This year the NOA's 47th convention was held in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Not only was this a monumental convention, it was one of the most memorable times to be in the south. The confederate flag was taken down during the time we were at the convention. We were present during a pivotal time in this nation's history. Our convention was most successful, and very well attended. Held on the historical, culturally aware island of Hilton Head, another large group of doctors, students, sponsors, associates and guests were assembled. The NOA provided exceptional continuing educational seminars, state of the art exhibitions with extremely knowledgeable speakers and sponsors. The focus was on Children's Vision. We also had great and diverse speakers that really engaged the students and doctors. The attendees were able to network, converse and participate in a joint run/walk fundraiser, partake in the historical "Gullah" nature of the island and enjoy the rising sun over the Atlantic Ocean.
Several students were given scholarships. Honors were bestowed on several distinguished members, sponsors and schools of optometry. We ended up dancing the night away with the DJ from the South!
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