Sint Maarten Lions Club is looking for a VOSH Chapter to lead a clinic trip to Sint Maarten (Dutch Caribbean)

I am a member of the Sint Maarten Lions Club in the Dutch Caribbean. In 2001 our Lions Club brought Canadian Vision Care to the island of Sint Maarten and a group of Ophtomotrist tested the eyes of some 5000 elementary school children and donated some 350 eyeglasses to children needing them. We would like to repeat this beautiful project in the fall of 2016. We will be more than happy if your organization can assist us to realize the screening of all elementary school children this year. Our Club has been involved in sight projects on the island for the past 45 years and have done eye screening and have donated hundreds of eyeglasses to the less fortunate and children. We would appreciate if you could accept to come down to Sint Maarten and screen the eyes of our children and senior citizens. All costs will be covered by our Club either through our own fundraising, corporate sponsorship or a grant from Lions Clubs International. I have been charged with the organization of this project by our incoming president. Please have your group contact promptly if you have interest. Wally Havertong, PDG, PMJF whavertong@caribserve.net 11 Amaryllis Road, Mary’s Fancy Sint Maarten (Dutch...

Volunteers Needed for Madagascar Sustainable Clinic

Do you have an interest in leading a VOSH mission trip to Madagascar to provide eye care service, while training and mentoring local eye care professionals? Two recent graduates from the School of Optometry in Mali are looking to establish sustainable eye care in their home country of Madagascar and are interested in partnering with a VOSH chapter. If you are interested, please contact Natalie Venezia, Executive Director of V/I mailto:venezia@vosh.org or Clive Miller CEO of Optometry Giving...

President’s Insight February 2016: Making Connections

Attending an optometry continuing education meeting any time soon?  VOSH exhibits yearly at the Heart of America Congress, SECO, Vision Source, AOA, Vision Expo West, Academy and various other meetings. If you’re in the exhibit hall, we’d love to have you stop by and say hello. We’re always looking for volunteers to staff the various exhibit halls, so please shoot me an email if this interests you. Why does VOSH exhibit? One reason is visibility. Our webpage is user friendly and full of great information, but there’s a personal connection when we can visit one on one as we swap stories. It’s always nice when people stop by and comment how they went on a trip as s student, and their life is now to the point where they want to again become involved. VOSH visibility is also important to other vendors. Companies know what VOSH is about, and we’ve built great connections and resources in the exhibit halls visiting with the other vendors. Another reason to exhibit is to increase membership. It’s an effective recruitment tool for local chapters to work the booth space when a meeting is in their region. What will you find at our VOSH booth? We have a variety of one page flyers that allow people to gather information and read about what is relevant to them. These may include local chapter information, clinic opportunities, and information on our TTP program, VOSH Corps, and annual meeting.  So the next time you’re at a meeting, take a few minutes to stop by a visit. SAVE THE DATE: The 2016 VOSH/International Annual Meeting will be in...

Domestic Virginia RAM clinic needs Volunteers

March 5-6 RAM clinic at Southern Virginia University needs volunteers. We will be providing Vision, Dental and Medical care. Glasses will be made on site. We are looking for Optometrists, Ophthalmic Assistants, and Ophthalmologists. More info can be found here. Volunteers may sign up...