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...

President’s Insight January 2016: The Importance of SVOSH

VOSH had a wonderful mixer with optometry students last June during Optometry’s AOA meeting, and the enthusiasm and excitement from the interaction has snowballed. We are a volunteer board, and there’s so much potential for development, only held back by the time commitment. At this mixer, we had several optometry students come up and ask how they could be more involved with the VOSH organization. From that initial encounter, we have had students helping us update our website, post pertinent information on our social media pages, organize our photos, send out email blasts, and help in so many other useful ways. As president, I have prioritized our outreach to SVOSH students. The VOSH board has developed an informational power point presentation and committed to a board or committee member visiting each of the optometry schools to meet with the SVOSH chapters and school administration to further educate the students and schools about the opportunities VOSH provides. Looking forward, we plan to continue this involvement with new optometry students yearly. Hopefully this outreach and involvement while students are in school will help us retain them as they graduate and go off in their optometry career. Ellen L. Weiss, OD,...
Kathy Tran Wins SVOSH Photo Contest!

Kathy Tran Wins SVOSH Photo Contest!

Kathy Tran’s photo (above) was selected by our Facebook visitors as the top photo of more than 40 entries! The top two photos had over 300 likes each, with Kathy’s receiving 313 likes as of the deadline. Kathy is a student at Western University College of Optometry. Congratulations, Kathy! Shanelle Jenkins came in a very close second with 300 likes, and Stephanie Wu came in third with 78 likes. A big THANK YOU to all who participated with their inspiring photos! Be sure to save your best photos for next year’s...

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...