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

Annual Session registration open

The board of trustees urges your chapter to send three or more students to Annual Session, Feb. 26-March 1, 2014, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., to be adequately represented in the House of Delegates and to fully benefit from the training and information offered onsite. Register attendees by Dec. 20 to save $25 per person. Go to www.ASDAnet.org/AnnualSession for the full schedule, keynote details and Gold Crown Award information.


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ASDA launches Predental Week, Feb. 16-22


ASDA chapters and predental clubs are invited to participate in ASDA Predental Week to celebrate our predental members and have the opportunity to earn incentives for their club or chapter. Predentals who join ASDA that week can win prizes such as the new iPad mini and gift cards.


ASDA will be promoting resources and holding special events that week for members. We encourage chapters and predental clubs to do the same. Chapters and clubs can register to participate and will receive a promotional kit, including a poster, buttons and applications to help with recruitment.


For more information and to register, go to ASDAnet.org/predentalweek.

National leadership applications available

ASDA is seeking members to apply for national leadership roles for the 2014-15 term. A complete listing of positions with duties can be found at ASDAnet.org/leadership. Applications must be received by Jan. 6, 2014 (District trustee applications are due Feb. 12). Terms start March 2014. Please encourage students who are strong leaders at your chapter to apply. 


Watch this video to hear how the lives of four dental students were changed by getting involved with ASDA. A special thank you to Council on Communications Associate Tiffany Hsu, San Francisco '15, for creating this video.

Visits to new ASDA chapters

ASDA staff and national leaders recently visited the new ASDA chapters at University of Utah and Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Utah's first class of 20 students started in late August and MSDOH's 42 students started in early October. Both schools will implement automatic enrollment of ASDA dues.  

Utah ASDA Chapter
Missouri-Kirksville ASDA Chapter

ASDA launches new online chapter portal 

ASDA has developed an online portal to help leaders manage their chapters. Chapter leaders can download a membership roster, update their officers, e-mail their members and access members' ASDA and ADA number.


To access the portal, chapter leaders should login to www.ASDAnet.org and select "Chapter Portal" from the main menu. If you need assistance logging in, please contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist, at Erin@ASDAnet.org.

Earn membership incentives for your chapter

ASDA opened up the online system for membership processing on Oct. 14. Chapters who process members and submit payment in full by Dec. 16 will receive $100.


Chapters can also start recruiting predental members to ASDA. The top three chapters that recruit the most predentals until Feb. 22 will earn cash awards during the Gold Crown Award Ceremony held at the 2014 annual session. Predental members need to identify the chapter that referred them when they apply for chapters to receive credit. Contact Erin Kato at Erin@ASDAnet.org with any questions.

Content ideas for your chapter meetings

Consider playing a video or two from ASDA's YouTube channel and then leading a discussion about it afterwards with your chapter. Playlists include:

ADA freshman welcome drive a huge success

The 2013 ADA freshman welcome drive has concluded with 34 ASDA chapters collecting at least 95% of their first-year student contact information, earning $225 from the ADA. ASDA leaders play a critical role in the success of this program. Thank you for all your efforts!


The ADA freshman welcome drive is a great way for chapter leaders to welcome first year students to dental school and promote involvement in organized dentistry. Please contact the ADA office of student affairs with any questions.

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. You can now renew your membership for the 2014 year and begin remitting dues for your incoming first year students. You can renew through your chapter or by visiting our website (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).


Predental Recruitment
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
Jan. 6, 2014
Chapter grant applications due

- Oral Hygiene Awareness
- State Lobby Day
- Chapter Website

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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