President’s Letter Fall 2019
Our condolences go out to the Davenport family for their loss of Dick Davenport. He was the last of the original five members that started the South Carolina Association of Opticians and the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Opticianry with LLR. The original five members were, Dick Davenport, Bill Brown, Jack Folline, Dan Gosnell Sr., and Harold Minton. Their leadership and vision have allowed our state to have one of the strongest optician’s associations in the country. We need to continue their efforts to ensure we provide education and trained opticians to meet the eye care needs of the consumer. We need new faces and ideas to keep our association moving forward.
Our winter education meeting for 2020 will be January 26, 2020 at the Embassy Suites in Columbia. The Spring Fling will be the weekend of May 2, 2020 at the Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2020.
Our Optician(s) of the Year for 2019 was shared between Danny Gosnell and Bill Russel. I can’t say enough about them. Bill is the “work horse” at our meetings and conventions and Danny is the best guardsman to protect our monies. Danny is also my mentor. He is who I go to and he keeps me in line. Thanks. I couldn’t serve without them.
December 31st will be coming up soon so I encourage everyone to pay association membership dues by then so you can avoid late fees and standing in lines prior to our meeting. Thanks to Melanie, David, and Jennifer for their hard work at the door before our education meetings.
Please get involved at the area level by attending meetings when the area representatives have them. It is a good way to know what is happening with the association and it’s also a good way to find out how to get involved. Let’s keep our association moving forward and let’s make sure we strive to be the best that we can as professional opticians.
I appreciate allowing me the opportunity to serve as president of our association but it is time for new faces to be getting involved.
Presidents Letter July 2019
I wanted to thank everyone for attending and participating at our “Spring Fling 2019”. We moved the date because of the holiday and commitments within the resort. Unfortunately, the move made our convention closer to graduation and exams for some of our families. Next year, we are holding the “Spring Fling 2020” once again at Ocean Creek Resort from May 1st through May 3, 2020.
Our speaker for the spectacle hours was Pete Hamlin with Essilor. He did a great job and spoke on a variety of ophthalmic topics. B W Phillips taught our contact lens hour. Keith Hayes taught our apprentice class and Grant Brown taught a two hour lensomerty class. We are fortunate to have good speakers who are willing to help teach our members so we are better equipped to take care of the needs of our patients. Congratulations to Bill Russell and Danny Gosnell for receiving our Optician of the Year award. They do a great job and they are always willing to do whatever is asked of them to make our association one of the best in the country.
Our vendors came through with support at our show, willing to be cramped into a small area and to help make the small space workable. Don’t forget to support our vendors so that they will continue to support us. Remember that for every two frames that you order, you are entered into a drawing at each table to win a chance for $50.00. The following are the vendors that supported our “Spring Fling 2019”: Aspects – Teresa Caruso, Avalone – David Spencer, Bostonian Eyewear - Mark McLeod, Dolabany – Greg Byrley, Europa Eyewear – Lisa Henry, Luxottica Retail, Modern Optical – Wendy Woods, West Groupe – Shane Cox, and Zeiss – Doug Clarkson.
We had our annual business meeting at our convention on Sunday morning. We had elections for area representatives and the following are the areas and our new representatives: Deann O’Hare won for Charleston, Wesley Scott for Columbia, Chris Enzor for Florence, Wayne Minton for Greenville, and Adrienne Jordan for Myrtle Beach. Thank you to Vickie Chamberlain, Wayne Ham, Bud Laws, and Cheryl Burgess for serving in the past. Kenneth Davenport (webmaster) and Grant Brown (newsletter) have stepped down from their positions allowing it to become one position which is now being handled by George Lee Jr. Remember that the association is for all of our members so please find a place to serve so we can have new ideas and people helping us to grow and improve. A special thanks to David Gosnell and Jennifer Lentz for moving and signing our people up in the morning as they come and pay their dues and fees. It is a stressful job, and they do it well.
Thank you all for allowing me to serve as your president. It is an honor.