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Clinic Report VOSH-PA January 14-20, 2018 trip to Port-au-Prince Haiti

VOSH-PA January 14-20, 2018 trip to Port-au-Prince Haiti.  1014 school aged kids including teachers were seen in 4 days.  Dr. Marcha Polection, Trip Leader and Dr. Michelle Cadet, both VOSH-PA members along with volunteers and the local nurses,  provided eye examinations to 1014 children and eyeglasses to those who otherwise would not have access to eye care.  The children and the staff were very appreciative.  It was a very successful... read more

RAM Virginia clinic in Smyth County, Virginia May 4,5 & 6: Need Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Opticians and Dentists

Dear Friends/Volunteers, We are looking forward to our third RAM Virginia clinic in Smyth County, Virginia May 4,5 & 6. This is held at the Mountain Empire Airport alongside 81 in Marion near Wytheville, Virginia. Thanks to all of you who have signed up and volunteered already! We still need Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, Opticians and Dentists. We see many patients over the 3 days who are in great need of our services. You can register at volunteer.ramusa.org  for most of the rest of the clinics for the year. I am attaching the 2018 schedule as well as our most recent newsletter.   I am holding block of rooms in Wytheville if any Optometrists/Ophthalmologists/Opticians need a room for 109$ a night with a bagged breakfast. If you would like a reservation there let me know.    If you are volunteering for the eycare team please let me know at vickiweiss@ramusa.org   Gratefully, Vicki Dr. Victoria Molnar Weiss, F.V.A.O. OptometristPresident of the Board of Directors for RAM (Remote Area Medical) VirginiaVice President VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) -Virginia RAM (Remote Area Medical) Board of Directors Virginia College of Optometry Board of Trustees Board Academy Graduate 2016 Center for Non Profit Excellence Ken Studer Friend of the Virginia Rural Health Association Award 2016 Humanitarian of the Year VOSH International 2015 Adjunct Faculty SUNY State College of Optometry RAM Virginia Vision Director The Franklin Harms Society Member-VOSH United Way of Southwest Virginia Volunteer of the Year in Health 2015 Lion’s Club... read more

VOSH-Santa Cruz (Montreal) looking for ODs for Peru trip in May 2018

We are still in need of ODs or graduating students for eye mission to Camana, Peru. We leave May 2nd and possible return May 14th  or May 21st for those wanting to go in excursion to Machu Pichu after the mission. You can check pictures on website  voshohv.org   There are many from last year’s mission in Camana. It will be the same site. Email:... read more

Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer elected President of VOSH-Minnesota

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)-Minnesota has elected Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, ABCMO as President during their organization’s recent annual meeting. Hinkemeyer owns PineCone Vision Center in Sartell, where she is the CEO/Clinic Director. Dr. Hinkemeyer is a long-standing member of VOSH-Minnesota and has participated in two missions to Panama and Mexico. VOSH-Minnesota is a chapter of VOSH/International and is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the vision needs of people around the world who cannot afford or do not have access to vision care. Since 1979, VOSH-Minnesota has organized one or more eye care mission trips per year to various countries around the world. “Vision and access to quality vision care is something we sometimes take for granted. Providing this service for those in need is rewarding and humbling at the same time.” says Hinkemeyer. All year-round members of VOSH-Minnesota sort, catalog and pack donated eyeglasses which are taken on these missions to distribute to those in need after a thorough eye exam. “We are so thankful for the donated eyewear we have received, it is amazing to place a pair of donated glasses on someone and see their face light up. It is something you don’t forget.” says Hinkemeyer of her experience. If you wish to support VOSH-Minnesota’s mission, used eyeglasses and monetary donations can be dropped off at PineCone Vision Center or for more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit voshminnesota.org. FOR INFORMATION CALL: Jennifer Novak, Vice President of Operations, PineCone Vision Center (320)... read more

VOSH-Northwest is going to Uganda

VOSH-Northwest is planning a mission trip to  Kapchorwa, Uganda Sept 11-27, 2018 Approx trip cost $ 4050, including air fare and safari trek. 5 days of clinic followed with a 5 day safari to trek the Mountain Gorilla  in Bwindi NP. Please email Willow Thompson, OD   idrwillow@hotmail.com with intent to go by March 1st. Deposit of $2000 needed by March 15th. Dates may vary plus or minus a day or two on either... read more

VOSH-CA is looking for ODs and SVOSH students for Feb. mission to Baja Mexico ( all expenses paid!)

VOSH-CA is looking for ODs and SVOSH students: Mission to Santa Rosalia, Baja California, Mexico (8 hour drive south of San Diego). There are 20 schools with 4000 students and teachers to screen and approximately 400 to examine. Driving down on Feb 25 and returning March 4 after whale petting on March 3 at Magdalena Bay. All expenses paid by their hosts, the Manhattan Beach Sister City (except airfare). organization. Contact Greg Pearl, OD... read more

Did you know that VOSH has been a member of World Council of Optometry for Many Years?

Dear VOSH/International, Thank you for your World Council of Optometry (WCO) affiliate membership. If you have any questions, or need assistance in any way, please contact me directly.  We are also pleased to attach your 2018 WCO membership certificate, ready to print and display in your office. As you know, the WCO is an international optometric association representing optometrists across six world regions. We envision a world where high quality eye health and vision care is accessible to all people. Our mission is to facilitate the development of optometry around the world and support optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through: Advocacy Education Policy Development Humanitarian Outreach As a membership-based organization, the WCO relies on your dues to continue our work on behalf of global optometry and the public that we serve. It is because of dedicated members like you that we are able to continue our work. We sincerely thank you for your continued support, and encourage you to invite your colleagues to join the WCO. We look forward to serving you, because together, we will do great things. Warmly,   World Council of Optometry Web:          www.worldoptometry.org Click Here to View or Download VOSH Certificate: AffiliateMemberCertificate-2018-VOSH International    ... read more