Leader Update
News for the leaders of the American Student Dental Association
February 2014

Important IRS tax forms for chapters  

Forty-four ASDA chapters are part of the ASDA Group Exemption and have "tax exempt" status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS requires that your chapter submit a Form 990 by May 15 every year. Letters and authorization forms will be sent to the first and second delegates of the 44 participating chapters included in the ASDA group exemption.

  • If your chapter has $50,000 or less in annual gross receipts for the 2013 calendar year, submit Form 990-N. ASDA can complete this form for your chapter, as long as you provide written consent by completing the authorization form sent to you this month. The deadline to return your form is April 15, 2014.
  • If your chapter has more than $50,000 in annual gross receipts for the 2013 calendar year, your chapter must submit Form 990 or 990-EZ to the IRS. Your chapter is responsible for completing these forms on its own.

These rules apply to all chapters and all exempt organizations whether or not they are part of a group exemption. The group exemption only granted tax-exempt status on a group basis. It does not in any way change the IRS filing requirements for chapters. Questions? Contact Ellen Ryan, accounting manager, at Ellen@ASDAnet.org.

Communications survey to all members - encourage chapter participation

ASDA is conducting an important study to find out if we are providing you with timely and relevant communications regarding the issues impacting you. This study will help us fully understand your needs and expectations of ASDA so that we can better serve you. All members will receive an e-mail invitation on Feb. 19 to participate in a survey from Avenue M Group, LLC, an independent market research firm and our partner for this study. Please encourage members at your chapter to complete the survey by March 5. In appreciation for your time, you will have an opportunity at the end of the survey to enter into a drawing to win one of two $150 MasterCard gift certificates.  

Register for National Dental Student Lobby Day by March 10 

National Dental Student Lobby Day is April 7-8 in Washington, D.C.

The registration fee is $100 per person, which includes training, continental breakfast and lunch on Monday, April 7, plus transportation from the hotel to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 8. Download the Lobby Day 2014 agenda and register your chapter by March 10. Want to learn how to conduct yourself during a lobby day appointment? Check out this video:  



Ideal LGN Chapter application due March 14

This award honors outstanding achievements by an ASDA chapter in serving the association on a local and national level. The winning chapter will be selected based on involvement in activities such as ADPAC drives, participation in national and state lobby days, legislative lunch & learns, legislative articles written, among others. Download the 2014 application and apply by March 14. This award and the Legislative Liaison of the Year Award will be presented at National Dental Student Lobby Day.  

ASDA kicks off National Predental Week

The first ASDA Predental Week is going on this week through Feb. 22. Activities scheduled throughout the week include:
  • Live webinar on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. CT featuring dental student leaders and a dean of student affairs
  • Announcement of new discounted DAT study materials for ASDA members
  • Raffles for predentals who join and incentives to chapters for recruiting predentals
  • Instagram photo contest with a $50 prize
  • Local events organized by ASDA chapters and predental clubs ASDA is presenting a live webinar for predental members   
Webinar details and more information can be found at ASDAnet.org/predentalweek.  

ASDA 2014 chapter grant recipients

Chapter Website Grant - $600 was awarded to the following chapters to fund the creation or upgrade a chapter website in 2014:
  • Marquette
  • Midwestern-Arizona
  • Southern California
Taking Oral Hygiene Awareness to Rural & Underserved America - $500 was awarded to the following chapters to support the funding of oral hygiene education initiatives implemented by predoctoral ASDA members with faculty supervision:
  • Alabama: Sean Gunnels '16
  • LECOM: Desiree McMillen '17
  • Midwest-Arizona: Eric Hu '15
  • Roseman: Monica Yeo '17
  • San Francisco: Gabriella Orona Bateman '16, Ivy Avanessian Fua '16
LGN State Lobby Day Grant - up to $500 was awarded to the following chapters to supplement the funding for their members to participate in a state lobby day:
  • Detroit Mercy
  • Marquette
  • Colorado
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama
  • Roseman

Mentorship 101 video

ASDA national leaders created a video on mentoring covering the topics: what is a mentor, how to find a mentor, the best ways to reach out to a mentor to start a relationship and how ASDA can help. Check out more leadership development resources.



New advocacy resources from ASDA      

How-to host an ADPAC drive: Watch this brief video for the basics of hosting an event at your chapter, then follow up with  ADPAC Student Director Emily Tschetter, Nebraska '14, if you have questions.


How-to promote chapter advocacy: This how-to guide features tips for organizing advocacy events such as lunch & learns, advocacy academies, state lobby days and more.


Legislative pamphlet: Is your chapter preparing for an upcoming state lobby day and in need of student-specific materials? ASDA's legislative pamphlet can help inform your audience of who we are and the issues that impact dental students.

Membership FAQs

When will I receive my membership card and number?
You can find your ASDA/ADA membership number in your profile by logging into your account on ASDAnet.org, clicking View My Account and then Manage Account. ASDA also 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.


When will I start receiving publications?

Members start receiving their publications after their chapters' remittances were received and processed. Publications can also be accessed online. Be sure to update your address in your member profile if you aren't receiving your publications.


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  1. Go to ASDAnet.org 
  2. Login as a member
  3. Click "View My Account" and update your information 
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