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Member Center: Awards Nominations


If you know someone in your component district or in the state who has made outstanding contributions in the following areas, please submit his/her name on the form provided at the bottom, to the South Dakota Dental Association for the award. The awards will be presented furing the Awards Lunch at Annual Session. The SDDA Executive Committee will make the final determination.

The SDDA Humanitarian
The most prestigious award granted for service to dentistry. This award is given in recognition of service to dentistry and community. This award is based on service to the dental profession, community activities, humanitarian service, educational, and academice achievements. Only SDDA members may receive this award and only one member may be recognized each year.

Distinguished Service
The award to recognize service above and beyond what is reasonably expected or anticipated. This award is based on outstanding service specific to the South Dakota Dental Association and organized dentistry. Only SDDA members may receive this award. 

Award of Commendation
The award given in recognition of service to the profession of dentistry. This award is given based on service to the South Dakota Dental Association, organized dentistry or the profession of dentistry such as service on a committee or task force, in an elected office or appointed position. The recipient may be someone other than an SDDA member.

Young Dentist of the Year
An award given in cooperation with the International College of Dentists chapter in South Dakota, which provides financial support for the award, to recognize young dentists in South Dakota. Each component district dental society may select, but are not required to select, one outstanding young dentist each year based on criteria established by the SDDA Board of Trustees that the dentist should be:
  • Under 40 years of age;

  • Actively involved professionally; district, state and nationally

  • Actively involved in their community

Honorary Membership

Honorary Membership is based on outstanding contributions to the advancement of the art and science of dentistry or important service rendered to the profession or to the SDDA. A member elected by the House of Delegates on the nomination of the Board of Trustees according to the Bylaws.



Event Benefits Children of the Sioux Falls Area

A charitable dental event hosted by the Southeastern District Dental Society provided free dental care to 109 children from the Sioux Falls area.  More than $145,000 of chartable dental care was provide by 50 area dentists and dental office staff.  An additional 50 non-clinical volunteers also helped at the event.  Major sponsors of the event include the Sioux Empire United Way, Delta Dental Foundation, Henry Schein and the South Dakota Dental Foundation.