To the California Ayurveda Community,
Ayurveda in the United States is ripe for its next phase of expansion, promotion and professional recognition. As the state with the highest number of Ayurveda schools and practitioners, California is at the forefront of this movement. Since most medical legislation occurs at a state level, CAAM performs a vital function – creating a map that will lead the practice of Ayurvedic Medicine toward state licensing to achieve greater professional status. The moment has arrived for all of us to take action to harness this incredible potential and commit our time, energy and resources to the promotion of Ayurveda in California and the United States. We are not alone. At this moment, several state organizations in the US – including groups in Colorado and Washington – are growing in their visibility and coalescing around the modern practice of Ayurveda.
California is a free practice state, meaning that Senate Bill 577 allows for the legal practice of complementary and alternative medicine by non-licensed practitioners. But it is our belief that this is no longer sufficient to support the rapidly growing practice of Ayurvedic Medicine in California. We seek not only greater recognition, protection and integration into the healthcare system, but, most importantly, the ability for certified Ayurvedic Practitioners themselves to regulate the future practice of Ayurvedic Medicine.
CAAM is currently the only California statewide organization that is actively working towards the licensing of Ayurveda; therefore, our immediate and organized action is crucial. But we cannot do this without the support of our community. For the past several months, CAAM has been revitalizing its efforts to promote and expand the awareness and use of Ayurveda in California. Our vision is ambitious. Our board and members are committed. But we need your investment of resources, time and energy. As with all great causes, the more people committed, the greater the possibility of manifesting our vision.
Here’s how you can support our mission:
1) Become a CAAM Member
Until December 31st, 2013, we are offering a 1-year general membership reduced rate of $45 for all those who wish to join – practitioners, students, and community members. Your membership dues will help us to achieve our goals and support you in return. To become a member:
- Submit the following online membership form and payment: CAAM MEMBERSHIP/PAYMENT FORM
2) Volunteer on a CAAM Committee
As CAAM is a completely volunteer-run organization, your time and skills are our most valued resources! To volunteer:
- Complete the online membership form above and check off the committee(s) of interest to you or
- Email email@example.com and let us know you’d like to volunteer
“Which committee is right for me?”
Executive Committee is the non-profit management and administration committee, which tends to the day-to-day healthy administration of our organization. Do you have expertise running a business or a non-profit? Help us create and maintain a health infrastructure to support the growth and longevity of CAAM. If you love to organize, please come and share your precision with us. Includes Finance Subcommittee and Website Subcommittees.
Legal Committee plays a critical role in researching and developing the legislative and legal path to licensing on a state level. Based on the standards developed by the CAAM Standards’ Committee, the Legal Committee will work towards creating the legislation to be presented in the CAAM lobby for state licensing. This Committee will also be responsible for addressing all other legal matters related to CAAM, such as changes in non-profit and healthcare laws and regulations.
Membership Committee performs outreach and marketing to continually grow our membership base of practitioners, students, schools and the general public, as well as work to meet the needs and interests of those members. Do you love to bring different people together and make things happen? Then we need your charisma on the membership team to help bring together all of the voices that make up this wonderful field of Ayurveda!
Liaison Committee supports CAAM’s mission by creating goodwill relationships with State, National and International organizations of common interest as a means to elevate the position of Ayurveda on a broader scale and allow for a symbiotic sharing of knowledge and experience.
Schools and Standards Committee works to unite, organize and empower Ayurveda education statewide. The focus of the Standards Committee is create a statewide standard of education in Ayurveda, launch a CAAM sponsored state level qualifying exam for students from diverse schools, and create a common platform and education resource base for all schools and learning communities to benefit from.
Fundraising Committee is responsible for seeking additional sources of revenue to support CAAM’s mission. Whether you like fundraising in person, online, or with the art of well written letter – we need your help and creativity!
Events & Conferences Committee plays a key role in helping to event planning on a local and statewide level. We hope to reach out to our community in person by hosting or attending other relevant Events and Conferences. Please join us if the event planner in you is dying to get out!
Social Media Committee supports CAAM’s mission and outreach efforts through maintaing CAAM’s regular presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other relevant social media outlets.