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2012 ADA Golden Apple Award winners announced

The ADA recently announced the winners of Golden Apple Awards for 2012—recognizing dental societies, leaders and staff for their outstanding activities and excellence in leadership.

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The Michigan Dental Association won the Golden Apple Award for Legislative Achievement for a constituent society with total membership of more than 1,000 dentists for its Grassroots Development Program.

The Golden Apple for Excellence in Membership Recruitment and Retention Activity in the category of recruitment also went to the Michigan Dental Association for its Nonmember Five Pillars Campaign. In the recruitment and retention category, the North Carolina Dental Society won for the Ambassador Program.

In the category of Excellence in Dental Health Promotion to the Public for a constituent society, the Massachusetts Dental Society won for its program Shining a Spotlight on Oral Health. In the component society category, the Seventh District (New York) Dental Society (Steuben County) won for Rock Your Smile with Rock and Bowl.

For Excellence in Member-Related Services/Benefits, the California Dental Association received the Golden Apple for Guide for the New Dentist.

In the category of Outstanding Achievement in the Promotion of Dental Ethics, the Texas Dental Association won for Dental Ethics: The Strength of our Profession.

The Maryland State Dental Association received the Golden Apple Award for Achievement in Dental School/Student Involvement in Organized Dentistry for its program Every Step of the Way.

For Excellence in Science Fair Program Support and Promotion, the Washington State Dental Society/Kitsap County Dental Society won for their joint initiative Promoting a Science Fair.

Nominations were received for the Open Category in this year’s Golden Apple Awards. The North Carolina Dental Society won the constituent award for Membership Focused Gazette, and the Greater Houston Dental Society won the component award for Media Relations Committee.

Winning the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Access to Dental Care Programs in the constituent category was the North Carolina Dental Society for its MOM Program. In the component society category, the Nassau County (New York) Dental Society won for its Access to Care Program.

The Green Apple for Excellence in Environmentally Sustainable Programs and Education in the constituent category went to the North Carolina Dental Society for It’s Not Easy Being Green.

The ADA presented a new Golden Apple Award this year, the Golden Apple for Outstanding Achievement in the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion. The Maryland State Dental Association received the constituent society award for its program Wine, Women and Song; and in the component society category, the San Antonio District Dental Society won for Diversity in Dentistry Celebration.