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ADA Golden Apple Awards honor tripartite accomplishments

ADA Golden Apple Awards honor tripartite accomplishments
Dr. Connor

In September, the ADA recognized dental society activities and excellence in leadership by announcing the winners of the 22nd annual Golden Apple Awards.

In the category of Legislative Achievement, the Rhode Island Dental Association received the award for a constituent society with a total membership of fewer than 1,000 dentists for “Project Gaspee.” For a constituent society with a total membership of more than 1,000 dentists, the Virginia Dental Association received the award for “VDA Noncovered Services.”

For Excellence in Membership Recruitment and Retention Activity, the Michigan Dental Association received awards in both recruitment and retention.

For recruitment, MDA was cited for “Non-member: Journal Marketing Campaign.” MDA’s retention entry, “ComNet Reinstatement Campaign,” also earned a Golden Apple, as did the Sacramento District Dental Society’s entry for “New Member Retention.”

In Excellence in Dental Health Promotion to the Public, the Massachusetts Dental Society won for “Children’s Oral Health Awareness Campaign.”

In the category of Excellence in Member-Related Services/Benefits for dental societies with a total membership of more than 1,000 dentists, the Pennsylvania Dental Association won for “Component Relations Outreach Program,” and the California Dental Association received the award for “CDA Practice Support/CDA Compass.”

For Outstanding Achievement in the Promotion of Dental Ethics, the Michigan Dental Association received the award for “MDA Dental Ethics Promotion.”

In the category of Achievement in Dental School/Student Involvement in Organized Dentistry, the San Antonio District Dental Society received an award for “Great Expectations Mentoring Program Kick-Off.”

In Excellence in Science Fair Program Support and Promotion, the Washington State Dental Association and Kitsap County Dental Society received the Golden Apple for “Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.”

For Excellence in Dentist Well-Being Activities, the Michigan Dental Association received a Golden Apple for “MDA Dentist Well-Being Activities.”

In the Open Category, the New Hampshire Dental Society received the constituent award for “Something to Smile About” and the Queens County (N.Y.) Dental Society won the component award for “Women Dentists Conference.”

In Excellence in Access to Dental Care Programs, the Virginia Dental Association won in the constituent category for “Virginia Dental Association Foundation.” The Cincinnati Dental Society received the component award for “Leave No Vets Behind.”

The 2010 Green Apple—Excellence in Environmentally Sustainable Programs and Education went to the Ohio Dental Association for its “Ohio Good Deed Program.”

For Inspiring Careers in Dental Education, Dr. Joseph Paul Connor, assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio Dental School, received the Golden Apple Award.

Finally, three awards were presented at the ADA 24th New Dentist Conference in June. The New Dentist Leadership Award went to Dr. Thomas W. Smyth of the Minnesota Dental Association, the Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring Award was presented to Dr. Brett Kessler of the Colorado Dental Association and Dr. Christopher D. Morgan of the Michigan Dental Association received the New Dentist Legislative Leadership Award.