Message from the 2019 International President

Spitz 2019In September 2019, a fantastic group of Alpha Omega members gathered for a strategic planning session in Boca Raton, Florida, to brainstorm future long-term plans for the fraternity. We put together a 3-year action plan that includes, among other pieces, the member experience, brand identity, and program impact. We began to set goals of increasing membership, creating strong alliances with partner organizations, training for our faculty advisers, creating more benefits for our members, and increasing communication with our chapters.

We quickly began implementing this process and began by reinstalling the Regency program. Each geographic area with an Alpha Omega chapter will now have a liaison, or Regent, to help pass information between the individual chapters and the international body. We have been working diligently with our student chapters to make sure that all members have a follow-up address and location in our system, to assure they are transferred to their local alumni chapter upon graduation.

We are also looking to update the word Fraternity to Society, as many of our student chapters have expressed difficulty in meeting and succeeding due to rules of their school either banning fraternities or incorrectly lumping professional fraternities with social fraternities. It has, therefore, been suggested we change our organization name to Alpha Omega International Dental Society. We will have a resolution regarding this topic during the business meeting, which is open to all, at the international convention in LA, and I am confident this will raise lots of questions and discussion.

I look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles at our International Convention from December 26th – 31st.

Smile Always,

Steven Spitz
2019 AO International President

 

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