Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry
AAPD Western District Trustee Report- Jonathon Everett Lee, DDS
Thank you to the Volunteer Leadership of CSPD and WSPD for hosting a great membership meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, from March 31 to April 3, 2022.
After a one-year hiatus of In-Person CSPD/WSPD Membership meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it was nice to reunite with friends and colleagues I have known and met over the past 25 years and meet new ones this year. Once again, the CE Program was Outstanding. There is something special about In-Person Membership Meetings.
Speaking of In-Person Meetings, I look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego for the AAPD Annual Session, celebrating 75 years as an Academy. Kudos to CSPD Past President Dr. Jacob Lee and his son Dr. Aaron Lee for chairing the Local Arrangements Committee.
One of the integral parts of the AAPD Annual Session is The General Assembly of the Membership. The General Assembly is the meeting of the Active and Life Pediatric Dental Specialist members of AAPD to conduct the business of the Academy.
The 2022 General Assembly will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 9:30 -11:30 AM local (Pacific) time in Room 6CF at the San Diego Convention Center. AAPD provided notice of this General Assembly as required no less than thirty (30) days before the session, on page 25 of the March 2021 PDT.
This year, there are Constitution and Bylaws amendments to be discussed. In addition, there are proposed changes/additions to oral health policies and best practices of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that the General Assembly of the Membership will consider.
AAPD printed and mailed these proposals in the March 2022 issue of PDT and posted them on the AAPD website. Note: due to the length of the oral health policies and best practices proposals, they are only available online. All members have been alerted to this availability via AAPD E-News.
Constitution and Bylaws Amendments
The proposal is for the deletion of the Leadership Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Background: In 2016, the Board of Trustees recommended and the General Assembly approved a Bylaws amendment to create a Leadership Development Committee. This recommendation stemmed from a report to the Board from the Talent Pool Task Force. Among many recommendations, this task force recommended that the AAPD establish a permanent committee of the Board of Trustees solely focused on leadership development opportunities for AAPD members. This committee would evaluate the current AAPD programs: the Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern University and the Advanced Leadership Institute at the Wharton School of Business/the University of Pennsylvania, and make recommendations for their future continuation and direction. The committee would also actively work to identify volunteer leaders to assist the President-elect in the annual process of making appointments to the various AAPD councils and committees.
The Board of Trustees has evaluated the committee’s efforts and reached the following conclusions:
• The committee provided feedback on leadership development programs, enabling the Board of Trustees to evaluate their effectiveness. This work is complete.
• A separate committee has not proven necessary for consideration of future leadership development programs; that is within the purview and expertise of the Board of Trustees.
• Based on committee feedback, the AAPD has revamped and updated its process for identifying and recruiting volunteer leaders to serve on various councils and committees. This work is complete.
In conclusion, the Board of Trustees believes this committee has completed its work, AAPD has systemized the programs noted above, so the committee is no longer necessary.
For More Information on the Constitution and Bylaws Amendments, go to: https://www.aapd.org/globalassets/2022marchpdt.cb.pdf
Oral Health Policies and Best Practices Proposals
In regards to the Oral Health Policies and Best Practices Proposals, go to: https://www.aapd.org/globalassets/2022_policies_bestpractices.pdf
When Can Members Discuss their Concerns and Positions On the Proposals?
There are two opportunities. The first time is at the Reference Committee Hearings. The second and final time is at the General Assembly.
Reference Committee Hearings
Prior to the General Assembly, Reference Committee hearings will occur on Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM in Room 14AB. The hearings are open to all AAPD members, who are strongly encouraged to participate.
The Reference Committee Hearings is the venue for member discussion on any formal resolutions before the General Assembly. This year, the resolutions will be the Constitution and Bylaws amendments and proposed changes/additions to oral health policies and best practices recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
The Reference Committee Hearings is the opportunity for members to present testimony on these matters and other business before the General Assembly. In addition, AAPD will post the Reference Committee Hearing Reports online following the hearings.
Final action on recommendations from the Reference Committees takes place at the General Assembly, where the Active and Life members of AAPD will decide whether or not to approve those recommendations.
New and Other Business of The Academy
Members can bring up any new business to discuss with leadership. New business brought before the General Assembly requires approval by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote to be considered. If the vote is successful for consideration, discussion of the new business will be open to the membership, and the membership will vote upon associated motions. A majority
vote passes the motion.
Again, the 2022 General Assembly will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 9:30 -11:30 AM local (Pacific) time in Room 6CF at the San Diego Convention Center.
Thank You, and I look forward to seeing everyone in San Diego for our Annual Session of the AAPD celebrating 75 years as an Academy.