The Vision Council and the California Optical Laboratories Association (COLA) signed a definitive merger agreement on April 26, as announced in January. Under the terms of the agreement, COLA's current leadership will remain in place to ensure a smooth transition. COLA members will join The Vision Council as The California Lab Subcommittee under the Optical Lab Division umbrella, one of six operating divisions within The Vision Council. Each individual COLA member will be eligible to serve on the various committees, subcommittees and task forces under The Vision Council structure. COLA members are also immediately eligible to receive all the benefits and services offered by The Vision Council to its other members. The management of The Vision Council has committed itself to support the continuation of COLA's programs, including its annual spring meeting.