2019 Spring Congress

May 16 - 19, 2019

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

250 Kalahari Blvd.
Pocono Manor, PA 18349

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Explore the Excitement of the Kalahari Resort
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions isn't your typical resort. Its authentically African theme is designed to bring families together, and that isn't just a marketing ploy. The African spirit of Ubuntu or "togetherness"- the philosophy that encompasses a belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all of humanity - is reflected in every aspect of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, from the handcrafted artwork on the convention center walls to furniture placed in guest rooms, recorded music from the streets of Cape Town echoing in the resorts and original crafts available for guest souvenirs. It's all part of Kalahari's commitment to bring guests a beyond-expectations experience.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Pocono, home to one of America's largest indoor waterparks, has something for everyone to experience during your stay. In addition to the unparalleled waterpark experience, the award-winning resorts feature: dry-play activities - including virtual reality sensation The Arena, indoor theme parks, seasonal outdoor waterparks, outdoor ropes courses and zip lining, delicious on-site dining options, Spa Kalahari and Salon, and outstanding convention center facilities.

Hotel Reservations
The POA has blocked a variety of room types and sizes, so whether you are travelling alone or with your family, there is a room waiting for you. From a standard room (two queen beds and pullout couch) to a two bedroom Family Suite, there is plenty of room to spread out and relax. Our group room rates run from $199 for a Desert Room to $249/$299 for a two bedroom suite (depending on floor location). Each room includes 4 water park passes for each day of your visit. Check-in as early as noon, and the hotel will store your luggage as you hit the water park. You can also stay in the water park up until 9:00 p.m. on your day of check-out. Make your reservation online at www.poaeyes.org on the Education tab when you register for the event or by calling 877-525-2427 and asking for the Pennsylvania Optometric Association block. The room reservation cut-off for our special rates is April 23, 2019. BOOK YOUR ROOMS NOW.

Annual Golf Outing
On Thursday, May 16 enjoy a round of golf at the award-winning Mount Airy Golf Course, located just minutes away from the Kalahari. Each hole is inspired by Sports Illustrated's "Best 18 Holes in America" and reinterpreted by master golf architect Hal Purdy. We invite you to test your skill on a course that many consider "The Champion" of Pocono Mountain courses. The course is known for its distance drives and 6,500 yards of manicured greens. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a 9:00 shotgun start. Lunch will follow at the Clubhouse. 

Inaugural Miniature Golf Outing
Not to be outdone by the guys and gals on the links at Mt. Airy, we will be hosting our first-ever mini-golf outing at the Kalahari Gorilla Grove. Bring your own foursome, or we'll be happy to find you some fun-loving partners. Will you make that perfect putt that earns your team the trophy?

Annual Awards Program
The POA's annual awards program takes place Friday evening in conjunction with our new graduate/new member mixer. Come and meet our newest POA members, and congratulate our 2019 award winners.

President's Reception
This year's President's Reception will be wet, wild, and wonderful. Dr. Lori Gray and her family invite you to their "hydroparty". Follow the signs to our cabanas in the water park, enjoy some food and drinks, and if the spirit moves you, hit the water rides. All members, guests, paraoptometrics and exhibitors are invited via your water park wristband. Dress comfortably - it's warm in the park. 

Find the Latest and Greatest in our Exhibit Hall
There are big changes coming in 2019! We will be offering a continental breakfast in the exhibit hall on Saturday morning, followed by lunch later in the day. So stop in for a quick Danish and coffee, and say hello to our exhibitors. Walk around, and see who you'll come back to talk with in depth over lunch. Prizes will be awarded at each session, so make sure you're there both times. 

What Does My Association Do For Me? - Lunch and Learn
We invite all doctors to join us as our guests at this new lunch program. Enjoy networking with your colleagues over lunch, and then engage with our Diamond and Platinum Business Partners as they let you in on what's new and hot with their companies. This will be followed by an update by POA President Lori Gray, O.D. and Executive Director Joe Ricci on what your dues dollars are doing for you relative to membership benefits and legislative efforts in 2019.

Cancellation Policy
There will be a $50 fee if cancellation is received by the POA by May 5, 2019. There is no refund available after that date. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Cancellations must be received in writing by the POA via mail, fax, or email to ilene@poaeyes.






Name: Ilene Sauertieg
Email: Ilene@poaeyes.org
Phone: (717) 233-6455