Leadership Message

Letter from the Vice President - July 2019

Welcome summer!

Who coined the phrase “The lazy days of summer?” At AIA, your Conference Committee has been very busy planning the 2019 Conference in September (www.aromatherapyconference.com). It’s not too late to register! We also have room for vendors and sponsors. We are still accepting raffle and auction items, and as Welcome Bag “goodies.”

We have also launched #aromaticsinaction! Please share with us how you are making contributions, informing the public and teaching about safe use of Aromatherapy and upholding AIA’s mission. We would love to hear your story and share it in our social media.

The AIA printed journals have been sent out to all North American members. International members can download a digital copy from the Member’s Only section on the AIA website. International members may obtain a printed copy by ordering it online (no cost) and paying the just the international shipping fee. If you would like to order additional copies, you may do so online. 

We would also like to share some exciting news! AIA National Representative Denise Joswiak and International Representative Lora Cantele reached out to our membership to invite members to become volunteers. The response has been overwhelming! We are so pleased and grateful to have so many members submit to work on our committees, become representatives and assist with the conference.

Be on the lookout for new fundraisers. The AIA is committed to furthering research in the Aromatic field. We will once again have a raffle and auction at the conference to raise money for the AIA Research Grant. We will have two new fundraisers to raise money to help support smaller distillers abroad to introduce you to them, to share their stories and to help to financially support them to come to future conferences. This will help us all by bringing awareness to how these small distillers work to support Aromatherapists and not the larger cosmetic companies. AIA is teaming up with Botanical Interests, an heirloom and organic seed company in Colorado. Sets of seed packets ($15-$55) will be on sale for 2020 planting. We will also be selling flour sack kitchen towels ($10) with a variety of botanical designs from Mary Lake -Thompson. These beautiful towels make great gifts as well! Both the seeds and towels will be available for pre-sale for those who would like to pick up their items at the conference. There will be limited items for sale at the conference.

Watch your emails for the upcoming vote for the Lifetime Achievement Award. This special honor will be awarded at the gala dinner at the conference. This merit-based award is given to an individual who has dedicated much of their lifetime to education, research, practice, authorship and service to the Aromatherapy community. 

I am looking forward to seeing you all at the conference!

Paula S Begel, NYSLMT-NCBTMB,PTA-CA
AIA Vice President and Conference Committee member