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The Chicago Dental Society Board of Directors announced plans today to lower membership dues for the upcoming year. For regular active members of the society, the 2005 annual dues will be $150, as compared to $160 in 2004. Over the past 17 years, membership dues have not increased.
“This is our way of saying thanks to the members for their years of support,” CDS President Dr. Keith W. Suchy says. “We couldn't do this without the success of our annual Midwinter Meeting, and it's the involvement of our members that makes the meeting so successful.”
The Chicago Dental Society's Midwinter Meeting, among the top dental meetings in the U.S., drew more than 32,000 attendees this year. According to the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, the meeting's economic impact on the city is $42.4 million.
From 1987 to 2004, regular members paid $160 annually to belong to the Chicago Dental Society.
“If dues had increased with inflation over the past 17 years, our members would be paying dues in excess of $260 by 2004,” Executive Director Randall B. Grove says.
“The fact that we have not raised and, in fact, can now lower our dues is a testament to how fiscally prudent our Board of Directors has been over the years and just how responsive they are to the needs of our members. Membership value is a priority and just keeps getting better, ” he says.
The dues decrease will be reflected in the annual dues statement members receive in November.
At this new rate, regular members continue to receive free admission to the Midwinter Meeting, which includes four days of continuing education with many free courses; rebate coupons good for purchases made at the meeting; free admission to four regional scientific meetings, which provide an additional 20 hours total of continuing education, among other benefits.
The Chicago Dental Society, which was established in 1864, has more than 4,100 members in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties, making it the largest component society of the American Dental Association.
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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