ASTRA Board of Directors History
The year ATRA held its mid-year conference in Tempe, Arizona, ASTRA was founded in 1989 by Teresa Boeger, CTRS. Teresa is considered to be the organization’s founding mother. Over the years, there have been a few items that have served as symbols for our organization. These items are the gavel, a wine bottle, and the official black book. Each president signs and dates their presidency on both the gavel box and the wine bottle label. These items are handed down to the president-elect when the president-elect gets sworn in as president.
If the swearing in of the new president occurs at an ASTRA event or meeting, it is an ASTRA tradition to ceremonially pass down the gavel and wine bottle. This is completed by having all past-presidents in attendance form a line based on their tenure with the organization. Then the gavel and wine bottle are passed down from one past-president to the next while the individual reads out loud the names of all the past-presidents that have occurred between those who are in attendance. Thus, honoring all of ASTRA’s Past-Presidents.
We are thankful for all the past board members who have dedicated their time to the board and advocated for therapeutic recreation in our state.