Indiana Optometric Association Awards Criteria

Recognize Those Who Serve Optometry and Their Communities

Without the dedication, desire to serve and professionalism to deliver excellent care, many Hoosiers would not enjoy the optimal vision they have today. The hard work and devotion of Indiana optometrists within their profession and around their communities provides an invaluable service to many, many families. Because of this spirit of giving and unmatched work ethic, the profession of Optometry enjoys premier standing. To recognize these unsung heroes, the IOA will honor them for their service at the Annual Spring Convention each year.

The IOA will also honor those who are not optometrists, but who have contributed to furthering the proper eye care of Hoosiers. Nominees for these awards are non-optometrists who either work with optometrists or who have contributed to quality eye care in Indiana through their work in government, the media or in through their professions.

Please consider who you think is deserving of the awards listed below and click on the links to submit your nominations online or send your nominations to Dr. Piper Groppel by email at piper2004od@hotmail.com. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2018.

OPTOMETRIST OF THE YEAR: The "Optometrist of the Year" award is the IOA's highest award and is bestowed upon the member who has demonstrated not only contributions to his profession, but also service in behalf of the visual welfare of the public and service to the community at large.

Qualifications
1. Public Service (40 points):
A. Service to the country, state, or other political subdivision in any capacity
B. Service to education
C. Service to the community
D. Service to religious or service institutions
E. Service to charitable causes
F. Philanthropy

2. Service to the Visual Welfare of the Public (20 points):
A. Service with sight-saving groups
B. Activity with governmental health care programs
C. Participation in public service programs, i.e., visual screening projects, etc.
D. Other similar activities

3. Service to Optometry (20 points)
A. Contributions of personal effort and time in behalf of the profession's advancement
B. Educational and research activities
C. Contributions to profession's literature
D. Similar acts of service

4. Service to the AOA, IOA and its Affiliates (20 points):
A. Service as an officer, department director, committee chairman, committee member, etc.
B. Promotion of the association's goals and programs
C. Activity in support of the association's organizational projects
D. Cooperation with public relations activities
E. Similar acts of service

PRESIDENT'S CITATION: This award is limited to a member licensed ten (10) years or less. The qualifications are identical to the Optometrist of the Year award and should be judged in the same manner. The resume should follow the same format as outlined in the Optometrist of the Year.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD: Given to a member in recognition for service to the profession of optometry in a specific category or categories. For example: A doctor who has done significant work with VOSH. Other areas could be a specific job performed for the IOA or AOA during the past few years.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO OPTOMETRY: The award(s) shall be presented only to IOA members for long-time service rendered to the profession of optometry performed within the state association or for an outstanding current record which merits recognition but does not meet the AOA "O.D. of the Year" award standards. Only societies and the Executive Committee will be authorized to make nominations. The stature of the Distinguished Service to Optometry must be maintained so that it is meaningful, but not to be given out indiscriminately for mere PR reasons. The number of awards to be given will be left to the discretion of the Awards Committee. The award(s) may be presented each year. The Awards Committee is to decide the winner(s) of this award, subject to review by the Executive Committee. The criteria are to be brief and selective, but contain room for interpretation by the Committee.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: This award is bestowed upon an individual outside the profession who has done something to further the cause of proper eye care for the public. This award has typically gone to someone in the political areas, professions, or the news media. The award serves to recognize their acts for the visual welfare of the public.