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November Governance Corner

Your Vote Counts!

Be among the professional members that shape our association and vote for our national leaders. AMTA  needs top leadership to be a strong voice and guide us to the future. Your vote is needed to ensure that the organization remains on top and continues to be well-represented.

Get to know the candidates by linking up with them on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Ask them questions or read their postings. Find out what their vision and goals are for the future of AMTA and the massage profession. Check out each candidate’s bio information on the AMTA official election website.

Your voice counts! Make a decision to support one of our core values--"to be a membership driven organization"--and vote. Become a more informed member and cast your vote by December 1.

2011 Election Timeline

November 1-5: A link to the online ballot will be sent via electronic mail to all voting members.

December 1: Completed ballots are due.

January 1: Results will be announced no later than January 1 on the AMTA website.

March 1: New officers assume office.

Please contact Gail Friedman at 877-905-2700 x168 or gfriedman@amtamassage.org if you have questions.

Successful and Collaborative Fall Board Meeting

At its October 18 meeting, the board of directors approved Denver, CO as the site for the September 17-20, 2014 AMTA National Convention and made several decisions on the governance of the association. The President of the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), the Executive Director of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) and the Executive Director of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) gave presentations and updates on their activities.

Among the boards decisions were:
• Approving a policy change to allow a national Vice President in the first year of his/her first term and those with previous Finance Committee experience to serve on the Finance Committee;
• Approving a policy change revising the timeline for the position statement proposal review process, encouraging members to submit proposals at any time of the year;
• Approving job descriptions for the Position Statement Review Workgroup chair and members; and
• Revising the Chapter Volunteer Code of Conduct to include some of the same requirements as those for the national board, such as those related to allegiance, conflict of interest and diligence.

The board also approved a Bylaw change to allow chapters to use a nominating committee or commission on candidacy for their chapter officer and delegate elections, rather than requiring them to only choose between these two options.

The open session was attended by more than 40 chapter volunteers. AMTA members were also able to keep up with the proceedings remotely by following AMTA on Twitter.

AMTA House of Delegates Approves Three Position Statements

On October 20, 2011 the House of Delegates approved three position statements for AMTA. The delegates debated proposals for association position statements that express the sense of the membership on matters pertaining to massage therapy. Approved statements reflect the view of the majority of the delegates that research presented is sufficient for the non-profit association to state publicly the value of massage therapy for these health situations.

The statements approved are:

• It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that massage therapy can be effective in reducing the symptoms of depression.
• It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that massage can be an effective therapy for those who suffer from tension headaches.
• It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that those who participate in exercise programs, as well as athletes in training, can benefit from massage therapy.

Details on the approved position statements, including citations considered during debate, will soon be available on the AMTA website and will become part of the association’s efforts to promote the value of massage therapy, supported by research.

The AMTA House of Delegates has now approved nine position statements since it first began voting on them in 2006. Proposals for AMTA position statements are developed and submitted by members according to specific guidelines and criteria. Proposals that meet all criteria are presented to the House of Delegates at its meeting that occurs during the AMTA national convention. Delegates are elected by their chapters to represent members in that state (and Washington, D.C.).


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