GSLDS Councils and Committees

Interested in getting more involved? GSLDS has a variety of Councils and Committees working on behalf of the Society, and the profession. Contact Meg ( or Susan ( to learn more and find the best fit for your time and interests.

Council on Membership

The Council on Membership works to secure every dentist in our Society's geographical boundaries as a member. The Council helps plan various member programs and events such as Shred-a-Thon and Member Appreciation Night.

The Council on Membership is comprised of District representatives and a New Dentist representative.

This Council typically meets three to four times a year.

Email Susan to volunteer. 

Council on Scientific Sessions

The Council on Scientific Sessions helps to plan and execute the annual Mid-Continent Dental Congress and any other CE offerings the Society hosts throughout the year. The Council is responsible for everything from selecting speakers to setting fees.

The Council on Scientific Sessions is comprised of at least eight and as many as 13 members. Each year the GSLDS 2nd Vice-President appoints a member for a term of five years, with the member serving as council chair in the fourth year of their term. The chair appoints up to two additional members to serve three year terms.

The Council typically meets between six to eight times per year.


Council on Outreach

This Council plans and coordinates the Society’s annual coloring contest celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Additionally, the Council assists Society staff with the coordination of volunteers in response to community requests for speakers. Any other community outreach initiatives would also fall under the Council's purview.

The Council on Outreach typically meets one to two times per year.


Council on Public Relations

The Council on Communications and Public Relations is charged with oversight of The Dental Arch, the official publication of the Society. The Council also monitors relationships and recommends policies concerning media relations.

The Council typically meets one or two times a year.

Email Nikki to volunteer.

GSLDS Committees

The following are standing committees of the Society. For more information about any of the committees listed, please contact Meg at 314-569-0444 or

  • Leadership Development Committee - reviews and makes recommendations for leadership positions and awards
  • Finance Committee - oversees the Society's finances to include the investments
  • New Dentist Committee - helps with outreach and plans events for members out of dental school 10 years or less
  • Peer Review Committee - aids in resolving disputes that may arise in the delivery of dental services to the public