Professional Opticians of Florida
Greetings! 2019 has arrived, bringing with it the new biennium and starting the clock for our required 20 hours of education for licensure renewal. It seems like just yesterday that we all met our education requirements, paid our fee, and received our new licenses and here we go again! I for one am not complaining, as I consider myself very blessed and am extremely grateful for this profession. Our upcoming education events for this year have all been well thought out and include some great new venues.
Our first online webinar event is the Apprentice\Sponsor Orientation course, which I will host along with Glenn from the POF HQ on April 16, 2019. This course will be packed with new information and updates regarding rule changes. Additionally, an ABO/NCLE exam prep with instructor Steven B. Indelicato and Rebecca Soto will be held May 4 & 5, 2019 in Safety Harbor and promises to be a fantastic prep course for future Opticians. Be sure to share this information with anyone who is preparing to take those exams.
The first major education event of 2019 is our West Coast Better Vision Conference, held once again at one of our favorite spots, Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, May 17-19, 2019. This is the first opportunity of the biennium to get all of the required 20 hours in one weekend with multiple fantastic instructors. The Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program with master instructor Don Young is not to be missed and this course is only offered by POF!
I believe that every Florida Optician should utilize their license to the fullest, which includes being Board Certified. Board Certification helps keep our profession under the oversight of the Department of Health, working to protect, promote and improve the health of all Floridians. The great news is that this course will be offered at the West Coast Better Vision Conference, so now is the time to make your plans to attend!
Summer Showcase has a new home this year at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, August 9 - 11, 2019, offering all oceanfront rooms! We are very excited about this great new education and vacation venue and I know that our vendors will love this place. And if that wasn’t enough great news …
Yes, it is true! We are finally going back to Ft. Lauderdale this fall for Vision Preview, November 8-10, 2019, at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina. Make sure to register early as this event will definitely sell out fast. We are very excited about this new venue and look forward to providing our members with lots of quality education along with lots of fun.
Jerry W. Campbell, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC
Board Certified Optician
Dear Optical Family,
As most of you are aware, Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 10) near Mexico Beach, Florida, a small town located on the Florida Panhandle. The storm was a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.
POF has approved and will be moving forward with hurricane relief for our optical brothers and sisters in the Panhandle. While we do not know what exactly the needs are yet; we will be working to tackle something that has not been done on this scale before. These needs will not be felt tomorrow or even next week but months or even a year from now.
We have heard from many in the optical community wishing to donate optical related items necessary to opticians who were impacted by this devastating hurricane. POF is securing a climate-controlled storage facility to store any donated items; we will then reach out to those in need to distribute the donations and assist optical owners, doctors, and our fellow opticians in getting their stores running again. We are also in the process of opening a contribution bank account where all funds donated will go directly those affected. We will be in need of your time and your donations to make this unprecedented relief effort a reality.
Donations are being accepted immediately with any POF president or board member. Donations will also be accepted in Weston, FL during Vision Preview 2018, Friday, November 2- Sunday, November 4th. Spread the word, share our Hurricane Relief and Recovery Facebook and let's all gather to help those in need. Think outside the box, offer what you can, we will stand together.
This is not just a relief effort this is the beginning of a movement. We are #opticianproud
You can earn up to five online CE hours to renew your license right now. Over 20 different CE hours available to choose from, there is something for everyone.
May 17-19, 2019
Join your colleagues at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa for another Professional Opticians of Florida exceptional education weekend. We are currently working to schedule a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians.