“CHANGE” “CHANGE” “CHANGE”
Since change seemed to be the central theme of the 2011 AMT Nat’l Convention, I will try to enlighten the Central District on what appears to be ahead of us. We opened the week by welcoming our colleagues from the Caribbean area (CASMET). This was a joint convention with them. At last count the attendance for the convention was 615. There were over 75 first timers this year.
From the standpoint of Award Winners, Central District garnished our usual share. I would like to acknowledge 2 major award winners. The MOM, which is the highest award given to RMA’s went to Deborah Westervelt of Missouri. The President’s award went to Alberta Smith also from Missouri. There were many more and they will be highlighted in the next AMT Events along with pictures of the winners.
There is now an AMT cook book with recipes from all over the USA and some foreign countries from AMT members. This is available for purchase. See AMT website for details. Speaking of our AMT website, please refer to the June 2011 edition of AMT Events for a detailed listing of the changes and how to access AMT on line. These can be read in detail on page 79.
As mentioned in earlier D/C messages, AMT is trying some new approaches to the Nat’l Convention. Beginning in 2012 in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday will be eliminated and events usually taking place on Sat. will be moved to other days during the week. They will eliminate the social event on Friday evening. The dates of the 2012 convention are July 9-14 at the Hyatt Regency on the River Walk.
The Magnolia Treasures Conference will be held Feb. 17-18 2012 at the Embassy suites hotel in Montgomery, Ala. The program will be available for viewing on the AMT website sometime in early fall. You will receive an e-mail blast notifying of this. We will be offering about 15 CEU’s for the two days.
I am very proud of Central District, and I look forward to visiting with all of you sometime in the near future. Remember if you need anything I am only a phone call or e-mail away.
Randy Swopes MT (AMT)
Central District Councilor