At Learning Curves Fall is Upon Us
September was another very busy month here at Learning Curves and the Smiles for Hope Foundation. I think most of you are aware that these are the two sister organizations that Frances and I founded, which support one another. I will take this opportunity to once again make you aware that all income generated by our Learning Curves organization is donated to our Smiles for Hope Foundation whose mission is to promote and support dental education and dental care for the poorest of the poor around the world.
In September, the team at Smiles for Hope once again spent ten days in the Dominican Republic. Our team consisted of 28 Crown Council members from the U.S. and Canada. We were joined on site by three volunteer Dominican dentists, four Dominican senior dental students and five volunteer Dominican dental hygienists whom we had previously trained. We also had several Dominicans from Esperanza International on our team who served as translators.
This experience consistently blesses each participant and changes their life for the better. Each day (except Sunday) we move the entire team and all equipment—including generators, air compressors and portable dental units—to a new location to set up our clinic. Sometimes the clinic is set up in a church, a school house or even a local bar. We are equipped to provide a full range of services including endodontics, fixed bridges, full restorative solutions and as few extractions as possible.
Our partners at Esperanza International take care of all the logistics on our journey. They coordinate the locations in the areas where we will set up our clinics as well as arrange for our food each day we are serving. We return again to the Dominican Republic in November with a new group of Crown Council members.
To learn more about the Smiles for Hope expeditions and more about Crown Council, please contact Annie at the Crown Council Office at 1-800-CROWN58 (1-800-276-9658).
Rock Stars Geology’s Greatest Hits
I love this ride. We call our annual ride to the National Parks of Utah our “Red Rock Rumble.” September is the perfect time of year to visit this part of the world. The temperature has become more moderate, the leaves have taken on the colors of Fall, and the normally crowded tourist areas have been vacated. We visit four of Utah’s five National Parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon) and three National Monuments. People travel from all over the world to see and be among these sandstone formations that are unique to this part of the country. We spend three days on a Harley with a 360-degree view of the marvelous wonders of this part of the world.
Dr. Ron Ritsco of Houston, Texas, was our featured clinician for this year’s ride. Ron is the founder of the Aesthetic Masters “hands-on” program at UNLV. Please visit them at www.dentalaestheticmasters.com
Ron shipped his 105th Anniversary customized Heritage Softail from Houston so we could all see (and hear!!) his very own ride. Thank you, Ron, for your support of Learning Curves. We look for great things to come from the Aesthetic Masters program.
P.S. I would like to take this opportunity for Frances and I to express, from the bottom of my heart, appreciation for all the support we receive from our featured clinicians each year. You folks make this all possible. A special thanks to Gordon and Rella Christensen for including information about our rides in the Practical Clinical Courses (PCC) catalog and for joining us on one of our rides each year.
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A Final Thought
As you store your bike for winter, remember:
It is not just a motorcycle, it is your little corner of the universe. Treat it well!