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Thanks for a wonderful year! President Stephen E. Spadaro bids a fond farewell as his tenure comes to a close.

When I became President of the ADAA last year, I had many goals, but the primary goal that I talked about and dreamed about was the goal of building membership. Not just in small, periodic increments, but in large, remarkable numbers to impact the future and the destiny not only of our association, but of the dental assisting profession.

As the year wore on we were busy with the usual tried-and-true efforts including raffles, discounts, premiums and one-on-one sales efforts at booths throughout the nation in state, regional and national meetings.

The numbers didn't grow and the realization was clear that these efforts, while necessary to supporting the image of the ADAA, were not the efforts that would propel the ADAA to a position of quantifiable numbers. We need a bigger share of dental assistants throughout America that will give us the benefits of recognition and influence in the world of dentistry.

The ADAA Vision Committee came up with the answer of how to build membership impressively and rapidly--E-Membership, a concept that I have grasped and appreciated and spoken about as I traveled the nation visiting our many state components. I feel that E-Membership will bring us the numbers and recognition we need to become and remain a growing force in the dental world, and I hope that you will join me in making that world a reality.

Looking back on the year, I am happy to note that we have produced many new and updated educational courses, have introduced a vastly improved website, a new logo, a redesigned Journal, a newly inaugurated newsletter for dental business managers and the 24/7 weekly E-newsletter. I am proud to have seen these developments "on my watch"

With staff leadership we have honored the budget, while more than difficult economic climates have threatened the world of nonprofits. We have protected our reserves in order to build for tomorrow. I'm definitely pleased and proud of the results we're looking at after my term of office, and I hope now to leave as my legacy the birth of a new era of membership growth for ADAA with E-Membership.

I couldn't have done this without the support of a dedicated Board of Trustees, staff and sincere, devoted volunteers from one end of the nation to another. As I traveled throughout the U.S. and visited with so many of you, I could never cease to appreciate your enthusiasm for the work that was necessary to keep our association alive and for your unstinting belief in the profession you have chosen.

Again, thank you for what has been a wonderful year. May God bless you and continue to bless the American Dental Assistants Association.

Stephen E. Spadaro

ADAA President, 2008-2009

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Title Annotation:President's Page
Author:Spadaro, Stephen E.
Publication:The Dental Assistant
Article Type:Viewpoint essay
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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