Hello, and one final good bye as your AMTA president for fiscal year 2010 - 2011. I have truly had a fantastic journey! Together, we navigated through the sometimes unpredictable waters of the past year, and we were all challenged to change and adapt…However, as I have echoed before, I truly believe that change can be very positive—and the changes we adopted at AMTA have primed us for a bright year ahead. To quote one of my favorite songs, “the times they are a changing…”
As I close out my term, I appreciate all of the support I have received from my husband, TJ Read, and, of course, the rest of the AMTA National Board, volunteers and staff who all assisted me in orchestrating one great “symphony” all year long. Also, a big thank you for all the warm comments from members who thanked me for doing the best I could this past year.
So many wonderful positive accomplishments occurred within AMTA in the past 12 months. We increased our media outreach efforts, touching more than 100 million people; enhanced our innovative social media programs; and boosted our online education offerings. Other highlights included the profession’s release of the first Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge and our successful national convention in Minneapolis where I had the opportunity to get to know many dedicated AMTA members.
What’s more, I had the humbling opportunity to be a part of 17 radio interviews in which we discussed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the CureTM events and all of the gracious AMTA volunteers who provided massage to the walkers at the end of each of the walks (60 miles total in three days!).
I am already looking forward to working with our incoming board as immediate past president and will continue to move ahead, both professionally and personally, with my theme of balance and harmony.
I am closing with a few lines from one of my numerous favorite quotes by author Colin D. Mallard:
Remember you do not have to do it all alone, there are many members of the orchestra.
Take the time to look for those who can do specific jobs once you have identified what those jobs are.
Share the vision, let others contribute their gifts and the whole will be moved forward.
Think things out ahead of time, do not rush, allow for the outworkings of spirit into form.
The visionary responsibility is to capture the imagination of those with the skills and expertise to bring the vision to fruition.
I believe this quote also describes AMTA’s journey. I am proud to say that I have been a volunteer since 1985, and will continue on my own journey with AMTA as we embrace all of the opportunities that come our way.