President's Column

Professional Resolutions

by Dr. Scott Emely

I would like begin by wishing all of you a happy New Year! It is an honor to work with so many talented, motivated and kind colleagues throughout the state, and I look forward to our continued success as a profession this year.

Prior to the beginning of each new year, I take a few moments to reflect on the previous year and outline my goals for the upcoming one. I have included a few of my professional resolutions in this column and would urge you to think about optometry and how you can play a part in its continued and increased success in 2019.

{ 1 } Be Present. The balancing act of life is not easy. However recognizing the critical role the GOA plays in safeguarding our profession, it is important I in turn play an active role in the organization’s success by developing and attending programming designed to help members in their practices. I implore you to take advantage of the many avenues to become more involved with GOA.

{ 2 } Strengthen my Legislative Relationships. I will further develop and strengthen my relationships with my state elected officials this year. These relationships are often the difference makers in big legislative battles, and it is important we have a strong grassroots network to be on the winning side. If you do not already know your legislators, call the GOA lobby team. They will walk you through the process of forging these relationships. A good first start is to attend Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 13. Register online at

{3 } Utilize Member Benefits. The GOA and AOA offer unmatched benefits for their members. Most recently, the GOA launched a mobile app for members to communicate with each other about relevant issues in the optometric community and for the GOA to better communicate information to its members. We all have the potential to save money in our businesses, share best practices with each other and more with the benefits available to us. We need to take advantage!

{4 } Meet Members’ Needs. Lastly, I want to hear your ideas and thoughts about how the GOA can best meet your needs as members. As your President, I strive to be accessible to all members. Never hesitate to contact me with any ideas, requests, concerns, or just to say “hi.” As we enter into this new year and new legislative session, I ask that everyone stay informed about bills with the potential to affect optometry. The GOA lobby team will send out legislative updates and calls -to -action as the session progresses.

I look forward to another fantastic year with the GOA and moving Optometry Next (my presidential slogan).