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ADAA annual awards for members.

Membership in our association is a commitment to service and excellence to the dental community. Within our membership there are people who serve with a smile on their face and love in their hearts without ever expecting rewards. Now is the time to start looking for that special person and deciding the award for which they could be recognized.

ADAA, your professional Association, has several great awards for those members who have gone the extra mile. Please review the general criteria for each award, check the eligibility and make sure you fill out and send in the application form by the deadline date.

As a recent recipient of the ADAA/ Sullivan-Schein National Award, I can tell you that the honor of such an award will never be forgotten. Having someone in my state membership recognize my efforts on behalf of the community, the association, the profession and my own professional developments was an overwhelming thrill.

As Council on Awards and Scholarships Chair, I invite questions concerning the awards to be addressed to me, Bonnie Marshall, care of ADAA Central Office, #1730, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601, or via e-mail to bmarshal@pcc.edu.

MEMBERSHIP AWARDS

Procedure

A certificate shall be presented to the State Association showing the largest numerical increase in membership since the close of the last membership year, and to the State Association showing the largest percentage of increase in membership since the close of the last membership year.

JOURNAL AWARD

Procedure

An engraved plaque shall be presented to the ADAA member who has submitted the best educational article for publication in an Association publication. We are including the Journal Award that does not draw nominations from the membership, but is of interest to all Journal readers.

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Qualifications

a. Shall be an active, life or life retired member of the American Dental Assistants Association. The recipient must have maintained a minimum of five (5) consecutive years' membership immediately preceding the award.

b. Shall have excelled in the motto of "Education, Efficiency, Loyalty and Service" during years of active membership.

c. Shall have served this Association on all levels: local, state, and national office and/or council or subcommittee.

d. Shall have excelled in services above and beyond expected duties.

e. Shall not have been a previous recipient of the award.

f. Shall not be serving as current ADAA president.

g. Shall not be an employee of ADAA.

Procedure

a. Any member may nominate another member as a candidate for this award.

b. The candidate's name and qualifications shall be submitted to the Chair by June 30.

LOYAL ASSISTANT AWARD

Qualifications

a. This award shall be presented to an active, life or life retired member of the American Dental Assistants Association with the longest record of consecutive employment with one employer.

b. Consecutive employment shall refer to a member actually employed a minimum of 20 hours per week.

c. The recipient must have maintained a minimum of five (5) consecutive years' membership immediately preceding this award.

d. Shall not have been a previous recipient of this award.

e. Shall be present at the Annual Conference to receive the award.

Procedure

a. Applicant shall submit a notarized statement to include the following:

1. Name of applicant

2. Name of applicant's employer

3. Statement from applicant's employer attesting to length of employment

b. Qualifications and notarized statement shall be submitted to the Chair by June 30.

ADAA/SUNSTAR AMERICAS PRIDE AWARDS

Qualifications

a. Shall be an active, life, life retired or federal member of the American Dental Assistants Association.

b. The recipient must have maintained a minimum of five (5) consecutive years' membership immediately preceding this award (length of service exception for federal nominees).

c. Promote and enhance the profession of Dental Assisting.

d. Shall have participated in local, state, or national offices and/or councils or subcommittees.

e. Shall not have been a previous recipient of this award.

f. Shall not be an employee of ADAA.

Procedure

The candidate's name and qualifications shall be submitted to the Chair by June 30. Clearly indicate in which category the nomination is made: clinical, business or education.

NEW MEMBER INVOLVEMENT AWARD

Qualifications

a. Shall be an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association.

b. The recipient must have no more than five (5) consecutive years' membership with the American Dental Assistants Association.

c. Shall not have been a previous new member.

d. Shall have excelled in our motto of "Education, Efficiency, Loyalty and Service" during years of active membership.

e. Shall have participated in local, state and/or national offices and/or councils or subcommittees.

f. Shall have excelled in services above and beyond expected duties.

g. Shall not have been a previous recipient of this award.

h. Shall not be an employee of ADAA.

Procedure

The candidate's name and qualifications shall be submitted to the Chair by June 30.

THE KAY MOSLEY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Qualifications

The award is funded by the Kay Mosley Fund and the recipient is selected by the ADA, ADAAF and a representative of the Fund. It does not carry a mandate for annual presentation.

a. The recipient must be a current member of ADAA.

b. Recipient must attend the annual conference to receive the award (unless the winner is on active military duty).

c. No ADAA Board member, Officer, Trustee or staff member may be considered.

d. No one may receive the award more than once.

Procedure

Any member of the ADAA or the ADAA Foundation may nominate another using the Awards Nomination Form and submitting it by June 30 to the Awards Chair at Central Office. A letter of recommendation is suggested.

The award will consist of a cash award and expenses totalling $2500. Fee for gala tickets for recipient and a guest shall be waived.

ADAA/SULLIVAN-SCHEIN DISTRICT AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Qualifications

a. Shall be an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association with consecutive membership within the last three years.

b. Achievements must have been within the previous twelve (12) months.

c. Candidate shall not receive this award more than once in a 10-year period.

d. Candidate's qualifications shall not exceed five pages.

Procedure

a. Each state may nominate a candidate within its respective district and shall submit a narrative describing the nominee's accomplishments that enhance the dental assisting profession in areas of local and state association development, communication, leadership, membership development and community service.

b. Submit the candidate's narrative and qualifications to ADAA Central Office by June 30 of the ensuing year; submission will be dispersed to the Awards Subcommittee.

c. The Awards Subcommittee shall select the recipient for each of the districts.

d. Each District recipient will receive an ADAA/Sullivan-Schein District Award of Excellence including commemorative material and one year's free membership in the ADAA.

e. The Awards Subcommittee shall select one recipient from the finalists for the ADAA/Sullivan-Schein National Award of Excellence. The national recipient will receive a plaque and a check for $250.

ADAA STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Qualifications

a. Shall be a student member of the American Dental Assistants Association enrolled in a dental assisting program.

b. Shall be at least halfway through the educational program.

c. Participation in class activities, student organization(s), and local/ state dental assisting organizations, where available.

d. Shall have maintained above average standing in grades, clinical skills, leadership ability, and attendance.

e. Shall not have been a previous recipient of this award.

Procedure

a. One (1) student applicant per dental assisting school to be submitted to the ADAA Awards Chairman by March 31.

1. School will select the applicant using the ADAA Student Achievement Award Evaluation Sheet.

2. School will select the applicant from a committee consisting of at least three members. ADAA encourages the use of the school's advisory board. (Please include names and positions of committee members.)

b. Applicant's instructor shall submit ONE ADAA Student Achievement Award application to the Awards Chairman.

c. Application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a dental-related and nondental-related source.

Note: Instructors who wish to obtain a copy of the Student Achievement Award applications may request them from ADAA, Suite 1730, 35 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601-2211, or by fax at 312-541-1496. Requests by e-mail must include your postal address for response: adaa1@aol.com. No phone calls, please!

By Bonnie L. Marshall, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, MADAA
NAME GENERAL CRITERIA ELIGIBILITY DEADLINE

Membership Awards The State Association with All State
 the largest numeric Associations
 increase since close of
 last "membership year" and
 the State Association with
 the largest percentage
 increase since the close of
 the last membership year.

Achievement Award Presented to the member who Active, June 30
 has shown the most Life,
 outstanding achievements in Life Ret.
 promoting the objectives of
 the Association and
 furthering the profession
 of dental assisting.

Loyal Assistant Presented to the member Active, June 30
Award with the longest Life,
 consecutive employment with Life Ret.
 one employer.

ADAA/Sunstar The ADAA/Sunstar Americas Active, June 30
Americas Pride Pride Award shall be Life,
Awards (separate presented to a member who Life Ret.,
Clinical, Busi- believes in loyalty to self Federal
ness, Educator & as well as the profession
Federal awards of dental assisting.
made) The four categories of the
 award will be for: Clinical
 Assistant, Business/Admi-
 nistrative Assistant,
 Educator, and Federal.
 This is an award for hard
 work, self-motivation,
 professional enhancement
 and advancement for the
 career of dental assisting
 on the local, state or
 national level.

New Member Presented to a member of Active June 30
Involvement no more than five years' Member
Award standing who has shown the
 most outstanding
 achievement in promoting
 the objectives of the
 Association and furthering
 the profession of dental
 assisting.

The Kay Mosley May be presented annually Active, June 30
Distinguished honoring an ADAA member who Life,
Service Award has distinguished him/ Life Ret.
 herself in the field of
 dentistry as a dental
 assistant. The award
 recognizes significant
 contributions to the ADAA
 and its Foundation and
 to the field of dentistry
 and dental assisting
 through leadership,
 personal accomplishment and
 vision for the profession
 of dental assisting.

ADAA/Sullivan- Recognition of a member in Active June 30
Schein District each district who has,
Awards of through personal and
Excellence professional growth,
 enhanced the dental
 assisting profession and
 the ADAA. Each state may
 nominate a member from its
 district.

ADAA/Colgate Detailed criteria are Study June 30
Community presented on page 10. Groups, ADAA
Volunteer Award Local
 Societies,
 ADAA State
 Assns.

ADAA Student Presented annually and ADAA Student March 31
Achievement Award available to one student Member deadline
 per dental assisting passed
 school. Complete details for this
 concerning this award were year
 published in both the Fall
 2006 Student Newsletter and
 Fall 2006 Educators'
 Newsletter and noted in
 issues of the Journal.
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