Career Workshop


“How many of you here are thinking about going into the field of medicine? Oh, perhaps to become a doctor, a dentist, a gerontologist, podiatrist, ophthalmologist, neurologist… there are many fields in medicine,” the day’s speaker opened her presentation. Not very many hands went up.

For these poor kids, doctor of medicine is a lofty profession. It costs money to attend medical school and it takes many, many years of study. It means endless hours of study, research, passing the board and licensing exams. Then there is residence time, apprenticeships, internships. To open up a clinic you need expensive equipment – modern enough to use today’s technology and software.

Medicine is for the rich and wealthy. The room became quiet as a tomb.

Unfazed by the silence, the guest presenter continued, “How many of you have ever heard of Chiropractic? Or have visited a chiropractor? You know, like when you have a neck ache, or a severe back ache? Anybody?”

No hands went up.

“Okay then,” she continued. “I’ll share with you an overview of Chiropractic – not chiropractic medicine, mind you. Just chiropractic.” The guest presenter thought for a moment… my kind of crowd.

“When I studied at Emory University I visited a chiropractor’s office in Lawrenceville. Very excellent clinic with a friendly and competent staff. I was so impressed I aspired to emulate that kind of practice.”

She projected the following chart on the screen and talked about the points at great length.

diff_largeThe room buzzed with side comments. Some hands went up. Questions were asked. There was mounting interest.

“Yes,” the presenter pointed at a student in the back. “Do you have a question?”

“This looks like an interesting program,” said a young athletic looking man. “What are the prerequisites? I mean, what does it take to study chiropractic?”

“Well, do you feel good when you help another person deal with a problem?” she asked. “Because in chiropractic, we see and treat the person as a whole – not just body parts.”

Laughter erupted in the room.

“I want some of that,” exclaimed an excited girl with braided hair. She looked like orphan Annie with black hair.

“Some of what?” replied the presenter. There was palpable interest.

“My grandfather complains a lot about back pain,” announced a high school senior. “Maybe I can do something about it using chiropractic…”

The presentation ended with some students surrounding the presenter and asking her questions.

Oldies but Goodies


BreakTWOCRPDOur students listen to all kinds of music. They enjoy singing and participating in glee club type singing events. During the July meeting attended by the President, Leonardjon L Buenavista and the VP of Field Ops, Albert Bunoan, they had group singing during their breaks. Leonardjon played guitar and Albert led the group.

To their amazement, some of the songs the group enjoyed were the oldies but goodies songs. Songs of the 50’s. Who would believe they knew songs like, “Teddy Bear” by Elvis Presley and “Puppy Love” by Paul Anka? And how about Both Leonardjon and Albert were pleasantly surprised.

A SAS Ai board member, Tina, who lives in Toronto, Canada and who has since retired from her government job was there in Tagudin vacationing at the same time the meeting with the scholars was held. She came by and attended the meeting, staying to visit with both Albert and Leonardjon afterward. She commented she also liked the Oldies but Goodies because the songs are melodic and easy to sing.

In the conversation Tina recalled attending the wedding of a dear colleague’s son, Jim – whom Albert and Leonardjon knew.

“And how did that go?” asked Albert. Jim was his classmate at SAS. “And who did ole Jimbo marry?”

“The band that played the wedding was the thing. I mean they were good,” Tina beamed. “A friend suggested they Google  Wedding Band Toronto (search engine prompts) and voilà! These guys were outright fabulous.”

“Did they play Unchained Melody?” Leonardjon interjected. “That’s one of my favorites.”

“Oh yes!” Tina replied. “Many people who attended the wedding commented positively and gave them high marks. They couldn’t stop singing with the band… it was something.”

Sounds like we’ll have to pay Tina a special visit in Toronto. Who knows? We might get lucky and listen to this Toronto Wedding Band.