VOSH-KANSAS RECOGNIZED AS THE VOSH CHAPTER OF THE MONTH FOR JULY 2018!

For their commitment, dedication and activities including their continuity in visiting Panama every two years, their collaboration with new partners such as HELPS, numbers of patients served and robust membership, VOSH/International is delighted to select VOSH-Kansas as the July, 2018 VOSH Chapter of the Month.      Chapter President Jenee Barth, OD, provided the detail below. Read on: VOSH Kansas is a highly active chapter. Our current active membership is over 50 doctors and we average 2-3 trips per year to help the underserved. We continue to help the people of Colon, Panama every ot her year as an ongoing mission. Kansas VOSH serves multiple villages all over the country of Guatemala. In 2017, VOSH joined forces with HELPS international on their first ever combined mission trip. This trip included the optometry team of VOSH Kansas and the surgery team of HELPS international. Over 1200 patients were seen and treated with either glasses, meds or surgery including cataract surgery, strabismus surgery, lacrimal duct repair surgery, levator lid surgery, removal of neurofibromas and enucleations. Our VOSH team just returned from Panama and saw over 3,200 patients. Another VOSH Kansas team is headed to Guatemala again the first week of May with HELPS International to complete the second mission of this kind. VOSH started in Kansas and is still a live an active chapter to date!    ...

VOSH International is seeking an Executive Director

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)/International is seeking an Executive Director Position Type: Executive Director, Part Time (Paid) with Flexible Hours (approx. 20 hours/week) Location: Work from home or office Mission Statement: The mission of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) / International is to provide the gift of vision and quality eye health to people worldwide.  VOSH facilitates the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.  Our goal is to increase our global impact whenever possible by supporting sustainable eye clinics, optometry schools and optometric educators in areas lacking sufficient eye care. Job Description: The Executive Director (ED) of VOSH/International (V/I) is responsible for general management, program evaluation and overall operational responsibility of V/I. The ED will be active in areas of administration, communications, finance, systems, and make recommendations regarding timelines and resources needed to achieve V/I’s strategic goals. The ED will be engaged with V/I’s Board members, event coordinators, committee chairs, partners and affiliates and chapters to achieve the stated goals of the V/I Board. The ED is responsible to the Board of Directors and reports directly to the President, or others, as directed by the President, or others, on an as-needed basis. Duties and Responsibilities: Strategic Planning – implements the organization’s goals outlined in the Strategic Plan and develops annual action plans and benchmarks in conjunction with the Board. Includes attendance and participation in monthly Executive Committee and Board Calls in the evening, and attendance at the Mid Year Meeting in June and Annual Meeting in October. Director of Information/Conduit of information- Fields and/or responds to all emails and inquiries....

VOSH-CT seeking suggestions for alternative mission sites for January 2019

VOSH-CT has been servicing the San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and surrounding areas since January 2002.  Given the current political situation in Nicaragua it is unknown at this time whether or not our mission that is currently scheduled for January 5-13, 2019 will be able to proceed.  We are currently seeking suggestions for alternative mission sites during that time frame of January 5-13, 2019 that can accommodate 8-10 ODs, 30-40 optometry students and approximately 20 additional support staff.  Please contact VOSH-CT at Audbl@aol.com or call...

Tips for those doing eye exams in Spanish

V/I Board Member Dr. Michael Ciszek speaks fluent Spanish. Here is a language tip for anyone doing eye exams in Spanish:  Dr. Molly Martin, creator of the Medical Spanish Podcast, put together a series of audio lessons covering Spanish for basic eye care. You can find her Medical Spanish audio lessons at docmolly.com. To get the Spanish for Eye Care series for free, email her at molly@docmolly.com, and explain that you are a volunteer through VOSH. I highly recommend Dr. Martin’s podcasts. They have practical information and are short enough for us busy folk. She offers both medical Spanish podcasts and Spanish grammar podcasts. Both are excellent. You can also find her on…. Facebook: www.facebook.com/MedicalSpanishPodcast/ Twitter: mobile.twitter.com/MedSpanishPod Instagram: www.instagram.com/spanish_podcast/ LinkedIn:...

Dr. Ellis Potter awarded Honorary Degree from Southern College of Optometry

Dr. Ellis Potter awarded honorary degree for distinguished service, and delivered commencement address to Class of 2018 of Southern College of Optometry.  MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 29, 2018) – Dr. C. Ellis Potter, a 1967 graduate of Southern College of Optometry – where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree – and a longtime optometrist in Iola, Kansas, recently delivered the commencement address at his alma mater and accepted the college’s Doctor of Ocular Sciences honorary degree.             “When considering commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients, we strive to select someone our graduates can be proud of as a representative of their profession,” said Dr. Lewis Reich, president of SCO. “Dr. Potter’s record speaks for itself. He has a long history of service, which we hope to instill in our graduates as they move on to serve communities across the United States and the world.”             Potter previously earned a number of awards for his global service initiatives. In 2017, he earned the American Academy of Optometry’s Brien Holden Humanitarian Award, which recognizes significant contributions to improve eye care within a country or region, particularly humanitarian efforts in the nonprofit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eye care systems in developing communities. He also earned the VOSH International Dr. Harry I. Zelter Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, which recognizes exemplary humanitarians who have provided a lifetime of service by improving visual welfare through leadership, dedication, invention, public health, developing sustainable eye care, and furthering the understanding and correction of refractive error.             In addition to his global service, Potter has served on numerous committees for the Kansas Optometric Association....