Thoughts From the Third Grade
by Judy Nutz Campanale, DC, ACP, FCSC
I was eight years old when I entered third grade. Not the prettiest girl in the class by any stretch, but thoughtful and friendly. I went to a small private school and my classmates were mostly the same 25 kids who had started first grade with me.
It was the first time, of what would be several times in my life, that I joined a choir. I loved to sing, still do, and the fact that it was a church choir didn’t phase me in the slightest. I went to church every Sunday anyhow and being in the choir allowed me the best seat in the house… the choir loft.
The problem was none of my friends wanted to join with me. Some said they didn’t like to sing and some said they weren’t very good singers. Some said it wasn’t cool to join the church choir. Some said the choir was small and frankly not very good. I joined anyhow.
It was strange at first. My range is low so I was put in the alto section which rarely sings the melody portion of a song (the part everyone knows). Altos sing harmony and when I told my director I wasn’t really happy about that she told me something that has stuck with me my whole life. She said, “Judy, altos brings color to the song. They add pizzazz. It’s the differences between all four parts in the same song that make it brilliant.” And it’s true. No single part alone… soprano, alto, tenor or bass..is anywhere near as good as all four parts together.
I continued in that choir for many years and absolutely loved the performances as well as the work we did to prepare for them. I made new friends who also loved to sing even though they sang different parts and together we added a joyful presence in church that would not be there without us. It was obviously the right choice for me.
It seems to me the same principles apply today. I try to make good decisions about where I will spend my time, energy and money based on things that hold value for me. I join groups that hold that same basic principles that I have and that protect and promote the things I love. Members of the group may or may not be exactly like me but we are all working toward the same goal. I don’t have to like or agree with all of the people in the group, in fact, sometimes it’s the differences among the members that contribute to its greatness.
As one of the longest standing members of the IFCO, I can tell you that our organization is no different. We are a group of very different people. We are graduates or students of nearly every school on the planet. Some of us aren’t even doctors or students. Some of us have big practices some of us small. Some of us don’t practice at all. Some of us are gregarious, some introspective.
If you are considering membership in IFCO, don’t make your decision to join based on what your friends are doing, or based on our size, our accomplishments or even our members. Make your decision to join IFCO based on the fact that we are the only chiropractic organization that protects and promotes chiropractic practices that focus on the location and correction of vertebral subluxation because it in and of itself is a detriment to the fullest expression of life.
If that rings true for you, then join us and add your unique gifts and talents to our worldwide effort to insure every man, woman and child on the planet has the opportunity to be checked for vertebral subluxation for generations to come. Together we can be a desperately needed, joyful presence in our world.
Judy has been an IFCO Board member since 2007 having previously served in several other leadership roles including IFCO President (first woman ever to serve as President of a national chiropractic organization). She has been a member of the IFCO since 1990 when she was still a student at Pennsylvania College of Straight Chiropractic. She is currently in her 26th year of practice (and 5th year as owner) at the Strauss Chiropractic Center, Levittown, PA. She also currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Sherman College Board of Trustees.
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