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Why Should You Attend?

A message from the GDA Convention & Expo General Chairman, Dr. Henry Benson
Register for the GDA Annual Convention & Expo July 20- 23, 2017.

Dr. Henry Benson and Dr. Ben Jernigan, Jr.Regrets? Yes, I have a few. Well, maybe more than a few but one in particular is that I did not start attending the annual GDA Convention & Expo sooner.

I always describe myself as a late-bloom as far as getting involved in GDA. Eventually, Richard Smith encouraged me to take time for organized dentistry, since I had focused mostly on my practice early in my career.

It wasn’t until ten years ago, with my increased involvement with GDA, that I started attending—and enjoying the meeting. Then, I felt it was the big meeting of the year and since I wanted to learn more about GDA, I attended. The House of Delegates in particular was an eye-opener, and made me appreciate how much GDA does for members. I learned so much about issues affecting dentistry that I didn’t know until I heard everything that was presented during the HOD meeting. But what I really loved was getting to know people in the GDA— meeting people that didn’t live in my immediate area and from other parts of the state. They encouraged me to get more involved.

So, what did I miss out on? So many things!

For one, developing life-long friendships with GDA members from across the state and especially their families. It's relaxing, refreshing, and unencumbered time outside the day-to-day busyness of our offices. It's DOWNTIME! That is what we all could use more of.

There's time at the pool, the beach, having a refreshing beverage and just unwinding for a few days. Yes, there is the matter of taking care of the business of the GDA while we
are there, but this is an invaluable experience for those who have never attended a House of Delegates meeting.

This is how our organization works for you to ensure that you can continue to practice the way you desire and that your patients are provided with the best and safest care possible. I’d say the majority of dentists have no idea of how much GDA and active members are doing to ensure that we’re able to practice in the way that we want to practice. Our profession could be a whole lot different without GDA, and the convention is a great way to learn why organized dentistry matters.

Then there are the exhibitors who generously help to support our meeting. There are ones you may already do business with and there may be new ones. They are there to get to know you and hopefully develop new relationships with you in a low key, no hard sell environment.

If you got a little too much sun on that first day at the beach, the wealth of top notch CE awaits you indoors from a large variety of topics to satisfy most any interest. Remember,
this year is a license renewal year and what a better way to get those needed hours in a relaxing and intimate environment.

Oh, and I almost left off the other events and excursions. There are tons of activities, tours, fishing, golf, tennis, dinner out with friends. It goes on and on. The nice thing is
that you can do as little or as much as you want. It's up to you! You will have memories that will last a lifetime!

For me, I'm making up for lost time and having a blast at every GDA meeting I attend!

Dr. Henry Benson, GDA Convention & Expo General Chairman

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