NEOEA-Retired Organizing Committee


The NEOEA-Retired Organizing Committee promotes the welfare of retired members of the North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEAby identifying particular concerns of retired members as topics for training workshops and social opportunities, by serving as a link between northeastern Ohio retired members and those in other districts, and by fostering communication within OEA-Retired.  Our goal is to provide you a resource to locate people and resources to assist you and keep you informed.  Please consider volunteering to serve on one of our Sub-Committees.  NEOEA-OEA-Retired members may use the Contact Us page to request log-in registration credentials for the NEOEA-Retired Member Only Page.  We need your input to help the website evolve to better assist you.   Submit your comments, questions, or contact updates on our Contact Us page.

OEA-R Declaration of Candidacy Forms

OEA-Retired members are eligible to run for any of these positions.  Please consider running for one or more.  Download the appropriate form for your election. Mail-in ballots are sent to all OEA-R members after the filling deadlines.

Due September 20, 2014 for the OEA-R Fall Election:

OEA-R Delegates to the OEA Representative Assembly (~26 to be elected statewide)

OEA-R Advisory Council Representatives for: Central, Northwestern, & Southwestern (to fill vacancies)

Due February 15, 2015 for the OEA-R Spring Election:

NEA-R Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (7 to be elected statewide)

OEA-R Advisory Council Officers and Representatives for: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Capital, Eastern, North Central, & Northwestern. (three-year terms)

NEOEA Read Across America Project

Update for 2014:

Thank you to all the retired, actives and the Kent State Student who joined us for NEA’s “Read Across America” the first two weeks of March 2014. We read in schools, libraries and events that gave us the title “Oh, the Places We Go”. We have entered the OEA video contest and it can be viewed at YouTube: “read across neoea” or We read in many more places but only posted the pictures we were sent to display.

Our added attraction this March was we bought 55 new books in The Beginning Book Reading Series with “The Cat in the Hat” logo on the cover. These books had bookplates that read “Read Across America 2014 Shared by North Eastern Ohio Education Association Retired Members”. The 55 books were gifted to places we celebrated Read Across America with students.

Volunteer to join us in March 2015. This is an activity we can all participant in. Check the Read Across America page.

Submitted by Beryl Burkle


Update for 2013:

“It Takes the NEOEA Community” is a small sample of activities the NEOEA Community engaged in to celebrate and promote reading for our future generation.  The Read Across America Retired project is on YouTube at:‘  or you can search YouTube using “neoea”.

The movie was created by the NEOEA Retired Organization Committee as our continuing commitment to reading and education for the OEA.

NEA-R Delegates Elected

The 2014 NEA Representative Assembly will be held in Denver CO on July 1 – July 6.

The OEA-R delegates to the 2014 NEA RA are (in order of votes):  John Hoyes (by virtue of office),  William A. Dorsey,  Carol Kinsey,  Donald L. Traxler,  Bill Sears,  Homer O. Adams,  Marilyn Allen,  and  Marti Huss.

The OEA-R alternates to the 2014 NEA RA are (in order of votes):  Christina Wall Swank,  Nancy Wonson,  Joan Klein,  Beryl M. Burkle,  Peg Ham,  Phil A. Long,  Jane A. Rahn,  Donna Smoot-Walters,  Willie A. Terrell, Jr.,  Kathleen Purdy,  Judy Ritchey Novak,  and  Doris L. Moore.


Ohio NEA-R Delegate Election

The 2014 NEA Representative Assembly will be held in Denver, CO on July 1 – July 6, with the NEA-Retired Annual Conference on June 28-30. OEA-Retired is entitled to eight (8) NEA RA delegates for the 2014 NEA RA. The OEA-Retired President serves as an automatic NEA RA delegate by virtue of office; therefore, retired members will vote for no more than seven (7) candidates from a field of twenty-three candidates.

Below are the names of candidates from NEOEA who will be on the ballot. Ballots/bios are being printed and mailed out no later than February 28. Please support NEOEA candidates. Vote and return your ballot promptly.

  • Homer O. Adams, Parma EA-R
  • Beryl M. Burkle, Bedford EA-R
  • William A. Dorsey, Painesville City TA-R
  • Marti Franks, Twinsburg EA-R
  • Peg Ham, Lorain EA-R
  • Norman W. Hillstrom, Mentor TA-R
  • Donna Smoot Walters, Barberton EA-R
  • Nancy Wonson, Lakewood TA-R


NEOEA-R Spring Conference

Mark your calendar for the NEOEA-R Spring Conference on April 30th at the NEOEA Conference Center in Garfield Heights, just off I-480.

Come join us for our annual Retired Spring Conference. Breakfast is at 9:30, introductions and sessions are at 10:00, and lunch is at 12:30. Quite a deal for only $20! Send your reservation in today!

Participants can choose two Breakout Session Topics:

  • A: Health Care Utilization: Pension reform from STRS’ perspective
  • B: NEA Member Benefits: What’s in It for Me? – Find out the latest and the greatest
  • C: Legislative Update: Pension reform and other current issues
  • D: Volunteering in the Parks: Use your skills to share your love of nature through volunteering

Registration begins at 9:00 am with a Continental Breakfast and a brief Welcome.

Lunch will follow the two Breakout Sessions with the conference ending at 1:00 pm.

Download the NEOEA-R 2014 Spring Conference flyer/registration form.

OEA Lobby Day

ACE ACTION ALERT – OEA Lobby Day March 19, 2014

Advocates for Children and Education

The Ohio General Assembly is currently debating many critical issues that impact OEA members and Ohio’s public schools.  These issues include efforts to improve Ohio’s system for evaluating teachers (SB 229), and making sure our voices are heard in the development and implementation of a protocol for the designation of school employees who may carry concealed weapons (HB 8).

Make sure your voice is heard!  Member Lobby Day provides an opportunity to meet with state legislators to discuss key issues that impact you directly.  You can ensure that your voice is heard by clicking here to register to participate in OEA’s next Member Lobby Day on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Join your colleagues at the OEA Headquarters’ Media Center, located at 225 E. Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio at 9:00 a.m. for an hour-long briefing.  Keep in mind that you need to contact your legislator to schedule a meeting prior to attending lobby day.  Find contact info for your legislator by visiting

To find out more about how you can become active in OEA’s legislative programs, please go to

If you have questions in regard to Member Lobby Day, please email Julie Parsley at , or call OEA Government Relations at 1-800-282-1500.

Reserve a free seat on the NEOEA bus.  Register by email, mail, or fax with form at

  • Bus leaves NEOEA office, 5422 East 96th St, Garfield Heights at 6:30 am and returns 4:00 pm.
  • Bus Leaves Burbank Lodi Station Outlets, 9911 Avon Lake Road (I-71 exit 204 at Route 83) at 7:00 am and returns 3:00 pm.


OEA-R Membership Offer

All Good Things Must End

For the past several years OEA-R has been able to offer incentives for purchasing an OEA-R/NEA-R unified lifetime membership.  All incentives were made possible through a grant from NEA-R.  This is the last year of our grant.

So here is our: Last Best Offer

If you join and/or complete your unified membership before the end of the Friday, May 9, 2014, session of the OEA Spring Representative Assembly you will receive a pen, flash drive and a $25 gas card while supplies last!  In addition, your name will be entered in a drawing for FREE DUES ($350) to be held on May 10, 2014, at the OEA Spring RA.  We will draw one name for every 10 new memberships or major fraction thereof.  You do not have to be present to win!

Download Membership Flyer for complete instructions.