President’s Message

November 2017

Tis the season…

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. In 1941, Franklin D, Roosevelt signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of November.


According to Meriam Webster, the definition of thanks is kindly or grateful thoughts: gratitude, an expression of gratitude.


Recently, our world has seen a multitude of natural catastrophes including, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and firestorms. Not to mention the loss of life from disturbed individuals with weapons. Loss of loved ones and belongings are difficult at any time, but seem especially difficult as we near the holiday season.


Did you know that approximately 5% of Californians are unemployed? Did you know that 4.4 million people in CA are on food stamps? Did you know over 118,000 people are homeless in CA? And of those homeless, approximately 66% have no shelter. Did you know that over 7000 structures were lost and 42 people died during the northern California fires?


It is interesting how quickly our priorities may change. One day you are trying to figure out what to wear to work, and the very next day, you find your clothes, closet and home has burned to the ground. What is important one day may mean nothing the next. Our priorities can be turned upside down in moments. Items can be replaced, but lives cannot.


During this season, what are you grateful for? Do you tell those that you care about, how you feel about them? Do you show your gratitude?


I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.   May you enjoy your families and comforts of your homes as we approach a new year. I want to encourage you to say “thank you” to those who are near and dear to you, and tell those you love just how special they are to you. I am grateful for all of you and wish for health and happiness for the New Year. Thank you for your support of CDAA and the profession of dental assisting.



Shari Becker, CDA, RDA, FADAA

“To advance the careers of dental assistants and to promote the dental assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public.”