AIA May President's Letter
May President’s Letter
For years when we were small children, my sister & I would pick dandelions on May Day and tie our bouquets with little ribbons. We would then leave them on our doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run - so when Mom opened the door we were out of sight. We would be breathless and laughing and knowing that we just left our mom the most amazing gift. She loved all flowers and plants and instilled that love in the next two generations of our family. My children know how happy flowers and plants make me feel and we all lovingly care for an abundance of indoor & outdoor plants. I hope you are all enjoying a bit of the plant world, whatever your season!
In Minnesota, spring is a time of growth and energy. I feel that is also true right now regarding AIA. The Research Committee added their Quarter 1 article reviews including Post-operative Abdominal Pain, Odor-evoked Reactions, and Aromatherapy and Acupressure to name a few. Our Business Member page is growing. In the past several months we’ve added more benefits, so if you own a business, consider becoming a business member or adding a business membership to your current Professional or Advanced Practice membership. Our website continues to be updated thanks to all the kind, constructive emails you’ve sent supporting this process. Carla Pearson, our office manager, is now working diligently on our Learning Management System (LMS) which will house future webinars and educational offerings. When the LMS is ready, we will send out an email about the new method of registering for Webinars, so keep an eye out for that information.
Our May 18th webinar features Robin Kessler sharing some of her vast knowledge about Frankincense Resins. Find more information here. May 16th, Cyrene Banerjee, our AIA Representative for Canada, will host our All Canada Meet & Greet meeting. In case you are wondering what else is happening in AIA, check out our calendar (about halfway down our homepage). You can find our webinars, meetings, and member-sponsored events with an “add to my calendar” option.
If you hope to find something interesting for your spring/summer reading, remember that we have an amazing list of books in our bookstore, including direct links to the books. Also, if you buy through Amazon Smile and choose Alliance of International Aromatherapists as your charity, AIA earns 0.5% from qualifying purchases. What an easy way to support AIA!
If you would like to be more involved supporting AIA in person, don’t hesitate to fill out our Volunteer Application. More hands make light work, and we try to always have fun!
I’d like to thank everyone who filled out the AIA survey. Many people took their valuable time to comment on what is important to them. Your information has been collated and will be reviewed and discussed by our AIA board and then evaluated by our Committees and Representatives. Your feedback will help us create action plans to help AIA grow like the flowers of a Minnesota spring.
With Love & Gratitude,