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FAQs … About Congress Membership

 

What are the goals and mission statement of the Congress?

The Congress mission statement is to provide an open, nonpartisan forum for the advancement of the chiropractic profession through service to member state associations. Goals to support this mission are established each year at the annual board planning meeting.  2015 Goals.  Congress was established in 1969.  2014-2016 Strategic Plan

 

Why should our association become a member of the Congress?

The true value of Congress membership can best be summed up in one word—networking—networking at the annual convention and through the use of the Congress’s communications systems which include email broadcast, the newsletter, our web site, our listserve, and direct mail. While state laws, economies and regional practice styles differ, the basic challenges faced by state chiropractic associations are the same. The Congress provides a forum for state associations to learn from each other—what trends and challenges are sweeping the country, what has or has not worked in other states in dealing with these challenges and what types of projects have been successful in other states which could be duplicated in your own.

 

In addition to providing cutting edge information on chiropractic and association management issues, the Congress continues to develop a Resource Center through which associations can obtain products and services to assist them with increasing their own member benefits and non-dues revenues. As the organization which represents the largest number of chiropractors through our member associations, we are positioned to negotiate deals with companies that individual associations cannot. We feel this is a valuable service, especially for smaller associations, and could easily defray the cost of Congress dues.

 

Does the Congress sponsor meetings?

The Congress holds an annual convention every year in November. This meeting generally begins on Thursday after elections and ends on Saturday afternoon. The focus of the program is to provide training for elected leaders and paid staff on how to more effectively manage the association. The meeting also features updates on chiropractic issues at the state and national levels and provides a forum for discussion of trends in the association and chiropractic industries.

In addition to the annual meeting, the Congress also sponsors the annual National Chiropractic Leadership Forum, where we bring chiropractic’s national organizations to the table in an effort to foster unified leadership for the chiropractic profession.

 

Who does the Congress represent?

Over fifty associations are currently active members of the Congress. These associations run the gambit from large to small and represent a wide range of philosophical backgrounds.

 

What has the Congress accomplished?

While resources are limited, the Congress has been successful in reaching our stated mission through a variety of projects. Some of our accomplishments are outlined below:

  • The Congress has been the driving force for chiropractic unity. Our efforts have lead to the formation of the National Chiropractic Leadership Forum through which chiropractic’s national organizations meet annually to develop shared visions and goals, and we recently initiated similar efforts on the state level.
  • The Congress assists member associations with increasing their seminar and convention revenues through the Foot Levelers Grant Program and NCMIC State Association Speakers Program, which provide free speakers to member state associations.
  • The Congress assists member associations with their efforts to provide quality continuing education programs through the publication of a speaker’s directory, Resource Guide to Speakers.
  • The Congress has developed a secure Internet environment through which state associations can exchange information.
  • The Congress has developed a Resource Center through which member associations can obtain products and services to enhance their revenues and member benefits and assist them with their legislative and public relations efforts.
  • What does it cost to become a member of the Congress? The cost of membership is $500 per year for active member associations and $400 per year for associate member associations. Criteria for regular members are as follows: A state organization which has been chartered or incorporated for at least two years in the state it represents, holds regularly schedule elections of its officers at least every three years, and maintains a membership of at least 100 state licensed chiropractic or at least 20% of the state’s licensed doctors, whichever is less. Associate member associations do not carry a vote and may be state, county or regional chiropractic organizations which do not qualify for active membership as outlined above.

 How does our association join the Congress?

Print and complete the Chiropractic Organization Application and send it to the Congress office with a copy of your articles of incorporation, your bylaws, a list of your association’s instate chiropractic members (this information will not be distributed outside the COCSA office), a list of your officers, and a check for your annual dues. Your application will be reviewed by the Congress Credentials Committee with final approval given by the Congress Board of Directors.  Please contact Amy Hardin at ahardin@cocsa.org for an application. 

 

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