Join the Tai Chi for Health Community

 

Christine Killeen,Senior Trainer, Tai Chi for Health Institute

I attended my first “community” meeting of the Tai Chi for Health Community (TCHC) at a yearly Conference held in Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was a very relaxing, enjoyable, welcoming evening where everyone seemed friendly and very open to getting to know each other.  There was a real sense of a “Community” connecting, and I enthusiastically joined as a member.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that by joining this organization I could obtain several immediate benefits like discounts on products and workshops offered by Tai Chi Productions, as well as a link to an insurance company that writes instructor liability policies for TCHC instructors.
However, in addition to what I could personally receive from my membership, I  found that I had become a part of an organization that works together to ensure yearly funding for scholarships to worthy students who might not otherwise be able to attend the Tai Chi for Health Institute  Conference.  As became apparent to me (and the reason I continue to attend these conferences) it is a golden opportunity for students to grow their tai chi ability, cultivate new skills, and connect with others from all over the United States (and frequently beyond) who love tai chi.  I have met many great new people at yearly Conferences because the scholarship program made it possible for them to attend.
A few years ago, I decided to become more active in the TCHC organization, volunteering my time to answer member questions sent to the TCHC website. In the fall of 2011, I was voted a member of the Board for TCHC and currently am also working as part of the Steering Committee.   This is an exciting and pivotal time for the organization as its Board, together with the Steering Committee, cultivate fresh ideas to increase ways we can support our Members who are starting a teaching practice or looking to increase their
classes and services in their home communities.
I am reminded that the word “Community” implies “people with a shared interest or background,”  and among its synonyms are the phrases “cooperative spirit” and “unity,” and I can’t think of anything that better reflects that meaning than the Tai Chi for Health Community.  TCHC is working hard to create new ways to compliment the needs of its Members, who are also my “colleagues.”  If you aren’t already a Member, please consider joining us by going to www.tchc.info. This promises to be an exciting year!

 

 

Categories Tai Chi | Tags: | Posted on February 22, 2012

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