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 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 15-17, 2019, at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. 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
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.
August 9-11, 2019
Join your colleagues at Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront 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.