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Pima Medical Institute Update

PMI student project at Pizzability, Denver

Posted: October 2, 2018 

The Pima Medical Institute Denver OTA students have been dedicating their free time volunteering with the owner of Brewability Lab, Tiffany Fixter, on her latest endeavor, Pizzability.  After holding a SOTA happy hour at Brewability Labs, the students inquired about the upcoming restaurant and together created a volunteer opportunity that has been a valuable part of our educational experience. Tiffany’s goal is to provide employment opportunities for adults with Developmental Disabilities (DD) in positions they typically would not hold. Employees will be involved in all aspects of running the restaurant such as taking orders, making pizza, and providing an engaging experience for restaurant patrons. The ordering process at Brewability has been simplified to negate staff errors by color coding taps to corresponding beer...

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Please Welcome OTAC's New and Returning Members

Posted: October 2, 2018

Please welcome this week's new members:

  • Georgia Berbert
  • Michael Black
  • Haley Bruckner
  • Brian Covert
  • Brooke Gratza
  • Chambrey Johnson
  • Karissa Kinard
  • Gina Larson
  • Cassie Navarro
  • Nancy Oyer-Blum
  • MaryCatherine Sanders
  • Arrianna Sierra
  • Emalia Steele
  • Claire Stoudt
  • Saundra Summers

This week's renewing members are:

  • Garth Garrett
  • Beth Hackett
  • Lindsay Marshall
  • Emily Martin
  • Erin Miller
  • Dennis Nuding
  • Elyse Orton

We are glad you are here another year!

Remember, the bigger the number, the bigger the voice. We are excited these members have joined OTAC to let all of our voices be heard. 

OTAC members: View the online membership directory (you must be signed in as a member). Also, search for a member. Not a member? Join us!

 

Time to Start Preparing for the 2018 Annual OTAC Conference

Posted: September 18, 2018

As OTAC’s conference committee continues to prepare for the 2018 Annual OTAC Conference, they also encourage you to prepare yourself for this experience!  We look forward to seeing you at the Radisson in Aurora, Colorado on October 12th and 13th. We continue with our “Top 5 to-do” list with #3.

2. Plan Accordingly: Many people travel near and far to attend state conference each year as Colorado is a big place!  The Radisson provides wonderful accommodations for attendees. Even if you live nearby, consider staying at the hotel as a bit of a vacation away from the ordinary.  That way, you can feel rested and prepared for both days and not miss out on any of the early morning or later evening events that are planned. Talk to friends and co-workers in person and through social media to find room share opportunities. Pack water and snacks to keep you hydrated, satisfied, and attentive throughout the day. Lastly, don’t forget to pack a few extra bucks for the annual silent auction and occupational therapy spirit wear.

Kelly Hicks, MS, OTR/L

Click here to view tips #3, 4 & 5.


Registration is now open for OTAC's 2018 Conference: The Challenge of Change!

Click here to view this year's conference website.

 

Register here!

 

Click the link below to view this year's schedule!

View the OTAC 2018 Annual Conference schedule & directory.

*Schedule is subject to change.

 

Interested in Becoming More Involved with OTAC?

Posted: September 18, 2018

Nominate yourself or a co-worker for a Board position. Serving on the board is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with other professionals in our field and serve a valuable role in the development of occupational therapy in Colorado!

Please consider volunteering with the OTAC Board for the upcoming year starting in January 2019. Each term is a 2 year commitment. Board position openings for the 2019-2021 terms:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Professional Development Chair
  • Conference Chair
  • Fundraising Chair*
  • OT Representative*
  • Communications Chair (Newsletter/Social Media)*

*NEW board positions with approval of the proposed Bylaws revisions at our annual meeting

Previous Newsletter editor will be a member of the Newsletter Committee, which is a standing committee under the Communications Chair.

Click here to apply or learn more.

Interested in becoming more involved, but not ready to become a Board member? Join a committee! More info to come on committees seeking new members. Or form a district or SIS group! Contact the Professional Development Chair. Don’t know where to start? Contact [email protected] for more info on opportunities to get involved!
 

OTAC Bylaws Committee Update

Posted: September 18, 2018

As part of our ongoing responsibility to the OTAC membership, the bylaws committee has reviewed and updated the OTAC bylaws.

What are the next steps?

The bylaws are now open to the entire OTAC membership for review and comment on the OTAC website. The current bylaws and a link to the new bylaws are located here: https://otac.memberclicks.net/bylaws-3

Please review the Bylaws document and email [email protected] if you have any comments or concerns about the current proposed changes.

At the OTAC Conference and Annual Business Meeting on October 13 the bylaws will be presented to the membership for a final vote for approval.

This is the summary of changes:

  • Added an index with direct links to bylaw articles, sections and some subsections

  • Language

    • Neutral/non-binary pronouns in order to continue to show OT as advocates for inclusion and engagement

    • Uniformity of terminology and titles throughout

    • Grammar and editing

    • Formatting for improved readability

  • Added Technical Corrections clause that will allow for minor corrections to the Bylaws without requiring a vote from the membership (ARTICLE X, Section 1)

  • New roles

    • Removed Newsletter Representative and Fundraising/Public Relations Representative from the representative roles

    • New Roles (ARTICLE VII: BOARD CHAIRS, ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVES, Section 1 and Section 2)

      • Board Chair for Communication which encompasses the responsibilities of the Newsletter Representative and the Public Relations portion of the Fundraising/ Public Relations role

      • Board Chair of Fundraising which will support and advance the fundraising efforts of OTAC

      • OT representative function as an OT member at-large, and serve as a communication link between OT/OTR members and the Board

 
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