Bylaws Changes

members will vote on proposed changes to the CDS Constitution & Bylaws during the Nov. 7 Regional Meeting at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

The proposed changes were accepted by the Board of Directors at its Jan. 12 meeting and are to bring CDS in compliance with the American Dental Association Constitution & Bylaws.

Current Bylaws

ARTICLE III: Membership

Section 3. Active Membership 

Active membership is restricted to dentists legally licensed to practice in the State of Illinois or adjacent states and who reside or practice within the geographic boundaries of the Society.

Section 4. Life Membership 

Life membership is available to an active member in good standing for thirty (30) consecutive years, or for a total of forty (40) years, and who has also attained the age of sixty-five (65) years. Section 7. Retired Membership:

Retired membership is available to Active members in good standing for twenty-five (25) years or more, who have retired from the Active practice of dentistry.

Section 8. Student Membership 

Student membership is available to any student pursuing a full-time course of undergraduate study in an approved dental school, and who holds membership in the American Dental Association.

Section 9. Graduate Student Membership

Graduate Student membership is available to dentists holding Graduate Student membership in the ADA and who are pursuing a full-time course of post-graduate study in dentistry.


Proposed Bylaws

ARTICLE III: Membership

Section 3. Active Member 

Any person holding a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree shall be eligible to be an active member of this Society if he or she meets the following qualifications:

a) Maintains membership in good standing in this Society as that term is defined in these Bylaws; and

b) Resides or practices within the geographic boundaries of this Society; and

c) Maintains membership in good standing in the national and constituent societies as that term is defined in their respective Bylaws

Section 4. Life Member 

Any active member in good standing for thirty (30) consecutive years, or for a total of forty (40) years, and who has also attained the age of sixty-five (65) years during the previous calendar year. A member may also qualify for Life Member status by having been a member of the National Dental Association for twenty-five (25) years and subsequently holding membership in the American Dental Association for at least ten (10) years and having reached the age of at least sixty-five (65) during the previous calendar year.

Section 7. Retired Member 

Retired membership is available to Active members in good standing for twenty-five (25) years or more, who have retired from the Active practice of dentistry and do not receive or earn income from any dentally-related activity.

Section 8. Student Member 

Student membership is available to any student pursuing a full-time course of undergraduate study in an approved dental school and who may hold membership in the American Dental Association, shall then be considered a member of this society’s Academic Chapter.

Section 9. Graduate Student / Residency Member 

Graduate Student / Residency membership is available to dentists holding a DDS, DMD or an equivalent degree and is engaged full-time in an advanced training course of not less than one academic year’s duration in an accredited school or residency program, both nationally and internationally and who may hold membership in the American Dental Association.