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Greetings to all, Executive Committee

The singer, Brandi Carlysle recently sang "All of President

these lines upon my face tell you the story of who I Tom Barracato (OH)

am. So many stories of where I've been, and how I

got to where I am". I've been listening to this song a 1st Vice President lot lately and wondering the same thing. How did we Sandy Brown (KY) get to where we are as a profession?

2nd Vice President Suddenly, it seems that we are now being told what Bob Reynolds (GA) product we are going to provide to our patients. What lens we are Secretary/Treasurer going to use. What material we are going to Russell Fritz, Jr. (CT) select for them. What treatments we can suggest. What laboratory is going to fabri- Immediate Past President cate the order. How we are going to submit Shirley Earley (OH) this order. And finally, and most concerning... how much money we will Board of Directors ultimately make!! My goodness, talk about lines on my face... How did this all happen and when are we as a united group going to say, Enough Guild Council Chair is Enough? Christi Brand (AK) We, as Opticians, are the most important cog in the entire ECP machine!! Representing Firm Membership Without us, NOBODY gets eyeglasses! Kathryn Ring (MI) If you are not torqued off by this whole scenario.. you should be. I'll Representing Firm Membership probably get a few calls and emails for saying this, but it needed to be Doug Corby (MA) said. We work way too hard to provide excellent care for our patients to be beat up like this. The relationships we work so hard to build are being Representing State Societies destroyed by a paper card in a wallet. Don Newland (KY) If you agree with me, let me know. If you disagree with me, let me know. Representing State Societies But don't just sit there and expect the Opticians Association of America

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OAA State Leadership Conference Your OAA is in the beginning stages of planning our 30th Annual Leadership Conference! We are so excited to be organizing this milestone event! So as you move through your summer and fall, don’t forget to mark your calendar to attend Leadership 2015! It’s gonna rock!

If you would like to participate as a breakout leader, or in some other capacity at the conference please contact me at sbrown405@twc.com. You are the reason this event is one of the best in the nation! We welcome all feedback and ideas for success!

Please begin NOW gathering donation items for our silent auction and raffle that will be featured at the conference. All proceeds are donated to our charitable arm The Vision of Hope, Providing Vision for the Needy; One Pair of Glasses at a Time through Education and Leadership. At Leadership 2014 in New Orleans we set a goal of raising $6,500 at our auction to surpass the previous year’s accomplishment of $6,100. We blew that out of the water and raised over $7,000!!! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Speaking of Leadership 2014 in New Orleans…..Was that a great time or what?! The Astor Crowne Plaza on Bourbon Street turned out to be a great venue for Leadership Learning through the general session gatherings and Breakout Sessions with Leaders that were second to none. Our newly developed PARTNER RESOURCE EXPERIENCE received rave reviews from all who attended. We have plans to include and possibly expand it during Leadership 2015.

We were both proud and honored to have had 22 Student and Apprentice Opticians in attendance in New Orleans. OAA provided travel grants through a HOYA sponsored program to help ease their financial burdens so they may attend. They are the future of Opticianry and we learned much from them as well! I would like to extend a big Thank You to all students and apprentices for working the registration tables! It gave us an opportunity to get to know one another as fellow members of our OAA Family! There will be opportunities again at Leadership 2015 for Students and Apprentices to receive financial travel grants.

Please watch for email blasts and on the OAA website for more details coming soon!

How about that great reception at Latrobe’s on Royal? A HUGE Thank you to Europa and The Vision Council & International Vision Expo for sponsoring such a wonderful gathering! It was great fun!

I would like to also extend immense appreciation for our Executive Director Chris Allen. His Passion for us and our profession drives him every day. His Vision helps to shape and mold our Leadership Conference and bring us together to support one another within our Family. Thank you Chris!

The OAA Leadership Conference is one of my most cherished events of the year. I look forward to seeing you all again in February 2015!

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2014 OAA State Leader of the Year The Opticians Association of America names its 2014 State Leader of the Year...

The Opticians Association of America's State Leader of the Year Award is the highest honor and the most prestigious award our association can bestow upon any individual. The award is given annually to an individual who has displayed extraordinary and outstanding service to their home state, the Opticians Association of America, and the profession of opticianry.

This award was given out for the first time in 1994. This year's winner represents the 21st State Leader of the Year. Over the past 20 years, the Opticians Association of America has chosen many great individuals for this honor and this year was no different.

The Opticians Association of America is proud to announce that Donna Hatch of Washington State has been named the 2014 OAA State Leader of the Year!

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The Opticians Association of America, the Vision of Hope Foundation and HOYA believe that it is essential to the overall growth of the profession of opticianry to engage students and help them develop as the future leaders of our profession. In our opinion, the best way to accomplish this is to help students meet and create relationships with current optical leaders.

OAA’s State Leadership Conference is the premier networking opportunity for the Opticianry Industry.

The event provides leaders from all over North America time for direct, personal contact with industry leaders, giving those leaders the opportunity to ask meaningful questions, view and discuss the issues facing the industry, and strengthen their professional relationships.


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Young Leaders Perspective On January 16-18, 26 students and apprentices attended the OAA Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

This conference brings together leaders from state associations from all over the United States. It allows for the leaders to meet and share ideas and look at the future of opticianry.

This year, due to a generous grant from the ABO/NCLE and the OAA, the students attended a program specifically formulated for them called Leadership Academy. This program, headed up by Blair Wong and Dibby Bartlett, offered breakout sessions, such as Stepping Into Leadership and Succeeding in Leadership. Thomas Blair Jr and Donna Hatch taught two invaluable breakouts called Leadership Bootcamp 1 and 2. Students spent the weekend together attending these classes and joining in exercises formulated to heighten leadership skills. This resulted in the formation of a Student Chapter of the Opticians Association of America. This Chapter will guarantee the future of this important program and the critical future communication of this group. This program is funded for at least two more years.

I would like to personally thank you for the opportunity to meet many great leaders in our industry. The conference was amazing and I look forward to the future of opticians. The students and apprentices breakout sessions were very interactive and there are many people like me that are passionate.... During dinner the Students and apprentices verbally proposed a chapter within the OAA. We are seeking to create a division to get the youth of our field involved as a nation. To have the states understand from a different perspective how the world is going to change with the younger population. We are the generation who is going through the schools and apprenticeship. We can have the voice of what is being done throughout the nation. The voice of how we would like to be educated at the continuing educational meetings.

Thank you again for an amazing conference and I can only imagine what the world will be like with so many great minds collaborating together! - Kyle Watson, Apprentice, Massachusetts A few months ago I was given the opportunity to go to New Orleans for the annual Opticians Association of America leadership conference. I had no idea what I was signing up for, or what I would see. I can tell you with honesty that it was one of the most inspiring experiences I have had. The passion that I witnessed was a sight to see from such an amazing group of people. Going there solidified my decision to become an optician. I learned that opticians are the type of people that give without getting in return. Most of the people I met have given so much and have been to so many different places. There are so many different ways to give back, and different charities to take part in. I cannot wait to give back, and help those who cannot see. I will never forget the first time I looked through my lens. I never realized all of the things I never saw. That is a feeling I hope to recreate for others for years to come. Each day I was taught what leadership was, and what it takes to become a leader. It made me see different qualities in myself that I didn't know I had. I am thankful I was able to be a part of such a great experience. I hope that others have the ability to experience, see, and learn all of what I was given the ability to learn.

- Megan Redman AMERICAN OPTICIAN Page 6 2014 Opticianry Calendar July 2014 SouthEastern Opticians Conference 07/18 – 07/20 ● Atlanta, GA August 2014 Professional Opticians of Florida Summer Showcase 08/02 – 08/04 ● Cocoa Beach, FL September 2014 OptiCon (ABO-NCLE) 09/03 – 09/07 ● Nashville, TN Opticians Association of Georgia 09/13 – 09/14 ● Dalton, GA Vision Expo West 09/17 – 09/20 ● Las Vegas, NV October 2014 Opticians Association of Washington 10/18 – 10/20 ● Wenatchee, WA Opticians Association of Kentucky 10/18 – 10/19 ● Lexington, KY Opticians Association of New Hampshire 10/19 ● Nashua, NH November 2014 Opticians Association of Massachusetts 11/08 – 11/09 ● Southbridge, MA Professional Opticians of Florida Vision Preview 11/08 – 11/10 ● Weston, FL Opticians Association of Georgia 11/15 – 11/16 ● Savannah, GA

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ABO & NCLE Testing Information The ABO & NCLE Board’s vision, from the beginning of computer-delivered administrations of the exams, has always been to offer the exams more frequently than twice a year. As ABO & NCLE work toward continuous testing, ABO & NCLE is very excited to advise each of you that it is now able to offer the National Opticianry Competency and the Contact Lens Registry Exams four times per year, commencing with the August 16 through August 30, 2014 time period.

Beginning June 15, 2014, online registration will be open all-year long, with an applicant being able to select from the next two exam administrations. When a registration window closes for a particular examination, the candidate will then be able to select from the next two exam administrations.

The online registration process will restrict anyone who fails an examination from attempting to retake the exam(s) in the next regular exam administration period.

2014 Exam Dates and Deadlines

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Information about the exam administration at the National Optician's Conference, 2014 OptiCon, in September 2014, will be available soon.

AMERICAN OPTICIAN Page 8 Great American Optician Video Contest

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Great American Optician Video Contest The Opticians Association of America would like to announce that the deadline for submissions to the Great American Optician Video Contest has been extended to Friday, July 18, 2014.

Great American Optician Video Contest Celebrity Judges Randy Jackson’s fearless and forward-thinking mentality has guided him from musician, songwriter, and Grammy Award-winning producer to revered record-industry executive, business entrepreneur, best-selling author, talent manager, and beloved television personality.

Randy has worked with musicians such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Herbie Hancock, Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Keith Richards, Journey, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and countless others. All in all, he has over 1,000 gold and platinum plaques to his name, with collective sales exceeding 200 million copies.

Fox’s American Idol has turned into one the highest-rated television shows of all time and has become a phenomenon that yielded some of the most crucial artists of the twenty-first century. As the program's longest-standing panel judge, Jackson reached an iconic status within pop culture as a true gatekeeper over the course of twelve highly successful seasons. He returned in the thirteenth season to lend his industry expertise as the in-house mentor.

Jackson continues to push the envelope outside of music as well. In partnership with Zyloware, he developed his own eyewear line, Randy Jackson Eyewear, bringing his signature stylish frames to the masses.

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Video Contest Celebrity Judges Celebrity chef and long-time Transitions® lenses wearer Robert Irvine has always lived a healthy lifestyle, with healthy vision in mind. He doesn’t miss a special moment because he can always see his best.

Robert has had spent more than 25 years in the culinary profession, and there aren’t many places he hasn’t cooked or challenges he hasn’t had to cook his way out of. During his time in the British Royal Navy and in the years that followed, Robert has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels, on the high seas and even for the Academy Awards; and that was before his career in TV.

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