VOSH Annual Meeting 2017

“Winning Together”

The Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

October 13 & 14, 2017

Ready to network with other VOSH members?

Interested in exchanging ideas and being inspired by guest speakers on issues concerning eye care around the world?

Then plan on joining us at the 25th VOSH Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois  

October 13-14, 2016

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Questions? Contact wright@vosh.org

Schedule of Events


25th VOSH Annual Meeting

The Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611, USA


Friday October 13, 2017

8 AM: Exam for Fellow of VOSH/International (FVI) (See https://vosh.org/get-involved/fellow-of-voshinternational/ for details)

12- 1 PM Luncheon Honoring all Fellows of VOSH/International. All Past V/I Presidents, Board members and staff invited. (RSVP here: vosh@vosh.org)

5:30- 7 pm – Welcome Reception, honoring all Student-VOSH Members (RSVP here: vosh@vosh.org)


Saturday, October 14, 2017   Annual Meeting

8 am to 5 pm: Meeting, includes breakfast and lunch

Key Note Speaker: Jerry Vincent, OD, MPH. Dr Vincent lives in Thailand and is a world recognized authority on working with refugee populations. He is also on staff with Salus and teaches for its MPH program.

Other Speakers Include:

Bob Corlew, Immediate Past President, Lions Clubs International Foundation, “Fifty Years of Saving Sight”

Bob Molter, OD and Kimberly Molter, OD: “VOSH Corps: Teaching Optometry in Vietnam”

Asa Morton, MD, HELPS, “Collaboration with Ophthalmologists”

Panel Discussion “VOSH Campaign Partners” relating to established VOSH clinics in Nicaragua, Mexico and El Salvador

SVOSH Panel Discussion “VOSH Getting To Know SVOSH: A Cross-Section of SVOSH Chapters”

Interactive Breakout Sessions relating to making your mission clinics more effective and efficient without sacrificing quality of care.


Student VOSH Video Contest 

Recognition of New VOSH Fellows, Franklin Harms Society, Humanitarian of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement Award

Installation of Dr. Tracy Matchinski as the new VOSH/International President





Meeting Registration

Register Here

Register by September 1: $120

Register September 2 and after: $160

Students: $25 (reimbursable at the event during lunch break)

Airport & Shuttle Info

The nearest airport to the hotel is either Chicago O’Hare or Midway (Southwest flights)


Airport Express 10% savings for Drake Guests

Hotel Info
Hotel Address:
The Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611, USA http://www.thedrakehotel.com/
Special room rates for registered meeting attendees: https://aws.passkey.com/go/cf58a62e
Or Contact wright@vosh.org

Once again, we will be hanging posters this year.  Last year almost all SVOSH chapters submitted posters and many VOSH chapters. This year, be one of them and share with the other VOSHers your accomplishments of the past year!

We invite all of you to submit a poster; the topic can on anything related to your SVOSH and VOSH Chapter activities (i. e. fundraising, domestic and/or international missions, etc).  If you and or a member of your chapter cannot attend the Annual Meeting, the poster can be mailed to Deborah Wright-DeMaderios. Please contact Deborah at wright@vosh.org.

The format of the posters will be the same as last year:

We are requesting one poster to be submitted by each VOSH and Student VOSH Chapter. 

To be uniform, we are requesting everyone use the 24″x36″ size on glossy paper.  Several companies were evaluated for cost, ease of use and quick printing time. The company we suggest using is: Makesigns.com. The cost to your chapter for the 24″ by 36″ posters is about $24.00 plus shipping. To give you an idea about timeline to have these made, the posters are printed and shipped within one business day of receiving them (posters received before noon central time on any given business day are actually printed and shipped out on the same day). Then the delivery time simply depends on what shipping method you choose. The company offers everything from FedEx Ground, which can take up to 5 business days, to FedEx Next Business Day which would arrive the next business day after it is shipped.

Our VOSH template is flexible. You can add text, images, tables or charts as you wish. PLEASE USE YOUR VOSH Chapter logo, which is similar to the International logo above. If you do not have it, please let us know and we will send it to you.

Attached is the template you can use to create your poster and upload the results. Also, you can go to the company website, https://www.makesigns.com/sciposters-custom.aspx,  Our VOSH template will be there. 

We ask that posters be dropped off at the VOSH conference hotel, The Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611, on Friday afternoon, October 13, 2017, attention Deborah Wright-DeMaderios.  If you are unable to come to the meeting, but would like to send your poster for display, please contact Deborah at Wright@vosh.org

If you have any additional queries, contact

John Larcabal, OD, Chair, VOSH Chapter Relations larcabal@VOSH.org

Michael Ciszek, OD, Chair, SVOSH Chapter Relations ciszek@VOSH.org

Vosh International Poster Template



LEARN MORE About the History of VOSH

Buy BRINGING THE WORLD INTO FOCUS The Story of VOSH by Michel Listenberger, OD, FVI (VOSH-MI) for a discounted price during the VOSH Annual meeting.

(All proceeds go to VOSH)



Thank You to our Sponsors:

National Vision

If you are interested in sponsoring the VOSH Annual Meeting, please contact wright@vosh.org