project began in 1993. It was originally known as
"The Fishin' Mission." At that time, the
trip focused on two things: dental/medical mission
work and professional fishing. Dr. Frank Whipps, a
practicing orthodontist in Centralia, IL was one of the
individuals who helped start "The Fishin'
Mission." He began to feel an inner desire to
focus strictly on dental and medical mission work.
This desire was shared by many of the now regular group
participants. As a result, the "Belize
Mission Project" was formed. Belize Mission Project Trip 2003 marked a
decade of existence.
The group, which travels to Belize
at least one week a year, typically consists of approximately 40 dentists,
physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and
assistants, nurses, dental technicians, general helpers, and everyone in
Each year we usually have about
50% new faces and the rest are repeaters.
group consists of a very diverse set of people from all ages and backgrounds
with one similarity...a desire to volunteer their time and talents to serve
others less fortunate with dental, medical and spiritual needs.