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NEOEA is working to bring you a new and improved website. A comprehensive redesign to better serve the information needs of our members is underway. As a result, we plan to launch a new NEOEA website in the near future. In the meantime, timely information will continue to be updated and provided as listed below. Thank you for your support while we work through this important project and transition. Stay tuned.

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NEOEA Day: Our next NEOEA Day is Friday, October 16, 2015. NEOEA Day represents your dues dollars at work. Attending NEOEA Day programs, most of which provide growth opportunities at lower-than-usual prices, is an excellent way to get some of your NEOEA dues dollars back! For more information, go to: http://neoea.org/NewsDetail.aspx?a=755.

Scholarships Available: NEOEA encourages members to attend national conferences to gain additional training and to network with other members from around the country. We have three scholarships available for ESP members to attend the ESP National Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, from March 11-13, 2016. We have five scholarships available for minority members to attend NEA's Minority Leadership Training Conference in New Orleans, LA, from October 23-25, 2015. Send your application in now!

Labor Day Festival: Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 5, for the Third annual Labor Day Festival! The "Celebration of Labor - Who We Are, What We Do, and Why Unions Matter" will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at James Day (Nike) Park (11828 W. Pleasant Valley Road) in Parma. For the kids there will be Jungle Bob, face painting, balloon art, and more. For the adults there will be great music, softball games, your favorite politicians and--best of all--the opportunity to enjoy your own union sisters and brothers as well as our extended labor family. Come join us!

Summary of the NEOEA Spring Representative Assembly: Delegates met on Saturday, April 25, at Dodge Intermediate School to make endorsements for candidates for OEA statewide office and to elect Association officials. A part of the agenda was set aside for a caucus of northeastern Ohio’s OEA delegates. Check out our Summary to find out what happened and our RA Attendance Report to see if your local was represented.

NEA Annual Meeting: Delegates had a great time (and put in a lot of hours!) at the NEA Representative Assembly in Orlando. Check out what happened at the NEA Annual Meeting and RA on the NEOEA Blog at https://neoea.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/annualmeetingoverview2015/.

Our Retirees Rock! See the video created for Read Across America at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJIAjn6ivFk.

NEOEA Nomination Form/Letter of Intent for Elections at the Fall 2015 Representative Assembly: There are several vacancies on the NEOEA Board of Directors that will be filled by election at the NEOEA Representative Assembly on Saturday, November 7, 2015, for:

   The persons elected will take office immediately upon their election. Members interested in running should submit a letter of intent by Monday, August 24, 2015.

Help Wanted -- Executive Director is Retiring: After 16 years of service as NEOEA’s Executive Director, Bill Lavezzi will be retiring effective August 31, 2016. Anyone interested in applying for the position of Executive Director of NEOEA should submit a letter of interest accompanied by a resumé to: Executive Director Search Committee; c/o Ms. Kim Richards, NEOEA President; NEOEA; 5422 East 96th Street, Suite 200; Garfield Heights, OH 44125-5330 or electronically to XDsearch@neoea.org. Position requirements are available at neoea.org/XDposition.pdf. Information is to be submitted by September 15, 2015.

Vintage Ohio: Colorful tents, rolling hills, picnic tables, and groves of tall oaks provide a tranquil setting for the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, the premier food and wine event of the year. Sample wines from Ohio wineries offering regional wines ranging from world-class wines like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc or Riesling to fun-to-drink fruit wines made from fresh strawberries, blackberries, peaches and raspberries. Whether one enjoys red, white, blush, dry, sweet or something in-between, there will be an opportunity to find a favorite "Vintage Experience." There is also plenty of scrumptious food, cooking school demonstrations, three stages of live music entertainment, artisans, shopping, and spectacular Friday fireworks!
   Vintage Ohio has great entertainment, fine food, and the region’s best wines. It is held August 7-8, 2015, from 1:00-10:00 p.m. each day at Lake Metroparks Farmpark at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland, Ohio. Advance tickets are available on the web at www.OhioWines.org, www.VisitVintageOhio.com, or by calling 800-227-6972. NEOEA members receive $10 off the gate price of $35 with code 15neoea on advance sale tickets through August 2, 2015. Vintage Ohio is held in conjunction with Lake Metroparks.

Yankee Peddler: Discount tickets are available to Yankee Peddler which will be held the first three weekends in September. To buy online, go to http://yptickets.com and use coupon code "15NEEA3", then update the cart. Save $2.50 per adult; $.50 per child.

New York, New York! Come join us in New York City on NEOEA Day. Tourmeister Dave Baker has a wonderful line-up of events, including a Broadway show!

Philadephia and Gettysburg: Come join us in Philadelphia and Gettysburg. Tour some of America's most famous historic sites including Dobbin House Tavern, the Gettysburg battlefield, Independence National Historic Park, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, America’s First Post Office, Betsy Ross House, Battleship New Jersey, a ghost tour of Philadelphia, a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary (home to some of the most notorious criminals such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton), and a guided mural art tour of Philadelphia (world’s largest collection of outdoor public art!

PlayhouseSquare: Purchase tickets for a discounted rate with a flat $7 handling fee! Go to playhousesquare.org/ceo; enter the promotional code "FAMTIX" and then select "NEOEA". Enjoy!

President Kim Richards: Looking Back — As our year begins to wind down, I want to say a BIG thank you all the members for all their hard work over the past year. Many of you have heard me speak time and time again about membership involvement and the ramifications of our apathy. You have also heard me speak about how legislators have relentlessly attacked our profession. We continually lack proper funding from the state, and our students are made to “make do” with so much less. Our educators in public education are the advocates for our students. A big “thank you” for all our public school employees for the hard work and dedication to our students and to the NEOEA!
   NEOEA is working hard to address the communication needs of our membership. We sent by direct mail our last News and Views. NEOEA has received such positive feedback that we are hoping in the future that we will be able to send more if not all by direct mail. At our Spring Representative Assembly, our delegates had a very spirited debate about some of the proposed OEA Constitution and Bylaws changes. Your delegates and your NEOEA Board of Directors have voted to oppose the enabling language that would permit the OEA Board of Directors to reduce the OEA Representative Assemblies from two to one. After some debate, we also voted to support the OEA proposed change to allow the student delegation to have a vote on the OEA Board of Directors. There are many more issues that will confront us in the future within and outside our organization. Please remember in the fall to hold elections for delegates to our Representative Assemblies. They are so important to what we do as an organization.
   As many of our locals are now electing their officers and their building representatives, please remember to fill out and send in your information packets. It is critical to this organization that we have current contact information if we are to be able to mobilize membership quickly and efficiently.
   NEOEA is currently working on a new website! Please be patient as it is under construction. We are hoping that by August it will be up and running.
   There are many excellent opportunities for membership involvement over the summer. We are having our Emerging Leaders Cookout on June 12 at the NEOEA office in Garfield Heights. This is a perfect time to explore our committees and what they do. Our committees are such an important part of this organization. Consider signing up for one. Our NEOEA Summer Leadership is being held at the Bertram Inn in Aurora on July 22-23. Even if you attended our Megaconference, there are many new workshops being offered. Our Megaconference was the highest attended event sponsored by NEOEA. Let’s make our Summer Leadership just such a powerful event.
   Remember our association is and always must be by the members not just for the members. Keep in mind that our greatest strength is our membership. We are stronger when we stand together!
   Have a terrific summer. I will see you at our Summer Leadership and Emerging Leaders Cookout!

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