Your Vote Counts! AMTA 2013 National Election

AMTANatl2013Elections-bannerBe among the professional members that shape our association. Vote for our national leaders. AMTA is the premier professional organization and needs top leadership to be a strong voice and guide us to the future. Your vote is needed to ensure that AMTA remains on top and continues to be well represented.

Get to know the candidates. Read each of their biographical sketches. You can find these candidate links, or if they established any Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Blog sites by accessing the AMTA official election website. Don’t be shy, ask them questions or read what someone else asked.  Find out what their vision and goals are for the future of AMTA and the massage profession.

Your voice counts in this organization. Make a decision to support one of our core values, ‘to be a membership driven organization’ and vote. That is what ‘member driven’ means. Join in.  Become a more informed voter and cast your vote by December 1!

2013 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.

 

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2012 National Elections – Candidacy

Have you considered participating with fellow members at the National level? You can choose to run for an elected office for the National Board of Directors or Commission on Candidacy. Serving at the national level is a great way to meet some wonderful, dedicated people in the profession.

Members may find criteria for Board or Commission on Candidacy positions by visiting our National Elections website.  You may also be interested in knowing that some elected positions involve less of a time commitment than other positions.

This year, a member may request a candidate application packet beginning July 1st, and must complete the application process by September 1st.  The process includes completing three online courses: About Non-Profit Associations, Responsibilities and Communications throughout AMTA and Risk Management for Association.

Once the courses are completed, the member will have access to the online application bio. After the Commission on Candidacy has reviewed the application and determined that the candidate meets the requirements of the position he or she is seeking, the candidate’s profile will be posted live on AMTA’s official election website, and your choice of using social media as a candidate can begin.

If you are interested in serving, please contact the Commission on Candidacy via email hidden; JavaScript is requiredAMTA staff liaison to the Commission on Candidacy.

The Commission on Candidacy and Commissioner of Elections welcomes your questions, comments, and ideas.

 

Chris Rider, Chair, Commissioner of Elections

Barb Lis, Chair, Commission on Candidacy

2012 COC Commissioners: Christopher Deery, Shari Mirgon, Lori Keith, Mary Donker-Syvertsen, and Julie Finn

Report: 2012 AMTA-NV Chapter State Convention: Traditionally Yours!

The Nevada chapter’s 2012 educational event and Annual General Meeting was held with its trademarked member meeting and continuing education opportunity again this year, but at a new venue for the Convention.

The Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas turned out to be a very good choice, according to some polled members, when it came to the site, room style, eats, and general feel for the purpose of a meeting and class.  The chapter was very happy to secure the venue in April and have Tuscany host the finer aspects of sleeping, eating (in the several restaurants), and attending in the conference area.

The day’s events started with a welcoming registration process (real easy!) including a Neighborhood seating style, some breakfast goodies and beverages, and some networking or just “howdayado”s around 8:30am, and a little after 9:00am the meeting started.

David Otto began the Annual General Meeting with some announcements and a brief introduction of the chapter President who took to the meeting agenda.  After introducing the game Let’s Play Monopoly! that members had played by email in the weeks approaching the Convention, Billie got into elections for Board of Director offices right away.  There was one Nomination for Chapter President – 1st Vice-President David Otto proceeded to be elected by the present membership to become the new President.  There were no other nominations for the remaining, available Nevada chapter Board positions.

The membership heard the 2013-2014 Chapter Budget presented by Treasurer Brad Enerson, who called for a vote to approve the proposed Budget.  It was approved.

Sally Hacking, the chapter’s Government Relations Consultant, made a live appearance by way of Skype and briefed the membership on the [recent and future] history of the amta nevada chapter’s activities and their renewed commitment to member information and professional support of massage therapy in Nevada.

During the meeting, Lisa Cooper, Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists, also spoke to the attendees about the happenings that the NSBMT is involved with and their goals for our profession in Nevada.

In between all these informational goings-on, we all played Let’s Play Monopoly! and gave away some great, sponsored prizes – check the minutes for the names of the members who won the other massage-related products or services from our 2012 Sponsors.  Yu Feng Chen won the Grand Prize provided by Massage Warehouse: a set of office equipment, including: massage table with bag, massage chair with bag, stool, and bolster!

Included in the meeting was the highly-anticipated National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork presentation about the upcoming (January 1, 2013) changes in their certification program – understanding the process of the new Board Certification was the target of the presentation…and how it differs from National Certification.  Philosophies, services, and paperwork were discussed surrounding the new certification process.  Please see the handouts for more information.

Furthermore, Billie Shea and Michelle Viesselman briefly re-introduced the Volunteer Cooperative program that is developing into a member benefit that places specialty-trained massage therapist members in clinical environments which can lead to employment and/or contract work.  Our members, in the future, may have the opportunity to learn medical/clinical modalities that can further their professional goals and help the community of massage clients for which the program is designed.

Recognition is a big part of why we have such a strong Board of Directors – these volunteers are members of the chapter that are dedicated to facilitating the informative and action-oriented goals and achievements in the past year, since the chapter’s last state convention.  Billie Shea was honored by her Board with a Certificate of Appreciation for her dedicated service, not just for the term she was completing, but for all the services, time, and expertise she has provided the chapter over the years in various, effective positions.  The rest of the Board was recognized for their outstanding service.  Kris Kelley was recognized for his volunteer work with beginning, developing, and maintaining the chapter’s Facebook group.

The attendees broke for lunch, and after an intense, packed Annual General Meeting, the break was welcomed!

Soon after lunch in Marilyn’s Café downstairs, the afternoon class attendees came back and more joined to hear the chapters’ own educators Billie Shea, Michelle Viesselman, and Brad Enerson give “Tips & Techniques from the Pros”.  Eight students spent a pleasant afternoon earning 4 CEHs from some experienced & talented instructors…and gave a few tips of their own!  The class was well-grounded in anatomical reference and the tools purveyed were techniques and approaches that can be used by the massage therapists in their practices.  Handout materials were distributed and at the end of the day, there were a lot of smiles.

The General Annual Meeting attendees were polled and agreed: Monday, June 3, 2013, has been heavily suggested as next year’s Convention date…and the venue?  We’re working on the Tuscany Suites & Casino Convention Center again!

We are looking for members who can and would like to spend some time either before the Convention to help plan & organize OR during the Convention to make things go smoothly for everyone.  Please email hidden; JavaScript is required – help us get started now!

Stay tuned for more announcements of sponsors, activities, and education opportunities – we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

For complete details of the Annual General Meeting, please review the June 4, 2012, Annual General Meeting Minutes.

Report by NV member David Otto
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AMTA National Officer Elections – Your Vote Counts!

Be among the professional members that shape our association. Vote for our national leaders. AMTA is the premier professional organization and 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, linked-in or twitter. Ask them questions or read what someone else asked. Find out what their vision and goals are for the future of AMTA and the massage profession.  If the candidate established any social media sites, you can access the information at the bottom of each candidate’s bio information page found on the AMTA official election website

Your voice counts in this organization. Make a decision to support one of our core values, ‘to be a membership driven organization’ and vote. That is what ‘member driven’ means. Join in, become a more informed voter 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 email hidden; JavaScript is required if you have questions.