The 2011 National Convention..
What an amazing experience! First, I want to thank all of you who made the trip to Portland and to all of the Chapter members who worked so hard to promote this convention. Another big thank you to all of our staff who worked so diligently to execute every major detail. The energy was amazing and, as a Portland resident, I feel honored to have hosted fellow AMTA members for a successful and empowering convention.
Through both formal and informal discussions, I'm sure you all learned so much, both about massage therapy and future directions of our profession and AMTA. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have met with so many of you to celebrate our community of massage. As a long-time AMTA member, I’ve been a part of many conventions—I truly believe that this year’s keynote speaker Kevin Carroll and targeted education were second to none. Thanks to all of our talented, dedicated and passionate members, our profession is headed in the right direction—what an exciting time to be a massage therapist! As I stressed at the Opening Session, research-informed practice is the future. And, the future is here.
Before the convention began, your Board of Directors met on Monday, October 17 to focus on the strategic direction of AMTA. Tuesday, October 18 was an open session board meeting. I was delighted to see so many of our chapter leaders and members attend. I want to mention that a possible bylaw change discussion was postponed. We notified members about the proposed bylaw amendment that would remove the word "in-class" from Article III, Membership, Section 2, A.1.a. which outlines the criteria AMTA uses to accept schools. This created much response from members—which is terrific, and necessary. I love it when our members want to be part of the solution. However, the authors chose to table this dialogue and deliberation for a future meeting so we all can gather more information.
At that meeting, we also considered several policy changes and heard presentations from the MTF, COMTA and the AFMTE. Our final business of the day was choosing Denver, Colorado as the site for our 2014 national convention. Additional highlights from the board meeting are featured in this newsletter.
Again, I want to remind you to vote in the National Elections before December 1. AMTA needs dedicated leaders to guide us into the future. Your voice is essential to choose those who will influence and represent our organization. Please vote by December 1, 2011.
Me te aroha,