The 2019 Conference has come and gone and we are already at work on the 2020 event, which will be our 5th Annual CT Chapter Conference, April 2nd-5th at the same location. Save the date!

Now back to 2019, this years Conference was very busy from start to finish, it was our best attended conference so far! We had over 200 participants, awe-inspiring educators and a very active exhibit floor. We also added new activities like an awards recognition pizza party, for our wonderful volunteers and our brand new Presenter Pop-Up, which was a big hit as well. So many things were going on throughout the conference this year, that there was something for everyone! The four day conference went by like, the blink of an eye.  Like I said we had a lot happening, the education made us think and expand our minds and it gave us new tools and techniques that we could use right away in our practices. The Presenter Pop-Up gave us extra time to talk with the educators so they were able to answer our questions on how we could further our education if we wanted or see what else they offered as educators. The exhibit floor was again very active this year, with returning and new Exhibitors.

This year’s Photo Booth was a lot of fun, lots of laughs and good times with our friends and colleagues. Look for the pictures at the next Chapter meeting. We had an awesome event that happened on Friday evening, an Awards Reception to recognize our many wonderful volunteers, for all that they do. Thanks for being a CT Chapter Volunteer you really do make a difference and it shows!

The Silent Auction for Massage Therapy Foundation was another success we should all be proud of. Did you know that over the past four we have raised over $5,000 for the MTF with this Auction. Thank you to all that participated to help the MTF.

A special thanks to our team of Educators, Exhibitors and Sponsors, without these key people and businesses we wouldn’t be able to have a successful conference. Thank you to them for providing us with our continuing education hours and the products/tools needed for our profession. It is greatly appreciated.

Most importantly, I would like to take a moment and THANK all the volunteers that went above and beyond to make this such a successful conference! Without you, we couldn’t have done what we did. Every year our conference continues to grow and it has become a great place to meet our friends and collages from all over the state, as well as some of the chapter leaders and members from the surrounding states.

Just an added recap, did you know? Over the last 4 years we have provided 225 hours of continuing education. We have had over 622 attendees and over 60 exhibitors, many of which were returning exhibitors as well. We have also raised approximately $5,369 for the Massage Therapy Foundation … Great Job!!!

If you haven’t attended an AMTA-CT Conference that’s ok, no worries, because the 2020 Conference is coming up and the time is now, we will be having another great lineup of educators and exhibitors. We already have contracts signed with Doug Nelson (current President of MTF), Cupping Canada Cupping Certification Program and Lymph Balancing from the D’Ambrogio Institute.  We are currently working on completing the final slate of educators. The registration for next year will start in November 2019.  Remember to register early to get the classes you would like so you don’t miss out for 2020. Watch the website and the newsletter for updates join us at the chapter meetings for the most current info and remember classes do fill fast so register early and bring a friend. We would love to see you there!

Sue Barrett
Conference Chair