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The Hinman Dental Society, a non-profit organization, is comprised of more than 800 member dentists primarily located in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1911 by Thomas P. Hinman, the Society is dedicated to the advancement of its membership through outstanding educational and professional development opportunities, as well as promoting the high practice standards of the field of dentistry through public advocacy and outreach.

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2020-2021  Membership Meetings

September 21, 2020 – Intercontinental Buckhead, Speaker: Mr. Charles Loretto

November 9, 2020 – Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, Speaker: Dr. Tom Viola

January 21, 2021 – The Georgia Aquarium, Speaker: Dr. Roger Levin

A Message from Society President Sedgie Newsom


Looking Forward to 2021

 This is not the President’s message that I intended to write. I had planned to talk about the greatest Hinman meeting ever, Come Home to Hinman! Who could have envisioned that we would have to take the unprecedented action to cancel our meeting due to the Covid-19 crisis?


General Chair Bob O’Donnell and his Program Chairs, Jane Puskas and William Rousseau, have spent the last three years traveling around the country scouting numerous dental meetings and working tirelessly to put together an outstanding program with a tremendous lineup of speakers and activities. The pre-registration numbers were indicating that this was going to be another great meeting. Then BOOM! The pandemic was on our doorstep and a hard decision had to be made.


The Advisory committee decided, with Bob O‘Donnell’s input, that for the health and safety of all involved, we had to cancel the 108th Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting. In the end, it showed incredible courage by our leadership to make such a difficult decision just one week out from the start of the meeting, especially after devoting three years of planning to this meeting!
For everyone involved, it was just so depressing.


As Coach Lee Corso is so quick to say during ESPN’s Gameday each week, “Not so fast my friend!”


With a suggestion from Britney Darby, Hinman’s Marketing Manager, the idea to reschedule all of the plans for Hinman 2020 to the 2021 meeting dates came to
life. The 108th Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, Come Home to Hinman, will now be held March 11-13, 2021. What an appropriate theme for the meeting! We are fortunate to be able to delay our activities and events one year. All of our suppliers and partners have stepped up to accommodate us the best way possible.


We now embark on a new chapter for the Hinman Dental Society. The Executive Council adopted a resolution whereby the current officers agreed to serve an extra year in their volunteer roles to accommodate the change of the meeting dates (see page 7 for details of the passed resolution). The Annual Meeting at Grove Park Inn will now be
held in June 2021, and will serve as a great reward for all of our members’ hard work at the March meeting. In the “Hinman Way,” I have no doubt that our selfless members will rise to the occasion and over-perform. As we move forward through this coming year, there will be requests that we’ll make of many of you, and I thank you in advance for your dedication and your willingness to serve. We truly have the greatest membership of any dental organization on the planet.


Needless to say, this pandemic has created a professional nightmare for each of us. Sheltering in place, significantly limiting work in our practices and completing a myriad of paperwork and applications to seek assistance through the SBA’s Payroll Protection Plan, have all proven to be quite taxing.

This practice interruption reminded me of one that Dr. Thomas Hinman experienced in his professional life, as well.


In 1914, Dr. and Mrs. Hinman traveled to London for the International Congress of Dentists. While he was there, WWI broke out. Since he was born in Canada and therefore a citizen and subject of the United Kingdom, he was forbidden to return to the States for a period of time. Talk about a forced, unplanned practice interruption. As soon as he returned home, he immediately applied for U.S. citizenship vowing never to let that happen to him again.

On the bright side, it’s been great to see lots of people out walking, jogging and biking. Neighbors have gotten to know each other, at a safe 6-foot distance, and for the most part, we’ve all been getting to spend more time with family than we ever have.


I would be remiss if I didn’t mention again what an incredible job Sylvia Ratchford and our entire Hinman Staff have done preparing for Hinman 2020, then undoing that preparation due to the cancellation of the Meeting. I spent a good bit of time with them at the office during this crisis in March and I can tell you that these ladies are
organized, disciplined and cool under pressure. In the midst of the storm, they held a steady hand guiding us safely through. Our heartfelt thanks go to the entire Hinman staff.

We hope everyone has been safe and healthy over these many weeks. As always, please contact me or the Hinman office if you need more information at this time. Wishing you a great summer, and we’ll see y’all in September at the Society meeting!



- Sedgie


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