PO Box 2489
Yakima, WA 98907
Tacoma Chapter Meeting
Thursday May 28th at 6:00PM
At Joseppi's Italian Ristorante
2207 No Pearl
Tacoma, WA 98407
Jeanette from Hoya will talk about "Blue Light"
1 CE credit
Congratulation Dottie Jackl 2015 Optician of The Year! We are so proud of you.
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Why are We Changing Your By-Laws?
If you would consider the Opticians Association of Washington a kind of government, and you, as a member, a voting citizen, the OAW By-Laws would be your Constitution. Your By-Laws define the framework of how the OAW is organized and maintained.
The OAW was originally organized as an optical owners association in 1948 by individuals interested in structuring a profession and hoping to gain official State recognition for licensure in the near future. I’m sure they had some kind of governing rules; we’ll call them By-Laws #1. When they lobbied successfully for licensure in 1959, they would have rewritten them to reflect the new LDO status in By-Laws #2. By the mid 1970’s the Washington Dispensing Opticians, as we were named, was changed to the present Opticians Association of Washington. This change reflected both a national standardization to match the Opticians Association of America (OAA), but also indicated a major change in the composition of members from owners to LDO workers. This would also have been the time that our present day By-Laws #3 would have been written.
The reason we are asking you to vote on these new By-Laws #4 is simply to reflect the changes that have evolved over the last 40 years. This updates newer technology in communication, newer attitudes and outlooks based on the last 40 years of experience, and reflects exactly how the OAW runs in reality. As one of our goals was a more transparent document, many of the changes are simply existing text modified for clarity.
The By-Laws Committee, chaired by Diane Charles, has been actively hammering this out since May of last year. I’ve counted over 200 email conversations as well as many telephone and face-to-face interactions to bring this document to you.
I urge you to take the time to read the new By-Laws and vote for them at the Spring convention at Bellingham in April. Our hope is this document may endure for another 40 years.