Presidents Message TCA Is All About Community
Written by Andrea Howard   
Friday, October 13, 2017 12:56 PM
By Dr. Max Vige, TCA President
The Texas Chiropractic Association’s main purpose is to protect the chiropractic profession through advocacy and legal means. It’s a 52-week, 365-day job, although it commands the most attention during years in which the Texas Legislature meets, such as 2017, when a record four pro-chiropractic bills were signed into law.
But TCA is much more than that: it’s also about community. And that was on full display last weekend, both in Dallas and Houston.
When Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast, TCA formed Chiropractors Helping in Relief Operations (C.H.I.R.O.). The initiative was launched to help Texas chiropractors impacted by natural disasters and other problems. For those hit the hardest by Harvey, a plan was developed to collect chiropractic tables and other equipment, while collecting some money to be used strictly for distribution and transportation and distribution of these items.
A big thank you to those of you who stepped up for your chiropractic colleagues in their time of need. A number of doctors across the state donated items to the cause and those outside of Texas who made contributions.
But the largest contributor was Parker University. As usual, Parker President Dr. Bill Morgan and his team were all in. At the recent Parker Experience Dallas, Parker’s fall conference and homecoming, the TCA truck pulled up to the Parker warehouse and our team picked up most of the items on our doctors’ needs list. Check out Parker’s video, on Facebook, featuring TCA Executive Director Jeff Jenkins and Dr. Morgan.
A few days later, TCA distributed items to doctors in Houston. The rest of them will be picked up in the next week or two. A big thank you to Parker and TCA’s staff, specifically Andrea Howard, who made this happen.
Like many of you, I was impacted by Harvey. My practice in Dickinson, just south of Houston, had severe flood damage, with several feet of water in my building. Things are slowly getting back to normal. But, as Harvey proved, we Texans are resilient and we band together when there’s a crisis.
Check out the C.H.I.R.O. webpage to contribute or call the TCA office at (512) 477-9292.
I also want to acknowledge my alma mater, Texas Chiropractic College. TCC’s campus in Pasadena also experienced significant flooding and damage from Harvey, but TCC President Dr. Steve Foster and his team have worked diligently to get things back to normal. I encourage you to reach out to TCC and see if there is anything you can do to help.
While TCA is winding down its Harvey relief efforts, there’s plenty going on with your state association. Stay tuned for announcements on the TCA Tour of Texas, coming to a city near you! The Tour of Texas is our grass-roots effort to reach out to chiropractors across the state.

I’ve said it before, but I will repeat myself. TCA is a family and I’m proud to be associated with you.

Max Vige, DC
TCA President