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September Governance Corner

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.

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.

AMTA 2011 National Elections – Candidate Bios Now Available

The Commissioner of Elections announces the Candidates for the 2011 National Board and Commission on Candidacy!

We are delighted to announce an outstanding group of nominees for the AMTA National Board and AMTA Commission on Candidacy positions for the 2011 national elections.

I am grateful to the current Commission on Candidacy; Barb Lis, Chair, Michael Blackmore, Christopher Deery, Lucia Kaestner, Jennifer Irving and Shari Mirgon for their conscientious work this year and providing the 2011 slate of candidates.

You may view all 2011 Candidate Bios by viewing the National Election section of our website. Choose the first link in the Announcement section Candidate Bio’s for AMTA’S 2011 National Elections.

Should a candidate choose to use social media you can find the link(s) on the AMTA National Election page.

I recommend that all members take the time over the next few months to view the 2011 bios and follow the social media pages to help you decide on how you would like to vote in the upcoming 2011 National Elections. 

Please be sure to update your email address if they change. Our eligible member list will be pulled from our database on September 15; any address changes after that date should be sent directly to Gail Friedman.  This will ensure that you receive your electronic ballot. 

Ballots will be emailed between November 1 - 5, 2011 and the deadline to submit is December 1, 2011.


Chris Rider
Commissioner of Elections

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