Professional Opticians of Florida
Hello and welcome to summer! We have all heard about the “dog days” of summer but few know what the expression means.
Per the Farmers’ Almanac: “Some say that it signifies hot sultry days “not fit for a dog,” others suggest it’s the weather in which dogs go mad. The Dog Days of Summer describes the most oppressive period of summer, between July 3rd and August 11th each year. But where did the term come from? And what does it have to do with dogs? The phrase is actually a reference to the fact that, during this time, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. This is why Sirius is sometimes called the Dog Star.
In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time as diēs caniculārēs, or “dog days.” Thus, the term Dog Days of Summer came to mean the 20 days before and 20 days after this alignment of Sirius with the Sun - July 3 to Aug. 11.”
So what does it mean for you? Well, Summer Showcase has found a new home this year at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, August 9‑11, 2019! We are very excited about this great new education venue and our vendors are looking forward to it as well. Don’t miss this great opportunity to complete your education requirements AND enjoy a cool and relaxing beach vacation at the same time!
See you there in just a few short weeks!
Jerry W. Campbell, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC
Opticians for Better Vision
2019 Donation Goal
For many years, the Professional Opticians of Florida have had a retained, registered, professional lobbyist working on your behalf in the halls of the Florida Capitol. POF has the only representation in the House and Senate working on behalf of you and all Florida Opticians. I am so fortunate to have been that person in the "halls" for you since 1989. Some of you may remember our efforts to kill the deregulation of your profession by eliminating your license years ago, and, happily, POF was successful.
Participation in the election process requires money, period. Your contributions to Opticians for Better Vision, your political committee, go directly to candidate campaigns. There are no fewer than 140 races for Florida legislative races every other year...it just never ends. Florida contribution limits per cycle are $1,000 per candidate. So you can understand the continuing need for support for your professional political activity...both individually and as a membership, trade association working on your behalf.
Please make this commitment today. It is important to protect what you worked so hard to achieve!!
Nancy Black Stewart
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.
November 15-17, 2019
Join your colleagues at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort for another Professional Opticians of Florida exceptional education weekend. We are currently working to schedule a full, education-packed weekend for Opticians, Apprentice Opticians.