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 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.

NEOEA-R 2015 Spring Conference

Mark your calendars. NEOEA-R will hold its sixth Spring Retired Conference at the NEOEA Conference Center on May 12, 2015 at the NEOEA Conference Center in Garfield Heights, just off I-480.  The event will serve as the OEA-R Spring Conference and OEA-R members from all over the state will be invited. Of course all NEOEA-R and ORTA members in northeastern Ohio are also invited.

Download a NEOEA-R 2015 Spring Conference flyer/registration form.

Participants can choose two Breakout Session Topics:

  • A: Health Care Utilization by Tamla Cole, STRS: Updates on benefits and programs
  • B: What I Want My Loved Ones to Know by Guy Kendall-Freas, NEA Member Benefits: A practical look at life and family preparedness
  • C: Legislative Update by Scott DiMauro, OEA Vice President: 131st General Assembly and other current issues
  • D: Travel Tips for Retirees by Roland Winzer, European Adventures: Learn from an expert the steps to create your own “tailor-made” tour

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

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

Then enjoy our optional Afternoon Adventure — Visit the newly-renovated, interactive Canal Exploration Center at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Learn how the canal and lock system influenced Ohio’s growth.

SERS Board Report – December 2014

Thank you to NEOEA-R member Adele Matias, OEA-R ESP Representative, who attends and reports on the SERS Board activities.  Here are the latest SERS Reports:

OEA-R Delegate Election

OEA-R Delegate election results are in!  See the OEA-R Delegates from NEOEA-R on our Delegates page.

The Ohio Education Association’s Division of Retired (OEA-Retired) is allocated a total of 45 delegates to the 2014-2015 OEA Representative Assemblies.  The OEA-Retired Guidelines state that the following members of the OEA-Retired Advisory Council shall serve as automatic delegates by virtue of office.

Ballots to elect an additional 27 delegates were counted by members of the OEA-Retired Advisory Council on October 30, 2014. There were 2197 total ballots cast and of those, 2173 were valid and 24 were voided (voted for more than 27 candidates).

Labor Day Events in Northeastern Ohio


These days, most schools start well before September, but Labor Day is still the last summer holiday, and many of us still think of it as the “real” end of the summer break. Northeastern Ohio educators are used to attending Labor Day activities in and around their communities, from the six-day Canfield Fair in the east to the Lorain County Family festival in the west. This year, NEOEA will again be a sponsor of two of these events.

The North Shore Federation of Labor will hold its Second Annual Labor Day Festival at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park at 6161 Engle Road in Brook Park, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30. For more details, see the flyer at

Lorain County Organized Labor will hold its Twentieth Annual Labor Day Family Celebration from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, at Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane, Lorain 44052. See the flyer at

NEOEA is a sponsor of both these events and will have tables at both.  Stop by and say hello, and bring the family!

The College Club of Cleveland

Judy Schneider, a past President of NEOEA, is the current President of The College Club of Cleveland, 2348 Overlook Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106 and has just published her September 2014 CC Newsletter with details of the club’s upcoming events.  The College Club of Cleveland is a community of lifelong learners who engage the mind and body to understand ourselves, our community, and our world.  

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)

OEA-R Fall Conference

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This drive-in conference will be held from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the STRS Building, 275 East Broad Street, Columbus.  Speakers include the OEA Officers, OEA Executive Director Sheryl Mathis, and OEA-R Staff Liaison Bill Otten. STRS and SERS Health Care Personnel will be invited to speak on health care issues/changes for 2015 followed by questions and answers. Other interesting and informational sessions are being planned for the afternoon including our ever popular feature of our own retired members and their post retirement activities.  An OEA Campaign 2014 Update will also be presented. Free parking is provided at the STRS building. Your $15.00 registration fee covers the cost of lunch and materials for the sessions.

  • REGISTRATION: 9:30 a.m.
  • PROGRAM: 10:00 a.m.
  • LUNCH: 12:15 p.m.
  • CONCLUSION: 3:00 p.m.

Complete and return the registration form (below) with your $15.00 registration fee by September 1st in order to be eligible for door prizes. You will be notified by email once your payment is received. Mail your $15.00 check payable to OEA and send it along with the OEA-R Fall 2014 Membership Conference form. Questions – use our Contact Us page.


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.