As previously announced, the LDA office relocated to another area in Baton Rouge. Effective September 30, 2019, the new address is 5637 Bankers Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Phone and fax numbers will remain the same.
The following comments were made by LDA President Dr. Kristi Soileau during the ribbon cutting ceremony on October 4, 2019:
Welcome to the brand new home of the Louisiana Dental Association! Today we celebrate the grand opening of a beautiful innovative and state-of-the-art office that will help us to continue to promote, advocate and protect for the dental professionals of our great State of Louisiana.
We are so appreciative of the many of you who have been with us every step of the way, and who have caused this day to finally arrive. As current president of the LDA, I would like to start with thanking Dr. John Portwood, Dr. Steve Morgan, our Executive Director Ward Blackwell and last year’s president Dr. Danny Weaver, for their leadership on our Building Committee. Their knowledge and expertise has been integral in this process.
What brings us together today actually was initiated by a visit from our prior neighbors’ asking us, “Has the LDA ever thought of selling their building?” This suggestion has culminated into this incredible new space, one that will be more efficient, high-tech, and prevent our having to spend the tens of thousands of dollars needed for necessary revocations on our previous location.
I also ask everyone to bow their heads for a moment in remembrance of our good friend Dr. Bob Barsley who passed away Saturday. Bob was LDA president when that neighbor walked over and he saw the potential in continuing the conversation, especially after serving as Secretary Treasurer that next year. He was an amazing dentist and believed in organized dentistry and its importance to our profession. Thank you Bob. You will be missed. There is a photo of Bob in the front lobby checking out the craftsmanship of the new building a few months ago.
On a historical note, we had dedicated our former building in this same way on September 21, 1996, just over 23 years ago. We are fortunate to have with us today two of the three members of that Building Committee: Dr. Robert Westerman and Dr. Ross DeNicola. Dr. Chip Simon was unable to join us today due to a prior commitment.
It was with their knowledge and foresight, along with that of the Board members of that time, that we were able to wisely invest in such a building which has served us well for all these years-and has provided us with the capital to upgrade, save on expenditures, and continue to serve our members to our fullest.
I also want to acknowledge our past LDA presidents who have joined us today. Your leadership through the years you served has kept this Association strong, vibrant, and perpetual! Thank you for a job well done.
We're also truly thankful for the support of our current officers, our Board members, and to our tireless and dedicated staff who had to work against the clock in order to turn over the Office Park property in a timely fashion to avoid financial penalties, despite the minor ripples they managed throughout the construction process. Recall that they had to go through and pack - and toss - 23 years of paper and dust. (Thank you all for not asking me to help with that!)
If you have not gotten to do so yet, I suggest that you walk through this new building and take pride in YOUR lovely halls, recalling that the strength of our Association is behind the minds that will meet within its walls. We hope that many future leaders will work here, be educated here, and do their part to propagate the success evidenced by today’s milestone.
Thank you all very much for your presence here today so that we could appropriately celebrate together our accolades and hope for the future. I’d like to ask God’s blessing on the work to be done here through the years and for protection of this building from storms and other disasters.
Please join us inside for a toast before we get back to business, this being our flagship Board meeting in this office! There is much to do! Again, thank you for being here, and thank you for being the face of the LDA.