WDA volunteer opportunities

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Volunteers are the heart of the Wisconsin Dental Association and a successful dental community. We offer a variety of ways for members to get involved, from short-term volunteer projects to committee and board service.

In addition to helping the WDA grow more energized, diverse and better equipped to achieve our shared mission, volunteering provides a sense of personal satisfaction and the opportunity to network with colleagues who share your vision and commitment.

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WDA House and Board

Officers & At-Large Trustees

President-elect, vice president and speaker of the House serve one year. The editor serves four years. Terms for the editor and the speaker may be renewed indefinitely. These seats are elected by the House.

Treasurer is a 3-year term without limit on the number of terms. This position is appointed by the Board of Trustees at its fall meeting.

 At-large trustee seat does not hold any restrictions as to component and, since no region currently would have more than four seated (this seat included), there are no region restrictions either. This seat is elected by the House of Delegates at its annual meeting.

More information on nominations and more can be found on the Officer and Trustee Election page here

Trustees

Trustee seats serves a three-year term with a maximum of two terms, vetted by the House Nominating Committee and elected by their respective regions.

More information on nominations and more can be found on the Officer and Trustee Election page here

Local Components

Be a part of the team that creates member value at the local level. Your local dental society officers and/or board members plan the continuing education, social, holiday and business meetings for you and your colleagues.

Serve as:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Legislative chair
  • Membership chair
  • Program chair

    Officers will work closely with the WDA’s component relations coordinator.

    Available positions and frequency of meetings do vary by local dental society. More information can be found here.

  • WDA Committees

    Bylaws Committee

    Draft or approve the proposed text of all amendments to the WDA Bylaws prior to their submission to the House of Delegates for action.

    Staff Liaison: Lisa Chandre, governance coordinator

    Communications Committee

    As a member-driven organization with dentists and dental hygienists at the heart of our mission, the WDA’s Communications Committee oversees activities including public awareness campaigns, PR messaging, WDA.org, The Drill e-newsletter and other member communications, social media and media relations. The committee works closely with the WDA’s director of membership and communications, digital communications manager and PR/media relations coordinator.

    The Communications Committee meets twice yearly – once in the spring and once in the fall. Meetings are approximately 2-3 hours and committee members can attend virtually or in person at the WDA’s executive offices in West Allis.

    Staff Liaison: Amanda Peterson, digital communications manager

    Editorial Advisory Board

    Editorial Advisory Board members provide the dentist, dental hygienist, dental student and grassroots member perspective for the WDA Journal, WDA Insider members-only blog and WDA Sourcebook (Member Directory and Practice Guide).

    Participate in bimonthly journal editorial meetings via conference call (approximately 30 minutes in length) and brainstorm topics for WDA Journal articles and editorials with your colleagues. You could byline journal article(s) and/or write guest editorials and review bi-monthly journal proof.

    Staff liaison: Amy Saari, managing editor and communications and public relations coordinator 

    Membership Development Committee

    Help with recruitment and retention of members, addressing new dentist initiatives, leadership development and evaluating the membership dues structure for ongoing relevancy.

    The Membership Development Committee meets twice yearly – once in the spring and once in the fall. Meetings are approximately 2-3 hours and committee members can attend virtually or in person at the WDA’s executive offices in West Allis.

    Staff Liaison: Haley Rykowski, membership coordinator

    Legislative Advocacy Committee

    Advocate policy positions of the Association to the Wisconsin legislature and state agency officials to protect and further the interests of the public and the profession.

    The Legislative Advocacy Committee meets four times yearly. Meetings are approximately a full day committee members can attend in person in Madison.

    Staff Liaison: TBD

    Wisconsin Dental Political Action Committee

    To collect WIDPAC funds from member dentists and to disburse WIDPAC funds to candidates for state office based on their voting records or positions on issues impacting the profession of dentistry. 

    The WIDPAC Committee meets four times yearly. Meetings are approximately a full day committee members can attend in person in Madison.

    Staff Liaison: TBD

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