“It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!”
My kids have always loved the Fall. They are 18 and 17 now, but still nostalgic for the days of raking leaves into piles and diving in, bonfires and ‘Smores on crisp autumn nights, and hiking in Brown County on Fall Break. We still do all of these (except diving into leaves…they are too cool for that!). It is the signal cry of Autumn that gets our family into upbeat moods and excites us, even knowing the changes that lie ahead.
Autumn is also a time of transition for the IWCI. It is my sincere honor to be able to serve as President of the IWCI for the next two years. It will certainly be difficult to follow the footsteps of Dr. Bob Gregori. I can’t thank him enough for his guidance and leadership, especially taking on a third year as President while dealing with the immense challenges of COVID-19. Thanks so much, Bob, for all your dedication!
We have an excellent Board of Directors coming back to IWCI this year. I look forward to assisting the Board as we try to regain some semblance of normalcy. We are not all the way back to our pre-COVID days, but we are certainly planning on ramping up our events. Many companies are encouraging their employees to return to outside events, but we are not all the way back to pre-COVID attendance. Hopefully we all can encourage our employers to continue to allow more attendance with our educational and networking opportunities in the year ahead.
The IWCI has continued to provide quality events and hope to continue expanding our offerings. This past year, we staged an excellent Golf Outing in June and we were so happy to be able to see so many friendly faces. More impressively, after a two-year hiatus, we held a very successful Annual Conference in August. A new location and fresh energy really invigorated the Board and all our presenters, attendees and sponsors. Next year promises to build on all of this excitement and we cannot wait!
As we transition from the August Annual Conference, we are holding two more exciting events to close out 2022. Next Thursday, October 27, we are hosting our October luncheon the Marriott Indianapolis North, where we held our Annual Conference. Dr. Rose and Dr. Walker from Rayus will be speaking on Radiologic Considerations & Treatments for Compression Fractures and Knee/Shoulder Acute vs Chronic Findings respectively.
We are also very excited to announce a special combination speaker/cocktail party on December 1, also at the Marriott North. Dr. Meredith Langhorst of OrthoIndy will present a talk entitled “Paradigm Shift: Restorative Neurostimulation for Mechanical Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) and how it Relates to the Inured Worker.” Following that presentation, the IWCI will host a Cocktail Reception…kind of a mini-Holiday Party! We hope to return to a full-blown Holiday Party next year, but this is an excellent opportunity to meet old and new friends and exchange good cheer for the Holidays! Please be on the lookout for registration details or log on to www.iwci.org to register.
All of the members of the Board of IWCI are continually looking for new ideas and ways to expand the offerings that you, our members, need and want. Please feel free to reach out to me or any member of the Board with any ideas or thoughts as to how we may be of service. If you are interested in joining the Board and helping with our programming, I invite you to login into the Member section of www.iwci.org and submit a Board Application. We are always looking for ways to bring more creativity and options to our members. Let’s all embrace this opportunity to leap into the leaves together!