March 1997 Newsletter

President's Message | Sy Symanski's Page

MCDS Board of Trustees Report | Treasurer's Report Detail

NJDA State Board of Trustees Report | Articles | Announcements | Dates to Remember

President's Message

It's a Matter of "Sy"- Mantics

In March of 1927, Sy Symanski was elected secretary of the Middlesex County Dental Society. Besides being a member of the ADA for 73 years, Sy has been intimately associated with Middlesex County Dental Society for 70 years. That is more than twice the number of years necessary to get an ADA lifetime membership award. There was a great turnout for the Sy Symanski lecture last month and we welcome the 70th anniversary of his being elected secretary of our society.

Sy graduated Columbia Dental School in 1923. He joined the ADA and worked in Jersey City for a year, then moved to Perth Amboy as a Public Health Dentist for the school system for 33 years. Sy was President of Middlesex County Dental Society in 1936 and editor of the newsletter for 42 years. Sy served in the Army in World War I and World War II for a total of 33 years active and reserve duty. He achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel and was praised by his superiors for his "can do" attitude. He served on the N.J. State Board of Dentistry and as a consultant for the Northeast Regional Boards.

When Sy attended a board meeting after being absent due to his recuperation, he said, "some guys like to fish and some like to play golf but I like working for Middlesex County Dental Society". It is a tribute to Sy that so many of the jobs he was solely responsible for years now are accomplished and supported by many involved members.

Sy has always preached the importance of ethics in dentistry, the benefits of organized dentistry, and the pride of every member.

Well, I'm not going to argue with him.

See you at the next meeting.

Phil Engel

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Sy Symanski's Page

Proverbs go hand in hand with practice management. The basic principle in practice management is that you TAKE-IN-MORE-THAN-YOU-PUT-OUT! As you sow so shall you reap. Take due notice thereof and act accordingly.

1. If you wish to know a person give him authority.

2. Never send a boy to do a man's work.

3. If it is not broken do not fix it.

4. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.

5. A wise man changes his mind. A fool never does.

6. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

7. That which cannot be cured must be endured.

8. The customer is always right.

9. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

10. If you want a thing well done, do it yourself.

11. A priest sees people at their best, a lawyer at their worst but a

physician sees them as they really are.

12. If anything is worth doing it is worth telling someone how to do it


13. To believe in one's dreams is to spend all of one's life asleep.

14. Drink less and go home by daylight. (He who drinks a little too much

drinks much too much. The first glass is for thirst, the second is for

nourishment, the third is for pleasure and the fourth is for madness).

15. The tongue is the rudder of our ship. He who speaks much of others

burns his tongue.

16. An educated man is one who has finally discovered that there are

some questions to which nobody has the answers.

17. Love your enemies. Bless them who curse you. Do good to them that

hate you and pray for them that specifically persecute you.

18. Experience is the best teacher.

19. Fame is a magnifying glass.

20. Every man is the architect of his fortune.

21. The best things in life are free.

22. Garbage in, garbage out.

23. Whoever exalts himself is abased and he who humbles himself shall

be taller.

24. Where profit is, loss is hidden nearby.


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MCDS Board of Trustees Report

FEBRUARY 11, 1997

Attendance: Bloom, Brunsden, Engel, Fromkin, Glickman, Huberman, Kahn, Krantz, Leizer, Perlmutter, Rosen, Rosenheck, Schambra, Silverstein, Villa, Weiner.

Acceptance of Minutes last meeting - Oct. 8, 1996 - vote unanimous.

 Treasurer's Report:

 Previous Balance

$ 17,262.35
 M. Schambra,  Treasurer

 Income / Expenses

$ 11,914.09

 Current Balance

$ 29,176.44



See full report in this newsletter.


The "Prompt Dues Payment Contest" was a success. There were 1700 members who paid their dues prior to December 20th for the 1997 year's dues. Last year only 1100 were paid by that time.


The annual session wiill be held at Bally's in Atlantic City on June 6-8, 1997. There will be a tuition increase on some courses because of additional audio/visual equipment that was needed.



An evening of continuing education lectures is being scheduled with Marcy Dental Laboratory. This will include one hour and one credit each for "Impression Taking: Trends and Troubleshooting". "Precision Partials: Predictable and Profitable with Planning", and "Shade Verification: Getting on the Same Wavelength". The courses will be scheduled on a Tuesday evening. A course is also being scheduled with Loris Enterprises for a computer lecture for both novice and intermediate users. Internet topics will be discussed in this course. The program will be one hour in length. Watch for scheduling information.


Web-Site demonstration: Dr. Silverstein will demonstrate the MCDS internet site during the business portion of the February general membership meeting. Dr. Silverstein has been attempting to obtain necessary A/V equipment to provide a large-scale demonstration. The NJDA internet provider, BatNet, has offered to bring the necessary equipment to our general membership meeting, however, contact with them thus far has been unsuccessful. A motion was made to rent the equipment if it does not become available through BatNet so the presentation can proceed as scheduled. Vote unanimous.

The Trenton Thunder trip is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4th. A block of tickets have been reserved for MCDS. Contact Dr. Philip Engel to make a reservation.


Long Range Planning Committee: A long range planning committee has been assembled to develop a plan and agenda for next year's executive board. This committee will be chaired by President-elect Cavan Brunsden.

Corporate Sponsorship Committee: A corporate sponsorship committee has been formed to create protocol and guidelines for all corporate sponsorship activities.

Respectfully submitted.

Ira S. Rosen DMD

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Treasurer's Report

January 31, 1997

Treasurer: Mark Schambra, D.D.S.

 Previous Balance






Current Balance



Income & Expense Statement

10/1/96 through 10/31/96


Dinner Payments




Total Income



Corporation Registry


Dinner Meetings






TVS Honorarium


TVS Telephone


Total Expenses


Total Income/Expense


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NJDA State Board of Trustees Report

No report in this newsletter

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Corporate Sponsorship Vote Set Into Action | MCDS Online | A New Refreshing Look for MCDS
Staff Appreciation: A Deserving Tribute

Corporate Sponsorship Vote Set Into Action

In the aftermath of the near unanimous vote at our January meeting to approve corporate sponsorship of continuing education, the MCDS Board of Trustees is working to make corporate sponsorship a reality.

A Corporate Sponsorship Committee has been formed composed of members of the Board to create protocol and guidelines for all corporate sponsored activities. We will work adamantly with our corporate sponsors to prevent an "infomercial" atmosphere. No products or companies will be "endorsed" by the Middlesex County Dental Society.

MCDS Board of Trustees member Ethan Glickman, chairman of MCDS Mentor Committee, has worked extremely hard to set corporate sponsorship into action. Through Ethan's efforts, a 3-part lecture series sponsored by Marcy Dental Lab is being scheduled (dates to be announced). Each lecture will provide members with one hour/one credit of continuing education. The topics slated to be discussed will be "Impression Taking: Trends and Troubleshooting", "Precision Partials: Predictable and Profitable with Planning" and "Shade verification: Getting on the Same Wavelength".

The Board applauds Ethan's unyielding dedication to setting this project in motion and we are positive that you too will appreciate his efforts when you take advantage of this new membership benefit. We have listened to you and will work hard to provide you with quality membership benefits.

MCDS Online

At the February meeting of the Middlesex County Dental Society, a thorough presentation of our new web site was given by Dr. Robert Silverstein. Bob has put an enormous amount of time and energy into designing and promoting the MCDS web site. Due to his efforts, MCDS members can enjoy a county society web site that is second to none.

We encourage more members to take advantage of this membership benefit and visit our home page through NJDA's site. The address is: http:/ (no period after "html").

In order to connect to the site, you must have a username and password, which is assigned by Diane Davis at NJDA. She can be contacted at

821-9400, or e-mail her at or

A New Refreshing Look for MCDS

Anyone who had the privilege of being at the Sy Symanski Lecture by Dr. Kraut last month witnessed not only a well attended and interesting presentation, but also a long desired "melting pot" of member dentists in attendance.

Dentists who stay away from the MCDS meetings or do not join at all because they look at the dental society as an "old boys club" would have seen a far different picture had they attended last month's meeting. Making dentists of all ages and ethnic backgrounds feel like they have an equal voice in the society is what we are striving for. However, in order to achieve this goal, we NEED your attendance at the meetings so your voice can be heard and your concerns can be represented.

It is a tribute to the efforts of our Membership Chairperson, Dr. Nancy Villa, that our assemblage of members at the monthly meetings is finally starting to look as diversified as the patients in our practices. It was indeed refreshing to see faces young and old, faces of various gender, color and ethnicity, and the return of familiar faces from years ago. It is only through this type of strong representation that we can ALL benefit from membership in the dental society.

Staff Night: A Deserving Tribute

As we gather this month to honor our respective staffs for their contribution to our success, we should reflect on how each separate staff person is so vital to the practice as a whole. Any practitioner who forgets the vital function of a staffperson is clearly reminded of it when he/she calls in sick and we are left to perform his/her functions on top of our treatment duties.

In an age where loyalty to an employer in the marketplace is becoming nonexistent, many of us are blessed with employees who will go to the end of the earth for us because they believe in us and we have made them feel a vital part of our business. For these staff members who show unyielding loyalty to us during inevitable hard times, this night of tribute is deserving. As our practices are extentions of ourselves, so too are our staffs extensions of our families. There is no doubt that they see sides of us only our immediate family members know about

We have made an effort this year to drop the lecture format in order to make staff night an entertainment, not informational, experience. It is our hope that this format leads to more participation of members and their staffs and an enjoyable night for all.

We hope that you make every effort to honor your staffs by attending this special event.

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1997 Children's Dental Health Month


Wednesday, March 26

MCDS Nurses Night

"Behavior Management in Children"

Dr. Stephen Schwartz


Sunday, April 6

CDHM Awards Program

EBHS Auditorium: 1:00 - 3:00

Poster Contest Awards

Dental Health Show

Featuring Vappo the Clown

Want to swing a bat?

Need to throw a ball?

How about having

some fun?


Who will accept the CHALLENGE!



Contact Cavan Brunsden

A Middlesex County Dental Society Special Event!


... You can fight bumper-to-bumper traffic into New York!

... You can even park your car in the Bronx (and pray that it is there when you get back)!

... Or you can ...


Come Share in the Excitement of a Trenton Thunder Baseball Game!


Wednesday, June 4th, 1997



$7.00 per ticket

Doctors, Spouses, Family, Friends

Contact: Dr. Philip Engel

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Dates to Remember

March 9 - NJDA Day at the Circus
March 19 - 'Nothing But Net' - N.B. Hyatt
March 26 - 'Nurses Night' - NJDA: 7:00 pm
April 6 - CDHM Awards
EBHS Auditorium: 1:00 pm
May 21 - NJDA House of Delegates
June 4 - Trenton Thunder Baseball
June 6&7 - Annual Session: Atlantic City
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