Governance Corner February 2014


AMTA Board of Directors Notes

On its January 15 conference call, the AMTA Board of Directors approved the association budget for fiscal year 2014/15, which begins March 1. The budget projects a positive operating income (Excess of Total Revenue over Total Operating Expenses) of $70,489, which is 0.55% of expected revenue.

The board also updated the AMTA financial investment policy and approved eliminating the communications and on-line reimbursements for board members, given the extensive use of these services in everyday life. Because several AMTA chapters have expressed value and satisfaction in working with chapter events of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), with as many as 30 chapters participating in AAFP events in a year, the board charged a workgroup of the board, in conjunction with staff, to research the feasibility and costs associated with assigning staff support for chapters to participate in AAFP events. The workgroup will report back to the board by June 1.

Looking to improve the ability for delegates to consider AMTA Position Statement proposals, the board charged the Governance Standing Committee to research a requirement that delegates take a basic research literacy course and report recommendations back to the board by September 2014. The Governance Committee will consult with the Chapter Relations Committee and HODOC while researching this suggested requirement.

Board Planning & Measurements of Success

The board is committed to monitoring its progress using measurable information and to tracking the results on key measures in order to stay focused on results that are most important to the success of AMTA.  With this in mind, the board approved FY14/15 proposed dashboard measures as the most useful measures for monitoring progress this fiscal year. The board also approved changes to the FY14/15 volunteer workforce structure as recommended by the volunteer workforce workgroup.

Standing committees, workgroups and commissions are established by the board to conduct ongoing work for the association. Individuals are selected each year by the President to chair these standing committees, workgroups and commissions based on their expertise in the area(s) assigned to their respective volunteer positions. The President-Elect recommends the appointment of individuals who will serve during their term in office based on the criteria outlined in position descriptions. The board approved the appointments of the following people, effective March 1, 2014 for FY14/15:

  • Dolly Wallace, Finance Standing Committee Chair
  • Nathan Nordstrom, Volunteer Workforce Structure Workgroup Chair
  • Kathie Lea, Audit Commission Chair
  • Pualani Gillespie, Massage Therapy Foundation Board Representative

All other appointed volunteers remain in their positions.

New Pricing for School Member Students

Because AMTA supports its school members and seeks to increase value and benefits for schools that join AMTA, the association is always looking for ways to improve the experience of these members. The association also looks to improve the experience of Student members. The board approved the creation of a tier of Student category membership at a price of $20 available to students attending AMTA member schools, effective immediately. 

 

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