By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has elected Gerard W. Clum, D.C. as the new president of the organization. Dr. Clum is representing the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) in the northern region.
Dr. Gerry Clum is also president of Life Chiropractic College West, which is located in Hayward, California.
— From WFC news —
On June 27, 2006, at the annual meeting of the Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the election of the Executive of the WFC each of whom will serve a two-year term in their newly elected posts was completed.
Following the pattern of past elections those elected ascended through the chairs of the WFC. The newly elected Executive is:
- President: Gerard W. Clum, D.C. representing the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) in the North American Region
- First Vice President: Stathis Papadopoulos, D.C. of Cyprus representing the Eastern Mediterranean Region
- Second Vice President: Michael Flynn, D.C. representing the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) in the North American Region
- Secretary-Treasurer: Dennis Richards, D.C of the Chiropractic Association of Australia as representing the Pacific Region
- Past President: Anthony Metcalfe, D.C. of the U.K. as the representative of the European region.
During the past two years, under the continuing strong leadership of the WFC Council and President Dr Tony Metcalfe, well-planned, open and consistent pursuit of important goals has produced major successes for the future of the profession. One has been the international consensus on an identity for the chiropractic profession – the spinal health care experts within mainstream healthcare. Another has been the publication of the WHO Guidelines on chiropractic education which will undoubtedly do more to protect and advance the separate identity of the chiropractic profession than any other single project in the history of the profession.
— end WFC news —
The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has national associations of chiropractors in 85 countries as its voting members, and represents them and the chiropractic profession internationally. The WFC has been a non-governmental organization or NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1997, and collaborates with many similar associations representing other healthcare professions.
The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is the world’s oldest international chiropractic professional organization representing nearly 8,000 practitioners, students, chiropractic assistants, educators and lay persons world-wide dedicated to the growth and development of the chiropractic profession based on its fundamental principles and philosophy.
Life Chiropractic College West (Hayward, California)
Life Chiropractic College West, which offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, is located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. The College provides solid academic and clinical experience, featuring an integrated emphasis on chiropractic philosophy and technique.
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Editor’s note: While there is no mention of the term subluxation on the WFC homepage, there is use of the term spinal adjustment. Electing Dr. Gerry Clum as president is a step in a good direction for chiropractic.
Technical trivia: it was Dr. Bobby Braile (former ICA president) that registered the domain: CHIROPRACTIC.ORG on May 20, 1996
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