2012 Annual Meeting and Education Event a Success

Published: May 15, 2012

Here are the highlights and you can view the slideshow here.

Over 200 members and students gathered at the Newton Marriott on May 6, 2012

We Skyped with the Massage Therapy Foundation Board of Trustees, and acknowledged their hard work with our 2012 Distinguished Service award and pledged our annual $10,000 donation. Ruth Werner and the Board recognized and thanked the Mass Chapter for all the support in the last year and want you to save the date for the Third International Research Conference that is taking place in Boston, April 2013.

The members in attendance approved the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and you also voted to keep the chapter member fee stable at $30. Farris Ajalat gave the Treasurer's report and we're in great shape with savings and spending. For those who missed the meeting the budget will be in your next newsletter.

Mary White (President) and Lisa Curran Parenteau (2nd Vice President) were reelected to their positions and Patty Jaworski was elected the new chapter Secretary. We elected 2 Delegates, Kate Peck and Kelly Dalbec, and one Alternate, Gail Dobinski, to represent us at the National Convention in October. Current Delegates Sr. Pat Dowler, Allissa Haines and Greg Hurd will serve the the final year of their two year term as Delegates.

Gail Dobinski received the Outstanding Volunteer of the year award and the Humanitarian Award went to Ed Conner. Retiring Board Members Jennie Pelletier and Richard Wedegartner were recognized for their service. Chapter Meritorious was awarded to Kelly Dalbec and Mary White honored Roxann Wedegartner with the Presidents Award.

Mary also spoke about the great benefits Mass Chapter members receive.

If you need help finding an affordable health care solution, we've got a special arrangement with the Health Services Administrators. Just email or call Neal at 781-228-2140 for a no-cost evaluation and help finding a plan that fits your needs and your budget.

Sometimes we need help looking over a legal documents, too. We've got a lawyer to help you out with just that. Contact Richard Wedegartner if you would like to be put in touch with the chapter attorney Scott Dunlap. Once you have been approved to see the Attorney the Mass Chapter pays the bill for you.

We also know how hard it can be to plan for your retirement, so we brought in a financial planner who can assist you in choosing the options that are best for you. We have partnered with Tailored Wealth Management who have waived the annual IRA fee and roll-over fees for our members. You can call them today to set up a free Complementary Retirement/Financial Planning Analysis and a Complimentary Second Opinion of Your Current Plan. Just call or email Angelo Angello at 617-658-1988

We hope you enjoyed meeting all the exhibitors and educators who joined us.

Compassionate Touch

ASAP Promotions

JustSwiss Herbal Products


Massage Envy Careers

Sacred Stones

Massage Therapy Foundation

Howard Photographers

Tailored Wealth Management

Pura Vida Essentials, LLC

Myriam Holistic Heath & Wellness

Cindy Popp-Hager, New England TRAGER Trainings & OAKWORKS Therapeutic Equipment

Don't forget to check out the website for education and meeting dates for the rest of the year. Be sure to take note of the Other Education & Volunteer Opportunities pages, too. We want to help you connect with other members throughout the state and represent the profession well!

Thanks all who took part in the Professional Headshots Fundraiser. We raised $425 for the Massage Therapy Foundation and 75 attendees got some great looking photographs to use in their professional materials!

The winners of the first annual Mass AMTA Student Scholarship 2012 was Sam Leahey from Branford Hall Career Institute in Springfield.The runner up was Isadora Castro from the Salter School in Tewksbury

Sam received $1000, including a graduate membership to the AMTA donated by the Mass Chapter AMTA.

Isadora received a total of $750 donated by Performance Health, Massage Warehouse & Massage Envy and a graduate membership from the National AMTA.

Both winners also received Grasshopper Massage Chairs that were generously donated by Massage Warehouse .

All who attended the 2012 KickStart left with amazing door prizes and benefited from the knowledge that they were given from the leaders in our profession.

Thank you to all who took part and we hope we see everyone next year!