The Illinois Optometric Association exists to protect, promote, and advance the profession of Optometry by providing exemplary resources and support towards serving and enhancing quality patient care.
The vision of the Illinois Optometric Association is to be the primary advocate for the advancement of optometry through education, legislation, public service, and membership development by providing a unified voice for all optometrists to ensure the practice of Optometry at the highest level.
The annual IOA convention is this coming September 22-25 in Springfield.We will be hosting top notch CE classes, and you won’t want to miss out on the fun.If you have not already registered, you should do so today by simply going to www.ioaweb.org for fast and efficient online registration.Also on August 23rd, you should also have received your electronic ballot from the IOA office for voting for the 2016-2017 IOA officers.This is our first venture into electronic voting and will save the association approximately $500 per year in postage alone.Members can vote electronically up until September 19th.After that date, paper ballots will be available at the IOA convention for those that have not already voted.We currently have logged 318 electronic ballots and this count is increasing daily.If you have already voted, thank you.If you have not voted yet, simply find the e-mail and click on the link.The entire process should take less than a minute.
As I said in my last report, we transferred our investment portfolio from Federated Funds to nine different funds within the American Funds Family. I am happy to report that even though our portfolio is diversified between stocks and bonds, we are outperforming the Dow Jones. Year to date, our investments have a return of 6.37% vs 5.56% for the Dow.
I hope to see you at the convention, as our annual meeting is a big source of NON DUES Revenue. We are also planning an aggressive membership campaign next year which will bring in more revenue to help offset ever increasing costs. In my final article to you as Secretary Treasurer, I am happy to report that our association is in good, solid financial standing. It’s been a pleasure being the financial steward for our association over these past two years.
It's always good to stay on top of the latest news and information concerning eyecare.
At the national level, the National Institute of Health (NIH) is taking a huge step forward in preventing blindness. The NIH is funding six teams to identify biological factors that influence neural regeneration. Their effort is to help reduce blindness by regenerating neurons and the connections in the eye and the visual system. The NIH is involved with the federal government’s research on eye diseases. Click here to view the press release.
Here at the state level, we're gearing up to educate the public as well. In fact, the IOA recently sent out a press release promoting back to school exams for all students. The release had the potential of connecting with over 10 million viewers. Look for more good things like this to come.