President's Column

Springtime Fun

by Dr. Scott Emely

As we prepare for the weather to turn and the sun to shine, I would like to update you all about the work we are doing at the GOA and how we are moving Optometry Next.

The Georgia General Assembly welcomed more than 35 new legislators this session, and the GOA lobby team is working diligently to build and strengthen its relationships with each elected official. Thank you to all of the GOA members who have responded to the Key OD request.

Our grassroots network is robust, but I would like to reach higher and make sure that EVERY GOA member knows his/her legislators. Start building that trust now. Invite your legislators to tour your office and educate them about what we do and why it is so important. Don’t wait!

In the spirit of building relationships, I am proud of the work our Corporate Committee has been doing to help corporate optometrists learn about the benefits of being in the GOA. We are excited to announce that the Committee will be hosting its first-ever happy hour networking event on April 11. All corporate optometrists are invited and encouraged to attend. You can RSVP online at .

We are also looking forward to the upcoming annual conference in Hilton Head, SC on June 13-16. The GOA staff and Board have been working hard to make sure this meeting is one of the best yet. Stay tuned for details and be sure to check the GOAEyes mobile app so you have the most up-to-date information about all things GOA. If you have not already done so, download it today on your Apple or Android device.

The legislative session is still ongoing so I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our rescheduled Optometry’s Day at the Capitol. Please make sure to attend this important program on March 13 and be on the lookout for legislative alerts regarding any bills with the potential to affect optometry.

We are excited for the next few months and would love for you all to take part!