We are coming to the end of 2021, and looking back it was another rollercoaster of a year! From COVID-19 vaccines becoming available and life starting to resemble normalcy, to the Delta variant bringing doubt about our public safety again. Although we were entirely virtual this year, we were still able to accomplish a lot! We had numerous virtual CE’s with nationally renowned speakers and we treated our homeless veterans at Veteran Standowns. We also were able to meet virtually with legislators in Sacramento to discuss the importance of optometrists being able to administer COVID-19 vaccines, expanding our scope of therapeutic medications available, and giving new graduates the opportunity to begin working under a licensed optometrist while they wait for their license to be processed during a pandemic. All these accomplishments are why I am a proud member of SDCOS. Together we are making our city, and state, a better place for all.
It has been a challenging year as president, trying to steer our society through an uncertain time. Although it looks like we will not be able to have an in-person CE this year, we are planning on a few in-person CE’s next year! In addition, we will be hosting our Annual Holiday Party on December 18th! This affair will be the perfect entrance back to live events! It will be held at Stone Brewing in Liberty Station, which is an outdoor venue, and the theme is Mask-erade! Creative, decorative masks are encouraged! I hope it will be a fun, as well as safe, celebration as we are finally able to get together again after nearly 2 years apart! We look forward to seeing you there! Keep an “eye” out for ticket sales!
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of our amazing board and Administrative Director, Nancy-Jo! It has been a dream working with this excellent team! I would like to thank everyone on the board for their hard work, making this year run smoothly! I would like to especially thank Nancy-Jo, she is the back-bone of this society and we would be lost without her. I have really enjoyed my time as president, although I had to make many tough decisions, I feel rewarded knowing that our society is still thriving as we near the end of the pandemic. However, there are still many tough decisions to make, so if you would like a voice in how your society will look in the following years, I would encourage you to volunteer a little of your time and join the board!
And finally, thank you for the opportunity to serve you as President this past year! I am looking forward to what 2022 has in store! Cheers!