Association Activities

Take an active role in your association and your profession!
-Find out what ATA has accomplished and the goals that are being set for the future. Get involved with ATA and its divisions, committees, chapters, and other groups.

Volunteer Training Events
Key volunteers of ATA and its Chapters/Affiliates are invited to attend these events. If you would like to attend, request an invitation by sending an email to

Jurassic Parliament: Running Smooth, Efficient, and Fair Board Meetings
, Ann G. Macfarlane
-This interactive, non-judgmental workshop for volunteer leaders will take the best of Robert's Rules of Order and apply it with flexibility for modern conditions. Participants will practice making motions, amending and discussing them, voting, and using "point of order" to stop rudeness or correct mistakes. You get to have fun throwing dinosaurs around the room while acquiring tools and insights that will make your service in ATA divisions, chapters, affiliates, or on any board of directors more enjoyable and effective.
-Wednesday 9:00am - 12:00pm Invitation Only

Leadership Training for Division, Chapter, and Affiliate Group Leaders
, Karen M. Tkaczyk and Tess Whitty
-Members of ATA Division Leadership Councils and ATA Chapter/Affiliate Boards are invited to attend this interactive training session for volunteer leaders. Topics will include how to get the word out using blogs, newsletters, and social media, and how to recruit, motivate, and manage volunteers. Parallel sessions for areas specific to divisions and chapters/affiliates will include how ATA can help, board member functions, and division of labor.
-Wednesday 2:00pm - 5:00pm Invitation Only

Presentation of Candidates and Election
-Hear the candidates voice their opinions and then let them hear yours by exercising your right to vote for the Board members of your association. You must be an Active or Corresponding member of ATA to vote.
-Thursday 9:30am - 10:30am Open to all ATA conference attendees

Annual Meeting of All Members
-Find out what your association has accomplished and the goals that are being set for the future. Members of the audience are given an opportunity to ask questions and make comments to Board members and committee chairs.
-Friday 8:30am - 9:30am Open to all ATA conference attendees

Certification Exam
-Two written certification exam sittings will be held, plus one computerized exam sitting. To learn more about ATA Certification and to obtain the necessary Eligibility Requirements Form and Exam Registration Form, visit
-Written Exam Sittings:
Saturday 8:30am - 11:30am and 1:00pm - 4:00pm Registration is required.

-Keyboarded Exam Sitting:
Saturday 9:30am - 12:30pm Registration is required.

Board Meetings
-All meetings of the ATA Board of Directors are open to the public. All conference attendees are welcome to attend and observe the proceedings.
-Saturday 1:00pm - 3:30pm Open to all ATA conference attendees

Sunday 8:30am - 11:00am Open to all ATA conference attendees
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What did you like best about the ATA Conference?
“Getting involved with the organization and having access to so many professionals in the same place.”
“Being able to fill myself with new information, learn about the field, network informally with colleagues, and making connections with other ATA members.”
“Getting to know people, putting a face (or thousands of faces) on the wonderful assortment of folks who make up the ATA.”
“The friendliness and openness of the participants and the feeling of being part of a group.”

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