COVID-19 Announcements and Other Information

March 12, 2020 | By More

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Our app for conference is live! We will be making a few changes as things finalize, so
be sure to keep refreshing the app to get the most up to date changes.

Here is the download url: https://www.core-apps.com/dl/mar_amtaconf2020 and the QR code.

QR code for MAR Conference 2020

volunteer

We are still looking for a few volunteers to help out with some of the conference happenings. Here is the link to sign up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BABA72DA0FF2-marconference

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Hello MAR-AMTA Professionals and Students!

We hope that you all are gearing up for the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Cambridge Maryland in just a little over one week! Your conference planning committee is working extremely hard to ensure everyone has an amazing conference experience.

In an effort to be transparent with the members of MAR-AMTA about the 2020 conference and our finances, the conference planning team would like to provide some new information regarding rooms at the conference hotel. Each year the conference planning committee signs an agreement with the conference hotel which states we will fill a certain amount of rooms with conference attendees. If those rooms are not filled, MAR-AMTA will be required to pay up a fine of $6,000-$8,000. Unfortunately, this year we have not met the minimum room bookings required within our contract. In an effort to be fiscally responsible, we have gone forward and booked the remaining rooms at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MD, which was cheaper than paying the $8,000 fine. This decision will help save the region money and benefit for those attending the MAR-AMTA conference.

Now for the exciting news! The MAR Executive Board is providing these rooms at a discounted rate of $175 per night for any individual attending the MAR-AMTA (students and professionals) conference! The Executive Board will be covering the difference and taxes of these discounted rooms to show our appreciation for your membership within our amazing region! We only have a limited number of rooms available, so this will be on a first come first serve basis.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these rooms from your Executive Board, please fill out this Google Form and bring your checks to conference made out to:

Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (MARAMTA)
Memo: MAR Room Block Reimbursement

Some banks have an option to transfer money with Zelle. If you’d like to pay through Zelle, please send your payment to treasurer@maramta.org with “MAR Room Block Reimbursement” in the memo or note section.

We know conferences can be a costly endeavor for individuals to attend, and we hope these discounted rooms will help individuals stay at the Hyatt Regency hotel. The MAR-AMTA Executive Board would also like to thank each of you for your dedicated service to the field of music therapy. We look forward to seeing you all in Cambridge MD!

In service,
Lauren Faggiano MS, LCAT, MT-BC
Vice President for Conference Planning, Mid-Atlantic Region
American Music Therapy Association

Timothy Doak, MS, LCAT, MT-BC
Vice President-Elect for Conference Planning, Mid-Atlantic Region
American Music Therapy Association

Beth Deyermond MA, MT-BC
President, Mid-Atlantic Region
American Music Therapy Association

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Dear members and friends of the MAR,

Members of the MAR Executive Board and Conference Planning Committee have been closely following and discussing the developments around the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in the United State and abroad. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that the current risk in North America remains low (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and has shared information regarding who is currently at a low risk and who is considered to be at an elevated risk. Information from this risk assessment includes:

For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.

People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low risk of exposure.

Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.

People who are in close contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.

Travelers returning from affected international locations (within the past 30 days) where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

Preparations for the upcoming MAR conference in Cambridge, MD (POSTPONED) are well underway and we continue to look forward to seeing many of you there. With attendees’ health and safety in mind, we have been working with the hotel to assure that preventative measures reflective of CDC recommendations and guidelines have been put into place. At this time, these include:

Additional cleaning measures in public areas, restaurants, meeting spaces, guest rooms, spa, and fitness centers,

Hand sanitizer will be provided in the areas listed above,

Hand sanitizer will also be provided at the conference registration desks,

All instruments will be cleaned using hospital grade disinfectant wipes between each use and then again at the end of the day.

The MAR is committed to the health and safety of our members, friends, and all those in our care. We do ask that you continue to use common sense preventative measures such as washing your hands on a regular basis for at least 20 seconds each time, refrain from touching your face, especially in the areas of your eyes, nose, and mouth, disinfect commonly touched surface areas on a regular basis, and most of all, if you feel ill in any way, although we will miss you, please do not come to the conference.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html. If you have questions specific to the conference, please contact Lauren Faggiano at vpconferenceplanning@maramta.org or Beth Deyermond at president@maramta.org.

In Service,
Beth Deyermond, MA, MT-BC
President, MAR-AMTA

Lauren Faggiano, MS, LCAT, MT-BC
Vice-President for Conference Planning, MAR-AMTA

Timothy Doak, MS, LCAT, MT-BC
Vice-President Elect for Conference Planning, MAR-AMTA

MAR-AMTA PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee has been very busy preparing the proposed changes for your consideration. As per the current MAR-AMTA constitution and bylaws, any proposed changes to the constitution must be submitted at least two weeks prior to voting. Please see below for the proposed revisions. If you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to President- Elect Bob Miller.

MAR-AMTA PROPOSED CONSTITUTION REVISIONS

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Article IV – Officers
CURRENT:
Section 4. The appointed officers of the Region shall be the Parliamentarian, Assembly
Chair, Recording Secretary, Editor of the official regional publication (hereinafter
referred to as the Editor), Historian, Archivist and Continuing Education Coordinator.

PROPOSED:
Section 4. The appointed officers of the Region shall be the Parliamentarian, Assembly
Chair
, Recording Secretary, Editor of the official regional publication (hereinafter
referred to as the Editor), Historian, Archivist and Continuing Education Coordinator.

ADD NEW:
Section 5. The Assembly Chair is elected by the regional Assembly Delegation and serves as a non-voting officer of the Region.

RATIONALE:
To clarify the role of the Assembly Chair, which is neither an elected officer nor an appointed officer but is elected by the regional Assembly Delegation and serves as a non-voting officer on the MAR Executive Board.

Article VIII – Regional Councils and Committees
CURRENT:
Section 4. Members of the Cultural Humility, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion (CHADI) Committee, Finance Committee, Government Relations Committee, Historical Preservation Committee, Nominating Committee, Public Relations Committee, Regional Ad Hoc Committees, and Research Committee shall be appointed by the President with Executive Board approval. The Cultural Humility, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion (CHADI) Committee, Finance Committee, Government Relations Committee, Historical Preservation Committee, Nominating Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Research Committee shall perform such duties as specified in the Bylaws. The regional ad hoc committees shall perform such duties as authorized by the Executive Board.

PROPOSED:
Section 4. Members of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Cultural Humility, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion (CHADI) Committee, Finance Committee, Government Relations Committee, Historical Preservation Committee, Nominating Committee, Public Relations Committee, Regional Ad Hoc Committees, and Research Committee shall be appointed by the President with Executive Board approval. The Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Cultural Humility, Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion (CHADI) Committee, Finance Committee, Government Relations Committee, Historical Preservation Committee, Nominating Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Research Committee shall perform such duties as specified in the Bylaws. The regional ad hoc committees shall perform such duties as authorized by the Executive Board.

RATIONALE:
To formalize the existence of the Constitution and Bylaws committee. While the review of the constitution and bylaws has traditionally been done through a committee, there is no mention of the committee in the constitution and bylaws

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