The Lehigh Valley Dental Society wishes you all a very Happy Holiday and New Year!
See you in 2018!
The purpose of the Lehigh Valley Dental Society as an adjunct to the American Dental Association and the Pennsylvania Dental Association, shall be to serve the public, improve their health, promote the art and science of dentistry and represent the interests of the profession, and the people we serve, its members.
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Dear LVDS Members,
Spring has arrived, or has it? Although the weather is not in our favor right now, soon enough it will be time to get outside and enjoy the upcoming seasons. Just like the seasons, the Lehigh Valley Dental Society is finding a need for a change. In the past we focused mainly on providing Continuing Education opportunities to our members at General Membership Meetings. While LVDS will continue to do so, we will also be focusing on offering unique and fun social events.
This past February, LVDS organized a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Alburtis Tavern. It was a chance for our members, spouses, and staff to get out, while enjoying dinner, camaraderie, and entertainment. The people who attended found it to be a nice evening out with lots of surprises and laughs. Our next social event is a “LVDS Family Fun Day” at the Zoo, located at the Lehigh Valley Zoo on Sunday, June 3, from 11 AM – 2 PM. This not only includes general admission, but activities, tent time with colleagues and other families, animal education and a BBQ lunch. Please join us for this enjoyable trip to the Zoo!
Another exciting thing many families look forward to is a vacation. If you are thinking about a vacation for 2018, I have a suggestion from my own personal experience. How about Hawaii? I understand that Hawaii can be expensive, however there is a way to make it more reasonable. The ADA is holding their Annual Meeting in Honolulu, October 18-22, 2018. While you are in attendance, your airfare and lodging (plus one day before or after) is considered a business expense and a deductible for tax purposes. If your spouse works in your office or is dental auxiliary, their airfare and lodging is also deductible. To make the deduction legitimate, you (and your spouse, or other members of your dental team) will need to either take a continuing education course or register to spend time in the Exhibit Hall. While, you are there, you can use the rest of the trip to explore and enjoy your time. I highly recommend a side trip to at least one or more of the outer islands even if that cost comes out of your pocket.
There are many advantages of being part of the ADA, and something to share with Non-Members, so keep this in mind as you plan your future trips. Future ADA trips on the horizon: the 2019 meeting, San Francisco; 2020, Orlando FL; and 2021, Las Vegas, NV. All great places to visit, with opportunities for dental education and additional exploration. You can find more info on the ADA website: www.ada.org.
I hope you will be able to take advantage of these opportunities and enjoy them as much as I did.
Dr. Gary Peters