As your AMTA president for fiscal year 2011-2012, I have a very clear goal for the year ahead: to inspire and help our members learn more, do more and become more in both visionary and practical ways.
AMTA has charted quite the course over the last 68 years, truly elevating the profession in ways we could have once never even imagined possible. And, as we unleash a new wave of growth within the profession, our journey must continue in a responsible and strategic fashion. At my core, I have a collaborative spirit—I wholeheartedly believe that when we, as a profession, comingle our talents, the results can be infinitely positive.
For me, the March Board of Directors meeting was very exiting. In addition to the traditional board and staff members, we had about 25 chapter leaders in attendance. The meeting opened with the notification of proposed bylaw changes and reports that demonstrated AMTA is fiscally sound and making positive changes to stay that way. You can read more notes from the meeting and comment on proposed bylaw changes in the Governance Corner of this issue of Hands On.
As I mentioned above, I believe collaboration—not only within AMTA, but with relevant, outside organizations—is key to AMTA’s future success. At the meeting, chapter officers and national volunteers joined AMTA board and staff members for a strategic conversation focusing on how massage relates to and integrates into the health care community, and how AMTA should and can be involved in this integration. Information gathered will drive our strategic planning discussion at the next board meeting.
AMTA will continue to charge forward as the leading provider of massage therapy education. Some plans for the next several months include the expansion of our webinar offerings to Professional and School members, an upgrade to our online courses platform and the launch of more comprehensive continuing education options.
Let's Talk Portland!
In addition to my goal for the association, I also have a personal goal: setting record attendance at the AMTA 2011 National Convention in Portland, Oregon, October 19-22. As your president and a resident of Portland, I invite you to join me for what is sure to be a stellar convention in a one-of-a-kind city. Portland is a shopper’s dream with no sales tax and a hiker’s delight with beautiful parks and scenery. For the wine or beer connoisseur, we have miles of vineyards and more microbreweries than any city in the world. I assure you that the convention’s networking and social events will be amazing opportunities to connect and build lasting memories.
And, I’d like extend each of you a challenge: Bring a first-timer or potential member to the convention and be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the 2012 AMTA National Convention! Just visit the AMTA Booth in the Exhibits Marketplace at the convention for details.
Please join with me as we “Embrace the Past, Experience the Present and Envision the Future!”
Me te aroha,