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OK Proposed Standing Rule Online Elections!

The AMTA-OK chapter board will be presenting standing rule changes for membership approval at our upcoming annual membership meeting/Spring Education event:

Date: March 1-3, 2019

Time: Friday 5-9 pm, Sat and Sun 9am – 6pm

Location: University of Oklahoma

Address:  660 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019


Per National AMTA Bylaws, we will require a 2/3 vote to approve the changes provided below. Following is a synopsis of the changes proposed requiring member approval:

Delete the following sections 2 & 3:

The reason for deleting section 2 is because it is no longer applicable, and section 3 is covered in National bylaws and is not required in chapter standing rules.

Section 2.  Chapter Board Members and Appointed Positions

A.                  Individuals running for an elected office must be qualified by the Awards Committee.

Section 3.  Chapter Board Meetings

A.            The Chapter Board shall meet in person a minimum of two (2) times each year. One of these will be the Annual Chapter meeting.  All members of the Chapter Board are required to attend all meetings.


PROPOSED ADDED SECTION: This change proposes that the chapter move from conducting elections at our annual meeting to conducting online elections.  Online Elections would provide an opportunity for all AMTA Professional Members in Oklahoma to vote for elected chapter board positions and delegates electronically. Currently more than 50% of AMTA chapters are conducting their elections electronically, with an increase in voter participation.

Section 2. Elections


A.      The Oklahoma Chapter shall hold online elections in accordance with AMTA Bylaws and Policy.

Additional information will be provided at the meeting.  We hope you will attend and exercise your member right to vote on this standing rule.  If this passes, the chapter will conduct online elections in 2020. Please contact AMTA-OK Chapter President Tonya Sharp,  if you have any questions about the standing rule change.

Additional Information for the Annual Meeting and Spring Educational Event

Your participation is needed! Please read and FAMILIARIZE the post above. This will help our AMTA-OK Chapter work more effectively and efficiently in the future.

  1. We will be discussing the proposed changes (Above) at the next Board Meeting/Educational Event on Saturday March 2 during the Lunch Break. Only AMTA members are asked to attend the board meeting and vote on new proposals and new positions. Food will be provided for AMTA members for this meeting only.

  2. Keep your eyes and ears open, as we will be sending out a “Call to Action Newsletter”. We will be looking for resumes of members interested in formally volunteering for Board Positions, and one Delegate. This will also get posted on our Facebook Page as well as a few Oklahoma massage based Facebook pages.

  3. On Friday March 1st, AMTA-OK will hold a forum from 5 pm to 9 pm to introduce and welcome our guest teacher Doug Nelson LMT, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation. This is a free, meet and greet forum. Doug with discuss The Massage Therapy Foundation and their efforts of research in the massage therapy industry.

  4. Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT) classes offered by Doug Nelson LMT, will be held on March 2nd & 3rd from 9 am to 6 pm.

  5. Massage tables are required for the class and please bring sheets, lotion and a pair of shorts.

  6. Recap:

    Friday March 1, 2019-5 pm to 9 pm

    -Meet Doug Nelson, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation

    Cost is free of charge

    Saturday March 2, 2019-9 am to 6 pm

    -Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT) classes offered by Doug Nelson LMT

    -Lunch Break will hold important Annual Board Meeting. AMTA members are encouraged to attend and vote on new bylaws and positions. Food will be provided for AMTA members only.

    Sunday March 3, 2019-9 am to 6 pm

    -Second half of PNMT classes offered by Doug Nelson LMT

    -Lunch is on your own

    Cost of combined PNMT Saturday and Sunday classes is $100 for AMTA members and $125 for non-members

    To register for the AMTA-OK Spring Education Event click here.

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