Alliance of the GDA
The Alliance is an organization of hundreds of dental spouses, male and female, that serves as a valuable GDA partner in the arenas of legislative advocacy, dental health education, and well-being of the dental family. Alliance members coordinate the GDA legislative dental kit program, attend GDA LAW Day, take part in Give Kids a Smile Day and Children’s Dental Health Month activities, and conduct numerous other initiatives.

Thanks to 2014-15 officers President Cindy Jernigan, President Elect Julie Vaughn, Vice President Julia Davis, Secretary Erin Park, Treasurer Fran Brown, Editor Janet Bradberry, and Parliamentarian Shari Carter for their efforts in leading the Alliance team.


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Upcoming Alliance Events


AUGUST 2014
Saturday August 23:
Gala for Smiles, ticketed fundraiser event at Druid Hills Country Club.
Details at www.ndds.org.


SEPTEMBER 2014
Saturday, Sept 13:
Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 10 am meet to tour gardens, noon lunch in the Gardens, 1 pm Chef Demo in Edible Garden.  Let’s enjoy fall at the Gardens!


OCTOBER 2014
Thurs-Fri, Oct 9-10:
59th Annual Convention of the Alliance of the American Dental Association (AADA) Hilton Palacio del Rio hotel, San Antonio, Texas.  All interested GDA and Alliance members and AGDA Delegates. Register on the AADA website, www.allianceada.org.

Fri-Sat, Oct 17-18:
GRU Student & Spouse reception Friday evening at the Norvell Golf House on the Summerville campus in Augusta. On Saturday morning, the GDA Board of Trustees (BOT) will meet in the GRU large conference room. The GDA invites and encourages students to attend.  While the BOT meeting is taking place, the Alliance will hold a workshop for dental student spouses, also at GRU. GRU will host breakfast and lunch for students, spouses, GDA, and Alliance attendees.

Date TBD:
Halloween Party and Hay Ride, sponsored by Central District, Milledgeville.

Sat, Oct 25:
Assemble dental kits for GA Legislators and their Staff, GDA office.

Tues, Oct 27:
Northern District Meeting, AGDA President to give update on Alliance activities / plans.


NOVEMBER 2014
We will have a weekend of Alliance activities surrounding our holiday party! Treat yourselves and plan to spend the night at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead! Click here to visit their web site and read about the Legendary Shopping Overnight package available for November 22.

Sat, Nov 22:

Holiday Party at historic Peachtree Golf Club, all Alliance members and spouses, ticketed event. 6:30 – 7:30 cocktails on the porch (weather permitting), 7:30 cocktail buffet.

Sat, Nov 22:
Holiday shopping at Phipps Plaza and lunch at noon Nordstrom’s Café for all out-of-towners and anyone else wanting to join us!

Sat, Nov 22:
10am, Mani-Pedis at Nail Talk & Tan, Town Brookhaven, option for anyone interested!

Sat, Nov 22:
Golfing opportunities and football game watching for those interested in the afternoon.


JANUARY 2015
Sat, Jan 10: 
Noon. Mid-Year Alliance Board Meeting and Lunch at Cindy Jernigan’s house. For Board Members, Committee Chairs, and any other interested Alliance members.

Mon, Jan 12: 
Georgia Legislature Opening Day. Meet at Capitol to greet legislators, distribute dental kits to legislators and staff, and take pictures with Governor.  All interested GDA members and spouses.


FEBRUARY 2015 (Children's Dental Health Month)
Fri, Feb 6:
Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day. Events to be planned in all GDA districts.

Wed, Feb 11: 
Alliance LAW Day. Visit state Legislators to advocate for dental profession. All interested GDA members and spouses. RSVP to Nelda Greene at greene@gadental.org.  

 
MARCH 2015
Thurs-Sun, Mar 26-29:
Hinman Annual Meeting, Atlanta. www.hinman.org.


APRIL 2015
Tues, Apr 7:
7pm, Board meeting and supper at Cindy Jernigan’s home.

Thurs, Apr 9:
Antique and gift shopping and lunch in Old Roswell. Join us to celebrate spring!

Thurs-Sun, Apr 16-19:
Memphis, TN. Alliance of the American Dental Association (AADA) Annual Conference. Learn, grow, socialize, and meet other special Alliance members from around the country! See www.allianceada.org.

Sat-Sun, Apr 18-26:
GDA President’s Trip to Cuba. Click to read more about this unique trip. Deposits due by October 2014.

Mon-Wed, Apr 27-29:  }
ADA Washington, DC, Leadership Conference. All interested dentists and spouses.


JULY 2015
Thurs-Sun, Jul 23-26:
GDA / AGDA Annual Meeting at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida.


Alliance Brings Meth Mouth Mary Education Module to Georgia
The Alliance owns a Meth Mouth Mary education module available for use by Alliance spouses in schools. The module includes "the heads," or a series of mannequin heads that show the physical transformation of a woman nicknamed Mary from a healthy individual to someone addicted to methamphetamine. The "fully addicted" mannequin head shows the devastating effect that the drug can have on the skin and teeth of an addict. If you have seen these mannequins, you know the impact they can have! The module also includes educational materials and a guide that can help an individual relate the dangers of drug use to students. If you are interested in using this module in a school, please contact Molly Bickford at jfbmkb@bellsouth.net or Alliance GDA staff support Delaine Hall at hall@gadental.org.


Dipper Dan Spit Tobacco Education Project
The Alliance owns two Dipper Dan models showing the long term effects of smokeless tobacco to use in schools around the state. Along with Alliance puppet shows promoting dental health, these modules can be presented and used in every district. Several Alliance members can travel to different districts to help anyone that wants to get any of these programs started, either during Dental Health Month in February or at any time during the year. Contact Alliance GDA staff support Delaine Hall at hall@gadental.org.