Happy New Year!
First of all, as your new President and Editor I would like to say thank you to OKSSAMT members for their nomination and support in both of these new offices. It has been an honor to serve on the board and to continue to do so. The OKSSAMT family is a wonderful organization to belong too and for anyone wanting to be involved, or even just see what we do, it's very easy - just come to one of our next planned educational meetings! You can email us at OKSSAMT@ymail.com with any questions and we will be happy to give you more information about meetings and how to become involved. Also, be looking in your mailbox for the registration forms for our state meetings sent out every spring and fall.
Mark your calendars for AMT's next National Convention to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, July 9, 2017 thru July 13, 2017. Early bird registration ends May 1, 2017 so be sure to sign up. I can promise from personal experience you will have an amazing time meeting new friends and learning more about AMT as a whole and how things are done in our society on a National level. They truly care about their members and make strides every day to make better advancements in our organization. This year our very own Mary Burden has been awarded the Order of the Golden Microscope Award, and Melissa Smith has been awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award. The Sooner Scope was also awarded the Most Improved publication for our 2016 issues.
Every year OKSSAMT helps students with their certification exam fees for AMT through the Chris Christian Scholarship Fund. This year we will be honoring 13 new graduates. Helping students is one of the main goals we work toward and we thank everyone that has supported and continues to support this scholarship. If you would like to help honor our future graduates, you can mail your donation to the Chris Christian fund to OKSSAMT Treasurer Lynn Dunlap, 115 Gambel Rd. Elk City, OK 73644. We need good students who go on to be good techs.
Please take the time to make sure your address and email are up to date on the AMT website. We send out updates for OKSSAMT and our state meetings using the information registered to your profile and you could miss getting these notifications. We look forward to seeing you at our next state meeting, and hopefully at our National Convention.
Alicia Martin, MLT