Happy New Year!
Hello to everyone. I hope everyone had a great holiday season, and that we are all making it through this bitter cold ok!
The past year in the society has been very quiet and while from the outside has probably seemed almost nonexistent. However, in the background, the board has been very hard at work. We have met and come up with a list of things that we feel needs to be done to get us back on track for a year of growth and success.
As I am sure most of you can agree, it can become very easy to become comfortable with the way things are and not change anything. If it is not broke, why fix it? While this is true, we feel that our society can grow and become more. More to the general public and more to our members. Kevin Clemons and I spent a weekend meeting with the OAM (Opticians Association of Massachusetts) at their big 50th anniversary gala. We picked their brains and watched how they ran their meeting. We came back with a lot of great ideas and renewed friendship with their board. I feel it is very important to have a solid relationship with our neighboring societies. We will be reaching out to Vermont as well to see what kind of relationship we can build there. We want to build these ties so we have strength in numbers and solid support if and when we go for another fight for licensing.
We have also spent time looking around for a new location for our annual educational conference. As a board, we were not overly impressed with the service and outcome of our last conference held in October in Nashua. Our conference is a HUGE money maker for the society and we have seen attendance slightly decreasing in past years. We are hoping with a new location, some great hands on courses and new speakers we can grow this to be bigger and better for everyone!
One thing that we did learn from the OAM, is that it takes many people to make things run smoothly. So while it is easy to sit back and complain or judge how things happen in the society, we ask that maybe instead you see what ideas or time you could offer to the society. We have many large projects that we would like to do this year. I think they would be much easier for everyone with a few extra hands to help out. Remember, the biggest thing I can say is this is YOUR society. We as a board help keep it running, but we all have work and families and busy personal lives. Please think of what you can contribute and we would love to have your help!
Lastly, I would like to thank to members coming off the board for all their time and work, and welcome our new board members. We have a great group of hard working people with some fresh ideas! I am very excited to see what this next year brings us and to see what we can accomplish!
Best to everyone in 2015!