VOSH/International, an international non-profit committed to providing eyecare to those in need with its 82 chapters world-wide, highlighted the Annual VOSH meeting held this year in Chicago with installation of its new officers and giving its two top awards. Attendees and presenters came to Chicago October 14 from 5 continents.
Outgoing President Ellen Weiss, OD, FVI congratulated new VOSH/International President Tracy Matchinski, OD, FVI, FAAO, of VOSH-Illinois. “VOSH is in good hands with Dr. Matchinkski and the volunteer board members, “Weiss noted in passing the gavel, “Tracy has been an active VOSH member in her local Illinois Chapter, and has contributed to the enhancement of VOSH as a board member while chairing the Chapter Relations Committee and representing VOSH on the board of Optometry Giving Sight. Her ascension to presidency is an exciting time for VOSH/International.”
Also installed were Dan Twelker, OD, FAAO from VOSH-Arizona as vice president. Natalie Venezia, Esq, FVI continues in her role as Executive Director while Weiss moved into the position of Immediate Past President.
Also during this meeting two major awards for exemplary service were given. Ellis Potter, OD, FVI, FAAO was awarded the Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award and Sandra Bury, OD was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Since its inception in 1971 VOSH/International has served 2-3 million patients in need of eye care and glasses who have little or no access or resources to obtain such care. Avoidable eye care and impaired vision is a recognized global health crisis. VOSH/International is a signatory of the World Health Organization’s Vision 2020, which seeks to eliminate avoidable blindness and impaired vision globally. VOSH/International’s mission addresses the now recognized crisis. “We believe in the freedom to see. We provide the gift of vision and quality eye health to people worldwide. We facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.” The organizations goal is to increase its global impact whenever possible by supporting sustainable eye clinics, optometry schools and optometric educators in areas lacking sufficient eye care.
VOSH/International and VOSH chapters travel the developing world and the U.S. providing free quality vision care services through short-term clinics to those who need it. It also works to develop sustainable programs and local optometric capacity in the developing world in order to help local communities continue to provide quality vision care. The goal is to eradicate untreated refractive error–that is– to help people see again by correcting their vision with glasses. And once they can see, they can improve the quality of their lives and their own vision for a future for generations to come.
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