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.

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.

NEOEA Megaconference

Come join us at this year’s Megaconference on Saturday, February 22.  It will be presented at Corporate College East, located in Warrensville Heights at 4400 Richmond Road.  Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m., and workshops begin at 9:00.  The $15 registration fee ($25 for nonmembers) covers a continental breakfast, lunch, and parking.  Megaconference is a Presidents Plus Two event and is open to all members.  Each local president has received three certificates; each certificate is good for one free admission.  To use one of your local’s certificates, contact your local president.

Megaconference features twelve simultaneous breakouts in three one-hour time slots.  Topics offered fall into the following three themes: Leadership Development, Personal Development, and Professional Development.  The reservation deadline is February 7. See you there!

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 44 delegates to the 2013-2014 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 26 delegates were counted by members of the OEA-Retired Advisory Council on November 4, 2013.  There were 2217 total ballots cast and of those, 2209 were valid and 8 were voided (voted for more than 26 candidates).

NEA ESP Conference – Louisville


Louisville, Kentucky welcomed over 800 ESP from across the US and several from Education International. What a great host Louisville was and NEA presented a conference of high quality. In the sessions I attended it was heartwarming to hear the dedication of the ESP to students and their struggles for public education. As a retiree I was able to share some history and give encouragement.

The session on lobbying was my first choice and the presenter did not disappoint. Bruce Lear and Leslie Drake encouraged ESP to be involved on the local and state levels. Who better to tell the ESP story and show the value of the positions we hold in school and the community. Especially the school board members need to know us and hear from us.

Next was a session on grant writing. Jesse Graytock, NEA Foundation, gave us many tips and promised support if we just email him. Good to know!

I selected a session named “What are the Right Words to Say”. This session led by Kathy McMahon and Nancy McCanless turned out to be personally valuable to me. It addressed speaking to what you are passionate about as a conversation not a monologue. I did not know at that time I would be addressing the SERS board just a month later!

My fourth session was “Protecting Yourself Against the Internet Bad Guys”. Need I say more? Since I rely on my 12 year old grandson for computer help this was a much needed session for me. Presenters were Jeri Stodola and Eric Stinson.

Subbmitted by Adele Matias, OEA-R ESP Representative