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|(Don't ask me why the first gathering was a Symposium,
and the second was a Conference... except that this was a
gathering of practitioners only - after much work and unfortunate delay,
the decision was made to hold a West Coast Conference that was much
smaller. By having only practitioners there, we did a lot of defining of
the Association, organizing it and deciding where we want to take
it in the future.)
Here is an email I set out to everybody afterwards:
"...and a Good Time was had by
This email is intended for 1) those who couldn't make the conference in
Portland, AND 2) to let EVERYONE know some business decisions that were
made by the group. I want to start by saying how much fun I had, and how
inspiring it is to have everyone working (and playing!) together. It is
so empowering and motivating to hear stories, learn new things, tell my
own stories, and meet people whom I have cherished from afar for many
years, like Jerriann Taber! and a BIG Thank You to Elizabeth Abraham for
furnishing 90% of the following notes....
Those of us who could come to the conference a little early met for a
business meeting about the Association of Vision Educators. First on the
agenda was "What was the agenda?" We brainstormed for a few
minutes and came up with a list of items. The next day we brought the
list of items and ideas/decisions to the group as a whole and came up
with the following:
Decided the time has not yet come for a Newsletter, although it was
considered a great idea for the future. Instead, a Library of articles
will be made available on the website. Anyone who has anything they
would like to contribute should send it to Kate. (kTk@keilman.org)
Kate reported that 40 members are paid up (and then we got 4 new members
from the conference!).
Decided that the criteria for membership should be inclusive rather than
exclusive, and that everyone who teaches some form of natural and
integrative vision care is welcome to join.
Discussed the benefits to being a member. Among them: listing on the
Association website, professional support via questions directed to
other members, professional development via conferences and workshops,
discounts on other AVE members products and services.
Decided to add to the website a page listing the criteria for
membership, the benefits of membership and the application form.
Decided to attempt to increase the membership as a large association has
more political clout, greater research possibilities, will further
public awareness of the field and have a larger pool to draw from for
referrals and collegial support.
Decided to offer newly trained teachers membership for $20 in their
Decided to add a disclaimer on the AVE page saying that the Association
is not responsible for its members.
Discussed the structure of AVE and decided on a 5 person Steering
Committee whose mandate is to further the mission statement and benefits
to its members.
Marty Sussman and CJ Wilson agreed to write articles on holistic vision
improvement and submit them to magazines on a regular basis. Marty
informed us that February is Better Vision Month.
It was decided to hold the next Conference in San Francisco in the
Spring of 2003, and that it would be open to the public as well as
providing workshops for professionals and time for AVE meetings. Dror
and Meir Schneider said they have the experience, knowledge and staff to
put in a lot of effort towards this (Kate said she would/could help,
having grown up and lived in the Bay Area until 8 years ago). Other
members in the Bay Area have worked with the Schneiders - Tom
Quackenbush and Grace Halloran specifically on a one day workshop.
Decided to have a Specialties listing for each practitioner on the
website (send short paragraph to Kate - kTk@keilman.org
Dror Schneider, Marty Sussman, Kate Keilman, Sena Karamazov and Judy
Vanderbeck were elected to the Steering Committee. Rosemary Gaddum
Esther van der Werf, Azalea, Martha Rigney and Janine Riggle agreed to
help out on other committees as needed. (Others are welcome to join in,
Side notes - The changing of the treasurer to Martha Rigney.
So you can see, lots of progress and planning into the future was made,
cooperative and non-competitive way!