NEOEA-Retired Organizing Committee


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.

OEA-Retired Spring Conference 2018

Wednesday April 18, 2018 at the Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Oh 45409.

  • Registration: 9:40 – 10:15 AM
  • STRS/SERS Presentation
  • Fun activity
  • Lunch
  • Celebrating retirement
  • Ending Time 2:15 PM

Sponsored by SWOEA & WOEA Districts.  Contact OEA-R Advisory Council Reps Judy Buschle or Phil Long

RSVP by April 11, 2018, to SWOEA Office, C/O Claudia Miller, 270 Northland Blvd., P.O. Box 224, Cincinnati, OH 45246.

$25.00 per person.  All OEA-R members in are invited. Bring a friend! Download a OEA-R SPRING CONFERENCE 2018 registration form. For Hotel Accommodations contact: Marriott or Courtyard.  Check the OEA-R Website.

Ohio Issue 2 – OEA Report

The Ohio Issue 2 – Drug Price Relief Act (2017) has been gaining a lot of attention.

OEA has not taken a position on this initiative, however OEA Governmental Services has prepared a report to educate members on the issues involved.

Download the Ohio Issue 2 – OEA Report.

At the OEA Retired Fall Conference on September 14, 2017, STRS representatives reported that they too were studying the affects of the initiative on STRS Health Care programs.  Expect a decision from STRS soon.

POP5 – Protect Our Pensions – OEA Report

Many members have again received a solicitation from an organization called Protect Our Pensions, also known as POP5.  OEA and OEA Retired want you to know that  while there does not appear to be any inherent conflict between the stated goals of POP5 and OEA, it is important to note that there is nothing that POP5 is seeking to accomplish that OEA and our allies are not already working on.

Download the POP5 – OEA Report.

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. Online Voting information and requests for Mail-in ballots are sent to all OEA-R members after the filling deadlines.

Election Information, Deadlines, and Forms:


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, 2017. Contact Carol Price at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

Retired Declaration of Candidacy – OEA RA 2017


OEA-R Advisory Council Officers

The following positions on the OEA-R Advisory Council have a filing deadline of February 15, 2018. Forms are to be submitted to OEA Secretary/Treasurer.

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary

The term of office for these positions begins September 1, 2018 and ends August 31, 2021. 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 – OEA Retired Advisory Council Pres.VP.Sec. 2018-2021


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, 2018. Contact Carol Price at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

NEA Retired Delegate Declaration of Candidacy – 2018



  • September 14, 2017
  • STRS Building, 7th Floor, 275 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
  • Save the Date and Register Now
  • Open to all OEA Retired members

Morning speakers include the OEA Officers, OEA Executive Director Sheryl Mathis, and speakers from the Retirement Systems. Other interesting and informational sessions are being planned.

The afternoon will be devoted to a presentation on Social Justice, an issue facing students and society in general.

Note: FREE Parking is provided at the STRS building.

  • REGISTRATION: 9:30 a.m.
  • PROGRAM: 10:00 a.m.
  • LUNCH: 12:00 p.m.
  • PROGRAM 12:45 – 2:45
  • CONCLUSION: 3:00 p.m.

Complete and return the registration form (below) with your $15.00 registration fee by September 2nd to be eligible for door prizes. Lunch is included in the fee. You will be notified by email once your payment is received. Mail form and payment to:

  • P.O. Box 2550
  • Columbus, Ohio 43216-2136
  • ATTN: Todd Jaeck

Download Fall-2017-Conference Registration Form Now


Protect and Preserve Medicare and Social Security

Join Us Thursday, August 3, 2017
Trinity Cathedral
2230 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
9:00am -11:00am

Invited guest include;
Senator Sherrod Brown—Senator Rob Portman
Representative Marcia Fudge—Representative David Joyce
Representative Marcy Kaptur—Representative Jim Renacci
Faith Based, Healthcare Professionals, President of Ohio ARA and AARP State Representatives

Sponsor – Senior Voice!
Co-Sponsors – AARP; Alliance for Retired Americans; Pam Rosado

It’s your money and your benefits. You earned it!
Learn how the American Healthcare Act will change your healthcare.
This is your opportunity to let your congressional representatives know that Medicare and Social Security are important to you.

Now is the time for us to SPEAK UP !
Questions: Call Wynne 216-881-7200 or 965-5928

Download the 2017 Forum Flyer.

NEOEA-R 2017 Spring Conference

NEOEA-R will hold its eighth Spring Retired Conference at the NEOEA Conference Center on April 19, 2017 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 2017 NEOEA-Retired Spring Conference flyer/registration form.

Look for your registration form in the March newsletter.  Cost is only $20; free parking.


  •   9:30     Check in & Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00     Introductions and Welcome
  • 10:30     Breakout Session 1
  • 11:35     Breakout Session 2
  • 12:30     Lunch
  •               Ice Cream Social provided by NEA Member Benefits

Breakout session topics (pick two)

  • STRS by Tamla Cole: Tamla will present a brief overview of 2017 STRS Pension Reform changes and the status of the pension and health care funding.
  • NEA MBingo! by Guy Kendall-Freas: This session will highlight the newest NEA Member Benefits and provide an overview of the many ways members are saving money and will be presented in a BINGO format where members not only learn but will win lots of prizes, too!
  • Legislative Update by Scott DiMauro: 132nd General Assembly and other current issues.
  • Tech Tips by Bill Lavezzi: An interactive look at how retirees use technology: social media (Facebook and Twitter), photo sharing, and video calling.

Ohio NEA-R Delegate and OEA-R Advisory At-Large Election

The 2017 NEA Representative Assembly will be held in Boston, MA on June 30 – July 5, with the NEA-Retired Annual Conference on June 27-28.  OEA-Retired elections for delegates to the 2017 NEA Representative Assemblies and the OEA-Retired Advisory Council At-Large position is being conducted by Election  See the Election Notice below or follow these links:

Tips and Resources for Casting your Ballot:

This is the second time that OEA is conducting the OEA-Retired elections online using as the service provider.  In the Fall OEA-R Election only 7.8% of OEA-R members cast a vote, down from 23-25% in previous years when OEA conducted OEA-R elections by paper ballot mailed to your home along with candidate profiles.

The online voting process may be confusing and requires clicking through several screens and entering an “Election Code” and a “Voting PIN”.  The candidate profiles are not available until you are actually on the ballot screen and then they must be downloaded to be viewed.  For your convenience here are links to the candidate profiles:

Of the 30 candidates for NEA-R Delegate, nine (9) are from NEOEA (in order of appearance on the profile document): Marti Franks, Twinsburg EA-R;  Donna Smoot Walters, Barberton EA-R;  Nancy Wonson, Lakewood TA-R;  Barbara Catalano, Mayfield EA-R;  Homer O. Adams, Parma EA-R;  Adele Matias, Mayfield EA-R;  Joyce M. Hives, East Cleveland EA-R;  William A. Dorsey, Painesville City TA-R; and  Peg Ham, Lorain EA-R.  Please vote for no more than eight (8) candidates or your ballot will be voided.

Of the six candidates for Advisory Council At-Large, one is from NEOEA: Donna Smoot Walters.

If you have just received an email “Vote now in the OEA-Retired 2017 Elections” from “Ohio Education Association <>” here is what to expect:

  1. In the email you will receive your “Election Code” and a “Voting PIN”.  There is a link to the OEA webpage describing the election, with an other link to the voting site.
  2. On the voting site, you will be asked to enter your “Election Code” and a “Voting PIN”.
  3. On the next screen you will see a description of the elections.
  4. The next screen is the actual ballot with links to download the candidate profiles.
  5. The next screen is a confirmation screen for you to review your voting selections.
  6. The last screen reports that your vote has been submitted and includes a link to go back and enter a new “Election Code” and a “Voting PIN” if another member is with you, has their code and PIN, and is ready to vote.

Although The OEA-R Delegate Assembly has called for a return to paper ballots, it appears that online voting is with us for the foreseeable future.  If you have comments or concerns please contact:

Spring 2017 OEA-Retired Elections Notice

OEA-Retired elections for delegates to the 2017 NEA Representative Assemblies and OEA-Retired Advisory Council At-Large and SEOEA positions is being conducted by Election America.

Online voting opens on March 1, 2017, and closes on March 31, 2017, at 9:00pm (eastern).

Election notices will be mailed on February 27 (and emailed, if on file) to OEA-Retired members with an individual Election Code and Voting PIN (you will need these to vote). If you have not received the notice by March 7, please contact Election-America at (888) 914-5654.

If you would like to request a paper ballot, please contact Election-America at (888) 914-5654 by March 13, 2017.


1. NEA RETIRED DELEGATE ballot to elect eight (8) NEA-Retired delegates to represent Ohio’s retired members at the 2017 NEA Representative Assembly in Boston, MA. Biographical information on each candidate is provided. Note: The OEA-Retired President serves as an automatic delegate by virtue of office to the NEA RA for a grand total of nine (9) retired delegates. There are 30 candidates listed on the ballot. Mark this election for no more than eight (8) candidates. (ONLY NEA/Unified-Retired members are eligible to vote).

2. OEA-RETIRED ADVISORY COUNCIL AT-LARGE ballot to elect the OEA-Retired At-Large Representative for a three year term of office beginning September 1, 2017 and ending August 31, 2020. Biographical information on each candidate is provided. Note: The OEA-Retired At-Large Representative serves as an automatic delegate to the OEA Representative Assembly by virtue of office. There are six (6) candidates listed on the ballot. Mark this election for no more than one (1) candidate. (ONLY Unified/OEA-Retired members are eligible to vote).

3. OEA-RETIRED ADVISORY COUNCIL SEOEA ballot to elect the OEA-Retired SEOEA Representative for a three year term of office beginning September 1, 2017 and ending August 31, 2020. Biographical information on each candidate is provided. Note: The OEA-Retired SEOEA Representative serves as an automatic delegate to the OEA Representative Assembly by virtue of office. There are two (2) candidates listed on the ballot. Mark this election for no more than one (1) candidate. (ONLY Unified/OEA/SEOEA-Retired members are eligible to

It is not necessary to conduct an election for the OEA-Retired Advisory Council Central Representative position. Only one candidate declared their candidacy; therefore, Mary Binegar has been declared elected by acclamation.