You ARE the Integrative Manual Therapy Association. It will be through everyone’s combined energy, expertise and ideas that IMTA will thrive and move ahead. One of the best ways to contribute to IMTA and to the field of Integrative Manual Therapy at large is to serve on a committee.
You will get a very different sense of the association and its work through your experience on a committee. Being able to focus on a particular aspect of association work will offer you a chance to shape the direction of the association in that area. As a team member, you will get a unique opportunity to get to know your peers from across the country and, in some cases, from around the world. Committee participation is a great way to develop your leadership skills, share your ideas with others in the association, and expand your network of professional colleagues. Best of all, your efforts will benefit all of the other members of the association.
IMTA has several Standing Committees with additional Ad-hoc Committees added on an as-needed basis. Standing Committees are: Education, Ethics & Standards, Finance, Governance, History & Archives, Membership and Technology.
Committee work occurs throughout the year via e-mail, surface mail, fax, Discussion Groups, conference calls, and individual phone calls. While you are asked to attend four board meetings per year where more intense work will occur, attendance at the committee meetings is not required. Good ideas and valuable contributions are not limited by time and place.
To supervise the work of the Board Committee, delegate responsibilities to
accomplish its goals, and report findings to the Board
The job of a Committee Chair is to facilitate the work of the Committee by helping members stay focused on the issues, reach decisions and make recommendations. The Chair needs to work closely with associated Executive Committee member (See organizational Matrix), and should invite the CEO and Board President, as ex-officio Committee members, to attend all meetings. The Committee Chair calls meetings, sets the agenda, encourages member participation, and delegates responsibilities and tasks. The Committee Chair monitors progress on Committee goals and reports its final recommendations to the Board.
To act in the name of the Board when it is not in session, or to deal with emergencies that require immediate attention. The Executive Committee includes key Officers; President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
An Executive Committee is far more functional and adaptable to the changing issues that must be addressed external to the organization. This Committee includes the Officers of the organization. The Executive Committee strengthens the position of the Board President, and transacts routine business between meetings of the Board and acts in emergencies. All business transacted by the Executive Committee shall be reported to the Board at its next meeting.
The Executive Committee handles routine Board business when the Board is not in session. This saves time and allows the Board to concentrate on major issues, like long-range planning, policy-making and new funding. The Board is responsible for approving decisions made by the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee meets when an emergency needs to be dealt with immediately, and the Board cannot be convened. The Executive Committee also delegates responsibilities to the Board’s Standing Committees and monitors their work. The Board is liable for all actions taken by the Executive Committee and it should always keep the Board informed of its activities