PRESIDENT'S Message

Novemberr 2018     

Once again, POF held an exceptional education event at Vision Preview in Weston, FL. We had over 600 attendees, 40+ vendors, and provided over 60 hours of outstanding education! We continued our new after-hours tradition ‘Opticians After Dark’ and much fun was had by all. Thanks again to Vince Cottone for hosting karaoke and a special thanks to our vendors for providing the many prizes for our karaoke participants.

Having the Florida Board of Opticianry meeting held in conjunction with our education event was such a great opportunity for those of us who have not attended one previously to do so at this meeting. Peggy Slattery has decided to retire after many years of selfless service to our profession and I thank her for her dedication to Opticianry and wish her a blessed and happy retirement. Congratulations to John Girdler for being elected as the new Chairman of the Florida Board of Opticianry. I look forward to what the future holds for our currently licensed and our future Opticians in Florida.

With Peggy’s retirement, upcoming term expirations, and a vacant ‘Consumer’ member position, the Florida Board of Opticianry is in need of applicants to serve. By applying for a position on the board, you have the perfect opportunity to make a difference for your profession and help shape the future of Opticianry in Florida. Get your application process started at http://flhealthsource.gov/board-members.

As we have been stressing all year, the end of our continuing education biennium is upon us, so any Optician that hasn’t yet met the 20-hour CE requirement must do so before December 31st. The great news is that POF is still providing opportunities throughout the state to help you meet your CE requirements, so check out your local chapter’s upcoming education. Additionally, please be sure to renew your license prior to December 31, 2018. While the Governor has issued a declaration extending license expiration deadlines to assist our fellow Opticians who were impacted by Hurricane Michael, we still need to meet our CE requirements and renew our licenses ASAP.

POF is looking forward to 2019 education beginning with the West Coast Better Vision Conference. Stay tuned for dates and details to be announced soon.

Happy Holidays to all of our POF family!


Jerry

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

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