Mississippi Association of Dispensing OPticians

16383 South Swan Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503

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MADO Educational Conference 2017

Dear MADO Members and Friends:

I would like to welcome everyone to join me at this year's MADO Educational Conference at the Golden Nugget! The MADO 2017 Educational Conference is an informative platform to learn about new technology and an incredible resource to receive outstanding educational credits where you, together with your colleagues, can learn about new products in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. This year, there will be ABO and NCLE credits available plus a 5-hour basic optical course. It is designed to help either refresh your skills or help to prepare for exams. In order to plan this basic optical course, we must have a minimum of 10 participants. If you would like to receive a review book, you must be registered 2 weeks prior to the conference. Please call or email Julie at jmw1825@aol.com, or (228) 860-1825, or mark on your registration if you wish to register for the review. We will not be offering JCAHPO credits at this meeting. We are also looking forward to a great trade show after classes on Saturday, where you will get the chance to order new products and see the latest lens and equipment technology, all while getting a chance to win some really nice prizes!

A special thanks to HOYA Vision Care and Kent Berger for partnering with us for our Friday night welcome reception for all attendees, exhibitors and their families. It will be held at the Maritime & Seafood Museum, across the street from the Golden Nugget at 115 E. 1st Street. The museum offers an array of exhibits on seafood, boats, fishing, net-making, and other numerous historic memorabilia and photographs. It is very important to mark your registration form if you plan to attend & how many so we will have an accurate count for food. Thanks to Dr. Patricia O'Kelley of Eyedok in OCean Springs; she is sponsoring the band at the reception. Don't forget to come prepared to partiicpate in our great raffle drawings! We look forward to seeing you at this fun networking event.

We have a block of rooms at the Golden Nugget and next door at Margaritaville Resort. Golden Nugget reservations can be made online at www.goldennugget.com/biloxi, or by calling (800) 777-7568 (mention Group Code S176128). The Golden Nugget is offering a room rate of $79.99 on Thursday, and $149.99 on Friday and Saturday. Reservations must be made before March 14, to receive group rate. Margaritaville reservations can be made at (228) 271-6377, ask for MS Opticians group. Reservations must be made by March 7, to receive the rate of $139 on Friday and Saturday night.

MADO members, please make plans to attend our business meeting on Sunday morning. We value your opinions and encourage everyone to get involved in your association. Let's keep our association active with new ideas and suggestions from you! We appreciate all your support and commitment to MADO! Without you, we would not be where we are today.

I look forward to seeing you there.

David Saxton
MADO President