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AMTA Massage Therapy Tour
BY:Bary W Terry ON:
The AMTA Missouri Chapter just found out that the AMTA Massage Therapy Tour is going to be stopping in St. Louis and Overland Park, KS in June! The Tour will be in Overland Park, KS (near Kansas City) June 14-15th for the 24th Jazz in the Woods and in St. Louis, MO on June 17th for St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Game. 
For an updated tour schedule please visit the link . Stay tuned for additional details!

CSMT Event
BY:Bary W Terry ON:
The Community Service Massage Team provided chair massage at the State Capitol today while serving as a part of Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Next time you see Dee Featherstone, Donna Abney, Maureen Hoock, and Sheri Rohrbach, please thank them for providing 53 chair massages and representing your AMTA Missouri Chapter at this important event.
Would you like to join us at our next event? If so, call Sheri Rohrbach at 573-375-3639.

Election Update
BY:Bary W Terry ON: 03/24/2013
This past weekend was the Annual Spring Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. We had a slate of officers that were running for the board of directors. The positions and members that were elected were as follows:

  • 1st Vice President (2 year Term): Meredith Kusmer
  • 3rd Vice President (2 year Term): Bary Terry
  • Secretary (1 year term): Donna Abney
  • Treasurer (2 year term): Janene Sun
  • Member-at-Large (1 year term):  Charlene Vinson
  • Delegate (2 year term): Donna Abney
  • Delegate (2 year term):  Dee Featherstone
  • Alternate Delegate(s):
  • 1st  Denny Klosterman
  • 2nd Kim White
  • 3rd Meredith Kusmer
  • 4th Leslie Kiernan

Again, thank you to everyone that faced the weather and came to the shortened convention. 

AMTA Missouri 54th Annual Meeting and Convention
BY:Meredith Kusmer LMT ON: March 22-24, 2013
Please Join us for our 54th Annual Spring Convention to be held at the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. March 22-24, 2013. You have your choice of classes for a total of 12 CEU's each. Carrie Fisher, BS, LMT from the Upledger Institute will be teaching CranioSacral Therapy: The Role in Treating Low Back Dysfunctions 12 CEU's.  Or choose Kelly Lott teaching: Cold Stone Therapy for Migraine Headaches 6 CEU's and Kirk Nelson, CPNMT will be teaching Interacting with Professionals as a Professional in an Ethical Manner and Drawing a Line 3 CEU's and Strategies to Create and Manage Ethical Boundaries 3 CE Hours, (fulfills Standard V requirement of the NCBTMB). We hope you will join us for our Annual meeting and Elections, Saturday, at 11:45 a.m. Lunch is included in the convention price. If you are interested in attending the meeting and having lunch but you are unable to attend the convention, please contact Meredith Kusmer at,. If you are interested in running for a Board of Directors position (BOD), please contact Leslie Kiernan at The group room rate at the Holiday Inn is  $99.00 per night. Be sure to mention you are with the AMTA Missouri Chapter in order to receive this rate. The CUT OFF date to get this rate is March 8, 2013. Click the Registration Button to Register. Please Contact Meredith Kusmer for any questions about the Convention and or Registration at or 314-409-4867.

Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza
One E. 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 6411
PH: 816-753-7400

AMTA National Election Results
BY:Bary Terry ON: 12/12/12

We want you to know the results of AMTA's 2012 national election, conducted electronically among our Professional members. Nancy Porambo of Pennsylvania was voted President-Elect. She will serve in that position from March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014 when she will assume the position of President. On March 1, 2013 current President-Elect, Winona Bontrager of Pennsylvania, will become AMTA President.

Nathan Nordstrom of Georgia was elected as a Vice President and will serve a two-year term beginning March 1, 2013. Three Members-at-Large of the Board of Directors also were elected: Christopher Deery (PA), S. Pualani Gillespie (HI) and Maureen Hoock (MO).

Pat Collins (NY) and Barbara Ann Lis (IN) were elected to the Commission on Candidacy and will coordinate the candidate search for the 2013 national AMTA election.

Read the statement from the Commissioner of Elections and the report on election results. (Login to view the report)

Thank you for electing these new national volunteers to help lead the association!

House of Delegates Update
BY:Bary W. Terry ON: October 8, 2012
Thank you to the Missouri Chapter Delegates attendng the AMTA House of Delegates Business Meeting on October 4th, to help pass the following Position Statements and Recommendations. Also, a big thank you to you the members for voicing opinions on the Statements and Recommendations. The Position Statements that passed were: 
1)It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage th
erapy can be effective in reducing low back pain.
2)It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can help improve sleep.
3)It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can be a beneficial part of an integrative treatment plan for those who suffer with fibromyalgia syndrome. 
The Recommendations that passed the HOD for National Board of Directors consideration were the Resolution of the Delegate Service, and that Chapters may be reimbursed by National for school visits. The National Board of Directors still have to discuss and vote on the Recommendations that Passed the HOD.

Your Vote Counts! AMTA 2012 National Election
BY:Bary Terry ON: 9-20-2012
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, LinkedIn or Twitter. 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. 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.

2012 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 if
you have questions.

Suspension of Mo Sports Massage Team
BY:Janene Sun ON: 9-20-2012
The AMTA MO Chapter has decided to suspend activities of the MO Sports Massage Team. We will review this decision annually.

National Massage Therapy Awareness Week
BY:Bary Terry ON: 9-20-2012

The Charity Division of the Community Service Massage Team will be providing massage for Red Cross employees and volunteers during National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. On Oct. 18th (12-4) and Oct. 19th (9-1), we will be at FEMA headquarters in Jeff City. In St. Louis, we will be at Red Cross headquarters on Oct. 23rd (9-1) and Oct. 24th (12-4). Also, we will be in Springfield on Oct. 22nd (8-11) and Oct. 24th (1-4). The dates and times for Kansas City and  Columbia have not been set yet but will be shortly. If you can volunteer, please contact myself, Bary Terry at or 870-204-2171. 

Volunteer Opportunity
BY:Maureen Hoock ON: 5/21/2012
The MO Chapter Community Service Massage Team (CSMT)
Charity Division will be providing massage for the MS Challenge
Walk, June 1-3, 2012 in St. Louis. Volunteers are needed (with
massage tables) for the following shifts: Sat and Sun, June 1-2:
10:30-1:30 (lunch site), 2-5 and 5-8pm (Washington University)
and Sunday, June 3: 9-12 and 3-4 (Wash U) and 2-3 (lunch site).
Volunteers need to be AMTA members, but because this is a
charity division event, CSMT training is not required. Please
contact Bary Terry ( or 870-204-2171)
to sign up or for more information.

CSMT Emergency Division Update
BY:Moda-Pop ON: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Due to a slowing of the volunteer response in Branson, AmeriCorps suggest we end our response there. Some AmeriCorp volunteers are headed to northwest MO (St. Joe area) to direct cleanup from flooding. That's where we may be headed next- we will know more early next week. The storm season is upon us. Please consider joining us for a CSMT Emergency Division responder training on Friday, March 30 from 1:30- 4pm, before the opening of the AMTA MO Chapter convention!

MO Chapter Elects New Chapter Leaders
BY:Moda-Pop ON: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The AMTA MO Chapter held its State Convention and Annual Chapter Meeting at the Sheraton Westport this past weekend. Leslie Kiernan, who until this past weekend served as 1st VP, was elected Chapter President.