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Optical Dispensing: Network, Learn and Party!

You’ll see we’ve moved the optical dispensing column away from the other reports to its new home at the beginning of the eyewear section. Seems obvious we know… Don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner. Here are this month’s reports from your association presidents.


Murray O’Brien

ADOA Victoria held its first continuing education program for the year on 24 March when Transitions Optical presented to members on the company’s latest development: the ‘Signature 7’. The evening was well attended and enjoyed very much by all. Thank you Transitions Optical.

An Opportunity to Network
ADOA is an association for all qualified optical dispensers – both employed and self-employed – whether or not the store is independent, corporate or a franchise.

There is still the opportunity for young entrepreneurial optical dispensers, to develop your own business and one of the best ways to get a leg up, so to speak, is to talk to and learn from those who have
done it before.

One of the best ways to meet new optical dispensing colleagues and learn a bit from some of the “old hands” of the business is to join ADOA and come along to our continuing education events. I believe networking opportunities that a group like ADOA can provide are invaluable.

Don Blanksby is our secretariat in Victoria. If you’re a new prospective member, please feel free to give him a call to talk about joining. Our number is (AUS) 03 9536 3127. Alternatively, you can find out more about our organisation by visiting www.adoa.org.au

Murray O’Brien is the President of ADOA Victoria.


Martin Kocbek

April is upon us and ADOA is in full swing organising the 2014 Optical Dispensers Graduation Dinner. Once again this annual event will be held at Dockside, Cockle Bay in Sydney. For such an important celebration, this venue just can’t be beaten when it comes to position and style. By now all graduating students should have received their invitations. If by chance you haven’t, please email us at [email protected] or leave a message on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/adoa.ltd. We will endeavour to get you on the guest list… because this is one event that shouldn’t be missed!

As some of you may be aware, ADOA NSW experienced some internal ‘hick ups’ towards the end of 2013 and into early 2014, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. As this report goes to press, things will have settled down.

Our long serving secretary is winding down his involvement with ADOA as he prepares for retirement, and finding a replacement to fill his shoes has been hard.

Ted Butler’s commitment to ADOA has been second to none, and finding a replacement of his calibre has been very difficult to say the least. Fortunately, we have now secured an enthusiastic new secretary and are bringing him up to speed. That means we’ll soon be in a position to push ahead with the many programs we want to roll out for our members.

At ADOA NSW, we’re looking forward to the coming months.

Martin Kocbek is the President of ADOA NSW.