IDA representatives to the ADA House of Delegates engaged in debate over governance restructuring and finances at the October meeting in San Francisco. Ultimately, the current governance structure was left largely unchanged. The House also approved a $10 dues increase, much lower than the $30 dollar increase originally proposed.
The ADA House also approved increasing the percentage of dues paid by “Active Life” members. Dues for dentists who have maintained membership for 30 consecutive years or a total of 40 years, but who are still practicing dentistry, will increase from 50 percent of regular dues to 75 percent of regular dues. This change is in response to the fact that more dentists are practicing longer. The change will not immediately affect IDA Active Life dues, since any change to IDA dues would require action by the IDA House of Delegates.
The most heated debate involved an application for ADA specialty status by dental anesthesiologists. The measure was ultimately defeated.
Dr. Chuck Steffel, a member of the IDA and Indianapolis District Dental Society, completed his term as ADA Seventh District trustee. Dr. Joe Crowley of Cincinnati, OH, was tapped to represent the Seventh District (Indiana and Ohio) on the ADA Board following Dr. Steffel’s term.
Dr. Ron Lemmo of Willoughby Hills, OH, was elected ADA Treasurer. Dr. Chuck Norman of Greensboro, NC, was elected President-Elect and Dr. Glen Hall of Abilene, TX, was elected Speaker of the House.
Although not related to ADA House business, the ADA Seventh District reached a new agreement on how the IDA and ODA will share ADA leadership opportunities. Under the new agreement, most positions will be shared on a two-to-one ratio favoring Ohio. This grants Ohio increased representation on the ADA Board of Trustees, in exchange for increased IDA representation on ADA councils and committees.
For specific questions regarding actions of the ADA House, contact IDA Executive Director Doug Bush at Doug@INDental.org.