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Optometrist up for major award
by Joseph Miller
Oct 30, 2013 | 210 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A local optometrist has his eyes on the James Brownlee Optometrist of the Year award.

Dr. Michael Weeden has been a resident of Corinth for over 20 years and owns the Corinth Eye Clinic. He has been named a finalist for the James Brownlee Optometrist of the Year by the Mississippi Optometric Association. The MOA presents the award annually to recognize significant contributions to the profession of optometry and the general public.

“It is a great honor for me to be a finalist for this award,” said Weeden. “A lot of my colleagues, along with everybody else, is probably more deserving of this selection than me but, I am excited about the opportunity.”

Weeden's career resume and his volunteer work helps make for a strong case for this award. He serves on the MOA Executive Board, is a past member of the Board of Directors, and has served on several MOA committees throughout his career. He is also president of MOA Northern Society and recently created a newsletter, "MOA Happenings," for society members. He is active in the American Optometric Association and has participated in the AOA legislative, third party, and advocacy conference for the last two years.

“This is a nomination deal by your colleagues who submit folks whom they feel is doing something above and beyond the call of duty,” Weeden explained. “An awards committee looks at the submissions and then sends us a notification with a chance to respond.”

It's safe for one to say Weeden goes above and beyond the call. He recently joined the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Eye Care Alliance to help provide private OD vision insurance plans in the state. He has been an InfantSEE provider since inception of the program, donates eye-care services to Lions Club patients and has conducted vision screenings for elementary schools. Dr. Weeden and clinic staff members have participated in six mission trips to provide eye-care for approximately 4,500 underprivileged patients.

“What I do as extracurricular activities outside of work is very important to me,” added Weeden. “Being a part of a civic organization is something I enjoy.”

As a Lions Club member, Weeden serves the needs of patients from Corinth and Iuka. He is president of the local Civitan Club, which provides services for mentally challenged and underserved children in Corinth and Alcorn County. He is a charter member of the Crossroad Museum in Corinth.

Weeden also started Jericho Sports Ministry to unite local churches in organizing a basketball league and mentoring program for city and county youth. He supports United Way fundraising efforts and is an assistant Sunday school teacher and choir member at Tate Baptist Church.

The awards ceremony will be held this Saturday, November 2. Dr. Weeden said he is looking forward to the event.

“Either way it goes . . . I am glad just to be recognized as a finalist,” concluded Weeden.
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