President’s Insight October 2015: The Autumn Equinox – A Time Of Transition

Fall arrives at 10:29 p.m. ET on Monday, September 22 this year. For many cultures, this time of year is seen as a period of transition, as the northern hemisphere progresses toward the winter solstice and the southern hemisphere looks forward to the summer season. And throughout history, the autumnal equinox in our half of the world has been observed as a time of preparation and reflection. In Greek mythology, the autumn equinox marks the return of Persephone to the underworld to be with her husband Hades, where she must return after walking the Earth for half the year as the goddess of spring growth. In China, the Moon Festival celebrates the harvest during the 15th full moon of the Chinese Year, which falls around the autumn equinox. In Japan, Buddhists observe higan, a memorial service when people visit family graves to comfort their ancestors’ spirits. The arrival of the autumn equinox is also evidenced in the animal kingdom, especially in the migratory flight of many species of birds. It is during this time that the Arctic Tern makes its annual 11,000 mile trip south and the Bar-Headed Goose soars to heights above 28,000 feet (that’s over five miles up!) as they skim over the Himalayas on their way to warmer climes. And we find ourselves doing our own part during this time of transition, preparation and reflection as we begin preparing our lawns and gardens for the change in seasons, pulling out our winter clothing from storage, and enjoying body-warming and soul-stirring soups and stews. Yes, the arrival of autumn is indeed a time of change. I hope...

Volunteers Needed for Grundy, Virginia This Weekend!

Dear Volunteers, We are once again looking for eyecare volunteers for Grundy,Virginia October 3 &4,2015. The area is absolutely beautiful to visit in October and you will love the people and the place. I usually request for the eye care volunteers to stay at the Breaks as it is such a special place; but you can probably stay closer in town if you prefer. We need Optometrists, Ophthalmologists,  Ophthalmic Techs and Paraoptometrics. Below are the volunteers that I have committed for Grundy so far. Sandy Stiltner and Frannie Minton are the Co-Chairs once again. If you would like to volunteer ( please do!) please complete the following: 1. Go to  www.ramusa.org and go to register. If you have volunteered with RAM previously just log in a register for the Grundy clinic. If you have not volunteered before register as a volunteer and then as a separate task register for the Grundy Clinic . If you have any questions about registration please contact Oriane from RAM Inc. Orianeleake@ramusa.org 2, For out of state volunteers you will need to complete an out of state form, send in $10 to the Virginia Board or Optometry or Medicine, and have a sponsor form sent. This will need to be done by mid September. Contact Oriane Orianeleake@ramusa.org  so we can get this taken care of if needed. 3. If you need lodging please let me know so I can get a room secured for you. If you register and then cannot attend you must let me know so we can cancel the rooms. 4. If you are volunteering for the Eyecare team please let me know as well so I know who will...

Desperate Need for Optometrists for October Mexico Clinic!

We are in desperate need for an optometrist  Canada Goose Cyber Monday  on the upcoming clinic in Guerrero, Chihuahua, Mexico October 20th – 25th. We have had 5  Canada Goose Cyber Monday sale 2015 optometrist cancel on us and we only have 2 still signed up.  We can make it with 4 and still do a good job. Please contact Walter Branson at 979-236-1970 or Walter@GuerreroClinic.org   www.GuerreroClinic.org...

SVOSH NECO Looking for Ideas!

Hello, My name is Sara Hanna and I am the current 2015-2016 SVOSH President at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. I am reaching out to other Student Presidents hoping to collect ideas on fundraising for our mission trips. I would also love to connect with other students and learn about how VOSH is run at other schools. Please contact me via email or you can find me on Facebook. Thank...

Belize Optometry Position

Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) is a non-profit organization located in Belize Central America. We are the only entity in the country providing comprehensive eye services to the whole population with special focus on underprivileged people and areas of the country. We are currently seeking an additional optometrist to assist with our mission of preventing needless blindness. The position would be semi-voluntary in that we would hope to have someone with us for at least 6 months during which we could provide a stipend to cover living expenses and accommodation. Should the person be interested in a shorter period we could discuss support. Contact Carla Ayres Musa, Executive Director,...