LDA Stars


2014 LDA Stars

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Dr. Chip Simon
Dr. John Portwood
  Dr. Maria Burmaster
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Dr. Glenn Dubroc
Dr. Gus Coutin
Dr. Johnnie Hunt Bond
Dr. Mike Maginnis

The LDA is giving a special thank you to members who went WAY above and beyond the call in their volunteer service to the association in the prior year. 

The “LDA Stars” for 2014 are:

Dr. Maria Burmaster, who had the most time-consuming job of any LDA volunteer, serving as the state chair for  the 2015 LaMOM, which provided over $1 million worth of free dental care to people in need.

Dr. Chip Simon, who was the co-local chair for the 2015 LaMOM, handling the local arrangements and serving as the contact person for the event.

Dr. John Portwood, who was the co-local chair for the 2015 LaMOM, handling the local arrangements and serving as the contact person for the event.

Dr. Glenn Dubroc, who was a one man IT department for the 2015 New Orleans Dental Conference/LDA Annual Session, handling registration, web updates, marketing and more.

Dr. Gustavo Coutin, who was the 2015 New Orleans Dental Conference /LDA Annual Session Chairman – the second most time-consuming job!

Dr. Johnnie Hunt Bond, the LDA Membership chair, who initiated the first ever “Scrubs and Stilettos” event for female dental students and attended multiple other student events to promote the LDA.

Dr. Mike Maginnis, who travels the state as LDS president promoting deals for members and ran an awesome prosthodontics department at the 2015 LaMOM.

See below regarding more info or to nominate someone for a 2015 LDA Star!

Congratulate these stars if you see them. They are the reason organized dentistry works!


Announcing LDA Stars Program to Recognize Volunteers

FallingStarWhether studying policy issues as board members, raising money for a PAC or helping to plan an event, member dentists who work long hours purely as volunteers are the backbone of the association.  Many of those volunteers go far above and beyond the call in the execution of their duties.  Others may hold several different volunteer posts, essentially doing the work of several people.

The LDA would not be nearly as successful in its mission to promote, advocate and protect without these “star” performers.  So, in January of this year, the LDA Board of Directors approved creation of the LDA Stars program to recognize these exceptional volunteers.

Beginning in 2014, such “stars” will be recognized for their accomplishments in the prior year by:
•    Being special guests of the LDA at the Welcome Reception/President’s Party during the New Orleans Dental Conference/LDA Annual Session (NODC/LDAA) at which time they will be acknowledged by the outgoing president.
•    Receiving special ribbons for their name badge at the NODC/LDAA.
•    Having their photo and brief account of their accomplishments appear in LDA publications, website, etc.
•    Receipt of a gift (to be determined by the selection committee, subject to budgetary limitations) to be presented at the Welcome Reception/President’s Party.

The selection criteria for LDA Stars are:
•    The laudable activities cited in nominating the potential star took place during the current calendar year and have primarily benefited LDA members and in more than one component (as opposed to primarily in just one component or other organizations).
•    Potential star has one or more of the following accomplishments to his/her credit within the current calendar year:

  1. Executed official duties for the LDA or one of its subsidiaries with highly uncommon dedication and effectiveness.
  2. Did significantly more than is generally required to execute those duties to a degree that raises the bar for future expectations of that position.
  3. Handled a number of official responsibilities in a number of different capacities with all being executed above generally acceptable standards.

•    The laudable activities of the potential star in the current calendar year have advanced the interests of the LDA in a manner consistent with the LDA’s mission, and no activities of the potential star have detracted from advancement of the LDA mission.
•    The potential star has been a member in good standing throughout current calendar year (and remains a member at the time of selection).
•    The potential star is NOT being cited for activities performed relative to a position for which he/she received or will receive compensation from the LDA or one of its subsidiaries other than reimbursement for expenses incurred in the conduct of official business.

A Selection Committee comprised of a Past President’s Advisory Council, current President and Executive Director will choose the stars to be recognized each year.  

Recommendations/nominations may come from any member serving in an “official” capacity for the LDA, whether elected or appointed.  

Recommendations will be solicited via e-mail beginning in the fourth quarter of each year.  So, if you serve as a member of a committee, council, task force, board, house of delegates, etc. for the LDA or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates (i.e., includes LDS, LADPAC, etc., but not a component society), start thinking of fellow volunteers whose efforts you feel deserve recognition. 

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