May 2016 Vol. 1

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WOA Board

Lynda Jones- President
Brandi Bilyeu- President-Elect
Joe Maycock- Treasurer
Nate Edwards-Secretary
Chris Jons-Director
Jonathan Hartley- Director
Dana Day- Past President

WOA Board Spring Planning Retreat

The WOA Board recently met in Torrington for the 2016 Spring Planning Retreat.  It was two days of great discussion, decisions, and bonding.  The Board is working hard on behalf of you to ensure that the WOA is a healthy and meaningful membership organization you can be proud to belong to.  

Some highlights:
  • Budget- the actual 2015 expenses came in $2345.93 UNDER budget!  This was a combined effort of the ED, Board expenditures, and your participation in WOA Winter Meeting and NROC.
  • Legislative efforts will continue in the coming years and continued relationship development with Legislators will be focused on.
  • In an effort to continue to keep your WOA membership dues low other avenues of non-dues revenue are being explored.

NROC around the corner!

It's time again to register for the 2016 Northern Rockies Optometric Conference!  Last year we had a great turnout which generated $17,000 for the WOA.  Please consider joining your fellow optometrists from WY and around the country for this great opportunity to learn and network.

July 27-30th
Snow King Resort and Conference Pavilion

Featured Speakers:
Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO
Richard Managan, OD, FAAO
Jay Henry, OD, MS
Also featuring Lynn Lawrence for Staff courses

For more information:  NROC

May Birthdays

Wayne Hudson- 5/1
Dave Eldred- 5/2
Ben Kister- 5/11
Shelly Cadman- 5/23

Remember- if your birthday is not showing up here you need to go into your member profile on our website and update your information!  

A Message from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

2 May 2016
Thank you for your commitment and feedback over the past few months as we work alongside you to defend against any legislation threatening our industry and the critical doctor-patient relationship. As this debate evolves from the states to the federal level, it’s time to redouble our collective efforts.
Our research shows that most legislators are unfamiliar with how contact lenses are prescribed and used, making it more important than ever that we work to make sure lawmakers hear your members’ voices. Here are three things members can do right now to promote patient health and safety and advocate on behalf of the future of our industry:
Write to your federal representatives to share your support for the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act (S.2777). Your hard work in states across the country has built to this federal milestone, and our "Take Action” page gives members the tools to voice their support for this important legislation, which would strengthen the contact lens prescription verification process. It is urgent that we maintain the momentum following the bill’s recent introduction by attracting new advocates and cosponsors. Feel free to share this link with your members.
Report violations of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA) to the Federal Trade Commission. Any time you see sellers that aren’t complying with the act, use this FTC website to report them. Some examples of noncompliance include multiple requests for the same patient after receiving a response, selling lenses without a prescription, substituting lenses, and leaving unintelligible messages.
Visit our website and explore our educational federal and state resources – including our new digital, interactive, and mobile-friendly Patient Journey that you and your members can use to help educate lawmakers on issues that matter to your patients, our profession, and our industry. In the hands of ECPs across the country, we believe this will be a powerful tool to educate policymakers in this critical election year. Please feel free to download these materials and use them however they can be helpful.
We know how effective we can be in raising the volume on the issues that matter to patients’ health and safety when we work together. As always, thank you for your commitment to your patients and to ensuring a bright future for our industry.
Carol Alexander, OD, FAAO
Director of Professional Communication
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
(t) 904-738-3996

GWCO Registration Open

WOA Newsletter - May 2016 Vol. 1