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President's Letter


Greetings,                                                                   

Our year is off to an amazing start!

First, sign up now because the Early Early Bird discount for the AIA Conference - Aromatics in Action™️ 2024: Embracing and Composing Sustainable Aromatics ends January 31, 2024. We will gather in Nashville, TN, September 26th - 28th. We have an optional post-conference botanical tour on Sunday, September 29th, at the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. We have world-class speakers, excellent sponsors and exhibitors, and an elegant venue in Music City. I am eager to connect with everyone who can attend, and I hope to see most of you there. Register before January 31st to get the best price.

News Brief!

We have important news about our AIA office and board of directors. Our office manager, Carla Pearson resigned as of 12/29/2023. The executive committee and one of our newly elected directors, Tresa Staeven, offered to jump in and we learned as much as Carla was able to share during the last two weeks ofDecember. During that time and the first ten days of January, it became obvious that Tresa’s IT skills were much needed. Tresa also helped respond to our members' emails and assisted everyone who asked for help registering for the conference. Our executive team proposed to the AIA Board that we offer Tresa the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). All agreed this would be an excellent move for the organization. Tresa accepted, so when your paths cross, please welcome her. We are indeed fortunate to have Tresa working with us!

Because Tresa accepted the COO position, she had to step off the board. According to by-laws, the president appoints a new director when a current director leaves. Our Nominations Committee Chair Nancy Lubin put forward Kate Johnson as her top choice for director. The board and I all agreed. I’ve contacted Kate and she accepted the role of director.

With all of our changes, I can assure you that AIA is in good hands.  We have exciting plans for the future, and I will share those as soon as each becomes a reality.

2023 - The Year in Review

I delight in sharing some of the amazing accomplishments of 2023:

      Amanda Lattin & the 2023 Conference Committee held our first and very successful Virtual Conference.

      Find an Aromatherapist – Public Facing is now operational.

      Our Aromatics in Action™ Journal is now registered with the Library of Congress, thanks to Bruce Boynton. 

      Aromatics in Action™ is well underway to become a registered trademark.

      Crystal Brothers and all AIA authors created beautiful, informative journals.

      Our Education Committee and esteemed speakers provided interesting, relevant webinars.

      The Advanced Practice Educator membership level was approved by the Board of Directors and the Education Committee is in the process of defining the guidelines.

      Our Research Committee continued adding to the AIA Research Database quarterly.

      Our Nominations Committee vetted quality board nominees.

      Our Membership Committee continued to find ways to support current members and welcome new members, including personally writing welcome notes. If you believe now is the time to join AIA, follow this link.

      Our number of Recognized Schools and CE Providers continue to grow.

      Our Business Members shared information about their contributions to the aromatherapy community through the monthly Business Showcases.

      Our Clinical Committee has done amazing work updating our Essential Oil Therapy booklet and proposed a collaborative task force with our Research Committee. Together they will add content and create the final draft of this valuable Member Benefit.

      Our Media Committee increased our social media followers & engagement significantly.

      Our Representatives conducted meaningful virtual and in-person meetings for our members and others interested in aromatherapy.

      We welcomed two of our excellent Representatives, Amanda May-Fitzgerald and Tresa Staeven to their new roles as Co-Global Representatives.

      Marnie Reven (Chair), Meredith Cheshire (Co-Chair) and our 2024 Conference Committee lined up world-class speakers and registration is open. We are all excited to gather together to learn and reconnect in person!

 I want to register now!


Last year AIA excelled! This year our members and volunteers are already filled with enthusiasm. I look forward to sharing each exciting accomplishment with you during 2024.

With Love & Gratitude,

Denise


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Founded in 2006, the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the professional organization representing aromatherapists.

AIA aims to increase awareness of and expand access to aromatherapists, help its members build successful practices, expand the body of aromatherapy research, and serve as a resource for members, the media and the public.

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