Membership Matters - November 2017 - 4

GUEST EDITORIAL

By Bruce Burton,
DMD

The opinions expressed in this
editorial are solely the author's
own and do not reflect the
views of the Oregon Dental
Association or its affiliated
organizations.

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Membership Matters

Huddle on Leadership
Team ODA,
In Mark Sanborn's 2004 book, The Fred
Factor, he told a true story about Fred, the
mail carrier who passionately loves his job,
and who genuinely cares about the people
he serves. While others might see delivering
mail as monotonous drudgery, Fred sees the
opportunity to make a difference in the lives
of those he serves. One could describe the
"Fred Factor" as a person who is dedicated
to one's profession, shows compassion
for others, and is committed to roles and
responsibilities no matter how big or small
the tasks.
We in the ODA have been blessed
for years by our very own volunteer
who embodies the "Fred Factor,"
Dr. Fred Bremner! Our dear Fred has made
such a positive difference in his many roles
as leader, mentor and friend for so many us.
He is 78 years young and retired from his
periodontal practice after 43 years but has
not retired from our team. He continues to
serve as executive director of Clackamas
Dental Society, dedicating his time to
mentoring and developing new leaders,
and as the ODA secretary-treasurer. He
has maintained a part-time periodontal
"hobby" practice, while also serving on the
nonprofit B17 Alliance Foundation's board.
And yes, he has actively engaged himself in
volunteerism with Compassion NW Dental
Clinics and Clackamas County Public
Health issues.
Mentoring and teaching are "Fred-Factor"
gifts he has so willingly given his whole
career. From teaching at the OHSU dental
school to mentoring for his Columbia
Periodontal Research Group (CPRG) for
over 40 years, he constantly encourages
dentists to step up to leadership roles.
Dr. Gary Ostenson, Secretary and
longstanding member of the CPRG, relates,

"Fred Bremner has not only been a great
teacher and instructor in the science and art
of periodontics, but has mentored the CPRG
with exceptional results. He has helped
change and improve our skills and our
thinking processes. We are indebted to Fred
for all of his abilities and caring about us as
colleagues and as dentists."
Fred has shared internationally his passion
for teaching periodontal principles. He has
travelled to Japan over the years and has
hosted numerous clinical and educational
sessions with Japanese clinicians. His
appreciation of Japanese cuisine, sushi and
sake are as precise as his artistic periodontal
surgical skills.
Fred was an award-winning editor for
the ODA's Membership Matters magazine,
and mentored our current editor, Barry
Taylor. Here are Barry's thoughts on our
"Fred Factor":
"If I had to describe Fred in one word, it
would be 'personable.' I recall him telling
me many years ago, when I replaced him
as editor, that the best editorials tell a
personal story. I think this is also reflected
in his photography; he coached me to take
photos that showed 'action' and not have
people standing at the lectern. His favorite
was to have people talking when he took
the photo. Just like his writing, I do believe
he connected to people on a personal level,
and he was very sincere about that. His
writing and photography were the same
thing; he wanted to write about people, and
show people in personal situations. This was
how he made his connection and what he
encouraged others to do.
"He was inspired by individuals who
had great personal interest stories as well.
He would be very sincere and passionate
when telling me a story of the dentist in
some Component [Society] who was doing
Oregon Dental Association



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - November 2017

Guest Editorial
New Members, Dental Community, Board of Trustees
Events and Education
Molar Movement
Insider Results
ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Compliance Corner
Dopac and the 2018 Election Season
Through the Loupes
Collaborative Care and Guided Implant Surgery
Antimicrobial Treatment for Advanced Periodontal Disease
Society Updates
Dental Foundation of Oregon
Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Intro
Membership Matters - November 2017 - cover1
Membership Matters - November 2017 - cover2
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 3
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Guest Editorial
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 5
Membership Matters - November 2017 - New Members, Dental Community, Board of Trustees
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 7
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 8
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 10
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Molar Movement
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 12
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Insider Results
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 14
Membership Matters - November 2017 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Compliance Corner
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Dopac and the 2018 Election Season
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Through the Loupes
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 19
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Collaborative Care and Guided Implant Surgery
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 21
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 22
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 23
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Antimicrobial Treatment for Advanced Periodontal Disease
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 25
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 26
Membership Matters - November 2017 - 27
Membership Matters - November 2017 - Society Updates
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - Dental Foundation of Oregon
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Membership Matters - November 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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