President's Letter

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.

Ron Harbert


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