PO Box 2489
Yakima, WA 98907
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|Tacoma Chapter Meeting|
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March 19th 2015
1901 So Union Ave Tacoma WA
Conference Room Down Stairs
Topic Xperio Polarized Lens
Speak Geoff NG From Jorgenson/Peninsula Lab
1 ABO CE
RSVP: Diane at Northend Optical
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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.
Time to cast your votes we need 1 2nd VP, 4 Board Members 1 Student and 1 Apprentice. Send Nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not forget to write something about your nominees.
Criteria for Nominations:
1. OAW Member in good standing
2. Licensed Dispensing Optician
3. Apprentice Registered with the Department of Health
4. Student Enrolled in Accredited Program
Also send in your nomination for Optician of The Year write why you think the nominee should be considered.