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FALL 2017

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6 C O N F E R E N C E S Spotlight on OptiCon 2017 O phthalmic professionals from across the country set their sights on Disney's Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, for OptiCon 2017! Here's a report from the conference: Friday morning started off with Jim Morris, executive director of American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO-NCLE), welcoming everyone to OptiCon 2017. Renae Shepherd, senior director meetings and education at The Vision Council joined Jim in announcing that Vision Expo and OptiCon have just entered into a partnership to bring OptiCon to Vision Expo beginning March 2018. Then, featured general session speaker, Ted Gioia, discussed his work with the history of eyewear, specifically related to galleries and displays at the Optical Heritage Museum in Southbridge, MA. Once the general session was over, educational sessions began and only stopped briefly for visits to the exhibit hall, where Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse greeted attendees. Friday night's welcome event was the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Attendees enjoyed Polynesian cuisine while watching the legendary Polynesian dancers. The evening ended with an awe-inspiring performance by the resort's fire dancer. The event continued on Saturday with top-notch education, and the day capped off with the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) College Bowl. Brandi Irby from Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA, was the night's big winner. She took home a prize and bragging rights from this year's event. The NFOS College Bowl trophy will reside at the Ogeechee Technical College until the next NFOS College Bowl. Sunday started early with more educational opportunities, and the conference ended late that afternoon. As it has for several years, the Opticians Association of America (OAA) held various business meetings during OptiCon. OAA hosted the Collaboration Forum, bringing several optical organizations together in a think tank environment to advance the profession. OAA held its biannual board meeting during the conference in addition to the Delegate Assembly meeting (where elections took place), The Vision of Hope board meeting, the Guild annual board meeting and the state society meeting. Two new board directors were elected: David Couch of Florida, as an at-large director, and George Bourke of Massachusetts as a firm member director. Dibby Bartlett of Massachusetts moved to 1st vice president, and Johnna Dukes of Iowa moved to 2nd vice president. After serving two terms as president, Sandy Brown of Kentucky passed the presidential baton to Bob Reynolds of Georgia and swore him in. Plan to join us for OptiCon @ Vision Expo 2018, where we will celebrate 10 years of providing education and networking to the ophthalmic community. Sandy Brown is OAA's immediate past president. Naomi Mundy is the director of meetings for ABO-NCLE. clariti ® 1 day toric clariti ® 1 day multifocal MyDay ® daily disposable clariti ® 1 day TM

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