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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.

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.

SCHEDULE

  •   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 America.com.  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 Election-America.com 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 <help@election-america.com>” 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.

OEA-RETIRED SPRING 2017 ELECTIONS

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
vote).

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.

 

 

SERS Board Report – February 2017

Congratulations to newly elected OEA-Retired ESP Representative Barbara Catalano from Mayfield EA-R.

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

Board Highlights, February 17, 2017 – 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

Many thanks to Adele Matias who served admirably in that role for two full terms.  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