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AOA recognizes Sen. Boozman with 40-year award at Ark. annual meeting

July 15, 2013
From left, AOA then-President-elect Mitch Munson, O.D., Sen. John Boozman, O.D., and Susan Brunnett, O.D.

From left, AOA then-President-elect Mitch Munson, O.D., Sen. John Boozman, O.D., and Susan Brunnett, O.D.

As part of his semiannual tradition, Sen. John Boozman, O.D., attended the 2013 Arkansas Optometric Association (ArOA) Annual Meeting in Little Rock, Ark., at the end of April. During the awards ceremony, AOA President-elect Mitch Munson, O.D., was on hand to recognize Sen. Boozman’s 40 years of membership with the AOA.

Sen. Boozman tries to attend at least one of the ArOA’s two conventions during the year to earn continuing education hours. He is still a licensed optometric physician in the state. He often provides an update during the membership meeting about what is going on in Washington, D.C., meets with optometry students, visits with other optometrists and attends lectures.

Also receiving a 40-Year Membership Award was Bill Morgan, O.D.

Jean Medlock, O.D., and Harry Denison, O.D., received 50-Year Membership Awards.

The ArOA also honored the work of Kenny Wyatt, O.D., Dale Morris, O.D., and Harry Denison, O.D., with Lifetime of Excellence Awards.

The ArOA Young OD of the Year Award went to Joseph Sugg, O.D., and the Special Service Award was given to the Auxiliary to the ArOA.

The ArOA installed its 2013-2014 Board of Directors:

  • Robert Fitzhugh, O.D., was elected president;
  • Susan DeBlack, O.D., was elected president-elect;
  • Sabre Wright, O.D., was elected vice-president;
  • Chevron Ergle, O.D., was elected secretary-treasurer;
  • Patricia Westfall, O.D., was elected immediate past president;
  • Bryan Armstrong, O.D., and C.F. Hyman, O.D., continued their second-year term as director;
  • Matt Jones, O.D., and Belinda Starkey, O.D., were re-elected to the board of directors;
  • Dan Hennessey, O.D., and Jeff Netzel, O.D., were elected as new directors to the board.

At this year’s meeting, more than 300 optometrists and paraoptometrics from throughout Arkansas and surrounding states attended membership meetings, continuing education courses and an exhibit hall.

For more information about the ArOA, visit www.arkansasoptometric.org.

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