NC Chapter of AMTA Annual Meeting Rocks!

I spent the weekend in Cary NC at the NC Chapter of AMTA’s annual meeting. What a blast!

We have one of the best chapters in the organization, and I’m telling you, we know how to put on a great gathering. I taught a class in Using Research to Market Your Practice that was well-attended; I’m glad to see more therapists interested in that side of things. Research is going to propel our profession into the future, and it’s vital for us to recognize that. I also attended an awesome aromatherapy class presented by Cynthia Loving. I’m not the expert Cynthia is, but I’ve been using essential oils as my personal medicine chest for many years, and I always like to hear what others have to say about it. Cynthia had the best class I’ve ever attended on the subject, and I will be inviting her to teach at my own facility in 2011. I highly recommend her class and her line of aromatherapy products, Loving Scents. Her husband was running a booth in the exhibit hall and I stocked up before I left.

We had our annual business meeting and election of officers. Congratulations to Cynthia Rankin as being elected as President. It was a little bittersweet to me, because I think Ed Sansbury did a superior job during his tenure and I have a hard time imagining anyone doing any better, but I think Cynthia will do great…Ed will still be the Immediate Past President and be there to guide her along.

Ed is also a candidate for Member-at-Large in the national elections this year, and I urge everyone to vote for him. I’m not just saying that because Ed is from North Carolina. Ed is one of the hardest-working individuals I’ve ever met, and he will be a great asset to the national organization.  Not that he needed to enhance his status with me any, but Saturday night during our recognition ceremony, Ed called his wife up to the stage and acknowledged her contribution to his success. The old adage about “behind every great man….” could not be any truer with Ed and Becky. Hats off to her.

Nancy Porambo, who is a candidate for National VP, was also there teaching a class and I spent some time chatting with her. I am supporting Nancy for that office. Maureen Moon is Nancy’s opponent for that office, and while Maureen has a long history of service with AMTA, she has already served as National President, and personally, I think it’s time for Nancy to have her day in that office. I urge you to cast your vote for her.

We also enjoyed a dance after dinner, complete with a DJ from Belfast, NI who kept the tunes spinning. My husband Champ was a popular dance partner. I’m not that big on dancing myself–lots of times I’m up playing the music myself, so Champ likes to spread himself around and this time was no exception. He stayed after I went upstairs to go to bed and I heard he was dancing with three women at one time, which doesn’t surprise me one bit. Good thing I’m not the jealous type!

AMTA state chapters are great opportunities for continuing education, but the networking factor is the biggest thing to me. Meeting up with old friends, making new ones, sharing ideas and common problems, finding people you can do mutual referrals with…the whole thing is just a great boon to your practice and the profession on the whole, when people can come together and accomplish great things. Kudos to the organizers of our meeting, and I look forward to seeing you all in Hickory NC in April 2011. And BTW, we welcome non-members and people from other chapters to our meetings, so get off your duff and sign up for the next one!

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