Carlson opens 21st annual GWCO Congress

December 1, 2011

From left, Jeff Sakai, O.D, Hawaii Optometric Association president-elect; Brian Kubo, O.D., GWCO Hawaii director; Scott Nehring, O.D., GWCO president; Eugene Young, O.D., GWCO past president, and Derrick Abe, O.D., Hawaii Optometric Association president.

The Great Western Council of Optometry (GWCO) held its 21st Annual Congress at the Oregon Convention Center, in Portland, Ore., Oct. 6-9, 2011.

The event drew a record crowd of more than 1,200 optometrists, allied ophthalmic professionals, students, vendors, and sponsors.

The Opening General Session started with thanks and awards to outgoing President David Mashidas, O.D., and incoming President Scott Nehring, O.D.

Lori Youngman, O.D., was named OD of the Year, and AOA President Dori Carlson, O.D., gave the opening presentation.

An exceptional speaker lineup filled all the classrooms to capacity: Marc R. Bloomenstein, O.D.; Aaron Bronner, O.D.; Mile Brujic, O.D.; Diane Drake; Mark Dunbar, O.D.; Cathy J. Evans; Ian Benjamin Gaddie, O.D.; Eva Kroneker; David Mashidas, O.D.; Scott Morris, O.D.; Kelly K. Nichols, O.D., Ph.D., MPH; William V. Padula, O.D.; Mark F. Tafoya, O.D., M.D.; Stanley Teplick, M.D.; William Townsend, O.D.; and Doug Devries, O.D.

Exhibit Hall Marketplace participants were greeted with leis while Hawaiian dancers and singers added to the atmosphere.

The highlight of the GWCO Congress was the President’s Reception where Dr. Nehring was welcomed with a Tailgate Party in honor of his love for the Oregon Ducks college football team.

Football games were broadcast on large screens throughout the ballroom.

Dr. Nehring took his presidential seat of honor (a Ducks director chair) in the back of a pickup truck stocked with his favorite refreshments and Duck paraphernalia.

For more information, visit www.gwco.org.

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