In Touch Summer 2014
• ProtectingYour Right to Practice • New at Conference: Integration Lounge • Using Intuition in Functional Integration® lessons
The Feldenkrais Guild® of North America (FGNA) Founder Moshe Feldenkrais President Rob Black Executive Director Bruce Day
In Touch, The Newsletter of FGNA Editor Carla Feinstein Feldenkrais Guild of North America 401 Edgewater Place, Ste. 600 Wakefield, MA 01880 781.876.8935 Fax: 781.645.1322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.feldenkraisguild.com
About In Touch In Touch is the newsletter of the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America and serves the Guild’s membership. In Touch reports news about the international Feldenkrais® community and serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues related to the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. All articles reflect the individual views of the authors, if signed, and the view of the editorial staff, if unsigned. Unless an article explicitly states that it is reporting a Guild policy, it does not reflect any official point of view adopted by Feldenkrais Guild® of North America. Feldenkrais Guild® of North America, an Oregon nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, is the professional organization of certified Feldenkrais practitioners and of trainees in accredited programs. FGNA has an international membership and is affiliated with other national professional organizations. As such, FGNA is dedicated to the development of the Feldenkrais profession and regulates standards of practice, training accreditation, and ethics. Membership in Feldenkrais Guild® of North America is open to graduates of, and trainees in, Guild accredited trainings, and the interested public, as set forth in the FGNA bylaws.
In this issue In Touch Editorial Policy In Touch welcomes articles that support and promote the practice of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education. These will be given priority for publication. Articles will be reviewed by FGNA staff, which reserves the right to approve submissions and to decide in which section they will be published.
A Few Good Reasons: Attend the 2014 Conference
Chrish Kresge, Conference Committee Chair
Using Intuition in Functional Integration® lessons Tammy Rosen Wilbur, GCFP
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Let’s Integrate! A New Option for Connecting with Colleagues
Call for Nominations
Board Meetings Summary
Chrish Kresege, FGNA Board
at Conference Suzane Van Amburgh, Conference Coordinator
Protecting Your Right to Practice What’s Next for FGNA and Model Practice Act? Bruce Day, Executive Director and Andrea
Dale Jensen, FGNA Secretary
Wiener, Policy Administrator
President’s Letter Rob Black, FGNA President
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A Few Good Reasons:
Attend the Conference in 2014
Let’s Integrate! A New Option for Connecting with Colleagues at Conference Suzane Van Amburgh, Conference Coordinator, GCFP
Chrish Kresge, Conference Committee Chair
his year, we are debuting the “Integration Lounge.”
’m thrilled that this year’s conference will take place in my backyard in Washington, DC. Here are just some of the reasons to come to conference:
• Improve your skills through handson learning with masters. • Learn to market and grow your practice. • Get a free Competency Consultation. • Meet lots of new practitioners. • Reconnect with old friends. • Be a part of a powerful community. • Get to know some of our esteemed trainers and assistant trainers. • Stay in a gorgeous hotel while visiting the nation’s capital. We’ve put together a great conference where you can improve your competency teaching ATM® and FI® lessons, as well as learn how to develop a successful Feldenkrais® practice. We’ve invited six trainers and the assistants of their choice to present the workshops this year. Workshops themes will overlap and interweave, with the main focus being on Competency and Excellence. On two days of the conference there will be just one workshop, open to all, from trainees to trainers, in a room with a capacity of over three hundred!
On the other two days of the conference there will be two concurrent workshops. One of the workshops will be open to the public. Morning ATMs will be in one big room and open to the public. Evening programs will include a lecture and ATM lesson on “Feldenkrais and the Brain” presented by Roger Russell, also open to the public. The Keynote Panel of conference presenters, and moderated by Donna Blank, will take place on Thursday, August 28. What questions would you like to ask of the seven trainer panelists? We have a dream line-up of workshop presenters that includes Ned Dwelle, Larry Goldfarb, Jeff Haller, Allison Rapp, Chava Shelhav and David ZemachBersin, not to mention half a dozen experienced and accomplished assistant trainers. What’s not to love? The last day of the conference will be devoted to Small Group Mentoring
August 27-September 1 The Renaissance Capital View Hotel Arlington VA 4
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as well as a “Workshop Colloquium,” facilitated by Candy Conino. Our popular Mentoring group topics will be paired with the different themes of the anchor presenters’ workshops, and be presented by their assistants.
The event sprung from an experience I had while coordinating the 2013 conference in San Mateo. Nancy Haller approached me and asked if there was some place in the hotel people could get together and unwind from the day, share a little wine and snacks, and connect with each other. I opened up a hospitality suite and the place was packed in no time. Attendees loved having an informal
place to chat, connect with friends and debrief from the full day. It was a hit! For 2014, I built the idea into the conference plan right from the start; reserved space at the hotel venue and gave it a name: “Integration Lounge.” Thank you Nancy Haller! Join us for the opening of Integration Lounge, Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 with your hosts Nancy Haller and Candy Conino. Integration Lounge will be open after the evening events at Conference, Wednesday, August 27 - Saturday, August 30.
Meet Nancy at the Lounge!
The Feldenkrais Method annual conference is the top professional forum of the year in North America for practitioners. Come and join me! We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC, an exciting and beautiful city with so much to offer. I know you will love our conference venue, the Renaissance Capital View Hotel. Register now, as we have limited rooms and the prices are really competitive! The 2014 Feldenkrais Method® Conference Program Committee: Chrish Kresge, Candy Conino, Paris Kern, Elinor Silverstein, Anastasi Siotas, Suzane Van Amburgh, and Bruce Day.
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Protecting Your Right to Practice What’s Next for FGNA and the Model Practice Act?
Bruce Day, Executive Director and Andrea Wiener, Policy Administrator
Rob Black, GCFP, FGNA Board President
e recently wrote in FGNA News about the Model Practice Act (MPA) proposed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) for the massage therapy profession in the U.S. The MPA is intended to offer model language to state legislatures for licensing massage therapists. Because the proposed model language does not include any provision for exempting non-massage professions such as the Feldenkrais Method®, we spoke out strongly in opposition to the MPA. Read FGNA’s public comments on the FSMTB Model Practice Act. Thank you to all of the FGNA members and Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionersCM who sent us copies of the comments that you submitted to FSMTB. These have been passionate, informative and insightful about the practice of the Feldenkrais Method. Your comments will positively affect the future of the practice of the Feldenkrais Method across the U.S. Alerting Feldenkrais® Practitioners and urging comment on the MPA is only one step FGNA will be taking in our work to monitor developments on matters that
could affect Feldenkrais practitioners’ right to practice. This work will progress in a number of ways. • We will monitor developments related to FSMTB and the Model Practice Act. We have many professional organizational allies who also have mobilized members to comment. The level of comment may an impact. Should there be opportunity to do so, we will work with our allies and the FSMTB to further influence the final version of the MPA. • A letter and packet of reference materials about the Feldenkrais Method will be developed and sent to Massage Therapy Boards in each U.S. state. In developing this packet, we will review and incorporate comments from the FGNA community of practitioners and trainers, in order to portray the depth and potential local impact. • FGNA will continue to monitor
legislative and regulatory efforts where and when they arise. Local members are particularly helpful in helping to monitor, share information about, and respond to such efforts in their local areas. • In states where legislative action that may impact Feldenkrais practitioners is under consideration, FGNA will mobilize efforts to inform and persuade members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction, and other influential legislators, about the potential impacts of inappropriate regulation of valuable services such as the Feldenkrais Method. This work is funded through dues and fees paid by FGNA members, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners and accredited Feldenkrais professional training programs. Thanks to the Governmental Relations program initiated by Michael Purcell, and due to the efforts of countless volunteers, the practice of the Feldenkrais Method is exempt by name or by reference to movement practices, in over twenty of the 34 states that regulate massage therapy. We will continue to oppose efforts to turn back the progress made in recent years. This is an extremely important issue for all Feldenkrais practitioners and trainees and your responses have made a difference!
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n my previous letter, I outlined the various directions we are taking in our overall plan. Our first priority has been to achieve financial and organizational stability.
As you may know, in January Bruce Day radically changed the ways the main office operates. While these changes have not been without some “hiccups,” Bruce and our staff are moving forward, and work is well underway to launch the new website.
www.feldenkrais.com/intouch/article/ thirteen_thousand_it_spring_2014/). For example, “Disneyland has 300 acres, and it seems like a lot of space for fun. The space for all those people doing ATM lessons is the size of—catch your breath—114 Disneylands.“
The Board and staff are beginning to explore the goal of “Expanding the Public Practice of the Method.” A first step is collecting baseline data on the utilization of the Method. Our survey last fall offered critical information about the use of the Method in North America. We estimate that we offer ATM® lessons to 13,000 people in a week. We audaciously calculated how that would look if all of them were doing an ATM at the same time. (see:
A full-scale marketing campaign A national Public Awareness campaign requires an investment beyond our current resources. But we are investigating our capacity for charitable donations through the Feldenkrais® Educational Foundation of North America (FEFNA) to move in this direction. Are there other alternatives? Malcolm Gladwell has
written extensively about the Tipping Point leverage that can happen when a product matches an emerging trend and catches fire. How might we engineer our own ‘tipping point”? Over the past ten years, there have been a number of initiatives relating to developing public awareness, not the least of which has been International Feldenkrais Week. Tell us about your thoughts regarding Feldenkrais Week; how you participated this year, and if you didn’t, why not. If you have been part of one (or more) other projects, we’d like to hear from you to get your reflections – what worked, what didn’t, what have we learned? How do you see the Guild marketing the Method? What strategies have worked for your practice that we could implement on a larger scale? Do you know someone with marketing savvy who might donate their time to kick around some ideas? I look forward to hearing from you. Please reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Articles In Touch is interested in publishing your stories about raising awareness of the Feldenkrais Method®. Email Carla at: email@example.com Summer 2014
Using Intuition in Function Integration® lessons
I want to reaffirm that we all have intuition and we all are already using it in Functional Integration. However, using it consciously, making a point of really listening in and trusting, can make a huge difference. As our job is already to listen, extending your listening to your own gut response is not too big a leap.
Tammy Rosen Wilbur, GCFP
In fact, by acknowledging intuition in our practice, we can consciously intend to bridge science of Feldenkrais with the science of the heart.
I remember when I started my Feldenkrais® training and we would evaluate the way people walked, I thought “I’m never going to get this.” Fortunately, it was a skill that could be acquired and now, like you, I’m sure, no one escapes my scrutiny. Still, feeling into movement is my preferred method of evaluation. Perhaps it is just a way of experiencing physics through imagination. Or you can call it intuition. Sometimes the word intuition can throw people, as if it is something too woo-woo, or something they do not have. In actuality, we all have and use our intuition, in life and in Functional Integration lessons. Intuition really is just about picking up information on a subconscious level and using it in your lesson. Intuition may be experienced as the idea that pops into your head for a lesson, or about a felt sense in your body, or just a curiosity you have about your client. It may be a vision, it may be an emotion, it may simply guide your hands to the next place on your client before you have made a conscious decision to go there. Studies have proven that intuitive decisions are better than those made with focused, thoughtful minds. Ap Dijksterhuis, a psychologist at Radboud University in the Netherlands, found distraction actually helps us make better 8
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decisions. In 2006, Dijksterhuis asked study subjects to evaluate four models of cars based on twelve variables. He found that only about 25 percent of those who were given uninterrupted time to ponder their choice opted for the best model, compared with sixty percent of people who were asked to make a spontaneous decision after looking over the cars and then performing another task. “While they were focusing on something else, the unconscious mind was processing the information and integrating it into a valid selection,” Dijksterhuis explains. The same thing happens to us when we allow for a lesson to develop spontaneously while we have a Functional Integration conversation with the client. When I first heard about Dr. Martin Weiner’s work in connecting one nervous system with another to access an intuitive response in Functional Integration I jumped on it. Even though I had not yet graduated from my training, I suggested our region host Dr. Weiner for an advanced training and helped organize the event. It was exactly what I craved; the Feldenkrais Method interpreted through a language I understood. As I develop my own practice, I am learning more and more how to access my intuition to best assist my client.
One of the things Marty told us was to throw away the plan--to show up and see what happens. I work best if I can close my eyes and really listen into what I’m feeling, so in fact, I do develop a plan. I check in with my intuition before the client arrives, getting impressions and seeing what lessons pop into my imagination. When I act on those impressions, when I follow that plan, the lessons are always successful. When I second guess myself and try to use my best logic and reason, or pick a more “tried and true” Functional Integration approach, the lessons still work, the Feldenkrais Method is magical that way, but they don’t seem to be quite as momentous. As you begin to act on intuitive hits, they may not always be correct; however, in acting on them, you begin to refine your understanding. If you never acted upon them, you would never improve. Intuition is much like any muscle--it gets stronger when used.
We know as practitioners that when we work with a client, we are connecting our nervous system with theirs. Research has documented that the heart itself has a complex nervous system that transmits information, generating practical intuition. In a study by Rollin McCraty, PhD, Mike Atkinson and William A. Tiller, PhD, titled “The Role of Physiological Coherence in the Detection and Measurement of Cardiac Energy Exchange Between People,” researchers found when two people are at a conversational distance, the electromagnetic signal generated by one person’s heart can influence the other person’s brain rhythms. When an individual is generating a coherent heart rhythm, synchronization between that individual’s brainwaves and another person’s heartbeat is more likely to occur.
By acknowledging the nervous system of the heart, practical intuition can be integrated into your practice. I have found paying attention to practical intuition increases results, expands my understanding (of the Feldenkrais Method) and revives my practice, increasing my sense of fulfillment as a practitioner. Although this article is about using intuitive guidance for Functional Integration lessons, we certainly use it in teaching Awareness Through Movement lessons, as well. How you choose your timing--when to move on and when to rest, when to repeat a sequence, when to break things down, is a matter of sensing the students in the room and using that information. Another way is just to go wherever you are drawn while you work with your client. I think most of us naturally use this method at some point during every
This study’s findings have intriguing implications, suggesting that individuals in a physiologically coherent state (able to listen with all their senses)
lesson. Again, I think it is important not to curb the direction you are led, even if it does not make sense logically. Often, I find I am drawn to work with a certain movement function and I do not understand how it relates to the lesson until the entire pattern is complete. For example, I am drawn to work with a client’s hands and discover an entry point for accessing the ribs, or I suddenly see how the palate of the mouth relates to a diaphragm and pelvic floor lesson. When I was in my training, Elizabeth Beringer said she had long since let go of the idea that there is one perfect lesson for a client. I was profoundly relieved to hear I was off the hook in that way and in fact, have come to understand the method stands on its own no matter what lesson we choose. And yet, what if there was a perfect lesson for that person on that day and all we I have to do is listen in to my guidance to choose it? I would love to hear about how you use intuition, or any special experiences you have had when you have used it. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Tammy Rosen Wilbur is a GCFP practicing in Tucson, AZ and serves on the Council of Regional Representatives for the Southwest/Rocky Mountain Region of the Guild. Tammy Rosen will be leading a workshop in codifying how we connect one nervous system to another as part of the SWRM Region Annual Meeting in Taos, NM June 29th. For more information, contact her at email@example.com.
’ve always been a feeler rather than a thinker. As a dancer, I’m highly kinesthetic, easily sensing movement patterns in my body, but not always able to logically analyze them.
become more sensitive to the subtle electromagnetic information encoded in the heart signals of others around them. Individuals report becoming more aware of deeper and more subtle aspects of the communication that are not contained in the words alone. This is often described as an increased sensitivity and intuitive awareness of the other person’s underlying feelings and the ’essence’ of their communication.
Director 4 Term: Q3* 2015 – Q3 2017 (currently Dale Jensen) Director 6 Term: Q3* 2015 – Q3 2017 (currently Lavinia Plonka)
Chrish Kresge, FGNA Board
ould you like to move our profession and the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America forward? Volunteer and take an active role in advancing and supporting your professional organization! Consider where your skills could best meet FGNA’s needs. We are creating this year’s ballot. Put yourself on the ballot by following the process outlined below. Or nominate an associate with their permission. The viability of our organization depends on each one of us. WE are the Guild! The Nominating Committee identifies qualified nominees for open positions,
and will present them at this year’s Annual Meeting at the Feldenkrais Method Conference in Washington, DC on August 29, 2014. If you are interested in serving, or know of potential candidates for these positions, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee: Jane Johnston (Chair) and Erin Finkelstein.
Canadian Director Term: Q3* 2015 – Q3 2017 (currently Vita Kolodny) Nominations may also be made by any voting member at the Annual Meeting, or through the FGNA office. Nominations close ten days after the Annual Meeting, September 8, 2014, at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time. In order to have their names appear on the ballot, nominees must consent to serve and submit a completed Nomination Form. Thank you to all who volunteer to serve FGNA!
Grievance Board The Grievance Board provides elected members to sit on Grievance Committees, which are convened by the Ethics Committee, to hear specific complaints. (Three seats) 1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015 (currently Kathleen Cusick, John Quinn & Kathy Yates)
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Member Advocate Program The Member Advocate Program facilitates resolution of issues, outside the scope of the Ethics Committee, that arise for member practitioners within the Guild. (The Ethics Committee handles complaints regarding possible violations of Code of Professional Conduct and Standards of Practice). Member Advocates act as impartial fact-finders, problem-solvers and resource-brokers. They are advocates for the members and approach their task from this perspective. Qualifications for Member Advocate include: Communication skills, integrity, organizational ability, and the ability to learn and understand organizational structure. Personal references are checked.
Help & Information Curious about the time requirements, skills and expectations of FGNA Volunteers? Find out more at: www.feldenkrais.com/profession/fgna/ information_on_fgna_volunteer_positions TO NOMINATE: Please contact the Guild office: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to FGNA 401 Edgewater Place, Suite 600 Wakefield, MA 01880 We look forward to your participation in the election process. *Once elected, Directors-Elect attend Board meetings, beginning Q1/2015.
Although members do not nominate Member Advocates, FGNA welcomes your suggestions of suitable people for these positions. Seat 1 Term: 1/1/15 – 12/31/17 (currently Ruth Hurst)
Board of Directors Director 1 Term: Q3* 2015 – Q3 2017 (currently Chrish Kresge)
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Submitted by Dale Jensen, FGNA Secretary January 13, 2014, Regular Meeting, Teleconference 1. Reviewed planning for Board InPerson Meeting. Meeting will be held at Elinor Silverstein’s house. Board members reminded to bring money for food. 2. Updated on Conference regarding program, location. 3. GB Task force - Australian Guild passed it. We are waiting to hear from ETC (EuroTAB Council, meeting Jan 14) 4. Updated on Member Survey results. 5. Executive Director presented report to the Board. Board reviewed documents that provided comparison between 2012 and 2013 finances. Board was updated on member renewals, office operations, bookstore and plans for the website. In Touch will be published on February 7 with a deadline for articles on January 28. 6. Reviewed proposed 2014 budget. The Finance Committee has recommended that the Board accept the budget as written. 7. MOTION: “To accept the FGNA 2014 budget as recommended by the Finance Committee.” Seconded. PASSED. 8. Reviewed In-Person meeting topics and logistics. 9. Discussed Board Bulletin #9 and brainstormed ideas for Board Bulletin #10. 10. MOTION: “Effective January 14, 2014, to appoint Bruce Day, Executive Director, to be Acting Secretary, solely for the purpose of authorizing him to change signers on all bank accounts located at Wells Fargo Bank and owned by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, and to report the same to Wells Fargo Bank, as the Acting Secretary.” Seconded. PASSED. 11. Discussed revising Training documents for new Board members. Lavinia, Chrish, and Rob will work on this. 12
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March 10, 2014, Regular Meeting, Teleconference 1. Discussed additions and/or changes to Agenda. 2. FGNA Task Force on Separating Certification from Graduation Review. a. Reviewed the original Motion passed by the BOD two years ago. Discussed feedback from Board to the Task Force. b. Discussed the Task Force’s proposed next step - to develop certification process. c. Rob recommending that he step back from membership on the committee but remain as Board liaison to the Task Force. BOD agreed; Rob will tell committee. d. Next steps: Ask Task Force to meet the BOD at April meeting. 3. Executive Director Report to the Board. a. FGNA will be moving office on March 17 to new location (NE Portland, Oregon Plaza); rent 40% of current rate. Staff will be sorting, packing, junking, etc. FGNA will need off site storage for archival materials. b. Changing phone system to VOIP reducing internet and phone costs. c. Membership continues to trickle in. Haven’t done another push. Now at 1243 and 180 certified non members. Planning another push after the move. d. Communications - In Touch will come out any day; FGNA News will announce 2014 conference location e. 2013 Financials Closing (FGNA & FEFNA) - in progress. Planned for end of week. f. Website - moving along but slowly. Some progress in conversion of data and design elements. Think go live mid May? g. Exploring a payment plan for IFF Fees. 4. Board members presented reports from their portfolios. a. Communications - Board Bulletin: Vita b. Liaison with CORR: Chrish and Vita c. Liaison with NATAB: Lavinia d. IFF Rep: Rob, Chrish e. BOD-ED liaison: Rob f. Liaison Annual Conference: Chrish g. FEFNA: Arne h. Volunteers: Elinor
i. Policy Governance: Rob and Arne. j. Public face - Facebook, Twitter, Feldyforum: Elinor k. BOD liaison to BOD - chairman: Rob l. Liaison to Separation of Graduation from Certification Task Force: Rob m. Website liaison: Dale and Lavinia n. Nominations Committee Liaison: Chrish o. International Task force to Change Protocol: Rob - First meeting March 3, second meeting March 10 5. Resolution: Executive Director’s Probationary Performance - At the Faceto-Face meeting in February, the Board reviewed Bruce’s first 6 months and expressed satisfaction with his accomplishments in taking on the role of Executive Director and meeting the three priorities given to him by the Board, as well as developing the vision for the next few months. 6. Board meeting joined at 7:15 PM PT by representatives from North American Training Accreditation Board (NATAB) Andrea Wiener and Liza Brickey. NATAB recommendation to the FGNA Board of Directors regarding Mexico 4 Feldenkrais Training Program. 7. MOTION: “That the Board of Directors grant an exception to the teacher:student ratio required for the Mexico 4 Feldenkrais Training Program, due to the sudden incapacitation of the scheduled Assistant Trainer, the inability to find a Spanish speaking Assistant Trainer at late notice, and the presence of experienced Practitioners in the affected segment.” Seconded. PASSED.
e. Further discussion by the Board what kind of consultant would be appropriate? 3. Executive Director presented report to the Board. a. Office move and transition: Move to a smaller, less expensive office is complete. Getting settled into new space. b. Financials: Still working to complete accounting for 2013. Financials will be closed by April 15, 2014. Consulting with Kay Sohl and Paula Goedert regarding recommendation to transfer Bookstore inventory and operation to FGNA. c. Membership: Membership is at 98.4% of where we were at the same time last year. d. Publications: Updated on In Touch and SenseAbility publication dates as well as planned consolidation of In Touch and FGNA News.
Discussed soliciting members of the public with relevant expertise to serve on the FEFNA Board. Discussed interaction between FGNA and FEFNA Boards. Board members supported spending a significant amount of next board meeting discussing the future of FEFNA. c. Elinor reported on Public face Facebook, Twitter, Feldyforum: Some reports of difficulty getting through to office during the transition. d. Tabled discussion of Lavinia’s agenda item regarding fundraising for the next meeting.
Functional organization of the spine for strength, agility, & balance Paul Rubin & Julie Casson Rubin
Regular Meeting, Teleconference, April 8, 2014 1. Motion: “To accept minutes from January 13, 2014 and March 10, 2014.” Seconded. PASSED. 2. Board joined by members of FGNA Task Force (Jeff Haller, Alice Friedman and Kathy James) at 7:10 AM. a. The competency profile is welldeveloped at this point. The next step is developing a process for certification. b. Task Force members are interested in consulting experts in this area. Discussed options for consultants and resources for hiring them. c. Discussed various options for presenting Task Force work at the conference. d. Task Force departs at 7:51 AM
e. Website: First mockup of website is expected this week. New projected live date for website is May 19, 2014. f. Advertising Revenue: We have had ads in recent publications at no cost (as we experiment with logistics of providing advertising but have no income, staff are preparing an overarching policy and “rate sheet”) g. Fundraising: There have been no recent efforts at fundraising. h. Feldenkrais Week: Staff is providing some support. Board discussed the current implementation of Feldenkrais Week. 4. Board Portfolio Updates a. Chrish reported on Annual Conference. Discussed publicity, planning, registration rollout. b. Arne reported on FEFNA. Major item for consideration is how FEFNA can provide a tangible public benefit that would be worthy of donations.
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