Embrace the Past, Experience the Present, and Envision the Future
This was my theme as your president and I couldn’t be more proud of all of the achievements we imagined then realized together over the past year. The entire experience has been incredibly rewarding for me, both personally and professionally. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your president.
From the outset of my presidency, your AMTA Nation Board of Directors stepped into the roles of driven, strategic thinkers. Through our commitment and collaboration, we developed a high-performance team. Of course, having an expert as my partner, AMTA executive director Shelly Johnson, helped us all become better strategic thinkers. Short-range goals were accomplished and long-range goals are in process.
The highlight for me was seeing one of my key goals come together in Portland. The AMTA 2011 National Convention was one of the most highly-attended, community-oriented and successful conventions in our history—all because of tremendous support from my AMTA Oregon chapter, our state chapters, membership and staff.
As I’ve shared previously, 2011 was primarily about enhancing our AMTA community. Members rightfully expect tremendous customer service with quantifiable value—particularly in this economy. Among many other benefits of membership, we are pleased to continue providing our members with four highly-valued services: tools for practice development, community support and networking, mentoring, and both face-to-face and online continuing education options.
At our January 18th board meeting, the board approved the fiscal year 2012/2013 budget and several Chair/Representative appointments. There were also several policy changes aimed at enhancing our processes and the withdrawal of a bylaw notification by the original authors. Our bylaw notification and amendment process can sometimes seem lengthy, but it is a very important process that allows our members to engage in conversations about a particular concept.
Dialogue with our members is an important part of what makes AMTA what it is. Never underestimate the importance of your input—we both value and need it!
As I finish out the term of my presidency, I am filled with gratitude for the experiences of the past year and with enthusiasm for what lies ahead. I especially want to thank the 2011/2012 board of directors, standing committee chairs, work groups of the board, commissions, councils and the 15 operating committees for their support, time and expertise. It is truly our volunteer members that make AMTA so powerful.
I know AMTA is in the care of capable and clever people. I invite you to join me in welcoming and supporting incoming President Cynthia Ribeiro and President-Elect Winona Bontrager. Both of these women are highly-respected educators, dedicated to your professional success. I look forward to our triumvirate and working closely with them to ensure the ongoing success of AMTA!
Me te aroha,