b'COUNCIL NEWSExpanding ICD Global through connection and opportunityJoe Kenneally Secretary GeneralA fterplanningandmanagingvirtualInternationaltibiotic prescribing in dentistry and patient outcomes and is Council meetings in 2020 and 2021, it was trulyalso available on-demand for continuing education.a pleasure to hold a Council meeting in Houston,The ICD Global Headquarters has Texas,inOctober2022.TheInternationalCouncilcontinuedtooperateandproduce managed to have a quorum of in-person attendees and aoutcomesthroughthepandemic minority number of those who had to attend virtually. Thewhileunintentionallyshort-handed, COVID-19 pandemic was a devastating event for mostduetofinancialconcerns.Aftera around the world, but it has shown us new and efficientneeds assessment, it was decided ways of operating our global organization. Our committeesit would be beneficial to have a full-withmembersspreadaroundtheplanetareoperatingtimeExecutiveAssistanttowork moreefficientlythaneverwithmeetingsandactivitiesWELCOMEcloselywiththeDirectorofGlobal throughout the year, planned and conducted by extremelyExecutive AssistantOperations at the Operations Cen-capablechairs.TheabilitytoholdvirtualcommitteeCrystal Demps ter. Afteranextensivesearch,we meetings prior to a Council meeting has allowed more timehired Crystal Demps in May 2022, and she has seam-for problem solving and sharing of best practices during anlessly become a strong part of the global operations team.in-person Council meeting. Now that we have seen the future, there is no going back. Finances and Development Communications, Systems and PersonnelTheAcademyofGeneralDentistrysPACEProgram hasre-approvedtheInternationalCollegeofDentists (ICD) as a certified provider of continuing education for its educational offerings. ICD Online provides programs on a variety of topics. In May 2022, the new Up Close and Personal series was launched with the first interview featuringHenryScheinVicePresidentandHonorary Fellow David Kochman about his experiences with a death row inmate in rural, southern USA. The second interview featuredtwoAustralianFellowswhospentdecades bringing positive change to communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In September 2022, the second segment of the BettiePLATINUMDONORDr.Hsin-ChengLiureceivesaward McKaig Women in Leadership series featured a one-on- and recognition for his major gift from Past International one interview with a Fellow of Mexico and was the firstPresident Smith.non-English ICD Online presentation, done completely inHenryScheinsrenewedpartnershipandcoordinated Spanish. The third segment of this series hosted four in-ternational women Fellows speaking about their personalfundingeffortwiththeICDandGlobalVisionaryFund and professional experiences with equality and equity andhasbeensuccessfulsofar,expandingtheColleges can be viewed on-demand for continuing education. In De- humanitarianandeducationalofferingsandoperational cember 2022, the Understanding Antimicrobial Resistancecapabilitiesworldwide.InternationalCouncilorHsin-program presented another timely panel discussion on an- ChengLiu,ofTaiwan,madethefirstPlatinumCircle 6 J OURNAL OF THEI NTERNATIONALC OLLEGE OFD ENTISTS'