2011 MOA Legislative Conference

January is a great time to meet your new legislators!  Due to term limits and the citizen’s directive, the Missouri legislature will experience a high turnover of representatives and senators this year.  It is more important than ever that optometry have a good turnout for the legislative conference and get an early start on educating newly elected officials on optometric issues.

Continuing Education / Board Review
We will start the Conference off with a six hour board certification review course, Essentials in Primary Eye Care.  The course is broken down as follows:

Sunday, January 9th

2:00pm – 3:00pm  Essentials in Optic Nerve Disease
3:00pm- 4:00pm  Essentials in Ocular Trauma and Emergencies
4:00pm – 6:00pm  Essentials in Posterior Segment Disease

Monday, January 10th

8:00am – 10:00am Essentials in Systemic Disease

Legislative Conference
The conference will continue with presentations on an effective Keyperson System and Politics 101, as well as a discussion of our Political Action Committee activities.

Our luncheon speaker will be Senator David Pearce, a key supporter of the Missouri Children’s Vision Law.

We will spend the afternoon delivering cinnamon rolls and greeting respective legislators at the Capitol. For new legislators we will drop off welcome packets.  Keep your fingers crossed that the Missouri weather will cooperate to allow a great turnout at the evening’s reception back at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

Online registration is open NOW!  Simply go to www.moeyecareconference.org or from the MOA home page click on the 2011 Legislative Conference banner.

Register for the board review course or for just the Monday legislative conference events.

Hotel Reservations
For hotel reservations, call the Capitol Plaza Hotel at 573- 635-1234 or 800- 338-8088, and mention you’re with MOA to get our room rate.  Cut-off date for reservations is December 23, 2010.

MOA Annual Conference Just Magical

This year’s MOA Annual Conference—MOA Magic: Believe Your Eyes—was held at the historic St. Louis riverfront, highlighted by the majestic Gateway Arch. This 630 foot monument was beautifully on display from almost any window at the Millennium Hotel, which was the site of the 2010 MOA Convention. Attendees had many activates to choose from during the four-day fun-filled event.

The activities began with a golf tournament at WingHaven Golf Course, in O’Fallon, Missouri. The golfing event was chaired by Dr. Thomas Cullinane.

This year’s continuing education featured top notch presenters who included Dr. Larry Alexander and Dr. Michael DePaolis for the OD schedule. Their topics ranged from ocular inflammation, and glaucoma to contact lenses and ophthalmic imaging. The Para schedule included great presentations by Jeff LaPlante and Dr. Debbie Hettler. Dr. Philip Gross presented a three-hour course about EHR implementation for optometrists and paraoptometrics.

The Friday Awards luncheon honored the AOA and MOA years of service award recipients with awards being presented by MOA President, Dr. Ryan Powell.

The Paraoptometric of the Year award was presented by Steve Sutherlin to Bernadette Mims, of Carthage for her work with the paraoptometric section of MOA.

The MOA Young Optometrist of the Year award was presented to Melanie Linderer, of Kansas City for her dedicated service to the MOA, service on optometric committees/offices, and her leadership role in her community.

Dr. Scott Ream, of Thayer, MO, was honored as the 2010 Optometrist of the Year. An active member of the MOA, Dr. Ream has served as past president of the MOA and the North Central States Optometric Council. He has also served his profession by working in many roles to promote optometry and serve the visual welfare of the public.

The Missouri Optometric Foundation gave a $1000 scholarship to Renee Newman for her leadership at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

The MOA business sessions were highlighted by a discussion on resolutions, mainly the resolution stating that to be in a leadership role in any MOA society you had to be a member of the MOA. Reports were also given by American Optometric Association SGRC Chair, Dr. Robert L. Jarrell. There was a budget report given by Dr. Duane Thompson and a Children’s Vision Commission update by Dr. Mike Frier and Dr. Tim Wingert. There was an update given by Dr. Scott Burks on Vision UAS. Other reports were given by UMSL-School of Optometry Dean, Dr. Larry Davis and Governmental Affairs Consultants, Jerry Burch and Scott Marrs.

The Presidential Banquet was well attended with special entertainment provided by a magic show following the installation of the new MOA officers and trustees and the traditional passing of the gavel to the new MOA President, Dr. Duane Thompson.

Slide shows from this year’s conference are available online: