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  Congress Connection

COCSA RESPONDS TO RELEASE OF CCGPP DOCUMENT

Last week COCSA completed conference calls in each of its five districts during which 70% of COCSA members discussed the CCGPP draft document with their respective district director, their CCGPP rep, and members of the CCGPP executive committee. The COCSA board is meeting this week for a debriefing of these calls and to determine the next steps needed to ensure that state associations respond to the document and that their voices are heard by CCGPP. States are encouraged to continue their review of the document and the preparation of their comments in accordance with the outline provided by CCGPP. (See CCGPP Document Released on the COCSA website.) Stay tuned for further communications regarding this matter.

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CCGPP WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSES AFTER DEADLINE: STATES ENCOURAGED TO RESPOND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE

In response to requests from state associations for an extension of the response deadline on the low back draft, CCGPP has advised COCSA that the 60-day response deadline will not be changed; however, they will continue to accept comment submissions from state associations and other organizations after the July 10th deadline. The 60-day response time is similar to other organizations, including Canada, AHCPR, and others. The draft document and online survey for individual response will be removed from the CCGPP website on July 10, 2006, and all comments forwarded to the Commission for cataloging, review, and consideration. CCGPP will accept comments throughout this process up until the time that the revisions for the chapter are completed and the responses can be reasonably accommodated in the revision process. Submissions received after that time will be considered in the next cycle, which will take place in two years. Organizations are encouraged to submit their comments as close to the July 10th date as possible to ensure inclusion and consideration in this first revision. Also be reminded that additional chapters will be released approximately every two months, each with a 60-day response window. We encourage you to take the necessary steps to assist your review committee and organization with responding within the 60-day window.

COCSA BOARD APPROVES NEW MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS
At their annual planning meeting in March, the COCSA board approved minor changes to the COCSA mission statement and developed a new vision statement as follows:

Mission Statement: The mission of the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations is to provide an open, nonpartisan forum for the advancement of chiropractic through service to member state associations.

Vision Statement: The Congress of Chiropractic State Associations is the forum for unifying the profession and inspiring the achievement of universal understanding and utilization of chiropractic.

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COCSA DEVELOPS STRATEGIC PLAN
The Strategic Plan Document developed at the March planning meeting is now available for review in the Members Only section of the COCSA website. The plan includes a large number of goals and projects for the future and calls for COCSA to concentrate on eight priority projects for 2006. You will need your member passcode to view the document. This can be obtained from the COCSA office at cocsa@sc.rr.com. The COCSA board extends a big thank you to Dr. Rick McMichael (COCSA honorary member and retreat facilitator), Dr. Don Hirsh (Maryland delegate and host of this year's COCSA conference), and Ms. Doris Christman (COCSA honorary member and staff assistant) for participating in this year's planning meeting.

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FOOT LEVELERS SPEAKERS GRANT PROGRAM HITS THE MARK
We would like to extend a huge thanks to those states who are participating in the Foot Levelers Speakers Grant program. Foot Levelers notified us earlier this month that 26 state associations have signed up. In addition to the speakers provided and monetary contributions made to the state associations, Foot Levelers also makes a monetary contribution to COCSA for each participating association. Through a new agreement reached last year, this contribution increases significantly after the 25th state. We are thrilled to be at the bonus level and encourage the other 30-something state associations to consider using the program for their conference needs. For more information, contact Yolanda Davis at Foot Levelers, 800-553-4860 or yolanda@footlevelers.com.

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STATE ASSOCIATIONS BENEFIT FROM QUIT FOR LIFE PROGRAM
Congratulations to the following state associations on receiving their first royalty check from Cornerstone Marketing's smoking cessation program: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Ohio. COCSA is working with Cornerstone to develop a health and wellness message for chiropractic patients and employee wellness materials for chiropractors to use in taking this program into local industries. The new program launch is planned for August with a focus on the Great American Smoke-Out in November. Information on how your association can participate in the Quit for Life Program can be found in the Resource section of the COCSA website.

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NEW COCSA DIRECTORY PUBLISHED
A new COCSA 2006 Directory has been posted to the Members Only section of the COCSA website. In addition to contact information for state associations and their officers, COCSA supporting and associate members, and COCSA corporate partners, the directory includes contact information for other national chiropractic organizations and chiropractic colleges. Please review the information listed for your association and notify us if changes need to be made. You can obtain your passcode for the Members Only site from the COCSA office at cocsa@sc.rr.com.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Please join us in extending a warm COCSA welcome to Joyce Martello and Coral Assam, our two newest state association executive directors. Joyce replaced Karen Hammel, CAE, when she retired last month from the Colorado Chiropractic Association, and Coral replaced Deb Mortensen at the South Dakota Chiropractors Association. We are also pleased to welcome the Alaska Chiropractic Society back to COCSA and have also received an application from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association to rejoin after 10 years. Our newest supporting member is MediGeek out of West Chester, Ohio. Contact information for all of these new members can be found in the directory mentioned above.

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STRAIGHTEN UP AMERICA GAINING MOMENTUM
The east coast segment of the Packy PlayFair National Sportsmanship Tour ended in May, but the contacts made during the month-long event and through the efforts of Dr. Ron Kirk and Dr. Stephen Simonetti have hurled the Straighten Up America program to a new dimension. Dr. Simonetti gave a presentation on Straighten Up during the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports event in Washington, DC on May 6, 2006. Straighten Up America is proud to be a 50th Anniversary Partner to Get America Moving, which is an initiative of the President's Council during its fiftieth anniversary year (1956-2006). An article about Straighten Up was featured in the latest newsletter of the US Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD), and the International Bone and Joint Decade has adopted Straighten Up as the theme for World Spine Day, which will be celebrated in 60 countries on October 16, 2006. Straighten Up is also a natural fit for schools across the nation that are seeking programs to meet nationally mandated wellness programs designed to increase students' activity and fitness levels. COCSA and Life are currently developing Straighten Up America implementation kits for doctors and associations. Stay tuned as additional details regarding Straighten Up efforts become available.

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NEW BACKPACK SAFETY PROGRAM ANNOUNCED
Information on our new and improved Backpack Safety Program was mailed to state association offices earlier this month. Packets included details about program changes, an order form, an ad slick to promote the program, and an independent article worthy of publication. States are encouraged to promote this program with their doctors for use at back to school events later this summer and Spinal Health Month in October. For information, visit the Backpack Safety Awareness Page of the COCSA website.

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CHRISTINE CARON LECTURER ANNOUNCED FOR COCSA 2006: BALTIMORE
We are pleased to announce Edward J. McMillan, CPA, CAE, as the Christine Caron Lecturer for COCSA 2006: Baltimore. Ed literally wrote the book on non-profit financial management and will be speaking with us on Budgeting and Financial Management for Not-for-Profit Organizations. Ed has presented his unique budgeting system to thousands of upper level executives who have found the program to be right on target for their needs. You will learn: (1) to read and understand the Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet) and Statement of Activity (Income Statement) and to look for danger signs; (2) helpful hints on how to present financial statements to boards and staff; the importance of segregating expenses into classes; (3) the CONTINUOUS BUDGETING SYSTEM that will virtually eliminate the year-end budget process; (4) the proper method of PRESENTING FINAL BUDGET DOCUMENTS to the approving body; and (5) how to implement effective cost cutting measures. You will receive: (1) the forms needed to implement the OPERATING BUDGET, the CAPITAL BUDGET, the INVENTORY ACQUISITION BUDGET and the CASH FLOW BUDGET, and (2) the tools needed to establish effective FINANCIAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

COCSA 2006: Baltimore will be held November 8-12 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. A pre-conference event will be offered Wednesday evening with the executive director round table beginning first thing Thursday morning. The round table for elected volunteer leaders (aka doctors of chiropractic) begins at 12:30pm followed by opening ceremonies at 4:00pm. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 800-468-3571 and requesting a room for the COCSA meeting. Special room rate is $179. Corporate support materials will be distributed in the next few weeks. Registration materials for state associations will be distributed in late August/early September.

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TPK ANNOUNCES NEW STATE ASSOCIATION PROGRAM
TPK Backsaver Wallet has extended and revamped their state association contest. The new grand prize includes trips to the 2007 British Open in Scotland or a round of golf with Tom Lehman in Scottsdale, Arizona. The backsaver wallet is a fantastic product that is easy to sell and display in a chiropractic office, making it an excellent source of additional revenue for your members. TPK offers a Non-Retail Program for doctors who do not merchandise products in their clinics and is also offering a special Chiropractic Leaders Program for state association leaders. Details on the TPK Backsaver Wallet Program are posted in the Resource section of the COCSA website, or can be obtained by contacting Becky Moe at TPK, 800-433-4653 OR beckym@tpkleather.com.

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STATES SIGN UP FOR WORLD CLASS CONFERENCING PROGRAM
COCSA launched a new conferencing service in May and is pleased to announce that twelve associations have signed up. In addition to audio conference calling at 12 cents per minute, World Class offers a wide range of web-based conferencing tools. You can review information on the World Class Conferencing Program or sign up for an account on the COCSA website.

 

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