June Board Meeting Wrap-Up
First of all, I want to extend a big thank you to all who participated in the June AMTA Board of Directors meeting in Kansas City, including 25 chapter leaders, the board, standing committee chairs and AMTA national staff. All who attended took part in an important review of the many activities that are supporting our fiscal year (FY) 11/12 strategic goals and objectives, driving our association forward.
The staff directors also presented our 2011 Environmental Scan and the FY 10/11 Progress and Performance review. I'm pleased to report that AMTA continues to be a strong and vibrant association. Not only have we weathered the economy, we are thriving
. You can read more about our recent activities and successes in AMTA's FY 10/11 Annual Report, which will be in next month's issue of Hands On.
At the Friday round-table discussions, attendees generated some excellent ideas that staff will consider when developing our draft plan and budget for FY 12/13. During a very lively, animated and congenial meeting on Saturday, the board considered five proposed bylaw action items, viewed a presentation from the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and considered other action items. You can read more about the meeting in the Governance Corner section of this issue.
Planning for October...
I have set lofty goals for the AMTA 2011 National Convention, October 19-22 in Portland, Oregon, where I am hoping to come together with 3,000 fellow attendees. Where else can massage therapists gain 20 or more hours of the best continuing education available, learn about advances in health care and wellness, and find the latest research in the profession? Our quality education gives you the opportunity to learn from nationally-recognized instructors. What's more, you can be sure our education is submitted in every state for license and certification renewals as well as by AMTA for ongoing membership requirements.
At our National Convention, you’ll find that our classrooms are not used as “vendor demonstrations” by instructors. That’s what our Exhibits Marketplace is for! At this year’s convention we have added some new elements so both vendors and attendees can benefit from all of the new products and state-of-the-art technology.
For anyone on the fence about attending, I want to remind you of the extraordinary value that awaits you—continuing education, unmatched social and intellectual interaction, the newest and best tools and information, Student Day, specialized tracks, pre- and post-convention workshops, the annual Dinner Dance, and so much more! .
Portland! My Hometown…
Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast and the beautiful Willamette Valley surround this beautiful city which offers something most Oregonians simply take for granted: there is no sales tax, so shopping is often a wonderful surprise to visitors from other places. Arts, entertainment and nature are present in abundance. Set your sights on one of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest, October 19-22, 2011: Portland, Oregon.
Each year, the National Convention is where we come together as an AMTA family and community to support our mission: to serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. I’m confident you will find the convention one of your more memorable professional experiences!
Me te aroha,