American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 January 2012
Deadline Approaching for Gold Crown Awards
ASDA has combined the Ideal Chapter, Journalism and Delegate of the Year awards to become the new Gold Crown Awards. While the criteria for each award is the same, the presentation at Annual Session will be unlike anything you've ever seen. Celebrate chapter and individual achievements at the Gold Crown Awards ceremony on Friday, March 2, 2012 in Minneapolis. It will be modeled after the Oscars with a red carpet, emcee and other special surprises.

Award applications are due Jan. 31, 2012. Criteria and submission instructions are available online. Don't miss your chance to receive the prestigious honor this year!

Submit Resolutions for Annual Session
Shape ASDA policy and voice your concerns by submitting a resolution for the upcoming annual session. If you have an idea for a resolution that you'd like the House to vote on at annual session, contact your trustee or Speaker of the House Stephanie Vlahos for help. Resolutions that were submitted by Jan. 15 will be reviewed by the board of trustees. Resolutions received after the deadline will be assigned to a reference committee at annual session for review. For resolution-writing resources, including a template, click here.
Earn money and a free banner for your chapter!
ASDA is holding annual information drive during the month of February and we need your help. It is important that we have correct contact information so our members receive their benefits, such as our publications and our monthly e-newsletters Word of Mouth and The Legislative Ledger. Please collect updated mailing and e-mail addresses of all your members and send to ASDA for our records. For your efforts, we will send your chapter a check for $100. One participating chapter will be randomly selected to receive a free chapter banner from ASDA!

More details will be e-mailed to all first and second delegates. If you have questions, contact Danielle Bauer, chapter relations manager.

Deadline for Registration is Friday
Register your chapter for Annual Session by Friday to avoid paying the late fee. Click here for information or contact Meghan Keelean if you have questions.
ADA Conversion Drive
Your chapter's conversion drive kit will arrive in mid-January. Your chapter can earn up to $500 and help fourth-year students transition to ADA membership as dentists. Distribute the Where Are You Going? forms (enclosed in your conversion drive kit) to all fourth-year students and return the completed forms to the ADA by April 1. The Where Are You Going? form allows us to send the new graduate the appropriate membership application. If you have any questions about the conversion drive, please contact the ADA office of student affairs at or 800-621-8099 ext. 7470.
Chapter Resource of the Month: Sponsorship Templates
Many chapters offer opportunities for vendors to sponsor their events, newsletters and website to raise funds for chapter activities. Some chapters have created sponsorship packages to increase the amount of funding they receive. Download samples of the sponsorship packages, correspondence and forms that other chapters have used in soliciting sponsors on the Chapter Resources section of the website.


For additional fundraising ideas, download the how-to guides on fundraising and vendor fairs.

2012 Membership Update
If our central office has not received your chapter's remittances, including full payment, the students at your chapter are NOT current ASDA members. They will not receive their benefits. In order to avoid complaints from members at your school, your chapter must submit the remittance with full payment as soon as possible.

As of Jan. 11, 2012, the following chapters have not remitted or paid so their students are not current ASDA members: Boston, Detroit Mercy, East Carolina, Harvard, Illinois Louisville, Maryland, Midwestern-Illinois, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Roseman, Southern California, Southern Illinois, Temple, Tennessee and WesternU. If you have any questions about the remittance process, please contact Erin Kato, membership administrator.

2012 Numbers are Steadily Growing
As of Jan. 10, we have 13,850 members, including 13,628 predoctoral, 212 predental and 10 international dental student members. Download the 2011 membership report here. This will provide your chapter with a comparison of month-end membership numbers with those of the previous year. If you have any questions regarding your chapter's membership totals, contact Erin Kato, membership administrator.
Membership FAQs
Your new members will have many questions for you. Here are a few common questions and answers:


When will I receive my membership card and number?
ASDA mails out membership information, including your membership number, at the end of each month for all remittances processed during the month. ADA then mails the membership card to these members. If you need your membership number, you can contact


When can I access the members-only section of the website?
Members will be able to access the members-only section of utilizing their ASDA number, as soon as their membership is processed. If you need your number sooner, contact the central office at 800-621-8099, ext. 2795.


When will I start receiving publications?
If the membership application or remit was received by the Nov. 24 deadline, members start receiving their publications with the January issue of ASDA News and the Winter issue of Mouth. All others will begin receiving publications based on when their chapters' remittances were received and processed. Publications can also be accessed online. Please remember to update your address.


Who should I contact with questions or concerns? Please ask members to contact

Quote of the Month
"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."
----Thomas Henry Huxley 

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
-Gold Crown Awards
-Submit Resolutions
-Earn money for your chapter!
-Deadline for Registration is Friday
-ADA Conversion Drive
-Sponsorship Templates
-2012 Membership Update
-2012 Numbers are Growing
-Membership FAQs
January ASDA News
January ASDA News
Winter Mouth
Winter Mouth

Upcoming Events

Feb. 29 - March 4, 2012
Annual Session

Apr. 16-17, 2012
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