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House of Delegates concludes in Washington

2015 meeting reflects 'need to invest in innovation'

November 10, 2015

By Judy Jakush

Washington — With action ranging from authorizing a social media campaign on community water fluoridation to strengthening the State Public Affairs Program, the 2015 House of Delegates left the nation's capital Tuesday with plenty on the Association's plate.

"I think the House recognized we need to adapt to the new future," said Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, ADA president, after the meeting. "We recognize that we need to invest in innovation."

She cited a move to shorten the House of Delegates meeting by one day as a boon to expanding participation in ADA governance. "Shortening the House meeting will allow our younger dentists to participate so they don't have to worry about taking so much time away from their families and offices," Dr. Summerhays said.

Delegates kept national dues at the same level — $522 — that they have been since 2014.

"We were fiscally responsible in keeping national dues the same," said Dr. Gary L. Roberts, ADA president-elect. "I think we are going to work on making the budget even easier to understand."

The 2016 budget calls for $131.8 million in revenues and $126.4 million in expenses and income taxes. After the transfer of royalty revenue to the insurance royalty reserve, the operating budget showed a net deficit of $1.2 million.

However, ADA leadership was prepared for that. "The previous year's surplus will fund that deficit without negatively affecting our financial outlook," explained Dr. Ronald Lemmo, ADA treasurer.

The budget also reflects the ADA Strategic Plan, Members First 2020, he said. "We have investments in information technology and communications, membership outreach and science. It's an investment in the future and membership growth, enabling us to focus on new dentists and students as they transition into the ADA.
"Our ultimate goal," he continued, "is to help our members succeed. The budget is focused on doing that."