At its meeting on October 2, the AMTA Board of Directors approved several bylaw changes and focused much of its discussion on governance.
Bylaw changes were made to the following:
- Article IX, Section 2B; Alternate Delegate Term and Election. This allows chapters the option of using either a Commission on Candidacy, Nominating Committee, or taking nominations from the floor for chapter elections. It also changes the Alternate Delegate’s term to 1-year, with them elected annually to reduce the administrative oversight and simplify the process, effective January 1, 2013.
- Article V. National Officers, Section 4; Article VI. National Board of Directors, Section 3 and 4; and Article IX. Councils – Job Description. This changed language from Job Description to Position Description, which is a more accurate nomenclature. It was felt the title Job Description might create the misperception that these are paid positions.
The board also approved policy changes on campaigning for national volunteer positions to more clearly define campaign guidelines. AMTA strives to promote a level playing field for candidates.
The board heard reports, updates and presentations from the Massage Therapy Foundation President and the Executive Director of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.
Staff provided an updated financial report for the period ending July 31 which shows AMTA continues to be in very sound financial condition. Updates also were provided on government/industry relations, the massage therapy school instructor training business plan and the Consumer Awareness Program.
At the request of the Massage Therapy Foundation, the board agreed to help support the involvement of the foundation in the Boston Marathon Non-Profit Bib Program. The board pledged up to $5,000 from its Emerging Opportunities budget should the association and its chosen runner be unable to raise the required $5,000 Bib minimum.
The board approved the appointment of Xerlan Deery as Chair of the Position Statement Review Commission, effective at the end of the 2012 convention.