a chili cook-off and an awards ceremony with appropriate coverage in the Ft. Drum newspaper, The Blizzard.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. EUSTIS Ft. Eustis, VA

Presented by MSG Editha Wilkerson

Assistants were treated to a buffet lunch and presented with certificates of appreciation.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. GORDON Ft. Gordon, GA

Presented by 1SG Bembry

Certificates of appreciation were provided to all dental assistants.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. HUACHUCA Ft. Huachuca, AZ

Presented by COL Mark N. McDonald

A DARW coffee mug was presented to each assistant--both military and civilian--and a potluck luncheon was hosted by the doctors. The installation newspaper covered the event and the DENTAC marquee announced it too.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. IRWIN Ft. Irwin, CA

Presented by SSG Scott Martini

A Commander's Call was issued on March 6 with the assembly of all clinical and administrative personnel to witness the recognition of this Fort's dental assistants. Each was presented with a certificate of appreciation and laudatory words were spoken about each from the podium. This also included some good-natured roasting.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. KNOX DENTAL ACTIVITY Ft. Knox, KY

Presented by SFC Wallace

A great success was reported during this period when it was recognized that assistants were working harder than ever serving mobilized soldiers. Activities included the following: luncheon hosted by the dentists, daily affirmations of appreciation from all personnel, snacks and treats throughout the week, and dental assistant survival kits (loaded with useful and humorous items too numerous too mention).

DENTAC/DCC: FT. LEE Ft. Lee, VA

Presented by SFC Wendy G. Barilla

A decorated cake bearing the slogan "Guardians of Oral Health: To the Dental Assistants of the Fort Lee DCC: Your Hard Work and Dedication Are Truly Appreciated!" was the cornerstone of DARW for Ft. Lee. Each assistant received a pledge and a creed along with the knowledge that more would have been done were it not for the long and numerous days required for Soldier Readiness Processing.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. LEWIS Ft. Lewis, WA

Presented by 1SG Jill Sconyers/SFC Arnold Voigt

Each clinic was authorized to have an extended lunch period and encouraged to recognize their assistants. Banners at post entrances announced DARW, and each clinic received a supply of doughnut holes sent with the message, "There'd be a hole in our team without you. Thanks for all you do!"

DENTAC/DCC: FT. McPHERSON Ft. McPherson, GA

Presented by SFC Berry

DARW meant all assistants at this post were presented with a certificate of appreciation, a bouquet of flowers and and an ice cream and cookies treat. Recognized in particular was an employee with 30 years of service whose anniversary was March 6, right in the middle of DARW.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. MEADE Ft. Meade, MD

Presented by SSG Maag

With increased workloads in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, DARW had to be fitted in among work projects and overcrowded schedules. Time still permitted potluck lunches, carnations, a pizza party and kudos of appreciation. These breaks in the work routine were much appreciated forms of recognition.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. SILL Ft. Sill, OK

Presented by COL William R. Bachand

The planned DARW activities at the clinics of Ft. Sill had to be condensed into a two-hour lunch period because of deploying soldiers. Still, a cake was served up along with sincere appreciation for hard work. In addition, a barbecue lunch was hosted and assistants received a pencil and pen set and thank-you cards.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. STEWART DENTAL ACTIVITY Ft. Stewart, GA

Presented by SFC Edith Davis

A link was created on the Fort's intranet and DARW info was presented. One of the clinics sponsored a luncheon and presented assistants with Teamwork pins. The ADAA Creed, Pledge and Professional Commitment were prominently displayed.

DENTAC/DCC: FT. WAINWRIGHT/RICHARDSON Ft. Wainwright, AK

Presented by MSG Barry S. Whitley

An individual flower was presented to each dental assistant and special recognition was provided to all dental assistants during the celebration of the Dental Corps' 92nd birthday, March 8, 2003.

DENTAC/DCC: KUWAIT

Presented by COL J. J. Shelley

Assistants in Kuwait were kept busy taking care of American Army personnel during DARW. The assistants are from an active duty field unit and a reserve dental unit (see front cover).

DENTAC/DCC: PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY Monterey, CA

Presented by SSG Kevin Hankton

A beach luau complete with full moon above was delivered for this group's DARW and featured exotic foods (like "Hold Onto Your Teeth Potato Salad") and volleyball. The following day a surprise luncheon was presented to the assistants.

DENTAC/DCC: SAUDI ARABIA Eskan Village, Riyadh, SA

Presented by COL Bob Reichi

Activity just "stopped" long enough in Saudi Arabia to take a few pictures during DARW. These assistants were very busy taking care of U.S. Soldiers (see front cover).

DENTAC/DCC: VICENZA, ITALY

Presented by Buddy Albritton

All dental assistants were presented with a rose and a sincere "thank-you" for their dedicated service. Doctors prepared and served a luncheon and one--in full tux--acted as head waiter. Assistants all received a certificate of appreciation.

DENTAC/DCC: VILSECK REGIONAL CLINIC COMMAND, GERMANY

Presented by SFC Rooks, LTC George Hucal

Each day began with different breakfast treats prepared or presented by doctors and practice managers, but the highlight of the week was the catered luncheon buffet. Door prizes and mementos meant that everybody was a winner with gifts ranging from spa packages to fondue sets and everyone receiving flowers and custom-made certificates of appreciation too. In addition to the fun and games, the staff also volunteered its time to help with more than 60 children receiving sealant.

DENTAC/DCC: WEST POINT West Point, NY

Presented by COL Art Scott

A dental assistants recognition program was conducted concurrently with the observation of the 92nd birthday of the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Posters, certificates and a ceremonial cake cutting added to the festivities.

DENTAC/DCC: WUERZBURG DENTAL ACTIVITY--GERMANY

Presented by MAJ Mike Beatty, COL Mike Cuenin, 1SG Bill Fitzgerald

Doctors, assistants and other dental auxiliary staff were gathered for their quarterly all-DENTAC meeting with DARW as the theme. The 82 dentists in 13 clinics serving 22,800 service members and their families couldn't do so without dedicated assistants, and this meeting gave everyone an opportunity to express appreciation. The motivational speaker drew comparison between fighter pilots and their expert riggers and dentists and their expert assistants. Some of the clinics added their own touches of appreciation with parties, pizzas and passes for assistants.

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TX 59th DENTAL SQUADRON

Presented by Susan Parson

A DARW announcement on the Medical Center Marquee advised over 600 viewers that the event was in progress while dentists hosted 160 assistants and 40 lab techs at lunch and an afternoon bowling party. Later that week those unable to attend the lunch and party were treated to pizza and coffee mugs filled with candy.

LITTLE ROCK AFB, AR

Presented by Paul Yaggie, Dentist

A banner, balloons and pictures of the base's 20 assistants were on display during DARW, and daily lunches were sponsored as well as a potluck dinner, an ice cream social, treats and a bowling outing. Gifts were provided too as another way of showing appreciation for the assistants who provide "wonderful support for keeping the 314 Air Wing personnel 'mission ready.'"

MISAWA AFB, JAPAN, DENTAL STAFF

Presented by SSG Francesca J. Wheeler

A local radio station provided some recognition during DARW and the base's dentists provided continental breakfast each day. Lunch hour was extended and dentists put together a potluck meal at which each team member received a pen engraved with the date, DARW, their name and rank.

SUFFOLK COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY Islandia, NY

Presented by Jane Meslin

A staff appreciation night during DARW offered dentists a novel way to show their appreciation. More than 130 assistants accompanied their dentists to a buffet dinner and entertainment. Following dinner, "America's Funniest Dentist," Dr. Dan Greenstein, presented "The Dr. Dan Show," an hour of dental comedy and song.

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER Miami, FL

Presented by Bertha Ward

A luncheon was given that featured longtime ADAA member Alyce F. Norris, CDA, speaking on dental assisting history and certification. All dental assistants were honored and were presented with a certificate of appreciation for their work. A trivia game with prizes was conducted and an essay detailing the history of dental assisting and providing an up-to-date job description was published in the VA Medical Center newsletter.
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Yee Ha!: that's "congratulations" Nashville style!
Reach out and grow.
SGM Spadaro receives first Strickland award.
Here's to your health ... and dental assistants recognition week.
2004 Dental Assistants Recognition Week: delivering excellence throughout the World.

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