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2020 ChiroCongress Virtual Convention - OnDemand


Our Mission:  Advancing the chiropractic profession through
innovation, research and service to member organizations

Dear Friends,

I am sure we would all agree that 2020 has not been without its unique challenges.  Always remember that with great challenge comes great opportunity!  We would all prefer to be in sunny Tampa, Florida enjoying the camaraderie and excitement of our 2020 ChiroCongress convention.  Sadly, we all understand the realities that the pandemic has brought forth.  The safety and comfort of our attendees is always the top priority at any ChiroCongress event.  Also considering the current state quarantine mandates that remain, our board agreed that the best option would be to still hold our convention…just with significant social distancing this time around.

I sincerely appreciate the time and effort that our Education & Events Chair, Dr. Rachel Wendt, and her committee put in to planning this convention.  As true professionals, the pivot to a virtual conference was planned for months ago if the need were to arise.  This will be an amazing convention, and I sincerely look forward to the in-person events we will be holding in 2021!  Tampa and Hawaii in the same year?  Sign me up!

Looking back at the beginning of all of this in March, chaos reigned.  It seemed that every governor was implementing a different approach to address the pandemic. There was a great deal of uncertainty and fear of the unknown.  I am very proud that we were able to create our ‘COVID Roundtables’ where we could share our concerns and learn what steps we could take to help our respective state organizations and the doctors and patients we ultimately serve.  We were able to take the proverbial lemons we were handed and make a tasty blackberry bourbon lemonade!  This represents the very heart of who we are as an organization—we help each other in good times and in bad.  With such success in managing this crisis, imagine what we will accomplish working together on our national strategic plan!

Speaking of which, the ‘Future of Chiropractic Strategic Plan Task Force’ has been working all year to lay the foundation for how our plan will be formed.  Your ChiroCongress board members along with Dr. Jay Greenstein, Dr. Tom Klapp, John Murray (Wisconsin Chiropractic Association Executive Director), and Dr. Ray Foxworth have put their heart and soul into this project!  Whether we move forward in-person or virtually, this plan is absolutely vital to the continued growth and success of the chiropractic profession.  As I’ve said many times the past eight months, navigating a crisis is analogous to sailing a ship.  There will be rocks and storms to avoid, and the winds will change direction when least expected.  Our job as leaders is to adjust the sails and continue confidently to our destination!

Looking back at the past two years, I am also very proud of ChiroCongress for the goals we have achieved and the exciting new projects we have only just begun!  You will hear more about these accomplishments in our virtual event, but I am especially proud of the fact that we were able to create a 501(c)3 charitable organization, ‘ChiroCongress Cares!’ I know that this vehicle will help both our organization and our profession immensely in the years ahead.

It has been my honor to serve you as President during this time.  Our board is comprised of amazing individuals working together like a finely tuned engine to get the job done!  I have the utmost confidence that ChiroCongress will continue to grow and take us to levels we previously only dreamed of!  Saving the best for last, I cannot find the words to express my gratitude to our incredible ChiroCongress staff for all they do every day to ensure that we stay on mission!  Our Executive Director, Lizz Klein, is the driving force behind everything we do as an organization.  Communications Specialist, Sheri Ryan, and Events Specialist, Suzi Anderson are invaluable assets to ChiroCongress and I salute them for their professionalism!

I hope you enjoy this year’s convention, and I look forward to seeing you there virtually! 
Watch out, 2021…Here.  We.  Come!

Let’s ROCK!

Daniel D. Spencer, DC, CCSP®
President, ChiroCongress


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