To be an effective chapter leader, it is important that you have all the necessary tools to run your chapter. This section provides the nuts and bolts you need to get started. Please note: some links are to documents you can download and others are to web pages on ASDA's site.




Chapter Handbook: This handbook provides information on ASDA's structure, membership and communication strategies, leadership roles and position descriptions, chapter activities, advocacy, working with state dental societies, and managing your chapter's finances. Hard copies of this handbook are mailed to each first and second delegate in the fall. Below are different sections of the handbook:

  • Membership and Communications 
  • Chapter Organization and Leadership 
  • Finances 
  • Activities 
  • Representation at ASDA National Events 
  • Organized Dentistry 
  • Advocacy 

Chapter How-To Guides: ASDA developed guides on various topics to assist our chapters. These guides provide the steps involved in organizing an event and project ideas from other ASDA chapters. View all the how-to guides here.

Lunch and Learns: ASDA created a position paper on the importance of having lunch and learns. This paper can be used as a resource when speaking with administration about the benefits of holding lunch and learns for students.

Position Descriptions: Download sample position descriptions for the various leadership positions at your chapter. Be sure to share these descriptions with the people serving in these positions so they understand their responsibilities.

Organizational Structure: This diagram shows the structure of ASDA and how the board, councils, editorial board and other national leaders work together.

Contact ASDA: Contact a member of the ASDA central office staff or the Executive Committee.