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2014 GLAO/MSO Annual Session
September 11-13, 2014
Hilton Chicago

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The Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists (GLAO) is a constituent of the American Association of Orthodontists. Components of the GLAO include: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario (Canada), and Pennsylvania (west of the Alleghenies). The GLAO advocates on behalf of its members and promotes the advancement of the Speciality of Orthodontics.

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2014 GLAO-MSO Combined Annual Session

Join your colleagues with the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists at the combined 2014 Annual Session with the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists in downtown Chicago.




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I hope to see many GLAO members at the GLAO Annual Session, September 11-13, 2014. Our meeting will be held jointly with our colleagues from MSO, and it promises to be a terrific event. The venue will be the spectacular Hilton Chicago. Steeped in history, and featured in many movies, this famous hotel retains much of its classic beauty with many modern upgrades. A great educational series for both doctor’s and staff has been put together by our program organizers. For fun and enjoyment, there will also be a reception in the early evening on Friday in the exhibit hall. This event will feature a jazz combo whose members include MSO President, Dr. John Crawford, and his wife, Sue. Some of you may be familiar with the band. They are talented and entertaining. Finally, on Saturday night there will be a dinner event at Gibson’s, the venerable Chicago restaurant. We have available a private dining room, and it is a great opportunity for communal fun, and particularly to entertain staff. Get your tickets early! Finally, we will pass the gavel to Dr. Greg Oppenhuizen at the GLAO business meeting on Friday. Greg will be an outstanding president, and I look forward to his term. In addition to the other events, I encourage you to take an hour and attend the business meeting. It is your organization; you have a vote, and you should be there.

I hope that all of this, combined with the myriad other attractions in one of America’s great cities, will draw you to Chicago in September.

It has been a privilege to serve as President of the GLAO, and it has been a lot of fun. I have made many new friendships that I will always cherish. Plus, and perhaps later than I should have, I learned quite a bit about how important the GLAO can be to our specialty.

An organization like the GLAO is as good as its leadership. Your current group of leaders is truly outstanding. I have had the humbling and gratifying experience of meeting them and working with them. You are truly being well served. But they will not be there forever. Someday, they will move on. Someone will have to replace them. Thus, I encourage any of you who have not already done so to consider taking your support a step beyond paying dues, and begin to move toward direct participation and leadership in the GLAO. By now, it is almost a cliché to say that things are changing in a way that affects our specialty. Some of these changes are not necessarily positive. Since, however, change is inevitable, there are only two possible choices; either we attempt to influence the change, or we do nothing and hope to be able to adapt to what comes. The GLAO, through policies and advocacy, can help us to influence change instead of allowing us to be victimized by change. Most people don’t need to be persuaded to focus on their careers and businesses, nor do they need to be convinced of the importance of raising children, self-improvement, exercising and being involved in a community. But it is a particular dedication and sense of responsibility that directs people to volunteer to be active in their professional organizations and to make the proverbial difference. Dedication and a sense of responsibility are built in virtues for most orthodontists. You are already primed for leadership. The GLAO needs you. If you are not sure where to start, feel free to contact me or anyone on the GLAO Board.

I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Phillip J. Beckwith
President GLAO