2011-09-14, David Warren, New Mexico Dental Association

After President Ross Ramsey requested a round of applause for pianist Anita Blackburn, he called the meeting to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Dave Lemen gave the invocation, and in honor of our speaker’s profession, Bob McPherson led the singing of “Smile, Sing a Song.”  We greeted each other and those who missed mystery greeter Mel Parish added to our club project fund. 

Bianca SenatorePresident Ross led the introduction of guests and student guests, including former exchange student Bianca Senatore, who told us of her impending return to Brazil.  Happy dollars came from Jim Scott for his grandson’s birthday, Bob McPherson for his lowered well, Mary Ellen McKay for her talented volleyball-playing granddaughter, Jim Maxon for Howard Ness’s attendance, Elaine Szalay for something completely inaudible from the far end of the room, Curt Coleman gave the dollar raised to keep him quiet, Les Smith for the Aggies, Rick Jackson for that other team the Aggies play this weekend, and Barbara Rose Farber for a recent Alzheimer’s disease walk.  (Sorry if I missed anyone.) 

The Program—David Warren, New Mexico Dental Association

NMMOM logoBill Harty substituted for September program chair Wanda Mattiace, introducing speaker David Warren.  Dr. Warren is an NMSU and UMKC Dental School graduate who has practiced in Las Cruces for 33 years.  He came to tell us about an upcoming event sponsored by the dental association.  The “New Mexico Mission of Mercy” will be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center on March 2 and 3.  It will offer dental services to all comers, free of cost.  Dr. Warren talked about the great local need for dental services to those without insurance or other resources; Medicaid does not cover much for dental problems. 

David WarrenThe event will be similar to one held in Albuquerque in October.  That event, held at the State Fairgrounds, conducted by over 200 dentists and 1700 volunteers, provided about $1.3 million of dental services to over 2200 patients.  Lines were long; the first patient on Friday had been in line since Tuesday!  Dr. Warren shared a seven minute video made at the Albuquerque event. 

The Las Cruces event will involve dentists from El Paso and all around the state of New Mexico providing cleanings, examinations, and many basic dental services such as fillings, extractions, crowns, root canals, and acrylic partials.  Although supplies and equipment will be donated, costs of the facility and the logistical support (such as feeding an army of volunteer dentists, hygienists, lab technicians, and other volunteer staff) has a budget of about $200,000.  Although several major sponsors (Conoco Phillips, Delta Dental) are engaged in the project already, financial support is very much needed.  Bobbie Derlin and Alex KeattsIn addition, roughly 1,000 volunteers are needed to help with support functions such as registration, day care, meals, transportation (they expect to use county vans to bring people from the south end of the county, and to shuttle people from parking at NMSU’s athletic facility parking lots), helping move people around and through the examination and treatment processes.  More information, and a place to sign up to help, is available at the NM Dental Foundation website.  

After the Program

Lya Jordan won the 50/50 drawing.  Treasurer Paulina Salopek announced that $83 was raised for the Child Crisis Center project.  The 4-Way Test was recited to close the meeting. 

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Guests of Rotarians

Guest 

Host

Michael Henderson

Jim Berry

Visiting Rotarians

Rotarian

Home Club

none

 

Student Guests

Student

School

Bianca Senatore

NMSU/Brazil

Bethany Blundell

Mayfield

Isaac Merry

Oñate

Derek Davidson

Mesilla Valley Christian

Make-ups

Rotarian

Date

Club

Les Smith

9/7

Mesilla Valley

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