AOTA’s EXECUTIVE BOARD met in Augusta on May 22 and had a productive meeting. See various committee reports in this issue of the newsletter or check on the website for posting of the minutes.
In this report I would like to highlight the role of the volunteer in this organization and describe various opportunities for becoming involved. There are a number of levels of involvement which match the member’s desired level of involvement. For example the therapist who has very limited time available could volunteer for an ad hoc committee which meets by email and has a specific task. For example, helping with silent auction at conference or meeting with the new ad hoc committee to develop a vision statement.
Terms for some of the committees expire in December and include Nominations and Recognitions. The terms for Members-at-Large on the Board expire in December and are filled by appointment by the president. Half of the board is replaced each year so there is continuity with experience on the board.
This is an election year and Georgia will vote for a new governor, which gives us the unique opportunity to provide the governor with our recommendations to fill the State Board of Occupational Therapy. Serving in this capacity takes dedication and time, but is a very satisfying way to contribute to the profession. Contact me for information about the State Board.
So, jump in and choose a volunteer experience that matches your skills. Contact Cheryl Boop, volunteer chair, fill out the volunteer form, and join in with others to keep GOTA as a strong professional association. If you need help we have a mentoring program. Have questions? Call me at 404-321-4191.