I’ve always been a subscriber to the simple philosophy of "Go big or go home”, or maybe the slightly nerdier "Do or do not, there is no try.” - that is to say, when I put my mind to doing something I can’t help but go all out. It’s just my nature. This has of course been applied to many aspects of my life, but especially so to my membership with the OPS. A fairly recent graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology, and OPS member for around 2 years, I wanted to be more directly involved in this organization. I was an active member of the OPS Facebook group, and after seeing a post by Sarah Moyer looking for members to join the Professional Development Committee; I knew that this was my chance to get involved. I began working as an admin on the Facebook page and more recently as the editor of the OPS Pinterest page.
When I found out that I’d be able to attend the 2013 Mid Year meeting in San Francisco, I was so excited. This was my first ever OPS meeting and I had always wanted to see San Francisco as well. Sarah approached me about signing up to volunteer at the meeting and of course I had to say yes!
Volunteering at the meeting was an amazing experience and I am so glad that I did. Not only did I attend a great meeting with excellent speakers and gain a wealth of information, but working "behind the scenes” also allowed me to work side by side with legacy OPS members and most importantly, MEET EVERYONE!
I had signed up to work on registration, which required handing out ID tags and taking attendance throughout the conference. This helped me to put faces to names I recognized and many new names as well. It was really a great opportunity to get to know those that were attending the meeting. I also helped out with photography throughout the meeting and at the OPS/ASCRS symposium. Volunteering at the meeting was fun, a little something extra to do when attending the meeting, and a way to make great friends and support the OPS.
I’d like to encourage everyone that is attending the Annual Program in November to sign up and volunteer. Volunteers are needed for so many aspects of the educational programs there is a job for everyone! Also, volunteering can earn you FREE continuing education credits; as well provide opportunities for professional networking as well as for building new friendships. This is a great way to support the OPS! Here are some examples of jobs that need volunteers for the annual program:
- Equipment set-up before/after the program- Contact James Soque at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Registration Helpers (before /during the program)- Contact Barb McCalley at email@example.com
- Room monitors- Contact Laura Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Audio Visual Equipment Assistants- Contact- Hoang Nguyen at email@example.com
- Workshop Instructors- Contact James Soque at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Photographers- Contact Sarah Moyer at email@example.com
For more information about volunteering and contact info to sign up, click here (link to call for volunteers)
I’m looking forward to many more outstanding OPS programs and you can bet that I’ll be helping out in some way at my next meeting. I can only hope to move forward from here and become more involved in this great organization. It was great meeting everyone at the Mid-Year Program and for anyone that was not in attendance I hope we will have the opportunity to meet in the future.
Member, Professional Development Committee
Noelle Pensec has been working as an Ophthalmic Photographer at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City for 3 years. She graduated in 2010 from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Photographic Communications. Not much of a city girl, Noelle enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, sailing, and breathing fresh air.