By Becca Torns-Barker

Greetings Chapter Members! I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our October meeting, 10/21 in Shelton. I hope to have our greatest turnout yet! Come a little early for some great networking and ice-breaker activities. If you’ve ever wondered how things work with our lobbyist, this is the meeting for you! Our lobbyist is confirmed as a guest speaker at our October meeting. Learn about the magic behind the scenes!

2019 Connecticut Conference Preview
In addition to our lobbyist, we’ll be announcing our class lineup for the 2019  Connecticut Conference. Here’s a hint: Joe Muscolino, Laura Norman reflexology, and 2019 AMTA National President Chris Deery are all part of the lineup. We expect this lineup to sell quickly; you can even register the day of the October meeting!

Convention Wrap Up
We’ll also talk about what our delegation learned at National Convention. We had 3 volunteers attend the Chapter Volunteer Orientation Program (CVOP) and another 3 at the new Assembly of Delegates. Plus for the first year, we sent our Board of Directors (BOD) so they could receive training and be more effective chapter leaders.

Leadership Change
Speaking of chapter leaders, Jenn Fournier-Dubree, our Board Member 1, resigned her position due to personal issues. We thank her sincerely for all of her ideas and service, and we wish her the best. We hope to see her smiling face again when time allows. As a result, the BOD appointed a new Board Member 1. Please welcome Sue Passini to the BOD! Sue works for Tunxis and Asnuntuck Community Colleges and started the massage therapy program at Asnuntuck. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree and working on the creation of the first for-credit massage program in CT (which means if approved, students can receive an Associates Degree in Massage Therapy). Come to the October meeting to meet Sue and learn more.

Education Classes
Lastly, our Education Chair, Amy Waite, along with the BOD have been working diligently to line up classes that enhance you as a therapist and your business. We are evaluating the survey feedback and using local resources to bring you the best possible classes. If you have a class you’d love to see offered, please let Amy know at

In closing, it is such a pleasure to serve this chapter. We strive to always make data-backed decisions and always keep you, our members, in mind when paving the path for this chapter. We love to hear from you. Thank you for trusting us with the chapter.

Becca Torns-Barker