NEOEA-Retired Organizing Committee

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The NEOEA-Retired Organizing Committee promotes the welfare of retired members of the North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) by 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 update their contact information or 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.

SERS Board Report – October 2016

Congratulations to newly elected OEA-Retired ESP Representative Barbara Catalano from Mayfield EA-R..  Many thanks to Adele Matias who served admirably in that role for two full terms.

Barb has provided these links to the SERS website so that members can get the most recent information available:

Board Highlights, October 20, 2016 – http://www.ohsers.org/Document/Get/16673

Have the highlights sent directly to you. – Sign-Up for SERS email list

SERS Board of Trustees page – http://www.ohsers.org/board-of-trustees-3

An archive of Adele’s reports is on our SERS Reports page.

OEA FCPE State Council – OEA-R Positions

Names of persons who are interested in serving in the positions of OEA-R Representative and Alternate to the OEA-FCPE State Council are now being accepted.

Language in the OEA FCPE Constitution and Bylaws states: One (1) voting member and one (1) alternate member of the State Council shall be elected from OEA-R by members serving on the OEA-R Advisory Council.  This is a two (2) year term beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2018.  This election will take place at the December 1-2, 2016 meeting of the OEA-R Advisory Council.

In addition to serving on the OEA FCPE State Council, the elected Representative and Alternate are responsible for the following per the OEA-R Guidelines:

4. Duties of the OEA-R representative and alternate to the OEA FCPE are:

  1. The FCPE Representative will attend all Advisory Council meetings and OEA-R Delegate Assemblies.
  2. Co-Chair the Legislative/OEA FCPE Committee of the Advisory Council.
  3. Report in timely fashion to the OEA FCPE State Council the concerns and needs of the
    OEA-R Advisory Council.
  4. Inform the Advisory Council of candidate information, political actions, and elected officeholder opinions and actions.
  5. Stimulate and monitor the OEA FCPE contributions of OEA-R membership.
  6. The term of office for the OEA-R representative to the OEA FCPE State Council shall begin on January 1 following the election in odd years (15, 17, 19, 21…) and shall expire on December 31 two (2) years hence.
  7. In the case of a vacancy during the term of office, the alternate shall fill the unexpired term. Members of the OEA-R Advisory Council in consultation shall elect a new alternate.
  8. In the case of a vacancy where no alternate exists, the chair of the FCPE State Council shall appoint a new member until the OEA-R Advisory Council elects a new member to serve on the state council.

5. The FCPE Representative is a non-voting member of the Advisory Council and has no delegate status to the OEA Representative Assembly unless elected as a delegate.

The Advisory Council meets at least four (4) times a year, usually September, December, March, and May.  The OEA-R Delegate Assemblies are in December and May in conjunction with the OEA-R Advisory Council meetings held then. The Alternate has no required activity except at such time when the Representative may not be available.  To be eligible for either position, candidates must meet the requirements of both the Advisory Council and the OEA FCPE which include a minimum annual FCPE contribution of $100 which must have been made by the time the letter of interest is considered for election. The Representative shall represent the interests of the OEA-R to engage in political action to effect the implementation of the OEA policies for the improvement of education in the state of Ohio.

Please submit a letter of interest to John Hoyes, OEA-R Chair jhoyes@columbus.rr.com and cc Carol Kinsey, OEA-R Board of Directors Representative, cskinsey@aol.com by November 23 indicating if you wish to be considered for the Representative or the Alternate position.  Please state your qualifications and reasons for wanting to serve in the position you are seeking.  Those persons currently holding these positions must send a letter if they wish to be considered for continued service.  If you wish to nominate a person other than yourself, you may do so but that person needs to email both persons listed above as agreeing to their nomination.

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.

Election Information, Deadlines, and Forms:

Council Openings 2016-17

The following position on the OEA-R Advisory Council has a filing deadline of September 21, 2016. Form is to be submitted to OEA Secretary/Treasurer.

  • OEA-R Advisory Council Vice Chair

The term of office for this position begins September 1, 2016 and ends August 31, 2018. This position serves as automatic delegates to the OEA Representative Assembly by virtue of office. Contact Carol Price at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY ~
OEA-RETIRED ADVISORY COUNCIL VICE CHAIR

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Retired Delegate to the OEA Representative Assembly

If you wish to be a candidate for OEA-Retired delegate to the OEA Representative Assemblies, you must file a Declaration of Candidacy form by September 20, 2016. Contact Carol Price at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY ~
2016-2017 OEA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLIES – OEA-RETIRED DELEGATE

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OEA-R Advisory Council

The following positions on the OEA-R Advisory Council have a filing deadline of February 15, 2017. Forms are to be submitted to OEA Secretary/Treasurer.

  • Central
  • East Central
  • Southeastern
  • At-Large

The term of office for these positions begins September 1, 2017 and ends August 31, 2020. These positions serve as automatic delegates to the OEA Representative Assembly by virtue of office. Contact Carol Price at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY ~
ADVISORY COUNCIL DISTRICT AND AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVES

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Retired Delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly

If you wish to be a candidate for NEA-Retired delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly, you must file a Declaration of Candidacy form by February 15, 2017. Contact Carol Price at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY ~
NEA-RETIRED DELEGATE – NEA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY

OEA-R Statewide Fall 2016 Conference

Save the Date!

  • September 14, 2016 in Columbus at the STRS Building
  • The fee for the day is $15 which includes lunch.
  • Car pool with others this is a worthwhile conference for the retired.
  • Fill out a OEA-R Fall 2016 registration form and plan to be there.

Morning speakers include the OEA Officers, OEA Executive Director Sheryl Mathis, and OEA-R Staff Liaison Todd Jaeck. Other interesting and informational sessions are being planned.

By request, the afternoon will be devoted to the Retirement Systems. STRS Executive Director Mike Nehf will focus on the State of the STRS Pension System. Following that, STRS and SERS Health Care Personnel will be invited to speak on health care issues/changes for 2017 followed by questions and answers. We will again offer our ever popular session featuring our own retired members and their post retirement activities. Attend to “fiddle around” with OEA-R member Charlie Wilcoxen at the end of the day. You may just leave by dancing a jig or singing a familiar tune as you exit the Conference.

NEOEA Retired on Facebook

We have established a group Facebook page.  If you are a Facebook member, just search NEOEA RETIRED and request to join.  Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/468980329974499/ 

We have lots of pictures from events in which we participated, as well as special notes, reminders, upcoming events.  We are up to 42 members.  Let’s see if we can get to 50!

Thank you to Nancy Wonson, NEOEA Retired Organizing Committee Chairperson, who set up and manages the page.

NEOEA-R 2016 Spring Conference

Registration deadline extended to April 20th!.

Frances Strickland will be our special guest.

NEOEA-R will hold its seventh Spring Retired Conference at the NEOEA Conference Center on April 27, 2016 at the NEOEA Conference Center in Garfield Heights, just off I-480.  All NEOEA-R and ORTA members in northeastern Ohio are invited.

Download a 2016 NEOEA-Retired Spring Conference flyer/registration form.

Participants can choose two Breakout Session Topics:

  • Legislative Update—Scott DiMauro, OEA Vice-President
  • STRS/SERS Pension & Healthcare Update—Tamala Cole, STRS & Matt Slain, financial advisor
  • What I Want My Loved Ones to Know —Guy Kendall-Freas, NEA Member Benefits
  • Resources for Travel, Online Tools for Your Travel Toolbox (Bring Your Own Device) – Deb Bakos

Registration begins at 9:30 am with a Continental Breakfast and a brief Welcome.

Lunch, Door Prizes, and an NEAMB ice cream social will follow the two Breakout Sessions.

NEA-R Delegate and OEA-R Advisory Council Elections

Mail-in ballots from the month of March were counted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 for the OEA-Retired Advisory Council elections. Election results are as follows:

OEA-Retired Advisory Council – OEA Board of Directors Representative:
Term: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2019
Number of Ballots Cast: 2071 / Voided Ballots: 5 – voted for more than 1
        1255 Votes: Carol Kinsey – ELECTED
422 Votes: Kathleen Purdy
389 Votes: R. Joyce Skocic

OEA Retired Advisory Council – NEOEA Representative:
Term: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2019
Number of Ballots Cast: 705 / Voided Ballots: 2 – voted for more than 1
        459 Votes: Marsh Buckley – ELECTED
244 Votes: Donna Smoot-Walters

OEA-Retired Advisory Council – WOEA Representative:
Term: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2019
Number of Ballots Cast: 220 / Voided Ballot: 1 – voted for more than 1
61 Votes: Warlita S. Duvall
158 Votes: Phil A. Long – ELECTED

OEA-Retired Advisory Council Representatives – Elected by Acclamation
Term: September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2019
Judy Buschle – SWOEA
Barbara Catalano, NEOEA – ESP Representative
Bonnie Harris, NEOEA – Higher Ed Representative
Rita Walters – EOEA (vacancy-term ending 8/31/18)

Mail-in ballots from the month of March were counted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 for the OEA-R NEA RA Delegate election. Number of Ballots Cast:  2101 / Voided Ballots: 27 – voted for more than 8.   Election results are as follows:

The OEA-R Delegates to the 2016 NEA RA are (in order of votes): John Hoyes, Chair (by virtue of office); William A. Dorsey, NEOEA; Carol Kinsey, ECOEA; Donald L. Traxler, NWOEA; Homer O. Adams, NEOEA; Bill Sears, SWOEA; Marsh Buckley, NEOEA; Marilyn Allen, CAPITAL; and  Marti Huss, SWOEA.

The OEA-R Alternates to the 2016 NEA RA are (in order of votes): Kathleen Purdy, ECOEA; Christina Wall Swank, NCOEA; Jeff Corbin, CAPITAL; Donna Smoot-Walters, NEOEA; Willie A. Terrell, Jr., WOEA; Peg Ham, NEOEA; Beryl M. Burkle, NEOEA; Nancy Wonson, NEOEA; Judy Buschle, SWOEA; Joyce Hives, NEOEA; Mary Binegar, CENTRAL; Judy Novak, NCOEA; Lynnette R. Harris, NEOEA; Marti Franks, NEOEA; Jane A. Rahn, WOEA; Barbara Catalano, NEOEA; Paula J. Garfield, CAPITAL; Gail Gentile, NEOEA; R. Joyce Skocic, NCOEA; Sue Christian, CENTRAL; Claudia Miller, SWOEA; Wil Vickery, CENTRAL; Perry C. Brokaw, NCOEA; Susie Crawford, CENTRAL; Jim Wilhelm, SEOEA; Warlita S. Duvall, WOEA; Steve Lykins, SWOEA.