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CSDA governance measures approved

Southington, Conn. – The CSDA House of Delegates downsized itself in a governance review toward "streamlining our state association," said Dr. Carolyn J. Malon, president.

"We held our House of Delegates this week and passed all the resolutions the Governance Review Committee submitted," Dr. Malon said in a Nov. 18 e-mail. "The changes we have made are as follows:

• reduced the size of our House from 87 to 61;
• imposed  term limits for delegates (10 years) and council chairs (5 years);
• changed the term of office for Speaker and Secretary of the house to 3 years with a limit of 2 terms;
• eliminated the requirement for 2 House of Delegates meetings per year; we will have one annual meeting with the ability to add a second if necessary."

The Connecticut State Dental Association's 148th Charter Oak Dental Meeting is scheduled for May 8-10, 2013. The CSDA House of Delegates met Nov. 14, 2012, in Farmington.

"Our goal has been to streamline our structure, to introduce best practices to our organization and to optimize our volunteers' time and efforts," said Dr. Malon, who also chairs the Governance Review Committee. "We are continuing to meet and make further recommendations to the House. It is a slow process but has been very worthwhile, and the members of the committee hope that our efforts will help the CSDA to attract and best utilize volunteers."

"We still need to look into how our components and districts are configured, that's the big item that still needs to be addressed," Dr. Malon said.

Since 2010, the CSDA Board of Governors and House of Delegates have instituted changes recommended by the Governance Review Committee, Dr. Malon said. "These steps will help us to find, train and best utilize volunteers." Dr. Malon said the Board and House have:

• created a Leadership Development and Qualifications Committee; this committee has just begun its task of developing programs to identify and train new leaders;
• eliminated district representation for most councils; this enables us to have volunteers serve in positions for which they are most qualified, without geographical requirements; it also allows for larger or smaller councils, where deemed appropriate;
• combined the Budget Committee and Financial Advisors to form a Finance Committee;
• created a statewide Peer Review Committee; there had been some issue with hesitation of members to serve on a peer review committee within their own small component society; we now have a panel of members statewide, so as to avoid personal conflicts of interest;
• eliminated the Judicial Council, which had not met in many years; if necessary, an ad hoc committee will be formed of members best suited to address whatever issue arises that might necessitate judicial attention;
• revised the charge of the Ethics Council to be more prevention/education oriented, and less punitive, and
• eliminated the Council on Communications, and replaced with an ad hoc concept.

"Bottom line is that we have been making slow progress over the last two to three years in streamlining our association," Dr. Malon said.