Dear AAAOM Member,
Happy New Year!
Let’s pause to consider the significance of celebrating the end of a 12-month cycle and the beginning of a new one. As I take my 2013 calendar off the wall and tack up one for 2014, I am reminded that these yearly cycles bring with them the opportunity to reflect upon and set new goals and move towards realizing the vision of what we now only imagine. It allows us to take time out to think about who, how or what we want to be. Saying "Happy New Year” is an easy way to remind ourselves and each other that together that we can create something new from all that is possible — starting right now.
2013 brought several challenges for the AAAOM. We have emerged with important lessons learned and a deeper understanding of our purpose, function and role as the national AOM membership organization. We have reaffirmed our ongoing collaboration with organizational partners, including the NCCAOM, CCAOM, ACAOM and many of the state membership organizations to ensure we continue making forward progress for our profession. Above all, we have been reminded of the importance to nurture our community of practitioners who are deeply devoted to this ancient medicine. We may each have different ideas about how we bring this medicine to people in need, but experience has shown that we can accomplish so much more together than as fractions of the whole.
This year we will increase our efforts to stay in touch with you about the issues affecting practitioners and the way in which we communicate the benefits of AOM to the public. We also look to our state organizations to define and implement ways in which we can collaborate to inspire more practitioners to join our efforts to advance the profession and identify ways in which we can more effectively work together. The way in which we join together to express our energy and our dedication to our profession will determine our success this year and in future years.
As you know, the AAAOM is run almost entirely by volunteers who gift their expertise, time and attention to the profession in addition to balancing their work and family obligations. The AAAOM depends on the support of the community. We thank each of you for your continued financial support as AAAOM members and we extend a warm invitation to participate as a volunteer.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you feel passionate about in our field. Help us promote AOM by giving some of your valuable time and energy to make 2014 the year of AOM!Sincerely,
Joshua Saul, LAc
Acting President, AAAOM Board of Directors