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20 24 28 46 MDA Recognizes Member Achievements Dr. Elwood Rice Assumes MDA Presidency MOMOM Accomplished: Stories Shared Your Questions Become Answers for Others Issue 6 November/December 2011 777 &#0e; -/$%.4!, &#0e; /2' MDIS celebrates 20 years Two decades ago members went ‘above and beyond’ to create MDIS, continue to be dedicated to its success and services. We’re also proud that through MDIS’ existence these past 20 years, we’ve been able to provide more than $1.8 million n 1863 in his Gettysburg Address, Pres-to strengthen and benefit the Missouri Den-ident Abraham Lincoln said “Four-tal Association, of which we’re a wholly-score and seven years ago our owned subsidiary. fathers brought forth on this At the 2011 MDA House awards Ž&#03;&#0c;•—”ƒ ƒ –  continent a new nation, con-… banquet held the first of Novem-&#07;‡ ceived in liberty and dedi-ber, MDIS was pleased to recog-cated to the proposition that nize those individuals who had all men are created equal”— the foresight and lead-WK certainly, important ership to create MDIS ( 5 9 6 , $ 1 5 words with a spe-$1 &#1c;&#1c;&#14;&#10;&#15;&#13;&#14;&#14; < and who were instru-&#14; &#03; &#03; &#03; &#03; &#03; cial meaning for all mental in organizing Americans. and nurturing it to become the To continue on a theme of history, it important member benefit that it is today. was exactly one score ago—that’s 20 years—at These included: Dr. John Hume, Dr. James the MDA House of Delegates that a group of Elliot, Dr. Chad McCoy, Dr. Mark Zust, Dr. MDA member dentists conceived a new orga-Edward McAllister, Dr. Gary Baker, Dr. Joseph nization dedicated to the concept of helping Boain, Dr. Grant Merritt, Dr. Harold Carter, dentists’ with their professional and personal and, Dr. Roger Suchman. insurance needs. The organization was Mis-MDIS also was honored to present a new souri Dental Insurance Services, and, as they award for going “Above and Beyond” to Dr. say, the rest is history. Mark Zust as a token of appreciation and deep It would be hard to compare it to the risk admiration. Through the past 20 years, Dr. taken by Abraham Lincoln’s address, but these Zust has served in every capacity and his loy-MDA members took a risk to establish MDIS— alty, dedication and perseverance has guided which would turn out to be a great venture. MDIS continuously, every step of the way. We We’re proud to say that on this our 20th thank all members for your continued patron-anniversary, MDIS continues to help dentists age of MDIS. We look forward to another and their practice, staff and families with all great 20 years of servings the business needs manners of insurance and financial products of the dental profession. by GREG RUSSELL MDIS Executive Vice President W i n te e r S e s s i o n &(&#03;0((7,1* -$18$5<&#03;&#15;&#13;&#10;&#15;&#14; $18$5<&#03;&#15;&#13; 8 &#15; &2/80%,$&#0f;&#03;0,66285, I 5(*,675$7,21 &#15;&#13; ‡”˜‹…‡• ‡&#03;&#16; &#10;‹••‘—” ‹&#03; 5(*,675$7,21&#03; %52&+85( page 9

MDIS Celebrates 20 Years

Greg Russell

Two decades ago members went ‘above and beyond’ to create MDIS, continue to be dedicated to its success<br /> <br /> In 1863 in his Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln said “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”— certainly, important words with a special meaning for all Americans.<br /> <br /> To continue on a theme of history, it was exactly one score ago—that’s 20 years—at the MDA House of Delegates that a group of MDA member dentists conceived a new organization dedicated to the concept of helping dentists’ with their professional and personal insurance needs. The organization was Missouri Dental Insurance Services, and, as they say, the rest is history.<br /> <br /> It would be hard to compare it to the risk taken by Abraham Lincoln’s address, but these MDA members took a risk to establish MDIS— which would turn out to be a great venture.<br /> <br /> We’re proud to say that on this our 20th anniversary, MDIS continues to help dentists and their practice, staff and families with all manners of insurance and financial products and services. We’re also proud that through MDIS’ existence these past 20 years, we’ve been able to provide more than $1.8 million to strengthen and benefit the Missouri Dental Association, of which we’re a whollyowned subsidiary.<br /> <br /> At the 2011 MDA House awards banquet held the first of November, MDIS was pleased to recognize those individuals who had the foresight and leadership to create MDIS and who were instrumental in organizing and nurturing it to become the important member benefit that it is today. These included: Dr. John Hume, Dr. James Elliot, Dr. Chad McCoy, Dr. Mark Zust, Dr. Edward McAllister, Dr. Gary Baker, Dr. Joseph Boain, Dr. Grant Merritt, Dr. Harold Carter, and, Dr. Roger Suchman.<br /> <br /> MDIS also was honored to present a new award for going “Above and Beyond” to Dr. Mark Zust as a token of appreciation and deep admiration. Through the past 20 years, Dr. Zust has served in every capacity and his loyalty, dedication and perseverance has guided MDIS continuously, every step of the way. We thank all members for your continued patronage of MDIS. We look forward to another great 20 years of servings the business needs of the dental profession.

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