The Paraoptometric Section's State Relations Program is designed to aid in the development and establishment of state and local paraoptometric associations throughout the country. It may also provide existing associations with ideas for expanding their activities. The program allows for networking opportunities and sharing of "best practices" with other paraoptometric leaders.
The PS State Relations Program offers:
Quarterly Conference Calls
Calls take place in the evening and provide opportunities for state leaders, or their representatives, to share ideas, learn more about PS programs and services, share experiences, and provide paraoptometric resources.
2013 remaining scheduled conference calls (meetings):
Contact PS@aoa.org for call-in details.
Optometry's Meeting®—State Leaders Meeting
The State Leaders meet each year at Optometry's Meeting® in June. The meeting provides an opportunity for face-to-face networking with other state leaders. Contact PS@aoa.org to request information about attending the meeting.
The Bridgeway Award
Each year the PS recognizes a state association/section that helps promote the profession of paraoptometry at the state and national levels. States may earn points annually that determine the winner of the award. The winner receives their award at Optometry's Meeting® during the Awards Reception. They receive a plaque recognizing their state's contributions, and an Education Library of staff development materials available through the AOA PS (an $800 value).
15 Membership Growth Ideas
Give Go Giveaways
Briefly Speaking for Paraoptometrics Newsletter—View this newsletter designed for paraoptometric state leaders to use as a foundation to build upon for their own state newsletter.
The Advantages of Networking and Bookmarker—The Paraoptometric Section has formulated a document and bookmark that provides guidance to help advance your networking skills.
Travel Justification—Why Send My Staff?—This PDF contains general tips, how to calculate ROI of the conference, a cost comparison, and a sample travel justification letter.
The Speakers' Bureau is intended to provide an informational service to PS members who are looking for a speaker for educational meetings or seminars. The AOA does not review speaker materials nor does it necessarily endorse the content of any speaker's presentation. View the Directory for contact information and subject categories.
State Leaders Guide
The State Leaders Guide is useful for organizing a new association or assisting an existing association increase their membership and services. Sections in the State Leaders Guide include:
How to Start an Association
How to Increase Membership
Calendar of Events
Meeting Planners Guide
To request a downloadable version of the entire guide book, send your request to PS@aoa.org.