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Board leadership is shared among three political parties: the Members Group, the Independent Organization and the Progressive Club. Together, these three parties form the coalition.
The unique three-party coalition system is the result of a bitterly
contested election in 1938. At the time, the Society had
two political parties: The Members Group and the Petitioners (precursors
of the Independent Organization). The Members Group, which comprised mostly faculty and graduates of Northwestern University
Dental School (NUDS), was older and better organized. The Petitioners,
which started downstate, pitted William H.G. Logan, MD, DDS, against
Arthur D. Black, DDS, NUDS dean and the son of the venerated G.V. Black,
In this era, CDS elections were titanic battles. During one meeting in Peoria, Logan purposely
prolonged the assembly so that Black, who had chartered a special train
to bring supporters downstate, was forced to pay an extra day’s rental. Streetcars were
chartered to make sure that members made it to the polls. The rivalry exploded in 1938.
The vote in 1938 was the largest in the society’s history. The ballots were counted until 1:45 a.m. In the end, the Members Group won over the Petitioners by a three-point margin. A recount was requested.
Two independent recounts affirmed the same results and the CDS
Board of Directors declared the matter closed. However, the furor continued for months, culminating in a legal battle. The two parties settled their differences with a binding arbitration that ultimately led to the creation of the coalition as we have them today. (The society's third political party, the Progressive Club, emerged after World War II.)
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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