For the 2011 OPS meeting in Orlando, the Professional Development Committee organized a Scavenger hunt. This was an awesome way to meet fellow members and have some fun! We were divided into different teams with a list of things to find. My team had four people on it: Heidi Nelson, Bridget Priedel, Pat Stanaitis Harvey and myself. To prove that we successfully accomplished each task, we were asked to take a photograph. I usually don’t participate much in social events, as I am rather shy, therefore, I really surprised myself by having as much fun as I did! It was a great way to meet new friends and come out of my shell. This is definitely an activity to continue for the coming meetings.
The photos below are a result of the scavenger hunt:
The objective in the photo above was to find a new OPS member: We all ran around the Ballroom to find a new OPS member, luckily they were easily identifiable by the yellow label on their name tag.
This activity had us put on our creative hats in order to spell OPS with our bodies. We kept looking at each other’s gestures to make sure the other one was getting their letter right. Lots of laughs from the audience for this one, as they were all trying to figure out what we were doing – ha ha, good times!! At first I was a little apprehensive, but after a while, I did not even notice the people around me.
This objective was pretty easy, if you only read the directions first! Look at us, we were so happy to be the winners. The only problem was that we had to find all the hats, not just one. Eagerly, we ran to our victory, only to find out we completely failed! Oops… It would not hurt to read the directions.
(From left to right: Heidi Nelson, Cornelia Gottlieb, Pat Stanaitis Harvey, and Bridget Priedel)
We ran and searched and we found all the Mickey Mouse hats. Mission accomplished yaay!! What a sense of accomplishment. This was true teamwork!
Above, we had to call out "OPS" while jumping. I had no idea I could have this much fun while making a fool of myself. It took us about 3 or 4 tries to get this picture. At first we were still a bit shy but then we totally got into it. After each picture was taken, we examined it to see if we could make it better until we got the perfect shot.
How does one make the sign "I love eyes” with their body language? Well, we put our creative minds together and after a couple of mishaps we found the perfect expression. Awww :)
Talk about embarrassing! The funny thing was, we had a lot of fun accomplishing this mission. It was fun being silly.
Find a Board Member!? Great idea, since I usually stay in the background and don’t participate, this exercise was very informative to me. What a great way to meet the Board Members, such a perfect way to break the ice. We found Kirsten Locke, Chair of the Board of Education.
As part of the Professional Development Committee, I am learning to be more socially active and get involved with projects. It is something I have been wanting to do for a while, just needed the opportunity to do so. This Scavenger hunt was a fun experience for all involved and I am really looking forward to being involved in more activities in future OPS meetings. It is fun to be silly, come out of my shell and just have a great time. I really got to see a whole new fun side of me, and best of all, it is a great way to meet new friends.
Cornelia Gottlieb :)
If you are interested in learning more about the Professional Development Committee and how you can become more involved in the OPS, please email Sarah Moyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alexis Smith at Alexis@L3xy.com
About the author: Cornelia Gottlieb is a CRA, OCT-C and has been a member of the OPS Professional Development Committee since 2011. She graduated with a degree in Photography and has been in the field of Ophthalmic Imaging since 1990. Cornelia started working at the University of Southern California in 2010.