Society Updates and Accomplishments

Below, please find a Report on projects and initiatives supported by the OT L&LS as a way to serve and enhance the profession of occupational therapy. This content is updated as of January 2021.

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Membership Committee

2020

  • Engaged members to submit Bios for website; ~35% of members have uploaded Bios.

  • Updated volunteer interest checklist to promote member engagement.

  • Grew society membership by 8%.

    • Placed an advertisement in the January 2020 issue of OT Practice.

    • Surveyed expiring members to determine reason for non-renewal.

  • Developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Corresponded with AOTA Fellows awarded in 2020 and OTA Recruitment Task Force.

2019

  • Revised member application process.

  • Drafted Bio template and Volunteer Interest Checklist.

  • Created Acceptance Letter and Certificate for New Members.

  • Discussed possible recruitment efforts.

  • Sought Board approval for Society acronym.

2016-2018

  • Refined application form-new form uploaded to website in April 2018.

  • Renamed Nominations and Recruitment Committee as Membership Committee (May, 2018).

  • Developed process for members to propose new projects (See RFP form in the Members-Only section of the website).

    • Form uploaded to website, May, 2018.

  • Enabled electronic application to Society through the Society's website.

  • Established Society Facebook Group (May, 2018).

    • FB Administrators: Barbara Kornblau, Sandy Hanebrink, and Ellen Kolodner.

Society Sustainability

2016-2018

  • Incorporated Society as a 501(c)6.

  • Obtained Federal non-profit status.

  • Refined Society mission and vision statements.

  • Collaborated with AOTA.

    • Secured meeting space for use during 2017 and 2018 AOTA conference (NOTE: 2018 meeting announcement posted on front page of website Dec-April).

    • Secured and populated 5 spots for OT L&LS members in AOTA Story BoOTh during 2017 conference.

    • Facilitated and supported appointment of several Society members to OT Centennial Archive Editorial Board.

      • Society member, Dr. Rita P. Fleming-Castaldy.

History Preservation Project

2020

  • Re-organized webpage to promote ease of finding and accessing available resources as contributions to the site increased.

  • Collected several more oral histories of OT leaders.

    • Additional oral histories posted to website include University archives, St. Augustine Tea with a Scholar, and 'My OT Journey' podcasts.

  • Expanded oral history project to include the We Remember project (dedicated to small group reminiscence of deceased OT leaders) and the Remember When project (dedicated to recounting seminal events).

    • Resources including release forms and project guidelines were posted to website.

  • Expanded posted scholarly historical works to almost 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and several dissertations.

  • Launched "In Memoriam" section to honor 29 memorials and tributes of deceased leaders.

  • Identified additional online historical archives as resources, including ADAPT's online museum, the Fred Sammons archive project, and the WWL.

2019

  • Launched the History Preservation section of the website on July 6, 2019.

  • OTArchive participants and OTL&LS members were contacted and invited to participate in the OTL&LS History Preservation Project.

    • Resources (e.g., release forms, suggested prompts, student project guidelines) for collecting oral histories were shared.

    • General thank you acknowledgement sent to those who responded affirmatively with a note that contribution details will follow.

  • Obtained assistance from Chris Davis and Barb Dickson of the AOTA that the AOTA centennial celebration website will be maintained for the foreseeable future.

  • Authored a plan for updating the OTL&LS website to include sidebars with links to identified resources that are available and related to OT's history.

  • Identified several historical resources, listed on the Web-based Historical Resources page, including:

    • MOTA's association and Historical committee.

    • Archived documents (i.e., Gary Kielhofner's) and collected materials (i.e., San Jose State, Temple University).

    • Transcribed oral histories and videos.

    • TWU identified as a potential repository for physical items and other historical resources.

    • Canadian OT Association's website as an exemplar.

2016-2018

  • Members facilitated the collection of stories from 87 occupational therapy legends. The approach of each interview varied according to the format of the project in that area and/or the preference of the interviewee.

  • Explored and established a scholarly historical website that will be populated with easy accessible short papers

    • Initial efforts focused on establishing a website in conjunction with the Temple University campus library and OT Program.

  • Developed short history briefs that will be posted on the above history website.

    • Six papers were completed. Of particular note are two papers that focus on the use of social capital by OTs in the 1930s and 1940s. All papers include digitized representations of physical artifacts.

  • Created an artifact exhibit.

    • OT artifacts from 1910-1970 are on view at the Ginsburg Medical Library on the Health Sciences campus of Temple University.

Recruitment and Honoring of OTA Leaders

2020 - Alpha Omega Tau (AΩT): OTA Honor Society

  • Launched the AΩT OTA Honor Society website to enable electronic application to the honor society (www.otahonorsociety.org).

  • Established a bank account through the OT Leaders and Legacies' Foundation.

  • Purchased supplies for creating and mailing certificates for chapters and members. Chapter certificates were mailed to 10 OTA programs.

  • Designed and ordered AΩT OTA Honor Society pins.

2019 - Alpha Omega Tau (AΩT): OTA Honor Society

  • Created the OT Leaders and Legacies' Foundation to oversee the Honor society. For more information, visit the Foundation's webpage at www.otleadersfoundation.org.

  • Established a National Coordinator (Kathryn Eberhardt, MA Ed., COTA/L, ROH).

  • Established a Mission and Pledge for the society.

  • Approved documents include the Philosophy of Scholarship; Chapter Structure, Petition for Chapter Establishment, Chapter Candidates, Suggested Chapter Resources; Membership Eligibility, Applicant Assessment Criteria, Membership Procedure, Membership Review and Board Materials, Membership Application, and Member Types.

  • Launched a pilot program of 8 Universities for honor society chapters in May 2019.

2016-2018

  • Reviewed previous recruitment efforts, recommendations by the membership committee, and membership numbers.

  • Explored national honor society umbrella organizations to determine a good fit for our profession.

  • Developed a draft mission statement for the OTA honor society with a dual focus on academics and service.

  • Surveyed 197 OTA Program Directors to determine interest in participation in proposed honor society.

    • 50% response rate; 90% positive interest.

  • Developed organizational structure for OTA Honor Society effort.

    • OTA Honor Society Chairperson: Julie Kalahar

    • OTA Honor Society Co-Chairperson: Booker Johnson

    • Board Oversight: Teri Black

  • Identified 9 pilot OTL&LS OTA Honor Societies.

  • OTL&LS recruitment flyer was updated.

  • Brainstorming use of social media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn).

  • Discussed reaching out to OTA program directors, informing them of Society activities for recommendations of alumni OTA leaders.

  • State association presidents: a letter has been sent seeking recommendations of OTA leaders that are leading in their community and state, however, may not have been recognized.

  • Identified AOTA Conference sessions that address leadership and are specific to OTAs. Reported progress to OTA Program Directors during AOTA Annual Conference in 2017 and 2018.

  • Discussed reaching out to VLDC leaders for identification of OTA leaders.

  • OTL&LS buttons were created to promote and increase visibility of the Society.

  • Collaborated and coordinated efforts with the membership committee.

OT Leaders and Legacies' Foundation

2020

  • Elected Board members, drawn from OTL&L Society members.

  • Created SOPs.

  • Created and submitted Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

  • Established checking and savings accounts.

  • Established a calendar for regular meetings.

2019

  • Created to support and oversee the AΩT OTA Honor Society.

AOTA NOLA 2019 Annual Meeting Materials

The OTL&LS hosted an annual meeting at the 2019 AOTA Conference, overviewing the accomplishments of various projects and initiatives supported by the Society, explaining future plans and goals for Society initiatives, and offering a "question and answer" session for viewing members. Please click below to access meeting materials as a way to stay up to date and explore options to get engaged with Society projects and initiatives.