Winter 2020 AMTA IOWA Chapter Newsletter
WINTER 2020 AMTA IOWA Chapter Newsletter #amtaiowa #Iloveamtaiowa
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I have been working on getting things ready for spring convention. We are so very lucky to have James Waslaski come to Iowa to present this class. This has never been presented in Iowa before. They launched it last year at the World Massage
Festival. I am so excited to see everyone and learn with James! Please get those ( REGISTER FORMS ) filled out! We will be holding the convention March 21-22, 2020 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Cedar Rapids, IA.
I have also secured the location for the Fall convention which will be in Cedar Falls at the Holiday Inn & Suites Waterloo Convention Center. I am very excited to be in the Cedar Falls area. The center is absolutely amazing.
See you all in March 21 & 22, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Welcome to 2020 AMTA members, I hope you all are having a fantastic start to this new year. This year looks to be an exciting year with our National Convention in Arizona. Welcome to all of our new members which has now officially moved our chapter over 1,000 members. I would like to personally thank each of you that have gone to any of our events, including Lobby Day on February 4th in Des Moines at the capitol.
Serving as the AMTA-IA Chapter President these last 2 years has been an honor and I look forward to seeing you all at the spring convention in Cedar Rapids. Feel free to contact any of the board members if you would be interested in helping out at convention. We are always looking for individuals to not only help out at conventions but also to join our board and help lead our chapter.
When I look at the caliber of therapists that we have here in the state of Iowa, and the education both given and received, it becomes clear to see that our chapter and its members are one the the best in the country.
Mon, Jan 27, 1:46 PM (6 days ago)
to Jenna, me
Board Member 2/Education Chair Report:
I attended the Chapter Volunteer Orientation Program (CVOP) and Leadership Training at the National AMTA Convention in Indianapolis in 2019. In those trainings, we were given many ideas to infuse our chapter conventions, create networking opportunities, and provide a voice for our members. We had a 1) HUB overview of using the national website, 2) Servant Leadership seminar to understand how to be collaborative with various leadership styles, 3) Storytelling for AMTA to capture narratives of our members. We were also encouraged to build the AMTA community in our state. Some highlights included encouraging members to volunteer on the spot at the state conventions with tasks that need to be done for the convention to be successful. At our next conventions, we are looking for help to 1) set up registration table, 2) make swag bags, 3)check in members, 4) greet members at the door and help them find their way, 5) AMTA press person: gather narratives about why you are a member of the Iowa AMTA Chapter, and 6) be an AMTA Convention Photographer to catch people having fun at the convention and posting to social media with the #AMTAIOWA. 7) If you enjoy posting to social media like facebook, instagram and twitter, please speak with a board member to volunteer in that capacity.
In the trainings we were also urged to create more ways to network during our state convention. Some ideas were a Massage Mingle similar to speed dating; Find Your Sole Mate: meet someone new with a similar shoe and having a 5 minute conversation; DOTS: put colored dots on name tags at registration to encourage conversations during breaks and mealtimes within color groups. Capture narratives by having members fill out a paper with “My AMTA Story” that could be published in the newsletter or on social media is another way that we can meet our members and hear their stories. It is important to catch the stories of our newest members, so we can welcome them and hear their first impressions of our state and national gatherings.
SUGGESTION BOX: I will plan to have post it notes and a poster up at convention so our members can share their suggestions for our Iowa AMTA chapter for all to see.
As requested by the board, I will make copies of the professional AMTA publications for our next PR events such as Lobby Day at the Capital, Spring and Fall State Conventions, and Massage School Fairs. The copies I will print to have on hand are: 25 Reasons to Get A Massage, MT for Surgery, MT for Cancer Care, our Wallet Page of CE requirements, and some Massage Therapy Foundation Research pages. Our Legislative Chair said our lobbyist requested ways to look more professional at our PR events.
Thank you to President, Robert for handling our National Phone Number.
Well, the 2020 legislative session is in full swing now. Our lobbyist is hard at work for us at the Capitol. Keep an eye on your inbox as that is how I will be getting all the legislative information out to you. We are looking forward to our 3rd annual Lobby Day at the Capitol on February 4th. We know it will be a success! Check out the attached board meeting minutes for what we discussed at the quarterly meeting on the 25th. There is a good recap of our legislative agenda for this year. Please do reach out to me if you have any questions or comments. Thank you!
Government Relations Chair
On behalf of the American Massage Therapy Association’s Iowa Chapter, We would like to welcome you as a NEW member this quarter. Congratulations on choosing to join a select group of professionals who
have access to the massage industries most current and comprehensive resources, designed to keep you on the cutting edge.
You are part of AMTA’s unique network of thriving chapters. Your Iowa chapter offers various opportunities for you to connect on a local level with other massage therapist, and we contribute financially on your behalf to legislative efforts on the national level. We would love for you to join us on Lobby day at the capitol if you are able, ask Rachel Brown for more details or visit out web page.
As a chapter, we hope to be able to bring in the kind of continuing education classes that you will be excited to add toy your practice. Please consider joining us at our spring and fall state wide conventions.
Please remember that you can check out our website for the AMTA Iowa Chapter at ia.wp.amtamassage.org for any information, and event updates as well as our contact information. You can also email any questions at email@example.com
~ Please find us on Facebook and like our page! AMTA Iowa Chapter
~ Instagram – amtaiowa
You can also contact the AMTA National Member Service Desk directly toll free at – 1-877-905-2700 with any questions about your membership and benefits. They are also available on the web. www.amtamassage.org and firstname.lastname@example.org
We all look forward to meeting you in person so please try to attend all of our events year round in
different locations throughout the state. As a NEW member, the AMTA Iowa Chapter would like to give
both a welcome gift and a $50.00 credit towards your registration for the Iowa Chapter convention
spring or fall, to all of the new member names listed below. Please send me a direct email if you would
like to receive either one or both of the AMTA Iowa Chapter gifts. You may receive either or both within
a year of the date on this newsletter. We hope to see you soon!
Dennis Daugherty Tedra Jorgensen Jessica Graham Janet Hoegh Ashley Brandt Irving Pulido
Renne Minscer Elizabeth James Codi Beier Jake Green Laura Papenfuss Jennifer Bane
Shilo Lemmon Krista Fellman Elizabeth Gant Azza Malik Staci Quick Lisa Danielson Travis Olson
Denise Spindler Lorice Amlin Chanel Leader Steve Bryce Theresa Hatch Savannah Ashby
Stephanie Gonnerman Christi Smith Pamela Backstrom Natalie Parsley Tristian Graham Lilia Torres
Melissa Kruse Nathan Oldenkamp Annette Grau Nancy Phiv Gerorgia Gruenler Rosemary Gonzalez
Mackenzie Anderson Ashley Jochim Skielar Bennett Serena Williams Isaac O’Neal
Tiffiany Wheeldon Natalie Nease Jennifer Patino Beth Titus Andrea Tedder Timothy Williams
Natalie Wheeler Megan Tyler Alli O’Neill Serena Baumann Jeanna Van Unen Danielle Grieff
Sandy March Cory Wittman Leslie Brownfield Sierra Bulawa Patricia Bisbee Teonna Taylor
10 Ways to Volunteer at Spring Convention
by Karen Sindelar, Board Member 2, Education Chair
I attended the Chapter Volunteer Orientation Program (CVOP) and Leadership Training at the National AMTA Convention in Indianapolis in 2019. In those trainings, we were given many ideas to infuse our chapter conventions, create networking opportunities, and provide a voice for our members. We had a 1) HUB overview of using the national website, 2) Servant Leadership seminar to understand how to be collaborative with various leadership styles, 3)Storytelling for AMTA to capture narratives of our members.
We were also encouraged to build the AMTA community in our state.
Some highlights included encouraging members to volunteer on the spot at the state conventions with tasks that need to be done for the convention to be successful.
At our next convention, we are looking for help to:
1) set up registration table,
2) make swag bags,
3) check in members,
4) greet members at the door and help them find their way,
5) be an AMTA press person: gather narratives about why you are a member of the Iowa AMTA Chapter,
6) be an AMTA Convention Photographer to catch people having fun at the convention and posting to social media with the #AMTAIOWA.
7) be a Social Media Guru: If you enjoy posting to social media like facebook, instagram and twitter, please speak with a board member to volunteer in that capacity.
8) Write “My AMTA Story” to be posted at convention and maybe shared electronically.
9) Contribute to the “Suggestions for Iowa AMTA” poster
10) Network to meet new colleagues, (learn how to make a digital business card on Friday night)
The Iowa AMTA board is like a second family to me. I hope that you will volunteer as you are able and join this extended family of supportive massage therapists to continue to grow this AMTA Iowa family tree.
Winter Newsletter Report – Awards Chair – January, 2020
Just a quick note to say THANK YOU to the following people that volunteered their services on
November 11, 2019 at” The Centre” in Waverly, for our Veterans Appreciation Day Event:
Sandra Black, Pam Burnikel, Kathy Lutz, Bill McArtor, and Sheila Rosengarten. Thank you So Much !!!
Looking forward to seeing all of our members at the Spring Convention in Cedar Rapods!!
AMTA Iowa Chapter Awards Chair
ATTENTION: STUDENTS AND NEW GRADUATES…
JUDY ROBUCK GIFT
THIS GIFT WILL BE AWARDED ANNUALY FOR PARTICIPATION AT THE SPRING CONVENTION (MARCH). THIS GIFT WILL COVER THE COST OF REGISTRATION. ALL OTHER COSTS WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARTICIPANT. APPLICANTS MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE AMTA IOWA CHAPTER IN GOOD STANDING AND HAVE GRADUATED FROM AN AMTA SCHOOL MEMBER, LOCATED IN THE STATE OF IOWA, WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF SPRING CONVENTION OR BE A CURRENT STUDENT AT AN AMTA SCHOOL MEMBER PROGRAM.
APPLICANTS WILL BE QUALIFIED THROUGH MEMBERSHIP REPORTS RECEIVED FROM THE AMTA NATIONAL OFFICE. THIS QUALIFICATION WILL INCLUDE CURRENT, ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP WITH THE AMTA IOWA CHAPTER (AT THE TIME OF APPLYING FOR THE GIFT AND AT THE TIME OF CONVENTION) AS WELL AS VERIFICATION THAT THE APPLICANT ATTENDED OR IS CURRENTLY ATTENDING A SCHOOL WHICH IS AN AMTA SCHOOL MEMBER LOCATED WITHIN
THE STATE OF IOWA. ADDITIONALLY, APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF GRADUATION, INCLUDING THEIR NAME AND DATE OF GRADUATION, IN THE FORM OF A COPY OF THEIR DIPLOMA. IF THE APPLICANT IS A CURRENT STUDENT, A LETTER FROM THE SCHOOL’S ADMINISTRATION MUST BE INCLUDED TO VERIFY THEIR CURRENT STATUS AS A STUDENT.
THE JUDY ROBUCK GIFT WILL BE AWARDED BASED UPON A WRITTEN REQUEST (NOT TO EXCEED 500 WORDS) OUTLINING WHY THE APPLICANT SHOULD BE CHOSEN. SPECIAL CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS OUTLING FINACIAL NEEDS. THE BOARD MEMBERS WHICH WILL DETERMINE THE AWARD CONSIST OF THE CHAPTER PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR AND EDUCATION CHAIR.
APPLICANTS WILL SEND THEIR ENTRY FOR THE JUDY ROCK GIFT TO THE AMTA IOWA CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP CHAIR. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR NO LATER THAN 45 DAYS PRIOR TO THE SPRING CONVENTION DATE. THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR WILL THEN SHARE THE ENTRIES WITH THE CHAPTER PRESIDENT AND EDUCATION CHAIR AND A DECISION WILL BE MADE NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE CONVENTION DATE. THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR WILL NOTIFY THE RECIPIANT AND THE OTHER APPLICANTS OF THEIR STATUS REGARDING THE GIFT. SHOULD THERE BE NO APPLICANTS FOR THIS AWARD IN GIVEN YEAR THEN THERE WILL BE NO JUDY ROBUCK GIFT GIVEN THAT YEAR. THE GIFT WILL THEN RESUME THE FOLLOWING YEAR (SPRING CONVENTION) AS OUTLINED ABOVE.
This Spring convention in March we would like to honor Chandal Geerdes as the recipient of the 2020 Judy Robuck Gift. I hope that many will join in celebrating her accomplishments and help welcome her to the Massage profession.
I would also like to take a quick moment to honor a few more for achieving a very honorable milestone in the massage profession. The following therapists are celebrating their 25 years with AMTA! If you know or see these faces please extend a warm congratulations and help honor them.
Nancy Hoffman / Dena Jackson / Sharon Kelch / Joan Knockel / Linda Reicks
Delegate Report: 2019 AOD Report_FINAL (2)
Spring 2020 AMTA Iowa Chapter Convention Brochure : Spring 2020 Brochure (1)
CLICK THE LINK : ( REGISTER HERE )
Calendar of Events
March 21-22 2020
AMTA IOWA Spring Convention
Double Tree by Hilton
350 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Aug 27-29 2020
AMTA National Convention Phoenix, AZ
Sept 26-27 2020
AMTA IOWA Fall Convention
Holiday Inn & Suites Cedar Falls-Waterloo Event Ctr
7400 Hudson Road
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
March 20-21 2021
AMTA IOWA Spring 2021 Convention
1 Prairie Meadows Drive
Altoona, IA 50009
1 (800) 325-9015
Aug 26-28 2021 AMTA National Convention
Aug 22-27 2022 AMTA National Convention
Click the link below for Ralph Stephens NRT class on April 4th, 2020