While the holidays are over and winter is running at full bore, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring and hopefully it’s an early one. I have also continued to keep busy with my obligations to the NDDHA BOT, my family and I have recently applied to finish my bachelors in Dental Hygiene online starting this summer. With everything going on it can become easy to get lost or overwhelmed in the hustle and bustle of work, family and life. Take a moment to relax occasionally and assess where your abilities and time can be best spent.
NDDHA will have another busy year, but we are all looking forward to the journey and education that will continue to come with it. If you are interested in becoming more in- volved in the association or finding out about opportunities within NDDHA please take a moment to reach out to us. We will have open positions again in September on our Board of Trustees, and we are always looking for help with committees and activities. The more involvement we get from you the more we can do for everyone!
We are also taking nominations for the awards that NDDHA gives to not only our out- standing hygienists in North Dakota, but we have added new categories to recognize peo- ple outside of dental health providers who have stepped up to the plate for Oral Health ini- tiatives. If you or anyone you know fits into these categories please fill out the application for nominations. More information on the categories and requirements can be found on our website or feel free to reach out toLinda Alton, our Nomination Chair and Immediate Past President.
I want to take this opportunity to remind you all of the upcoming opportunities we will have for continuing education and net- working within our profession. NDDHA will have our Spring Meeting and CE in Bismarck on March 21st. We have some great CE lined up and look forward to seeing you and visiting. More information and details follow in the newsletter or can be found on our website. Our District VII meeting will be in River Falls, Wisconsin this year on June 4th-6th. Our District Trustee, Tammy Filipiak, will be getting more details to us on all the happenings soon and we will pass on the information as we receive it. District meetings is a time for prep work for our state delegates and alternates for ADHA’sHouse of Delegates, but it is also a great opportunity to meet and network with others who will be going to CLL as well as learn more about the process of the HOD. If you are going to Las Vegas this year and want more information on the district meeting, feel free to reach out to myself or the other BOT members. Lastly, registration for ADHA’s Center for Lifelong Learning is now open! I encourage you to look at the courses and see if anything is of interest to you. Between the CE and networking, it is not only a fun time to be had, but also so very rewarding both professionally and personally. If you have never been to a CLL before you will find yourself hooked and looking for ways to make it to ADHA’s CLL every year! Special discounts and early registration rates are still available so take advantage of them while you can.
Tammy Filipiak was elected by the delegates of District VII (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota) in May at the District meeting to serve as the District VII ADHA Trustee. She was installed at the ADHA annual session in Boston in June and will serve a two year term as Trustee. Tammy has been a member of ADHA since she was a student (over 25 years) and has served many positions at the local, state and national level, including President of WDHA in 2001-02 and most recently as the Chair of the ADHA Council on Policy and Bylaws. Tammy's educational background includes an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Northcentral Technical College in WI, a Bachelors Degree in Business, and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and Quality.