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NEWSLETTER S e p t e m b e r, 2 0 0 9 Northwestern Ohio Education Association 10,000 Members www.nwoea.org New Grant Opportunities To Increase Local Involvement 101 West Sandusky - Suite 302 G Findlay, Ohio 45840 G Tel: 800-366-9632 G Fax: 419-422-3417 The recently established Engage Grant incentives for a local to conduct a FCPE be given to delegates who attend the OEA NWOEA Ad Hoc Committee is drive. This grant will reimburse up to $150 Fall RA and whose local has the highest announcing four new grant opportunities. each to two locals per NWOEA unit whose percentage of member participation in At its June retreat, members of the FCPE percentage of member participation FCPE as of December 31, 2009. Any NWOEA Board of Directors gave this ad was 5% or less last year (2008-2009). The delegate interested in applying for this hoc committee the charge to build grant application was mailed to local grant should submit a letter of interest, capacity for greater involvement of presidents and can also be found on the including delegate contact information and NWOEA members. As a result these new NWOEA website www.nwoea.org. local association president’s signature, to grants will provide the opportunity for The Local Delegate Assistance to the NWOEA Center by November 1, 2009. more NWOEA locals to be involved in the OEA Spring RA Engage Grant will The Cluster Delegate to NEA RA Fund for Children and Public Education reimburse $100 for overnight lodging and Engage Grant will provide funding for an (FCPE) and to be represented at the OEA $50 for mileage to a delegate attending the additional cluster delegate to attend the RA and the NEA RA. OEA Spring RA from a local that has not 2010 NEA RA. Locals of 75 or fewer The FCPE Drive Assistance Engage sent delegates to an OEA RA in the members who have not had a NEA Grant will provide training, support, and previous ﬁve school years. Preference will continued on page 2 Treasurers Attend Annual NWOEA Workshop NWOEA Training Prepares Local Leaders Thirty-ﬁve teachers for New School Year representing thirty-three Twenty-two local leaders locals attended the annual representing twelve locals NWOEA Treasurers attended the NWOEA Local Training presented by Leaders Training on August OEA Secretary-Treasurer 11 at the University of Jim Timlin on August 11 Findlay. As the presenters at the University of for this workshop, OEA Findlay. Attendees Labor Relations Consultants learned the proper Amy Aldridge-Ritchey from Upper Sandusky (left) and Annette Kubiske from the procedures and legalities Adrienne Gurney from Lake (right) were the two local Defiance OEA Office and of being a local treasurers whose names were drawn at the NWOEA Todd Jaeck from the Mentor OEA Office brought book bags, Treasurers Training presented by OEA Secretary- association treasurer. The Treasurer Jim Timlin (center). These two teachers materials, and plenty of food for thought for each participant. level of experience of the will have their 2009-2010 OEA dues paid by OEA. They covered a variety of topics, which included recieving the treasurers present ranged responsibilities of the different local association leaders, advocating for the members of the local association, knowing from no experience to that of twenty years. Each participant the contract, understanding duty of fair representation, and received a copy of the 2009-2010 OEA Treasurer’s Manual, sharing tips on how to represent members at hearings. which became his or her textbook for this session. Vicki McAfee from Fremont won the Longaberger basket Using the highlighters, tags, and pens provided by the door prize donated by NWOEA Professional Development NWOEA Professional Development Committee, the teachers Committee member George Doyle. Pictured above, in front left marked important pages of the manual as policy and procedures to right are Joe Fetzer from Danbury and Jeff McIntire from were explained by OEA Treasurer Timlin. He also distributed Maumee and in back are Robin Frederick from Tifﬁn and material about OEA’s Fiscal Fitness Award Program, which is an Shawn Chalﬁn Ochs from Rossford. In the photo, participants incentive program offered by OEA that could award a local become acquainted with the valuable information contained in treasurer $2,000, if he or she meets the “best practices” outlined the OEA Member Resource Guide distributed to all members in in the program. the August issue of Ohio Schools. 1 Bricks, Mortar, & Craftsmen - Foundation Building Northwestern Ohio Education Association Careful what you wish for… Notes from NWOEA legislation that we had a great deal of realize the most success. President Jerry inﬂuence in crafting. Perfect it is not, but Is it easy work? No. Is it work that we Oberhaus it will signiﬁcantly move education in a are familiar with? Possibly not. It may very positive direction, if implementation even be work we are not comfortable responds to the opportunities that the with, but the opportunity and the “To be the legislation presents. responsibility is ours. We must be the architects of Yes, this is a big IF. Over and over at professionals that craft the framework into education OEA Summer Leadership I heard the a strong resilient system. We must be the reform… to be questions repeated in different sessions professionals that own the the voice of from numerous individuals, “How will it implementation. education… to be implemented? Who will see that it is We all know that no governor will stay be the crafters of implemented appropriately according to in ofﬁce long enough to sustain the change that makes a difference.” its intention? How will the reforms be substantial systematic change envisioned. For years we have been subjected to sustained?” It is a new and perhaps scary Who will sustain the reform before we following the “do this,” “jump here,” “do position to be the crafters of change in veer off in yet another direction? We will! that,” “this is better this way,” from so our profession. HB1 provides us with a Who will supply the momentum to sustain called reformers outside of the profession. framework, a plan, and the building funding? We will! With a vibrant 21st It was an easier time: we criticized, said blocks for the foundation of a new century education system that is “no,” argued how they did not know what education system. One that is focused on transparent to lead the nation. We are the they were really talking about. what it takes to provide a high quality professionals in the buildings and driving NEA Member Benefits Now, we have a historic piece of reform education system for every learner, the buses. We were here long before this instead of one based on what can we do opportunity was presented to us, and we Web Site Giveaways with what is left over. will be here long after current politicians’ So here we are. We have become terms expire. What will not change, the largely the architects of the plan. Now we constant that will continue to drive us NEA members can now register in the have the opportunity to be the builders to forward, is our passion and our “ENTER TO WIN” area of the NEA form the pieces and the craftsmen to put commitment. We must be the mortar that Members Benefits web site (neamb.com) it all together in a system that works. It is is as strong as the brick. Together we will twice each month to win prizes! our opportunity to utilize the framework build a much better system with a positive of the plan to be sure that each legacy for generations to come! foundation block is laid carefully to build What an exciting way to start the September 1-15, 2009 the system which helps each student school year! Welcome back! Four New School Year Wardrobes! New Grant Opportunities Win one of four new school year wardrobes! Each prize consists of a $500 contact information and local president’s gift certiﬁcate from Macy’s. continued from page 1 signature, to the NWOEA Center by February 20, 2010. delegate in the past ﬁve years are eligible September 16-30, 2009 For more information about the to receive this grant. Small locals Four New Dell Laptop Computers! Engage Grants, visit the NWOEA website interested in clustering and applying for Be one of four lucky members to win a www.nwoea.org, call the NWOEA this grant should follow OEA guidelines. new Dell laptop computer and start the Center at 1-800-366-9632 or email Local Delegate Assistance to NEA RA school year off right! email@example.com. Engage Grant is designed to provide OEA 2009-2010 funding of $750 for the 2010 NEA RA to a Representative Assembly October 1-15, 2009 delegate from a local of 76 members or Dates and Site Lunch for You and Your Colleagues! more that has not had a NEA RA delegate There is such a thing as a free lunch! Win in the past ﬁve years. To be eligible for this lunch for yourself and 25 colleagues grant, a local would have to hold a NEA OEA Fall RA courtesy of Subway. RA delegate election and send delegates to Saturday, December 5, 2009 the NWOEA RA with the intent that the October 16-31, 2009 actual applicant attends the NWOEA RA. OEA Spring RA Ten Gas Cards! Any delegate interested in applying for this Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, 2010 Just in time for Thanksgiving win one of grant should submit a copy of his/her local’s NEA RA election form as sent to Veterans Memorial Auditorium ten $200 Shell gas cards! Columbus, Ohio OEA and a letter of interest, including 2 NWOEA Board of N ew s l e t t e r, S e p t e m b e r 2 0 0 9 Directors Retreat NWOEA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs met for their annual retreat on June 16 at the Tifﬁn OEA Ofﬁce to conduct NWOEA business and to plan the 2009-2010 year. Many board members started their day early with a tour of Crystal Traditions, the only glass factory where blowing glass, hand cutting crystal, sandcarving, acid polishing and glass crystal repairs are done on the premises. Members watched Eric Cromwell, a glass blower and Master Gaffer, create a beautiful piece of custom art glass and Aidan Scully, Irish Master Brilliant Cutter and Designer, demonstrate the art of hand cutting crystal. Scully also designs and NWOEA sent eighteen ﬁrst-time attendees to the OEA Summer Leadership Conference. cuts custom crystal Seated from left: Christina Bowden (Ada), Holly Chappuies and Heidi Downs (Eastwood), Marnie Prigozen (Apollo), Karri Ashbaugh and Lynesa Knick (Deﬁance), pieces upon request. In and Paula Giovanoli (TAWLS). Standing from left: Nancy Stafford and Laura Eubanks the showroom at Crystal (Anthony Wayne), Stephanie Dell and Erin Roberts (Tifﬁn), Tim Bowers (Liberty Center), Karen Smoyer (Eastwood), Jolene Kreh (Old Fort), Jan Kohart and Debra Traditions board (From left) NWOEA Board of Directors members Listening, Learning, Leading: Keys to Paputsakis (Paulding), Sue Work (Fostoria), and Michael Diglia (Apollo). Shawn Chalﬁn Ochs and Roberta Neff start their members shopped for busy day at the June Retreat by enjoying a glass Empowering Members personalized crystal blowing demonstration by Eric Cromwell of Crystal Traditions in Tifﬁn. giftware for all occasions. During the late morning and afternoon meeting, the Board accepted the resignations of Angela Thomas, current Past Twenty-nine NWOEA members representing eighteen local President and former NWOEA President from 1997-2006, and associations attended the 2009 OEA Summer Leadership Laura Herroon, OEA Board of Directors Unit 1 Representative. Conference held August 3-5 in Dublin, Ohio. They joined The 2009-2010 calendar was adopted, and the NWOEA over four hundred educators to hone their skills of “Listening, committee appointments were approved. The following two ad Learning, Leading: Keys to Empowering Members” – this hoc committees were established: Engage Grant Committee to year’s conference theme. Leadership conference sessions build capacity for greater involvement of NWOEA members and provided training across a spectrum that included political NWOEA Policy Revision Committee to revise the policy action, Association leadership, union advocacy work, and handbook to bring it in line with the newly adopted budget. information about saving for retirement. Participants also had NWOEA Committee Chairs and NWOEA Representatives on an opportunity to learn and share from one another. OEA Committees, who were in attendance, gave reports and Governor Ted Strickland addressed conference participants, updates to the Board of Directors. A dinner at Pioneer Mill thanking the OEA for its support in creating a state budget to followed the afternoon meeting. make education Ohio’s ﬁrst priority and challenging educators Spotlight on Members to monitor, support, and participate in the implementation of these education reforms. The opening speaker for the conference was Deborah Delisle, Superintendent of Public Jessica Freeborn (Penta County Vocational EA) was elected to a Instruction. She discussed her larger challenges, challenges position on the National Career Tech Caucus at the NEA RA. shared by all educators, in helping to transform Ohio schools for the 21st century. Closing speaker was Dennis Van Roekel, Angela Thomas, NWOEA President from 1997-2006, has NEA President and leader of the nation’s largest labor union. resigned as NWOEA Immediate Past President. She has also Van Roekel emphasized the need for members to understand resigned her position at Seneca East to pursue a new career path the connection between what happens in the classroom and of teaching at the university level. Starting this fall she will be what inﬂuences decision making. He urged members to listen instructing classes at Bowling Green State University. to public education professionals and parents talk about what Laura Herroon, NWOEA Unit I Representative on the OEA they want and then work through political action, lobbying, Board of Directors, has resigned her position due to her retirement bargaining, and instructional advocacy to get members and from teaching as of June 1, 2009. Laura has joined NWOEA-R students what they need. and will stay active on many NWOEA committees. Each year the NWOEA Professional Development Committee offers scholarships to the Leadership Conference. Jack Shumaker, NWOEA President from 1972-1973, passed These scholarships are available through the NWOEA Ofﬁce, away August 6, 2009. He was a teacher at Columbus Grove and and they cover the cost of registration, lodging, and food. was also active on various NWOEA committees even in retirement. 3 Retirement Update By Tim Myers, allocations of more than $5.4 billion to the their impact on our pension and health care STRS Board health care fund, have increased the funds. However, unless changes are made, Member system’s liabilities over time. STRS Ohio will eventually be unable to Last spring, I At each board meeting, we have looked pay members’ projected beneﬁts. As shared that my at sample scenarios that give us some ﬁduciaries, your Retirement Board must fellow Retirement sense of the cumulative effect various make the changes necessary to ensure the Board colleagues combinations of changes can have. The long-term solvency of the pension fund. and I had begun a board’s overarching goal is to strengthen A recently completed study by the thorough review of the pension fund’s solvency, while also National Institute on Retirement Security STRS Ohio’s freeing up additional money to go into the notes, “Deﬁned beneﬁt pension income pension obligations and options for fund that supports the health care program plays a critical role in reducing the risk of addressing our future liabilities. That for retired and disabled educators. This poverty and hardship among older process took on even more importance has been a formidable task, to say the Americans. Rates of poverty among older when the Ohio Retirement Study Council least. households lacking pension income are (ORSC) gave each of Ohio’s ﬁve pension Options on the table include: about six times greater than those with such systems a September 9, 2009, deadline for • Increasing contributions from the income.” presenting board-approved plans for current 10% from active teachers and/or Our own STRS Ohio members have achieving or maintaining a 30-year 14% from employers; seen the value of their Deﬁned Beneﬁt funding period. The ORSC is the • Instituting a minimum retirement age Plan during this economic downturn. legislative oversight body for Ohio’s of 60; While the value of their personal public pension plans; it consists of three • Increasing the number of years used to investments undoubtedly has declined state representatives, three senators and calculate final average salary to five from during this recession, their pension check three appointees of the governor. three; continues to arrive on time, every month. The impact of the recession has • Changing the formula for calculating Our retirees know they cannot outlive their signiﬁcantly reduced the market value of pensions that has the enhanced 35-year pensions and their pensions don’t change STRS Ohio’s investment assets. But before benefit; and based on market volatility. As the the economic downturn, STRS Ohio was • Changing the annual cost-of-living Retirement Board goes about its long- already being impacted by other economic adjustment (COLA). range planning work, its goal is to help and demographic factors. For example, Any of these changes would have to be ensure that continued ﬁnancial security for while the life expectancy of STRS Ohio approved by the Ohio Legislature. It is not just current retirees, but generations of members has increased over time, age and expected that once the ORSC receives future educators. service requirements have not changed plans from all ﬁve systems, one piece of We will continue to use the STRS Ohio since 1976, resulting in pension beneﬁts legislation will be drafted and introduced. newsletters, Web site (www.strsoh.org) being paid for longer periods of time. As we look at possible changes, we and e-mail news service to share the Additionally, there has been steady growth realize that very few people will be happy results of our discussions as well as the in the beneﬁt formula (including the with the ﬁnal decisions that the board decisions of the ORSC. Once future enhanced 35-year beneﬁt) and cost-of- makes. In our discussions, we are mindful changes are more deﬁned, STRS Ohio will living adjustments over the years. Finally, of the signiﬁcance of our decisions — and be holding meetings around the state to improvements to already granted retiree we continue to assess the impact of each provide additional information to active NWOEA-Retired Offers Many Opportunities beneﬁts, as well as “13th checks” and change on our members as we also assess and retired educators. A roundtable discussion of STRS NWOEA-R will present the break-out serving on NWOEA committees. health beneﬁts will be the subject of the session, “STRS Update: Learn Today NWOEA-R members can continue to use OEA-R sponsored conference on What Tomorrow Will Mean for You,” at the beneﬁt programs offered through September 24 at the STRS building in the NWOEA Fall Workshop on NEA Member Beneﬁts and the Columbus. A question and answer period September 29, 2009. Tim Myers, State continually increasing shopping will be allotted for further discussions. Teachers Retirement System Board advantages of the OEA Access Card as Other topics will include STRS policies Member, will update active as well as long as they continue membership in and other beneﬁts. In addition to STRS retired teachers on the latest options and NEA/OEA. They can also participate in staff and Executive Director Michael changes needed to provide long-term lobbying without the hassles of asking Neff, OEA ofﬁcers Pat Frost-Brooks, solvency of the pension fund and health for time off! Life memberships for Bill Leibensperger, Jim Timlin and OEA beneﬁts. NEA/OEA-R are $300. Yearly dues for Executive Director Larry Wicks will also Retired members of NWOEA NWOEA-R are $5.00 per year or $50 for speak. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. continue to receive the district newsletter lifetime. For membership forms call the with the program starting at 10 a.m. as well as one just for retirees. They may NWOEA Center at 1-800-366-9632 or Registration includes lunch. The continue to be active at the district level, e-mail Joyce Wisebaker at conference will conclude at 3 p.m. attending NWOEA workshops and firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 NWOEA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs Jerry Oberhaus Jerry Schlick Stephanie Braun Tim Myers President Vice President Secretary Immediate Past President Liberty Center PDC Chair Public Relations Chair Unit II OEA Rep • IAC Chair Seneca East Delphos Nominating & Elections Chair Screening Com. Chair • Elida Vacancy Joyce Wisebaker Shawn Chalﬁn Julie Grime Dianne Carter Lynn Lawrence Executive Unit I Unit I Unit I Unit II Unit II Director/Treasurer Rossford Wauseon Awards Chair Credentials Chair Budget Chair Lima City Resolutions Chair NWOEA-R Leipsic Vacancy Melinda King Jennifer Long Gary Kapostasy Joni Jordan Unit I OEA Rep Roberta Neff Unit II Unit III Unit III Unit III Unit III OEA Rep Lima City McComb Findlay City Hopewell-Loudon Kenton City Michael Jordan Marj Castanien Rhea Young Chris Menier Trisha Heestand Rita Croy NEA Director #6 OEA Retired Rep At Large At-Large Education Support OSEA Consultant Convention Planning Bath Constitution & Bylaws Chair Minority Rep Professional Rep University of Findlay Chair OEA-R Representative TAWLS Danburg Non-Teaching NWOEA-R NWO EA R EP R ESENTATI V ES ON O EA COMM IT T EE S O E A S t a n d i n g Co mm i t t e e s Cor e Fun ct i on Com m i t t e e s C o nv e n t i o n P l a n ni n g C o l l e c t i v e B a r ga i n i n g O r ga n i z i n g S t r a t e gy Ilse Marie Goertz Darrell Bryan Dee Groman TACLS Elida Findlay City Leg is la tiv e Lo ca l D e ve l o pme n t & Tr a i n i n g P r of e s s i on a l E f ﬁ ca cy Gary Kapostasy Jennifer Long Melinda King Findlay City McComb Lima City R e s o l u t i o ns M e mb er R i gh t s & P r ot e ct i o n Mary Hart Emilee Whetstone Lynn Lawrence Dianne Carter Fundraising Chair Scholarship Chair Leipsic Lima City NWOEA-R NWOEA-R 5 NWOEA Delegates Attend 2009 NEA RA Northwestern Ohio Education Association Seventeen NWOEA delegates joined the almost 10,000 delegates from across the nation for the National Education Association’s 147th Annual Meeting and 89th Representative Assembly the ﬁrst week in July in San Diego. In addition to discussing, debating and voting on critical issues facing public education, the teachers and education support professionals set Association policy for the coming year. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel presided over his ﬁrst NEA RA with delegates approving new business items. First row from left: Shawn Chalﬁn Ochs (Rossford), Laura Herroon (Swanton), Jessica Freeborn (Penta County The ﬁrst new business item requires NEA Vocational), Rhea Young (TAWLS), Tim Myers (Elida), Jennifer Gent (TAWLS), Michael Jordan (Bath), and Melinda King to develop two action plans this year: 1) (Lima); Second row from left: Gary and Kathy Kapostasy (Findlay), Lynn Lawrence (Leipsic), Darrell Bryan (Elida), Matthew Durham (TAWLS), Jerry Oberhaus (Liberty Center), Roberta Neff (Kenton), and Don Traxler (NWOEA-R), Not to inform President Obama’s proposal to pictured: Marie Wetzel (TAWLS) turn around 5,000 low-performing schools with $5 billion and 2) to promote across America to the NEA Annual honored 2009 NEA Friend of Education, a new No Child Left Behind law that Meeting. The secretary ﬁelded questions Linda Darling-Hammond, education moves beyond the old “one-size ﬁts all” and heard directly from hundreds of adviser to Barack Obama’s presidential formula. Another business item, which educators about their experiences, the campaign and currently a Professor of also passed overwhelmingly, directs challenges, and the resources needed to Education at Stanford University. NEA NEA’s energies toward national health educate the next generation of students. General Counsel Bob Chanin bid farewell care reform that provides high-quality, Also addressing the delegates were 2009 to RA delegates as he is retiring after 41 affordable, and comprehensive health Education Support Professional of the Year years as NEA’s top attorney who worked beneﬁts for all. Kathie Axtel from the state of Washington on critical issues such as collective Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and National Teacher of the Year Anthony bargaining, desegregation, vouchers, and brought his “Listening and Learning” tour Mullen from Connecticut. The Association education funding. NWOEA Offers Assistance to 2009-2010 Service Awards Locals for FCPE Drive NWOEA Provides Locals the Opportunity to Honor Outstanding Members Do you know a member in your local who deserves to be recognized for the contributions he The OEA Fund for Children and Public Education or she has made to the local association? Do you know a new teacher who has stepped forward to (FCPE) provides educators in Ohio a way to support make contributions to his or her local association? Help these outstanding members get the those in state government who advocate for public education. Everything in public education from the recognition they deserve by nominating them for an NWOEA service award. Your local president chalk and dry erase board markers to one’s retirement will receive nomination forms in November or you may call 1-800-366-9632 to have nomination benefits and health care is dictated by the state forms sent to you. Forms will also be available at www.nwoea.org. legislature in Columbus. Through FCPE, public school teachers are able to Members chosen for awards will be honored at the 26th annual NWOEA support those who support them. Candidates are invited Awards Banquet to be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at the Findlay Country Club. to interview with a screening committee, and those who . truly advocate for strong public schools, Democrats and ANY MEMBER CAN PLACE A NAME OR NAMES IN NOMINATION AND AWARDS Republicans alike, are supported. Thanks to the hard ALL MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE AWARDS BANQUET. work of OEA members through FCPE, the state has seen fit not to drastically cut funding for public education. To ensure that the voice of public education continues to be heard by state legislators will mean Local Service Award Promising Leader Award support of FCPE funds. Dues dollars cannot be used to This award is to recognize an individual This award is to recognize a person, who for distinguished service to association within the ﬁrst ﬁve years of teaching has help elect those who advocate for public education. work in his/her local and having local- shown initiative in his/her local Currently 56 out of the 102 local associations in the wide implications. Up to three members association. Each local may nominate NWOEA district showed zero funding for FCPE. No per local may receive this award per ONE person per year. A person may one from 56 locals participated in a FCPE Drive this year, and a member may receive this past school year to donate to the fund. receive the award only once. award every ﬁve years. NWOEA encourages all locals to hold a FCPE Drive. Many locals offer members the option of District Service Award-Active District Service Award-Retired payroll deduction to donate to FCPE. Locals that did This award is to recognize a retired This award is to recognize a person or not hold a drive last year or locals that would like to person who has remained active in group actively involved in education increase participation from their members can contact association work and has contributed who has contributed distinguished the NWOEA Center (1-800-366-9632) for assistance service on the NWOEA district level or service to association work on the in conducting an effective FCPE campaign for 2009- having district-wide implications since NWOEA district level or having 2010. retirement. district-wide implications. 6 Local Use of NWOEA PR Grants N ew s l e t t e r, S e p t e m b e r 2 0 0 9 Visit the NWOEA Website As part of its program, “Proceed to of the MTEA Executive Committee www.nwoea.org Read,” the Seneca East EA (SEEA) designed the shirt, which included a View individual pictures of the presented books to its school library. picture of the panther mascot and NWOEA Local Leaders and Books were purchased using NWOEA PR statement “We Are Panthers, We Are Treasurers Trainings, OEA Summer Grant money and SEEA funds. The ‘Excellent’.” The shirts arrived in time for Leadership Conference, NEA RA, elementary library received books written the McComb Middle School teachers to and NWOEA Board of by children’s author, Heather Forest, who wear them on the morning of the ﬁrst Ohio Directors June Retreat. visited the school as shown in the photo Achievement Test in April. below. The junior high and high school section of the library received books that had been suggested by SEEA members. Northwestern Ohio Education Association Important Dates 2009 September 29 2009 Fall Workshop Findlay Inn & Conference Center 5:15 – 8:30 p.m. Using funding from its NWOEA PR November 1 Deadline for submission of Grant, Kenton EA (KEA), in conjunction Local Delegate Assistance to with the Board of Education, hosted its OEA Spring RA Engage Grant ﬁrst Staff Appreciation Banquet at the Application The McComb Teachers EA (MTEA) Harding County Armory. The entire staff November 6 Deadline for submission received a NWOEA PR Grant to purchase was invited to celebrate the hard work and of NWOEA Public Relations 2010 t-shirts for its members. Each member dedication of staff members who have Grant Application was awarded a T-shirt to publicize its ﬁrst- reached milestones in their careers. The time “Excellent” rating the district received evening included a catered meal, January 15 Deadline for submission on the 2007-08 state report card. Members entertainment, and an awards recognition of NWOEA Awards program with recipients shown above. Nominations Books, t-shirts, and a recognition February 1 Deadline for election of program are just a few examples of how NWOEA RA Delegates eight local associations used NWOEA’s and Alternates 2008-2009 Public Relations Grants to February 1 Deadline for submission of enhance the image of their local NWOEA Graduate Memorial association among members and/or Scholarship Applications within the community. Other locals receiving NWOEA PR Grants were February 10 Deadline for submission of NWOEA Delegate & Bellevue, Elida, Hopewell-Loudon, Alternate Election Leipsic, and Lima. Results to NWOEA Center To Apply for PR Grants February 10 Deadline for submission of Local Delegate Assistance to NEA RA Engage Grant Apply for grants from the NWOEA September local presidents will be Application Public Relations (PR) Committee and receiving grant applications for the finance local association activities! The 2009-2010 school year. The PR February 12 Deadline for submission of Local Delegate to NEA/RA PR Committee invites you and Committee will evaluate Engage Grant Application your local association to applications and approve grants receive some of your NWOEA up to $500 until a total of February 20 Deadline for submission of Local Delegate Assistance to dues dollars back in the form $8000 has been awarded. OEA Spring RA Engage Grant of an annual NWOEA Public Requirements for the grant Application Relations Grant. The grants include attendance at two March 2 Awards Banquet are designed to allow locals NWOEA activities, plus Findlay Country Club 6 p.m. that wish to enhance the attendance at the NWOEA RA image of their local association among and both OEA RA’s. In addition, the April 15 NWOEA Representative Assembly members and/or within the community local must conduct a successful drive Findlay High School 5 p.m. Light dinner served an opportunity to receive funding to for the OEA Fund for Children and finance a public relations project. In Public Education. August PDC Training Sessions Date and location to be determined 7 Northwestern Ohio Education Association Non-Proﬁt 101 W. Sandusky - Suite 302 Organization Findlay, Ohio 45840 U.S. Postage PAID Findlay, Ohio Permit #24 Diana Brogan (left) from Ridgemont and Vicki McAfee from Fremont won the Longaberger basket door prizes donated by NWOEA Professional Development Committee Member George Doyle at the NWOEA Summer Workshops. NWOEA Fall Workshop When: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Ce Where: Findlay Inn and Conference Center Att rtiﬁca en te Program: 5:15 - 5:45 Registration 1. danc of Cost: $8.00 for NWOEA & NWOEA-R members hou 5 con e for 5:45 - 6:45 Dinner rs a tac $5.00 for college student vai t 7:00 - 8:30 Break Out Sessions lab le BREAK OUT SESSIONS – Choose one: A. Educators, Beware When Using the Internet & Other Forms C. Getting the Most for Your Dues – What NEA of Electronic Messaging! Member Benefits Can Offer You Rachelle Johnson, OEA Assistant Executive Director – Member Guy Kendall-Freas, NEA Member Beneﬁts Services/Program and OEA Director of Legal Services D. STRS Update: Learn Today What Tomorrow Will B. How the Legislature Is Affecting Your Job Mean For You NWOEA Fall Workshop Registration Form William Leibensperger, OEA Vice President Ê Ê Presenter: Tim Myers, STRS Board Member Ê Your Name Local Association Your Address Phone Street City Zip Circle your session choice: A B C D Please choose: Chicken or Salmon Please return this registration form & your check (made payable to NWOEA) to the NWOEA Center, 101 W. Sandusky St. - Suite 302, Findlay, Ohio 45840 • Questions?? Call 1-800-36-NWOEA REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 • You may register online at www.nwoea.org 8
"2003 Fall Newsletter"