Leader Update
News for the leaders of the American Student Dental Association
August 2013

Share ASDA resources with your chapter for a chance to win $100

Based on the goals and strategies outlined in ASDA's 2013-15 Strategic Plan, we've identified 10 web pages on ASDAnet.org as key resources to share with members. Now, we need your help! 


For each link you add to your chapter website by Sept. 30, you will be entered into a drawing to receive one of two $100 gift cards. The more links you add, the better your chances of winning (up to 10 chances to win). To be considered, tie the links into your existing website content or use the links to create a "plug" for these webpages (ex: homepage can say "Wonder what your member benefits include? Check out www.ASDAnet.org/benefits"). You will be disqualified if you drop all of these links onto one page called "ASDA links." You can still get credit for links that were live before this promotion (such as the benefits page).

  1. www.ASDAnet.org/advocate 
  2. Www.ASDAnet.org/Engage 
  3. www.ASDAnet.org/licensure 
  4. www.ASDAnet.org/state-associations
    (link to this page or find your state association and link to that directly - either will count)
  5. www.ASDAnet.org/paying-for-dental-school.aspx
  6. www.ASDAnet.org/predental
  7. www.ASDAnet.org/benefits
  8. www.ASDAnet.org/leadership
  9. www.ASDAnet.org/networking
  10. www.youtube.com/asdanet

To enter: E-mail Cheryl@ASDAnet.org by Sept. 30 with a list of links on your chapter's website that feature the above content. Winners will be selected at random on Oct. 1.  

Is your chapter registered for the National Leadership Conference? 

Register attendees for ASDA's National Leadership Conference by Oct. 1 to avoid a late fee.There's something for everyone, including personal growth opportunities, leadership development and chapter idea exchanges. Plus, a 60+ company vendor fair. The more people you send, the more contacts and ideas your chapter can bring back! If you lost your chapter login or have registration/travel questions, e-mail Meghan Keelean at Meghan@ASDAnet.org.

Read how chapters benefited from attending NLC 2012.  

On-boarding new members   

As new first-year students start school and your chapter gears up for the year, use the tools provided in the on-boarding program. This toolkit provides a checklist of activities for chapters to do throughout the first semester. For the month of August and September, there are templates and resources for your membership drive, chapter leadership opportunities and communications from ASDA.

New online membership system launching in October

ASDA will begin using a new member database this fall. The transition will postpone remittance and membership processing until October. Training sessions on the new online chapter portal will be provided. You will receive an e-mail with information on how to manage your data and recruitment efforts in the next few weeks. The incentive program will continue. Chapters who complete their member verification and submit payment in full by Dec. 16 will receive $100.  

ASDA's Chicago Administrative externs


Sadaf Moghimi, Roseman '16 (left) and Kedy Shen, Roseman '16, spent four weeks at ASDA's central office in Chicago as administrative externs this summer. During their externship, they rotated through each department, visited UIC and Midwestern-IL dental schools, met with staff from several dental organizations and toured offices of two dental manufacturers. They also got to experience living in Chicago (and the fun of being a tourist). The experience has provided them opportunities to learn more about organized dentistry, make connections with dental professionals and develop professional skills for their future. To learn more about the position, visit ASDAnet.org/leadership

NLC highlighted in association publication

ASDA's National Leadership Conference was recently featured in the August issue of Forum, a publication for association staff. The article's theme was sun-setting programs and it used NLC as a successful example of switching from the regional meeting format to one leadership conference. The article mentioned the Columbia ASDA chapter's post-conference video as an example of leaders showing appreciation for the event.

ASDA chapters can earn $225  

The ADA Office of Student Affairs has begun contacting ASDA delegates about the Freshman Welcome Drive. Here's how it works:

  • ASDA chapters can submit first-year students' contact information to the ADA in a spreadsheet OR first-year students can submit their contact information to the ADA via this online survey
  • Every chapter that collects or submits at least 95 percent of their first-year students' contact information by Oct. 1 will receive $225
  • The ADA will send an electronic welcome communication to every first-year student for whom we have collected contact information

To get started, contact Isabella Horning via e-mail for a spreadsheet template or call 312-440-4656.

Membership FAQs

When can I renew my ASDA/ADA membership for next year?

ASDA and ADA's membership runs on a calendar year so your current membership will expire Dec. 31, 2013. Beginning in October 2013, you can renew your membership for the 2014 year. This is also the date that you can begin remitting dues for your incoming first-year students. You can renew through your chapter or by going directly online to ASDAnet.org/renewnow.aspx (for recruited chapters only). Our dues will remain the same at $75/year for joint membership in ASDA and ADA.


When you renew your membership, either with your chapter or online, be sure to update your contact information with ASDA so you continue to receive your benefits (see below for instructions on updating your address).


How do I update my contact information?

There are three ways to update your contact information, including e-mail address, with ASDA:

  1. Go online to ASDAnet.org/update-your-address.aspx and login as a member using your last name as your user name and ADA number as your password
  2. E-mail membership@ASDAnet.org
  3. Call 800-621-8099, ext. 2795

Who should I contact with questions?

Please ask members to contact membership@ASDAnet.org with any questions or concerns.


Chapter Handbook

How-to Guide:
On-boarding Program
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Aug. 30, 2013
Apply to be part of ASDA's group tax exemption

Add to Calendar
Update Your Address
  1. Go to ASDAnet.org 
  2. Login as a member
  3. Click "View Profile" and update your information 
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Danielle Bauer, director of membership
Danielle@ASDAnet.org | 312-440-2826
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