John F. Johnston Society

REGISTER and PAY for 2018 JFJ Society Dinner
Saturday, February 24th @ 6:00 PM

Grand Lux Cafe
600 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

From The Secretary

January 3, 2018

Hello members!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are starting the new year bitterly cold here in Indianapolis (-11 degrees), but hopefully by February we will be much warmer in Chicago! Keep your fingers crossed. We are looking forward to an exciting 2018 with our Chicago dinner on February 24th and the Refresher course June 8-9. For those of you not members on the JFJ Facebook page, please join us there as I have been and will continue to make posts to keep everyone up to date.

This year we have decided to try a different venue for our annual John F. Johnston Dinner/Meeting. Our current President, Walter Lim, was in Chicago this past summer and graciously looked into a couple of different venues. After some investigating, it was determined that The Grand Lux Cafe was best suited to host our event. The menu looks excellent and the meeting room is beautiful. This year appetizers and drinks will start at 6:00pm and we will take our seats at 6:30pm. Our menu selection will be taken promptly at this time. This is earlier then previous years as we had a different room to socialize in prior to the event and food selection was not taken until 7:00. Please see the attached RSVP for the menu options.

As many of you know, this organization has been very strong for so many years and will only continue in that direction with your donations and dues. With technology changing as quickly as it does, it makes collecting dues and donations easier yet harder. Unfortunately at this time it is too time consuming to mail invoices for dues every year. I attempt to keep email addresses up to date but rely on you guys to keep me updated. Please make every attempt to pay dues either at the meeting or via PayPal if you are unable to attend. I do plan on using Facebook as the primary mode of communication as there are too many emails that are not up to date and returned. There are many of our classmates that we have not heard from or have lost touch with. Please continue to reach out to them so they can be involved in the John F. Johnston society from this point forward. Technology is a wonderful thing and allows us to keep in contact with people we would have originally lost touch with. The residents truly enjoy being involved in our society and will continue to benefit from your generosity!!!

Finally, we are very excited about the upcoming John F. Johnston Refresher Course June 8-9, 2018 at IUSD. We are currently finalizing the list of speakers for the meeting. At this point it looks like a great line up with a lot of exciting change at IUSD this past year. In December the construction gear was removed from the new Clinical Building unveiling a beautiful new face to IUSD. We will be taking a tour of the new building along with hearing from Dean Williams and Dr. Morton regarding updates in the Prosthodontic Department. Please let me know if you did not receive the IUSD CE update as this course was listed in the upcoming courses. Unfortunately the incorrect date was printed so please make sure you have the dates as Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9th. You should be receiving information in the mail as well for the course from IUSD Continuing Education Department here in the next 2 months. I will keep everyone posted via Facebook and email as well!!!

I think that might be it for now!!! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.


Kellie Schaub
Secretary/Treasurer John F. Johnston Society

From The President

January 10, 2017

Happy New Year 2017 fellow JFJ members!! I send warm greetings from the fabulous Great Lake State of Michigan. This past year has been a very productive and positive year for me as I have undergone several life changes, both professionally and personally.

After several years of working in the corporate sector of dentistry, I finally took on the responsibility of business ownership by opening my own practice in Ferndale, Michigan. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be able to provide cutting edge and up-to-date digital technology in my daily practice as previous practice opportunities I was involved in did not afford the ability to incorporate this style of practice. Since I was a resident in the early 2000’s, we have seen a major paradigm shift in the field of dentistry and in prosthodontics with the introduction of advanced digital technology that has made providing patient care much easier and more convenient for the patient and the clinician. I don’t think it’s wrong to assume that we live in a great time when it comes to the practice of dentistry, and more specifically, our practice of prosthodontics. While it is an aspect of dentistry that many dentists have been slow to adopt due to the price point, we, as prosthodontists, need to seize the opportunity to enrich our careers and continue to be the leaders of dentistry by becoming the experts in this area that is still quite an untapped resource. It will be a way to set our specialty apart from everyone else and to help preserve it for a long time to come.

On a personal note, 2016 was extremely significant as I finally met the woman whom I am excited to make my wife in the Fall of 2017. Ever since I met Rebecca, I feel like I finally found my soulmate and have been able to find overall balance in my life. With our impending wedding and the fact that I recently opened my dental practice, I definitely have a lot of things in plate for the following year, but I guess I wouldn’t want it any other way. Life is too short, so I say life each day to the fullest, enjoy new experiences with your significant other or with friends, and strive to be the best you can be, always. If any of you ever plan on coming to the Southeast Michigan area, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember that you will always be welcome in our home.

I’m very honored and proud to have served as president of this fine society over the course of this last year. My hope is to see as many of you as possible at this year’s mid-Winter meeting and JFJ dinner. Let’s continue to preserve and take pride in the legacy of John F. Johnston and the historically-rich traditions that IU Prosthodontics has practiced over the course of the last several decades.

Cheers and best wishes!!
Warmest regards,

David J. Bartolovic, DDS, MSD
J.F.J. President, 2016/2017