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As of January 1, 2014, you have control of what you contribute to your chapter. 
Each member has the option to provide direct financial support to their chapter, at any time, in any amount. The automatic, set chapter fee is no longer a requirement 
of national AMTA membership.

YOU now have the opportunity to invest in and support your New Jersey Chapter at a level that is appropriate for you. Please consider a donation today if you have not yet made one so that we can continue to provide you with the best possible benefits.
NJ Board of Directors
Earline Fair-Edwards
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Angie Wilkinson
Board Member
Dr. Dorethea Atkins
Kelly  Skellinger
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Let us welcome in the new year by stepping into the spectacular! 
In this edition of our newsletter, we will highlight which projects we've been diligently working on and completed as a chapter and which projects we have in the works for 2019. As a board, we have asked ourselves countless times - How can we better support and engage our members? Our work leading into the new year aims to answer this question.
I believe we have one of the best chapters in the association. When I recently attended the AMTA National Presidents Council Meeting, our NJ AMTA Chapter was recognized as one of the most active chapters in the nation. There are several chapters in our association who are struggling with limited resources. Our membership is so eager to volunteer and to assist when necessary. We are truly blessed. 
We encourage you to attend our NJ AMTA State Annual Meeting and Spring Retreat 2019 this year to learn more about how we plan to better engage our members. We need to start thinking outside of the box instead of going around it. We need your help to do so.
Last year, our NJ AMTA Chapter supported the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) with a donation for research and giving back to the community. By donating to the cause, we received an honorary award from the MTF at the 2018 AMTA National Convention. We could not have done this without you. We have sent volunteers to CVOP year after year compliments of our chapter. Our chapter has supported the Girl Scouts of America by donating their time to doctors and nurses who often cannot take the time to care for themselves with much needed massage. Again, we could not have done this without you. 
Our Community Service Massage Team (CSMT) also gave of their time to First Responders and Brain Association members recently. One of our CSMT volunteers who gave of his time during these events was Jeff Swann, who recently passed away. Jeff drove two hours to get to the Brain Association event. He never complained once. We will feature Jeff Swann in a feature article in the next newsletter. Jeff loved this chapter. He told me so. We loved him back and miss him dearly.
The chapter also regrets the recent passing of Patricia Golden.  Patricia was a dedicated and skilled member of our chapter.  We will  feature Patricia in another issue of the newsletter.
I would like to take this time to extend a special thank you to Marty Fitzgerald for holding down the forth for the Sports Team and for doing an excellent job until Bruce Spicer gets back to his team to continue the good work he has already started. Our Sports Team has volunteered for numerous events and received numerous awards. We are so grateful for their contributions.
Our Government Relations Chair Cynthia Sinicropi-Philibosian and her team continue to work tirelessly to get much needed legislation passed in our state which will grant massage therapists and receivers of massage therapy greater protection and safety. Cynthia and her team and other NJ AMTA Chapter members represented our chapter at The New Jersey League of Municipalities, in Atlantic City, late last year. This was a great networking and education-sharing opportunity, and an opportunity to share our mission with various companies, cities, and state officials. 
Cynthia and her team educated those who frequented our booth about the importance of massage legislation and the work we continue to support and drive forward in state government to support bills that protect the greater NJ community and our therapists. Our booth was one of the busiest in the center. 
We honor each of our members who dedicated their time to our mission last year and those who continue or step up to dedicate their time to our mission in 2019. Continue to help us to help you. We are here to serve our membership. Engage us. Educate us. Serve with us. 
Wishing you all a healthy, prosperous, and abundant 2019

Massage Therapy Foundation Fundraiser - 

May 4, 2019

This year, our NJ AMTA Chapter is organizing a fun festival to celebrate the art and science of massage therapy - while raising money for the national Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF)! This Foundation is committed to advancing massage practice, science and education by providing grants for research, community service and so much more. 

The event will take place the evening of  May 4th, alongside our Spring Retreat, and details will be announced later. Family, friends, and clients are all invited! This will truly be an event to remember.

If you're interested in being a part of this Event Planning Committee (1-2 hrs/month commitment), please e-mail
Spring Retreat 2019 - May 3-5th, 2019
Mark your  calendars -   May 3-5th, 2019 is our Spring Retreat 2019! You won't want to miss this! The Spring Retreat 2019 aims to uniquely infuse self-care, education, and networking opportunities into one long weekend designed specifically with you in mind.

On Friday May 3rd from 6-9PM, the NJ AMTA Chapter Board will be hosting a mini yoga and meditation retreat for Spring Retreat attendees. Light snacks will be served. The mini retreat  will be presented by Tina Oetero, of Inspirational Retreats. Please contact Angie Wilkinson at if you plan on attending this mini retreat, as we require an accurate headcount prior to the event. Please bring a yoga mat for the yoga portion.  This mini retreat is a free event included with your registration!

Then join us on  Saturday  May 4th, and Sunday, May 5th, as our presenter/educator Joe Muscolino provides 16 Continuing Education Credits  ( CE's) to those who attend and complete his Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy  (COMT) of the Neck course.  Day one will begin with orthopedic assessment for the common neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the neck, covering body mechanics for deep pressure, working the neck in supine, prone, side-lying and seated positions. Day two covers stretching and Arthrofascial Stretching (AFS) Soft Tissue Joint Mobilization techniques, as well as basic stretching for the muscle groups of the neck and how to target each specific neck muscle with multiplane stretching.   

We are so honored to host Joe Muscolino at this year's chapter education event!

Onsite registration for the Spring Retreat 2019 will take place at 7:15AM on May 4th and 5th.  Class sessions will start at 8AM promptly and end at 5PM. Massage tables are required and attendees are asked to please dress comfortably. 

Please register ASAP for the Spring Retreat 2019 by clicking this link: []. Registration will fill up quickly. 

The education course costs $295.00 and will include a complimentary buffet lunch for both Saturday and Sunday. You must be present both Saturday and Sunday to receive the full CE's. Lunch will be served from 12 noon - 1PM. 

Our NJ AMTA Chapter Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 5th during the lunch hour. We encourage your attendance at this meeting. It is a great way to meet the NJ AMTA Chapter Board members and volunteers, and to learn about the ongoing work your NJ AMTA Chapter is doing and the ways  you  can assist us with the AMTA mission. 
Our Spring Retreat 2019 will be held at the Radisson Hotel, located at 21 Knightsbridge Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854. The phone number to reserve a room is 732-980-0400. The room rate is $115 with breakfast included, plus tax and an 8% hotel occupancy tax. Please call the hotel to reserve your room.
Thank you, 
Angie Wilkinson, LMT-NJ, BCTMB
Board Member/Event Planner
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