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The Chicago Dental Society Board of Directors announced recently that dues for the upcoming year will again be reduced. For regular active members of the society, the 2006 annual dues will be $125, as compared to $150 in 2005. The dues reduction was reflected in the annual dues statement members received in November.
This is the second consecutive year that the society has lowered its dues; in nearly two decades, membership dues have not increased.
"CDS has again done the nearly impossible. It has reduced dues and increased membership benefits. I know of no other dental association that has ever reduced its dues. What a bargain to be a CDS member," 2005 CDS President Dr. Ronald Testa says.
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 have been paying dues in excess of $275 by 2005," Executive Director Randall B. Grove says.
The continued success of the Midwinter Meeting, which attracted more than 32,000 attendees in February of this year, has allowed the society to become less reliant on dues revenue for operating expenses, thus permitting the society's Board of Directors to cut dues by more than 20% over two years' time.
At this new lower 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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