July 2020
July? How Can It Be?

2020 has been a challenge to us all in so many ways. As you get back to work, and back to business, we recognize the pressures you are faced with, keeping yourself safe, keeping your patients safe , working with new methods and restrictions and new financial concerns . And some of you are still unemployed and waiting to be reinstated or seeking a new position .

Through this, the OAA continues to work for you. We are working with partners who offer reopening resources, working with your state associations to keep you informed and continuing our work with the optical community to make sure you have a seat at the table and a voice in the room .
As we navigate this time together, stay positive and stay strong and stay safe!
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"Students to Leadership" Revive SOCO
Before 2020,  the Society of Connecticut Opticians (SOCO) was dormant for 15 years. However, after receiving a travel grant, Goodwin graduates Stacey Evans and Emmalee Cuevas attended an Opticians Association of America (OAA) Leadership conference in Florida. It was evident upon their return to the Nutmeg state that the society would not stay stagnant for long. After attending the conference that gathered opticians, Opticianry students, and apprentices from around the country, the women were invigorated and inspired.

Stacey Evans and Emmalee Cuevas recognized that the camaraderie of optical organizations in other states was captivating. “I wanted to restore something that would be a support system for anyone willing to encourage the next optician wholeheartedly, Stacey Evans envisioned. “Other societies protect small businesses and are united to help one another accomplish their dreams,” Emmalee added. “We believed that with unity and the right people, we could revive the associati on.” read more
If your state association has had to reschedule their CE Seminar this Spring or Summer... Please consider WAITING to get your credits UNTIL they reschedule. They are working hard to meet your needs.
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JULY

SUN. 26
Certified Opticians Association of Texas
ABO Prep Course ("No Pass...No Pay")
(Dallas)
9 AM — 5PM

AUGUST

SUN. 2
South Carolina Association of Opticians
Embassy Suites Greystone
Columbia
Limited Seating

SAT. 8 — SUN. 9
Opticians Association of Georgia
Annual Meeting 2020
(Georgia Piedmont Tech Conference Center, Clarkston)

FRI. 21 — SUN. 23
Professional Opticians of Florida
Summer Showcase 2020
(The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort)

SEPTEMBER

FRI. 11 — SUN. 13
Professional Opticians of Florida
Contact Lens Fitting Course For Board Certification
(Safety Harbor Resort & Spa)

FRI. 11 — SUN. 13
Professional Opticians of Florida
2020 West Coast Better Vision Conference
(Safety Harbor Resort & Spa)

FRI. 11 — SUN. 13
Professional Opticians of Florida
Florida Apprentice Contact Lens Certificate Program
(Safety Harbor Resort & Spa)

SAT. 26 — SUN. 27
North Carolina Opticians Association
Fall Beach Seminars
(Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach)
Available CE Hours: 16
Cancelled Due To Covid
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