PRESIDENT'S Message

March 2018     

I just returned from an awesome education event at Spring Spectacle in Ft. Walton Beach. I had a fantastic time meeting our fellow Opticians in the panhandle. It was wonderful weekend thanks to our great speakers and the help of Keaton Fox, Bill Wells, Dee Pace and Mark Miller.

As you know, this year marks the end of our continuing education biennium. That means it is crunch time for any Optician that hasn’t met the 20-hour continuing education requirement. The great news is that POF is providing numerous opportunities throughout the state to help you meet your CE requirements.

Be sure to check out upcoming local chapter events to help fulfill your education requirements.

Chapter Education. Please support your local chapters and the volunteers that make these local events happen. Your local chapters would also be extremely grateful for any help you can provide.

Our next major education event will be West Coast Better Vision Conference at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. Make your plans and reservations now to attend this education in an absolutely beautiful part of Florida. You can book reservations online and ‘Enter Group Code 39G2EI’.

Or call the hotel's reservation department at 1-888-237-8772

I look forward to seeing many of you Safety Harbor Resort & Spa May 18-20, 2018!

 

Jerry

Jerry W. Campbell, LDO, ABOC, NCLEC
Board Certified Optician
President

Membership / Become a Part of POF


As the only association in Florida dedicated to protecting the value and viability of your Opticianry license, Professional Opticians of Florida has worked tirelessly for over 50 years.

We strive to enhance your professional life by:

    • Providing top-quality continuing education.
    • Monitoring and influencing legislative & agency issues impacting opticians.
    • Maintaining its own Political Action Committee, Opticians for Better Vision
    • Maintaining a Legislative Defense Fund

We challenge you to invest in your future and become a partner with the only association that multiplies your investment many times over.

NOTE: Please allow 1 - 2 weeks for the processing of your membership. A confirmation email containing your membership number will be sent to you immediately.


Executive Board Members 

President

 

Jerry Campbell

1982 S US Hwy 1 Suite 101
Rockledge, FL 32955
321-636-7200 (work)
321-243-7928 (cell)

jerry@pof.org 



                           

            

Vice President


 

Atala Valdes

14824 Redcliff Drive
Tampa, FL 33625
813-616-0384 (cell)
813-443-2138 (work)
atalawcpof@yahoo.com

 



                           



Secretary


 


Vince Cottone

5554 Norde Drive W
Jacksonville, FL 32244
904-613-3703 (cell)
vincecottone@yahoo.com






Treasurer


 

Wes Stuart


2110 Meadow Glen Cove #122
Winter Springs, FL 32792
601-606-4178 (cell)
wstuartldo@gmail.com

 




Immediate Past President



David Couch

13602 N. 46th Street
Tampa, FL 33613
813-205-3532 (cell)
813-972-3536 (work)
813-971-7437 (fax)
couchbucsfan@gmail.com


        



POF Board of Directors


Central Florida Chapter

Wesley Stuart

2110 Meadow Glen Cove #122
Winter Springs, FL 32792
601-606-4178 (cell)
wstuartldo@gmail.com  


 




Ft. Lauderdale Chapter

Walter Goldberg

10808 Morningstar Drive
Hollywood, FL 33026
954-536-2325 (cell)
954-438-5040 (fax)
profexl@aol.com

 






Gulf Coast Chapter

Torri Martin

925 N Entrada Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33919
239-770-4495 (home)
239-267-2946 (fax)
torri1124@comcast.net

 






Gulf Coast Chapter

Pamela Palmer

9400 Marino Circle #107
Naples, FL 34114
941-456-4410
pamelapalmer007@gmail.com



 


Jacksonville Chapter 

Vince Cottone
5554 Norde Drive W
Jacksonville, FL 32244
904-613-3703 (cell)
vincecottone@yahoo.com







  


Manasota Chapter

Yvonne Schloss
 343 St. Armands Circle
 Sarasota, FL 34236
 941-388-5115 (home)

sunexpresshq@gmail.com

 




Miami Chapter

Raymond Castro

11200 SW 8th Street PG Ste 160

Miami, FL 33199

305-342-3164 (cell)

ray.the.optician@gmail.com

 




























Palm Beach Chapter

    

Sarah Barry
6219 SE Georgetown Place
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
772-349-4759 (cell)
561-799-3932 (work)
tiggervixen8@aol.com

 
 
 
 
 




    

    

    Pensacola Chapter

      Keaton Fox

    209 Sprague Dr
    Pensacola, FL 32534
    850-324-8168 (cell)
    keatonfoxldo@outlook.com










       Space Coast Chapter

        Jerry Campbell

      1982 S. US Hwy 1, Suite 101
      Rockledge, FL 32955
      321-636-7200 (work)
      321-243-7928 (cell)
      jerry@pof.org








         Space Coast Chapter

          Mary Dennison

       1982 S. US Hwy 1, Suite 101
       Rockledge, FL 32955
       321-636-7200 (work)
       321-213-3221 (cell)

       dennison10@yahoo.com









           Space Coast Chapter

           Jeanne Parker

        2662 Lowell Circle
        Melbourne, FL 32935
        407-443-4775 (cell)
        eyedigeyes@gmail.com






              


          West Coast Chapter

              Ward Delbridge-Moiles

          6957 16th Terrace N #574
          St. Petersburg, FL 33710
          727-710-4372
          sunwardwines@aol.com




         


          Future Optician Representative

               Luke Mills

          PO Box 15795
          Fernandina Beach, FL  
          678-499-6731 (cell)
          lukamills@gmail.com


    



RENEWAL INFORMATION

The 2017 - 2018 Continuing Education Requirements for Florida Opticians*

Florida Opticians are required to attend 20 hours of continuing education every two years to renew their license. The current biennium started January 1, 2017 and will end December 31, 2018. The updated continuing education requirements for this biennium are as follows:

A. Laws & Rules: Two (2) hours must be on Florida laws & administrative rules governing the profession.

B. Technical: At least eleven (11) hours shall be directly relating to the technical profession of Opticianry (i.e., dispensing, contact lens, etc.). Board Certified Opticians shall receive at least four (4) hours in contact lens theory and practice.

C. Reduction of Medical Errors: Two (2) hours on and shall include a study of root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety.

D. Electives: Five (5) hours may be on any of the listed topic (A, B, or E) or may be in a management, sales, stress management, risk management, or marketing related topic. 

E. AIDS/HIV: One (1) hour AIDS/HIV training will now only be required for newly licensed opticians during their initial renewal that CEs are required.

 

*This is a summary only as of July 2017.  Please consult rule 64B12-15.003 of the Florida Administrative Code, Standards For Continuing Education. For additional information, contact:

The Florida Board of Opticianry
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C08
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
Phone (850) 245-4474
Web site or Florida Licensure


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