Tina L. Wharton CDA, RDH


This season has seen a lot of change for RIDHA as well as ADHA. We opened our new year with a new set of board members, we said good bye to some treasured mentors, and we have embarked on the new process of becoming one with our national organization. We are better together.

In November, ADHA revealed our state’s “charter agreements”. This is an extensive document directing us on our fiduciary responsibilities as your elected officials, our legal and financial responsibilities as a NOT FOR PROFIT organization, and a generally cohesive look for the entire country. This is a major undertaking and your patience is needed and appreciated.

RIDHA executive council has to take the infrastructure with which we have been operating in the past and carefully inspect and modify it to match our new mandated charter agreements with ADHA. Bylaws, operation manual, budget, and finances are all under consideration and changes will have to be made. This is a daunting task but I am excited to tackle it. The passion I share with the rest of your executive council for this organization, the state of RI, and the general health and welfare of the public is what will make this happen.

In this time of restructuring we will need all of your help. A few positions are vacant on the board while we try to develop a community outreach committee. Both are in need of new volunteers. We are better together.

One of my earliest memories is that of my mother reading a story to me. I hold this story in my heart and I believe it is one of the things that helped shape my personality. The story is called STONE SOUP, and is as follows: Cold and lonely travelers enter a village with nothing but a metal pot. They have nothing to eat so they go to the river and get some water for the pot, place a large stone in the pot, make a fire and start the water boiling. One of the villagers comes along and ask what they are making. “Stone soup, of course. But it is a little bland.” So the villager gave them a few potatoes to add to the pot. Another villager came by asking the same question and received the same answer. He then added a few carrots. This went on until the pot was full of delicious hardy soup that fed the whole town.

If every last one of us were like those villagers and gave just a little bit of ourselves just think of what we could create as a group. BETTER TOGETHER.

Am I going to change RIDHA or the world of dental hygiene in my short two-year term? No. What I will do is give of myself to start making a better soup.

I look forward to the future year and all the wonders it brings.


Tina L. Wharton CDA, RDH
RIDHA President

Rhode Island Dental Hygienist' Association

PO Box 41018 | Providence, RI 02940