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Posting a memory to this forum 0 T. Bennett This photo is of me being sworn in as the first female President of the OPS.  This was taken at the Business Meeting November 1994 in San Francisco, which also happened to be the 25th Anniversary of the OPS.  I’m surrounded by many of my lifelong friends, a few whom alas, are no longer with us.  Patrick Saine, CRA, past president, is passing the gavel to me. It was a bittersweet victory as I was running against my best friend and mentor, J. Michael Coppinger An OPS member since 1980, I had been and continue to be a strong advocate for the inclusion of more women, and technicians in particular, into our society.   It took 25 years to elect me, and there have only been two other female presidents since.  In a society comprised predominiately  of women, I would have expected this event to happen sooner, and more often.  Ladies!  Time to lean in ! In addition, I beat out my good friend and mentor, Michael Coppinger, of JMC Eye Photo for the position.  He and I went on to lecture together with JMC Eye Photo for the next 20 years. Here’s a little side note- I’m 6 months pregnant in this photo.  While I will never again go down in the history books as the only female president, I may well still retain the title of the only PREGNANT president in the history of the OPS. Denice ( Bartlett ) Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS OPS President 1994-1996  
by D. Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Memories 0 P. Chin I had just graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa class of 1973 when I found myself employed as a medical assistant for eyes with an Ophthalmologist in Lewiston, Maine.  I was such a newbie so green and wet behind the ears. I was working so hard to wrap my brain around this specialty and one day my boss said he had met someone on the plane flying back from the 1975 AAO meeting in Dallas.  He said this individual takes pictures of the back of the eye and had offered to help me.  He told me this person's name was Don Juan.  I said,  "Are you kidding me?"  He said "No" and gave me his contact number.  He told me to call and meet him in New York City at Cabrini Hospital. Well, I did and discovered that this person's name was really Don Wong.  Don met with me and gave me a tour of his new dark room, showing me film and developing.  He said his previous dark room was small and really hot to work in but he managed to get funding for a new darkroom when one of the hospital sisters saw him come out of the dark room in his shorts and t-shirt.  The sister was mortified and Don got his new dark room.  As we were laughing in the darkroom, there was a gentle knock on the door and a tiny voice said "Don, are you ok? Is there someone in there with you?"  We both looked at each other and laughed again.  He said "I'm ok. I'm not talking to myself.  I am with Phil Chin from Maine, just showing him around".  He then took me out to lunch where I tried to absorb everything he said.  After I returned to NY to attend meetings with NYSOMA, the New York Society of Ophthalmic Assistants, including the Eastern Regional 2 in May of 1977 with my new Chinese connections of Ken Fong, Dorothy Wong, Scott Wong and of course Don Wong. In the course of several years, I attended many OPS annual meetings. But the one I remember most fondly was at the 1998 OPS annual meeting in New Orleans.  I had decided to dress up as the "Crow" and on my way to the banquet, I saw a group of photographers slowly walking to the banquet.  In the middle of that group was Don Wong walking carefully with his cane.  I quickly ran up behind him and put my arm around him.  Before the group could intervene to protect Don from this lunatic, Don just nonchalantly smiled and said "Hi Phil, you haven't changed a bit".  
by P. Chin
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Many years ago! 0 H. Carmello I want to say I went to my first meeting back in the early 2000’s in Anaheim,California. Never did I feel more welcome! I will never forget all of the people I met and how to this day I am still a member! Thanks ops for shaping my career and enhancing my role in the field!
by H. Carmello
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Members Memories San Francisco November 1994 0 D. Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS This photo is of me being sworn in as the first female President of the OPS.  This was taken at the Business Meeting November 1994 in San Francisco, which also happened to be the 25th Anniversary of the OPS.  I’m surrounded by many of my lifelong friends, a few whom alas, are no longer with us.  Patrick Saine, CRA, past president, is passing the gavel to me.  It was a bittersweet victory.   An OPS member since 1980, I had been and continue to be a strong advocate for the inclusion of more women, and technicians in particular, into our society.   It took 25 years to elect me, and there have only been two other female presidents since.  In a society comprised predominiately  of women, I would have expected this event to happen sooner, and more often.  Ladies!  Time to lean in!  In addition, I beat out my good friend and mentor, Michael Coppinger, of JMC Eye Photo for the position.  He and I went on to lecture together with JMC Eye Photo for the next 20 years. I'm giving my first speech as President at the banquet same year in a maternity dress and here I am with "my BOD".  Lucky me, I was the only female! While I will never again go down in the history books as the only female president, I may well still retain the title of the only PREGNANT president in the history of the OPS. Denice ( Bartlett ) Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS OPS President 1994-1996
by D. Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, FOPS
Friday, March 29, 2019
First Precious Memory 0 P. Morris I am pleased to share this OPS memory.  It is one of my first and meaningful to me so maybe that is why it is a favorite. Though I had been imaging for 9 years already, I was new to the OPS when I was asked to help with the first OPS Mid-Year destination educational program at Park City, Utah in 1984.  I was excited to meet and completely intimidated by all the seasoned and talented photographers I met there.  I'd been working in a private practice with no other photographers and i was absolutely self-taught, except for reading Emery Billings' monthly articles on ophthalmic photography in Ophthalmology Times.  I had no real sense of the quality of the images I was making or if I was even doing them correctly!   The faculty had been very friendly and I felt accepted by the meeting team.  We were sitting collectively in the back row of the auditorium at the Claim Jumper conference center.  There I was, sitting in the midst of some true ophthalmic photography giants:  Terry George, Bill Nyberg, Emery Billings, Terry Tomer, Paul Montague, Dennis Makes, Sheila Smith, Michael Coppinger, Bruce Morris...  It was a heady moment.  We were listening to a lecture by Csaba Martonyi who was giving us a little mini-quiz on  technique.  I was surrounded by these imaging veterans who were casually shouting out the answers to Csaba's questions to keep the lecture going.  Csaba projected a slide that showed a large inferior crescent light artifact, and asked,"How would you eliminate this artifact?"  No one said a word!  I looked left and right, wondering why the answer hadn't been shouted out by the noisy back row folks and suddenly realized that while no one was saying anything, everyone was rotating their right hands in the air as if over a floating joy stick, and I was doing the same!  Hooray!  I had found community!  May be I DID have an inkling of how to manage a camera and take good photos!  Pretty soon we were all giggling over everyone's "ability to do it, but not say it!" And after that, students started to find their voices and Csaba no longer had to rely on the mouthy back row kids to supply the answers to his questions. For me, it was a great memory, a great meeting, and my first excellent experience with OPS educational programs.
by P. Morris
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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