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
But platitudes and clichés are based on reality and those
words of assurance were written to be inspirational, interesting and
thoughtful. Comforting and encouraging.
have to admit though, considering the issue addressed in this blog, we tend to
agree with Billy Crystal when he said,
"Change is such
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.
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.
"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!