Dear OCOS members,
It is my pleasure to serve as your Orange County Optometric Society President for 2021! I know that the past year has brought many challenges and as well as many opportunities for growth and change in everyone’s lives. The Orange County Optometric Society is grateful to all of our members for their adaptability, as this past year has looked different than most. I look forward to this year as we continue to offer flexible opportunities for continuing education and hopefully a few chances to gather together safely as well.
I would like to thank all those who volunteer their time on our board for giving of their creative talents, organizational skills, free time, and energy to keep all efforts of our society running smoothly. Our continuing education team has so quickly pivoted to virtual CE while continuing to provide high quality education which is affordable and accessible to our society and the optometry community at large. I also want to thank our membership team for reaching out to the optometry community as a whole during this challenging year to make them aware of the work that the COA and local societies are doing to benefit optometrists. I also would like to thank our veteran members of 10, 20, 30, or more years for being the solid foundation of this group. Finally, I would like to thank all of our society members who have served their community by providing eye care to those in need throughout this pandemic, as well as those who have volunteered to vaccinate the community, or have donated, volunteered, and otherwise supported the community at large.
I would like to encourage all of our members, both new and veteran, to participate fully in society activities from continuing education, to legislative day, House of Delegates, and social events. One of the benefits of increased virtual events has been easier access to opportunities without the need to take as much time away from home and practice to travel. I would encourage everyone to take full advantage of these opportunities this year. This may be the year you can see organized optometry in action! Thank you also, to all those who have supported us with their attendance to our events this past year. We would love to receive feedback on those events and how we can best serve your needs this year.
Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors for their flexibility and adaptability. This year was a very different environment then what they anticipated. We could not provide the same level of service to our members without our sponsor’s support. We also know our members could not provide the same level of care to their patients without the great products and services offered by these sponsors. We appreciate their generosity and appreciation of the optometric community.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your 2021 society president. I look forward to a great year and I am so humbled to be a part of this wonderful community of colleagues, mentors, and friends. Please reach out to me if you see me virtually or in person this year!
Be well and take care,
Kailey Marshall, OD, FAAO