May Governance Corner and AMTA Updates


AMTA Saddened by Losses in Southern States
Monitoring for Potential of Massage Therapists to Aid Responders

The devastating effects of the tornadoes that struck southern states in the last week have cost hundreds of lives and destroyed the homes and businesses of thousands of people. AMTA extends its heartfelt condolences to those who lost loved ones in the storms and wishes the very best to those struggling to recover from their great losses.

AMTA is in contact with its chapters in the states affected and is still gathering information about the storms’ effects on our members there. We also are monitoring relief efforts which may call for massage therapist volunteers to help relief and recovery workers cope with the physical and emotional strains of their vital work.

At this time, AMTA encourages its members who are considering volunteering to provide massage relief to workers to check the AMTA website next week for updates. Those members who are MERT-trained are encouraged to keep in touch with their chapters to determine if their services are requested by emergency and/or health officials.


Person Fraudulently Recruiting Massage Therapists

AMTA wants you to know about the reappearance of a man who poses as a spa owner/casino employee/regulator to recruit massage therapists, and then attempts to assault them. Usually using the name Steven Min, but often using an alias, he has been active in several states. We know he has been arrested at least twice in the past, but seems to then pursue the same activities again within a few months.

He most commonly solicits massage therapists by telephone and Craigslist.com to work in a spa or with high-rollers in casinos. He uses the name Steve or Steven and has given several different last names, including Sung, Min, Minh and Yamamoto.

If you receive communications from a person claiming to work with a casino who is hiring massage therapists to massage ‘high rollers’, ignore the inquiry and do not respond. If you have received phone calls from him, AMTA recommends you provide the information to local police and advise them that the person has been using the same approach in several states.  

This is a good reminder of the importance of personal safety for massage therapists and to trust your instincts. It's always a good idea to take the same precautions in your professional life as you do in your personal life. If you're ever in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, leave immediately. Don't worry about appearing rude or unprofessional. Your safety and well-being is much more important. If you're ever the victim of any wrongdoing, immediately contact your local police.     
 
Please share this message with all your colleagues. Everyone should be able to practice massage therapy in a safe and secure environment. It is truly regrettable that massage therapists are forced to deal with such people, but being aware and cautious are your best forms of defense.


Volunteer for the AMTA National Board!

AMTA is looking for members to run for election to the AMTA National Board of Directors. The office of president term is March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2015, starting with president-elect, succeeding to the presidency and then immediate past president; the vice president term is March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2014; and the member-at-large term is March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2014.

This is an opportunity to network with other massage therapists, advance your career and give back to your profession. It is a chance to share your knowledge, expertise and training with others.  It provides a valuable work experience that opens doors to new opportunities, and relations with new friends and lifelong mentors. To learn more about the process please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions which will give you more details.

To learn more about the roles and responsibilities and criteria for these elected positions please refer to our Job Descriptions, Bylaws and Policy. To request a candidate application packet, contact Gail Friedman at gfriedman@amtamassage.org

Applications will be available starting March 1, 2011 and are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on August 1, 2011.

From Chris Rider 
AMTA Commissioner of Elections


Volunteer to Be on The National Commission on Candidacy

AMTA is looking for members to run for election to the AMTA Commission on Candidacy! This is a two year term, starting March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2014

This is an opportunity to network with other massage therapists, advance your career and give back to your profession. To learn more about the roles and responsibilities and criteria for this elected position please refer to the Job Descriptions, Bylaws and Policy.

To request a candidate application packet, contact Gail Friedman at gfriedman@amtamassage.org.

Applications will be available starting March 1, 2011 and are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on August 1, 2011.


From Chris Rider
AMTA Commissioner of Elections

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