Welcome to our year! 2020 is the year of Optometry, so get ready for an exciting year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and spent some quality time with the special people in their lives. As an active member of the San Diego Optometry Society for the past few years, I have gained a tremendous amount professionally and personally in the form of friendships, networking, knowledge, and experience. As a transplant from across the country in Florida, the society has been a life saver for me and I am honored to be given the opportunity to give back and serve as your president for the year 2020. We have an excellent group of doctors on the board this year, and I am looking forward to seeing what we will accomplish together.
I would like to thank Dr. Grazian for his leadership as president this past year. His direction, organization, and methodical nature really helped to allow for a smoothly run year. I am grateful to receive the “Young Optometrist of the Year” award and would also like to congratulate Dr. Bob Meisel, our 2019 “Optometrist of the Year”. Dr. Meisel has dedicated countless hours to volunteering his time and providing eye care to those in need at Monarch School in San Diego, a K-12 comprehensive school designed to educate homeless youth and also helps to raise money for The Lions Optometric Vision Clinic by organizing and running the annual Golf Tournament. We are lucky to have such amazing doctors and leaders in our community!
I am absolutely committed to maintaining our legacy as one of the best optometric societies in the country, especially during this exciting year! In addition to being one of the largest societies in California, we are also one of the most active. We provide top notch continuing education opportunities to our members, including six 2-hour and three 5-hour CE meetings, making it easy and convenient to keep up with your continuing education locally. We also have many volunteer outreach programs which allow for our members to be active and give back to the community. Some of these include our Lions Optometric Vision Clinic and Monarch School Screenings. You can also join us for our annual Legislative Day in Sacramento when we come together to encourage our state senators and congress members to support our profession. I would encourage our members to take advantage of these programs. It not only makes for an incredibly rewarding experience, but also helps to show our dedication and presence in San Diego!
As your SDCOS president, I promise to work hard to provide you with another great year of education, resources to enrich yourself and your practice, and opportunities to network with other doctors and vendors. I will make myself available for any questions, comments, and ideas so our society can continue to grow and thrive. I am confident that together we will have an amazing year!