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2012 OPS elections!

Posted By OPS Membership Committee, Friday, August 24, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 24, 2012

Whether you want to call them platitudes or clichés, anymore, quotes about change are in danger of becoming over used or trite.

 "Change brings opportunities”.                         "Change is the only constant”.

 

"Change is the rhythm of living”.

But platitudes and clichés are based on reality and those words of assurance were written to be inspirational, interesting and thoughtful.  Comforting and encouraging.

We have to admit though, considering the issue addressed in this blog, we tend to agree with Billy Crystal when he said,

"Change is such hard work”!

So many aspects of OPS business and projects have been altered the past two years as we have transitioned to electronic communication and developed our new website.  Things that were accomplished by US mail or telephone, like meeting registration and membership renewal, have become part of "the new way of doing things”, and while often welcome, it takes some effort to get used to different processes by both OPS members and  the Central Office.

The OPS was started over 40 years ago, and our founders tried to be thorough as they envisioned a well functioning Society.  Our Articles of Incorporation lay the foundation of the OPS, and our By-Laws provide more detail about the basic structure and function of the Society.  Our Standing Rules go even further in describing how business should be conducted, and in past years, great attention was given to precise explanations of how things should be done – like conducting our important OPS elections.

Previous editions of our Standing Rules spelled out precisely how the ballots should be designed, what size envelopes should be used for mailing out and returning the ballots, how the envelopes should be numbered to insure "one member, one vote” – even how the Ballot committee should conduct the tally of the votes.  They were great guidelines and were used successfully for many years.

But that was all before we even thought about the internet and electronic communication as an everyday tool.  Now, in keeping with all the other changes we have made, a new election process needs to be designed, and there are so many questions … where to start?  Can the website features facilitate an election process?  How can we provide security for the election?  What role should the ballot committee play?  How is this all going to work simply and efficiently?

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance”

And that is exactly what we’ve done!  After taking many issues into consideration, and consulting with the website experts, (Don’t you just love tech support?), the 2012 OPS elections will be conducted in the following manner:

The candidate statements for each individual seeking an office or position on either the BOD or BOE are available for review through a link on the home page of the OPS website.  Every current (paid) active member of the Society will receive an email with a secure direct link to the ballot.  Click on the link to cast your vote by September 10th.  Reminder emails will only be sent to those members who haven’t voted before the September 10th deadline.  At the close of the election, the ballot committee will verify the election results tallied by surveymonkey.    The results will be reported to the President who, in turn, contacts the candidates.

Though we realize

"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts”

We also realize that every OPS member will be able to successfully cast their vote by following the step-by-step instructions.  We are up to the challenge!

And now that we are into throwing quotes into this blog, we think we’ll add this one

"The vote is one of the greatest things designed by man”

Casting your vote for OPS leadership is the greatest benefit of your membership!  Be sure to show your support for those who are volunteering to work hard to keep the OPS at the forefront of the profession of ophthalmic imaging as the Eye Imaging Experts – vote in the 2012 OPS elections.  A couple of key strokes and mouse clicks, and you have served our Society in a very personal way!

Embrace the change!

Tags:  blog  Meaningful Use  New Life  OPS elections  PDC  Professional Development Committee 

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Timothy J. Bennett CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Friday, August 24, 2012
Wow! What an inspiring blog post. It makes me want to go cast my ballot, but sadly I already voted yesterday and the system blocks me from voting a second time ;-) It's good to know it works.

Fantastic quotes - well done!
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Robert W. Cavicchi, CRA, FOPS says...
Posted Friday, August 24, 2012
Second that! Major kudos to the Membership Committee for great content presented in a beautifully graphic way.

Also love the quotes!!!

Well done!
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