Wichita, KS — “Happy Anniversary COCSA!” was the historical celebration that rang out in St. Pete Beach Florida November 12-14th at the Trade Winds Hotel.
The meeting celebrated COCSA and their 40 years of service to the State Associations and the Chiropractic Profession. Executive Directors from 48 state associations, National key opinion leaders, and Doctors of Chiropractic from throughout the states came together for top-notch educational presentations, dynamic speakers, organizational business, political and legislative updates, networking opportunities, increased camaraderie and fun.
An unprecedented 120 DCs, 45 Executive Directors, and 30 supplier organizations attended the convention, which opened with the General Becky Halstead and her presentation entitled “Steadfast Leadership and Life Principles for you and your practice”. The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress sponsored the General and the wonderful Welcome to Florida Dinner was sponsored by the Florida Chiropractic Association, Palmer College and National University of Health Sciences. Attendees enjoyed updates from the Foundation of Chiropractic Progress, the ACA, ICA, CCGPP, ACC and the Summit. Several organizations like the Summit, the ACC and CCGPP held respective meetings, as well as joint leadership brainstorming sessions throughout.
COCSA President, Dr. Jeff Fedorko felt that, “As a chiropractor involved in leadership for nearly 28 years, it is great to see the majority of state association’s volunteer leadership and their state executive directors here at the COCSA convention sharing and networking to better serve their doctors back home and the patients they serve.”
Highlights of the program included the emotional and motivational speech by the General Becky Halstead, a productive and valuable discussion by Melynn Sight, President of Msight Marketing, on creating member value for your associations and the tools to do it, the entertaining and nationally acclaimed, Rita Emmett with her “Blast away Procrastination”, how to get things done and effective time management tools, and a timely and valuable update on the recent class action lawsuits led by Dr. Sig Miller and Dr. John LaMonica. A presentation on the history COCSA was provided by some of the original co-founders and members of COCSA, Dr. Richard Vincent, Dr. Lou Sportelli and Dr. Malcom McDonald, at the Friday night Beach party celebration.
Educational programs were complemented by opportunities for attendees to relax and socialize. The Thursday evening Welcome Dinner, the beautiful courtyard luncheons, and the breakfasts and breaks in the exhibit area provided a good time for all. Highlights of the Friday evening party included a ‘magical’ reception sponsored by Core Products and Phil Mattison with live magic tricks, a beautiful outdoor feast with seafood and prime rib, sponsored by NCMIC and PAYDC, live music by Espree de Kor sponsored by Parker Chiropractic College and a prize give a away with more than $17,000 worth of prizes donated by our Amazing Convention and Corporate Sponsors. Some key prizes included a weekend away at the Tradewinds Hotel, a mini-computer from PAYDC, several quality products from Core Products, a 12 wallet pack from TPK wallet, 3 hours of Coaching TC from Breakthrough Coaching, a cheese tray from OUM, a Bag of Goodies from Standard Process, Avazzia for three of their medical devices, ChiroCode for the Chirocode books and software packages, Medical Devices for over 26 Med-lites donated at over $10,000, and Chiropractor123.com for a year of free service.
Proceeds will be used to support the National Campaign Fund that has been established to help support our national affiliates.
The Congress of Chiropractic State Associations extends a special thanks to the suppliers who generously supported the convention and enabled us to offer superb programming at affordable rates. Dr. Jeff Fedorko, president of COCSA stated,” If it wasn’t for the generous support and financial donations that we receive from our corporate and convention sponsors, it would be very difficult for COCSA and other volunteer organizations to fulfill their missions and provide the service and resources to their members.”
For additional COCSA convention information or details, contact Amy Hardin Executive Director, at 316.613.3386
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