July Governance Corner & AMTA Updates


June AMTA Board of Directors Meeting Wrap Up

The AMTA Board of Directors held its face-to-face meeting June 3-4 in Kansas City, Missouri. The board was delighted to have 25 chapter representatives attend the meeting and discuss future plans for the association. 

Financial and other reports showed how AMTA is in very sound financial condition and our programs are thriving, with positive member responses.

The board approved several changes to bylaws, which had been available for member review and comment online. These changes were in the areas of national and chapter election procedures. According to policy, the board also was notified of 3 other proposed bylaw changes. The proposed changes are in the areas of membership classifications/qualifications and chapter elections. 

Also approved were policy changes in how some internal processes are handled. And, the board agreed to participate in a Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) Continuing Education Task Force.


Comment on Proposed Bylaw Changes

AMTA gives all members the opportunity to voice their thoughts on proposed bylaw changes. Bylaws govern AMTA.Your comments are weighed by the board before any decisions are made. At its October 2011 meeting, the board will consider three proposed bylaw changes.

>> Read the proposed changes here.

>> Offer you comments before September 14.

Reminder to Watch for Email Scams

There are many email scams that target massage therapists. Unfortunately, some of these use the name of AMTA to make it appear that they are legitimate and others actually use  AMTA’s Find a Massage Therapist® national locator service to email individual members. AMTA wants to remind members to always be suspicious of emails from someone outside the U.S. who says they want to set up multiple massage sessions while they or someone they represent is visiting the country.

The Scam
The most common scam involves an e-mail from someone in another country, who claims to be planning a visit to the U.S. and wants to schedule a series of massage sessions. After you set a price, this person sends a cashier’s check for far more than the cost of the sessions and asks you to return the difference. Unfortunately, the check is a fake. This is similar to those who want to purchase a product advertised and send a check for more than the agreed-upon purchase price. One of the latest twists on this scam is from someone who claims he is representing models (sometimes gay models) returning from a photo shoot somewhere and wants to book multiple massages.

You can learn more about email scams at http://onguardonline.gov. And remember, if someone outside the country sends you a check in advance of the massage session, it probably is not a good check. AMTA urges you to be careful opening e-mails from people you don’t know. 

The association is constantly upgrading its online security to protect your information and transactions through the AMTA website. However, scammers are always looking for ways to get around our security measures and attempt to get your attention. Be careful and don’t be fooled.


Members Encouraged to Comment on Proposed Position Statements

At the 2011 House of Delegates meeting (HOD) in October, six proposed AMTA position statements will be considered. Any member can offer comments on the proposals through the AMTA website. You also may have an opportunity to discuss the proposals at your chapter meeting or through your chapter website.

This year’s proposals focus on massage for depression, tension headaches, anxiety and fibromyalgia, as well as massage as part of athletic training. An additional proposal states the association’s view on fair and consistent licensing of massage therapy by all states. AMTA position statements are proposed by members, reviewed to ensure they meet necessary criteria and voted on in the HOD. Once approved by the HOD, they become official positions of the association.

>> Find more information on how to consider proposed AMTA position statements, submit one for consideration and review the six position statements previously approved by the HOD.


Deadline Approaching: 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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