Leadership Message

February 2021

Dear Members, 

I hope your winter is going well. Northern Maryland has been snowier than usual, and very beautiful.

GREAT NEWS - 2021 AIA International Conference HOT TOPICS - Aromatherapy from Self Care to Clinical is now offered in-person or virtual! If Illinois can’t gather ‘in person’ September 16 - 20th we will be totally virtual. Our great line up of speakers starts with Rhiannon Lewis as our KeyNote.  Pre-conference workshops include Madeleine Kerkhof and Marco Valussi on September 16th.  The previous Early Early Bird rate has been extended until July 31, 2021 to help offset the cost to attendees who have been impacted by COVID. We encourage you to register now to ensure your spot whether virtual or in-person.  Visit aromatherapyconference.com.  

Call for 2021 Posters Presentation Proposals - a poster presentation is an excellent way to share your work and receive feedback from your peers and colleagues. Additional information may be found at aromatherapyconference.com.  

Even though the reps have not been able to hold in person state and regional meetings they have been able to meet by Zoom and include every member who wants to attend. We now have a Journal Club who also meets on Zoom to discuss some of the great articles that have been published in our quarterly journal AROMATICS IN ACTION. I know we all prefer to meet in person; these meetings have kept us connecting with our fellow professionals, one of AIA’s goals.

It has come to our attention that some of our members have received phishing emails from scammers pretending to represent AIA. These emails are not from an AIA email address.  Please know AIA would not ask you to buy gift cards or ask for money to be sent to an individual, such as the president, treasurer or others.  Our website and database have been checked and there was no breach of security.  On our website we do give the names of those on our board and under “Find an Aromatherapist” scammers can pull email addresses. Unfortunately, if someone can find you as an aromatherapist, they can find you to scam you. If you would like to have your name withdrawn from “Find and Aromatherapist,” please contact the office by clicking HERE.  

On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, Mark Dundore, from Alaska will speak on A Conversation About the Devil’s Club Plant at 6:30 MST. Make sure you don’t miss this educational opportunity. REGISTER HERE NOW. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Inga Wieser, MS, MA, APAIA, MH