Our massage community has many opportunities to connect.Convention is one of the largest of these occasions that benefits many lives and continues giving back to all.
This last October, I experienced the best National Convention ever for so many reasons. Because it was close to home in Portland, this allowed us Washingtonians to drive with fewer limitations, especially luggage. It was fun to take my 20 year collection of Chapter pins that will never get to go on a plane ride. My teacher Patty Kruschke is the National teacher of the year Award recipient. Our Chapter had some first time National convention attendees including Annie LaCroix, Secretary, Dana Oenning, Convention Chair and Trevor Griffith, Membership Chair. AMTA-WA received the highest Five Hands of Excellence award again this year as well as our fourth National Sports Massage Team Award. All of the above and the friendly care giving community of Massage Therapist from all over, old friends and new make this an extra special gathering.
The last day of convention, Dave suggested I fill out the drawing registration for the Pivotal Health Solutions drawing for their amazing 7,000 prize. With so much activity at Convention this was not on my radar. Thanks to Dave, I did fill it out quickly and asked him to drop it by the exhibit. I used my office phone number instead of my cell for my contact. Not being present for the drawing, having lunch with Tianne and a couple other members in our Hotel room 5 blocks away from the Convention Center. We got a call from Dana who just won the drawing for next years convention in Raleigh NC. During our room celebration of Dana's win, I received another phone call from Teri Sura, Sales Manager from Custom Craftworks. I don't believe it , how she get my cell #? This is where the real fun begins. We all rush over to the Exhibit Hall, while I receive many more calls and texts and meet friends in route that witnessed my name being drawn from the bucket. I begin to believe, with so many of my community who had my cell number sharing my exhilarating win.
The fun continues as we call MIA Dave to announce the big win. Being very hard to convince, we had to take the phone back to Teri at the booth. He accused her of being part of a scam until he saw the facebook picture on his I pad.
What a great community we are part of. I wish all of you the best of luck at our State Convention in Tacoma this year where Pivotal Health Solutions is providing another big item prize. You all know I sell the most winning tickets. I'm Looking forward to seeing all my community in April. I'll have your winning raffle ticket ready.
Patricia L. Phillips, LMP
Get In Touch Clinic, Renton, WA