AOTA's Annual Business Meeting
On the afternoon of Saturday, April 27, AOTA conducted its Annual Business Meeting during the association’s annual conference in San Diego. The meeting included some notably highlights from various leaders in the Association.
AOTA Treasurer Ben Herz, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, reported on the financial status of the association. During fiscal year (FY) 2012, which ran from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, the association’s assets increased by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. This marks the third year in a row where the association’s assets increased. AOTA’s total assets were valued at $3.3 million, the highest in 13 years.
Representative Assembly Speaker Yvonne Randall reported on the actions of the RA at the conference, which took place on Thursday, April 25. The Assembly voted on 11 items and adopted or rescinded 8 documents. The RA passed an amended version of Motion 1, which will revise the criteria for the Cordelia Myers Writer’s Award and rename it the Cordelia Myers AJOT Best Article Award. Reps also passed an amended version of Motion 2, which will establish an ad hoc committee to study occupational therapy assistant education.
The RA also adopted a new process for submitting motions to the assembly, as developed by the body’s Agenda Committee, to be rolled out this summer. Francie Baxter was voted the RA’s new Speaker.
Executive Director Fred Somers shared that the conference was on track to be the second most well-attended conference in AOTA history, with registrations for attendees and exhibitors at 7353 as of that morning.
Membership increased 3.85% in FY2012 to 43,592, the 8th straight year of growth in membership and the highest in 12 years, Somers reported. Since the beginning of FY2013 last July, membership has increased another 9%, to 47,415.
Somers announced several new endeavors of the association as well, including a redesign of the AOTA website to be launched in June, and a new collaboration with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for an exam prep course to be made available in the fall that will be the only course available using previous exam questions.
AOTA Learn, a new center for professional development, launched in Dec. 2012, with 84 courses now available and 9000 users. AOTA PERFORM, a new national outcomes reporting system and database developed in conjunction with Cedaron Medical, launched in January. Somers also listed a number of new evidence-based resources the association has made available to members, and reported on AOTA’s public awareness initiatives including paid advertising, exhibiting at professional conferences and media coverage of occupational therapy.