You, as an SFDS member, have an opportunity to contribute your energy, knowledge or expertise for the betterment of your practice, organized dentistry, and the profession. Our goal is to identify and evaluate the strengths of all potential leaders so we can ensure individuals serve in positions where they can maximize their professional growth and fulfillment as well as best serve our membership and our profession.
SFDS Leadership Interest Form
An individual completing the SFDS Leadership Interest Form (LIF) for president elect must have 3 fully completed years of previous board service to qualify as a candidate to run for president-elect. The president-elect automatically ascends to the presidency, serves on the board of directors, the executive committee, the professional development committee and the finance committee.
The secretary of the Society serves as an officer and member of the executive committee and the board of directors, as well as chair of the governance committee and a member of the membership committee.
The treasurer of the Society serves as the chief financial officer of the Society and a member of the executive committee and board of directors. Additionally, the treasurer chairs the finance committee and serves as a member of the professional development committee.
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Board of Directors
The SFDS has 9 - 11 directors, serving 2-year staggered terms so that no more than sixty percent (60%) of the Directors are elected each year. The board of directors is the governing body of the Society, vested with full power to conduct all business of the Society, exercised by or under its authority, subject to the laws of the State of California, the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of this Society. All directors serve on an SFDS committee(s), with two directors serving a 2-year term on the nominating committee and one director serving a 2-year term on the membership committee. Directors, in addition to fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities are the Society's ambassadors and, as such, are expected to participate in Society-related meetings and events. Directors and officers are expected to attend 4 board meetings a year and may be asked to serve as a delegate and/or alternate delegate to the annual CDA House of Delegates.
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Delegates & Alternate Delegates
An SFDS delegate serves as one of the official representatives of this society to the house of delegates (HOD) of the California Dental Association (CDA). It is expected that a delegate will endeavor, at all times, to fulfill duties in a manner that will promote the best interests of the San Francisco Dental Society and the profession of dentistry. In so doing, the first duty of a delegate is to vote for what the delegate believes is best for the profession and association as a whole. As well, a delegate is to vote for what is best for San Francisco Dental Society members. Delegates serve for 1-year terms. The CDA HOD meets each November, alternating between northern and southern California. Delegates are expected to read all materials, attend the SFDS pre-HOD caucus meeting, all meetings of the CDA HOD, and participate in all social, networking and lobbying activities. An active member in good standing is eligible to serve as a delegate. The SFDS covers the cost of the hotel and reimburses for some travel-related expenses, otherwise delegates are responsible for their own expenses and meals.
Alternate Delegates serve 1-year terms and, if called upon by the chair, will fill a vacancy created by a non-attending/absent delegate. The first alternate is expected to attend all meetings of the HOD and be at the ready should he/she be called upon to serve as a delegate immediately. First alternate delegates will receive the same reimbursements as the SFDS delegates. All alternate delegates are expected to be available to serve as first alternate or delegated if called upon to do so. Alternate delegates are welcome to attend the CDA HOD at their own expense.
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The trustee(s) of the Society serve on the CDA board of trustees (BOT), as well as members of the SFDS executive committee and board of directors. Meeting attendance: all CDA BOT, all SFDS executive committee meetings, all SFDS board of directors meetings. Representatives on the board of trustees of the California Dental Association serve in accordance with the Bylaws of the California Dental Association.
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LEADERSHIP INTEREST FORM
Our goal is to identify and evaluate the strengths of all interested applicants so we can assign individuals to positions where they can best serve our membership and our profession, as well as maximize their own professional growth and fulfillment. To help us achieve this goal, we ask that you:
Note: Only president-elect can apply for president. Applicants for president-elect must have 3 fully completed years of previous board service to qualify as a candidate to run for president-elect.
Again, thank you for your SFDS Leadership Interest Form and interest in serving your profession. CDA trustee positions selected by separate process.