i ncoming P resident ’ s m essAge I’ll See You IN SAN FRANCISCO! BY JAMES H. HASTINGS, DDS, AAACD, PRESIDENT WERE YOU ABLE TO ATTEND our Annual Scientific 6 A mericAn A cAdemy of c osmetic d entistry ® Session in Orlando this past spring? If so, you know about a unique experience, one for which the AACD has become renowned. As your incoming President it was a pretty busy week, but I was able to attend a few courses, and wow! I always learn something new, no matter the subject. There was continuing education galore, fun social events, and what I like most, making new friends and reconnecting with old friends. Seventeen dentists and laboratory technicians were presented with the AACD’s Accreditation award, and three dentists were presented with the Accredited Fellow award. The week’s wrap-up, the gala event on Saturday night was sold out, and everyone there sure looked like they were having a blast! As a long-time member of your Academy, it’s always puzzled me why fewer than about 20 percent of our dues-paying members attend our annual scientific session. There are many so-called “checkbook members” who dutifully renew their membership each year, yet who never avail themselves of the great opportunity to attend their annual meeting. As your President until May of 2015, I pledge to you that our next Annual Scientific Session will be one to remember.